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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.56/5
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1,832 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#39,140
Reviews:
532
Ratings:
1,832
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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43
Gots:
469
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,832 |  Reviews: 532
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,832 ratings
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