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

I was hoping to score a CAN or two of this latest CANned offering from Sixpoint at The Fridge but to no avail. The Foodery (Northern Liberties) to the rescue! I stopped in shortly after they opened on Labor Day and lo and behold, Brownstone. Good on ya, boys! The CANQuest (TM) marches on!

From the CAN: "... and coming out of the brownstone house to the gray sidewalk, the watered street, one side of the buildings rises with the sun like a glistening field of wheat."; "Brownstone is our bedrock; the first fortress of Sixpoint. Mahogany malt and balanced bitterness is our home."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer is culture".

The first quote is from the poem, "Letter to N.Y." by Elizabeth Bishop. The Crack and Glug was from my kitchen. I could not invert the CAN, but the massive head that formed anyway created a cascading action as it fell away to become liquid. I had a dense two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention when all was said and done. Color was a reddish-brown with NE-quality clarity, but not deep enough in its shade to be called mahogany. Nose had a real hop presence to it, very pine-y, underlain by a slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops really presented up front, followed by a light chocolaty sweetness on the tongue. The finish was dry, mostly from the hops, but the extreme finish allowed me to experience the malt again. Once more, they are not doing things to style, but that suits me just fine.

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 4/26/2013. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbal, grapefruit, pine, chocolate, toast, orange zest, and slight nuttiness. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, grass, orange zest, chocolate, and light nuttiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, grass, biscuit, and light nuttiness on the finish for a bit. Pretty good flavor balance; but is very much hop forward with hardly any noticeable darker malts until after the finish. No cloying flavors or sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a farily creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a good brown ale. Could have use more prominent chocolate roasted flavors in my opinion; but was still nicely balanced and very drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

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

Six point's nite at the Blind Tiger in NYC, sampled a pint of this one first. Pours chocolaty brown and murky, Nose is faintly bready. Minimal white head was noticed and minor lacing was left on the glass. I picked up some caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains. This is a lightly hopped, medium bodied, pleasant and refreshing brew. Perhaps a tad thin in the flavor department, but still a decent sessioner.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hop Devil in NYC.

Ah, this reminds me of Surly Brewing's Bender, though a step behind. That's no knock at this beer. A borderline porter, this beer featured a rich, dry cocoa flavor with a slight roasted edge. Nice and dark like a porter too, but this is a case where style doesn't matter. This is just a tasty beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brownstone pops open with some ivory foam already formed in the CAN. Once out, the liquid takes on a shoe polish brown look with some red poking in at the sides. Not much of a cap, semi lacing.

Smell is fairly easy for a fairly simple beer, Brownstone does have pungent strength. This includes a boatload of English malt giving off nuts and slight toffee and grain. A nice hop presence from the dry hopping.

Taste starts off malty and nutty and well, that's pretty much it. But wait, English malt is just large in this. A bit of chocolate malt in there as well, maybe a pinch of cocco flavor/brown sugar. Brownstone is a str8 forward style with a str8 forward taste. No bells or whistles.

Feel is kinda nice and the carbonation is pretty lively for a brown. It just sort of goes down smooth like and there is no prick. For the style though, not everything needs to pop like that.

Brownstone is great beer and one I would take down with some BBQ, it seems like a great match. 6% leads to all day drinking.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real good head formation off the pour on this. Light tan head. Creamy, somewhat together with lots of retention and staying power. Body is a deep dark redish brown color with not much ability to see through it.

Bouquet on this is neutral for a brown ale. Malt action not so much, sugar sweetness or nuts, no. But there is a distinct aromatic hop on here, something akin to a mellow pine which seems to make a woody character nicely to a brown ale.

Taste is very light bodied, with a simple feel. Much of the flavor is in the aftertaste as to the mid palate, and very subtle. Light chocolate, light malts and a lingering mild hop astringency. Body makes with the lightness also, almost wet but luckily not too bad.

Overall an easy drinking brown, with some light flavors. Something in my gut tells me this on tap or nitro would make it sing.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice huge two finger off-white creamy head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight chocolate, and caramel. The taste is malty, and a nice chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice/different brown ale, recommended.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark caramel amber with a large, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, faintly nutty, citrusy

T - caramel, big citrusy hop character, mild piny bitterness, an underlying nuttiness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is really a nice beer. It has the hallmarks of a traditional brown ale with big caramel notes and a faint nuttiness. This beer, however, brings a big hop punch with an intense citrus character and solid, balanced bitterness. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, slightly muddled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white surface coating. Aromas of hazelnut sweetness, with a creamy undertone. The nose is not overpowering, but it is inviting. Flavors are very rich and extremely roasty. Wow...the aromas lull you into a false sense of passiveness, and then you get a fire-roasted nut sweetness and richness, followed by sharp characteristics from both the thin, carbonated body as well as the lingering charcoal highlights. Some candied sweet characteristics build slowly as you continue to drink, but the rich and roasty carry you through the whole brew. The body is light, and remains able to support the robust flavors. Slick, clean finish with only the slightest short-lived linger of sweet. Solid brown.

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug. Best before March 2013.

Appearance: medium tawny brown with a moderately heavy haze. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lace. Pretty good!

Smell: rich and complex malt aroma with caramel and toastiness which change character over time; a good dose of earthy hops is also present. I like it.

Taste: again, toasty and caramelly malt character which seems a bit sweeter than in the aroma. Hops are earthy and a little bit herbal and are more intense than the aroma. Bitterness is on the high side for the style, but altogether it works pretty well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and a concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a bit bitter for a brown ale, even an American one; still, quite drinkable and definitely worth having again.

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