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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:
510
Ratings:
1,768
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
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Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with one-inch long lasting white head. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt and wheat scent that's refreshing. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent. Sour finish for an English Pale Ale. It is refreshing but unexpected. Good clean hoppy finish. This is a simple brew that's quite tasty and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good light with good carbonation. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Very drinkable. A nice offering.

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Light grain, wheat and lemon aroma. Nice light balanced taste. Toasted grain and wheat malts start off. A bit of sweetness from the malt. Grassy hops balance the beer nicely and a hint of lemon zest caps off the beer. Refreshing light mouthfeel with a hint of chewy breadyness. Not huge flavor, but very nice balance on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with minimal head and just enough cloudiness so as to assure me of its tasty character.

Smell- Very subtle nose, flowery and delicate.

Taste- Sharp and crisp. Not bitter per-se but very refreshing without being overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin in this department but not too bad. Still fills up mouth and gives a solid jolt of flavor.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, muy tasty and a great one for bbq'ing.

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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 BeerNemesis
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale | 330 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Clear light amber with an anemic, creamy white head.

Aroma:
Biscuity malts with a generous helping of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste:
Biscuit maltiness with a punch of lemon and a hint of sweetness. There's a faint honeydew melon fruitiness which is the most interesting taste it has to offer. The hops are light and airy. Lemony citrus dominates the gently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied, mild carbonation

Harmony:
The complete package works well enough. I love the summery bottle art, and the taste gives up some interesting flavors. Not my favorite style though, I gotta say. At least Brooklyn Brewery has made it quaffable and fun to drink.

Price = Thanks to my good friends Nikhil there was none
Served on: July 11, 2010

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skeptically picked up a 6-pack at Green's-Midtown. Poured into a pint glass, and the golden-straw colored ale was topped by a nice fizzy, fluffy white head. The head slowly dissipates after a few sips. Smell of faint wheat malt with a slight whiff of cucumber. Tastes like a well balanced hybrid of an american pale ale and a wheat ale with a zesty, slightly fruity finish. An excellent summer beer, in my book, and I could easily have 5 more.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.06/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, dark, yellow with little head or lace. It's aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor has fruity notes, mainly lemon and grapefruit with a dry, crisp hoppy finish. It has a light, almost watery mouthfeel making it fairly easy to session. Brooklyn Summer Ale is an okay beer, light and refreshing, slightly recommended.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold in golor, nice billowing 2inch head, nice and frothy, with lots of bubbles floating to the top of the glass, very nice lacing and retention.

Smell:Lots of citrus properties, a bit of toasted malt creeps through the fruit aromas, easy on the nose, smells alot like SA Summer Ale but with a more authentic citrus note.

Taste: Lots of malt up front, very enticing and refreshing. The middle of the beer features some lemon zest, mango, and a small hop bite. Toasted maltiness is here and prevalent, not overhwhelming but just enough to smooth out the lemon flavorings.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, the malt makes this one a bit bigger on the tongue, decent amounts of carbonation and sits well in the mouth and holds up nicely. Bitterness isn't too much.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing summer brew that has a unmistakenly good malt profile. It feels bigger then it is, yet it is highly drinkable and well balanced. I love how authentic the lemon is in this one, very close to something directly infused into the beer. A very good offering for the summer by Brooklyn!

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Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, perfectly clear golden color with a small cap of off-white bubbles that quickly falls away to a tiny collar. Biscuity, slightly sweet malts make for a pleasant nose, while the hops that are so prominent in the taste are pretty muted. A grassy note is present in the smell too. As mentioned, hop bitterness has a strong presence, especially in the finish. The malts aren't particularly complex, but they're nonetheless tasty. Some ripe fruit in the middle. Mouthfeel is smoother and cleaner than I expect given that level of hops but doesn't cross the line into being watery. This isn't a standout but fares quite well as a different sort of summer ale.

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Photo of diamondc
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, pale straw colored. Thin head, but some nice lacing.

S: Very toasty & biscuit-y. Herbal hops are abundant.

T: Classic EPA profile here... toasty, buttery malts, with a lite citrus / orange flavor. Ends on a slightly spicy, earthy hop note. Perfectly balanced.

M: Quaffable, went great with my broccoli/rice/chicken diunner concoction.

O: Nothing overly complex here, but this is one of the classier pale ales I've had. Great beer.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before November 2011.

Pours a translucent gold color with a finger of head. Head quickly settles down to a crown.

Nose is honeyish sweet, with a bit of malt and hops to round it out.

Taste consists of more honey character. A bit of hops at the end. Some citrus flavors throughout.

Somewhat straightforward, but refreshing for being so. Does not disappoint and I would say this is a great patio/session beer.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, not a whole lot of hop. The smell is highly floral and somewhat citrus-y, not overpowering. Extremely light on the hops, wouldn't mind more bite and less balance. Clearly, a beer made for easy drinking.

Good beer, slightly above average in every respect. No doubt you can find more daring beers, but it's still recommended.

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Photo of wcintula
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't enjoy this in 2010, but I'm finding it much more acceptable in 2011. It pours about the same, a little hazy yellow but has a better head and retention to it. The smell brings a lot more to the table with a fresh leafy hop aroma and flavor. I tried this well before the freshness date and it was stored properly(refrigerated) when I purchased it. This is not a beer to try if you see it sitting on the shelf because you and I both know that hop will fade, fade, fade...

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Imperial Pint glass. An off orange color with about 2 or 3 inches of overflowing head. Scents of window cleaner and other household detergents, kind of make this brew a turn off. Faint hoppy flavored followed by some mild malty flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth. Still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jammed this in my luggage coming back from Texas, made it under the 50lb limit which was awesome. This is a great beer, golden color, lacing head. Mouthfeel was light and sweet,somewhat floral. This is a very drinkable beer, light refreshing, well-made, solid brewery, and would jam it in my suitcase anytime.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Pours a darker honey gold with a thin white fuzzy head that dissipates and splotches.

S: Bready, hops, clove, spice, and a notable amount of citrus.

T: Barley, bready, Some citrus and hops combine to create a well balanced epa.

D: Light and crisp, good mouth coating.

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Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper with straw tints. 1" head that laced the glass on the way down

S: Bread and bisquits. Some light carmel and honey. Grass and a bit of citrus

T: Sourdough bread, some light hops. Also, a spicyness to this beer that I couldn't pinpoint.

M: Active carbonation, tingles your mouth.

D: A good summer ale, that I found to be a nice change of pace from all the wheat beers that are out now.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour into Stella pint glass.

A: The colar was a clear gold with a handsome old man fancy white 1.5 finger head. Long boy stretched lacing with strong retention.

A: Mild dirt, of grass and crackers. Very mild to be honest, and I was creening my neck farther down each time in seach of some hops I would suspect to find in any pale ale.

T: Bland to medium sweet mald, hops coming in second as if checking out the scene but moving on. Non offensive and easy going.

M: Medium and heavier than I would expect from a summer batch. Lightens out with a mild citrus tangy bubbly finish.

D: Garret put a new spin on this style, a easy session beer no doubt and perfect for the hot outdoor imbibing sessions. A low key chill out beer that is not too tangy on the stomach.

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Photo of Sideswipe
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Best by Oct 2011 stamped on the bottom.

A- Hazy golden color with a finger of white foam floating atop it. Nice lacing for a pale.

S- Sweet, bready malt aroma predominates.

T- Distinct flavor of the two row malt which is used in this brew sits front and center in the flavor profile. Malt flavor goes bland mid-palate and the beer goes downhill from there. Finish is semi-dry with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

M- Feel is light with a medium level of carbonation.

O- I found this offering from Brooklyn to be extremely one dimensional. Not something I'd willingly have again.

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Photo of karengarys
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours clear amber, leaving little head from my slow pour. After a few minutes it looks like colored water.

Typical beer smells, a bit hoppy, maybe some yeast...

Taste is typical beer with a bit extra hop bite and spicy bready zing. The "extras" are very faint though.

Mouthfeel plays a bit into the taste with a seltzery feel, almost leading to a salty taste.

Finish is way clean, almost anticeptic.

This is pretty drinkable. Nothing special leads me to yearn this brew, though. It is kind of bland and boring, but that is kind of what I expect from a beer like this. It's "English", but at least it isn't flat...

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Photo of techdiver
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with modest head that fades to thin foam with minimal lacing.

Balanced nose of malt and hops.

Taste echoes the nose with a moderately bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with a fairly crisp feel with light carbonation.

Good drinkability, not a standout, but nothing radical enough to mar it's drinkability.

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Photo of Freshie
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color, with thin head, and bubbles rising sparingly to the top.

Aroma is a bit rank, with pungent yeast, and a bit of medicine. Otherwise, lightly hoppy with some sweet grain.

Taste is clean enough, and sweet, with slight hops coming through the back. Very light, and somewhat watery.

After taste is somewhat not refreshing. Kind of sticky.

Maybe I am drinking this at the wrong time. It's a somewhat cold rainy night, and I think I would appreciate this one more in the middle of a summer heat wave.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm thinking of a hot and humid scorcher of a day in New York City and the crystal clear, light amber, refreshing tap I've welcomed into my mug this summer. There is a subtle peachy accent in the light citrus nose of this that indicates the crisp but light malt and low bitter lemon zesty taste to come.

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Photo of John1985
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ale pours a mellow gold with a half inch head that quickly vanished. Clean grainy aroma, fresh, mild malty taste with a little bit of zing of hops in the back. Very much a summer quencher that would be perfect for a backyard barbecue. My macro loving son in law loved it so it could be a good transitional beer.

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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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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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