Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Rated 3.257 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Style:  Blonde Ale

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's. They were also called "luncheon ales", because they were so refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

ID: 27303 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank13132
Overall Percentile73.3
Style Rank121 of 1401
Style Percentile91.4
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score3.8
Average Score3.300
Weighted Score3.257
Standard Deviation0.360

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.6 2 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    The American equivalent of the Belgian patersbier. The beer pours a clear light gold color, effervescence is heavy, and the snow white cap lingers for several minutes. The aroma is grassy malt, light citrus, floral hops, and yeast. Mouthfeel is thin to average. Flavor is grains and hops…grains and hops…and is quite refreshing.

  • CYBERCAT 11053 reviews
    rated 3.1 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Comes out of tap clear golden with a nice eggshell head. Crisp, malty aroma has a fruity underpinning and a hint of hops. Flavor is mainly malty plus apple, a bit of banana, and a snip of woody hops. Body and fizz are average, but it is quite refreshing. Enjoy on a sultry day.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Aroma and flavor crisp malt driven but with a bit of fruity orange hops and a bit of yeasty spice to it as well. Still a blonde ale, but a pretty nice one.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a crystal clear light amber with little to no head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is of light malts and clove. Taste is very malty with a hit of cloves and like spices. Fairly full bodied. Finishes chewy and slightly dry. Not too bad.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Nice orange golden colored beer with a big foamy textured, white head rising robustly above. There's good hang time. Settles into a medium sized ringlet. The nose light, but the profile on this one pretty straight forward. Biscuit malt and light grassy hops. Light -medium bodied and refreshing.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    From purchased 6 pk. Light golden-orange-yellow pour with a nice tall white head, some lacing. Lightly sweet malty aroma, clean, light fruits, clean but light floral hopped. Very easy to drink- light fruits and sweet malts, caramel, a touch of citrus, lightly hopped, some honeysuckle and little bitter linger. Truly a Summer Ale.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours out in a clear golden colour with a low frothy white head. Straw, dough, mild butter, pale malts with hints of lemon-zest and metal. Medium to light-bodied with notes of dough, pale malts, grass and mild citric fruits. Metal dough and mild citric fruit in the finish.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Clear amber, golden color. Nice two finger, soapy, off white head that settled to a nice thin layer with surprisingly good lacing. The smell was of roasty malt. Doughy, biscuit with mild hops. Dry and leafy and very well balanced in my opinion. Clean smell also. Nice bready, biscuit taste that lingers on the palate nicely until the next sip. Somewhat of a smokey flavor I thought. Mouthfeel was medium/thin. Smooth and chewy with a dry finish. A bit heavier than I was expecting for a "summer" ale. I like this beer. I could enjoy this on into the fall season. Not a typical "summer" brew. I definitely like this better than most summer wheats or hefes that I have tried. This would be perfect for a summer evening, but maybe not so much during the hot part of the day.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pretty much an average summer brew. I recently tried Harpoon's summer ale up in New England, and thought that was a little better in flavor. Not sure if I'd describe this as a blond though. Appearance and taste was more like a lager...or reminded me of a lighter version on Sammy's Boston Lager. Just starting to sample the different brews by Brooklyn, as I've tried their 10% chocolate IPS and like that both to drink and cook...but this wasn't really doing it for me. Haven't had too many summer brews that I am too fond of, and will probably pass on this in the future. ......refreshing and drinkable though.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    if we don’t pick up the pizza in 30 minutes, we don’t have to pay for it ... light flower aromas .. . medium head .. . golden on the pour .. . light flowery refreshment .. . no off flavours .. . simple but enjoyable .. .

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