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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:
508
Ratings:
1,763
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
437
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Mongrel
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes, looks and smells like a Magic Hat #9. The mouthfeel is a bit softer and the apricot is less pronounced, replaced by a little lemon. But really, not much special here, which is disappointing considering how many folks rave about this beer on here.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Brand Summer Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a clear pale copper with a golden hue and a minimal bubbly head. Some lacing in bubble rings.

Smell - English barley and bready with a crisp fruit hops overlay. Somewhat subtle but nice.

Taste - Bready and fruit, slightly tart, refreshing, like biting into a piece of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Dry, drinkable, refreshing, and not at all boozy. Slight carbonated snap gives it a bit of a soda feel that the mouth enjoys.

Overall - Beats out Sam Summer Ale in almost every way. As Summer brews go, this is outright grand. I enjoyed and I think fans of this style would definitely appreciate it.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral earthiness. Pleasant aromas with solid balance of hop and malt notes; with very weak strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is very solid blonde ale. Good balance of malt and hops flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass chalice.

Pale amber color, very crystalline and clear in appearance. It pours a nice white foamy head about 2 fingers worth. Aroma is of lemon and wheat, yeasty bread and there’s also a slight bitter hop smell to it as well. The flavor is very mild, but has a kind of chewy, doughy feel to it which is pleasant. The finish is dry and enjoyably malty. Any hops in here are fairly well hidden. A lot of "summer" beers are hit and miss for me and this is a hit. Definitely one of the better ones. It's a very clean, refreshing summer beer that I could drink a lot of pretty easily.

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Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
(best by Oct. 2013)

L: gold, crystal clear; 1/4-inch head of white foam that disipates quickly and doesn't stick; as clear a brew as any I've seen, looks like gold water with bubbles

S: malty malty and maltier as it warms up; sweet yeasty bread notes

T: follows the nose to a degree and a solid copy of the style; just a slight bitterness up front followed by that English pale ale sweet finish; a slight hint of grain (barley, milo); tastes just a hint watered down, but it's not as bad a thing as it sounds ...

F: light but solid, very drinkable, plenty of carbonation ... it is watery but not so much that it ever stops tasting/feeling like a beer

O: thank the beer gods above that I ran into this at Onion Creek in Houston; SO good ... exactly what I've been looking for, an American-made true pale ale in the English style. I don't over-rate beers, so this one's modest numbers from me should not be decieving: If you like beer, you will like this brew.

It is EXACTLY what you want in a "summer seasonal," and it's at least as good as any of I've tried so far, if not the outright best.

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

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Not quite pale, but a light yellow gold color. Thick white head, nice rings of lacing.

S- Some citrus, floral, wheat, breadiness.

T-Some malt sweetness, hoppy, some citrus, a note of butter.

M- Well carbonated and crisp. Chewy from the buttery factor. Dry malts.

O- It went well with pizza!

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Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on tap at the brewery.
Bright golden color with a thin head.
Nice refreshing hoppy aroma of resins and pine.
Light pilsner flavor, hops are definitely sent but not aggressive. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Good summer ale.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the tap at St. James Gate in New York, New York. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, glowing a toasted amber coloring. It held a one finger head of uniformly tight white bubbles, showing okay retention into a crowning ring hugging the sides of the glass. Lacing was punctate and minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma boasted crisp pale malts, stale adjuncty metallics, dried straw, apricot and browned apple sweetness, grassy and lightly citric hops, black pepper, buttered wheat toast, phenolic plastics, and soft boozy fumes. Our first impression was that the flavoring was just as even as the nose, but with that same dank adjuncty quality permeating the grain bill thoroughly. As we sipped, the taste began with biscuity toast, pale and softer amber malts, dried baker’s yeast, grassy and earthy hops, raw barley, and light honeysuckle florals to balance. The middle came to a peak with brash metallics, corny adjuncts, white flour, pear fruitiness, toasty pales, gravel, and muddy, yeasty bite. Washing through the finish was a blend of light banana esters, continued pale and partially red graininess, crisp toast, aluminum metallics, lipstick waxiness, and floral and grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of gritty graininess, muddy pales, table salt, tree bark, floral hop wash, apricot sweetness, and fruity apple tart zing rumbling up from the stomach along with booze and black pepper spice. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but little cream, froth, or crisp finishing pop. The mouth was briefly coated with foam, but this quickly dripped clean into malted dryness and light hoppy puck. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its evenness through the aroma and the flavoring. This helped to maintain smoothness and ease of drinkability through to the end of the glass, with no one flavor or component really outshining or overpowering any of the others. The core ingredients, however, felt a bit cheap, with adjuncty inclusions to the malt bill, and a rather skimpy hop thrust. While the hops were there, you had to look for them, meaning that you were left looking for the refreshment and cleanliness in your beer. This is really not the drinker’s job for a commercially available summer beverage that you would hope would want to do the job for you. That said, the beer went down smoothly enough, and is definitely something you could swill a few of while taking in playoff hockey at a bar with some friends.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Clear golden color, soapy white head.

SMELL: Orange peel, wheat, sweet malt.

TASTE: Light lemony flavors, floral, biscuity. Some wheat type flavor with a small graininess. Bitterness is tame but balancing and has an earthy pungency.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Has a buttery, palate coating yeast finish.

OVERALL: An agreeable session ale from Brooklyn. A good choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a medium golden amber colored brew with a small white head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and citrusy. A little bit of breadiness and wheat is mixed with a good dose of sweet lemon and grapefruit as well as an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and malty taste with some flavors of lemon upfront. The lemon is on the slightly sweeter side up front, but sours more as the taste advances to the end. Along with the souring in the taste so too comes flavors of a more bitter hoppy flavor. The hop are of a herbal and citrus nature, leaving a odd bitter but sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then average in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the style of the beer and create a light refreshing feel overall.

Overall – Not bad, but a little too much bitterness which takes away slightly from the more refreshing characteristics of the brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in stemmed strange)
Best before Sept 2012 (it was consumed in the summer 2012)
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow body with a lumpy beige head that sticks to the glass in clouds after each sip. There is a gentle microbubble carbonation.

S- The dry corn note leads to a papery green hops in an otherwise very clean aroma.

T- The slightly soapy tart hops have a lemon finish with a slight corn note. The dry finish is clean with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens up and some raw grain qualities aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that scrubs the tongue a lot.

O- This beer is a nice crisp summer ale with some softer flavors but the big fizz is a bit bitey and hides the malt character a bit.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. This one pours a nice gold color. Clear, bubbly and a thick frothy white head. Nice retention, sticking well.

Smells crisp and clean. Husky malts, grain, slightly sweet. No notes of fruit or hop scent to speak of. The taste is light but flavorful, mainly consisting of malt and grain with a light hop finish. I like that this beer does not lean on fruit flavoring as most summer beers do. This one sticks with the essentials and it works well. Very refreshing, slightly dry, extremely drinkable. Light mouthfeel, perfect summer consistency.

You can't go wrong with this beer especially if you're looking to get away from the fruitier summer beers and shandies.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into ASHRAE pint glass. Beer hour Friday before Memorial Day. "Best Before September 2013"
A - yellow, slightly golden, clear (not cloudy). Head seems CO2 induced, fades quickly.
S - vaguely sweet alcohol smell. A little milky perhaps
T - crisp, light, generic. Not a lot of strong flavor here. A little hint of sour maybe.
M - crisp, light, watery
O - nothing terrible, just tastes like a slightly improved version of a generic macro. Not enough malt backbone to hit the style. Goes down easy, but doesn't satisfy.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out of the can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pretty plain looking overall, golden color with some accents of orange. Light head on the pour which retained on the edge of the glass while drinking. Low carbonation

Smell: The malt in this beer comes off as a metallic/brassy aroma on the front. Some banana and leafy greens are on the undertones. Some yeasty accents with a very light hop presence finishes the aroma off.

Taste: Again the malt front is a little brassy. A lot of mango and banana. Some chewy barley is felt toward the front of the beer. The back end is a pleasant bready biscuit finish which sits on the palette nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light but has some punch to it. Has very much the feel of a summer ale.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but there are other summer drinkers I would go with before this one. If you are a fan of malt and barley in your easy drinkers you would enjoy this one. A little hard to get past the metallic accents though.

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Photo of hdf561
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn Brewery beers have just recently made there way into my local groceries so I took a leap of faith and picked up a 6 pack of Summer Ale as I tend to prefer the summer less dark brews in the summer time due to the heat and less filling nature

Drank out of a bottle can definitely smell the hops and bitters right off the bat but it is not too harsh

The taste is initially hoppy but with a very smooth after taste can taste the hops and bread notes a maybe a hint of citrus in there ? Even had my wife taste it to confirm as she drinks a lot of fruity brews and she even noticed it.

I actually really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the 6 pack and the other beers from the Brooklyn Brewery

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden in color. Persistent creamy white head. Little to no lacing. Inviting.

S: Hoppy and a bit playful on the nose. Leafy and herbal/spicy. Lemon pulp and a hint of iced tea. Malt base is reminiscent of buttered biscuit and some light toffee notes.

T: Buttered biscuit and toffee. Slight hints of butterscotch and caramel. Oily hops butt in and steal the show. Stiff little jab of bitterness. Leafy and herbal with a lemon rind/lemon pulp vibe. Biscuity malts come back toward the end, but the the finish is very clean and only leaves a fading impression of oily, bitter hops on the palate.

M: Light body, but the malt backbone is substantial enough to create a round, creamy, and slightly weighted feel. Stiff blast of scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp and refreshing bite.

O: There's a nice juxtaposition going on between the rounder, heftier English malt flavors and the crisp bite of bitter hops and refreshing carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A: Straw golden with a white half-finger head that sticks around. Nice lacing.

S: Summery. Lemons and limes. Citrus and floral.

T: Malts slide in nicely. The lemons really pop. Then I got an unexpected shot of lime that surprised me in a good way. Lightly hoppy on the finish. My wife commented that it went well with her burger. Crisp. Sweet.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A sessionable brew. On tap would be even better. Great after working in the yard.

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Photo of patpbr
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a white head and carbination bubbling up. Smell is malty and mostly grain, a little hop presents. The taste is crisp and light, Mostly malt and a little floral and citrus. The hops are mild. Light to medium carbination and a dryer finish. A decent summer beer, easy to drink.

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Photo of BigRedGator
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very tinny beer, a more respectable version of common domestics like the buds or millers. A bit tart, thin, and highly acidic. Thin but full carbonation, which got old quickly after a couple beers. Not a summer ale drinker so I may not be a good judge of this type, but it was disappointing.

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is straw colored with millions and millions of carbonation bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of my glass. I tell you what. There is a couple inches of creamy white head on this beer, and it doesn't go away. Quite impressive.

S - I notice the smell of lemon zest and lime. Is that noble hops? I like it either way. Very refreshing.

T - The lime translates to the taste as well. I also get some lemon grass.

M - It is pretty thin and well carbonated.

O - This is the perfect beer to match to the weather. Spring is in the air and on the tongue!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-yellow coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a sparse filmy surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, and a light, crisp hops presence. Flavors are light and toasty, with a tangy, slightly bitter hops backbone and a sweet, floral ribbon cutting across the palate. Some jasmine and juniper blending in there. Light and crisp in mouth, the beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish. This is a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow tan and clear with some rising bubbles and a small head/not a lot of lace.

Smell and taste: Grainy, floral, grassy, a little bit of toast and bread, lightly hopped.

A pleasant and tasty, light, refreshing brew, great summertime beer. Carbonation is pretty good and aftertaste is lightly sweet.

Another good one from Brooklyn.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, decent label - better than your standard macro.

Appearance: pours amber-gold with a very limited head that drops to a thin foam.

Aroma: a good combination of floral hops & a combination of decent grains. Some faint bread malt backing.

Taste: follows the nose very closely, but with extra emphasis on the sweet grains and floral hops. Quite refreshing.

Aftertaste: disappears quite quickly - lucky it's a good sessional.

Mouth feel: again, bang on. Fine yet busy carbonation bringing the flavours through, but more importantly making for a very refreshing ale. Quite thin in body.

Overall: good beer, great sessional summer beer. Not entirely sure it's worth the price - I'd rather a Brooklyn Lager for the price.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy straw with no head. Smells of lots of wheat, very inviting. Tastes of wheat and citrus, a nice refreshing combination. Carbonation is right and sessionable refreshing summer brew. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some soft floral and spicy notes but very faint. Also a little malt and vegetal notes underneath.
Flavours are a bit better with some attractive malt and more spicy hops. Very light.
Feels a bit watery.

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