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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.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

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Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Can smell the barley here, but my nose isn't working right at the moment, so I may revisit this later to edit. Since nose isn't working right, tongue may be compromised as well.

Tastes pleasantly of orange, and some spice shows up as well. Possibly coriander, the taste is sweet to start then the malty character shows up through the middle and finish.

Not bitter in the slightest, light bodied, light carbonation, would consider this a great brew to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. best by Oct. 2010 bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Body is a light golden color with active carbonation and a one finger white fizzy head. Dies quickly with no skim and a small amount of lacing. Looks light and refreshing.

S--Small amount of orange flowers and maybe some lemon pledge. Very light whiffs here, no strong aromas. Maybe slight toffee from malt creeping into the back end of the nose.

T--Very close to the sniff profile. Thin, light malt profile--a little but of stickier toffee and caramel, relegated primarily to the background. Some more orange and lemon and a little grassiness from British malt and I'm guessing hops. On the finish a little bit of herbal comes through along with a nice earthiness. It's an unobtrusive, delicate beer that hopheads (and probably most American beer drinkers) would find boring. I wouldn't go that far, but you can get a richer flavor profile out of this ABV, as British brewers have proven.

M--Fizzy carbonation, which I like but others might not. Gotta seltzer water feel to it which is nice when it's hot out.

D--ABV on the BKbrewery website lists that at 4.5, which makes this a better contender in my book for a revisit, as it's clearly built for quaffing given the flavor profile. But at 5%? This is too thin.

Kind of a light version of their Pennant '55 ale. That's the closest comparison. And I agree it should be considered as more of an English mild than a EPA. For my money, though, if you want a widely distributed English-style low ABV ale by an American brewer, go with Goose Island's Honker's Ale. Much more interesting session-style beer.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brassy with a little head without retention &
scant lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Slight hop/malt nose with little of either

T: Mild grain and malt with a slight hop finish
though all are very understated.

M: Thinish, but not exactly watery. Little of
the visible carbonation detectable on the

D: Nothing to write home about at all. A
little better than your macro offerings but
that may just be because I don't feel guilty
buying it.

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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 ShrLSU
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - A clear golden color with nice foamy white head and good lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma. A definte breadiness as well.

T - A little citrus taste and some sweet bready malt.

F - Very light and crisp in the mouth. Good carbonation and balance.

D - This is extremely easy to drink. This is a great lawn mower beer or for us in Louisiana...perfect with some spicy boiled crawfish.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got this at an event. Not something I normally buy.

Pours weak fluorescent yellow, like urine after taking a high-dose vitamin-B-complex pill (generally associated with Riboflavin). Head plentiful, large-grained, white--and fleeting. No lacing to speak off, some visible carbonation that quickly dissipates.

The nose is the best part of this beer. Initial hit of resin and peach out of the can, more of the same from the glass. This is followed by a hint of malt and generic spiciness.

The flavor is close to something I would expect from Belgian Witbier sans floral yeast note. Mostly orange--almost like a blend of mild natural orange soda and AAL.. A bit of pepper and straw, followed by somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, no lingering notes.

The beer is nicely carbonated, with not-quite-medium body--the only characteristic that distinguishes this "ale" from a lager. No consequential alcohol feel.

Unfortunately, this only reinforces my distaste for beers labeled "Summer" anything. It clearly suffers from an identity crisis and falls short in almost every category. Not something I would buy or recommend buying.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a nice white foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles float up continuously.
Subtle aromas with lots of malt, some toasted bread and herbal, grassy hops. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant.
The flavors are fairly simple too, but also quite pleasant. Again, fairly malty with bread and some light stone fruit flavors. Herbal and grassy hops are there too to add bitterness, but this is not the main flavoring as one may think.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.
I will definitely seek this out again, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Great beer for sitting on the porch and enjoying the day.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow.
Smell is sweet, floral, with some lemon or citrus.
Flavor is a light hops with a faint citrus taste and a mild floral ending

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very light honey color. Thick white head dissipates quickly to a light wispy cap.

S - Mostly cereal grains. Some light hop undertones. Very clean smell, but smells. Smells like a high quality adjunct.

T - Very clean and crisp. Clean cereal malt flavor and excellently balanced. Very good session beer.

M - Excellent

Overall this is a great session beer. Very light and easy drinking. Would make a great improvement to anyone looking for an quality beer on a hot day.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colr with a smaller head which dissipates into a thin soapy lacing.

Smell: Lemon Zest with a slight cereal malt.

Taste: A little lemony, with a strong taste of a lighter malt. Very close to cereal malt for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with no bitterness.

Drinkability: A light summer ale and nothing else. Lacks a lot of complexity. I prefer the sierra nevada summer lager even though thats a different style. An average ale over all. This would be extremely refreshing on a hot day any other time though, average.

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Photo of AEK
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A crystal clear, sunny orange coloured with a 'soft' bubbly white head.

S. Very citrusy, notes of summer fruits, grassy, freshly sawn wood.

T. Malty, traces of grapefruit and possibly pineapple lurking in the background.

M. Light bodied.

D. Good, refreshing summer ale though not as good as Sam Adams version.

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

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a golden straw color with a thick 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a thick collar. Active, plentiful carbonation inside the glass. Aroma is clean with hints of fruit, dough & malt. First sip reveals a crisp, dry lemon peel bitterness along with a slight metallic note. Very subtle hop note. Mouthfeel is light & crisp, but not watery. Drinkability if nothing short of excellent! One could easily session these on a hot summer day (or anytime of year). Overall, a good summer brew. Will go nicely with the food i'm planning to grill during my vacation cookout!

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Photo of Illinick
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Plain golden in color with rising carbonation and an fluffy white head that retains nicely slowly becoming a thin layer. Decent lacing, but subpar for the "style."
S: Spicy up front with some yeast/earthy scents and some crisp tart fruit scents.
T: So-so on the palate. Tart lemony fruit up front with some yeast flavors and some grain towards the end. Some generic spice throughout with some crisp hoppy flavors finishing the swig.
MF: Thin and effervescently crisp.
Overall: Just a plain, non exciting brew that isn't quite an American Wheat, but doesn't fit anywhere else. A little below average, won't go back.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Part of a six-pack I purchased with "best before date"
Oct 08 stamped on the bottle neck.

Appearance: deep golden yellow body with a small-bubbled white head that leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Few streams of carbonation.

Smell: grassy hops, lemon zestiness with a background of bready malts.

Taste: upfront bready grains and bitter grassy hops along with dry crackers and alkaline water.

Mouthfeel: at the forefront is dryness with a feeling of rye. Carbonation is right on and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with refreshing taste and lively body. If you're looking for a beer with dryness and hoppy flavors with relatively lower alcohol, this is a great summertime brew.

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Photo of bierguru
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light in color but cloudy head stays very well at about an half inch after settling time

S - strong hopps smell with fruit accents

T - very crisp slight bit from the hopps fairly big lemon taste

M - high carbonation thick foam taste from the head

D - if you like citrus beers then very drinkable if not then not so much however none of the flavors our very overpowering

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

Appearance: Beer pours a deep crystal clear gold. Short white head, falls to a ring. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Initial aroma of fresh cut grass and hay. That's followed by a bit of bready/toasted malt. Theres also a bit of citrus present as well.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Grassy/herbal hops up front. Followed by a bit of citrus twang. Hops backed up by a bready/toasty malt backbone. The finish is dry and a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light Bodied and crisp.

This is another nice summer quaffer. I will undoubtedly be keeping this stocked in the fridge during these upcoming months.

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

Bottle into a pils glass, crystal clear gold colour with about a centimetre of head. Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells really nice. Fresh-baked scones and lemon. Flavors of lightly toasted grain and zesty lemony hops, herbal on the back. Not all that complex but a pretty great lawnmower beer.

Not really an English pale ale anyway, and more carbonated than any I can think of. Crisp and refreshing. A lot of crummy lager drinkers would take to this quite readily. Extremely drinkable.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Golden, clear. An inch of so of quickly fading white head.

S- Smells nice. Nice blend of toasted, bready malts with piney hops. Definitely in line with the English style of pale ale.

T- Mild flavored, balanced English pale ale. Again, some bready malts, with a decent hop bite. Not incredibly flavorful, but what is there is nice.

M- Mediumish.

O- Very easy drinking. A pleasant, albeit unspectacular beer.

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

Just bought this and it says "Best before October 2010". Oops. Guess I should have figured...

Clear, light amber/gold appearance with a fizzy white one-finger head that subsides after about a minute of so. Fruity, bready aroma that's complimented with a slight whiff of hops. Tastes very crisp and refreshing, with the 2-row barley really shining strong. A light sweetness on the tip of the tongue is balanced by a good hop bittering in the middle. Finishes with a hint of citrus.

Pretty good summer beer. I definitely would have enjoyed it more on a hot day next to the pool with some BBQ but, hey, you do what you can. Nothing fancy, but still well-balanced and refreshing. Though it was technically expired and had probably spent the past three or four months in a supermarket, it still tasted somewhat fresh and I think I got a pretty decent impression of it.

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Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear light amber with almost no head.

Smell - Cream, grass, some aromatic hops, and a little toffee and alcohol.

Taste - Grass, a touch of sweet malts, and a pleasant bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Light body and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Capable of being guzzled as a lawnmower beer as well as sipped more judiciously on the patio.

Notes - I think this beer is misclassified. Yeah, so it uses British barley; that alone isn't reason enough to call it an English Pale. It lacks the characteristic EPA diacetyl flavor and the mouthfeel is completely different. It's really more like a cream ale.

Now that I've got that off my chest, the beer itself is quite good. It's hard to find a good example of the (CREAM ALE) style, so this is a welcome addition to my fridge during hot weather.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass
BB Nov. 2016
L- pale gold, thin bubbly head
S- breadiness, lemon, herbs
T- doughiness, followed by floral lemony linger with a grassy finish
F- is light bodied, watery, and average carbonation
O- is a light sessionable ale to quaff and quench my thirst so it is perfect for what it was made for

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Photo of mjw06
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden rose to amber color with mild clarity and a nice frothy white head leaving some nice scum for you to admire.

The smell hits kind of waxy and kind of plasticky with a pleasant malt, but nonetheless clean and well-balanced in such a way that waters the mouth.

Well-balanced taste with fruit note that resembled baked apples (no cinnamon) and the sweet nectar of a peach. That's what stood out to me, but this by no means is a fruity or sweet beer. Biscuity body (no butter, but still flaky).

I think the feel of this beer is what really made it superior to me. It was full on the palate, yet light at the same time on the finish. Very soft and very pleasant.

I'm not too well versed when it comes to English pale ales, but I'm a staunch fan of seasonals, particularly the summer. While many summer selections simply lighten up on the body and the taste, Brooklyn's selection seems to have have found a balance between all the things you love about a good tasting/feeling beer, while at the same time making it extremely refreshing. Time to stock up now before the season changes, and enjoy this frequently all the way until mid-September.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Honey yellow very effervescent lots of bubbles which created a very foamy head. The head left but the tiny bubbles stuck around.

S - Earthy hops and Grainy. I can see why this is kind of called an English Pale Ale.

T - Graininess and earthy noble hops but somewhat muted. Very balanced

M - heavily carbonated and thin

D - easy to drink.

This is kind of an American Blonde Ale and English Pale Ale hybrid so that's how I reviewed it.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a very clear transparency. Big fizzy white head. Smells light sweet and summery. A bready smell swirled with a subtle hop aroma. It has a European taste and a well balanced bitter bite to it. A delicious ale that would go well as a session beer.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,768 ratings.
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