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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2009
I usually hate summer ales but this beer is tops. Very grassy notes, but delicious finish light hops. This could become one of my favorites. I haven’t had a great beer from Brooklyn since they first unveiled their lager. This could be better or its equal. I highly recommend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date printed on it and the label lists the abv at 5.0%. The neck label has a brief description of the beer as well. Appearance: It has a light golden honey colored body with good clarity and a few bubbles of visible carbonation here and there. From the pour it produces an average size white foamy head that slowly settles down to a soft, creamy, thin film covering. Lacing is slick and spotty on the glass. Smell: There are notes of bready and biscuity maltiness with some clover honey like sweetness mingling with mellow citrusy (orange/lemon) and herbal hops. Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very drinkable medium body with a good balance of hops and malt. I get a lovely mix of sweet buttery dinner roll like malty notes with a touch of honey and soft citrusy and herbal hops. The finish is just enough hop bitterness to keep everything in check and interesting. The texture is very smooth with soft carbonation. Notes: This is a very well made English Ale. As for its style I feel it is walking the line between English Pale Ale and English Pale Mild in my opinion. Ether this beer just screams summer time drinkability!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (940) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle that came highly recommended by the bartender at Emmetts in Palatine. Golden pour with lots of carbonation. Aroma of tea leaves and honeydew. Taste is delicious. I’m normally not a summer ale fan but this is good. Its malty sweet but drinkable. I get flvors of white grape juice balanced with English hops. Adequate palate and a nice lingering flavor in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2012
Very delicious summer brew. Light, hoppy, and very drinkable. Definitely one for the A-list on a hot summer day, or to wash down your meal at a cookout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Brooklyn Summer Ale is an easy drinking alternative to beer drinkers who do not like wheat beers. It pours a clear golden with nice carbonation. The aroma is lightly malty and citrusy. The flavor is slightly floral with a zesty lemon after taste. It is very refreshing and easy to drink. A “no problem, let’s play 500 Rummy on the back deck” kind of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Simple, "boring," excellent little session beer. Sparkling gold with sturdy white head. Bready nose with hints of lemon. Lightly bitter, zesty, dry flavor. Deserves big glasses and small talk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2007
12oz bottle from Lou’s in Augusta. Light amber almost yellow body with a thin film of off-white head. Citrusy hops and caramel malt equally share the aroma, though it’s not overpowering. Biscuit malt plays a big role, with some citrus hops in the background, along with hints of a mint-like quality. Again, not overpowering. Light in body making this very drinkable. All around enjoyable light summer beer, though having enough good flavor and aroma to satisfy. One of the best summer beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5486) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Bottle: Quite the creamy head. Deep and robust aroma, crispy citric bite to it. Somewhat surprisingly hearty character. Usually brewers make "summer beers" as an excuse to make watery and flavorless yellow beers for the non beer-drinking crowd. This is the opposite ... fully flavored, richly malty, yet with a nice bready, hoppy, citrusy flourish. Nice. (#2975, 6/12/2007)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nitroz680 (31) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
I really enjoyed this beer, perfect for the summer time, very refreshing. crisp in taste

   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.

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