Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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515 Reviews
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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
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,782
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
41
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449
For Trade:
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Photo of Shrews629
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden almost amber color. Nice two finger head that dissolves to a nice thin layer after a minute or two. The head was slightly soapy and off white.

Smell - I could be wrong, but I sensed roasty malt with a doughy/biscuit hint in the nose. The hops were present but seemed to be balance well with the other aromas. I also got a hint of a dry/fall leaf scent. Overall, very clean.

Taste - Nice bready/biscuit taste that lingers on the palate nicely until the next sip. Somewhat of a smokey flavor, I thought.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin and slightly chewy, smooth mouthfeel that finished nice and dry. A bit heavier than I was expecting from a summer brew.

Drinkability - I like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on into the fall season. Not a typical summer brew for sure. I definitely like this more than the average summer wheat beers I have tried. This would be perfect for those hot summer evenings, but not so much during the hot part of the day.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, excellent clarity, lively carbonation, topped by a level two fingers of fuzzy white foam. Highly stretched delicate lacing.

Aroma of hay and grass, with a bit of British biscuit.

Easy going lightly sweet malt coats the mouth. Hops sublty balance the sweet, and provide an enjoyable tingle through the aftertaste.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, highly sessionable.

A tasty English style alternative to all the American Wheats and Berry ales.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's shaking over at Casa de LaChaingangguy, you ask?! Why, its none other than Brooklyn's SUmmer Ale!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a thin, creamy white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with a good measure of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with just a hint of sweetness. There's also an extremely faint honeydew melon fruitiness to it as well as what tastes like a loving pinch of salt. The hops, as with everything else in this beer, are light and provide some lemony citrus in the softly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, refreshing beer that makes for fine summertime drinking.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. This one pours a nice gold color. Clear, bubbly and a thick frothy white head. Nice retention, sticking well.

Smells crisp and clean. Husky malts, grain, slightly sweet. No notes of fruit or hop scent to speak of. The taste is light but flavorful, mainly consisting of malt and grain with a light hop finish. I like that this beer does not lean on fruit flavoring as most summer beers do. This one sticks with the essentials and it works well. Very refreshing, slightly dry, extremely drinkable. Light mouthfeel, perfect summer consistency.

You can't go wrong with this beer especially if you're looking to get away from the fruitier summer beers and shandies.

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Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a small, creamy head. Pale, bready malt aroma...biscuity with citrus, lemon zest, and floral hops. Bread and flowers upfront in the flavor. Some dried fruit and citrus zestiness. Mild sweetness and an almost spiced quality. Crisp, clean medium light. A good take on a summer seaonal. I can dig the British angle...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is straw colored with millions and millions of carbonation bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of my glass. I tell you what. There is a couple inches of creamy white head on this beer, and it doesn't go away. Quite impressive.

S - I notice the smell of lemon zest and lime. Is that noble hops? I like it either way. Very refreshing.

T - The lime translates to the taste as well. I also get some lemon grass.

M - It is pretty thin and well carbonated.

O - This is the perfect beer to match to the weather. Spring is in the air and on the tongue!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Nice citrus and corn cereal aroma
Nice quench thirsting in bru flavour with slight bitter finish
Nice

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Photo of tim9887
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: a nice golden hue, about a finger or maybe a touch more of foamy white head.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, lemon, and just a wee bit o' hops.

Taste: Much of the characteristics from the aroma are present, specifically the malty sweetness & lemony citrus qualities. Finishes crisp with a slight tinge of sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very very crisp and refreshing carbonation. Pretty good all-around.

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Photo of herman77
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with an average white head. Decent lacing and head retention.

S: Light citrus hops, bready malts with a faint honey smell.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Light bready malt with a slight honey like sweetness. A bit of mild citrus hops, great balance. Finishes crisp and refreshing with a kiss of herbal hops.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O: An easy drinking summer ale. I could drink plenty of these.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with minimal head and just enough cloudiness so as to assure me of its tasty character.

Smell- Very subtle nose, flowery and delicate.

Taste- Sharp and crisp. Not bitter per-se but very refreshing without being overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin in this department but not too bad. Still fills up mouth and gives a solid jolt of flavor.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, muy tasty and a great one for bbq'ing.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mild golden yellow in color. There is a medium head that fades to a small rim atop the glass. There is a slow stream of bubbles making their way to the top to keep that little head around.

S: This beer has a nice malty aroma to it. I can also detect a nice sweetness that reminds me of the smell of Big League Chew bubblegum. I like it.

T: This is a nice brew. Starts out nice and malty. This really reminds me of a wheat beer. There is a very mild hop character in the finish which is pretty dry.

M: Nice level of carbonation to this medium to light bodied brew. Crisp is the best adjective for this beer.

D: Goes down smooth with the perfect level of carbonation. Quaffable? Yes.

Overall: This beer is poundable. It's not a world class beer by any means but take it for what it is an easy drinking good tasting beer. You could line these up down the bar and keep them coming. I won't fill my refrigerator with them, but it’s a good tasting nice drinking beer. I could see why others would love it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale, "a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt, 100% two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our summer ale is gold in color, with a soft, bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma. ….and will taste best before freshness date indicated. Please write or visit the brewery, …" blah, blah, blah. Is it just me, or does this sound like it was written by a Eastern European who maybe learned English in Taiwan?

On to the beer…

Clear, if cloudy, golden appearance, slim, soon gone, nondescript head.

Aroma: a little grain, a bit more fruit…plenty from both malt and hops going on here, but I'm still perplexed as to what style it's supposed to be. Maybe none?
A bit of a wheat and spice feel here…is it a witbier? (Of course not, silly. )
Very pretty. Very floral.

Taste: hops bite at first, a pleasant nip, then fruit floods in, some spice. Snappy clean bitterness, yeah, they called that one. Very smooth, very mellow. Lean malt, yep, "bready", and cleanly hoppy, all those things promised, as well as high censurability. Drinking-down-ability is highly ranked, as well.

Sharp, slightly sweet, lightly bitter, …fairly easy-going, downable, sessional. …and, for me, ultimately forgettable. But, it's a beer, and you can drink it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden in color. Persistent creamy white head. Little to no lacing. Inviting.

S: Hoppy and a bit playful on the nose. Leafy and herbal/spicy. Lemon pulp and a hint of iced tea. Malt base is reminiscent of buttered biscuit and some light toffee notes.

T: Buttered biscuit and toffee. Slight hints of butterscotch and caramel. Oily hops butt in and steal the show. Stiff little jab of bitterness. Leafy and herbal with a lemon rind/lemon pulp vibe. Biscuity malts come back toward the end, but the the finish is very clean and only leaves a fading impression of oily, bitter hops on the palate.

M: Light body, but the malt backbone is substantial enough to create a round, creamy, and slightly weighted feel. Stiff blast of scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp and refreshing bite.

O: There's a nice juxtaposition going on between the rounder, heftier English malt flavors and the crisp bite of bitter hops and refreshing carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, honey yellow with foamy white head interspersed with medium bubbles, decent retention.

S = Well balanced smells, good piney hops but with sweet biscuit malt smells.

T = Light flavored, good tart bite, excellent for a hot summer day, lighter than the smell. Although the smell was pine, the taste is mostly citrus scones.

M = Light bodied, good carbonation, fair mouthcoating.

D = Very good. A great, resfreshing beer.

Score really depends on whether rating to style (average due to thinness) or based on fact that is intended to be a Summer beer (high because light and fruity). I go with the higher score because brewer's intention seems to simply be to make a nice light Summer beer, not an iconic APA within the BJCP style guidelines.

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Photo of atr2605
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy yellow with average head retention. Very minor white lace
S- Nice spice with lemon and orange with a grassy aroma from the hops.
T-Great balance between the citrus flavors that goes into the hop bitterness but still leaves some fruit flavor on the tongue. Very refreshing.
M- medium bodied, not too light and not too heavy
O- very enjoyable summer brew. Perfect on a hot night like tonight. It has enough flavor to give the beer character while still maintaining its drinkability. I would definitely purchase again

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy straw with no head. Smells of lots of wheat, very inviting. Tastes of wheat and citrus, a nice refreshing combination. Carbonation is right and sessionable refreshing summer brew. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A summer ale that isn't a pale wheat ale or fruit beer??? Unbelievable. I really enjoyed this beer I must say, one of my favorite summer seasonals now. Pours a nice pale golden color, small head to it, not much for lacing or bubbles. Can smell the nice hops and malts as you're pouring it.. excellent. This is a very crisp, refreshing beer. Very well balanced and nice solid mouthfeel with a light body perfect on a hot day. One of the more thirst quenching beers I've tried.. I enjoyed this one a lot, nothing too special but just a solid beer.

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Photo of atpben
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Was poured into a pint glass. Nice looking light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, light citrus and malts. Very easy to drink with more honey and citrus in the taste with high carbonation. A nice crispy sweet finish. Perfect summer beer. I enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's summer ale. Will definately try again.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and tastes like a nice english pale ale. Reminds me a lot of the Fullers ESB, very easy to drink and very refreshing. Kinda has a light wheat like flavor, with a smattering of hops. Palt malts help to round this out into a solid drink. Really doesn't give you much to think about, just a very drinkable slightly bitter ale that will be quite enjoyable for these hot summer Louisiana days.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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