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:
1,828
Reviews:
530
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
465
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,828 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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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Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color. Minimal white head with no lacing.

S:Biscuit malt up front then some sweetness.

T:Sweet up front. Slight hop bitterness. Nothing amazing but solid.

M: Nice light body.

D: Super easy drinking on this 95 degree day. While not the best beer from Brooklyn this is a great summer beer.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date printed on it and the label lists the abv at 5.0%. The neck label has a brief description of the beer as well.

Appearance: It has a light golden honey colored body with good clarity and a few bubbles of visible carbonation here and there. From the pour it produces an average size white foamy head that slowly settles down to a soft, creamy, thin film covering. Lacing is slick and spotty on the glass.

Smell: There are notes of bready and biscuity maltiness with some clover honey like sweetness mingling with mellow citrusy (orange/lemon) and herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very drinkable medium body with a good balance of hops and malt. I get a lovely mix of sweet buttery dinner roll like malty notes with a touch of honey and soft citrusy and herbal hops. The finish is just enough hop bitterness to keep everything in check and interesting. The texture is very smooth with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made English Ale. As for its style I feel it is walking the line between English Pale Ale and English Pale Mild in my opinion. Ether this beer just screams summer time drinkability!!!

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Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light light copper color. With dense head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy and flowery hops with some roasted malts present as well. Fruity. Not very prevalent nose though.

T - Crisp dry hop taste with some bitterness and some spices. Very appealing to me. A smooth and semi-sweet malty finish at the end there.

M - light bodied but very falvorful and refreshing as well. Nice balance between carbonation and hops.

D - Very refreshing! its probably good from the bottle too on nice warm summer days.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

Not a bad ale for the hot season. Not sure why it's a "summer" beer other than that it's relatively light for an English-style ale, has a lower ABV, and sports some pleasant, garden-fresh hoppiness throughout.

The ample, compact, spongy, white foam on the pour suggests higher carbonation or perhaps wheat. It stays for a few moments and quietly dies off. Soft bit of sizzle left on the tongue while sipping. Wheat-orange/gold color - clear.

A fruity, citrus or melon-like scent hits you first, highlighted by some potent perfumy, floral hop aromas. Letting it warm (to a proper English ale temp), some very lightly toasty, caramel/buttery malt comes through, and maybe even some yeast. A potent bouquet that needs little effort to detect and enjoy.

Floral and fruit (not necessarily in order of potency) flavors dominate the taste - malt pushed to the background, part of a balanced presentation. A lot of hop influence on the palate here, taking on some vaguely spicy, herbal qualities, with a slight citrus resin/bitterness lingering, while the malt simply supports - a touch of butterscotch in the cellar range?

I'm sure it's filtered - it's fairly light and clean but it retains just enough of the body and flavor of an English ale and malt. I'd certainly like to try this on cask - bet it's better, you bet.

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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 jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
I poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a very classic look. It's color is an old-fashioned gold with a foamy white head that dissipates after the first sip to a light film. Nice webbed lacing. There's also good bubbling activity.

Smell:
Hops, lemon, and an overall grassy/summer aroma all come through.

Taste:
Brisk hops are there with a little lemon and grain. I also taste a slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel:
Great. It's crisp, sharp, yet finishes smooth and short. Perfect carbonation. A great thirst quencher.

Drinkability:
Fantastic.

In New England most people only know the Sam Adams summer ale, which is decent. But I think this summer ale offering from Brooklyn is better.

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Photo of bgold86
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,828 ratings.
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