Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
good
1,808 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:
1,808
Reviews:
524
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
459
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -72%

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1/5  rDev -72%

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1/5  rDev -72%

Photo of bertler02
1.3/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A huge disappointment. Why should I pay such a premium price for a beer which is barely distinguishable from Budweiser ?

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Photo of mwbrady12
1.5/5  rDev -58%

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1.5/5  rDev -58%

Photo of Douglaine
1.71/5  rDev -52.1%
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 epicus
1.75/5  rDev -51%

Photo of mwar
1.75/5  rDev -51%

Photo of Tadweezy
1.98/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

I had this at a local bar and it tasted watered down

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Photo of Razr86
2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of AmgineDanus
2.01/5  rDev -43.7%
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 BigRedGator
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very tinny beer, a more respectable version of common domestics like the buds or millers. A bit tart, thin, and highly acidic. Thin but full carbonation, which got old quickly after a couple beers. Not a summer ale drinker so I may not be a good judge of this type, but it was disappointing.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, dark, yellow with little head or lace. It's aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor has fruity notes, mainly lemon and grapefruit with a dry, crisp hoppy finish. It has a light, almost watery mouthfeel making it fairly easy to session. Brooklyn Summer Ale is an okay beer, light and refreshing, slightly recommended.

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Photo of Merchant46
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing they got right on this beer is the carbonation. If you live here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it'll remind of a high-end version of Schmidt, particularly with the aftertaste (that's not a good thing). Only thing is, Schmidt costs half of what this beer does. Other than a slight grapefruit tang, it's bitterness has no complexity and almost no malt to offset it, so it's watery and unsatisfying. They were going for crisp and refreshing and fell short. Right now, I'm regretting passing up the Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager (which I know is good). Sometimes you try a new beer against your suspicions, and it pays off. This was not one of those occasions. I know Beer Advocate requests that we respect what the brewer was going after, but in a case like this where you get a cheap tasting beer for an expensive price, people deserve to know.

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Photo of hagbergl
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Decided to give this a whirl after a friend brought it over to my place. The results were certainly disappointing, especially given that this is billed as an English Pale Ale, something different stylistically than what we're all used to when it comes to summer beers. So what went wrong here? Read on:

Appearance (3.25/5): Hazy golden/orange hue, nice color, with a one finger, fairly minimal pure white head of foam. The head disappointingly fizzles out quickly, leaving a ring around the circumference of the glass. Ah, there was promise for a second.

Smell (2.5/5): Simple aroma of citrus hops, a light bit of crackery malt, and a touch of honey. Not much more to it than that. I was hoping for a little more assertive hop profile.

Taste (2/5): As simple as the aroma. An all too brief stab of citrus hops is followed by a honey-like malty sweetness, finishing sweet and semi-dry, but without much flavor to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel (1/5)l: This is where the beer falls flat on its face. It has disastrously low carbonation levels, which robs it of any vigor. The mouthfeel is insipid, making the beer feel unfinished. I am left seriously wanting. Also, with such a light body, I’m not getting much in the way of crispness. This beer needs retooling.

Overall (2/5): Brooklyn Summer Ale is just not a very good beer; for me it epitomizes the problems with summer beer. Its light body and light flavor are simply not interesting; inadequate carbonation only makes things worse. The 80 on BA and the style listing being English Pale Ale is a quite deceptive. This is mediocre to bad beer that doesn't even get the simple task of quenching one's thirst right.

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2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Moxley
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Did not enjoy this one with my good friend and fellow BA, Pleepleus.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with thin watery lacing that dissipated quickly.

S - Smelled exactly like an old rusty corn can.

T - Weird. Floral citrus up front with a strange medicinal, hairspray kind of finish. I don't know if I got a bad batch, the bottle said best by Sept. 2009, and it's May 15th so...I think it might just be a bad beer in general. Not an ale, not a wheat beer. Just a weird and failed attempt at making something different and crafty. NOT your best work Brooklyn.

M&D - The bottle says snappy and crisp. That's right. That's about the only thing that is right about this beer.

Not worth trying unless what you just read sounds enticing.

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Photo of duvel1979
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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