Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn American AleBrooklyn American Ale

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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: 132 |  Reviews: 32
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of Airave
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355 ml bottle, BB date 01/05/16, bought in a supermarket in Helsinki.
Clear, yellow; this is pale ale. Nice moderately persistent head. Pouring, the sound is perfect.
The smell is pleasant but not very strong, herbs and some citrus.
The taste is there, but not sufficiently strong. Hoppiness comes through rather blandly, but continues smoothly.
Feels slightly thin, perhaps watery.
Overall, a good start but disappointing finish.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GOBLIN
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikkiicky
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend shared a few bottles of this export-only beer. The label reads it's a mix of chinook and cascade hops for Sinebrychoffin in Finland. This beer reminds me of an English ESB (with American hops). There's a mellow caramel and bread crust malt profile followed by bigger pine and citrus hops with a herbal twist from the chinook. Very tasty and drinkable. This a great session ale I wish we had in the U.S.

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Photo of moodenba
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into a glass May 2016.

Recent happy encounters with Brooklyn Lager and IPA encouraged me to try this. I hoped for a tasty pale, moderate alcohol drink. I was thinking along the lines of the old Rheingold/Ortlieb version of McSorleys, maybe? Local ales that fit the bill and taste great are Blue Point Pale Ale and Montauk Driftwood Ale. Brooklyn American tastes more like Genesee Cream Ale. Brooklyn American Ale is well balanced, but doesn't have any real character. It's not so bad that it goes into the sink, but I'll be blending this into some more flavorful stuff.

I'll also try the new Pabst Old Tankard when I find it. The 1970's version that I drank then was very tasty and had a pale color of a typical American Ale. The new brew (and can design) appear to be throwbacks to an earlier strong, deep amber beer.

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Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | 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 scootny
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden liquid with a Huge white head and a ton of lace. Lovely. Nose is earthy and citrus. Light sweetness. Taste is light malt sweetnes with an earthy and citrusy hop combination. Notes of caramel and bread. Feel is crisply carbonated and refreshing. An easy drinking brew with a low abv that allows long hours of session drinking. An excellent beer for days when things have to get done, you're hangin' in the backyard grilling, or as a hot day thirst quencher. Not earth shaking but solid brew that you can hand to a macro swilling friend and watch the lights go on. Nice.

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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 VABA
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer's head is 2.5 fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear medium lighter golden amber body.

Smells like an earthier malt backbone amidst subtler pine&citrus hop notes.

I taste a very well balanced blend of what I'd just mentioned in the aroma, with a slightly more pronounced malt element. Clean and easy-going all in all.

The mouthfeel here is lighter with mild carbonation. Crisp, clean, and quenching.

I'll give Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery an overall rating of 4. A very sessionable APA that has quite the "craft gateway" potential to the uninitiated.

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Photo of DanielCole
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Skibum211
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the center of the glass. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with notes of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Although no bitterness is present, the hops mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and is extremely easy to drink. It would pair well with food.

Serving type: can

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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