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Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in New York City, things are complicated, fast and loud. So sometimes we want a nice beer that's simply tasty and refreshing. Brooklyn American Ale is easygoing, versatile, and dependable. It's a beer you and your friends can hang out with, no matter where you're from. Try it alongside pizza, burgers, spicy foods, sharp cheese, or just another bottle of American Ale.

Added by tempest on 05-02-2009

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of doktorhops
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn have been a hit ‘n miss brewery so far for me: I liked Monster Ale, Chocolate Stout, and East IPA, didn’t mind the Lager or the Summer, but the Brown didn’t gel with me at all. I’ve found that their brews around the 5% ABV mark can be a bit dry and muted. It is with this in mind that I move on to my 7th Brooklyn brew - their American Ale. I’m a bit sceptical up front because take a look at the label: 4.5% ABV. Hmmm, their Brown tasted mild and dry at 5.6%, what hope does American Ale have at blowing my socks off? Not much would be an educated guess, however I have been proven wrong on many an occasion before, so let’s keep an open mind and remain as objective as possible [Ha!].

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear golden body with a massive 1 inch white sea foam head that says “whoa there son!”, wasn’t even that hard a pour, this thing has massive-head-itis it appears. Leaves a bit of sticky lace as the head drops down, not bad. 7/10.

S: Bit like the Summer Ale, it has a nutty overtone, with a citrus base, a touch more biscuit on the malt side, dry cracker and herbal hop note lingering in the background. A nice relaxing aroma for a beer - much like Summer Ale, this is a brew that doesn’t challenge but says “sit down, take a load off”. 7/10.

T: Flavour doesn’t really add or back up the aroma, it’s too light, with notes of the above (nutty, citrus, biscuit, dry cracker and a herbal finish). Whereas Summer Ale was borderline weak on the flavour side this is simply washed out. It’s not a bad beer, it just needed that extra 0.5% of flavour that’s missing from the ABV. Yes I get how OG/FG work, it’s just an analogy, calm down homebrew readers. 6/10.

M: Same as Summer: Mid to light bodied with a lightish carbonation (was expecting more from that massive head, but that’s the way it goes sometimes - all head/no bubbles). 7/10.

D: There was nothing inherently wrong with this beer but let’s just say I wont be revisiting it again. Ever. These lighter flavoured brews are great for introducing people to craft, however I’m a crusty old veteran who fought in the Craft Wars of ’11 with several tours of Germany before that under my belt - I’m not looking for anything this light. That said I can appreciate the effort Brooklyn have put into this brew, hence my score being reflective of what I believe amounts to a mid-tier easy-drinking craft beer. 6/10.

Food match: The bottle suggests pizza - Margherita would be my pick for this.

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking head on this one a full inch plus that sticks around for quite a bit. Smell is faint no overbearing hops, malts or any negative skunk. Taste again light but nothing too negative good bit of sweet malts and some hops. Body is however kind of heavy for a lager but it still goes down rather smooth.

Overall for a $1.50 a single it's not a bad lager in the slightest!

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Photo of pegelstrand
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a 330ml bottle.
L: Amber colour with light carbonation but no head to speak of.
S: Dark heather honey aroma.
T: Honey up-front followed by stewed, piney hops. Sweet with a touch of bitterness.
L: Medium/light body with a short, dry finish. A little watery. A little gassy.
O: Tastes stewed and dank. Not bright or refreshing. Finished it but won't buy again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

7/19...Pours a see through matted gold, head of fluffy white foam. Light bubble action. Grains, modest malt nose. Quick malted taste, light sweetness, clean crisp finish. Hint of lemons but buried. Simple and straightforward. Pleasant.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, thin head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and floral notes. Sweet caramel flavor with very minimal bitterness.

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Photo of Vader444
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale orange; head lasts only a few seconds. Light malt and little else on the nose. Flavour follows suit. Brisk carbonation with refreshing mouthfeel. Very, very ordinary beer from Brooklyn Brewery but acceptable enough as a summer party beer.

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

Lovely golden colour with one finger off-white head which coats the glass as you drink.

Nice citrus hop aroma.

Quite a thin mouthfeel, slight citrus flavour with some sweetness. I Also pick up a hint of ice-tea. Nice.

This is a proper session ale, I can imagine knocking back copious amounts of this. There are more flavoursome examples to be had but this one has its place.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr0g
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a golden yellow color with a sly transparency and a white foamy head. Quick dissipation. Barely any lace. The aroma was a some sweet corn and citrus hops. Sly sweet grains. The flavor was basically the same - sweet with a crisp refreshing citrus aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Feels nice and smooth on my tongue. Overall, good APA that I could come back if necessary.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a very thin cap; OK lacing;

S: grainy with a hint of spice;

T: balanced between earthy and grainy from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end; aftertaste tips to grainy;

O: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; refreshing; would pair well with food; for a low ABV beer, the hops and malt are well balanced;

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Photo of bankboy66
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Nice clear amber color but not much head to speak of. Not much taste either ....a little like beer flavored sparkling water.
Totally forgettable.

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Photo of fx20736
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 911CROFT
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml can into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Paid £1.50 for a single.

Pours a clear, bright, amber coloured body with a modest amount of fine, streaming carbonation visible. A light, foamy, three-finger in height, white head, quickly reduces to a dense film and collar, leaving behind only small specks of soapy lace.

Faintly sweet notes of corn and cereal grains compose the majority of the simple, adjunct lager-like nose. Traces of a muted hop profile follow, as vaguely grassy, floral and citric impressions become very lightly perceptible towards the back-end. Taste follows almost exactly, leading upfront with a semi-sweet combination of grains, cereals and a hint of caramel malt. Mid-palate, lemony citrus and subtler grassy/ floral hop profiles being to provide just enough bitterness to counter the faintly sweet start. In the mouth, a light body paired with a moderate amount of lively carbonation give a thin but still reasonably smooth and crisp feel. After the swallow, hints of lemon peel linger momentarily, finishing neither sweet nor bitter, but quick, clean and well-balanced on the whole.

Overall this is decent, but unremarkable beer. Simple and straightforward, but closer in style to a hoppy macro-lager than the American Pale Ale it’s classified as. It may be clean, crisp and crushable, but so are many others, including Brooklyn’s more flavourful Lager and Summer Ale. Ultimately I appreciate I am probably not this beers target audience, but at the same price point as better offerings in the brewers line-up, it’s not worth seeking out, and I can’t see myself picking up another.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbdouglass
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice smooth pale ale. Had it in a wing bar in Brooklyn March 2017.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy aroma with a scent of biscuit malt and grass. Malt scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, cracker, and toast with some yeast. Malt hints of grass and subtle citrus. A solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy balanced taste with notes of biscuit malt and grass. Malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, cracker, grains, and toast along with yeast. Moderate hop notes of grass and light citrus. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A solid balanced Pale Ale. Nice biscuit and caramel notes.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is biscuit malts, light citrus and English in character. The flavor is citrus, biscuit malts, mild English character, fruit and a mix of mild/medium bitterness and slightly tart in the finish.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budinetz
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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