Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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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:
1,823
Reviews:
526
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
461
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I have heard of this one, and AJ said it was brewed specifically for the Clark's Ale House real ale fest. People were not rushing to it, Medium mouthfeel, on the sour acidic side,though above average hoppiness and quaffable.Light pale colour.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin white head over a straw with golden color.

S: Bread, light lemon and malt.

T: Malt, toasty and bready. Citrus notes.

M: Mildly dry which takes away from the refreshing aspect of many beers in this category. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. Good choice for canned beer. Not my favorite in the genre but drinkable for those summer months.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the great summer beers of the northeast, and now that its canned, its even better. a light golden color, clear, with a creamy white head. it smells like pilsner malts, English ale yeast, and a crisp fruity juicy hop finish, more than is common in a summer brew. in taste, I get a nice combination of lighter malts, as well as some citrus fruit, ruby red grapefruit mostly, but a little lemon too. a touch of spice from the yeast is evident in the finish as well. effervescent carbonation is this beers best feature, it keeps it light and bright, summery. clean finish, ill take another please!

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a light golden color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a touch of lemon zest and malts in there. The taste had a hint of lemon as well and is fairly malty. The mouthfeel is pretty lighter and is decently refreshing. Overall this is a lot like the Sam Adams Summer Wheat but not as good.

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A summer ale that isn't a pale wheat ale or fruit beer??? Unbelievable. I really enjoyed this beer I must say, one of my favorite summer seasonals now. Pours a nice pale golden color, small head to it, not much for lacing or bubbles. Can smell the nice hops and malts as you're pouring it.. excellent. This is a very crisp, refreshing beer. Very well balanced and nice solid mouthfeel with a light body perfect on a hot day. One of the more thirst quenching beers I've tried.. I enjoyed this one a lot, nothing too special but just a solid beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light yellow and cloudy in appearance. There's not too much head, although it was hand pumped from a cask.
S: There are mild aromas of yeast and malt; the overall smell is somewhat musty in nature.
T: There's a good balance between malts and hops, although the malts seem to stand out a bit more in the initial taste. I can also taste some spices in the flavor, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate, smooth and a bit bubbly.
D: Although it is very easy to drink, there's nothing particularly special about this beer that makes it stand out. It might be a good beer to pair with a food when you are looking for something light that doesn't have a strong taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eeeh... It's beer. A blond alte style that is basically dull and problematic that is modestly improved by a slight wheat addition. Curious as to why a brewery the caliber such as Brookly would even bother. The beer pours a brightly colored straw with active carbonation that is held below 7-up status by the wheat texture. Smells half malty, half grainy and with a light lemon-gass note. The flavors closely mimic the aromas with emphasis on the light malts. The feel is light, and kept from watery by the wheat additions. Fairly clean and crisp in the finish with a light grain-hust astringecy and hoppiness. It's a fine hot-weather brew, but does not inspire any deep thoughts or contemplation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, arrived in Alberta just in time for summer to start its slow, drain-circling wane.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy, almost creamy white head, which leaves some extensive splotchy painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of soft bready, grainy malt, a bit of tart lemon, and grassy/bitter floral hops. The taste is more bready malt, a bit yeasty, with some mild citrus notes, before a dry musty, earthy/weedy hoppiness ensues. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body on the light side, but nowhere near thin, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bakeshop malt trailing off, in concert with some increasingly musty hops.

Not a bad tipple, nor overly complex, but enjoyable enough to put back while distracted by other summer attractions.

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Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with an impressive head; nice retention and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Bready, salty and grainy with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready, underneath, but the herbal, grainy and sulfuric tones take over quickly; the finish is harsh and grainy and there is a salty residual flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There aren't many beers out there that totally turn me off so this was a surprise and not a pleasant one

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: Sept. 09

A - Poured out a clear, pale, golden-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a thick, two-finger, white head of foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and lemon.

T - It tasted bready and of grains. There was a spicy hop kick with just a touch of lemon flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - I really liked this brew. It was very tasty and easy drinking

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral earthiness. Pleasant aromas with solid balance of hop and malt notes; with very weak strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is very solid blonde ale. Good balance of malt and hops flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a deep golden body with decent clarity. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes, accompanied by some lightly musty hop aromas.

T - Biscuit and toast malt character up front with a bit of husky grain character. Some grassy hops show up in the middle with more toast and a hint of bitterness. The beer finishes out with a good dose of toasted malt and light bitterness as well as some musty hop notes that linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not a bad beer, but really nothing particularly special. The malt is fairly strong throughout, with enough hops to balance, but really not much character over and above that. A pretty passable beer for hot weather, but if you want to put some effort into it, you wouldn't have much trouble finding something better.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

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