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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Pours a clear gold in color with a nice, pillowy two inches of head. Smell is lemon zest and light, crisp malt. There is some definite lemon in the taste. Bubbly and biting on the mouthfeel. Not a bad summer ale. Looking for something to stand out, but it’s not there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 On tap. Aroma sweet malt, light fruits (lemon), light grassy hops. Flavor all fruity goodness, the lemons (very zesty), maybe some other slight citrus, strawberries, light cherry and raspberry. Quite tasty. 7-4-8-4-14/3.7

Rerate 8/8/08 On tap. Aroma weak pale malt, flavor equally weak with light sweet/citrusy character. Bland, watery. 5-3-5-3-11/2.7 (Ratings averaged)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
On tap at the local bar. Pours amber with a small white head. Surprisingly hoppy (floral) with a wheaty sweet malt that balanced well with the hops. One of the better summer ales I’ve had and quite underrated on this site. Reminds me of SNPA just a little less hoppy. Good beer, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Admittedly, I had this beer much too late into an evening, but it rubbed me the wrong way. This is a unique summer beer, and I’d like to give it another shot at some point. My initial reaction, though, was that it had too much of a bubble gum flavor and not enough of a bready/citrusy/lemony summer flavor. Couldn’t shake that bubble gum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1424) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Slight hint of hops and yeast in the aroma. Pours a clear amber with a white head that quickly fades away. Slight biscuit flavor, touch of citrus hops to balance it out. Nothing extraordinary, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2008
Very clear, lightly golden. Malty and hoppy gave it a good mouthfeel on the palate.A good summer ale different from the others. Found the beer to be quite uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2008
On tap at TJ FInley’s in NY. I thought this was a decent beer. Not much to speak of on the aroma, but it smelled of light malts. The taste was citrusy, and I thought I picked up on a taste of grapefruit. I will say I had this after a few, and it went down very easily. I will probably have this a few more times this summer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2901) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Blah. A very bland and boring golden ale. This style is not known for being very exciting to begin with, but this is worse than average. Very faint chalk aroma. Pour was a nice light gold with a 2 finger white head. Taste was very bland. Tasted like dirty carbonated water with a hint of of grass. Not very enjoyable but ice cold and in the outdoors would beat a B/M/C.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
derst27 (35) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Smooth and subtle in taste. Slight citrus flavor lingers for a short time. Great beer for a bbq in the summertime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
bottle. pours a golden body with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt and some earthy floral scents from the hops. Flavor is light and crisp, a subtle hop character, and light malt flavor. no etoh.

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