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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3806) - 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 (1379) - 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 (1245) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle 12 fl oz
Appearance: Light amber with touch of gold , medium semi dense top.
Nose: Neat citric hoppy aroma with matching sweet malts. Good refreshing flowery aromatic nose closing.7+
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied ale . Soft with oily character. Hoppy citric character is well carried till finish. Quiet refreshing formula for summer ale. Good premium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
In short: A clean refreshing blonde ale (tap version at least).
How: Tap at Spuyten Duyvil NYC
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a small but long-lasting white head
In long: A simple malt backbone with a fair amount of cereals bringing body without sweet flavours (a good thing for that kind of beer). Moderately hoppy with lemony and citrusy hops. Pleasant tartness. Light lemongrass sensation. Not very tasty or original but an overall fresh sensation (tap version at least) made for a refreshing and summer ale thirst quencher. And when you get your butt frozen by the awful winters we get up here it’s always nice to be able to sit down during a summer day and enjoy a simple thirst quencher like this while complaining that it’s way too hot outside.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 12 oz bottle generously sent to my by Thaichile. Pour is hazed straw golden with a fluffy 2 inch white head. Head falls slowly, leaving behind decent lacing. Aroma of grass, straw, citrus and malt. Some Parmesan cheesiness in there as well. Interesting nose. Taste is grainy hay up front, some some citrus mid palate and the grassy earthiness in the end. There is also a bit of metallic mixed in throughout. Palate is medium, above average carbonation with a fairly long hay / straw aftertaste. Nice easy drinking brew, with nicely integrated and varied flavors. Thanks Mark.

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