Brooklyn Summer Ale, an English Pale Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer Ale is an English-style Pale Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Brooklyn Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

Packaging art for the Brooklyn Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

Appearance

The ale pours a bright, crystal-clear brassy hue and is topped by an inch-thick cap of puffy, white foam that offers decent retention. Patches of sticky lace remain along the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is faint but it does provide a hint of floral hops and malt.

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Flavor

English Two-row barley drives the palate with a soft, bready flavor. Finishes with a mild dose of hops, imparting herbal, spicy, and earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel

Relatively smooth mouthfeel has a medium-light body and less-than-moderate carbonation.

Label art for the Brooklyn Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

Label art for the Brooklyn Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

Overall

While this ale does deliver some of the English characteristics expected for the style, its use of hops is fairly understated. However, the Brooklyn Summer Ale does make for a nice thirst quencher, even as the summer begins to fade.

Recommended Pairings

Brooklyn Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Summer Ale: salads, seafood, quiches, and lightly spicy dishes; cheddar and feta cheeses.

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