Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
1,827
Reviews:
529
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
43
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465
For Trade:
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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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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear gold with a modest white froth that leaves some scattered lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, grass, and light citrus. Flavor is doughy and biscuity with a soft Cascade tartness. Just a touch of bitterness. Great balance, full-flavored while maintaining lightness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Ridiculously easy to drink. A great thirst-quencher, one of the best summer ales there is.

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

This is pretty mild for an English Pale. Of course, I've had a lot of American Pales lately, but they usually are just a bit hoppier. I see English as slightly harsher and bitter. But it's still great!

It's pretty yellow and has nice fizz. The aroma is mild but appealing - clean with just a faint hops and malt smell.

The taste is clean and slightly creamy with a touch of a fruitiness (yeast?) and a wonderful finish. A beautiful, fresh balance. Burps are all hoppy - splendid. A refreshing drink.

I bought the 12 pack (cans) of these to give away as a tip for the guys cutting down the big tree in my back yard last Sunday, but there were too many guys and I just didn't find the right time, so they are mine now! Keepers. Recommended for easy drinking and sharing with non-craft drinkers too (but they need to be ready for about three times the taste of their crappy brews). Compared to a bud these are a delicacy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/11/12 notes. On tap in NYC at a Sportsbar on the Upper East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bananas, spices, bready malts, and earthy notes. Little spicier then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bananas, grains, bready malts, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, earthy notes. More fruit and citrus here, much better then the nose.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, I'm sure I could have a few of these.

o - Overall a pretty nice pale ale; definitely something you could have a few of on a warm summer's day. Lots of bread and grains, but nice bananas and citrus in the taste. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a fantastic golden color with a nice tan cap of off white foamy very little lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is on the thin side with subtle notes of sweet malts and some citrus hop.

T: Taste is of toasted malts with a bready and yeasty quality. The refreshing hoppy citrus blast makes this a great summertime drinker.

M: Moutfeel is a medium body with a nice smooth character.

O: Overall a drinkable beer and will be enjoying this one all summer long, thanks to the brewers from Brooklyn .

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

Had on-tap at the Yum Yum Shack in Cooperstown, NY. Poured a golden color with a nice white head. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma of earthy hops, citrus and grains. Taste is refreshing...earthy, grainy, citrus...perfect beer for the hot weather.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Very drinkable in the hotter weather, but that's about the only time I'd have it.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty pure yellow gold. Larger than expected two-finger head. Decent lacing for the style. Very fine carbonation.

Nose is mostly malt, a little grass, and very faint fruity hops.

For the style, the taste is very good. This is lawn-mower beer for me. Needs to refresh on a hot day, and this beer fits the bill. Hits the tongue with a slight malty sweetness, Banana and cloves dominate from the malt, slight hop presense in the finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light.

Very drinkable, if the occasion is a hot day with no breeze. It does say summer, right?

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Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange color, with an effervescent head. I found myself briefly captivated by the bubbles floating to the top. The nose is clean, with hints of citrus and spices. This brew goes down easily, despite the carbonation. I like the smoothness, but the citrus and spice I smelled earlier isn't showing up in the taste as much as I thought it would. I get a grassier taste instead, with a hop bite at the end. Unexceptional, but tasty and drinkable. This beer was a pleasant surprise for me.

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Photo of ChristineHeubusch
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nobledust
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sabrills70
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of December 2008. Pours a clear deep gold with a 2 finger,large bubble, head that faded rather quickly. Decnt lace. Smells of citrus, honey, and wheat malt. Almost American hefe like. Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey, citrus and slightly bready. Nice hop aftertaste and a odd, although nice sweetness. Slightly sprtizy. Perhaps a bit too rich for a great summer beer, but a good one none the less. Give one a try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in stemmed strange)
Best before Sept 2012 (it was consumed in the summer 2012)
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow body with a lumpy beige head that sticks to the glass in clouds after each sip. There is a gentle microbubble carbonation.

S- The dry corn note leads to a papery green hops in an otherwise very clean aroma.

T- The slightly soapy tart hops have a lemon finish with a slight corn note. The dry finish is clean with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens up and some raw grain qualities aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that scrubs the tongue a lot.

O- This beer is a nice crisp summer ale with some softer flavors but the big fizz is a bit bitey and hides the malt character a bit.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 10/07) in a Shaker pint glass

Poured silent, like a whisper. Most interesting initial nose, lively with grassy notes, pine bark, hint of summer corn sweetness, even some whiffs of light citrus (lemon & orange)...nice. This is one of the best smelling Pale Ales I've encountered. Even with an aggressive pour only a pencil's worth of thin, loose pearlized white foam resulted, which quickly faded to a thin sheeting with a glass ring that laced in isolated spots. Slightly clouded, a lazy parade of bubbles rises thru a clover honey gold body, slightly brassy & warm.

Clean, crisp, cider sweet with a mild, citric (orange rind) hop bitterness balancing the overall initial taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The hops add a fruited character to the sweet malts which is interesting. Favoring the wet side of semi-dry, it has a muted, back of the mouth crunch to it. The overall effect is one of balance in both taste & mouthfeel that is rather nice.

It gets more angular, edgier, drier on the palate, a wee bit lemony, it finishes running uphill in feel, peaking with an almost white peppery twang. I do enjoy beers that finish strong, and this one certainly leaves more aggressive than it started....very nice. The aftertaste is mild hops, some citrus, like a glass of lemonade thats had all the ice melt, and overall nice & clean.

A most refreshing beer and one that has some nice layers of tastes sensations built in. Not complex by any means, but definitely well crafted. This screams for a sharply dressed salad, whitefish, dry white cheddar, even mild Pacific Rim and tamer Thai cuisine...or (oohhhh, oysters on the half shell with Tabasco!) any simple fare (burgers to steaks) that could come off a summer grill. Actually, a White Cheddar Cheeseburger with Pepper Relish would be perfect. One of the better summer ales I've had, and in that Maine brewers, IMHO, do a nice job with that "genre" that is saying something. Definitely recommended as a fantastic lawnmower beer or with that cheeseburger...or both!

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Photo of bmo56
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Brooklyn Summer, the only summer beer I look forward to every year. Forget Sam Summer and Harpoon Summer, this is the summer beer that every one should give a chance too. The color is a dark pale straw to a good orange that is reminiscent of a summer sunset. The smell light citrus and by light, if you see some one put an orange wedge in this, take their glass remove the orange and chuck it at their head, is by far the best, not to much but no lacking. There is not need to enhance the taste with a freaking slice of orange. The carbonation to this summer delight, I feel is, again not a can of Bud, but not a can of Guinness canned Draught Stout . I love it, and wait for it every year, so give it a try.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light light copper color. With dense head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy and flowery hops with some roasted malts present as well. Fruity. Not very prevalent nose though.

T - Crisp dry hop taste with some bitterness and some spices. Very appealing to me. A smooth and semi-sweet malty finish at the end there.

M - light bodied but very falvorful and refreshing as well. Nice balance between carbonation and hops.

D - Very refreshing! its probably good from the bottle too on nice warm summer days.

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Photo of chilidog
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time seeing thisone. Released in 07 perhaps as a seasonal.
I thought just another summer wheat. The 4.5 abv. about made me wonder, why?

I gotta tell, it works.

It pours a nice copper gold color. Not a summer yellow. Not a big head, about half an inch of white. Little lace. The body is somewhat light, carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is somewhat malty, bread-like.

Taste a good malt start with a wheat, breadlike undertone, alittle hop bitterness toward the end that adds balance and crispness. The mouth ends up alittle dry.

This beer works for its drinkability and easy fit.
The lower abv. fits the busy summer season. On the go this beer won't way you down, it does the quenching thing after a mow and even the macro-friends will handle and like this brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ finger that leaves back a decent looking frothy cascade of spotty, yet sticky, lacing. The aroma smells grassy, with an underlying mix of citrus and sweet graininess. A bit more of an earthy spiciness starts to emerge as this warms. This is pretty straight forward, yet still pretty flavorful in the nose.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasted sweet grains and a mellow green citric bitterness, which leads into a dry and earthy feeling finish. Just a touch of pith and spice add some zip to the tail-end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling creamy crispness to it. This just feels right in the mouth and keeps this drinking nicely.

There’s nothing to complain about here. This still packed in some moderate flavors but the overall package was fairly light, breezy, and inoffensive on the palate. This is perfect for refreshing summer drinking and a great pick by Brooklyn to put into cans.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation

S-Lemon, wheat, some citrus hops not sure if the lemon is artificial or not though

T-Starts with lemon, orange and grassy notes. Balanced out with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and crisp.

O-A wonderful summer beer, great balance.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent, light amber. A finger of head falls quickly to a thick collar with moderate lacing.

S - A very earthy overtone, something I only usually find in APWAs, slightly unpleasant. Behind that aroma are suggestions of toasted malt and a very spicy, peppery hop character.

T - Pale, uninteresting malt hits at first, and then the beer's hop/spice character takes hold mid palate. I don't know if it's hops or spice, but at first I get an impression of chives, coriander, or even celery. A solid note of black peppercorns wraps up the spice component. Following is a mild hop bitterness with faint floral and earthy undertones.

M - Light, crisp, and very refreshing. Carbonation is high but not prickly.

D - Though this isn't the best summer offering I've had, or even all that well balanced (muted malt presence) I still can't help but sip on this repeatedly. The extremely complex spice note from mid to late palate is addictive and engaging. I'll be sure to pick up more of this before the season is out.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap the other day at a place called Bela Dubby. This beer is the first I have ever tried from this brewery. Anyways, it is a clear, medium copper color. Head is about 1/3 inch when drawn from the tap. Settles to a fairly poor surface layer with very little lacing, in fact it is almost non existent. Aromas of wheat and malt are present along with a bit of orange. It tastes sweet and malty with wheat and orange flavors and a bit of spice as well. Not bad at all tastewise, but I do wish it was a bit more complex. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. This beer was good, but I certainly was expecting more after hearing people, especially some on this site, give the Brooklyn Brewery some mad props. This beer was not bad by any means. However, I hope the next beer I try from them delivers the goods a bit more than this one did.

Eric

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Photo of HipCzech
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy head dissipating to a light haze with minimal lacing. Clear, pale golden color.

Smell: Full cereal malt aroma with slight citrus and resin of hops.

Taste: Malty bread flavor with gentle underlying citrus rind from hops and a slight (and pleasant) tendency towards saltiness. Semidry finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, slightly creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Light and refreshing, but complex enough to be a more enjoyable summer seasonal, especially with its slightly savory, salty flavors.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (best by Sept. 2010) poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1 finger, white head that drops to a full lace that leaves decent sticky spots on the glass. Clean, deep gold body with moderate carbonation.

S- Nice aroma. Initial whiff of lemon with a solid malt backbone of fresh, white bread.

T- Pretty well balanced. Good base of malt to present lemony attributes. The lemon flavor comes off as natural, if a touch heavy handed. I wouldn't have been surprised if I was told there was actually a light addition of lemon zest.

M- Clean. Moderate to heavy carbonation creates a "spritzy" sensation. Light bite of citrus.

D- More drinkable than some lemony summer brews. It's a nice switch from a wheat base common in many summer brews. I could put back a few on a hot summer day.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Orange colr with a thin white foam head. Good carbonation.

S - Malty with a nice floral hop aroma in the back.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front followed by a little bit of hop bitterness.

MF&D - IMO one of the better summer seasonals. Great BBQ beer.

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Photo of KenOnBass
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Decent lacing, fizzy, light golden beer.

S: Sweet but not overwhelming.

T: Smooth, carbonated, lemon, crisp, and very sweet summer ale.

M: Feels think for such a light beer.

D: Great summer time ale. One of my favorites by Brooklyn Brewery. Perfect for when it's hot out. I'd prefer it over most summer ales.

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Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were straight forward, good bit of malts and hops mixed together, neither one over powers the other

T - The taste of this beer was good, nice bit of sweet, bready malts, a citrus flavor that is more refreshing than overpowering, and a nice wisp of hops to finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body followed by a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Now this is what I call refreshing, very clean and crisp and doesn't taste like corn, the kind of beer I crave after a 4 mile run

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