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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Golden amber that's just a bit hazy. A slightly underwhelming half inch white head that quickly fades into a coating on top of the beer. Very little lacing in the glass.

S: Sweet bread-like grain and fruity hops, a touch floral but in my opinion fruit is more discernible.

T: Sweet malt, bread-like in flavor as well. Bitterness is clean and doesn't overpower the malt. Pleasant to drink but ultimately run-of-the-mill.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. I'd probably consider most summer beers to be a touch lighter in body than this but it's not bad.

O: Refreshing if not a bit generic. I could see myself drinking this during the warmer months but nothing about it will have me running out to pick up a case. It would probably do well at a party with wide ranging tastes in beer, craft drinkers would be satisfied and light beer fans wouldn't be overwhelmed.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt, pear and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is biscuit malt and herbal, grassy hops, hints of fruit. Finish is medium and dry. Good summer brew.

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Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very average beer, but I respect where Brooklyn was headed. The use of all barley instead of all kinds of adjuncts yields a tasty brew that's just as drinkable as a bud, but much tastier, which is ironic because it's a simpler list of ingredients. I think this could get bmc drinkers to give craft beer a chance.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colr with a smaller head which dissipates into a thin soapy lacing.

Smell: Lemon Zest with a slight cereal malt.

Taste: A little lemony, with a strong taste of a lighter malt. Very close to cereal malt for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with no bitterness.

Drinkability: A light summer ale and nothing else. Lacks a lot of complexity. I prefer the sierra nevada summer lager even though thats a different style. An average ale over all. This would be extremely refreshing on a hot day any other time though, average.

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Photo of Jmar1183
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very average beer bought on a whim. Light golden color with a good half inch head. Average smell easily picked up lemon and sweet malts. The taste left much to be desired when compared to other summer ales. Surprising light feel which makes it very easy to drink.

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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 drunkmonk
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In da can, best by 10/2011

A: Pale straw, nice and clear.

S: Cereal grain, faint citrus, slight butter.

T: Much like the aroma, cereal graininess, gives way to a soft citrus finish.

M: Crisp and fizzy. Very Light. Gulp, Gulp,Gulp...

Yeah, this is not a foo, foo, Beer Nerds wet dream, but it sure will hit you in the soft spot after some yard work, kickin back on the deck or porch, or to enjoy at a summer bbq. I'm in, just call me.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of egg white head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty hops with a strong citrus presence, touch of grassiness and a bit of sour apples.

T - The bitterness is present, though comes across a tad metallic, some citrus notes alongside the sour apple and a touch of bready caramel on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Easily drinkable and certainly a good summer patio ale. Could be a bit more bold on the flavours, but it's tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden, slightly copper, under a big white head. Slight lace and decent retention.

S: Smells of floral hops and a little bit of malt. Bit of cooked vegetable in there.

T: Sweet, a little too much so, not enough hop to balance it out. Maybe a little bit of toasted malt and very mild bitterness. Not terrible, not even bad, but not much better than average. Just not a whole lot behind the malt.

M/D: Light bodied, a little over carbonated as well. Drinkability is so-so, it drinks a little like a lager, crisp and and relatively smooth, but I expect more from a pale ale.

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

Clean golden, with a dense white head. Fair to average lacing.

Nose is clean -- I get barley and rice. Pleasant, light, and very lagery.

Tastes equally as clean, even a wee bit watery. Malts are dominant, but this one's not sweet, luckily. It's an easy drinker, but not one of my Brooklyn favorites by far.

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

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 12, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that disperses quickly and becomes a ring. The aroma has a notable grainy and malty character with a slight wisp of hops mixed in. The body is about medium with a creaminess to it. The taste tended to be malty and grainy but there was a tart hop bitterness on the end that made it feel nearly dry. It has its attributes.

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Photo of biggred1
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a fine white head. The aroma is lemony citrus with floral and herbal hop notes. Mild and refreshing with an earthy hop bite and untoasted grain flavors. Light and crisp with plenty of carbonation. I find this beer to be a refreshing, if unremarkable.

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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 Teleweizen2
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear marigold yellow with a white pillowy head which had decent enough retention and left specks of lacing.

s - aroma is a bit muted overall but as it warms there is a bit of freshly baked bread, vague spice notes, lightly citrus rustic hop aroma and just a hint of lemon.

T - dry, grainy malt profile. lightly fruity in the in middle with a touch of citrus and lemon. a snappy and clean hop bitterness and a slightly tart finish.

M - lighter bodied with a wet mouthfeel sort of straddling between creamy and watery. moderate carbonation.

O - an easy drinking english style pale ale. simple yet still flavorful.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden color with thick foamy head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Light citrus taste with sweet breadiness from the two row barley. Just enough hop finish to make it interesting. Definitely a great beer when you're packing the cooler for a hot Summer afternoon at the beach.

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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 sdsurfer217
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light straw color with a small amount of white head. Plenty of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Very clear and looks inviting, almost like summertime in a glass

Aroma: smells like fresh baked sourdough bread with some sweet tones. Some nice floral notes.

Taste: smooth drinking, small amount of hops on the finish. Bready flavors comes through and dominates. Clean finish, with few lingering flavors. Easy to understand the "Lunch ale" that it touts.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling in the mouth, a little thin. Leaves my mouth feeling almost cleansed.

Overall: Easy to drink. A little one noted but would enjoy one of these for lunch or a 6er of these on a summer day.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden to orange body with a huge, foamy white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Floral hops, grass, and seemingly some sort of underlying malt sweetness.

Pleasant hop bitterness with citrus notes as well as grainy malt and bread character as advertised.

Light to medium in body, medium carbonation, a bit dry, and overall very pleasant.

This is a crisp brew, truly refreshing, and with some decent palate character as well.

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

Single bottle (best by Sept 2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow on the table - yellowish orange held up to the light. Thin 1/8" white head across the top. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Faint smell of honey, along with a mild bready smell.

Taste: Crisp, along with mild malts and mild bitter finish. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of fizzy carbonation - leaves a crisp finish in the mouth - can't detect much else after that carbonation.

Drinkability: After a hot day, this does the trick nicely, and the high level of carbonation cleans the palate with a meal. It's a very refreshing beer - which makes it a very good summer beer.

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Photo of redfire89
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A bright golden color with a pilsner like head.
S- Light hoppy smell with a little citrus.
T- Citrusy, a little lighter than Brooklyn Lager.
M- Light and sessionable.
O- It's okay, tastes a lot like Brooklyn Lager with some citrus and a little lighter. It lacks any real differentiating flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head with correspondingly light (slippery) lacing. Crystal clear with a clean golden color.

Nice and hoppy nose. Mild palish malts in the background.

More like an American pale ale than an English one. Crisper body with a high level of carbonation. Light crystal malt nuttiness in an otherwise pale malt base. Good hop finish, although it is short lived. Overall, a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light crisp golden body, brilliant white foam head, some lacing
S: pale malt, orange
M: medium thin body
T: lemon, paler malt, slightly watery
O: easy dining brew, thinbody

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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 azorie
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first New bottled beer this year. call me old, lol

A: a very light orange ale, with a small head, poured into my standard mug, served at 45F Spare lacing, cloudy body.

S: light sweet biscuit like malt and average hops in the nose.

T: slightly acid, average duration, light bitter, lightly sweet. The flavor is pale English malt and a hop kick to balance it out on the slightly hoppy side. to style.

M: Light body, thin and creamy at the same time.

O: nice English PA, not perfect because of the hop blend profile to me. Its a decent beer, and this is bottle number 4 of 6. its refreshing beer, and despite the name, I would buy again.
at 5% its easy to drink a few.

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Photo of BBM
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a thin white head atop it. Aroma was not very prevalent; slightly bready I suppose.

The taste was a solid blend of grassy hops and a malty wheat. There was a subtle musty flavor, along with some notes of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Overall it's not the best seasonal Brooklyn, but it's still worth a try.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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