Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
81
good
1,793 Ratings
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80
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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
Ratings:
1,793
Reviews:
518
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
455
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,793 |  Reviews: 518
Photo of durwood64
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChristineHeubusch
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of willcumbie
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarryLove81
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid almost boring beer. I think Brooklyn was aiming for something extremely drinkable but they may have overdone it. The flavors here are so subtle that it makes for a pretty forgettable beer. Not much head. Smell is citrus vague berry. Taste is citrus upfront with a little berry and watermelon at the end. A bit of a dry finish. I think this beer could have been really good but again the flavors are so light that it's not anything I would rush to drink again. If it's this and bud light I'm drinking this but otherwise there's much better beers out there.

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

Photo of jkblr
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can BB August 2017 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 5% ABV. The color is straw yellow with short lived white head. It settles into a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is faint and lightly fruity. The taste is vague malt up front with fruit, especially berry, coming through on the end. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with strong carbonation and a slightly oily finish. Overall, good for it's intended use. An alternative to AAL for folks like my wife who want to branch out, but not too far. Cheers

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Photo of allentownpaguy
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Golden straw but rather watery looking. Thick frothy head.
Citrus and melon aroma.
Mild fruit flavour but lacking in bight. Some barley present.
Light to medium body.
A rather pallid beer for summer.

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Photo of ronjohn
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Douglaine
1.71/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bland and out of balance. Brooklyn compromised their integrity with this one as they have made many fantastic beers and this is not one of them. I'll think twice about trying another new product from Brooklyn. Don't buy.

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Photo of baklo
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IanOsea
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AnyaS
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So many of Brooklyn's offerings seem so mundane. Now we basically get a beer that is you know, actually aiming to be mundane from what I can tell.

Golden familiar color, white head, 1/2". Aroma of not much, English pale malt for the most part.

Taste, mild, little bit of earth and toast to it. Mild hoppiness. This beer majors in restraint. Feint cereal like grains. Mild bitterness. This is the crossover and introductory beer you give people who are hooked on AAL.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Nice citrus and corn cereal aroma
Nice quench thirsting in bru flavour with slight bitter finish
Nice

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Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

**
05/17/14
Aroma; fruity, citrus,
Appearance: yellow , no head.
Taste: thin hops, veggie
Feel: medium low carbonation, watery .

Good summer beer, but nothing special.
**

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,793 ratings.
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