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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 AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Kiabacca glass.
A: Slightly hazy copper with white, frothy head.
S: It smells gently hoppy and metallic with pleasant citrus.
T: It tastes gently hoppy and metallic with pleasant citrus. A bit of a sulfuric tang is lagery, but not unwelcome. Easy drinking, English-esque, not particularly notable.
M: Crisp, clean, classic.
O: I will probably never buy this beer again, but if you're rolling out to the park or a party...you could do a lot worse.

Malts: British Pale, German Pilsner
Hops: Perle, Cascade, Amarillo
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Original Gravity: 11.5 Plato
Food Pairings: Salads, seafood, quiches, lightly spicy dishes, brunch, cheddar and feta.
Availability: March-August

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: nice, bright yellow. Totally translucent, with a solid, white head on top that lingers for a little while. Leaves spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma: kind of smells lagery in its barley malt character. There's a little bit of lemony citrus, but nothing overwhelmingly hoppy here.

Taste: again, it's a light, summer-y beer. It's got plenty of light, bready malt, and a little bit of lemon flavor. The flavors are pretty muted.

Feel: thin, lagery, and moderately carbonated. Definitely made to drink four or five of.

Overall: it's a big step above macro lagers and ales, but it's not the brew I'd reach for given more flavorful options. Still, it's a nice summer ale for a cookout or something. Maybe mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Cameronsavage
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a lot of flavor for feeling like a light beer. For a "summer" beer it get's the job done. Don't normally dig the larger production Brooklyn Brewery beers, but I can't knock this one!

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Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow.
Smell is sweet, floral, with some lemon or citrus.
Flavor is a light hops with a faint citrus taste and a mild floral ending

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with just a bit of white foam. Aroma is light and hoppy, mostly with earthy and citrus notes. Taste is also hoppy, citrusy, slightly astringent. A bit of malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry. Light body with crisp carbonation. Really easy to drink, refreshing ale.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £12.99 for a pack of six.

Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow coloured body with a one-finger in height, thin, white, bubbly head. Disappointingly, despite masses of visible streaming carbonation it reduces quickly to a frothy ring and leaves behind only a token amount of spotty lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of light malt, tangy fruit, grapefruit and a subtle lemony hop character. The taste follows suit, starting with pleasantly sweet bready malts that lead quickly into tangy fruity hops. Mid palate the hop profile intensifies, slowly transitioning from sweet and fruity to faintly grassy, herbal, and mildly bitter. In the mouth a light to medium body and plenty of carbonation give a thin but smooth and crisp feel. On the end, lingering hops give the finish a crisp and refreshing gentle bitterness balanced by a touch of subtle sweet malt to round things off.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s bright and clean, easy drinking and refreshing but not one to seek out especially.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin but permanent head and golden color. Aroma is grainy, crisp and lightly hopped. Flavor is much the same. Clean and light. Great summer ale. Not really much of an EPA as it is listed on this site.

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Photo of michael_arnold01
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into glass
First of all there is absolutely NO bitterness and if you're in the mood for a light summer beer, this could be up your ally. I went to a liquor store wanting to try something and I landed with this. The head lasts for a couple minutes and is pretty tall at first.
Taste: it hits you with a brief aroma of floral notes, changes to a very surprisingly nice bread flavor and leaves that on the back end.
Feel: very lite, easy to drink
Overall this beer is what it is; an easy to drink summer ale and has a very pleasant taste that leaves nothing unwanted.

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draft at Parker's in Portland, Maine, while watching the crappy Sox play the Yanks. My beer choice reflects their positions in the standings.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden blonde. Light crown of white film is gone quickly.

Aroma: Some herbal hops. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: Some bite of hop flavor. Maybe a little biscuit. Crisp and easy.

Mouthfeel: Light. It is a summer ale, after all.

Overall: Pretty average summer offering. This brewery does a lot of OK beers and this is another one. A decent beer for a summer day, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Buck89
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unsure on the age, but this was 1 month before the BB date (Sept 2015).
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful clear amber color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is muted floral with some sweet malty notes. Taste began with toast and bread and a subdued easy bitter finish. I didn't get much hop flavor at all. Low-medium carbonated with a fairly thick feel.

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Photo of cavedave
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear golden beer with a billowy head that overtops glass and leaves spotty lace on the retreat. Nice topper hangs about for the ride.

Light aroma featuring crisp grainy sweet, lemony hop, very light herbal and floral in there too.

Pretty much as expected from aroma, nicely balanced with the grainy sweet taking more center stage, and the floral backing way off. End of sip is juicy.

Light carb., medium viscosity, decent finish which could have a bit more spicy or bitter to it,clean flavors, a touch watery, but refreshing for sure.

Decent, simple, flawless take on an English Pale. Nicely refreshing, could be a bit more dynamic flavors and finish.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical summer ale, with it being an English pale and all, but it's a good change for the season. The beer itself looks more amber/brown than pale, and doesn't have much of a nose, but is appropriately malty for the style, pretty good, not spectacular.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty mild for an English Pale. Of course, I've had a lot of American Pales lately, but they usually are just a bit hoppier. I see English as slightly harsher and bitter. But it's still great!

It's pretty yellow and has nice fizz. The aroma is mild but appealing - clean with just a faint hops and malt smell.

The taste is clean and slightly creamy with a touch of a fruitiness (yeast?) and a wonderful finish. A beautiful, fresh balance. Burps are all hoppy - splendid. A refreshing drink.

I bought the 12 pack (cans) of these to give away as a tip for the guys cutting down the big tree in my back yard last Sunday, but there were too many guys and I just didn't find the right time, so they are mine now! Keepers. Recommended for easy drinking and sharing with non-craft drinkers too (but they need to be ready for about three times the taste of their crappy brews). Compared to a bud these are a delicacy.

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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 BKRaiderAce
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light ale that doesn't try to do anything complicated.. Almost pilsner like in feel, it's refreshing and sits well with most meals on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber and sunset color with creamy foam and good lace retention. Fruity aroma; citric and perhaps apples. Toasted malt taste, fruity and lemony aftertaste. Strong leafy hop finish. Bitter and lingering aftertaste. Creamy and smooth. The bitter aftertaste was somewhat of a turnoff, but, not a terrible summer brew.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden ale color, clear without a hint of haziness, lightly carbonated.
S-Not much, very little hop or malt aroma
T-Must admit a rather bland taste experience. A very minute hop flavor but the malt has a decent body. The yeast provides a breadiness and it delivers a clean finish.
O-This beer offers some pleasing malt and yeast character, but I expected a fruity and lush taste profile.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours some nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer color is a hazy medium gold that looks nice.

The beer smell is fairly sweet from the pale malts and a nice hop bite. However, the hops bitterness is a bit light and occasionally is overwhelmed by the sweetness.

The beer taste is pretty disappointing compared to the smell. While the smell had a strong malt presence, the taste does not. The sweet pale malt is still there but it's weak in comparison to the hops. Likewise, the hops taste is fairly bitter but unusually light.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and a little bit watery. There is some carbonation but it doesn't seem to save the dissapointment.

Overall, a pretty disappointing but otherwise drinkable summer ale. The smell was a real pleaser and set some expectations the taste did not meet.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light crisp golden body, brilliant white foam head, some lacing
S: pale malt, orange
M: medium thin body
T: lemon, paler malt, slightly watery
O: easy dining brew, thinbody

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Photo of PhantomWolf
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a straight pour into a standard pint, I got that classic amber with a thick foamy head. The beer had just the right amount of tight little bubbles to come off as crisp, but remains smooth and very drinkable. The head was aromatic; sweet and a touch of fruit, though not much depth. That essentially describes the taste. Light and sweet with a clean finish. If you concentrate you almost get a hint of white grape and honey on the tale end. IF you concentrate. To me it screams 'Summer' It's the type of ale I plan on downing by the gallon with some friends and some barbecue on a summer night. Nothing complicated, just a good time in a bottle at a reasonable price. This may be my standard guzzler for a month or so.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Golden amber that's just a bit hazy. A slightly underwhelming half inch white head that quickly fades into a coating on top of the beer. Very little lacing in the glass.

S: Sweet bread-like grain and fruity hops, a touch floral but in my opinion fruit is more discernible.

T: Sweet malt, bread-like in flavor as well. Bitterness is clean and doesn't overpower the malt. Pleasant to drink but ultimately run-of-the-mill.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. I'd probably consider most summer beers to be a touch lighter in body than this but it's not bad.

O: Refreshing if not a bit generic. I could see myself drinking this during the warmer months but nothing about it will have me running out to pick up a case. It would probably do well at a party with wide ranging tastes in beer, craft drinkers would be satisfied and light beer fans wouldn't be overwhelmed.

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Photo of plowe70
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Botttle served into an iced mug. Really nice looking beer. It has a golden hue and a nice head. Not much to smell although I'm a little stuffed up. Very nice feel in the mouth. Tastes pretty watery. This beer is meant to be drinkable by the masses so that makes sense but not my thing.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden color with thick foamy head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Light citrus taste with sweet breadiness from the two row barley. Just enough hop finish to make it interesting. Definitely a great beer when you're packing the cooler for a hot Summer afternoon at the beach.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Kind of disappointed in this beer. Too hoppy for my likes in a refreshing summer type beer. I would drink it if it was offered to me, but would not go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Can smell the barley here, but my nose isn't working right at the moment, so I may revisit this later to edit. Since nose isn't working right, tongue may be compromised as well.

Tastes pleasantly of orange, and some spice shows up as well. Possibly coriander, the taste is sweet to start then the malty character shows up through the middle and finish.

Not bitter in the slightest, light bodied, light carbonation, would consider this a great brew to enjoy on a hot day.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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