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
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
1,779
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
42
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446
For Trade:
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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 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 gskitt
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden-amber color topped by two fingers of white head that displayed an average retention.

S: A clean smelling bouquet with a grainy and slightly hopped aroma, some spiciness evident also.

T: A carbonated pale malt up front, followed by a nicely hopped middle, fading with a trail of bitterness into the finish.

M: Decent texture, carbonated fairly well with a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable offering from Brooklyn, as I find many of their beers to be. Compared to other summer ales, this has a unique hop profile and a bit more interesting character than others.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a very clear copper color with a minimal white head that drops to just a slight cover.

Smells of slight hops with a bit of a metallic bite.

Taste is not bad, just ok though. More pilsner or dortmunder like than any pale wheat ale I've had. Pale malts and some grainy flavors with a slightly dry finish.

Actually quite crisp and clean. Again, this is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to fit the style.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Honey golden in color with streams of little bubbles rising to a thin white head. Very bready on the nose with slight honey floral hints and a very subtle hop scent.

Very round in the mouth with a crisp clean and refreshing finish, lots of bready malt tastes with some sublte floral hoppiness.

Nothing earth shattering about this beer...but for something I can get at the bodega at the end of my block it's pretty awesome...great for just kicking back on a lazy hot night

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays.

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Photo of Spica66
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold out of the fridge on a hot summer day.

A: Hazy darker yellow. Decent head formation with minimal retention. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot going on here. Light maltiness and maybe just a hint of hops. It might be right for the style, but it is definitely not exciting for your nose.

T: Sweet malt with just a hint of floral hops. Very clean tasting.

M: Round and creamy. Decent carbonation.

O: It was o.k. Around these parts, I much prefer an Oberon in the summer.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of other Brooklyn Brewery offerings (Brown Ale, Lager, Double Chocolate Stout), and while not a huge fan of summer ales, this one is very good. Color is light straw w/ a foamy white head. Smell is sweet with malt overtones. Taste is also sweet, malty, slightly fruity, but not overbearingly so. Very enjoyable beer to have on a hot evening. Good session beer.

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Photo of tchenery
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale looks like summer. It looks light and refreshing. It is a pale yellow color and has visible carbonation and thin head lacing.

It smells somewhat floral and earthy. It tastes kind of sweet and has a fruity/tart bite to it. There's not a whole lot going on with this beer but it's only 4.5% and is meant for hot weather, so I didn't expect much complexity.

It leaves a somewhat dry fruit aftertaste of slight pear. Very drinkable beer.

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

Clear pale golden color with a light fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

A nice graininess to the aroma - very earthy. Grassy hops complement the citrus twang. A dry, if a bit bland, finish. Medium-light bodied with an agreeable amount of carbonation. Quite flavorful, yet light enough to be a refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip pint glass. It poured clear, honey-golden brown with a nice little head on top that didn't go away right off the bat. There was only a little discernible lace as I drank it down, and its smell was nothing to write home about.

In the world of summer beers, this one rates right around the middle. It has a nice feeling in the mouth, tastes clean and refreshing, and finishes with a good beery taste. It boasts a nice, even flavor, with the only major flavor I could glean tasted like a nice fresh batch of buttered bread at a fancy restaurant. It isn't overly bready, but it isn't overly anything else either. A nice, well-rounded, beer-drinkers summer ale.

A definite for those looking for a summer ale that refreshes, without all of the fruitiness.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with some white head that dissipated quickly, but did provide some lacing.

Smells of citrus and grains. Mildly hoppy scent, just smells crisp and invites you to gulp it down.

Malty on the front but rolls into a hoppy finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Another fine brew from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden almost amber color. Nice two finger head that dissolves to a nice thin layer after a minute or two. The head was slightly soapy and off white.

Smell - I could be wrong, but I sensed roasty malt with a doughy/biscuit hint in the nose. The hops were present but seemed to be balance well with the other aromas. I also got a hint of a dry/fall leaf scent. Overall, very clean.

Taste - Nice bready/biscuit taste that lingers on the palate nicely until the next sip. Somewhat of a smokey flavor, I thought.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin and slightly chewy, smooth mouthfeel that finished nice and dry. A bit heavier than I was expecting from a summer brew.

Drinkability - I like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on into the fall season. Not a typical summer brew for sure. I definitely like this more than the average summer wheat beers I have tried. This would be perfect for those hot summer evenings, but not so much during the hot part of the day.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear. Picture perfect lacing after each sip the whole way down the class.
S: Malty, with a hint of hops.
T: Slightly sweet malts, with a dab of hops to round it out at the end.
M: Crisp, smooth, light. Taste gone almost as soon as it was there. Mild carbonation.
D: Incredibly drinkable. I had this as a night cap, but I can see it working wonders on a warm summer afternoon. I can't wait to pair this with a burger off the grill.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Summer Ale took me by surprise as it looked good in the glass after I poured it with subtle lacing and a thousand little bubbles. The first smell came on strong with hops, wheat, honey, and light pears before the first taste. Then the first taste was so light I had to keep trying it to register all the good things I had inhaled.

I was not expecting a light style beer at all. The Brooklyn Summer Ale tasted a lot lighter than Sam Adams' Summer Ale with a little more clean water and no perceptible hint of alcohol. This beer would be good for lounging around while watching the Dallas Cowboys trying to play tough with the Phili Eagles like I did today with a roast beef hero.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Take this review with a grain of salt as my beer is at the tail end of it's shelf life as indicated by the best by date on the bottle. That being said it still was an enjoyable beer.

Look: Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with a one and a half finger off white head.

Not even going to bother to comment on the aroma as it's almost non-existent. It's my own fault for buying old beer, but whatever hops they've used have clearly faded this far into the beer's shelf life. I'm just getting malt.

Taste: Thankfully the hops haven't faded on the palate. I'm getting a nice, dry note of grapefruit and orange rind upfront that plays upon a backdrop of slightly creamy, sugary, bready malt. Some pine sap and pineapple juice is also detectable

Feel: Lightly carbonated and light in body.

Not bad at all for a session ale (and a four month old one at that). Definitely going to need to revisit this fresh at some point, it has potential.

Overall: Nothing special. Just a nice, bright and sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of DannyS
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - crystal clear orange amber with a very thin head that goes away very quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Faint piney hops accentuate the mild, bready aroma. Not a lot going on smell-wise.

T - Crisp, clean bright taste. Citrus, mild hops, and bready flavors converge into this very light but very satisfying taste. Finishes dry and clean.
I also detect a very faint candied presence reminiscent of smarties or marshmallow, but one has to really stretch to find it.

M - Slightly weighty but with nicely active carbonation.

D - A perfect session brew. ABV is modest and it's oh so easy drinking.

overall - It's not an especially complex beer, but it fits the bill of a 'summer ale' very well. Maybe I'm just biased, but I can't find a Brooklyn brewery beer I don't like.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. This one pours a nice gold color. Clear, bubbly and a thick frothy white head. Nice retention, sticking well.

Smells crisp and clean. Husky malts, grain, slightly sweet. No notes of fruit or hop scent to speak of. The taste is light but flavorful, mainly consisting of malt and grain with a light hop finish. I like that this beer does not lean on fruit flavoring as most summer beers do. This one sticks with the essentials and it works well. Very refreshing, slightly dry, extremely drinkable. Light mouthfeel, perfect summer consistency.

You can't go wrong with this beer especially if you're looking to get away from the fruitier summer beers and shandies.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ALE? Seems a lot like a lager to me.

A - looks just like a lager. one finger head, dies down to paper thin. Golden color with orange tint

S - "green" like a beer that had its priming sugar put in justa few days ago. some faint spicyness if i sniff real hard. Smell of vegetable on the verge of spoiling.

Taste - again, very "green." very light on flavor altogether. sure this isn't a lager??

Overall, I pretty dissappointed. I thought Brooklyn was a good brewery, but I guess you can't win them all....

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Photo of hops202
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a bar glass.

A - translucent golden with minimal head

S - plenty of sweet breadiness here and some honey

T - Bread and more bread. Straight Wonder Bread.

M - On the heavier side of light with a fair amount of carb.

O - nothing too impressive.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks decent
Smell: some oranges; a little skunkiness
Taste: orange taste; some wheat flavor; a hint of hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: goes down easy; you could drink many of these in a night

It seems more and more that summer ales are just too light for a good session beer. I think they're trying to market these beers to people who really don't like flavorful, full bodied beers. It seems that brewers are adding citrus taste to mild tasting beers to sell these. Oh well....

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Photo of Vendetta
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in this one right here. Maybe the english pale ale isnt my style, but there was not much I liked about this guy right here. This tastes like it could be just about any semi-light beer. There is nothing about this beer that stands out. It tastes like an old bottle of Acme pale ale I drank a while back. I will finish the glass, but I will need something to wash it down with for sure...

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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