Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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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
Ratings:
1,823
Reviews:
528
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
461
For Trade:
1
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Photo of MJKauz
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Mattias
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Arch578
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nheinzie57
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of nineworldseries
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of hozersr
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of heytomcat
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Dark gold to light amber in color.

S- Light malts, grassy hops with a hint of lemon.

T- Similar to bouquet. Also had some off, adjunct flavors. Not great.

M- Light for the style.

O- I was surprised this ended up being Brooklyn Summer Ale. I thought it would fare better. I won't be looking for this one next summer.

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Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer makes a loud tssss sound when I pop the cap. The high head is warm beige and compact. The clear liquid is pale copper (18 EBC). Some lacing occurs, good head retention.

The smell is very smooth and hoppy. Some American notes, but I can’t decide where it comes from American hops or from the dry-hopping. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness. Lemon and orange peel, apricots, biscuits, toffee and dried fruits. Hints of raisins and resin in the background.

The taste is first quite light with some sour lemon flavours. Dried fruits, biscuits, fresh apricots and apples. The body is light to medium. In fact, the green apple flavours (acetaldehyde) and a slightly dry note gets stronger in the aftertaste. There are some notes of dried fruits and a mild sweetness. The finish is very dry with a distinct flavour of banana skids.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles light. The liquid is dry, almost astringent.

A slight disappointment, this one.

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Photo of jmg480
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of fscottkey
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Very light in color. Lots of large bubbles moving to the surface (like a fresh poured Sprite). Forms a 1 finget head that quickly recedes. Best by date is unreadable.

S: Smells like a wheat beer - that style. Malts, breadiness and some sweetness.

T: Very much a Belgian wheat flavor. Lots of malty-breadiness. No noticeable hop presence.

M: The carbonation is right. Decent mouthfeel.

O: This is a summer session ale. It has good mouthfeel - unfortunately I am not a fan of the wheat beer style and flavor. I am sure this would appeal to people that like this style and want to have a few beers on a hot day.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a very golden, light amber hue. Good two finger head after the pour that quickly recedes to a strong film of foam. The aroma makes me thin k of an American pale wheat ale. Light fruit notes with some adjuncty corn goodness. But there are some flower hop aroms in this beer as well. The taste has bready malt with a light note of bananas and corn. Bitter, yet sessionable aftertaste of flower vines. The palate is crisp and starchy. This beer makes me think of a bitter pale wheat ale than an English pale ale. Pretty refreshing beer, although I might not care for the flavors and the categorization.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some soft floral and spicy notes but very faint. Also a little malt and vegetal notes underneath.
Flavours are a bit better with some attractive malt and more spicy hops. Very light.
Feels a bit watery.

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Photo of pwoods
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rustic golden with a lack of visibility. Maybe a finger formed on the semi aggressive pour but faded fast. Lacing isn't terrible.

S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Small touch of Euro hops, grassy and floral. Somewhat yeasty.

T/M: More of the grainy biscuit malts with some added diacytel buttery notes. No bitterness and only the smallest touch of hops with are much more grassy than floral. Body is medium light with moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

D: Low ABV and easy to drink but not interesting or too terribly tasty.

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Photo of bankboy66
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with a small-ish head. Medium fizz with a touch of grapefruit and sweetness. Pretty unremarkable but I would drink it if someone handed it to me.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Kind of disappointed in this beer. Too hoppy for my likes in a refreshing summer type beer. I would drink it if it was offered to me, but would not go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of mikeylol
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale golden, 1.5 finger head; mediocre head retention, minimal lacing.

S- Pine and grass, hint of citrus, subdued bready malts.

T&M- Medium-light mouthfeel, sweet pale malts with minimal citrus hop bitterness; finishes clean with minimal aftertaste. Quaffable.

O- Can't really say I like this beer. While refreshing and pleasant tasting, leaves no impact and is forgettable the moment you finish.

Notes- Very refreshing in the Texas heat. As a summer seasonal, its an okay choice; would not pick buy again myself though.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance was a hazy golden yellow- typical standard "summer ale" colors. Smell was of citrus fruits most noticeably, lemons. The taste was light and fruity- not much going on here- highly carbonated. This is a sessionable brew with the 4.9% ABV, but this one lacks character and distinction.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is about a finger high with an eggshell shade. Its texture is rough and its retention is poor. And almost no lacing is left on the glass, either. At least it has a great body...

S: Dangerously bland. Just touches of butter, caramel, and citrus are coming through. The nose actually gets weaker as it warms. Not off to a great start, are we?

T: Touches of citrus hops appear initially. Some malt enters the midtaste, and the finish brings back some citrusy notes, along with a twinge of fruit punch. Nothing fantastic, but better than the nose.

M: Light and dry - the maltiness doesn't get in the way of its crisp finish. The carbonation seems weak at first, but sneaks up on the palate.

O: If nothing else, this would be a decent lunch beer. It's inoffensive, drinkable, and would pair well with a good sandwich. And that's its biggest problem: it's insipid. There's no excitement to be found here (not to mention the nose is almost nonexistent); on the flip side, it lives up to its "Summer Ale" moniker by being an acceptable hot weather refresher. I'd never refuse one, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Slynger
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light, clear, golden tangerine with a cap of fine white. Smells honey sweet and grainy with some herbal hops. Light bodied clean and dry. Lightly sweet grainy toasted and earthy herbal bitter. Easy drinker, but I didn't find anything to really stand out. Could just be the style.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Nice golden color with good carbonation. Aroma is very simple some citrus but much faded since I bought it fresh a month ago. Pretty full for a summer ale but none the less refreshing on a warmer day. Bit of hop, but then again there was more when I had it last. Not Brooklyn's best offering but a solid summer brew when fresher.

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Photo of tappangordo
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,823 ratings.
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