Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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87
very good

439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our bedrock Brown Ale, and one of the first beers ever brewed by Sixpoint. A smooth, malty trip down a hop-lined Brooklyn street.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005)
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Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Hazed amber red hue, sticky two fingers of froth

SMELL: Clean hop resin, toasted bread, mildly estery, spicy, caramel, faint orange peel, herbal, hay, roasted pecans

TASTE: Very malty, medium bodied, very smooth, toasted character throughout, juicy hop bitterness, chicory, hint of unsweetened chocolate, peppery alcohol, slightly orangey hop flavor, citrus pith, vaguely nutty, drying finish

A bit raw but certainly not unfinished, layers peel away with each sip as it warms up. I've had this on tap many times and the can seems to have held on to all of this greatness. Hands down one of my favorite American brewed browns.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in B-lo,came poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear mahogany brown with a thinner soapy-like head.Mild roastiness and a smattering of cocoa in the nose,mildly sweet flavors up front a little caramel and chocolate malt mixing with some good earthy tones in the finish with a bit of woodiness.A solild brown a real quaffer seems lower than its ABV.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six point's nite at the Blind Tiger in NYC, sampled a pint of this one first. Pours chocolaty brown and murky, Nose is faintly bready. Minimal white head was noticed and minor lacing was left on the glass. I picked up some caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains. This is a lightly hopped, medium bodied, pleasant and refreshing brew. Perhaps a tad thin in the flavor department, but still a decent sessioner.

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, big nutty middle, hops towards the end, and caramel throughout

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This is one of the more complex brown ales I have had. I know there is a flavor in there I cannot put my hand on. The nuttiness is there to match some other sweet flavors. Great brew, wish I could find this in bottles.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some nice light cocoa and toffee malts, as well as a good bit of grass and some earth. The flavor is very similar. The toffee and dusty chocolate notes come through initially, but there is also a decent amount of bitterness for a brown ale. I also get a little bit of grass flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice take on a brown ale.

Photo of BrandonDZ
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownstone opens to a sweet, malty nose full of caramel and brown sugar, with strong touches of vanilla, and an overlying cola/kola nut aroma, lending the beer a strong resemblance to an old-fashioned hand-mixed vanilla coke. The brew is quite sugary on the nose, in addition to the aforementioned notes including some nice cherry, fig, melon, and mandarin orange fruit esters. Hops add a bit of pine and sweet pink grapefruit, but just enough to provide a soft bittering effect. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the vanilla coke overtone is somewhat strange at the same time as it’s alluring, with the main weakness being a relatively light presence that could have used a bit of cranking up.

On the tongue, the beer is far hoppier than the nose let on, the 45 IBUs immediately present in good levels of pine, grapefruit rind, and light eucalyptus. These mix well with the sugars, which bring mainly brown sugar, as well as smaller notes of cherry, orange, and fig fruit esters. Breads are far more present here than on the nose, with biscuit, toast crust, and thick brown breads adding nice earthiness. The vanilla coke notes are thankfully gone, though touches of vanilla do remain, as well as hints of caramel and toasted nut. The aftertaste is mainly hops, toasted nuts, and toast crust, most of the sugars having died off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice fare, and for a comparatively low 6% ABV, has good flavor and presence, even over the course of several mouthfuls. It could have still used a bit more oomph for even more presence, and the sugars needed to be stronger to better make themselves noticed against the hops and breads. Still, what is given in here is drinkable and delicious.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can at fridge temp into a snifter. best before 26APR2013 stamped on the bottom.

a rather vigorous pour from the can yields a 1-2 finger light beige colored, rocky head with a nice foamy cap and very good retention. some good lacing is left behind as it drinks. chestnut brown body with just a slight haze.

citrusy, resiny hops seem to be at the forefront. not till it warms does a toasty, slightly biscuity malt come out with just a hint of nuttiness. as it warms even further, fruity esters are noticeable.

a nice balance of hops to malt. dry citrus hops with a toasty, biscuity malt back. finishes with a pretty substantial hop bitterness akin to a pale ale or maybe even some IPA's. very light roastiness noticeable under everything.

light in body with a touch of a watery feel. hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

this reminds me more of a hopped up amber ale than a brown ale, but to each his own. the extra hops are much welcomed and make this something i could see myself enjoying again. the can is always a "plus" in my book as well. one of the better brown ales out there.

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby caramel tinted mahogany brown body with a fine bubbled cream colored head, nice textured lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has some chlorophyll green quality mild citrus leafy tobacco notes, with caramel malt backbone riding thru with a quality bready maltiness. That's where Sixpoint ales win it's there malts they never forget that the hop show is nothing without the base malt, flavor here screams that with a nice bitter hopped up brown ale still able to show off a complex malt base. Semi bitter finish medium to light bodied nothing cloying or holding me back from another drink gravity did all the work, damn where did the beer go...drinkability is insane I want a whole four pack. Damn good balanced but hoppier neo brown ale.

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a medium brown in color with an orange hue to it, Brownstone forms a creamy, thick head about two fingers tall with great retention that leaves lacing thickly and impressively, from the two-finger broad ring to the chunky patching the rest of the way down the glass.
A hop-forward brown? Why not? This one showcases it from the get-go. There's a malt support with a note of roast and a hint of dark chocolate underneath, but really hops form the foundation. Leafy, citrus and floral notes with a bit of pine, they come out over the malts, which proceed to add a bit of toast and, particularly in the flavor, a nuttiness going into the finish.
Both smooth and crisp, there's a good feel to this medium-bodied beer, which has more going for it than most browns. It's not thick, by any means, but it possesses a depth most in this typically middle-of-the-road style don't. It's also a pretty dry feel, but not too abrasive, as the malts sitting beneath the hops add their own, just enough sweetness to keep it from chalky and make it great.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. April ?? 2013 on the bottom.

A: Pours a mostly opaque dark ruby brown with an off white head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Too hazy to really see any carbonation.

S: Light aroma of roasted malt with some sweetness. Certainly a nutty character to it. Chocolate comes in as it warms up. Dark fruits, vanilla and carmel.

T: Well balanced blend of malt and hop. As anticipated from the aroma there is a nutty quality and a touch of chocolate. Roastiness is light. Hops are a bit subdued by this point but provide a bit of piney earthiness.

M: Easy drinking beer, has a lightness to it but still holds a creamy and smooth body. Finish is smooth, bit of a nitro feel to it.

Overall this one could be used to define the American Brown Ale. Not off the wall with flavor or complexity but very well rounded and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of rdilauro
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, I am not a fan of Brown Ales. But I have loved each Sixpoint brew I have tasted.

The pour was solid brown with a very nice light cream colored head. There really wasn't much of an aroma that I could detect. I poured more into another glass to check for aromas, but again pretty neutral.

The taste was very full and soft. Softer then most brown ale's that I have tasted.

The finish was good and neutral.

So, my summary is that this one is pleasant. I have nothing negative to say about this ale, and on the other hand, I have nothing very positive to say, except that it is good tasting beer. I am glad I tasted it, but it wouldnt be something I would have again.

However, keep in mind, I really do not like Brown Ales to start with, but I always enjoy tasting different beers. Not only for my personal reviews, but it helps when it comes to describing various beers to our customers.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Deep, rich almost black brown with hints of ruby and garnet toward the bottom. Unless you hold this up to bright light, where you can clearly tell its brown, it looks nearly black, like a porter. Head is a miniscule half-finger off-white that has decent retention but doesn't lace. Given the hop presence in this beer I'm kind of surprised at the head.

S--First-rate. There's a sweetish sourdough loaf thing going with some toffee notes on top of it and even some flowers on top of all of that. Toward the back of the nose you get a coffee bite. Really nice aroma, super inviting.

T--Different from the nose in that the roasty malts really come through with both biscuity, toasted grain flavors and dark chocolate and coffee notes. Hops don't dominate, but cleanse, as they round out the profile and clearly make themselves known at the end of a taste. The bitter coffee mixed with the fresh floral hops at the back when you're done sipping works wonderfully, I think. Super mellow brown with a kick of chocolate malt and hops.

M&D--Mouthfeel is a little too slick and watery for me, but the carbonation is lively, which is a must for me with brown ales because when they're flat they're just too cloying. Ton of flavor packed into this sucker for 5.7%--not every American brewer can do this.

Is it an action-packed porter, or a rich, chocolatey goodness brown? Sixpoint's brewed up another platypus, and while sometimes their style-slicing creativity can result in their creations blurring together (Otis tastes a lot like Diesel to me, and the Apollo Wheat isn't /that/ much different than Sweet Action), this time the ingenuity works.

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade. A good brown, I should have loved it more, perhaps it got lost as many a brown in the heavier beers before and after it. Opaque brown colour with lace. There is coffee grounds pronounced, nuch and many malts makes for a creamy mouthfeel but not the complex malt I was so expecting.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark caramel amber with a large, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, faintly nutty, citrusy

T - caramel, big citrusy hop character, mild piny bitterness, an underlying nuttiness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is really a nice beer. It has the hallmarks of a traditional brown ale with big caramel notes and a faint nuttiness. This beer, however, brings a big hop punch with an intense citrus character and solid, balanced bitterness. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of BrooklynP
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brown with a tan head. Very opaque, and small bubbles swirling about. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of brown sugar with a smoky vibe. This would be awesome with some Carolina hickory BBQ.

T - Very malty, with a back end of smoke and molasses. This is a rather tame brown ale, and while I might like it to be more epic, I'm happy with it being what it is.

M - Solid, but a but thin and not enough grab of the taste buds at the end. The result makes it a solid drinker however.

O - Another good offering from Sixpoint. Perhaps this guy will make it into the canning lines.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brownstone from Sixpoint was a nice beer I tried at the local Tap House & Grill. The beer poured a clear brownish amber with 1/2 finger thick white head that left a nice lacing. The smell was faint but carried biscuit and malt. The taste was a smooth well balanced Brown that was easily sessionable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a good brown and worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hop Devil in NYC.

Ah, this reminds me of Surly Brewing's Bender, though a step behind. That's no knock at this beer. A borderline porter, this beer featured a rich, dry cocoa flavor with a slight roasted edge. Nice and dark like a porter too, but this is a case where style doesn't matter. This is just a tasty beer.

Photo of BklynTerp
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.