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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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 mikeepeck
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy head of about 1 finger, pale golden color, head slowly disappears.
S: Distinct fruity nose, with floral hops, and .... plums maybe? There's some interesting fruit in there, I just can't nail it down.... Clean with a hint of hop bitterness to come.
T: Interesting. Kind of a fruity hop flavor. Maybe it's coming from the yeast as well? Clean- aftertaste is gone quickly. After a few sips, the flavor washes out.
M: VERY light, goes down like water.
D: I could drink this all day, but would I? It's very thirst-quenching, but I'm not sure it has enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Plus, it would probably be crushed by most foods. It's basically a Brooklyn Light Ale.

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Photo of DJED69
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, thanks to Brooklyn for canning this beer. I love having another option for tailgating, BBQ or the beach. This is a mild ale that's perfect for a warm, summer day. Color is a nice golden hue with decent head and lace. I actually prefer from the can. Smells of mild yeast, malt, citrus, hops. Taste is crisp with a nice hint of lemon. It's a very drinkable beer. It's not overwhelming in any aspect, but solid all around. A brew I'll revisit all summer long.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 sabrills70
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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 lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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 DNICE555
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 SkunkWorks
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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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