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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

430 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 12 | 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 ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ystazi, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

thebigredone, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

facundoCNB, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of brystmar
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.

brystmar, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +2.6%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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

BEERMILER12, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

wvsabbath, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

TheBrewo, Apr 26, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

socon67, Jul 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

DeutschesBier, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Localdrinklax, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

farrago, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SkinniePost, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, Sep 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mpalestino, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

schoolboy, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Espresso brown body with hints of mahogany red-brown when held up to the light. Thin off white head. No lacing. Decent retention.

S: Caramel. Coffee. Nuttyness. Bread.

T: Almost porter like. Rich coffee and chocolate dominate over a bready/nutty base. Very little bitterness. Pleasant, if not a bit odd in combination.

M: A bit oily. Lacking in some carbonation. But otherwise smooth in flavor transitions.

D: All things considered... not too shabby. It does lack compared to some of the other Sixpoint brews i've had.

callmemickey, Mar 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

sirsteve42, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pint sized can into pint glass. best before APR 25 2013.

A: very light brown hue, almost a dark orange. hazy. brownish/white head is frothy, one-finger. retention stands tall, recedes to a rim.

S: chestnuts. apricots. mild toffee. brown sugar. a slightly Belgian dubbel-like aroma in my opinion.

T: fruity, nutty, and sweet. I getting some sort of woody flavor in there as well. something in the middle of the body gives me a salt-like flavor as well. finishes with some lingering sweetness that tries to cloy.

M: I find this body on the lighter side of medium. moderate amount of carbonation.

D: good flavors, but a little muddled in my opinion. these guys have some better brews out there that I would recommend over Brownstone.

Jimmys, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy with Best Before 26APR2013 stamped on the bottom of the can. Good amount of lacing. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of frothy head. Almost looks like a glass of coke. Aromas of citrus hops, nuts, pine, earth and malts. Taste is citrus hops, caramel malts, earthiness and nuts. Actually has a bit of a cola taste to it. Floral at the end. Bubbly, light mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Sixpoint does it again.

PicoPapa, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kew, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MattXT, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of erosier
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.

erosier, Jul 19, 2011
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.