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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 412
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a medium-toned brown body with a slim, paper thin, tan head.

Smell: Pithy, resinous top note from the hoppier elements. Muted brown sugar, nuts, ashen roast, and ineffusive chocolate powder.

Taste: Earthy, roasted nuts. Very low hint of brown sugar, even lesser hint of cocoa powder. Some ashy soot, molasses. Never much sweetness present. Resinous, citric hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Light nutty, roasty flavors, as well as some sustained, scraping resins on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely), feels a little hollow. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A muddled hop-forward brown ale that, even with the addition of extra hops, still feels bland and lifeless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 16:07:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a dimpled mug.

A- beautiful color. Not the greatest head retention I've ever seen, but it does look nice in the mug

S- a little alkalinity on the nose at first, but it dissipates after a few sips. Then all I smell is sweet bread and malts.

T- sweet on the tongue with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Very smooth

M- feels great in my mouth. Very sessionable. Does not wreck my palete. Overall an awesome brown ale!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 00:47:46 | More by Budinetz
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dar482

New York

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is light brown with a decent amount of foamy head.

It has a good brown malt flavor, but it is a bit short on the flavor. It's soft and drinkable, but nothing very exciting. It's a decent brown ale, but nothing I'd go crazy over. I don't generally care for brown ales without the load of flavor that this lacks.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 05:41:29 | More by dar482
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY.

Deep, ruby brown color with a one-finger white head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Caramel sweetness in the aroma with noticable floral hop bitterness. Flavor consisted of a roasted malt backbone and doughy yeast. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 19:23:44 | More by Jacobob10
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a clear, dark brown with orange throughout. Creamy head eventually drops to a chunky film and leaves great lacing behind.
Smell is malt, hops, grass, herbal. Hop presence stronger than I prefer though as an American brown I guess that is to be expected.
Taste is malt and hops with a slight vinegar note and some grass. A nuttiness develops in the aftertaste with some evergreen.
Medium bodied with a medium effervescence leads to a clean, dry finish.
Overall a good beer but definitely more hop forward than an English brown (and my preference).

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 17:05:34 | More by PorterLambic
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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are a nice balance of dark brown sugar and breadiness. There is a hop presence here but I am having a hard time determining a variety. A touch of earthiness/woodiness and of course some nuttiness.

The taste follows the nose with a good balance of the brown sugar, molasses and breadiness; there is some caramel sweetness there as well. The nuttiness is more noticeable here and there is a a hit of bitter burnt nutty flavor at the end. A mild aftertaste of campfire smoke. The hops are quite forward and much more so than I remember first sampling in a growler about a year ago before Sixpoint even started canning their beers.

The mouthfeel is toward the lighter side with some lingering carbonation on the tongue. Finish is quite bitter and more hoppy than I would prefer in my brown ales.

Overall this is a good offering from Sixpoint, but just like all their recent can releases, I enjoyed their beers a lot more back when everything was draft only. Not enough malt to balance the emerging hoppy bitterness which ruins the overall flavor profile for me here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 21:43:28 | More by claspada
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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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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Beer Authority.

Sixpoint's Brownstone pours a nice chestnut brown. About two fingers of just off white foam caps the beer, displaying some nice head retention. A decent amount of lacing is left around the glass. The nose has a dry, roasty chocolate aroma, buttressed by a somewhat intense spicy-herbal note. Bitter dark chocolate shows up in the flavor as well, but some nuttiness adds a bit of malt complexity that the nose was lacking. The bitterness that comes through next is definitely on the restrained side. The hop finish is much more bold, with lots of herb and spice flavors showing up. The body is just a bit on the dry side for a brown ale, especially given that it's paired with a mildly assertive carbonation. I enjoyed my glass of Brownstone, but the slightly lackluster malt presence makes it come across as what one might imagine a brown IPA would be rather than a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 21:34:17 | More by axeman9182
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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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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy brown with little head. However, there was some fine lacing on the glass along the way.

The nose is bready and a bit hoppy. The upfront flavor is nutty like a classic brown, but thinner than a top-tier version of this style. There is also some caramel in the flavor. The roasted bitterness on the finish was quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 05:52:18 | More by 57md
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown body. No lacing.

S: nutty, coffee, bread.

T: Very solid taste, with good coffee and chocolate undertones. Very little bitterness.

M: Not highly carbonated.

O: Very good brown ale, challenges the style, and Six Point continues to impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 18:45:36 | More by seanwhite
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Brownstone has a brown body, which is what I would expect from the name. The tan head is pretty solid-looking and it does leave some nice lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of fruity, hoppy and malty. Seems to be very balanced.

Brownstone is a nice sipper. Notes of fruit with hints of pepper come through, and it makes me think that some sort of Belgian yeast was thrown in this one, but I could be wrong about that. The hops come next, bringing a good deal of bitterness and lots of earthy flavors with perhaps a touch of citrus. The malt is rich, with dry chocolate flavors, lightly toasted malt and toffee.

Nice, substantial body with slightly creamy feel to it.

I'm a Sixpoint fan, and this one is no exception. It has a little bit of everything in it, with an interesting balance of malt, hops, and yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 01:37:54 | More by Hojaminbag
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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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OutFox

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 17:37:17 | More by OutFox
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oline73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with some off white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Nutty with mildly sweet malt. There is a bready quality along with some roast.

Taste: Great body from the malt. Nutty with a mildly bitter finish. Quite smooth and really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky and dry.

Overall: A really nice brown alt. The malt backbone was great and the hops complimented it well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 11:32:21 | More by oline73
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bangelos80

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on tap at gingerman, nyc. Poured a nice dark brown with roughly a fingers worth of head. Great taste of malty roastiness in the mouth and very smooth tasting. Tasted like a surly furious and bender put together in a delicious pint of beer. Would definitely have it again and again. Another solid brew from sixpoint!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 02:43:38 | More by bangelos80
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milk chocolate brown in color with a muddy appearance. Poured with a steady off white head that leaaves a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Roasted malt, toffee and spicy herbal hop aromas, a bit smokey. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. This didn't seem to fit any specific style guideline, but it was like a cross between an esb and brown ale. Roasted malt and toffee flavors up front with spicy herbal hops being added through the middle and to the end. Roasted malt flavors transition to coffee at the finish which is fairly dry. Certainly have never has anything quite like this before.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 16:40:11 | More by IronLover
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 10:26:08 | More by erosier
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brystmar

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: brown and hazy through the restaurant's water glass. 1.5 fingers of tannish head leave strong lace behind.

S: surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Some roasted malts in the mix too, but the floral, earthy hops dominate. An interesting and welcome departure.

T: a strong rush of hops and malt greets you upon the first sip. Bitter and dry throughout, finishes with lingering bitterness. Wish it were more malty and less hoppy. Doesn't have enough traditional brown ale base or stray far enough in one direction to warrant the "unique take on the ___ style" moniker.

M: big body and well-carbonated. Works well with what's here.

D: easy to drink, but it suffers the same fate as most American brown ales: it's boring. The addition of hops might seem prudent on paper, but this implementation just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 22:23:47 | More by brystmar
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SirBenton

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Ginger Man in down town New York. Brown ales might be a new favorite# so smooth and so much flavor!

Pours a deep rich brown with a small amout of red tint. The head was at least a thumb tall and a gorgeous off white color. The smell was very different from the last brown I had and was malty with a nice espresso finish; there was also somethig very different I could not place. The taste of this beer was amazingly balanced. Chocolate and espresso migle great with a nice malty and barley or grainy flavor very well. I love how smoth this beer goes down and how the flavors mix so well! This is a great beer. Get it whenever you can!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 04:27:01 | More by SirBenton
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin off-white head. I could still see through the glass. The nose was roasted malt with some light chocolate notes. Tastes is toasted and faint chocolate. A malty sweet body but with a good hop kick. There was a lot of zesty hops over the malt that left a dryness which complimented the toasted/roasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 22:02:36 | More by DrinkingDrake
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feylure

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks good, cloudy brown and carbonated quite well.

It smells great. Extremely sweet with notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

The taste is lacking. All the sweet malt flavors come upfront in the beginning of the taste and quickly go away with the carbonation in the middle. This ends up giving it a more light mouth feel. The tail is almost a confused and conflicted sweet taste.

I wonder if it's a bad batch or tap that I got it from. Looking over the other reviews, I feel like I should have loved this brew, but I don't see myself having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 20:41:54 | More by feylure
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CHickman

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 04:03:47 | More by CHickman
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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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SkunkWorks

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, reddish brown with two fingers of fluffy, egg shell white head. Great lacing is left behind.

Smell: the malt really stands out with caramel, hints of chocolate, and a bit of earthy hops.

Taste: follows the nose with a good amount of chocolate, some caramel, some brown sugar, and some roastiness without straying into the realm of porter. Balanced nicely with some earthy hops. Very solid brown ale flavor.

Feel: fairly light, crisply carbonated.

Drink: very easy drinking. One could session this if one wanted to.

Overall, this is a very solid brown and a great beer from Sixpoint. This is my first Sixpoint beer and its giving me something to look out for. I'll be trying any Sixpoints I see on tap from now on. Worth a try if browns are your thing. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 16:44:54 | More by SkunkWorks
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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.