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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

177 Reviews

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 55
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 tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brownstone from Sixpoint was a nice beer I tried at the local Tap House & Grill. The beer poured a clear brownish amber with 1/2 finger thick white head that left a nice lacing. The smell was faint but carried biscuit and malt. The taste was a smooth well balanced Brown that was easily sessionable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a good brown and worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
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!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some caramel. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some caramel, tasty and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable and solid beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 16 oz. can stamped on the bottom with: Best Before 26 Apr 2013. Sampled on March 13, 2013.

This pours a handsome looking brown color with a big, puffy cream colored head the sits on top for the session. There is a slight cloudiness giving it that home brew feel.

The short description for the aroma is sweet but the characters are malts, nuts, and a mellow, subtle earthy hop note tickling my nose.

The body is medium with a touch of acidity.

Up front the taste is alive with sweet, flavorful malts, caramel as it warms, and a low to moderate hop bitterness on the tail end that gently goes to sleep as you finish it off. This is the kind of brown ale that I like.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got "Mr.Brownstone" by Guns N Roses going through my head thanks to this beer.

As one would expect, it's a nice mild brown color with a frothy head. Not BROWN but not brown either.

After it settles, I pick out a faint hint of sweet malt and not much else in the nose. You don't need hops in a brown ale. It's not sickly sweet.

It is what it is. Sweet with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. There are still hops but they compliment rather than overwhelm the palate.

Lingering sweet brown sugar and cocoa make up the mouthfeel. The carbonation level should be dialed down a bit but otherwise, easy going, easy drinking.

Check this out if you want a simple, drinkable brown ale that you can also take to the beach or public gatherings where glass is forbidden.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snagged a single for $2.69 at Vintage Estates.

A - A nice deep clear brown hue with a 1/4 inch of head that seems to settle into a mild lace ring.
S - rather hoppy for a brown ale, citrus hops, brown malt, and some chocolate notes.
T - Quite good as other said the taste grows on you. Not too sweet or bitter just fruity with the house yeast, some brown malts, and a splash of citrus hops in the finish. Has mild roasty tones.
M - Quite light for a brown ale still kind of chewy and moderately filling.
Overall I would get this again it's a pretty solid brown ale.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light. Nice frothy, beige head holds excellent retention and leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are toasted malt, chocolate malt, grassy hops. Tastes are chocolate malt, fresh hops, toasty grain, unexpected hint of pine, nice balance with a hoppy bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-medium, somewhat resiny, good carbonation. This was hoppier than expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice American Brown Ale.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with cap of off white head, mix of dense and fluffy big bubbles, decent lacing. Scent is as murky as its appearance, earthy, bready and musty with touches of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is a bit more clean with a blend of carmel, chocolate, butterscotch, light molasses, brown sugar and damp earth, notes of dark roasted nuts and coffee. Medium bodied, smooth and lighter carbonation. Sort of a watered down version of DFH Indian Brown, some underlying bold notes that dont quite force themselves through the taste profile.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ; served in a pint

Pours a chilled brown with a fluffy, creamy tan head. Excellent retention and loads of lace.

The aroma was subtle but distinct. Fresh baked dark bread, citrus hops, brown sugar and toasted nuts.

Some light orange peel up front with a doughy, chewy bready middle. The finish was of brown sugar and slightly toasted nuts and a touch of smoke. As it warms, I get more and more molasses. Amazingly clean. The flavors are real bright.

Medium body, not overly thick by any means. A hearty flavor profile with adequate carbonation. Pretty damn smooth.

This is an easily sessionable brown ale. Hearty, flavorful and relatively low in abv.

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Photo of dar482
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, big nutty middle, hops towards the end, and caramel throughout

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This is one of the more complex brown ales I have had. I know there is a flavor in there I cannot put my hand on. The nuttiness is there to match some other sweet flavors. Great brew, wish I could find this in bottles.

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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a medium brown in color with an orange hue to it, Brownstone forms a creamy, thick head about two fingers tall with great retention that leaves lacing thickly and impressively, from the two-finger broad ring to the chunky patching the rest of the way down the glass.
A hop-forward brown? Why not? This one showcases it from the get-go. There's a malt support with a note of roast and a hint of dark chocolate underneath, but really hops form the foundation. Leafy, citrus and floral notes with a bit of pine, they come out over the malts, which proceed to add a bit of toast and, particularly in the flavor, a nuttiness going into the finish.
Both smooth and crisp, there's a good feel to this medium-bodied beer, which has more going for it than most browns. It's not thick, by any means, but it possesses a depth most in this typically middle-of-the-road style don't. It's also a pretty dry feel, but not too abrasive, as the malts sitting beneath the hops add their own, just enough sweetness to keep it from chalky and make it great.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a creamy, lingering beige mousse.

S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla bean, and mild, earthy ale hops quickly reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, and herbs balance notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, brown butter, leather, heavy cream, and treacle. The finish is nicely balanced and pleasantly smooth, presenting a respectable integration of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herb, and mild citrus notes.

M: Medium-to-full in body and smooth. Carbonation is crisper than average for the style. Very drinkable.

O: A good brown ale. Really easy drinking and with enough complexity to warrant revisiting.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been in the fridge for a few weeks, time to review this one. Always pumped for some Sixpoint.

A- Poured out of the can into a pint glass for reviewing purposes. Body is pretty much straight brown with a one-finger, foamy off-white head that has decent retention. A small ring leaves impressive webs of lace down the glass.

S- Definite use of nutty, toasted malts here give this brown ale less of a roasty feel but more of a traditional Brown Ale nose. Some buttery, caramel and dark fruit hints round it out.

T- When it comes to Brown Ales there can be a large variety of malts to enhance the flavor. This one leans toward the caramel, toasted and nutty side of things. Certainly some roast malts in here but not enough to lend big porter-like flavors. Hops are noticeable with earthy, spicy and floral hints. Some yeast bread, dark fruit and spicy hints balance it all out.

MF- A moderately thick body with a creamy, somewhat foamy overall feel. Carbonation is nice and silky at a medium level. Spicy, lower-end hop bitterness in the finish.

Solid brown-ale without having to use a heavy bill of roast malts. Instead it relies on good use of nutty and toasted malts which is certainly nice for a change.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can picked up locally, best before april 26 2013...enjoyed from a sixpoint spice of life snifter.

a - brew poured a deep opaque chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. the glass boasted a full 3 fingers of head that left massive milkshake like lacing as it dissolved. the creamy head hung there for the trip though.

s - nice brown sugar malts with some nutty vibe. some unpleasant metallic undertones are present though. beyond the bad metallic notes it really is spot on.

t - thankfully the metal notes on the nose are invisible in the taste. big robust flavor. nuttiness. brown sugar. malt dominant with a hint of roast and toast. great sweetness. the way a brown ale aught to be.

m - big and bold. leaves an odd finish. definite soda like notes.

o - overall, sixpoint has been a big hit or miss brewery for me, this one falls more on the hit side than the miss side, but i'm not a fan of this one in the way i was of crisp or righteous or apollo, but this is definitely up there. this is certainly a brewery to watch as they are maturing and refining their process, their beers are solid. they had an incredible reputation when draft only and they are starting to come into their own learning from the canning process. i wouldn't write off any of their beers upon first taste as they are worth checking out each batch as they are taking feedback and tweaking. this is a solid brown with some unique notes in the flavor.

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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.