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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.

Added by Sammy on 09-04-2006

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Reviews: 510 | Ratings: 1,767
Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early July for $1.79. Best before August 2016 but it has been housed in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a smallish white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose has hints of citrus and the malt base.

Taste is very well balanced between lighter colored malts and a refreshing light grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall not a bad summer beer that is worthy of a shot.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Take this review with a grain of salt as my beer is at the tail end of it's shelf life as indicated by the best by date on the bottle. That being said it still was an enjoyable beer.

Look: Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with a one and a half finger off white head.

Not even going to bother to comment on the aroma as it's almost non-existent. It's my own fault for buying old beer, but whatever hops they've used have clearly faded this far into the beer's shelf life. I'm just getting malt.

Taste: Thankfully the hops haven't faded on the palate. I'm getting a nice, dry note of grapefruit and orange rind upfront that plays upon a backdrop of slightly creamy, sugary, bready malt. Some pine sap and pineapple juice is also detectable

Feel: Lightly carbonated and light in body.

Not bad at all for a session ale (and a four month old one at that). Definitely going to need to revisit this fresh at some point, it has potential.

Overall: Nothing special. Just a nice, bright and sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, with tortilla+sausages+cheese sandwich. More a golden ale. Good for what it is. Sessionable, refreshing, a bit watery and with some grassy bitterness and taste. A bit sticky feeling at the end of the sip

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Photo of Samlover55
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass
BB Nov. 2016
L- pale gold, thin bubbly head
S- breadiness, lemon, herbs
T- doughiness, followed by floral lemony linger with a grassy finish
F- is light bodied, watery, and average carbonation
O- is a light sessionable ale to quaff and quench my thirst so it is perfect for what it was made for

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been searching for this ever since having it on tap at Liberty Kitchen in Houston Heights. I thought it had a nice, crisp, slightly sweet flavor and pretty golden yellow color. I will go for it again!

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn characteristics. But real english pale ale, really drinkable. Honey and herbal hops. A good summer ale. Might gain in flavour but it's what it is, a summer session ale

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Photo of AmgineDanus
2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Smells like a frat house basement on a Sunday morning. Taste is similar but more abhorrent, punctuated by a hollow, over-yeasted, under-hopped stale corn and ethanol twang, with a urine-like aftertaste and no redeeming qualities to speak of. Like a can of Coors or Natty Ice that was left in the trunk of your car for an entire summer. I never expect much when it comes to summer ales, but this fails even the lowest summer varietal standards. Brooklyn should be ashamed of this one.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours straw gold with a solid head, lots of carbonation to it.

very mild aroma, almost a blonde ale/pale lager aroma. nothing here.

taste is mild and clean, a slight skunkiness to it. summer ale (pale ale) is more like a blonde ale/AAL cross. not great.

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Photo of Spike
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rich, golden colour. Clear, with no carbonation and a thin, clumpy head. Spotty lacing.

Light, biscuit aroma.

Solid malt base with light, lemony hops in the background. Dials back the citrus a lot. Replaces sweetness with a subtle dryness. A little bland, to be honest.

Medium to thin body with moderate bitterness and light carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not outstanding golden ale for the warmer months.

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Photo of taters21
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color, with a half finger white head.
Smells distinctly of lemon followed by sweet malt.
The lemon and hop notes take up most of the flavor, with malt close to the end, crisp, light finish.
Mouthfeel is perfect for summer, light and crisp.
Overall another nice offering from Brooklyn brewery, and a good summer beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Kiabacca glass.
A: Slightly hazy copper with white, frothy head.
S: It smells gently hoppy and metallic with pleasant citrus.
T: It tastes gently hoppy and metallic with pleasant citrus. A bit of a sulfuric tang is lagery, but not unwelcome. Easy drinking, English-esque, not particularly notable.
M: Crisp, clean, classic.
O: I will probably never buy this beer again, but if you're rolling out to the park or a party...you could do a lot worse.

Malts: British Pale, German Pilsner
Hops: Perle, Cascade, Amarillo
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Original Gravity: 11.5 Plato
Food Pairings: Salads, seafood, quiches, lightly spicy dishes, brunch, cheddar and feta.
Availability: March-August

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: nice, bright yellow. Totally translucent, with a solid, white head on top that lingers for a little while. Leaves spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma: kind of smells lagery in its barley malt character. There's a little bit of lemony citrus, but nothing overwhelmingly hoppy here.

Taste: again, it's a light, summer-y beer. It's got plenty of light, bready malt, and a little bit of lemon flavor. The flavors are pretty muted.

Feel: thin, lagery, and moderately carbonated. Definitely made to drink four or five of.

Overall: it's a big step above macro lagers and ales, but it's not the brew I'd reach for given more flavorful options. Still, it's a nice summer ale for a cookout or something. Maybe mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Cameronsavage
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a lot of flavor for feeling like a light beer. For a "summer" beer it get's the job done. Don't normally dig the larger production Brooklyn Brewery beers, but I can't knock this one!

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Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow.
Smell is sweet, floral, with some lemon or citrus.
Flavor is a light hops with a faint citrus taste and a mild floral ending

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with just a bit of white foam. Aroma is light and hoppy, mostly with earthy and citrus notes. Taste is also hoppy, citrusy, slightly astringent. A bit of malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry. Light body with crisp carbonation. Really easy to drink, refreshing ale.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £12.99 for a pack of six.

Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow coloured body with a one-finger in height, thin, white, bubbly head. Disappointingly, despite masses of visible streaming carbonation it reduces quickly to a frothy ring and leaves behind only a token amount of spotty lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of light malt, tangy fruit, grapefruit and a subtle lemony hop character. The taste follows suit, starting with pleasantly sweet bready malts that lead quickly into tangy fruity hops. Mid palate the hop profile intensifies, slowly transitioning from sweet and fruity to faintly grassy, herbal, and mildly bitter. In the mouth a light to medium body and plenty of carbonation give a thin but smooth and crisp feel. On the end, lingering hops give the finish a crisp and refreshing gentle bitterness balanced by a touch of subtle sweet malt to round things off.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s bright and clean, easy drinking and refreshing but not one to seek out especially.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin but permanent head and golden color. Aroma is grainy, crisp and lightly hopped. Flavor is much the same. Clean and light. Great summer ale. Not really much of an EPA as it is listed on this site.

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Photo of michael_arnold01
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into glass
First of all there is absolutely NO bitterness and if you're in the mood for a light summer beer, this could be up your ally. I went to a liquor store wanting to try something and I landed with this. The head lasts for a couple minutes and is pretty tall at first.
Taste: it hits you with a brief aroma of floral notes, changes to a very surprisingly nice bread flavor and leaves that on the back end.
Feel: very lite, easy to drink
Overall this beer is what it is; an easy to drink summer ale and has a very pleasant taste that leaves nothing unwanted.

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draft at Parker's in Portland, Maine, while watching the crappy Sox play the Yanks. My beer choice reflects their positions in the standings.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden blonde. Light crown of white film is gone quickly.

Aroma: Some herbal hops. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: Some bite of hop flavor. Maybe a little biscuit. Crisp and easy.

Mouthfeel: Light. It is a summer ale, after all.

Overall: Pretty average summer offering. This brewery does a lot of OK beers and this is another one. A decent beer for a summer day, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Buck89
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unsure on the age, but this was 1 month before the BB date (Sept 2015).
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful clear amber color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is muted floral with some sweet malty notes. Taste began with toast and bread and a subdued easy bitter finish. I didn't get much hop flavor at all. Low-medium carbonated with a fairly thick feel.

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Photo of cavedave
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear golden beer with a billowy head that overtops glass and leaves spotty lace on the retreat. Nice topper hangs about for the ride.

Light aroma featuring crisp grainy sweet, lemony hop, very light herbal and floral in there too.

Pretty much as expected from aroma, nicely balanced with the grainy sweet taking more center stage, and the floral backing way off. End of sip is juicy.

Light carb., medium viscosity, decent finish which could have a bit more spicy or bitter to it,clean flavors, a touch watery, but refreshing for sure.

Decent, simple, flawless take on an English Pale. Nicely refreshing, could be a bit more dynamic flavors and finish.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical summer ale, with it being an English pale and all, but it's a good change for the season. The beer itself looks more amber/brown than pale, and doesn't have much of a nose, but is appropriately malty for the style, pretty good, not spectacular.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty mild for an English Pale. Of course, I've had a lot of American Pales lately, but they usually are just a bit hoppier. I see English as slightly harsher and bitter. But it's still great!

It's pretty yellow and has nice fizz. The aroma is mild but appealing - clean with just a faint hops and malt smell.

The taste is clean and slightly creamy with a touch of a fruitiness (yeast?) and a wonderful finish. A beautiful, fresh balance. Burps are all hoppy - splendid. A refreshing drink.

I bought the 12 pack (cans) of these to give away as a tip for the guys cutting down the big tree in my back yard last Sunday, but there were too many guys and I just didn't find the right time, so they are mine now! Keepers. Recommended for easy drinking and sharing with non-craft drinkers too (but they need to be ready for about three times the taste of their crappy brews). Compared to a bud these are a delicacy.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz brown bottle.

Look: nice golden color with decent bubble fizz and white foamy head. No lacing on glass on way down.

Smell: fairly distant floral hop aroma with a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Actually a pretty pleasing smell.

Taste: follows the nose into light hoppy bite and grapefruit with hints of orange. Nothing is too overdone here, but it is a nice even, drinkable flavor. Aftertaste goes away quickly with a slight bitter tongue left behind.

Feel: as other summer beers, just a tad thin but decent. Slight malt coating on the roof of the mouth but nothing is overdone.

Overall, a pretty solid beer from Brooklyn. This is more what I'm looking for from a summer style... drinkable and refreshing but still tasting like a BEER.

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:

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Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light ale that doesn't try to do anything complicated.. Almost pilsner like in feel, it's refreshing and sits well with most meals on a hot summer day.

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