Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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:
510
Ratings:
1,767
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
438
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 510 | Ratings: 1,767
Photo of Gajo74
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber and sunset color with creamy foam and good lace retention. Fruity aroma; citric and perhaps apples. Toasted malt taste, fruity and lemony aftertaste. Strong leafy hop finish. Bitter and lingering aftertaste. Creamy and smooth. The bitter aftertaste was somewhat of a turnoff, but, not a terrible summer brew.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden ale color, clear without a hint of haziness, lightly carbonated.
S-Not much, very little hop or malt aroma
T-Must admit a rather bland taste experience. A very minute hop flavor but the malt has a decent body. The yeast provides a breadiness and it delivers a clean finish.
M-
O-This beer offers some pleasing malt and yeast character, but I expected a fruity and lush taste profile.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours some nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer color is a hazy medium gold that looks nice.

The beer smell is fairly sweet from the pale malts and a nice hop bite. However, the hops bitterness is a bit light and occasionally is overwhelmed by the sweetness.

The beer taste is pretty disappointing compared to the smell. While the smell had a strong malt presence, the taste does not. The sweet pale malt is still there but it's weak in comparison to the hops. Likewise, the hops taste is fairly bitter but unusually light.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and a little bit watery. There is some carbonation but it doesn't seem to save the dissapointment.

Overall, a pretty disappointing but otherwise drinkable summer ale. The smell was a real pleaser and set some expectations the taste did not meet.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light crisp golden body, brilliant white foam head, some lacing
S: pale malt, orange
M: medium thin body
T: lemon, paler malt, slightly watery
O: easy dining brew, thinbody

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Photo of PhantomWolf
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a straight pour into a standard pint, I got that classic amber with a thick foamy head. The beer had just the right amount of tight little bubbles to come off as crisp, but remains smooth and very drinkable. The head was aromatic; sweet and a touch of fruit, though not much depth. That essentially describes the taste. Light and sweet with a clean finish. If you concentrate you almost get a hint of white grape and honey on the tale end. IF you concentrate. To me it screams 'Summer' It's the type of ale I plan on downing by the gallon with some friends and some barbecue on a summer night. Nothing complicated, just a good time in a bottle at a reasonable price. This may be my standard guzzler for a month or so.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Golden amber that's just a bit hazy. A slightly underwhelming half inch white head that quickly fades into a coating on top of the beer. Very little lacing in the glass.

S: Sweet bread-like grain and fruity hops, a touch floral but in my opinion fruit is more discernible.

T: Sweet malt, bread-like in flavor as well. Bitterness is clean and doesn't overpower the malt. Pleasant to drink but ultimately run-of-the-mill.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. I'd probably consider most summer beers to be a touch lighter in body than this but it's not bad.

O: Refreshing if not a bit generic. I could see myself drinking this during the warmer months but nothing about it will have me running out to pick up a case. It would probably do well at a party with wide ranging tastes in beer, craft drinkers would be satisfied and light beer fans wouldn't be overwhelmed.

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Photo of plowe70
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
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 MarkLinton1
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden color with thick foamy head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Light citrus taste with sweet breadiness from the two row barley. Just enough hop finish to make it interesting. Definitely a great beer when you're packing the cooler for a hot Summer afternoon at the beach.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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 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 UKTOMCAT
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Brooklyn has never disappointed me well there was that one time ,any way.....

T^- TASTE- an hint of citrus at the front but it is not overwhelming.Not sure where they get their malt from but it tastes kinda wheaty to me its not gritty enough to be wheat but you can feel the vibe. For the most part Its very well rounded. Hops mah maybe not a lot its pretty clean i think they did a good job on this one. Has a little bitter jaw shock just a hint,if this was my first one of the night i would notice it more. Its pretty sweet, for an actual note.

O^- ODOR- It smells like honey to me not super strong but that's my first probably the malt they tamed down with the hops. Kinda like piss and vinegar except its not. the malt does kinda kick you in the face like a round house kick but its causal.

M^-manifestation - malty little bit of hops and a slight citrus bitter tinge.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

A month past it's best by date. First gusher I've had from a can. Aroma is floral and bready, with a touch of earthy hops and a hint of orange peel. Flavor is slightly sweet, almost honey-like, and bready, malt dominant, with minerally notes, a hint of lemon, and herbal hops adding intrigue. Finishes fairly clean, with light bitterness. Seems a bit hollow at the finish.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Had a pitcher of this with my bro in law this past summer. It was really nice, very refreshing. Lemony taste great carbonation. But the lemon taste got to us and we had to switch it up in the next pitcher

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a light hazy yellow with a smell of citrus and a bit of spice to it. The taste was similar with hop citrus coming in first with lemon peel and grapefruit, but them sweet spices such as nutmeg make an appearance to give the beer a bit of a body. Very refreshing for the summer.

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Photo of ACD
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a bigger summer ale guy, but this is one of my favorite beers for a sumner cookout or on the beach.

I have had it both straight out of the bottle and poured from a can into a pint glass.

Both ways it is great.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a 2 finger head.

Light enough for a hot summer night but smooth, creamy and tasty enough to be considered a good tasting beer

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold/amber. Foamy off-white head with LOTS of effervescence. Lacing down the sides of glass with a thin white cap of retention.

Aroma: Very fruity with a slight hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Tart & spicy, salty, clean. Reminds me of Columbus Brewing Company's Summer Teeth Kellerbier; but filtered, with lots of bubbles, and not as slick. Hints of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight, very astringent and clean.

Overall: Light, fruity, astringent. Well-carbonated (but not overly so). A well-balanced craft summer ale. Would buy again.

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Photo of bassboneman
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Summer is one of the beers I like the most from this brewery.
It is light, without being vacant of flavor! It has a citrus-ee note but not like Sam Adams.
It is smoother and more refined than Sam's Summer Ale - especially on the finish!
The mouth-feel is alive and bright - like a lager.
This pairs well with grilled veggies and lighter fare - chicken/fish. Not that I would throw it away if having it with a burger or steak :o)
So far..this is one of my favorite beer surprises this summer season!
Sam

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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 nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Summer Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery with an ABV of 5.0 % This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich grains and sweetness. There is nothing overpowering in the smell. The taste is nothing to write home about. It is clean and refreshing. Brooklyn Summer Ale is also smooth. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. No bad after taste just smoothness. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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 utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours yellow gold with a slight haze and a white head. Creamy, left lace. Nose is hebal,cool. Fruity citrusy. Biscuit and dry cracker with a little sweetness for malt. Soft spice. Taste isbalanced toward the malt which develops a bit of caramle in the flavor. I wish it had been firmer. Lots of herbal. Cool, spice and a bit of a citrusy middle. Not much bitterness and kind of spritzy making the body seem a little off to me.

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Photo of hagbergl
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Decided to give this a whirl after a friend brought it over to my place. The results were certainly disappointing, especially given that this is billed as an English Pale Ale, something different stylistically than what we're all used to when it comes to summer beers. So what went wrong here? Read on:

Appearance (3.25/5): Hazy golden/orange hue, nice color, with a one finger, fairly minimal pure white head of foam. The head disappointingly fizzles out quickly, leaving a ring around the circumference of the glass. Ah, there was promise for a second.

Smell (2.5/5): Simple aroma of citrus hops, a light bit of crackery malt, and a touch of honey. Not much more to it than that. I was hoping for a little more assertive hop profile.

Taste (2/5): As simple as the aroma. An all too brief stab of citrus hops is followed by a honey-like malty sweetness, finishing sweet and semi-dry, but without much flavor to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel (1/5)l: This is where the beer falls flat on its face. It has disastrously low carbonation levels, which robs it of any vigor. The mouthfeel is insipid, making the beer feel unfinished. I am left seriously wanting. Also, with such a light body, I’m not getting much in the way of crispness. This beer needs retooling.

Overall (2/5): Brooklyn Summer Ale is just not a very good beer; for me it epitomizes the problems with summer beer. Its light body and light flavor are simply not interesting; inadequate carbonation only makes things worse. The 80 on BA and the style listing being English Pale Ale is a quite deceptive. This is mediocre to bad beer that doesn't even get the simple task of quenching one's thirst right.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is grainy, and slightly yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrusy hops which i guess what makes it any more "summery" the a typical ale, it's called Ale but tastes like a macro lager with just a touch more depth of flavor and a thicker body. still, nit a bad choice if the other option is a macro. i'd be satisfied drinking this ice cold on a very hot day.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Crystal clear medium golden color with a huge frothy bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of bread sweet pilsner malt offset with some floral and spicy hops and just a touch of earth. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet bready malt with enough spicy hop to balance but add a bit of non descript fruit. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Nice enough easy drinking beer, I prefer a bit more flavor and body, but this would do fairly well on a sweltering summers day.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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