Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
81
good
1,794 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
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
Ratings:
1,794
Reviews:
518
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
455
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,794 |  Reviews: 518
Photo of Barleycorn
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puftdank
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmgineDanus
2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Smells like a frat house basement on a Sunday morning. Taste is similar but more abhorrent, punctuated by a hollow, over-yeasted, under-hopped stale corn and ethanol twang, with a urine-like aftertaste and no redeeming qualities to speak of. Like a can of Coors or Natty Ice that was left in the trunk of your car for an entire summer. I never expect much when it comes to summer ales, but this fails even the lowest summer varietal standards. Brooklyn should be ashamed of this one.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wiffler27
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours straw gold with a solid head, lots of carbonation to it.

very mild aroma, almost a blonde ale/pale lager aroma. nothing here.

taste is mild and clean, a slight skunkiness to it. summer ale (pale ale) is more like a blonde ale/AAL cross. not great.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Peter1977
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spike
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Glassy, golden colour. Clear with no visible carbonation. The thin, clumpy head very quickly reduces to a smear. Few spots of lacing.

Light, biscuit aroma.

Solid malt base with light, lemony hops in the background. Dials back the citrus a lot. Very short finish. Semi-sweet. Not much bitterness. Pretty bland, to be honest.

Medium to thin body. Moderate carbonation verging on gassy despite the lack of bubbles.

Overall, an inoffensive and very average golden ale. Enjoyable on a hot day, no doubt, but then instantly forgettable. Zero need to ship this across the Atlantic from New York to the UK.

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Photo of taters21
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color, with a half finger white head.
Smells distinctly of lemon followed by sweet malt.
The lemon and hop notes take up most of the flavor, with malt close to the end, crisp, light finish.
Mouthfeel is perfect for summer, light and crisp.
Overall another nice offering from Brooklyn brewery, and a good summer beer.

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Photo of instinct2
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ClePaul
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of A20sp
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of snowmageddon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5
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.

Notes
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 Ela
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mltobin
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Klister
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,794 ratings.
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