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 heerboth
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to taylor714914 for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a clear, orange color into my glass. About a finger and a half of head is achieved with a careful pour. The head dissipates fast, but leaves great lacing, coating the sides of the glass the whole way down.

Smell – Pale malts, bread, floral/grass/hops, and a hint of lemony citrus. Smells refreshing to say the least.

Taste – A bit more hop kick than the aroma would lead one to believe. The main focus after the initial hop kick is more floral/grassy flavors, mixed with somewhat sweet, earthy malts. Finishes with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Actually fuller than I was expecting body wise.

Overall – A very enjoyable summer beer. It is hitting the spot right now and would like to have it again in the future.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a light, clear shade of yellow with a 2 finger straight white head. Lacing is nice. Lots of rising bubbles

S- huge hits of lemongrass to fact, that lemony aroma is all I'm really getting. Very strong, very nice.

T- very...bland. Hints of the lemon...and thats all, really. Sweet finish. Really underwhelming

M- nothing exciting in the feel. Very thin. Uneventful. Boring.

D- its a good, nonoffensive summer beer. Maybe...too nonoffensive

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Photo of NateMac13
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright summer colors on the label a plus, although with these guys I'd be trying it out anyway. Pours goldenrod with a weak white head that instantly crumples iin a fizzy cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Hop notes are grassy. Something of a European or pilsner ring to the nose. Nothing special so far.

Crisp and refreshing at the opening of the sip, and not nearly as bubbly as I feared. Late breaking wheat taste is easy on the palate. Recovers nicely from a substandard outward measure. Definitely could be consumed in quantity in the summer months, particularly outside. Worthy of the Brooklyn moniker.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of FriedSlug
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus fruit and malt

T - Follows the nose exactly

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer its a good refreshing beer for the summer good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow tan and clear with some rising bubbles and a small head/not a lot of lace.

Smell and taste: Grainy, floral, grassy, a little bit of toast and bread, lightly hopped.

A pleasant and tasty, light, refreshing brew, great summertime beer. Carbonation is pretty good and aftertaste is lightly sweet.

Another good one from Brooklyn.

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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 Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer via a house party - someone was kind enough to leave a few for me to sample.
It poured a nice honey brown, with minimal head...the laced heading remained throughout the beer.
This is a nice mellow beer. I wouldn't normally place it with a summer beer, I think I would prefer this during the early fall. The flavoring is very well balanced. Over all it is a nice mellow beer that has a strong enough flavoring to make you want more.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack

A- Translucent yellow golden with about average carbonation and almost no head. Some layered lacing, but not much.

S- Floral smell mixed with some yeast and malts.

T- Slightly sweet floral yeast taste.

M- Light, crisp, goes down easy.

O- This was pretty decent for a summer beer. It was exactly what you are looking for in a summer beer- light, refreshing, crisp, and sessionable. The only problem I had with it was that it could have definitely had a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the tap at St. James Gate in New York, New York. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, glowing a toasted amber coloring. It held a one finger head of uniformly tight white bubbles, showing okay retention into a crowning ring hugging the sides of the glass. Lacing was punctate and minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma boasted crisp pale malts, stale adjuncty metallics, dried straw, apricot and browned apple sweetness, grassy and lightly citric hops, black pepper, buttered wheat toast, phenolic plastics, and soft boozy fumes. Our first impression was that the flavoring was just as even as the nose, but with that same dank adjuncty quality permeating the grain bill thoroughly. As we sipped, the taste began with biscuity toast, pale and softer amber malts, dried baker’s yeast, grassy and earthy hops, raw barley, and light honeysuckle florals to balance. The middle came to a peak with brash metallics, corny adjuncts, white flour, pear fruitiness, toasty pales, gravel, and muddy, yeasty bite. Washing through the finish was a blend of light banana esters, continued pale and partially red graininess, crisp toast, aluminum metallics, lipstick waxiness, and floral and grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of gritty graininess, muddy pales, table salt, tree bark, floral hop wash, apricot sweetness, and fruity apple tart zing rumbling up from the stomach along with booze and black pepper spice. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but little cream, froth, or crisp finishing pop. The mouth was briefly coated with foam, but this quickly dripped clean into malted dryness and light hoppy puck. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its evenness through the aroma and the flavoring. This helped to maintain smoothness and ease of drinkability through to the end of the glass, with no one flavor or component really outshining or overpowering any of the others. The core ingredients, however, felt a bit cheap, with adjuncty inclusions to the malt bill, and a rather skimpy hop thrust. While the hops were there, you had to look for them, meaning that you were left looking for the refreshment and cleanliness in your beer. This is really not the drinker’s job for a commercially available summer beverage that you would hope would want to do the job for you. That said, the beer went down smoothly enough, and is definitely something you could swill a few of while taking in playoff hockey at a bar with some friends.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 4.5% ABV. Best before Oct. 07. Very slightly hazy, bright gold color. Rocky white head. Pretty good head retention.

Pale malt, bready, grainy aroma, with a bit of zest thrown in near the end. Some earthy and slightly perfumy hop aromas.

Pale malt, a touch of tartness, and a bit of zest. Pretty clean. Enough bitterness to balance, while still leaving the beer refreshing.

Light body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Pretty simple and easy to drink, especially with a low ABV. Not a bad beer at all, and seems to fit well in the summertime mode.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Phigg1102
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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