Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,832 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of q33jeff
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Aroma; fruity, citrus,
Appearance: yellow , no head.
Taste: thin hops, veggie
Feel: medium low carbonation, watery .

Good summer beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of cdicanio
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: Dark yellow, decent head with retention.

S: Citrusy and fruity.

T: Hoppy, but little else to mention. On the lighter side.

M: average, decent carbonation

D: This is a boring beer. It smells like it will promise a lot, but it just isn't there in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of plowe70
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Botttle served into an iced mug. Really nice looking beer. It has a golden hue and a nice head. Not much to smell although I'm a little stuffed up. Very nice feel in the mouth. Tastes pretty watery. This beer is meant to be drinkable by the masses so that makes sense but not my thing.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**This brew has improved GREATLY in the 2011 season. Look is better, aroma is strikingly akin to a fresh English pale ale and taste follows suit with a citrus American twist. Mf has a nice crey dryness too. If I could re-review, I'd probably give it an A.

A- clear golden amber with a fluffy nearly white head that falls rather quickly to a thin ring leaving a few dabs of lace here and there.

S- english pale ale? no way. not even close. strangely spiced citrus, coriander, lemon peel, and peppery grains of paradise aromas mixed with the odd fuel/motor oil and wet dog smells that i noticed in their east india pale ale. very off putting. on the back side there are toasted grains and some light coconut.

T- on brooklyn's website, they call this a "light dinner ale" which would make more sense to me than a pale ale. anyway, the taste is pretty watery and one-dimensional with toasted cereal grains, pale barley, and slightly grassy hops with a lemony touch to them. german hops are up front with some help from the fuggles, but i can't really detect any of the cascade or amarillo, two of my favorites. overall bland and slightly herbal, well water, wet dog, and bleach comes out in the finish. and least there's none of that motor oil taste.

MF- thin fizzy and crisp, yet standing firm. feels like more than water in the mouth, maybe a thin juice, and definitely refreshing if you minus the strange chemical tastes and aromas.

D- strange, but not repulsive. on a hot summer day with such a low abv, i could picture this ONE going down nicely. only one, not two.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light bitter hops and grassy notes.

Overall: Glad I tried it, but it was like a heavier Budweiser. Probably would not get this again.

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Photo of phisig137
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out of a vibrant pastel colored six pack that really stands out on the shelf. Pours a 18 carat gold color, crystal clear, and a two finger head. Moderate retention leaves behind a small blanket of foam.

Aroma is very mild. slight grapefruit peel aroma, and a bit of musty grain. That's about it.

Flavor is much the same. A little boring, weak, and light. Very slight citrusy flavor up front, tiny tinge of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but light. Drinkability is pretty good.... this IS a summer beer.

Yes, this is a "summer type" of beer. Yes it is light and drinkable. Other than that, I can't say much about it. I hate to say it, but it's a bit of a disappointment from Brooklyn. Usually they produce some great brews... this one just doesn't impress. I know the label says Ale, and BA says american pale wheat... but I swear that If I tasted this blind, that I'd guess it was a continental lager, and a mediocre one at best. The one thing that this beer does well, is it will appeal to many of the uninitiated, and welcome them to the world of good beer, and great Brooklyn products. Other than that... I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a very clear light golden ale with a thin white ring of a head. It has a fruity, wooden hop aroma, with a note of lemon. It is light, fluffy and crisp in the mouth. It has a boozy taste. It's lightly bitter, with notes of lemon and light grain. It seems a little strong for a summer ale.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

not good

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Photo of Tucquan
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd try this Summer Ale because I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery. This one didn't grab me that much.

My first reaction on tasting it was dissapointment that it didn't have more of a unique flavor. This strikes me as a beer you can serve to folks that aren't used to a strong tasting beer and it'll be wel-liked.

There's not a lot of smell to this ale. It pours with a small head. It isn't overly carbonated. It has a grassy and citrus taste with just a bit of malt. Not unpleasant at all and certainly quafable on a hot day but I won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into ASHRAE pint glass. Beer hour Friday before Memorial Day. "Best Before September 2013"
A - yellow, slightly golden, clear (not cloudy). Head seems CO2 induced, fades quickly.
S - vaguely sweet alcohol smell. A little milky perhaps
T - crisp, light, generic. Not a lot of strong flavor here. A little hint of sour maybe.
M - crisp, light, watery
O - nothing terrible, just tastes like a slightly improved version of a generic macro. Not enough malt backbone to hit the style. Goes down easy, but doesn't satisfy.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - Pours a golden color with lighter yellow hues, a short rocky white head quickly fizzles away, no lacing.
Aroma - Fresh, light citrus, wheat.
Taste - Pilsner-like. Light hops up front, lemon/grapefruit, malt is crackery and has little sweetness. Finish is clean.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, watery, fairly low carbonation.

Overall - Decent, but like most summer ales it's fairly sterile.

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Photo of Thomas_w86
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good for a hot day with friends, nothing special.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive.

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Photo of Klister
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays.

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Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Cooper
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Stofko1992
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Dreamer
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Bustersuess
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ParraPalliative
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of NCleland19
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of MichiganderHB
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of dsnyder61
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 37.9% out of 100 with 1,832 ratings
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