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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Consumed and enjoyed by me a few hours ago. Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice light amber body with maybe a hue of orange brown with a moderate one inch head that sticks around for a minute or two.

S Nice light hops smell. Some malt maybe able to be smelled. Inviting and interesting.

T Really great balanced beer with some sweet malt and light to moderate hops. I could tell right away that this is a GREAT session beer. This is a simple beer in one sense as it is strait forward a lightly hopped ale but it has a nice complexity with the interplay of malt and hops that I really like a lot.

M Moderate with the nice malt and moderate hops feel with a low ABV.

D Excellent. Really the best feature of this beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased in a wegmans mix a six pack. at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. OCT 2011 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a cloudy golden color with a big fluffy 3 fingers of white head, or a "4 head" from tiny girlfriend fingers. some nice foamy retention and some decent sticky lace.

a little grain, maybe even some wheat? lemon citrus and a slight snappy hop kick.

grain, slight corn and wheat. lemon citrus with some nice snappy citrus hops and a decent bitterness in the finish.

light bodied. a bit of an airy mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

overall: a nice summer drinker, went down very easily on a nice warm summer night next to a camp fire, but its not really something above average. the only thing that would keep me coming back is that its available in a can.

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3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Golden straw but rather watery looking. Thick frothy head.
Citrus and melon aroma.
Mild fruit flavour but lacking in bight. Some barley present.
Light to medium body.
A rather pallid beer for summer.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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

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3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mildly hazy orange gold, slow carbonation, with a dense creamy white head.

S – interesting light combination of lemony citrus, spring florals, and a light barley character, hay, and faint forest fruit aromas with a mild sourness.

T –Light and bright taste, a subtle lemon sweetness, apple notes, firm biscuity malt, then a bit more florals come in on the finish, ends crisp with a bit of apple and malt tones. Mild with an overriding citrus and light barley note. Crisp, mildly sour dry finish.

M – Light bodied, with moderate crisp carbonation and a malt forward grassy presence. Decent and sessionable, but not exciting. A refreshing cold ale.

Not a very complex or intriguing ale, offers a relatively straightforward (bland) pale character, refreshing and tasty when cold, with some bright citrus and dry florals that are quite easy to drink without much complaint, but I won’t be intrigued to pick up more.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ABV is incorrect as listed. The label says 5%, BA has this at 4.5%. The beer is nice, light refreshing, and complex enough to make this an interesting summer type pale ale. The beer pours a clear few-shades-darker than a pale color with a small white head that doesn't hang around long. No lacing in this one. The aroma is a touch grainy and bready, maybe a lemony touch or two, nothing overly distinct one way or the other.

The taste is quite mild. There is a nice balance, some bready malts, some hops balance things out, maybe a touch drying in the finish. The beer has an ever so slight citrus taste a little bit honeyed as well. The beer is more smooth than pricklish, but this is not an entirely smooth beer either. There is an ever so slight little tangy bite towards the finish that keeps this from being too mild an experience. It is a respectable, well balanced pale ale, light, refreshing, plenty carbonated, slight mouthfeel, not much aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,808 ratings.
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