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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005)
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly-clear deep mahogany color. Head is magnificent. Head leaves fat logs of lacing. The head is khaki colored and about an inch high. Super foamy consistency and textbook retention.

S-Notes of cola and root beer. Light nuttiness. A wee bit roasty. Breaded with a distinctive hop profile. Sweet citrus hops. Caramel backing. Tons going on here.

T-Nicely breaded with different types of nuts popping and jumping out. Light coffee roast. Cola/root beer again. Finishes With a pleasant grassy hop layout that gradually morphs into a bright and lively citrus hoppiness. Toasted caramel and molasses somewhere in the middle.

M-Light and sessionable as far as a 6% Brown Ale goes. Dry and moldy bitter on the finish. Soft, rubbing carbonation. Moderately light but still creamy. The feel really comes into its own as the beer slowly warms.

O/D-Another crazy Sixpoint ale that I am truly digging. Alcohol does come out here and there, but thats my only real critique of this brew. Complex, great looking and easy-drinking. Another hit. PERFECT for the beginning of Autumn.

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 01:20:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy brown with slight red hints with an off white head. Smells of earthy hops, surprising for a brown ale. Tastes of dark malt and earthy hops, nice combination. Carbonation is right for its light body and goes down smooth. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 00:15:14 | More by cyclonece09
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - semi-hazed deep mahogany color with a creamy beige head that thinned out leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - caramel cream candy with a bit of earthiness.

T - sweet & toasty caramel upfront with a touch of bitterness at the back end.

F - medium bodied, crisply carbonated with a refreshing feel.

O - all around good brown ale.

Serving type: can

08-25-2012 01:07:28 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Brenden

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 16:30:24 | More by Brenden
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade...
Appears a murky mahogany toned brown with a small, 1 finger head of beige fluff that quickly fades into a mild cap and sea-foam collar. Streaks of lace stick all around the glass. A small amount of grainy residue finds it's way to the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of rich toffee, toasted nuts, light caramel, some "green", earthy hops, and mild peppery spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a hop presence detected in the flavor. The brown sugar-like beginning works it's way back to a toasty, mildly bitter flavor with a very light undertone of a cocoa powder, or espresso bean.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, mildly fizzy up front and leading to a creamy, smooth ending that has a texture like a piece of tiramisu.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 00:15:12 | More by weeare138
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rtepiak

Poland

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice looking brown with a thick headed pour. A tad caramel to the caramel wash color. Mild cloudy. Nose is subdued floral and toffee malt. Palate is a nice caramel malt toasty. With a mild tang that blends into the rather dry crisp bitter. Quite simple but very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 00:55:04 | More by rtepiak
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and citrus anyone? Because these are the predominant flavors that rise to the forefront of this formidable American Brown Ale.

Brownstone pours with a substantial brown color and mild haze. Releasing a dense and creamy tanish head, the beer retains and laces remarkably- more like an IPA, just solid brown.

Decidedly hoppy, the aromas of citrus and pine leap out immediately, again reminding me of IPAs. That is except for the toasty aromas of chocolate, wood, charred breads and grains, nuts, and coffee.

Unusual even for American Browns, the balance of flavor in this beer rests with the hops. The firm and almost robust flavors of toffee malts, heavy toast, coffee, chocolate, and nuts carry a lot of flavor but does so in a malty-dry flavor that's better attenuated and less sweet than many of the style. But better yet are the sharp and citrusy flavors of white grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin, and a rich grassy taste that outdoes the hearty malt flavor ever so slightly.

Shyly robust, but with a full creamy texture; the beer sheds its weighty carbonation and ushers in a drying mid palate of fleeting malt, rising bitterness, and the full dryness of resiny hops and moderate alcohol warmth. Finishing surprisingly refreshing and crisp- this beer complements the use and delight of IPAs very well.

There are few American Brown Ales that showcase the hop cone this well. With all the flavor of malt but with the dryness and hoppy display- Brownstone sings the praises of what the American attitude can be in this indigenous adaptation. This and Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale are in a class all their own.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 16:56:40 | More by BEERchitect
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can into a weinhenny glass... its the only thing I have that can hold this 16oz can of deliciousness....

A- pours a deep amber brown, big white froathy head... reached 4 fingers! Nice sticky lacing to the glass

S- sweet breed, caramel malt.... earthy over all

T- sweet bready malts, caramel laced...earthy hops... woody nutty undertones

M- malty, earthy with a crisp finsih line.... cleans up very well. Nicely done

O- nicely done brown ale... maybe one of the leading in the style... six point is never a let down.... and a huge value as far as great beer in cans...

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 21:24:18 | More by warrenout330
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 00:21:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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JoeBloe

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a good looking pint of beer - nice rich, clear ruby brown color - good head retention and lacing down a pint glass - faint aroma and pretty tasty - mildly bold without being brash -
goes nice with a good pub burger - i could drink a few of these on a lunch hour

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 14:35:05 | More by JoeBloe
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can, it is stamped "Best before 26 April 2013" on the bottom.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly leaving heavy lacing everywhere. Leaves an island of foam for at least 10 minutes.

S: Toasted bread with some brown sugar and a little bit of nuts. Some mild pine and resinous hops perhaps?

T: Some more toasted bread up front, nuttiness is more prominent here. Piney hops are stronger and bitter in the middle. Finishes with a flourish of brown sugar and strong resin. Long lingering pine and especially resin bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite hoppy, one of the hoppiest brown ales I've ever had. A bit metallic in the aftertaste, oddly enough.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good.

O: Definitely an american take on brown ales. Very hoppy especially towards the finish. Lots of lingering resinous bitterness between sips. Not as strong on the toasted malt as most brown ales, perhaps obscured a bit by the hoppiness. Honestly it's more IPA than brown ale but I happen to like hops so I enjoyed this one :)

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 02:18:18 | More by Dope
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light. Nice frothy, beige head holds excellent retention and leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are toasted malt, chocolate malt, grassy hops. Tastes are chocolate malt, fresh hops, toasty grain, unexpected hint of pine, nice balance with a hoppy bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-medium, somewhat resiny, good carbonation. This was hoppier than expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice American Brown Ale.

Serving type: can

09-14-2012 04:15:35 | More by barnzy78
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Ego

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
half a finger of groovy white head, decent lacing, cloudy brown, not in the opaque realm, carb seems to run to the top in various speeds but does not clutter the glass, the head dissipates relatively quickly

nose...
good evening, hello hops
upfront hop-age with a malty roast tone blanket lying underneath, the hops lean pine with a hint of citrus but mostly on the herbal scale of things, there is just a smidge of caramel malt in there as well, definitely a pleaser, nothing stunning but really nice

mouth etc...
smooth drinking with active prickly carbonation, the mouthfeel is great, really makes this uber drinkable
the flavor is not hop destroyed which the nose might lead you to believe, the hops are in balance here, in fact everything is, you get a nice punch of bitter in the long run but mostly this is a smooth ride of malty slightly roasty medium bodied joy ride,

verdict?
sure, this is more bitter than many browns, and sometimes I can't stand when hops kill a style, that said... this one blends really nicely, a nice one for hop heads to enjoy and yet maybe you can slip this in among friends ... maybe <insert evil grin here>
kudos to 6point on this one

Serving type: growler

03-03-2013 04:55:20 | More by Ego
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light cola pour from the can appears a dark mahogany brown in the vessel. The head is 2 fingers plus, beach sand coloring, with a spongy and porous texture atop. Retention stays long, while a rush of effervesce quickly rises to the occasion beading up and rebuilding the head. Thick stratified frothy ring lacing condescends the vessel.

S: Nutty aroma, some spicy cola.

T: Dry nuttiness, cola and roasted chestnuts with some coffee are prominent on the open. Dry earthy bitterness, grey earl tea, deep malted tones add depth. Spicy cardamon, sweet dry nutty warming with a hint of woodsy hops, dry pine and underbrushing.

M: lively with carbonation, tingling and dancing on the tongue while a warm and dry nuttiness provides a powdery and alkaline like coating on departure.

O: Overall a beer that is intriquing with many layers of complexity when savored and slowly explored, yet just as enjoyable to drink in multiples just kicking back. 6 pack worthy. and yes i couldnt help but hum Mr. brownstone by gnr during drinking.

Serving type: can

03-14-2013 22:55:18 | More by beerthulhu
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy soft brown hue with a two finger creamy head. There was very good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Freshly baked bread comes to mind.

The taste was very interesting. A solid doughy backbone was highlighted with a candy like tartness. Nothing too crazy, just a little sweet tartness in the front of the mouth. The beer finished smooth. Very fresh tasting.

The mouthfeel was very clean.

I really enjoyed this brown ale. Very drinkable. Would be a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 00:55:03 | More by plaid75
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auntfloyd

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler filled at Bierkraft here in Brooklyn into a US pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany/reddish-brown with scant head. The smell is very bready and biscuity, with caramel and malt notes. The flavor is similar - slightly sweet with caramel flavor, with hints of fresh bread and a smooth bitter finish. The moouthfeel is fairly light, and drinkability is high.

This is an interesting brown ale, definitely something new, at least for me. The flavor is far less sweet than many brown ales (Dogfish Head or Avery), but also has a sort of bakery quality that I don't remember having before. It seemed a bit more "British" to me than most American Brown Ales. Good overall.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2006 00:38:50 | More by auntfloyd
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ; served in a pint

Pours a chilled brown with a fluffy, creamy tan head. Excellent retention and loads of lace.

The aroma was subtle but distinct. Fresh baked dark bread, citrus hops, brown sugar and toasted nuts.

Some light orange peel up front with a doughy, chewy bready middle. The finish was of brown sugar and slightly toasted nuts and a touch of smoke. As it warms, I get more and more molasses. Amazingly clean. The flavors are real bright.

Medium body, not overly thick by any means. A hearty flavor profile with adequate carbonation. Pretty damn smooth.

This is an easily sessionable brown ale. Hearty, flavorful and relatively low in abv.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 22:28:42 | More by ColForbinBC
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured dark brown in color with a thin head that disappeared very quickly.
S: There are light aromas of bready and sweet malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: Mild flavors of sweet caramel malts stand out in the taste, which also has notes of coffee and nuts. Bitterness from the hops is noticeably absent.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth. There isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and sessionable. It also goes very well with food, particularly a burger.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 12:19:59 | More by metter98
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice translucent brown color. A touch of red to it as well. A finger of white head with spotty lacing and good head retention.

S: I get some munich malt. Really nice malt complexity. A touch of roast. The freshness of the malt makes this nose for me.

T: Again they really let the malt shine on this one. Nice. Little bit of toffee and caramel. Nice sweetness as well. Sounds simple but they really got quite a bit of complexity out of it.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: One of the better examples of the style I have had. This is right there behind Kick Ass Brown and Bender for me. Very nice.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 00:35:01 | More by aerozeppl
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fizzy and creamy 1 finger head semi with creamy lacing fades slowly over hazy dark woody brown.

Nose is malty, today brown nutty malts, sweet caramelized brown sugar, molasses, toffee, creamy, some earthy and light herbal hops,

Taste is malty to start, toasty sweet brown malts, sweet caramelized brown sugar, molasses, little creamy, light herbal hops, light tobacco, light citrus floral hops, very interesting. Finishes a bit drier, lingering sticky malty flavor and some floral light herbal hops.

Mouth is med bodied good carb.

Drink is good, light little biter but a nice malty balance, sessionable, dry finish, little sticky though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 03:31:33 | More by jlindros
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Matt Torrey's in Brooklyn.

A dark brown beer with a small creamy head that tapers down to a wisp on top. Nearly opaque. Nice sheets of creamy lace cling to the glass. A floral hop aroma with a backbone of toasty malt. Flavor puts the toasted malts in front but it's also nicely hopped and grassy as Sixpoint beers tend to be. Creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Medium long finish with a solid blend of the hops and malt as it fades. Very well balanced between the two; definitely more hop forward that a traditional brown ale. Really enjoyed this. Another winner from Sixpoint!

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 14:31:54 | More by tobelerone
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Beer Authority. Very excited to see it on tap as I've wanted to try it for a while.

a - Pours a murky mud brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, burnt malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Ton of malts; very nice nose.

t - Tastes nuts, roasted malts, toasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, and some burnt malts. More nuts than the nose; again very malty and nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice brown ale. Ton of malts and nuts, and very easy to drink. Hope they can this one; would like to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 00:39:05 | More by mdfb79
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a shot to try brownstone in a can! I love brown ales that are not embodied with massive alcohol content

A- brownstone pours a copper brown body with massive frothy foam blasting the glass as it rises. Layers if frosting foam lay all over the glass. A hearty look for a brew, that looks inviting

S- a great combo of caramel malt that is nutty and slightly roasted with pure piney hops. Reminds memos kick ass brown from the pump station in Albany. The scent is truly full of flavor and hoppy as well

T- Malty caramel enrobed in nutty flavors that also happens to have that piney finish from perhaps the dry hopping. Lightly roasted but some sweet flavors are at the exit. Good taste

M- slightly light bodied but the flavor coates leaving a lasting impression

O- sixpoint does it again. Making an enjoyable brown ale that possesses a sweet maltiness with a desired piney hop finish. Thanks!

Serving type: can

08-25-2012 00:42:44 | More by lovindahops
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 01:38:30 | More by Mora2000
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownstone pint can (awesomeness) poured into my CBS snifter. Thanks Adam -

A: Dark caramel colored body with decent clarity and a light tan head with great spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Herbal hop notes, caramel and nutty aromas, brown malt base, mostly sweet without any real roasted presence.

T: Hops are more subdued here, very little perceivable bitterness on the palate, some caramel sweetness mixed with the nutty brown ale notes...hint of some woody & earthy notes and a faint flash of darker fruit.

MF: Creamy medium body, softer carbonation leads to a somewhat velvety mouthfeel.

O: Really pleasant brown, and a good one to pair with dessert. I did.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 14:09:41 | More by Scotchboy
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