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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
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437
For Trade:
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Photo of saintwarrick
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a lacy white head. Aroma is some grainy malt but not much, and there's a faint twinge of citrus mixed with wet cardboard. Taste is citrusy and light, more resembling a pilsner than a pale ale, very sharp and acidic. Not much from the hops, and its pale ale-ness doesn't really show through for me.

Refreshing at the end, typical for a summer brew, but I'd have trouble picking this out of any run-of-the-mill summer brew.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: faint coriander, orange peel, malt/grain

T: grain/hint of lemon + coriander, earthly pine, light bitter crisp finish

M: light/med body, slight tongue prick, semi-dry

O: Solid session brew, not world class. Good gateway brew.
The muted hops and light dry body is perfect for summer and
timid palates.

SOLID, NOT ESSENTIAL!

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Photo of WSB
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a healthy golden color. Head is thin, white, grabs the glass.

Smell is surprisingly muted- very mildly bready and yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrus. A few swirls to release the aromatics doesn't really bring much else out.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat bubbly. Appropriate for summer.

Taste is very good and matches the smell profile to a T- Very mild, modestly malty, with bread notes and the faintest ever suggestion of some kind of remote citrus bitterness, but its barely perceptible. The blend of two row British malts and German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Hops really creates an awesomely understated yet balanced malt/hop taste.

Finish is clean and crisp and refreshing. A great summer brew.

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Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is light and fruity. A bready pale malt, some light brown sugar sweetness and a touch of mineral water. The malt is not as toffee sweet in the aroma as a traditional EPA.

The taste is of a fairly neutral bready pale malt. Some malty sweetness and a lemony note that drys the finish. The hops add some grassy notes. Again, a pretty neutral flavor, doesn't really lean any sort of way. The malt profile seems light for a EPA.

The feel is light and dry; perfect for a summer ale. Sweet malt up front with an offsetting earthy bitterness in the finish. Good balance. Finishes suprisingly dry.

A refreshing "summer" brew. No bold flavors to weigh this one down. Some easy drinking.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, with tortilla+sausages+cheese sandwich. More a golden ale. Good for what it is. Sessionable, refreshing, a bit watery and with some grassy bitterness and taste. A bit sticky feeling at the end of the sip

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light gold

Smell: malt, hops, citrus--not the most complex smell

Taste: malt, hops, citrus, honey and bread

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, light, medium carbonation that can be felt, sweet body with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: This is ok for summer ale. I could have it again, but just as easily pass. I am glad I bought a single, not a six pack.

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Photo of zimm421
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Has a below average white head that has a thick consistency, not great staying power and a very minimal amount of lacing.

The nose is bready and yeasty and not much else. Maybe a slight hint of spices. The taste is very uncomplex. Just lots of bready malts and some yeast. A slight hint of lemon and pepper. Not real impressed here. Something that would be good on a hot day but pretty boring other than that.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, with an average amount of carbonation; very drinkable. Overall, a good summer beer, but other than that, I wouldn't touch it. I understand that's the point of this brew, but I'm looking for a bit more refreshment and taste out of a summer beer. This is also something you need to drink quickly because as it warms it becomes far too sticky and less refreshing and the good qualities really start to disappear.

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Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark straw/bronze colored, the off-white head settles quite fast but leaves good lacing.

The smell is very sweet fruity, like canned peaches in syrup. Some lemon zest.

The taste starts sweet, again that fruit syrup, peaches, pears and apricots. Then some orange peel bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, very small bubbles, a rather small body, a smooth long dry finish.

Well, as a summer drink it has some merits, could replace rose wine as an aperetif on a summer evening.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh

Golden straw appearance with a thin white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

S: mild, some citrus hops, not much else.

Taste, a bit of sweet molasses malt upfront, followed by a predominantly lemon/citrus hops, slightly metallic/astringent, crisp finish.

M: Very light/thin body, lots of carbonation, very very drinkable, I could drink these till the cows come home.

Overall a decent run of the mill summer ale, Pretty average for the style but certainly not sub par. Not brooklyns best not their worst. Worth trying once, good in hot weather, nothing particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of karengarys
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours clear amber, leaving little head from my slow pour. After a few minutes it looks like colored water.

Typical beer smells, a bit hoppy, maybe some yeast...

Taste is typical beer with a bit extra hop bite and spicy bready zing. The "extras" are very faint though.

Mouthfeel plays a bit into the taste with a seltzery feel, almost leading to a salty taste.

Finish is way clean, almost anticeptic.

This is pretty drinkable. Nothing special leads me to yearn this brew, though. It is kind of bland and boring, but that is kind of what I expect from a beer like this. It's "English", but at least it isn't flat...

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Photo of AMiz602
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very gold colored, about as pure as you'll seem them. Has a light and quickly dissapating head. At first it tastes like a very strong lager, with a very dry, biscuity flavor that slowly turns into a malty end. It is not overly malted, but enough to let you know you're drinking more than a normal lager.

It gets a much sweeter, malty taste after a while, but unfortunately loses its flavor if you let it sit to long, and takes on a very dry, biscuit flavor.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. As it's the last official day of summer, I thought I'd pull this out before it's too late!

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation and a bit of floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of floral hop notes underpinned by light caramel malt and stewed hops. A faintly harsh leafy quality in the background.

Tastes of flowery aromatic hops and light malt, with a dry finish. Notes of white grape, citrus, stewed hops and mild earthy yeast. A harsh, astringent background quality and a hint of cardboard. A faint bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, but unusually dry. Body has a light effervescence, like sparkling water. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves and faint aromatic hops.

Rather so-so. When I first cracked the bottle and took a sniff I thought it boded well, as various 'summer ales' I've tried have been naff. However, the taste put paid to that - too much harsh stewed hops milling around and spoiling everything. Not a brilliant effort; I probably wouldn't have this again. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of bierguru
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light in color but cloudy head stays very well at about an half inch after settling time

S - strong hopps smell with fruit accents

T - very crisp slight bit from the hopps fairly big lemon taste

M - high carbonation thick foam taste from the head

D - if you like citrus beers then very drinkable if not then not so much however none of the flavors our very overpowering

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a big fan of summer beers and this one is not much different. If I want something light I'm more likely to get a good german pils or a kolsch. This is called an English pale but i think it ha too much esther to really fit in that category. Very light in color, highly carbonated, aroma wasn't bad. Just a little bit of a weak beer overall.

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Photo of jthreee
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, apple juice color

S: Clean, Fresh, slight hop bitterness, bit of lemon

T: Bright and fresh, but underwhelming. Light hop bitterness and a bit of lemon/citrus, but they both seem like afterthoughts. Kind of like a light IPA, and I wasn't in the mood for an IPA. A bit of acidic tartness in the finish, but the length of the finish is short, dull.

M: A bit sharp and overly carbonated. Refreshing, but makes it tough to savor and detect flavor characteristics.

Buy again: No.

I had high hopes for this beer but overall I'm a bit disappointed. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just didn't live up to expectations.

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Photo of simpliciter
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark for a pale ale, with big bubbles and a very thin head comprised of oversized white bubbles.
S - very light. Pleasant but non descript
T - Uncomplicated citrus is not bitter, not sweet, finishes clean.
M - Lightly coats, with zing from the bubbles. Perhaps the best part of this beer!
D - Goes down easy on a hot day.

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Photo of holzmann
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, lightly golden color with minimal head. Nose is very fresh and grainy with sweet notes. Certainly a pleasant aroma but nothing special (no hop aroma). Crisp refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth but short. Finishes slightly sour.

Overall this is a decent refreshing summer ale. Something very sessionable to be consumed while mowing the lawn perhahps, but nothing special beyond that. I like the grainy nose, but this beer lacks any complexity beyond that. The color is a little on the light sight (reminds of a cheap BMC lager)

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops. Smells fairly crisp.

Light crisp malt taste upfront with a mild hop flavor and tame bitterness. Finishes dry, with a sligt lingering hop taste.

Medium-light body. Good carbonation.

Yet another Americal pale wheat that dares to be unoriginal. It's easy enough to drink, but doesn't even begin to challenge the palate. This is one of those wide-open styles that seems to invite (if not embrace) varied interpretations - yet many still brew these plain renditions. This particular beer is well crafted, but thoroughly uninspired - as are many in the style.

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Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden body with lots of bubbly carbonation. The smell is strong in the grassy grains over a light texture of wheat, similar to a classic pilsener. Light in the mouth and quite easy drinking with a sharp bite of carbonation and just a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very different from your stereotypical "summer ale" by staying away from the citrusy fruits that we are accustomed to. Not bad, just not what you would expect from the style.

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Photo of Momar42
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, straw yellow. Moderate head with a vigorous pour that fades quickly. Mild lacing.

S - very typical "summer" beer aroma. Sweet malt with hints on lemons and other light smells. Not a strong nose but present thankfully.

T - lemons first. pale malt body carries it through the quaff (i hate that word). Faint bitterness mixed with lemons finish it off nicely. Easy drinking if a little lack luster.

M - Light. Easy on the palate as most summer beers are. I should have tried this in cans as it is ideally suited for coolers at the beach/pool.

O - for the style, its fair to average. For a good summer beer with some flavor its slightly better than most of the drivel I've tried over the years. Not bad, so long as you drink it for what it is.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I have heard of this one, and AJ said it was brewed specifically for the Clark's Ale House real ale fest. People were not rushing to it, Medium mouthfeel, on the sour acidic side,though above average hoppiness and quaffable.Light pale colour.

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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 jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before Oct. '07 (Had in June '07):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fizzles down to a thin disappearing patch.

The smell is of wheat bread.

The taste is of light wheat breadiness/dough with a touch of butter. Plastic-like fruitiness is present in the finish.

Soft fizz hits the tongue - quite a bit of carbonation here. Light. Some wheat crispness.

Not much going on here to make it stand out - too bready without much else. A run-of-the-mill summer wheat beer at best.

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Photo of kenito799
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at Ulysses, Stone St, NYC.

No head to speak of when this brew arrives, yellow-amber, a bit of lacing, not much to look at.

Pleasant floral-citrus hoppy aroma on arrival. Average ale mouthfeel. The flavor is OK, but very one-note. Some grassy and tart hops, some malt, but neither complex and aromatic nor particularly refreshing. Yes, it's on the light side for an ale but I am left wishing I went for a good pilsener or hefeweizen (Brooklyn makes a nice pils). So I don't quite get the reason for this beer's existence. Not interesting, flavorful or refreshing enough to come back to; but not terrible.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent yellow with almost no head. Looks much like a maco lager. I could barely pick up a malt smell to it but I guess it was there. The taste is pretty average. Sweet carmel malt and it finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is low carbonation with a medium weight body. Somewhat watery and goes down smooth. This is pretty drinkable and I bet it would be a great transition beer for the BMC drinker (since they are so similar).

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