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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" 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paul150 (37) - , Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2008
I’ve heard a lot about Brooklyn Brewery’s offerings, so I bought a few singles today; this was my first I tried. Pours a clear, medium gold with slight head. Aroma is bready with some definite citrus notes thrown in there. Taste is bready with some citrus up front with a surprising amount of hops towards the back for a Golden Ale, though the flavor is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is a tasty, extremely drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2199) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
12 oz bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear gold with a modest white froth that leaves some scattered lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, grass, and light citrus. Flavor is doughy and biscuity with a soft Cascade tartness. Just a touch of bitterness. Great balance, full-flavored while maintaining lightness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Ridiculously easy to drink. A great thirst-quencher, one of the best summer ales there is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4204) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Pours a very pale piss yellow. Thin fizzy white head. The nose is sweet, malty, light grassy hops, kind of funky, some corn and cardboard. The flavor was sweet and skunky, cardboard, some grassy hops, corn. Thin sweet mouthfeel with a mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
From bottle. Very mild pilsner-pale malt aroma, light sweetness, with some muted beany hop character. Dark golden clear with some chill haze, topped with a white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with high carbonation. Starts with a bit of malt sweetness, light rice and some oxidation. Otherwise, fairly clean throughout and refreshing, ending with some mild hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness. After is clean. Nice summer quaff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2008
12oz bottle. Nice golden color with good carbonation. Aroma is very simple some citrus but much faded since I bought it fresh a month ago. Pretty full for a summer ale but none the less refreshing on a warmer day. Bit of hop, but then again there was more when I had it last. Not Brooklyn’s best offering but a solid summer brew when fresher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Pours a faint golden with a fine head of white bubbles. Some lemon and light hops on the nose. Taste is rather dry but refreshing and crisp. Body is full finishes with some nice bitters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1242) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy golden with little head. Aroma of lemon and grass. Flavor is doughy and sweet with some herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with a crisp, tart finish. Nice hot weather session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Its a little too hoppy for a blonde, a little too light to be a PA. The result is a drinkable compromise that isn’t particularly good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Not the best brooklyn beer out there, but still refreshing on a summertime afternoon. I squeeze a lemon in mine and drink up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2008
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. Poured a clear dark gold color with a two finger bubbly head. Aroma was citrus hops, with some malt. Flavor had the same citrus notes. Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Good summer beer.

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