Beer review: Brooklyn Summer Ale

   August 16, 2011

Brooklyn Summer AleI first encountered Brooklyn Brewery in Panama City Beach, thanks to Chan’s Wine World, but that was in a collaborative effort with Franziskaner.  It wasn’t until later, back here in Tennessee, that I experienced Brooklyn’s brews on their own, and I am a fan thus far.  I was hoping they would someday send me samples to review, and I am happy to report that this year they contacted me, offering review samples.  I was sent their Summer Ale and their Sorachi Ace, which I will review later.

Now on to the Summer Ale…according to the Brookly Brewery website, this is a ‘rendition of the “Light Dinner Ales” brewed in England throughout the 1800’s right up until the 1940’s”.  It is 5% ABV and features two row British malts and German Perle hops as well as American Cascade, Fuggle and Amarillo hops.

The Pour
This light ale pours to a dark straw color with a slight orange tinge.  A loose two finger, slightly off white head floats atop the beer, leaving only slight lacing as it dissipates.

The Nose
This ale has a good, clean hoppy nose, with a crisp breadiness as well.  It also displays a slightly sweet fruitiness to it, perhaps of raspberry.

The Taste
This beer, as the “Light Dinner Ale” style would seem to imply, tastes light and clean, somewhat biscuity and very slightly hoppy.  It has medium-high carbonation and almost a mineralness to it.  Despite being very light bodied, this beer has a slightly cloying mouthfeel, but ultimately finishes clean.  There are slight lemony notes on the finish as well.

Scoring Breakdown

Appearance: Not a bad looking beer, but nothing striking about it.
7 points out of 10.

Nose: Smells refreshing and light, as it should.
13 points out of 15.

Taste: Clean and simple, but not flat or boring.
40 points out of 55.

Style: I’ve seen a Light Dinner Ale described as a lighter version of an English Pale Ale, which fits this to a tee.
18 points out of 20.

Total rating: 78 points out of 100

In a nutshell: This is a good, refreshing beer for the hot summer months.  I liked it, but didn’t love it, but it is still a far, far better choice for summer drinking than Bud, Coors etc.


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One comment

  1. I completely agree. I found this beer to be very refreshing. Sure I’ve had better but I definitely won’t complain is this was one of the only options on a hot summer day.

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