Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy
A Review of Brooklyn Summer Ale by Brooklyn Brewery
Posted on 5/16/2013 by Chops
Ah summer, a time of beaches, bikinis and of course, beer. Sandals and coolers emerge from storage as people start planning their summery escapades. Unfortunately, a common companion to these outings is bland and flavorless beer. Many people have come to expect a certain bargain basement dullness in their warmer weather brews. But thanks to the craft beer moment, that notion is slowly changing. Light and refreshing doesn't have to equate to tasteless and boring.

Garrett Oliver is the Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster and one of the world's foremost experts on beer. His brewing acumen spans the style spectrum, but he also knows that the drinking public craves their light and refreshing brews. He just requires Brooklyn versions to have body and flavor (shocking, I know). It's why we all look forward to the seasonal release of the Brooklyn Summer Ale.

In the glass, this beer has a clear pale golden coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has very nice retention. On the nose, I found a tangy and zesty aroma filled with light grains, crisp herbal hops, and a tropical fruit tartness. This inviting intro foreshadowed the flavor quite well. I was greeted by a light tangy citrus with buttery biscuits and an herbal flare. The hops have great presence and add a delightful freshness to the overall character. The mouthfeel is light, balanced, and easy drinking. The beer finishes somewhat dry and exits with a pleasant bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall, this year's Brooklyn Summer Ale is a delicious brew that is perfectly fit for the warmer months. It has a lot of great flavor yet retains a high level of accessibility. Consequently, I can easily recommend this brew to all levels of beer fans. Novices will be blown away by this beer's flavor punch and will bid adieu to tasteless swill. For seasoned drinkers, the Brooklyn Summer Ale is already a seasonal staple. It's by far one of the best summer beers on the market, so be sure to grab some while they are around. And as an added bonus, they are also available in 12-pack cans. So start filling those coolers my friends, it's going to be a long hot summer.

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