VertBaconStrips (2392) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 27, 2009
Poured out a bright gold with a large bubbly white cap that retains well and give a lot of messy lacing. Excellent aroma! Super fresh and lively, very complex with biscuit and some roast malts, lots of lemon, tangerine, sweet fruity candy and more... awesome! Breathe deep... repeat. Let ’er warm up a bit of course! The taste is not as good as it is on the mellow side but it is not a let down considering the style. Biscuit, grain, citrus and an interesting blend of bitterness perfectly placed.. all mild but good! The flavours are best found when not too warm. Mouth feel is good with ample carbonation. Seems to be nearest to light medium bodied. Malty finish. I sure changed my mind on this beer! Take this out of a glass, tards. angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 Months since I had this, I can’t remember much. I remember it was easy to drink but I was a bit disappointed by the taste. Will try it again (if I can get it in Ireland) and re-rate but for now this was not great. ChadPolenz (1844) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
I always thought I was a fan of summer beers, but looking at my ratings of beers of the seasonal style I’ve realized I’m actually a bit miserly when it comes to rating them. Why? Because so many tend to be too light to appreciate. Fortunately the Brooklyn Brewery has been able to put their craftsmanship to make Brooklyn Summer Ale not only a crafty beer, but a beer that can be enjoyed by anyone.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
APPEARANCE AND AROMA
(NOTE: I am changing this portion of the review from “pour, color, and aroma” to “appearance and aroma” since I don’t really care HOW a beer pours, but more what it looks like after it has been poured [and even this is still a minute factor since appearance and/or aroma are not necessarily correlated to how good a beer is over]).
This beer has a dark gold color and a crystal-clear complexion. There are big bubbles nestling on the bottom of the glass which occasionally rise to the top. The head is large, off-white, mostly foamy but slight creamy. It left a surprising amount of lacing on the glass for a summer brew.
The aroma is sweet, light, and crisp with a hint of spice. I detected yeast which explains its slightly bready scent. It’s very inviting from the nose alone.
Debate rages on the internet as to what style of beer Brooklyn Summer Ale actually belongs to. Some consider it a Belgian golden ale, others call it an English Pale Ale. Brooklyn’s website describes it as a “luncheon beer” and discusses the history of such brews. Frankly, I think some of the beer nerds get too hung up on labels because as soon as I took my first sip I knew it was a summer beer and that’s what matters.
The taste here is much like the smell – light, sweet and crisp with a strong yeasty component. It’s surprising how thick and soft the actual mouthfeel itself is since the flavor is rather mild but the mouthfeel makes it seem richer than it actually is. I get just the slightest, faintest hints of banana and clove, but at nowhere near the volume of a hefeweizen.
I also noted a slight metallic taste in the initial mouthfeel, but its quickly washed away by a tasty, lightly-hopped composition with a back end that’s oddly reminiscent of those European green bottle pilsners. It’s not dry, but it’s not intense either.
While I would describe Brooklyn Summer Ale as a mostly crisp beer, it’s very surprising just how soft and thick the overall mouthfeel is. It doesn’t dance on the palate and finishes very smooth and clean. The overall drinkability here is high – but that’s the point, right?
Summer beers should be easy to drink, tasty and refreshing – which Brooklyn Summer Ale is – but they should also be light enough to not overwhelm the drinker. At 5% ABV, this is one of the heftiest summer brews I’ve ever drank. While it certainly does not feel heavy during or immediately after the drinking process, I’d bet the average drinker would find the beer surprisingly filling if drank in larger quantities.
A beer like Brooklyn Summer Ale just goes to show how a craft brewery can take what is otherwise a run-of-the-mill beer and turn it into a quality product. It’s a shame this beer doesn’t receive the distribution the bigger name brands do since it’s superior to them in so many ways, and you don’t have to be a beer snob to appreciate it.
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Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear gold with only a slight stark white head. Very little lacing.
Aroma: Very bready, very lemony. Somewhat tea-like.
Taste: First thing that hits me is that this beer has almost zero sweetness. Taste follows the aroma with a strong emphasis on bread and lemon. Very simple and subtle overall, yet surprisingly enjoyable.
Palate: Crisp, firm and bright (I know that makes little sense). Very light body that keeps the carbonation more in-check than expected. Extremely dry finish (despite no bitterness). This is just about the perfect mouthfeel for this beer.
Overall: Great summer ale. Simple yet somehow complex in a subtle way. Could drink this all day while grilling. I really did not expect much out of this beer and am shocked.
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012 Poured into a shaker glass from a 12 ounce bottle best before September 2012.
ronaldtheriot (1964) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 22, 2012
A: Clear golden body with lots of carbonation activity, decent sized off-white creamy rocky head, decent retention. It becomes a nice foamy coating on the top of the beer.
S: Rather strong blend of earthy hops, toasted malts, and some lemon citrus. This is a rather bright smelling beer.
T: This is a rather bright beer, lemon and slight orange citrus give a semi-sweet flavor along with some bready malts. This is very crisp and has a great flavor to it.
M: Light crisp body with light fizzy carbonation.
O: This is a great sessionable beer that hits the spot on hot days.
Brooklyn Summer Ale has a thick, white head and a slightly hazy golden appearance, with streams of bubbles and fine, white particulate matter floating about. Nice lacing rings. The aroma is of sour dough, sweet, mustiness, and the flavor is sweet, white bread, biscuit, a kiss of piney hops, and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Brooklyn Summer Ale finishes semi-dry and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer. RJT
Evolutionary (509) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Can from harvest moon. Light color and limited head. Light malt palate and a hint of hop. Decent summer beer but not the best.
---Rated via my mouth rdixon77 (2921) - Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Very crisp and refreshing summer beer, Golden pour, almost no head.
Wife says it has a peaches and stonefruit aroma. Nice breaded taste with a hop spice bite. Dry taste like muscat wine. Little thin on mouthfeel. ttutony (927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Hazy golden color. Slight malty aroma. Solid bread and grain malt flavors. Subtle hop backing. Has all of the positive qualities of a summer beer without the annoying spice overload that many breweries feel the need to add. Great for warm weather. tinylightsrecs (437) - - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle from Rehills Newcastle. Light, crisp, refreshing ale, if a little gentle on flavour. Ideal ice cold for a summers day.