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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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" or even "family ales", because they were 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. FOOD PAIRING Excellent with salads, seafood, quiches, and lightly spicy dishes. It's also great at a brunch. SPECS Style: English Style Light Dinner Ale Malts: Two Row British Malts Hops: German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Alcohol: 4.5% by volume Original Gravity: 11 Plato

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Block (2086) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pale yellow pour with a white head. Nothing too over-the-top. Light body and flavor. Mostly citrus with some hops at the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
obguthr (5312) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2009
DMS aroma of beans and olives. Clear amber with a thin head. Flavor is heavily DMSed, chiefly peas and cabbage. Infected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle from longshot - thanks Mark! Apple cider with a thin white crown that fades quickly. Aroma of light citrus, pale malt and heavy grains. Taste of apple, mild citrus, pale malt and light yeast. Mostly malted with little to no hop presence. Body is over carbonated and a bit chalky and has some astringent qualities to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Modest head with correspondingly light (slippery) lacing. Crystal clear with a clean golden color. Nice and hoppy nose. Mild palish malts in the background. More like an American pale ale than an English one. Crisper body with a high level of carbonation. Light crystal malt nuttiness in an otherwise pale malt base. Good hop finish, although it is short lived. Overall, a very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (4533) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Gold in color with a small white head. Aroma is of grain, citrus, and slightly floral. Taste is of grain, light malt and citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2009
golden pour with a small white head. citrus aroma with a tangy taste. like it

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobman006 (337) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Tap. Pours a dark yellow. Couldn’t smell much because the bar I was in was burning incense. Only could make out a biscuit, yeasty aroma. Flavors of biscuit and yeast, with lemon zest and spice, maybe some sourdough and dandelion. Light and refreshing. Good alternative to wheat beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Copper bear into a clean clear pint glass. This beer has no highs or lows but an even keel of malt with a hint of floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Summertime, like no other time, puts me in the right frame of mind for Jimmy Buffet, tiki bars, and summer beers. Yes, winter is not the only season for special beer releases. Warm weather, sunny blue skies, and a refreshing ocean breeze demands a crisp, refreshing beer of epic proportions. Stepping up to the plate to answer the challenge and quench my thirst is the Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewing.

Polished copper with perky orange highlights, her soft white head lingers long into the day with a soft cottony blanket. A light summer breeze carries her bouquet of sweet summer fruits straight to my heart. Whoever said chocolate is the way to a girl’s heart obviously never tried a damn good beer instead. Apples, crisp and sweet, their skins snap with each bite. Cinnamon sprinkled over pears and oranges lead into sweet lemon blossoms while toffee and maple syrup crackle along the crust of some freshly toasted bread. Bright and full of life, we celebrate her joys together, hand in hand. Bright on top of my tongue, she sparkles and tingles, leading into a crunchy sweetness and toast. Her lemon blossoms linger in my breath while maple and toffee linger on the tip of my tongue. The center of her palate, the core, is all freshly picked red apples, blood oranges, pears, and mangos. The Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewing gets straight to the point and holds fast from first quaff to last. Executed with precision and grace, I quickly book myself another date, this time at the beach with toes digging into the sand.

Brooklyn Brewing is blessed to have two great founding entrepreneurs and one fantabulous Brewmaster, Garret Oliver. Together, they create magic of the everyday variety; it is everywhere and yet nowhere. If you ever want to try and capture a little of that magic before it slips through your fingers once more, be sure to give their Summer Ale a few moments of your time and attention.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (7734) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
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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