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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.56/5
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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:
#39,805
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,836
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
468
Trade:
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Photo of doktorhops
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis summer! The season of “farken hot” weather is upon us, may we all not die of heat stroke here in Australia. It’s a season where I tend to abstain somewhat from the darker beers (don’t read my next review - it will make a liar of me) and switch to lighter beers like a proverbial migrating swallow. So obviously the appeal of this latest Brooklyn brew is in its lighter emphasis on flavour and a push towards Lagery characteristics which should make it a boon for when the power is out and there is naught to keep spirits high than a frothy glass of the amber fluid. Brooklyn note on the can that they’ve used British 2-row malt with unstated German and American hops - which should translate to an easy drinking Pale Ale that will go a treat in the heat.

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear pale gold body with a white sea foam head that starts about 2 centimetres and drops back to a thin white blanket. Pretty pale in comparison to other English Pale Ales, but otherwise standard stuff. 7/10.

S: Nutty overtones with a fruity/floral backing, lemon, chestnut and a light spicy/earthy character as well. This isn’t a beer that demands attention and as far as the brief goes “light summer ale” I say “nailed it”. 7/10.

T: Above noted flavours (nutty, lemon, floral, spicy and earthy) with a long dry finish. Easy and approachable brew for the uninitiated and a reprieve from Russian Imperial Stouts and Double IPAs for the seasoned drinker. Of course the ABV is a bit high at 5% given that I’ve had mid-strength English Pales with more flavour, however that’s not necessarily a bad thing unless you’re driving and these go down too easy/too fast. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a mid to light carbonation - simple stuff, not challenging at all, more body would always be welcome though.7/10.

D: After all the heavy +10% ABV RISs and DIPAs this is a nice little brew that is laid-back and doesn’t ask for much. It’s got flaws - it could have a dash more bite, more body, some haze - but it’s also good at what it does, which happens to be very little. So I think Brooklyn nailed the brief with this brew, however that brief is not something I gush over anyhow, which accounts for my score here. That said if it’s a bloody hot day and I’m mowing the lawn (I never mow the lawn coincidentally) I might crack open a can of this and chug it down with gusto. 7/10.

Food match: Beetroot, feta and walnut salad will work a treat here.

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CervezaNY
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2017 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours with a pale amber body that has excellent clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Fine white head with nice lacing.
A mild ale, but quite flavorful compared to, say a light beer. More flavor from the hops than the malts but very mild bitterness.

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Photo of mikegryo
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a small white head. The aroma is bitter hops. The taste is a light hop blend.

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Photo of Try-em-all
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I buy these beers from all the micro beers across the country when I travel and I have to keep in mind that they won't necessarily be unique but something indigenous to the area where people drink. Straw yellow with a light foam probably a one finger with very little lacing on the glass living here in St Louis I didn't really find it much different than a Bud Light it's good but nothing particularly spectacular as we look at craft beers

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Photo of JeltMaaj
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justince
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You've gotta remember to keep this in context for what it is...this is meant to be had with lighter meals, or as a party beer. It's extremely drinkable, definitely not complex, but you do get very well defined floral and citrus notes without it tasting remotely artificial or filling. It's a very safe flavor. Mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and carbonated for this style.

In my eyes, this is THE beer I want when i'm putting down more than one. That's what it's intended for, and it's absolutely brilliant for it.

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Photo of aaron6440
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Straw yellow poured from a bottle. I was looking forward to this after cutting the grass. Had a slight head and smelled like a beer. I did not smell or taste any citrus. This was a little refreshing but not my thing. Just a beer.

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

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

Photo of Brew_ski
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jchow17
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ajdelaney
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect summer beer

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The thinnest pale ale I've ever seen. Clear enough to see through and lacking ant sort of body whatsoever. Thin and watery, slight hop bite at the end, not much else going on. No complexity or range of flavors.

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Photo of porterman66
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight spicy hops, hint of wheat, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight spicy hops,wheat, and slight earthiness. Overall, better aroma than body with a good appearance.

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Photo of Paoloboston
1.49/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of jhart96
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Gold,clear,medium carbonation. Nice beer that isn't too extreme in any area. Good beer for a bbq or after some yard work

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