Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 48
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005

Our bedrock Brown Ale, and one of the first beers ever brewed by Sixpoint. A smooth, malty trip down a hop-lined Brooklyn street.
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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Rattle and Hum NY. Poured a dark brownish red. good head retention, minor lacing. Faint smell of malt. smooth tasting, somewhat malty with a nice strong finish. no bitterness at all. a fairly drinkable beer, certainly a nice alternative to the macro brewed irish reds.

Photo of Umbra
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several taps while playing pool in the back of the Brooklyn Social Club. Poured a dark copper hued brwon with a finger of off-white head. Not too much retention, but keep lacing throughout.

Biscuit and malt aroma.

Though there is some good nutty/biscuit maltiness backbone, this one leads with a smack of hops on the front end. Like choco finish with a lingering hop crispness.

Light medium mouthfeel that leads to its drinkability going up. Had 4-5 easily.

Great example of what one would define as an "american brown," being complex enough to have a great mix of both. Would love to have this one available near me.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the House of Brews on the West 46th. Served at correct temperature. Brownish red color and thin offwhite head. Sweet and raisn aromas. Flavors were hoppy and sweet malts. Smooth and silky. Ultra drinkable, the perfect session. One of the better Sixpoint ales.

Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, freshness date on the bottom.

LOOK: cloudy mahogany, sticky two fingers of tan head, lots of lacing and retention. Great. True to its name.

SMELL: Ample, up front hop resin, followed by milder bread, and spicy, caramel, faint orange peel, herbs, hay, and salty boardwalk.

TASTE: Very hoppy in a dry, resinous way, more than any brown ale, I've yet had, then it's smooth, toasted, chocolate, with wet hop bitter finish... also notes of pepper, orange rind, nuts, alcohol, with a dry, excellent finish.

FEEL: Perfect, dry, appetizing. Try at cellar temp for a real treat!

Feels and tastes like new york waterfront of 1900s. First rate, maybe top US Brown ale!

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, 1/2 creamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugars, bready with some hops.

Taste - Mild roasted malts with some bitter hops. More hoppy then expected, lots of bready flavors. A dry lemon flavor also comes out. A nice amount of brown sugars and mollasses sweeten this brew up some.

Mouthfeel - Its light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets caramel malts and bitter hops, palate gets remaining malts and hops with some sugars. Aftertate is light, malty and bitter.

Overall - Nice smooth and flavorfull. More hoppy then most brown ales ive had. Still its balanced well, has nice bitterness along with sweetness. Great affordable price, good flavor, worth a drink for sure.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness,

Photo of OutFox
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at on tap at The 12th Street Ale House in NYC.

A - Thick dark Labrador brown. Slightly off white head that he's decent retention and lacing.

S - Smells like a good ass brown ale. Roasted malt, a little sweet in the nose but I think it smells a little hoppy.

T - I got a good amount of hops at the finish. Really pleasant. Before the hop finish good roasted malt and a slight sweetness which is good.

M - Rich, not overly thick. Coats the palate quite well and lingers with a good taste.

O - Solid brown ale. Like the sort of hop character. Another solid offering from Sixpoint.

Photo of Tschnab
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very murky brown, can't see through it at all due to the cloudiness. Khaki head a fingerhigh with moderate lace.

S- very light coffe and chocolate, but mostly the smell is of toasty grain, bread, malt, and fragrant citrusy hops. Actually the coffee comes through more as the beer warms. Smells delicious.

T- Very bready, very nutty, great balance between malt and hop. Bitter chocolate and coffee shine on the finish. This is a sipper due to its huge flavor, but it is quite tasty.

O- Awesome brown ale. I really like brown ales like this, the ones that have stout-like characteristics but also have a good hop presence and sweet nuttiness.

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

A: Pours a dark brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation along the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized very thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and some caramel malts sweetness. There is a light citrus hop presence that disappears as the beer warms up.

T: The flavor of the beer starts with a body of sweet caramel malts and just a hint of bready malt. There are some notes of coffee and nuts along with a light citrus hop bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable - I could easily have a couple of these in an evening. The beer is enjoyable and pairs well with foods, from pub fare to upscale. The flavor profile seems to have shifted just a bit (with a little hop presence) since this moved to a year round offering in cans.

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

(From notes)

A - Deep coppery brown; hints of orange around the edges. Thinnish off-white head. Great spiderweb lacing.

S - Sweetish maltiness, with light fresh yeasty bread/biscuity aromas.

T - Great maltiness for the style, with bittersweet chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish

M - Thinner MF, but within what would be expected for the style. Not at all watery, and muted carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable, and has made a fine session brew for me on many occasions. Great flavors, but very well balanced really makes this a high score for me.

Overall, this is a fine take on what can be a blander style from other breweries. Maintained a great deal of complexity for the style, and that really makes it stand out. Recommended.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 u2carew
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can
A) Pours with a two finger head. Sticky lacing on the drink down. Fairly clear mahogany colored body.
S) Noticeable hop aroma - quite fragrant. Piney. Hints of caramel.
T) Hoppy brown. Bold hop bite upfront followed by tasty caramel malts. Toasty. Slight smoky notes. A hoppy finish, but not as powerful as the upfront.
M) Crisp. Medium light body.
O) A fantastic take on a brown ale. A great brew. I'll be drinking more.

Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy and dark brown in color with a small tan head. Decent head retention and sporadic lacing.

Fairly restrained aroma that is biscuity with caramel, nut, and light chocolate roast malt.

Nice malty flavor - slightly sweet with caramel, toasted bread, mild coffee, nuts, and a touch of chocolate nibs. Nuttiness gets more pronounced, which along with the roasted malts and mild hops does a great job of balancing the sweetness. Finishes a little bitter with a quickly fading aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and a little chewy. Very satisfying and drinkable. Brown Ales are not my thing, but this was a very tasty and sessionable one.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sunset Grill in Allston...

Deep chestnut/mahogany body. Single-finger head is rather ephemeral actually.

Nose predominantly of toffee and a little bit of dried fruits. I'm guessing dates at this point.

Clean-tasting with a good husky dark malt backbone. Hop character is slightly floral - maybe a little pininess in there as well.

Palate feel for this one is quite enjoyable - typically comforting for a brown session ale - nothing breaking out to disrupt balance.

I could enjoy a few of these in a session - strong effort indeed.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a delicious Brown Ale! I hesitantly cracked open a can a year past the best by date and it still has a wonderful, juicy hop aroma and great carbonation.

A: a maroon-ish brown when held up to the light with a pleasant lively head

S: smells delicious! Biscuity malts mixed with a juicy, citrusy hop aroma that reminds me of spring. I associate Brown ales with Autumn, but the hops in this one are completely warm weather-esque.

T: biscuity malts with some aluminum, likely due to being past the enjoy by date. Light with some citrus, coffee, and clove. Maybe even a hint of rosemary or thyme. This has a well-balanced bitterness

M: perfectly bubbly and biting. Smooth and drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.0% ABV, 45 IBUs, 21 SRM, Best before 26APR2013

A - Rich ruby mahogany in color, Brownstone pours clear with a tall tan head. The firm pile of foam lowers slowly, collapsing around the perimeter but leaves whispy-to-chunky lace left on the pint for a sexy appeal!

S - Brownstone has a pleasant balance to the nose from the very beginning. Dry toasted bread is drizzled with zig-zagging strings of melted caramel and served up to combat the hoppy nose. Delicate pine and wood earthiness keep with the brown ale theme while a faint ale yeast fruitiness of plum and fig closes the aroma out.

T - Brownstone loses some of the aroma's more intricate complexities but replaces them with other interesting and unique traits. Toast and caramel sweetness linger with a lightly roasted coffee bean flavor that all overcomes the faint pine and woody hoppiness.

M - Smooth to the last drop, Brownstone is a medium bodied brown ale with a dry bite and crisp hoppy lingering bitterness but the finish feels just a little bit thin with a touch of alcohol poking through.

O - An easy drinking brown ale, Brownstone is crisp and clean with great malt and hop balance for an understated result. Sixpoint packs in delicate nuances which prevail when contemplating it's nature but are comfortable being lost in it's drinkability.

Photo of drperm
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Floyd's in Brooklyn (the home of the indoor Bocce court!).

After a week of beer anemia in the Caribbean (Wadadli and Red Stripe, with my only relief being a single bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra), I was ready to hit up some quality brews as I passed through NYC on my way home. Sixpoint Brownstone not only fit the bill, it made my day.
This is a brown ale to inspire odes. Perfectly balanced, lovely to look at (in a dark or dim room, hold a candle behind the glass -- it shimmers a beautiful red-brown), and a joy to sip.
It flirts with being too sweet, but then a follow-through of hop bitterness saves the day.
It begins sharply on the tongue, but the lingering aftertaste is heavenly -- I believe I stated that I would be loathe to brush my teeth that night, for fear of losing the Brownstone finish in my mouth.
Worth a trip to Brooklyn!

Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Black Rabbit

A-pours a very dark brown almost porter like. Creamy rich head tops it.

S-mild odor. Slight roated malt

T-dark choclate covered raisins with an underlying bitterness very full roasted flavour. With hints of coffee as well. Slightly sweet but with good balance. The complexities continue as it warms.

M-Medium body with a slightly above avg carbonatoon for style

D-This is just a great brown ale. I get this whenever I see it on tap. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a sixteen ounce can.

Pours chestnut brown, good 1/4 inch white foam. Fluffy on top. Malty caramel nose. Vanilla too. Rich malty refreshing taste. Light bitter hop in the close. Subtle balanced sweetness. Halfway between a pale and a brown. Flavorful. Really good.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some nice caramelized malts, a big floral hop aroma, and some spices.
T: Tastes of a nice mix of roasted, toasted, and caramelized malts, some grapefruit, floral hops and some citrus hops at the end.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, and a bit dry at the end.
D: Overall it was a pretty tasty and interesting take on the beer, well worth a try.

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fraunce's Tavern. It pours wonderfully with a gargantuan off-white head that quickly settled down to a nice thin lace. The smell was bready but I got a lot coffee and caramel notes in there too. One of my friends was nursing it but I found it highly drinkable and tasty. I had quite a few. This is another great brew from the guys at Sixpoint.

Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review from 3/17/2011: pours chestnut brown in color with bubbles racing up the brew and a small creamy brown head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; nice looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit and cinnamon; really nice hoppy aroma, which surprised me as I expected a nut brown ale aroma based on the name.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, wet bread, cereal, pepper, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit, light lemon and cinnamon; brew has a slight hoppy bite with some heat, but is very tasty and much hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium body and a slight dry finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer which pleasantly surprised me with the huge hop presence.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

another attempt to beat the heat. what could be more refreshing than a nice brown ale? pours a very solid dark brown. par for the sixpoint course, this beer looks foreboding in a serious way. looking at it makes me sweat more. creamy and thin coating of cottony foam. uniform lacing. looks like a homemade root beer. aroma is dominated by a bitter nuttiness with a mild hint of aromatic hops. more traditional nose, very fresh hints of soft-baked pretzel. wow, this is a smooth beer. slides down the throat like silk, emitting more of that roasted nut flavor as well as a touch of botanical green hoppiness. malt character isn't too thick or overbearing, but rather buttery and velvety. finishes bitter but not oppressive with a nougat flavor and some wheat bread. beery and delicious.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at RedBones in Somerville 1/20/10

A: This beer pours a deep amber somewhat ruby color with no head.

S: Nose is of caramel and heavy toffee, hint of hazlenut, and toasted malts.

T: Taste is awesome rich caramel up front - true caramel not caramel malts and brown sugar. Toffee, a hint of alochol, and roasted malts on the back end with a bit of fruitiness. Finish is a nice muted floral hop flavoring.

M: Light side of medium body, low carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Tasty and goes down remarkably easy. This is one to sit with for an evening.

Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.