Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,832 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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

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


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 wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Giggy
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bgold86
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt, pear and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is biscuit malt and herbal, grassy hops, hints of fruit. Finish is medium and dry. Good summer brew.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Buck89
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unsure on the age, but this was 1 month before the BB date (Sept 2015).
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful clear amber color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is muted floral with some sweet malty notes. Taste began with toast and bread and a subdued easy bitter finish. I didn't get much hop flavor at all. Low-medium carbonated with a fairly thick feel.

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Photo of vinicole
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Golden straw but rather watery looking. Thick frothy head.
Citrus and melon aroma.
Mild fruit flavour but lacking in bight. Some barley present.
Light to medium body.
A rather pallid beer for summer.

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Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on from phone notes.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden straw color. Two finger white head stays around for a long time before dying down leaving nice thicker lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light pale wheat aroma. Light pale malts are used in this I think. Very earthy smelling with light citrus undertones. Light grassy smell.

T- Very watery tasting. Light pale malts with a light wheaty taste. Citrus undertones in the middle to end of this one. Kind of a light skunked taste as well....this could be a little too old I would say.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style not playing a huge part in the beer. Light malt and light citrus left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean tasting through the entire beer.

D- This is an easy drinking beer to say the least. No overpowering full flavors but still nice sipper. Would love to drink this on a warm summers day.

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Photo of caahare
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of q33jeff
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Aroma; fruity, citrus,
Appearance: yellow , no head.
Taste: thin hops, veggie
Feel: medium low carbonation, watery .

Good summer beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of garuda
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, best by date printed on neck

A - Pale golden color, white head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Light on the nose, but both are similar with pale, grainy malts and just enough grassy, floral hops to give it some bitterness in the finish. I couldn't find too much going on here.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean, crisp.

O - Not really what I think of for a summer ale. It wasn't very refreshing, and it drank a little tough towards the end, with the malts being a bit too strong for the hops.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, decent creamy head, good lacing. Smells very floral, some roses, lavender, lilac, slight bready malt, herbal almost, touch of citrus, very fragrant overall. Tastes of light bready malt, nice citrus backbone, raw graininess near the finish. Earthy bitterness with a nice earthy dryness. Nice creamy body with enough carbonation to give it life.

This is a very solid summer beer and English pale ale. Lots of hops with just enough sweetness and dryness to be a great summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gonzo000
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 37.9% out of 100 with 1,832 ratings
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