Review - Brooklyn Brewery's Summer Ale
"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" -- Brooklyn Brewery
Pours a medium yellow color with an off-white, fizzy, one finger head with weak retention other than the straight tasting glass that holds its form fairly well. It poured with very active fizz, but the body is fairly still aside from a few rising bubbles. The aroma doesn't provide much for us, but what we do get is some faint malt presence and not much else. The initial taste is slightly sweet but moves towards a bitter finish. Softly Carbonated with initially an oily feel on the palate but over time the palate becomes dry.
Reviewed on August 9th, 2007.