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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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506 Reviews
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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
1,755
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
431
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 506 | Ratings: 1,755
Photo of atpben
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Was poured into a pint glass. Nice looking light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, light citrus and malts. Very easy to drink with more honey and citrus in the taste with high carbonation. A nice crispy sweet finish. Perfect summer beer. I enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's summer ale. Will definately try again.

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Photo of elniko
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Slight deep amber coloring, nice lingering head and lacing. Very high carbonation apparent. Really nice looking brew.

S: Definite pungy maltiness coming from the nose. My wife stated that it smelled like burned air from a hair dryer. Not the most pleasant nose.

T & M: There is something about the malt or yeast used in this brew that just comes across strangely in the taste. Crisp finish with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel slightly creamy.

D: Drinkable, but this is definitely not the first beer that I would look for on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, deep gold color with some orange tint. The head is fairly large, foamy, and slightly off-white. Retention is average, with solid lacing.

S: Some grainy, bready malt up front. Some grassy/herbal and faintly citric hop aroma. Pretty standard, nicely-done English Pale Ale aroma.

T: Bready up front with some pale malt flavor. Hops are again herbal and blandly citric, providing decent flavor and mild bitterness. A yeasty, slightly fruity taste at times. Maybe it's just me, but I detect a touch of salt.

M: Standard medium body. A soft, consistent dryness here. Carbonation is average.

D: A somewhat pedestrian offering from Brooklyn, although it does earn high marks for refreshment and drinkability. I'll be taking a closer look at some Brooklyn beers soon, but I can't say I understand the hype currently.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light Gold-orange hue.

Smell: Citrus, fresh cut apples

Taste: refreshing, light wheat bread flavor, hint of citrus

Mouthfeel: refreshing, mild tannins leaving the mouth watering for more

Drinkability: Very Drinkable - I recommend this to anyone looking for a refreshing beer without the high alcohol level of most craft beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a mostly thin texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A big malty smell with this one, along with some hops.

T: A sharp taste of barley malt and hops. Not the most complex taste, but definitely likable.

M: This beer has a lively amount of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While I'm not a huge fan of pale ale, but this was a tasty, easy to drink brew.

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Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of tim9887
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: a nice golden hue, about a finger or maybe a touch more of foamy white head.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, lemon, and just a wee bit o' hops.

Taste: Much of the characteristics from the aroma are present, specifically the malty sweetness & lemony citrus qualities. Finishes crisp with a slight tinge of sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very very crisp and refreshing carbonation. Pretty good all-around.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and honey up front. There's a good hops presence and a thin malt character. Simplistic but typical for a summer seasonal. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable beer that seems to fit its role as a summer beer quite well, even though there are other of its kind that I would pick first.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/13/08. On tap at the local bar. Pours amber with a small white head. Surprisingly hoppy (floral) with a wheaty sweet malt that balanced well with the hops. One of the better summer ales I've had and quite underrated on this site. Reminds me of SNPA just a little less hoppy. Good beer, quite drinkable.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a summer '08 bottle this beer was a bright lemon yellow color with lots of visible carbonation rising in it. The head was off-white, retained fairly well and left curtains of lacing. The aroma was of light floral hops and 'wet' wheat. The flavors were similar but unimpressive, bready and biscuity malt, the understated hops and a wheat finish that was crisp. The mouthfeel was rough due to over-carbonation and a medium/light body. Not as refreshing as I hoped from a summer offering.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold body with a flowing head and some lace patches. Some mild sweetness and breadiness along with minor citric notes. Maybe some pepper and clove (had a spice to it, but I may have imagined that. Mild sweetness in the taste along with some fruitiness from the hops. It isn't a bad taste and it goes down smooth and all, but it is just a little faint for my liking.
A good beer to try but I won't be seeking this out; I'll have one if the opportunity presents itself though.

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Photo of holzmann
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, lightly golden color with minimal head. Nose is very fresh and grainy with sweet notes. Certainly a pleasant aroma but nothing special (no hop aroma). Crisp refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth but short. Finishes slightly sour.

Overall this is a decent refreshing summer ale. Something very sessionable to be consumed while mowing the lawn perhahps, but nothing special beyond that. I like the grainy nose, but this beer lacks any complexity beyond that. The color is a little on the light sight (reminds of a cheap BMC lager)

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with minimal head and just enough cloudiness so as to assure me of its tasty character.

Smell- Very subtle nose, flowery and delicate.

Taste- Sharp and crisp. Not bitter per-se but very refreshing without being overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin in this department but not too bad. Still fills up mouth and gives a solid jolt of flavor.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, muy tasty and a great one for bbq'ing.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear gold with a modest white froth that leaves some scattered lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, grass, and light citrus. Flavor is doughy and biscuity with a soft Cascade tartness. Just a touch of bitterness. Great balance, full-flavored while maintaining lightness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Ridiculously easy to drink. A great thirst-quencher, one of the best summer ales there is.

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Photo of TerjUGA
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden straw color, slightly cloudy with a fourth inch head that slowly fades.

S- smells of honey with mixtures of biscuites, some citrus.

T-initial taste of honey sweetness, hints of hops here and there, finishes dry with a light aftertaste.

M-medium carbonated, pretty smooth, well balanced.

D- good beer but not the best, wouldnt be my first choice but its not bad.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very light haze in the golden beer. Half an inch of thick white froth coated the top and faded slowly. Average carbonation.

A very light bready presence in the nose. A light citrus and honey blend fades fast behind butter scents. A slight yeast aroma is definitely peaking through the malt.

A sweet flavor to the beer up front was like a piece of honey wheat bread. Hops bitterness is subdued. Balance is nice, but a slight off aftertaste.

Not thick not thin. Carbonation effect is a bit on the perky side. Taste does hang a while.

A decent beer. Good with a nice grinder (read: hoagie, sub, etc.). A solid go to in my small quick pick package store. Try it, but don't go crazy to get it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a transluent honey-gold with a quarter inch off-white head that dissipated into a broken skim of foam within seconds; no lacing during the session. Light fruity esters and grassy character in the nose. Taste is predominantly wheaty with a little sweetness, as well as a hint of citrus and hops detectable in the middle and end, respectively. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and lively with a clean finish. Easy drinking beer. Quite sessionable and simple.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with nice foamy white head. Head falls slowly leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is of hops with a bit of spiciness and mild citrus.

Yeasty malt and citrus, maybe lemon, coming through in the taste.

Decent mouthfeel. Fairly full and nice carbonation.

Easy drinking summer brew.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a golden yellow with a small one finger head, with no real lacing.

I really can't pin point the smell except for a yeasty smell up front then a citrus hint at the end.

Taste is like said before: yeasty, bready, and ends with a citrus & hop finish.

Good smooth and crisp brew, good carbonation.

Liked this brew and could drink a few, and would drink again.

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Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper with straw tints. 1" head that laced the glass on the way down

S: Bread and bisquits. Some light carmel and honey. Grass and a bit of citrus

T: Sourdough bread, some light hops. Also, a spicyness to this beer that I couldn't pinpoint.

M: Active carbonation, tingles your mouth.

D: A good summer ale, that I found to be a nice change of pace from all the wheat beers that are out now.

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Photo of beveritt
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is the standard Brooklyn label, with a yellow, red, and baby blue color scheme. I think the bottle says best before Oct 2008, but the date is printed right on top of a ridge.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 4 fingers of pure white head that rises over the brim of the glass. This settles slowly, leaving behind tufts of lacing, to about 1 finger. The beer itself pale yellow and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet and zesty malt, with a mild earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Bready malt flavor that you really "feel" in the back of your mouth. Green and vegetal hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Hops taste very fresh.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkabilty: Exactly as billed, this is a crisp and easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puffy head atop a clear dark yellow. Looks like a slightly darker lager. Not bad but not mind-blowing.

Nice light ale yeast in the smell. Hints of summery orange and lemon. Pale malt flavors. Has a little bready dryness. Refreshing but not too light.

The taste is pale -- almost wheaty -- sweetness, with hints of fruity (orange/lemon) and berries on the back end. Nice and summery and light.

More acidic than I would have thought. Light-bodied but with a little creaminess. A good, light, summery beer. Rather weak but good, unobtrusive flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a very golden, light amber hue. Good two finger head after the pour that quickly recedes to a strong film of foam. The aroma makes me thin k of an American pale wheat ale. Light fruit notes with some adjuncty corn goodness. But there are some flower hop aroms in this beer as well. The taste has bready malt with a light note of bananas and corn. Bitter, yet sessionable aftertaste of flower vines. The palate is crisp and starchy. This beer makes me think of a bitter pale wheat ale than an English pale ale. Pretty refreshing beer, although I might not care for the flavors and the categorization.

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to drink a couple of these on tap at Risqué BBQ on Clark Street in Chicago. Glad to see more places offering Brooklyn Beers.

Served in standard pint glass, the beer is a light gold with a bone white head. Nice lacing.

It has a light yet inviting aroma of grains and citrus.

The taste is crisp with biscuits and lemon rind. Light grainy taste with subtle hop perfume type accents. There is a bit of apple flavor late.

The mouth is crisp and it makes an easy drinking summer brew.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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