Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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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:
1,823
Reviews:
527
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
461
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Syraquse
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of CaptainInsaneO
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Settles into an orange yellow, with a thin white head.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: fruit and flowers at first, finishes with citrusy hops. Not a strong hop finish, but just enough. Slight alcohol aftertaste

M: Medium/light body, strong/medium carbonation. Seems to stick around after you swallow.

O: This is a good summer beer, I think you'd enjoy it more out on a deck in the sun, but it works in a basement while watching a movie too.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity, creamy. Banana and bubblegum notes. Some hops. Smells good.

Pours a golden color, good clarity, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Nicely tart and fruity with a good sweetness. Slightly spicy. Mild hops. Mild bitterness. Moderately bready malt. Full of fruity esters. Tastes good. Feels pretty good.

Light and refreshing, yet packed full of flavor. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied beer with a finger of white soda fountain fizz that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of lace. Smell is earthy, bready and a tad citric-lemon sour. Taste is lightly citric hop, a bit lemony, a little earthy, with a steady biscuit, bready malt backbone, the overall effect is well balanced and clean. Crisply carbonated and medium-light body that holds together well. There is simply nothing wrong with this aptly labeled "Summer Ale".

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden-amber color topped by two fingers of white head that displayed an average retention.

S: A clean smelling bouquet with a grainy and slightly hopped aroma, some spiciness evident also.

T: A carbonated pale malt up front, followed by a nicely hopped middle, fading with a trail of bitterness into the finish.

M: Decent texture, carbonated fairly well with a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable offering from Brooklyn, as I find many of their beers to be. Compared to other summer ales, this has a unique hop profile and a bit more interesting character than others.

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Photo of beltz15
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bceagles39
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Light golden with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Not a lot of head retention and little lacing.

Smells citrusy and slightly earthy.

Subtle and balanced flavors - slight citrus, some light malts. Not a very long finish.

Fairly light with a bit of graininess in the mouth. Refreshing.

Super easy drinking, highly sessionable.

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Photo of wcgarr
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Pmkelly44
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cgraham
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patbrown2
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DNICE555
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a pint of this on the plan b deck.

A - Golden color with less than a finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Pleasant Aroma. It has a clean malt and wheat scent. A slight fruitness is detected as well

T - I really enjoy this style and I thought Brooklyn did a very nice job with it. It has a clean, crisp, wheat flavor with some mild hops in the backround.

M - Very light, nice carbonation.

D - This beer goes down very easily and is very refreshing.

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Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-gold, plenty of creamy white head. Good retention, strong lace. Nose is lemony with plenty of citrus and malts; spunky hops in the background. Very pleasant, wish it were more bold.

Sweet wheaty malts dominate start to finish. Lemon citrus makes an appearance midway through. Hop backbone is definitely here too and balances well. This is closer to a hef than an English Pale Ale.

Big creamy body, festive carbonation. Glad I tried this on draft -- I'm not sure the body would be similar from the bottle. Very sessionable!

Not the best beer in the world, but it's great for what it is: a summer quencher. Cheers!

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Photo of thecarster1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden brown coloring, almost three finger head, great long-lasting lacing, leaves head on the glass on the way down, minimal carbonation.

s- nice summer ale smell, citrus, mix of hops and malt, floral notes.

- slight malt upfront, not overwhelming smack of hops in the back, nice citrus, all around light as it should be.

m- light on the mouth, as with the style, but it could have a little more presence.

d- very drinkable, goes down nice and smoooth, prefect for a summer day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw with a lumpy off white head.
Bread dough with lots of flowers and lemon peel.
Light crackery malt with lemon zest hop finish.
Bit of graham cracker in the finish and lemon Starburst linger.
Light, a bit watery, crisp.

I don't know why this beer gets no love; this does exactly what it says on the tin. Brit malts definitely give it that English blonde backbone, and the citrus from Cascade and Amarillo sign through. My only issue, ironically, is the strength: plenty of English breweries can and do make this beer at 3.8%.

Easy hot weather quaffer.

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Photo of Stephan16
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass. I don't think this is correctly categorized. The Brooklyn website lists it as an English Style Light Dinner Ale, and I don't know if that style really exists but it certainly describes this beer better than an English Pale Ale.

Look: hazy, bordering on cloudy, pale yellow body. Very thin eggshell colored head. There's not much lacing as the beer heads to the bottom because the head dies down fairly quickly.

Smell: there's some wheat, a good deal of bread, hints of hops and I get a bit of Amarillo.

Taste: follows the nose with a big taste of malt up front and a bit of a hoppy finish. The malt is pale and very bready. This is one of the breadier (is that a word?) beers I've had.

Feel/Drinkability: medium towards light in body, crisp, easy drinking. This is a good summer beer in that you could easily drink a few on a hot day and feel refreshed afterwards.

Overall: my overall impression is that while this isn't particularly exciting, its not half bad. If one considers it to be a summer ale, it hits it right on the head. As for an English Pale Ale? I don't know about that. Maybe the keg has been sitting for awhile and the hop character has died down a bit and a fresher beer might've been more hoppy, which I think would've been desirable. Still, worth it for what it is. Cheers!

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Light grain, wheat and lemon aroma. Nice light balanced taste. Toasted grain and wheat malts start off. A bit of sweetness from the malt. Grassy hops balance the beer nicely and a hint of lemon zest caps off the beer. Refreshing light mouthfeel with a hint of chewy breadyness. Not huge flavor, but very nice balance on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Samputnam14
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Take this review with a grain of salt as my beer is at the tail end of it's shelf life as indicated by the best by date on the bottle. That being said it still was an enjoyable beer.

Look: Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with a one and a half finger off white head.

Not even going to bother to comment on the aroma as it's almost non-existent. It's my own fault for buying old beer, but whatever hops they've used have clearly faded this far into the beer's shelf life. I'm just getting malt.

Taste: Thankfully the hops haven't faded on the palate. I'm getting a nice, dry note of grapefruit and orange rind upfront that plays upon a backdrop of slightly creamy, sugary, bready malt. Some pine sap and pineapple juice is also detectable

Feel: Lightly carbonated and light in body.

Not bad at all for a session ale (and a four month old one at that). Definitely going to need to revisit this fresh at some point, it has potential.

Overall: Nothing special. Just a nice, bright and sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized head that still left some nice lacing. I thought the aroma was a little muted, with a faint grain and citrus smell. The taste was the same, but a lot more assertive. The malt and citrus balanced out nicely, and I thought this was a refreshing beer.

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Photo of AEK
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A crystal clear, sunny orange coloured with a 'soft' bubbly white head.

S. Very citrusy, notes of summer fruits, grassy, freshly sawn wood.

T. Malty, traces of grapefruit and possibly pineapple lurking in the background.

M. Light bodied.

D. Good, refreshing summer ale though not as good as Sam Adams version.

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Photo of jeffrx
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to drink a couple of these on tap at Risqué BBQ on Clark Street in Chicago. Glad to see more places offering Brooklyn Beers.

Served in standard pint glass, the beer is a light gold with a bone white head. Nice lacing.

It has a light yet inviting aroma of grains and citrus.

The taste is crisp with biscuits and lemon rind. Light grainy taste with subtle hop perfume type accents. There is a bit of apple flavor late.

The mouth is crisp and it makes an easy drinking summer brew.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,823 ratings.
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