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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's the First Day of Summer, Celebrate With a Summer Ale

I've been trying to review Brooklyn Brewery's Summer Ale for the better part of the last month.

Remember that nice streak of good weather we had a few weeks ago? It felt like the perfect time to break out the summer ales.  Something about that first summer seasonal ale really signifies that summer has started. Its sort of a momentous thing. 

Then it started raining, then it got colder, and then one of my regular packies was out of stock the day I went to pick it up. Stuff happens. But finally the stars aligned, I had a day off, some free time, and a few bucks, and I now proudly present, for your drinking and reading pleasure, my review of ..

Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, NY
5% ABV

The brewery's web site describes this beer as a "modern rendition of the light dinner ales brewed in England through the 1800's right up until the 1940's." (hmm...England in the 1800's doesn't really concur up images of awesome beer. Does it? )

The beer pours a healthy golden color. Head is thin, white, grabs the glass.

Smell is surprisingly muted- very mildly bready and yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrus. A few swirls to release the aromatics doesn't really bring much else out.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat bubbly. Appropriate for summer.

Taste is very good and matches the smell profile to a T- Very mild, modestly malty, with bread notes and the faintest ever suggestion of some kind of remote citrus bitterness, but its barely perceptible. The blend of two row British malts and German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Hops really creates an awesomely understated yet balanced malt/hop taste.

Finish is clean and crisp and refreshing. A great summer brew.

Unlike many summer brews, there is no gimmick with this beer. No lemon, orange, blueberry, etc, etc. It's just a rock solid light ale brewed for summer drinking. This is also a great entry level beer for a craft beer beginner. I give this beer a 3+, maybe 3.5. Its so understated in the flavor profile, but so solid in construction, I found it hard to limit it to one number.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I often have that Lay potato chip problem when it comes to beer.