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
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
1,777
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
41
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444
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Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a small white head that fades into a thin white layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet bready malts followed by scents of lemon zest, orange peel, spice, and a hint of citrus hops.

Taste: Bready malts are quickly followed by fruity sweetness from the lemon and orange. A slight hint of citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid and tasty version of a summer ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you look at Brooklyn's Summer Ale as an English-style summer ale, it's pretty much spot on for the style although most examples from the UK offer a tad bit more hops in at least the flavor. The maltiness is quite distinct, however, hitting you squarely in the nose aroma-wise, and then following in the flavor. It's straw-like, grassy, and a touch earthy - and the hops that follow are very much the same. To guess, I'd imagine there's some Maris Otter mixed with a non-floor malted base, and Fuggles with a bit of Goldings thrown in. There's a mild bit of fruitiness to it, but it's really just about the rounded malt and hop profile. It's not complex, but it's not intended to be. It's lighter than a pale ale, well, at least less bitter, and basically just a nice, easy drinking ale that's got some nice flavor to it.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a yellow golden color with a frothy white head. It smells of green apple and funk with some grain and citrus with other fruity aroma. The taste is slightly bitter with just a hint of lemon, and sour grain with a bitter citrus and grassy aftertaste. The beer is light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is better than most summer beers and I really enjoyed the slightly sour accent.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a mostly thin texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A big malty smell with this one, along with some hops.

T: A sharp taste of barley malt and hops. Not the most complex taste, but definitely likable.

M: This beer has a lively amount of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While I'm not a huge fan of pale ale, but this was a tasty, easy to drink brew.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-golden color with a whitish head.

Aromas of sweet breaded malt, honey, and earthy hops.

More yeasty dough flavor with honey and some light lemony English hop presence.

medium body and hitting an elusive spot.

All flavors reprise on the finish.

A great summer beer as long as it's not too humid and doesn't get over 88 degrees.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale pours out a light gold color, small but sturdy white head topping it off. The scent has a lot of buttery diacetyl, which is what I love about this style, as well as some biscuity caramel malt, with a fair amount of citrusy hops as well. The taste starts off with a nice, bready malt profile, nice caramel interlaced with the diacetyl, a nice amount of fruitiness which I think is coming from the yeast, a nice amount of hops which are mildly bitter, pretty floral and give off slight citrus tones as well. Just a dash of lemon zest. Medium bodied and somewhat dry.

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Photo of birdman200
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to trade a Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale for this beer at a party recently. I drank it out of the bottle, so I could not tell the appearance of it. Like most summer beers, it was very crisp and easy to drink. Great balance of malt and hops, a little citrus flavor, a little wheaty flavor.

No distinguishing qualities that separates it from any other summer seasonal beer, but nonetheless very good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a thick layer of fine foam that has good retention and lacing.

Smell is spicy and lively with kolsch-like yeasty aromas and freshly malted barley. A fair amount of floral and herb hoppiness.

This is a nice, flavorful take on a summer ale. Grassy hop flavors add a nice crispness to the heavy bready maltiness. Plenty of carbonation add to the thirst quenching quality of this beer. I think just about anyone who drinks beer can appreciate this one. Me likey.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with some haze. Good sized head with a decent lace.
The aroma is of citrus,malts with bread tones/light malts.
The taste is lemon,hops and barley. The feel is smooth,crisp,slightly dry and bitter. The carbonation is moderate.

Notes: I reviewed this under bottle and I must write that this beer tasted better from tap. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice golden color, with a substantial, very frothy head. The nose is simple but nice: a little hoppiness, with a little maltiness. The taste is spot on for a general English bitter. The predominant flavor is a nice grassy hoppiness, though bitterness is not too high, matched well with a good amount of malt, fortunately not too caramelly like many US interpretations. Well-balanced with a light fruitiness.

Not a complex beer, but quite quaffable. A good session beer, and one of the better Brooklyn beers I've had.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a medium bubbly white head that has very good head retention, that thing lasts forever, but not much lacing.

S-For an english pale ale, the aroma is pretty good, but it could've had a lot more hop aroma imo. Mainly pale malts in the nose and not much else.

T-The flavor is much the same. A lot of pale malt and VERY little hop flavor. But it's nice for a summer drinkin' beer for sure. A very light and crisp bitterness as well helps to keep it from being sweet.

M-Has a very clean and bubbly and crisp light body. Perfect for any summer occasion.

D-Man, anyone could just drink the mess out of this all day long and be very happy. A good summertime beer indeed.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank out of a goblet.

A: Medium-Yellow color with a thin soapy head, bubbles don't really stick to the side of the glass. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles.

S: I do get a little fruit on the nose, and something else to it as well. Maybe slight butterscotch and bread?

T: This is biscuity on the palate, with a nice slight herbal spice on the backend.

M: Medium carbonation is visible but you can feel the bubbles and foam everywhere in your mouth, it coats the entire palate as easily as water does.

D: Very easy drinking, I could throw back a few of these in a sitting. I would defiantly buy this again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at ujs glenside.

A- crystal clear sunset yellow with a small cap of white head.

S- crisp and clean pale malts with hints of honey and sugar in the raw. Slightly fruity with citrus and papaya.

T- very clean and refreshing, semi sweet and fruity. Hints of bubble gum and honey.

M- lite to medium in body with a mid level carb.

D- very drinkable and super refreshing. A great summer beer.

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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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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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