Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear golden body with yellow edges. Thick frothy finger of beige-white head. Good lacing. Fresh, perfume-y hop nose. Marmalade, zesty orange, flowers, and chamomile. Biscuity malt background with a shortbread sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malt base plays second fiddle to a very citrusy and tangy hop flavor. Marmalade and lemon zest. Thirst quenchingly citrusy with some acidity and a dry finish. Moderate body with a bubbly feel (would prefer a smoother feel). Lingering toffee/biscuit malt late in the finish. A good hot weather ale that should drink very nicely out on the porch.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been searching for this ever since having it on tap at Liberty Kitchen in Houston Heights. I thought it had a nice, crisp, slightly sweet flavor and pretty golden yellow color. I will go for it again!

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with nice foamy white head. Head falls slowly leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is of hops with a bit of spiciness and mild citrus.

Yeasty malt and citrus, maybe lemon, coming through in the taste.

Decent mouthfeel. Fairly full and nice carbonation.

Easy drinking summer brew.

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Photo of sullied
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light, golden color. Clear. Just as expected for a summer ale.
Taste: Has a light hop bitterness, but not overpowering by any means. Slightly sweet.
Overall: A wonderful pale ale and definitely something that would be refreshing on a hot summer day. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy yellow with a number of streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but has good retention.

S- Biscuity malt, apples, pears, strawberries, and cut grass. Smells fresh and refreshing.

T- Semi-sweet biscuity malt and a light fruitiness. Simple but sufficiently tasty.

M- The body is creamy and the carbonation lightens it up and gives it a nice bite.

O- A simple, tasty, and effective beer. Great for a summer day.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle. Pours a pale gold with a small fizzy head. Looks like an average pilsner, really, though it's an English ale.

Aroma is of lightly earthy hops and sweet, biscuity malts.

Flavor is nicely biscuity and bready, with a mild bitterness. As the beer opens up, some lightly fruity "ale" flavors are evident. The hops are faint: earthy, woody and perhaps citrusy. Really, there's not a whole lot to this beer, but that's what makes it so drinkable. It's easy to drink several bottles, or have a couple with dinner, as the restrained flavor will not overwhelm most foods. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, yet is surprisingly creamy and satisfying for such a light ale.

This beer really shouldn't be in the Pale Ale category. According to Garrett Oliver it's an English "Light Dinner Ale", and therefore is lighter and less intense than a true Pale Ale. If reviewers realized that this beer is actually a mild (I do think it should be put in the English Mild category) then I think attitudes might change. This is an eminently sessionable, refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of sleazo
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I have tried this befor-e so I picked one up at the Greenpoint Deli on Manhattan.
Best before 12/07
A-Pours a bright copper with a steady stream of tiny bubbles to replenish the head. The head is slightly small but there is good lacing. The small soaplike head prevents this from scoring higher.

S-The malt is the predominant smell here with a very bready quality. The hops do make their presence noted with a soapy/grassy aroma. This is a very clean smelling brew.

T-A very mild pleasing sweetness hits up front followed by that light grassy hop flavour. The hops are not too strong but I do not think that is what they were going for. The malt is the main player here and it is very crisp. The taste is very Englishand better than alot of the originals.

M-creamy yet efferevescent. Perfect for a hot summer day.

D-This is a great session summer beer and different than traditional summer offerings. Refreshing would definitely be my word for it. If you are expecting an American Pale you will be dissapointed but if you aren't expecting that you will be pleased. I will be picking up a sixer of this.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ripened wheat gold, super clear with a few thin bubbles making their way up through the brew. A tan head pillows on top and sits there like a floating rice cake.

Smell is pleasant, yet thin. Mostly sweet malts and thin grassy hops. It's clean and crisp and fits the style very well.

Taste is again clean and crisp leaning towards a dominating cereal malt. It is a little on the watery side of things but I still find it interesting enough to elevate it well above average. A moderate bitterness pinches lightly on the sides of my tongue but doesn't yield any more then a light grassy/ metallic note.

Soft, fizzy carbonation add to the experience of this easy drinking beer. What can I say I dig this brew. It has all the right flavors in the right places. Could it be better... sure but I sure enjoy it the way it is.

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Photo of plfahey
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep yellow with burnished gold highlights and good clarity. Moderately large white dense head has decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet grainy breadlike malt, with nutty hints that remind me of marzipan. There are also some light fruit esters, perhaps apricots or peaches. Intriguing.

Flavor-Sweet apricots, light and crisp, with a dinner roll bread character. Low floral hops in the finish. Low hop bitterness steps in to dry out the flavor, but light fruit and cereal notes linger on.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Very smooth and relatively crisp.

I wasn't initially very impressed with this beer, but the more time I spent with it, the more it intrigued me. Definitely tasty and very quaffable-this would in fact make for a great summer beverage.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin but permanent head and golden color. Aroma is grainy, crisp and lightly hopped. Flavor is much the same. Clean and light. Great summer ale. Not really much of an EPA as it is listed on this site.

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Photo of wingman14
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is pleasant and more powerful than expected. Hops up front with some malt coming through as well. The taste is a nice mix from start to finish of the hops and malt, with a bready flavor. A nice crisp beer, light mouthfeel, nothing overpowering and great flavors. Overall a great summer beer, great session beer.

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Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Can smell the barley here, but my nose isn't working right at the moment, so I may revisit this later to edit. Since nose isn't working right, tongue may be compromised as well.

Tastes pleasantly of orange, and some spice shows up as well. Possibly coriander, the taste is sweet to start then the malty character shows up through the middle and finish.

Not bitter in the slightest, light bodied, light carbonation, would consider this a great brew to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking it out of the can. The aroma is mildly herbal-hoppy and has a faint lemon note as well. It tastes quite a bit like a hopped-up Kolsch, with very pale dry grain notes, minerality, herbal-floral flavors, and a hint of lemon zest. It is not fruity or buttery like I think of an EPA as being. The feel is crisp and refreshing. Good summer beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm the first to review this in CANs! This will make CANquest part 3 for me.

Appearance: A pale straw yellow color, very clear, pours with great white head that dissipates fast but leaves some lacing

Smell: Muted hops, my guess would be East Kent Goldings, but that is purely a guess. Citrusy and floral.

Taste: Very refreshing light taste, light malts, muted hops, somewhat bitter. Some spice, some floral, and some citrus are the main components of this.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, good carbonation

Overall: This makes a perfect summer beer. I just wish it was a little cheaper, but I still don't feel bad if I drink a couple in a sitting. Drinks super easy, and in cans would make a great tailgating beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a strange glass at Noodlecat

A- Poured a clear bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy head that left some minimal lace

S- Some strong floral and grapefruit notes, some sweet malts

T- Very balanced flavor profile. Orange citrus, floral hops notes, bubblegum, sweet cracker malt, and a little bit of grapefruit

M- Crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body, finished dry

O- A very drinkable and balanced pale ale. A solid canned beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brilliant straw yellow in color with a puffy white head that leave a bit of lacing along the glass.

Lots of bread in the nose with a very obvious straw and a earthy/grassy hop aroma. There is also a hint of yeast character.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with esters of pear and just a bit of very ripe banana. The hops are quite mellow but add a nice amount of grass and earth to this summer ale.

This is a nice beer for a warm evening in Cincinnati.

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Photo of mdr4669
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Light orange yellow with with about a finger of bubbly carbonated looking head that leaves a patchy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very balanced smell of sweet sugar, bread malts, and some lemon tartness.

Taste: A bit of a wine like grape taste to start, that is followed by some lemon and some sugar sweetness.

MF: Very light, very easy to drink, a very balanced a laid back summer ale.

OA: If they were ever to make a Brooklyn Light, (I hope that'll never happen)… I hope they just repackage this… It's a fine summer brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB OCT 2012

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head

S: Some spicy/floral and citrusy hops along with a light barley graininess dominate. Not much behind those, but they leave a nice inviting aroma

T: Follows the nose, with the barley being the majority of the flavor throughout. Hops lend a nice citrus note, and are slightly bitter. Bready and mealy due to the barley

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely has the feel of a beer that would go great with many different foods and wash them down easily

O: A solid brew for a summer gathering with food. Would go great with BBQ or really any food. It also fits the style well and is a good choice for a summer beer because of the qualities described above

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with "best before" date clearly stamped on the bottle. I really enjoy the color scheme on the bottle - sky blue with deep red and yellow.

I poured this ale in a standard pint glass: the pour revealed a clear, deep gold color with very little head or lacing.

The strength of the aroma surprised me when I opened the bottle: a somewhat wine like odor typical of British style ales.

The initial taste is a buttery, malty taste with a slight wine flavor aftertaste. For a summer ale, this one has a surprisingly complex taste profile. In the mouthfeel and aftertaste, this ale reminds me of Fuller's summer ale I had in a bottle years ago. The hops give this one a crispness and very subtle bitterness to balance everything.

Decent carbonation gives you a slight burn on the back of the throat as well as a slick feeling on the tongue.

This would be a fine session ale for any season. The bottle states 5.0% ABV which is ideal for a long evening. A very nice change from the ubiquitous "kolsh", "wit" and "American wheat" styles offered in the summer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a summer ale so don't expect anything too complex but Brooklyn do a good job of combining a few different styles in one thirst quenching beer. There is the citrus notes of a Wit combined with a hop note of a British Golden Ale and a clean finish much like a lager. Tastes good and works wonders on the patio.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Brooklyn has never disappointed me well there was that one time ,any way.....

T^- TASTE- an hint of citrus at the front but it is not overwhelming.Not sure where they get their malt from but it tastes kinda wheaty to me its not gritty enough to be wheat but you can feel the vibe. For the most part Its very well rounded. Hops mah maybe not a lot its pretty clean i think they did a good job on this one. Has a little bitter jaw shock just a hint,if this was my first one of the night i would notice it more. Its pretty sweet, for an actual note.

O^- ODOR- It smells like honey to me not super strong but that's my first probably the malt they tamed down with the hops. Kinda like piss and vinegar except its not. the malt does kinda kick you in the face like a round house kick but its causal.

M^-manifestation - malty little bit of hops and a slight citrus bitter tinge.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a one inch white head and some lacing as consumed. Aroma is sweet and bready with a little bit of floral hop. Taste is big on the bread malt with some underlying citrus flavor that blends with the malt for a very pleasant finish. Mouthfeel makes this a great summer beer as it consists of a smooth almost creamy feel that dissipates into a clean finish. Always a go-to summer beer for me.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - pale straw colored with a decent sized stark-white head. Clean and clear in appearance. Looks light bodied.

Aroma - some grassy and light malt aromas. A bit of a sour malt smell is evident. I also get a bit of citrus, mostly lemon as well as a faint aroma of fresh hops.

Taste - this is where this beer shines. Okay, the look and smell may not totally grab you but the flavor profile of this summer beer hopefully will. Crisp on the tongue with some light malty sweetness followed by a nice tanginess and some lemon flavors. There is a nice hop flavor in the background and in the finish.

Overall - Brooklyn Brewery did a great thing when they decided to put this beer in a can. It's a great candidate for bringing along on any outdoor adventure and should be easy enough on the palate for pretty much any type of beer drinker. Personally I really enjoyed this beer and as I've never had it in a bottle I'd have to say it was great out of a can.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I bought a 12-pack as that was the only format available and I'm definitely glad I've got a bunch of these left in the fridge.

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Photo of MinisterCurry
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A semi- sweet summer ale modeled after British summer ales of the 1800s. It's an easy drinking light ale with pleasant features all around. Poured from bottle to tulip:

A - pours a head with good bubbles, light lacing and a light amber color like others have compared to apple juice. The bubbles didn't stop surfacing all glass.

S - smells great, like baking bread, yeast, sunflower, green apple and a little less like light white flowers and green bell pepper, but they're present.

T - brioche notes with a hint of agave as it finishes slightly sweet, but there is a creamy component that lingers like butter on bread.

M - light to medium-light on the palate. Dances more on the back of the tongue than on the sides, probably due to the light sweetness.

O - a great summer ale for any outdoor occasion. I wish it was 90 degrees outside and summery to fully enjoy the bright sweetness this ale has to offer, but this is Chicago and it's 35. This is an outdoor 4th of July kind of beer, and at 5.0% you can have your fun all day. Maybe pair with cheese plates, mixed green and fruit salads, grilled chicken and fish, and citrus deserts like lemon bars or key lime pie.

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Photo of tammyshawdixon
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale...I love the light, refreshing taste of this beer! Perfect for a hot summer day! Golden color, light on hops, light on malt...light body and bready taste. Light crisp bitterness and a citrusy/floral aroama! 5% ABV is perfect for drinking a few of them!

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