And now for the first ever review of a Summer Ale here at BeerNorway. The beer in question is Brooklyn Summer Ale. Here is what Brooklyn Brewery has to say about the beer:
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.
Let’s see how it is!
Almost clear, light orange in color with an off-white head. The head laces nicely on the glass.
Bread-like aroma with some floral hops. There are some citrus notes as well along with a hint of yeast.
The flavor is slightly less bready and has more lemon than the aroma. The beer has a crisp feel to it.
The mouth feel is a tad bit thin, but not too bad for a beer with an ABV of 5%. The carbonation level is medium/high, which helps lift the flavors.
Short dry finish which is slightly bitter up front.
To me this is a perfect thirst quencher, but nothing more. It sure beats all the macro beers in Norway though, so it’s absolutely worth a try. Score: 3.4/5.
Disclaimer: I received this bottle from Ringnes, the Norwegian importer of Brooklyn beers.