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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1.94/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Mypintishalffull
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this in a rare beer swap courtesy of Jay. Don't know what the American ale is supposed to be. I know Budweiser has one. Poured out like a deep orange amber color. Aroma was not there. No hops no malt it was like smelling water. Taste was the same. What was the goal here? Seems like it was to make a universal beer. It did not impress me. It looked like Brooklyn Lager but tasted like nothing. Glad I tried it but glad it's over too.


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Photo of TheGrunt
2.29/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was clearly a dissapointment. I like other Brooklyn products I've tasted and Local 2 is one of my favourites.

Appearance is not that bad, little haziness copperish color. I didn't get much foam after pouring.

Smell is rather unappealing, sort of damp. I can't quite locate the smell, but somehow it's not that great. Sure, some hops but frankly - IMO it smells bad.

Taste is also very unappealing. It's somehow metallic and very mild. No hops, malt, booze. Nothing. Very bland. Mouthfeel goes to same direction.

So, this beer probably goes nicely in bar with having nice time with friends and perhaps straight from the bottle. But from the "serious" beer tasting point of view, this is at most average beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden with 2-finger white head, moderate retention.
Smell - corn, rice, malts, cookies.
Taste - grainy, too similar to american adjunct lager, touch of caramel.
Light body, soft-carbonation.
Fail-winning APA. Hops are dead and humiliated.
Burn in hell.

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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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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 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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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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

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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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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2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%

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Brooklyn American Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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