Monday, 5 May 2014
Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brooklyn Summer Ale comes, perhaps not shockingly, from Brooklyn, New York. It's a seasonal product of the outstanding Brooklyn Brewery. At 5%, it is sold in 355mL bottles. BSA has a bright and cheery label, which it matches with a gently hazy, golden colour. It's amply carbonated and wears a white head that fades pretty quickly.
This summer ale has a sweet and grainy aroma that has considerable bread dough notes. It's a very mild and thirst-quenching beer--mild, but not without character. The flavour is soft and sweet, with a "bakery fresh" vibe. I know that doughy and bakery fresh aren't the type of adjectives that one would typically associate with a refreshing summer brew, but somehow this stuff works. It tastes like beer-ified warm rolls. There's a dusting of hops at the back end, though nothing worth writing home about.
A bit more body would have been nice, as would a touch more emphasis on the finish. It is, however, an interesting take on a summer beer.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10.