Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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515 Reviews
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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
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,781
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
448
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 515 | Ratings: 1,781
Photo of philipquarles
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a small white foam cap. Smells of biscuity malt with nice aromatic hops. Faintly grassy/herbal with an overall sweet character. Light malt flavors are dominant on the palate with some citrus character, faint-but-noticeable bitterness, and a lightly spicy finish. Strange residual lemon flavors. Light-bodied and well-carbonated. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - A clear golden color with nice foamy white head and good lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma. A definte breadiness as well.

T - A little citrus taste and some sweet bready malt.

F - Very light and crisp in the mouth. Good carbonation and balance.

D - This is extremely easy to drink. This is a great lawn mower beer or for us in Louisiana...perfect with some spicy boiled crawfish.

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Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium gold with a 1-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is grassy with some hops and fruits. The taste is bready, some slightly bitter hops, citrus, and herbal quality. The mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated.

This is a very sessionable beer, and would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of RyanC84
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

English Pale Ales aren't the sexiest style ever, but Brooklyn has nailed it with their summer release.

A: One of the best English Pales I've seen. Pours a wonderful light golden color with a one finger head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma isn't out of this world. All "bready" malt on this one.

T: Crisp & refreshing. The bready malt dominates with the hops finally showing up at the end providing a citrus finish.

M & D: Low ABV. Good carbonation with a light body. Perfect beach beer.

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Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were straight forward, good bit of malts and hops mixed together, neither one over powers the other

T - The taste of this beer was good, nice bit of sweet, bready malts, a citrus flavor that is more refreshing than overpowering, and a nice wisp of hops to finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body followed by a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Now this is what I call refreshing, very clean and crisp and doesn't taste like corn, the kind of beer I crave after a 4 mile run

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Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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 armock
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus fruit and malt

T - Follows the nose exactly

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer its a good refreshing beer for the summer good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a nice white foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles float up continuously.
Subtle aromas with lots of malt, some toasted bread and herbal, grassy hops. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant.
The flavors are fairly simple too, but also quite pleasant. Again, fairly malty with bread and some light stone fruit flavors. Herbal and grassy hops are there too to add bitterness, but this is not the main flavoring as one may think.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.
I will definitely seek this out again, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Great beer for sitting on the porch and enjoying the day.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice golden color, with a substantial, very frothy head. The nose is simple but nice: a little hoppiness, with a little maltiness. The taste is spot on for a general English bitter. The predominant flavor is a nice grassy hoppiness, though bitterness is not too high, matched well with a good amount of malt, fortunately not too caramelly like many US interpretations. Well-balanced with a light fruitiness.

Not a complex beer, but quite quaffable. A good session beer, and one of the better Brooklyn beers I've had.

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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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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,781 ratings.
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