Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.56/5
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1,861 Ratings
Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,851
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,861
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Photo of AmitC
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, tulip, “BB SEP 2018” on the bottle. Come on, just print a bottled on date!

Straw develops into gold and a pure white head forms and dissipates to a ring. It is very clear.

Fruity, grassy, and light, just like most summer ales for the undiscerning. A little grain, a little green grape.

Same story, but less sweetness. There’s a light apple caramel.

The body is light, but mineral and dry.

This is a pleasant light brew, but emphasis on the light.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Half-full
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jewellrunner
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryMills
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little bit of the bread yeast type smell and flavor going on and MAYBE just a hint of grassy hops , not much of either.

Certainly crushable easy drinking beer but is it worth twice what a macro lager cost ? Not really , pretty much a macro lager with a slight hint of flavor.

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Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The slightly hazy bright golden yellow beer pours out into a Shaker Pint glass with a 1/4” white head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer. Sipping creates an occasional patch of foam on the side of the glass. By mid-way through the beer there’s virtually no foam remaining.

The aromas include lots of bready malt with some grassy, earthy character mingling in.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with lots of rich bready malt, well supported by the grassy, earthy hops. The malt sweetness is subdued and blends well with some definite bitterness from hops.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with some light, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the bready malt and sweetness begin to fade allowing the grassy and earthy flavors to finish the ending with a light bitterness.

Overall this is a good workman like beer that is drinkable and one that I could have more than one of. While not particularly complex it has an enjoyable aroma/flavor profile and should work well as a summer refresher.

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Photo of ajkrynicki
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deonreds
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nunya
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ron860
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bustillo
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

We have a trend in American craft beers--brewers making "summer ales" to appeal to the masses looking for lighter fare in the hot months. Most of these beers are mediocre, and this is no exception. It pours a golden color with a very light head. It has a clear, crisp but unremarkable taste and mouthfeel. It's perfectly OK, but nothing more, and has a 5% ABV that puts it at the edge of my drinkable spectrum (nothing below 5% is worth consuming in my view). All in all, better than some varieties of this unfortunate trend in brewing, but not as good as some others. For those living in Texas, I personally think the Real Ale Fireman's 4 is a slightly better choice, for those looking to bring something light to a barbecue.

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Photo of Kyleyhoopster
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Alesmith tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of white head... falls fast with a solid ring of lacing.

s: Light citrus and pale malts. Floral and lemon.

T/F: Light grains... goes with the very light body and lager-style malts. Lemony citrus hops. Not overly bitter.. floral notes. Not overly complex. Zesty carbonation.

O: A solid if unspectacular pale ale. One you could drink a lot of... no offensive flavors... lemon/citrus hops. Good summer beer, as I assume it was intended.

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Photo of Whats_On_Tap95
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewnme
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shimmyk26
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,861 ratings