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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
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507
Ratings:
1,762
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
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438
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Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on sale for $5.99 - couldn't resist. Poured from the bottle (enjoy before Oct 2010 date) into a shaker pint...

A: Straw gold; big, puffy white head that dies down fast to the thinnest layer of foam; no lace.

S: Grains; light toast; a little zest; some yeast fruitiness.

T: Light, sweet bready malts; light lemony / earthy hops; nothing groundbreaking going on here.

M: Light-medium bodied; pretty high carbonation; refreshing finish.

D: Very drinkable; although not the most flavorful beer, its makes for a great summertime brew; very refreshing.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City last week. It was the only place I could find this at and since I'm a big fan of Brooklyn and their beers, I had to give this a shot. Even though it's no longer summer, I kept an open a mind as possible when sampling this. It's not that I don't like this beer, I just expected more from it, seeing how I fell in love with their Winter Ale last year.

The pour, hue, and taste were standard for summer beer - light, a decent head, and lacing that didn't last very long. The amber color was alright, but the taste...well, I'm still trying to pinpoint it. It's very floral, a bit buttery, some lemon zest, citrus, and straw, and dare I say, that this has a hint of detergent to it? Not so much in the taste, but the consistency of it. It goes down easy, it's a bit sudsy when I swish it around, and there is an aftertaste of faint hops and the lemon zest I mentioned before. One could look at this as a very light version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but I see this as a missed opportunity to make it stand out from other summer ales that I've tried over the years.

The 4.50% ABV is just right for this and makes this brew a pretty darn good session beer. Brooklyn's still near the top of my list for beers that I love because of their wide range, but I can't help but think that this was a missed opportunity to stand out from a pack just a bit more. This is only for the die-hard Big Apple beer drinker.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear and bubbly golden, one finger of head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cover
S - mild citrus and leafiness with raw grain and light toasted bread
T - herbal and leafy hops up front, very subtle citrus undertones, toasted grainy malt background, and some adjunct like flavour
M - light and refreshing, decent carbonation kick, finishes just a little dry
O - the flavours are just not bright enough here, gets drowned by a typical average lager/ale flavor for the most part, its a little better than average but not by much

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a golden yellow with a small one finger head, with no real lacing.

I really can't pin point the smell except for a yeasty smell up front then a citrus hint at the end.

Taste is like said before: yeasty, bready, and ends with a citrus & hop finish.

Good smooth and crisp brew, good carbonation.

Liked this brew and could drink a few, and would drink again.

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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 BeerNemesis
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale | 330 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Clear light amber with an anemic, creamy white head.

Aroma:
Biscuity malts with a generous helping of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste:
Biscuit maltiness with a punch of lemon and a hint of sweetness. There's a faint honeydew melon fruitiness which is the most interesting taste it has to offer. The hops are light and airy. Lemony citrus dominates the gently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied, mild carbonation

Harmony:
The complete package works well enough. I love the summery bottle art, and the taste gives up some interesting flavors. Not my favorite style though, I gotta say. At least Brooklyn Brewery has made it quaffable and fun to drink.

Price = Thanks to my good friends Nikhil there was none
Served on: July 11, 2010

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

Rich, golden colour. Clear, with no carbonation and a thin, clumpy head. Spotty lacing.

Light, biscuit aroma.

Solid malt base with light, lemony hops in the background. Dials back the citrus a lot. Replaces sweetness with a subtle dryness. A little bland, to be honest.

Medium to thin body with moderate bitterness and light carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not outstanding golden ale for the warmer months.

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

Gold brew with lots of suds. Fast falls the head. 3.5

Mildly grassy and some showing of dry pale malts. 3

Dry with an herbal/medicinal hop quality. Some light biscuity malts. Tangy. Lemony fruit quality way in the back. Finishes husky bitter. 3.5

Burpy. Big carb meets small body. Fast drinker. 3.5

Passable ale. Needs more of anything. Just a quick grab and glug kind of brew. 3.5

***

Re-reviewed on 6/9/13.

Pours a dark gold color. Not much foam stuck to the surface. Just a ring and a spindle of muck on top. 3.25

Has a contained earthy hop presence in the nose. Lightly grassy, too. Tinges of herbaceousness, but it's equally complemented by a light toasty malt note. Not a whole lot that's impressive here. 3.25

Drinks with some English sparkiness. Not musty, but a little earthy and very herbal. Maltiness is contributing without being particularly fruity or even interesting. Just some malty wetness and notes of steeped grain. Hop presence is nearly domesticated. A pedestrian pace of herbally green notes. 3.25

Drinks so easily. Has a nice swell of increased carbonation toward the middle-end, but it never really reaches a crescendo. Just kind of fizzles out, which I appreciate. In this style, I look for less carb and a little more body. Sessionable, but not tasty enough to enjoy the effort. 3.5

I don't dislike this beer, and I get that it's an English Pale, but it's lacking in the nose and that estery goodness that English malts offer with that appropriate yeast strain. Doesn't come together as anything but a light and boring summery ale. No off-flavors, though. Just solid enough to hold up to itself. 3.5

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip pint glass. It poured clear, honey-golden brown with a nice little head on top that didn't go away right off the bat. There was only a little discernible lace as I drank it down, and its smell was nothing to write home about.

In the world of summer beers, this one rates right around the middle. It has a nice feeling in the mouth, tastes clean and refreshing, and finishes with a good beery taste. It boasts a nice, even flavor, with the only major flavor I could glean tasted like a nice fresh batch of buttered bread at a fancy restaurant. It isn't overly bready, but it isn't overly anything else either. A nice, well-rounded, beer-drinkers summer ale.

A definite for those looking for a summer ale that refreshes, without all of the fruitiness.

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Photo of athenaxc
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a 22-year-old female who is just starting to get into beer, I found the Brooklyn Summer Ale to be far from exceptional (not particularly flavorful aroma or tastewise -- but I'm an IPA person, I guess). However, it was really, really easy to drink and went well with my grilled walleye and artichokes dinner.

I agree with the other reviewers that this beer is/will be great for hot summer days in June, July, and August when I want something light. However, a lot of cheaper, non-craft beers (I'm thinking Modelo Especial) would suffice for me.

(Note on appearance: Although I drank this out of the bottle, my partner poured his, and I have to say that the color was a clear, pretty orange/amber/light, light brown. Pleasing to a girl's eye, at least!)

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Photo of dcmchew
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange, low head bubbly head that dissipates fast. Lots of carbonation.
Smell of grains, lemon, faint apricot, faint dry petals.
Nice grainy malts, but followed by a bit too sour crisp lemon zest, not great. Hint of floral honey, pinch of pepper and citrus peel. Low hops in the finish, not so clean bitterness.
Light body, fizzy. Would have been refreshing if the taste helped more.
A miss for Brooklyn, not so good.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice gold color with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light and slightly citrus.

The taste is ok. light malt and a mild citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is a little think for a Summer brew, a little syrupy and could use more carbonation.

The drinkability is not quite what I look for in a summer ale. MK

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best before Oct 20, 2008), stated ABV 5%:

A: Poured a light golden color with a nice thick white head that dissipated at an average pace. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing. The beer maintained a slight film of the head throughout the drink.

S: Not much of a smell, has the aroma of a lesser summer ale, light and faint.

T: Fairly strong hop flavor with a hint of some grains, but also seems a bit watered down.

M/D: Overall, maybe a bit too much carbonation and not what I expected from Brooklyn, I definately expected a better flavor, but it was easy to drink and I might buy it again, depending on my mood.

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Photo of gskitt
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

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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 WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a hot September day here in Oswego and just returned from overseas and needed something relatively light and tasty....the Brooklyn Summer Ale provided decent taste and mouthfeel. The appearance was a cloudy yellow with good carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The smell has lemon and hops. The taste was ok...was hints of lemon and hop. The mouthfeel was great for this warm day. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with an inch of white head on top. Looks pretty solid. Nose is quite mild, hints of wheat and some citrus fruit. Some saltiness, maybe a little astringent up front. I could do with a little more malt presence or stronger lemon. A hint of hops at the end. It's a fairly subtle flavor, even to the point of blandness. Feel is a little thin bodied. Overall, this one's alright, although there are much better Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Honey golden in color with streams of little bubbles rising to a thin white head. Very bready on the nose with slight honey floral hints and a very subtle hop scent.

Very round in the mouth with a crisp clean and refreshing finish, lots of bready malt tastes with some sublte floral hoppiness.

Nothing earth shattering about this beer...but for something I can get at the bodega at the end of my block it's pretty awesome...great for just kicking back on a lazy hot night

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Photo of keanex
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks decent
Smell: some oranges; a little skunkiness
Taste: orange taste; some wheat flavor; a hint of hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: goes down easy; you could drink many of these in a night

It seems more and more that summer ales are just too light for a good session beer. I think they're trying to market these beers to people who really don't like flavorful, full bodied beers. It seems that brewers are adding citrus taste to mild tasting beers to sell these. Oh well....

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Photo of 57md
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a golden straw with less than a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is very mild with no distinct notes at all. The flavor profile is quite light with some malty flavor but nothing terribly exciting. The dry finish is the highlight of this offering.

Like many summer ales, this offering is quite sessionable. The problem is that the flavor really isn’t there.

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Photo of kevo237
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer had no head and had a reddish tint to an already pale lager look. Smelled slightly hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was decent. Definitely in the summer style. I felt like it was a cross between an IPA and a stronger Blue Moon. It was just hoppy enough that faded and lent way to a citrus taste. It was refreshing and light, but ultimately not my thing.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour into Stella pint glass.

A: The colar was a clear gold with a handsome old man fancy white 1.5 finger head. Long boy stretched lacing with strong retention.

A: Mild dirt, of grass and crackers. Very mild to be honest, and I was creening my neck farther down each time in seach of some hops I would suspect to find in any pale ale.

T: Bland to medium sweet mald, hops coming in second as if checking out the scene but moving on. Non offensive and easy going.

M: Medium and heavier than I would expect from a summer batch. Lightens out with a mild citrus tangy bubbly finish.

D: Garret put a new spin on this style, a easy session beer no doubt and perfect for the hot outdoor imbibing sessions. A low key chill out beer that is not too tangy on the stomach.

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