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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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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 mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt, pear and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is biscuit malt and herbal, grassy hops, hints of fruit. Finish is medium and dry. Good summer brew.

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Photo of bgold86
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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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Photo of aerozeppl
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color. Minimal white head with no lacing.

S:Biscuit malt up front then some sweetness.

T:Sweet up front. Slight hop bitterness. Nothing amazing but solid.

M: Nice light body.

D: Super easy drinking on this 95 degree day. While not the best beer from Brooklyn this is a great summer beer.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a very classic look. It's color is an old-fashioned gold with a foamy white head that dissipates after the first sip to a light film. Nice webbed lacing. There's also good bubbling activity.

Hops, lemon, and an overall grassy/summer aroma all come through.

Brisk hops are there with a little lemon and grain. I also taste a slightly sweet malt.

Great. It's crisp, sharp, yet finishes smooth and short. Perfect carbonation. A great thirst quencher.


In New England most people only know the Sam Adams summer ale, which is decent. But I think this summer ale offering from Brooklyn is better.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad ale for the hot season. Not sure why it's a "summer" beer other than that it's relatively light for an English-style ale, has a lower ABV, and sports some pleasant, garden-fresh hoppiness throughout.

The ample, compact, spongy, white foam on the pour suggests higher carbonation or perhaps wheat. It stays for a few moments and quietly dies off. Soft bit of sizzle left on the tongue while sipping. Wheat-orange/gold color - clear.

A fruity, citrus or melon-like scent hits you first, highlighted by some potent perfumy, floral hop aromas. Letting it warm (to a proper English ale temp), some very lightly toasty, caramel/buttery malt comes through, and maybe even some yeast. A potent bouquet that needs little effort to detect and enjoy.

Floral and fruit (not necessarily in order of potency) flavors dominate the taste - malt pushed to the background, part of a balanced presentation. A lot of hop influence on the palate here, taking on some vaguely spicy, herbal qualities, with a slight citrus resin/bitterness lingering, while the malt simply supports - a touch of butterscotch in the cellar range?

I'm sure it's filtered - it's fairly light and clean but it retains just enough of the body and flavor of an English ale and malt. I'd certainly like to try this on cask - bet it's better, you bet.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours yellow gold with a slight haze and a white head. Creamy, left lace. Nose is hebal,cool. Fruity citrusy. Biscuit and dry cracker with a little sweetness for malt. Soft spice. Taste isbalanced toward the malt which develops a bit of caramle in the flavor. I wish it had been firmer. Lots of herbal. Cool, spice and a bit of a citrusy middle. Not much bitterness and kind of spritzy making the body seem a little off to me.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light light copper color. With dense head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy and flowery hops with some roasted malts present as well. Fruity. Not very prevalent nose though.

T - Crisp dry hop taste with some bitterness and some spices. Very appealing to me. A smooth and semi-sweet malty finish at the end there.

M - light bodied but very falvorful and refreshing as well. Nice balance between carbonation and hops.

D - Very refreshing! its probably good from the bottle too on nice warm summer days.

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Photo of wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap....review from phone notes.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden straw color. Two finger white head stays around for a long time before dying down leaving nice thicker lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light pale wheat aroma. Light pale malts are used in this I think. Very earthy smelling with light citrus undertones. Light grassy smell.

T- Very watery tasting. Light pale malts with a light wheaty taste. Citrus undertones in the middle to end of this one. Kind of a light skunked taste as well....this could be a little too old I would say.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style not playing a huge part in the beer. Light malt and light citrus left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean tasting through the entire beer.

D- This is an easy drinking beer to say the least. No overpowering full flavors but still nice sipper. Would love to drink this on a warm summers day.

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Photo of garuda
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, best by date printed on neck

A - Pale golden color, white head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Light on the nose, but both are similar with pale, grainy malts and just enough grassy, floral hops to give it some bitterness in the finish. I couldn't find too much going on here.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean, crisp.

O - Not really what I think of for a summer ale. It wasn't very refreshing, and it drank a little tough towards the end, with the malts being a bit too strong for the hops.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, decent creamy head, good lacing. Smells very floral, some roses, lavender, lilac, slight bready malt, herbal almost, touch of citrus, very fragrant overall. Tastes of light bready malt, nice citrus backbone, raw graininess near the finish. Earthy bitterness with a nice earthy dryness. Nice creamy body with enough carbonation to give it life.

This is a very solid summer beer and English pale ale. Lots of hops with just enough sweetness and dryness to be a great summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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