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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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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden honey colored with a very thin and short lived foamy white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy - just the smell of very fresh beer. A nice aroma with a notes of citrus hops.

T&M: Good balance between malt and hops with a slightly dry tone. Relative weight is light and refreshing. The carbonation adds its own texture with fine but abundant consistency. Finish is mostly clean with a slight bit of hop linger.

D: Easy to drink and rather thirst quenching. Solid flavors stay together through the finish. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very nice hazy yellowish tinted amber with a more then ample two inch plus foamy and sticky head on top. This faded reluctantly down to just a small thin film across the top and that pretty much stayed the entire time. Now there was a good amount of side glass lace present here and this had a really nice effect of the look of this. I know it was a pale ale, but it was really starting to look like an IPA. Smell was very hopped, but also nice and light. Very nice blend of floral hops and light grassy grains. The flavor was very similar to this as well. A very nice hopped up front greeted you right away and was quickly followed up by the nice and almost a touch of sweet grain like back to it. Long drawn out dry finish left a really nice taste and follow through. The feel was great. Lots of carbonation really helping to push it along and lighten it up nicely

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Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Appearance: medium-small head, apple juice colored, and some lacing.

Smell: grainy malt, hops, and a fruit sweetness.

Taste: floral sweetness, a pleasant malt bouquet, and a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice and pleasant brew. The flavors are matched fairly well. The finish lingers with malts.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent light amber color with an inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet. Picking up on grains, citrus hops, and caramel. Taste is a light hop bitterness with the flavor of grains. Maybe a hint of lemon peel. Crisp, flavorful summer beer. Good amount of flavor for a summer beer. Overall, its a solid warm weather beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of CaptainInsaneO
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Settles into an orange yellow, with a thin white head.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: fruit and flowers at first, finishes with citrusy hops. Not a strong hop finish, but just enough. Slight alcohol aftertaste

M: Medium/light body, strong/medium carbonation. Seems to stick around after you swallow.

O: This is a good summer beer, I think you'd enjoy it more out on a deck in the sun, but it works in a basement while watching a movie too.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity, creamy. Banana and bubblegum notes. Some hops. Smells good.

Pours a golden color, good clarity, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Nicely tart and fruity with a good sweetness. Slightly spicy. Mild hops. Mild bitterness. Moderately bready malt. Full of fruity esters. Tastes good. Feels pretty good.

Light and refreshing, yet packed full of flavor. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied beer with a finger of white soda fountain fizz that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of lace. Smell is earthy, bready and a tad citric-lemon sour. Taste is lightly citric hop, a bit lemony, a little earthy, with a steady biscuit, bready malt backbone, the overall effect is well balanced and clean. Crisply carbonated and medium-light body that holds together well. There is simply nothing wrong with this aptly labeled "Summer Ale".

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden-amber color topped by two fingers of white head that displayed an average retention.

S: A clean smelling bouquet with a grainy and slightly hopped aroma, some spiciness evident also.

T: A carbonated pale malt up front, followed by a nicely hopped middle, fading with a trail of bitterness into the finish.

M: Decent texture, carbonated fairly well with a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable offering from Brooklyn, as I find many of their beers to be. Compared to other summer ales, this has a unique hop profile and a bit more interesting character than others.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Light golden with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Not a lot of head retention and little lacing.

Smells citrusy and slightly earthy.

Subtle and balanced flavors - slight citrus, some light malts. Not a very long finish.

Fairly light with a bit of graininess in the mouth. Refreshing.

Super easy drinking, highly sessionable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold/amber. Foamy off-white head with LOTS of effervescence. Lacing down the sides of glass with a thin white cap of retention.

Aroma: Very fruity with a slight hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Tart & spicy, salty, clean. Reminds me of Columbus Brewing Company's Summer Teeth Kellerbier; but filtered, with lots of bubbles, and not as slick. Hints of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight, very astringent and clean.

Overall: Light, fruity, astringent. Well-carbonated (but not overly so). A well-balanced craft summer ale. Would buy again.

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Photo of KevinB
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these on back deck while grilling some food up. Nice easy drinking summer brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a pint glass, revealed a nice dark golden yellow body topped with a white, foamy 2 finger head. After a couple minutes the head settled down and after several sips, there was some nice lacing on the glass. The smell was somewhat faint at first but after digging in I could detect wheat, malt and some very mild fruitiness, a nice aroma. This ale tasted really good, it's got little bite, it strikes a nice balance between tangy hops and a tasty malty flavor, along with a wheat backbone. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp,it's a light bodied beer, with a mild dry bitterness. Overall this is a really good summer brew for the summer months, very sessionable.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold in golor, nice billowing 2inch head, nice and frothy, with lots of bubbles floating to the top of the glass, very nice lacing and retention.

Smell:Lots of citrus properties, a bit of toasted malt creeps through the fruit aromas, easy on the nose, smells alot like SA Summer Ale but with a more authentic citrus note.

Taste: Lots of malt up front, very enticing and refreshing. The middle of the beer features some lemon zest, mango, and a small hop bite. Toasted maltiness is here and prevalent, not overhwhelming but just enough to smooth out the lemon flavorings.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, the malt makes this one a bit bigger on the tongue, decent amounts of carbonation and sits well in the mouth and holds up nicely. Bitterness isn't too much.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing summer brew that has a unmistakenly good malt profile. It feels bigger then it is, yet it is highly drinkable and well balanced. I love how authentic the lemon is in this one, very close to something directly infused into the beer. A very good offering for the summer by Brooklyn!

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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 chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with one-inch long lasting white head. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt and wheat scent that's refreshing. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent. Sour finish for an English Pale Ale. It is refreshing but unexpected. Good clean hoppy finish. This is a simple brew that's quite tasty and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good light with good carbonation. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Very drinkable. A nice offering.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium golden yellow with a small bubbly off-white head. Leaves a bit of lace on the top as the head disappears.

S - Nose is light and pleasant. Notes of citrus, mostly lemon zest. Some light hops. Hints of a light, powdery yeast.

T - Taste is very nice. Clean and crisp, and I'm picking up all the things I caught from the aroma - lemony citrus, light floral hops, and a bit of bready, powdery yeast. Normally I don't care for lemony citrus flavors, but it really works well in this beer. Also picking up just a bit of peppery notes here and there.

M - Clean, smooth, and crisp, but enough body to know you're drinking it. Nice.

D - Excellent. I would love to have a few of these at the ballpark. Hooray for summer!

Notes: Still not a bit disappointed with Brooklyn distributing here in Nashville. Can't wait to try the rest of their offerings.

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Photo of sawbones420
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to this uber-sessionable seasonal every spring. While this fine ale deserves to be enjoyed out of a glass, I invariably end up drinking straight out the bottle, since it's usually my default brew during the warmer months - when my drinking habits are at their most casual.

Appearance will be based off the label since that's my chosen glassware. This is one hott lookin beverage. The so ugly it's attractive clash of colors make for a rather sexy choice in packaging. The logo is Brooklyn's standard.

Dry, crisp, REFRESHING flavor with a surprisingly ballsy malt backbone (thanks to the British two-row barley). A huge plus to this beer is the lack of lemon zest, which is an [over]utilized ingredient in many, many brewers' summer offerings. That's not to say citrusy notes aren't present - they certainly are - but this quality by no means dominates the palate. There's a distinctly British flavor going on here, and this is a good thing since the Brits are the kings of session ales.

Nothing stands way out while enjoying this beer, which again, is an asset. The alcohol is low at 4.5%, making it easy to down a sixer on your own with minimal bodily consequences (if you're steady drinkin').

By far my favorite "designated summer beer," I wish this brew had a much larger presence in the Boston market where unfortunately, the sub-par Sam Adam's Summer Ale reigns supreme with its legendary Iron Fist of Mediocrity.

My next goal is to convince Brooklyn Brewery to release this beer in six-pack tallboy cans. Oh man, I'd be in heaven.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden ale with a moderate white head and gentle carbonation. Light sweet malt on the nose and a touch fruitiness and a hint of earth.

Taste is bready malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla fingers and a clean crisp hop finish. A blend of earth and faint mint. Feel is crisply carbonated with a touch of creaminess. Just enough weight to keep it above water light enough to make it delightful on the tongue.

This goes down on hot days like a drink from a desert oasis. A top notch quencher.

Not complex just very good on hot days.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light amber color with small fizzy white foam.

Smells a light citrus with malty tones. Modestly bready.

Taste is a very slight lemon, mixed with a plae malt - ever so slight hop. Finishes clean, with a lingering tartness.

Very refreshing summer beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is still a few days away, but I simply CAN't wait! I held The CANQuest (TM) in abeyance for an extended period and now it is time to advance the CAN cause. I hope you CAN forgive me.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Summer Ale is a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt - 100% British two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our Summer Ale is gold in color, with a soft bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma, and will taste best before the date indicated [Oct 2011]."

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch and I quickly had two rocky, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy bitterness along with a biscuity characteristic. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, biscuit malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was quite pleasant, very refreshing, semi-dry. I would definitely put this in the cooler this summer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a sunny golden body with active carbonation and 2 fingers of fine-bubbled white head that retains at a sheet and leaves thin broken rings of lacing.

Smell is malty with notes of green grass and citrus.

Taste is dry and malty, nutty biscuit and tart citrus appear, along with a light floral hop.

Lots of carbonation to enhance experience with a nice palate cleansing effect. I had mine with a cheeseburger. Perfect!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear. Picture perfect lacing after each sip the whole way down the class.
S: Malty, with a hint of hops.
T: Slightly sweet malts, with a dab of hops to round it out at the end.
M: Crisp, smooth, light. Taste gone almost as soon as it was there. Mild carbonation.
D: Incredibly drinkable. I had this as a night cap, but I can see it working wonders on a warm summer afternoon. I can't wait to pair this with a burger off the grill.

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Photo of alkemy
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap. Crystal clear golden yellow hue with a thin white head. Citrusy aroma with a kick of floral hops. There's a sweet caramel malt presence at first. Then you get a citrus/lemon zest that coincides with the hoppy finish. Very crisp and clean with some fairly biting carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer. Didn't really expect much from this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a small white head that fades into a thin white layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet bready malts followed by scents of lemon zest, orange peel, spice, and a hint of citrus hops.

Taste: Bready malts are quickly followed by fruity sweetness from the lemon and orange. A slight hint of citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid and tasty version of a summer ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you look at Brooklyn's Summer Ale as an English-style summer ale, it's pretty much spot on for the style although most examples from the UK offer a tad bit more hops in at least the flavor. The maltiness is quite distinct, however, hitting you squarely in the nose aroma-wise, and then following in the flavor. It's straw-like, grassy, and a touch earthy - and the hops that follow are very much the same. To guess, I'd imagine there's some Maris Otter mixed with a non-floor malted base, and Fuggles with a bit of Goldings thrown in. There's a mild bit of fruitiness to it, but it's really just about the rounded malt and hop profile. It's not complex, but it's not intended to be. It's lighter than a pale ale, well, at least less bitter, and basically just a nice, easy drinking ale that's got some nice flavor to it.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a yellow golden color with a frothy white head. It smells of green apple and funk with some grain and citrus with other fruity aroma. The taste is slightly bitter with just a hint of lemon, and sour grain with a bitter citrus and grassy aftertaste. The beer is light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is better than most summer beers and I really enjoyed the slightly sour accent.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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