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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

439 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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 Keith_R
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint's newest year-round canned beer. Best Before 26APR2013

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of sudsy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some roasted malts, earthy hops, and very light coffee notes are the highlights. Not much else behind that

T: Follows the nose. Lightly roasted malts, very earthy, light coffee and bitterness into the finish. Simple, but good

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth

O: Not a very complex beer, but a nice easy drinker especially at 6%. The 16 oz. can is another plus too. Definitely worthy of their newest year-round addition. Reminiscent of DFH's IBA, for comparisons sake

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 morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Brendan Behan in JP. Served in a pint glass. Extremely dark brown color. Whispy white head, with decent lacing. Smelled like malt and baker's chocolate. Taste was very appealing. Malt, cocoa, molasses all hit the taste buds. And the body was on the thick side, which I love, because that's the way a good brown ale should be: hearty but drinkable. Very smooth going down. A nice find at a surprising bar.

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an unmarked nonic. The beer showed a dark brown color, with lightness around the edges. A one finger light brown head showed great retention, leaving light bubbly sheets of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment was noted. The aroma had notes of almond nuttiness and lightly toasted, but deeply complex, chocolate malts. A clean earthy hop and faint vanilla were there for balance. Our first impression was that this was quite a hoppy brown ale. As we sipped, the first thing noted was a robustly even and floral hop quality, giving a light fruity sweetness. Coffee malts crashed in for a metallic but smooth balance. The middle followed through with the malts, giving lactic sourness at the peak. The hops also continued, becoming a bit more grassy and metallic themselves. We ended on more bittering notes of coffee malts, and more of the same simple hops. Sweetness was of chocolate covered malt balls helped to cut. The aftertaste breathed of dark chocolate and coffee malts, raw cocoa, earthen hops, faint booziness, and red winey nuttiness. The body was thin, with a watery feel throughout, and carbonation was light. There was little cream or slurp, but with decent smack. The mouth is left cooled and wet, with slight puckering coming with the final bitterness of flavor. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how hoppy it was. These made for a really great balance with those bittering malts. The malts in themselves were complex and dry, but we wished they were a bit more potent in both the nose and the flavoring. This beer was a nice complement to our shepherd’s pie and vinegar fries.

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 sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

clean brown/reddish pour, lots of lacing, fluffy 2 fingers of head.
smells of bitter hops, chocolate, coffee.
a refreshing subtle brown ale.. slightly bitter up front with chocolatey/malty sweetness in the finish.
light body + .. leaning towards medium body from the creamy feel on the lips.

a great beer from sixpoint. the cans are usually hit or miss, this one is a solid go-to much like the crisp.

Photo of brystmar
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

I am a big Sixpoint fan. This is another example of why. Every style from them has been a winner and near top of class.

This brown ale is nicely balanced with a bit less sweet and more hops than typical. It has a great, fresh aroma and a lovely taste and aftertaste. It looks great in a glass, and it seems to transport well (I dragged this one with me to Moline IL on the banks of the Mississippi). Great stuff.

Photo of farrago
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average finger’s worth of tan foam, moderate dimpling across the surface, disappears steadily but final retention near the surface is very good, not much lacing to speak of. Hazy brown liquid with a strong orange influence, almost looks like rusty water, very active carbonation throughout. The nose does a good job of creating an even spit between sweeter chocolate, toffee crunch, cola bean notes and an earthier, grassier hop presence, almost metallic or minerally at times, nothing here has too much cutting punch to it while also stays firm, maybe could soak in a bit more for added length. Medium-bodied, comes on quickly with carbonated churn in the mouth which likely keeps it drying than otherwise might be. So-so richness to the cocoa, malt, caramel, coffee bean flavors, not a lot of roast but there is decent yeastiness in a dry powder form. Less earthy and minerally here, about same level of herbaceousness with a run up in pine and grapefruit pith. No real fruit flavors. Curiously, sweeter colder than as it warms. Extends the finish well without sacrificing freshness, the bitterness could be ratcheted back.

Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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