4 August 2018

Brooklyn Summer Ale (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK


It's another baking hot day today here in the UK, but we can't complain too much considering some other parts of Europe; such as Spain are in the late 40s. Produced in New York this Brooklyn Summer Ale seems an apt way to alleviate the continuing uncomfortably hot weather. I'm going to enjoy my 355ml bottle of beer on a hot sunny afternoon with a good book. The label on the bottle recommends enjoying this pale ale on a beach or on a rooftop, and with a good barbecue. There's been a few recommendations to avoid barbecues here for fear of catching fire to anything been as though everything is so dry…

… Anyway, this 5% volume Brooklyn Summer Ale should whet my whistle at least for a while. Brewed with British 2-row barley, and with German and American hops, this pale ale is sported to have breadiness from the barley, and bitter fruitiness from the assorted hops. On opening there was a fairly powerful smell of barley and with a fruitiness at the back of the aroma. On taste this straw coloured ale was indeed strong on taste with an almost lightly toasted bread flavour from the barley to start with, and then a crisp bitterness closely following to end on a bitter flavoursome fruitiness. This is definitely a refreshing pale ale, but it also has a warmth to it that belies the summer theme, or is it just so hot in here that I need to put the fan on again?

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