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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 411
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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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am NOT a fan of brown ales, as I find most of them warrant a fork & knife to be ingested. That being said, this beer blew my mind. Appearance is standard for a brown ale; deep mahogany, with a thin tan head, and fair lacing. The smell yielded notes of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, toffee, and piney hops. The flavor was amazing; first the malty/sweetness hits you, then the hop essence blends in, and then it finishes with a roasted nut flavor that is not overpowering. I even detected the piney hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel, in my mind, was the best part...this was a medium-bodied brown ale, that felt adequately carbonated, easy on the palate, and VERY drinkable. The only sessionable brown ale that I've ever come across. I've butted heads with some friends over some of Sixpoint's offerings, but this, the Bengali IPA, and the Apollo Wheat really won me over. I'll try any new beer these guys concoct.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 06:11:54 | More by donniecuffs
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m1ked

California

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

Growler from the Bowery WF...as usual

A- As it pours out of the growler, it looks like root beer. Once in my Pizza Port pint glass it is opaque at the center with mahogany/garnet edges. Had a healthy mocha colored foamy head that seemed to grow down, as opposed to overflowing- it fades with minimal lacing.

S- A nice balance of dark (brown) sugar and breadiness. Nothing too strong here, but nice. A touch of woodiness, and nut.

T- Like the nose, a good balance of the brown sugar/molasses & breadiness- there is some sweetness there, but not too sweet. The nutty flavor is more noticeable, and there is a a hit of bitter burnt nutty flavor at the end. A aftertaste of campfire smoke.

M- Light-med bodied, some lingering carbonation on the tongue. No residue noted.

D- I think that 6 point quietly puts out some solid beers....I have not had their whole lineup, but I have yet to have a bummer beer from them. The brownstone is a good example- a real good brown ale. Easy to drink and tasty.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2009 23:51:50 | More by m1ked
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint Brownstone pours a very dark brown with a good amount of fluffy off-white head. Considering that this was poured from the tap into a bottle and then from that bottle into my glass its looking pretty good.

Aroma is a boat load of sweet malt. It definitely has a lot of that dark brown bread smell to it along with the smell you get when you open a can of malt extract. There is also some sweet caramel and definitely some dark brown sugar. Its a very "warm" smelling brown ale.

Flavors and aromas are one in the same. There is a ton of sweet caramel and dark brown sugar flavor to this beer. Its a big dose of sweet malt and a bit of hop bitterness that just rounds out the finish to each sip. Very tasty.

Everything I've ever had from Sixpoint has been excellent. If you ever find yourself in NYC, venture down to the Redhook section of Brooklyn and pop into Sixpoint for a tour and a tasting, you won't be sorry.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 03:07:15 | More by indiapaleale
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JRed

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with off-white head. Subtle aroma of light chocolate, malt, hops, earth, and cinnamon. Smooth flavors of chocolate, slight roast, slight sweets, hop bitterness, earth, and diacetyl. Light-medium in body with low carbonation. This is a good brown ale with traits for all types of drinkers: it's got the hops, sweets, and roast balanced out to create a well-rounded brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 21:49:01 | More by JRed
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dudecandle

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Pony, NYC:

A: Beautiful, dark, hazy brown body with full, thick mocha head with great retention and lacing. Exciting.

S/T: Great nutty coffee with good woody smoked malts, caramel, toffee, and some great toasted bread notes. Hop presence is decent, but not the focus.
M: Full, thick, slightly chewy with a good, extended finish.

D: I've had this a couple of times now, and it never fails to blow my mind. It's full, it's rich, it's complex, it's got everything, and it nonetheless does not overwhelm. Everything is right about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 07:09:43 | More by dudecandle
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drperm

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Floyd's in Brooklyn (the home of the indoor Bocce court!).

After a week of beer anemia in the Caribbean (Wadadli and Red Stripe, with my only relief being a single bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra), I was ready to hit up some quality brews as I passed through NYC on my way home. Sixpoint Brownstone not only fit the bill, it made my day.
This is a brown ale to inspire odes. Perfectly balanced, lovely to look at (in a dark or dim room, hold a candle behind the glass -- it shimmers a beautiful red-brown), and a joy to sip.
It flirts with being too sweet, but then a follow-through of hop bitterness saves the day.
It begins sharply on the tongue, but the lingering aftertaste is heavenly -- I believe I stated that I would be loathe to brush my teeth that night, for fear of losing the Brownstone finish in my mouth.
Worth a trip to Brooklyn!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 16:39:14 | More by drperm
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours dark brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, crystal malt (iced tea) and light roasted malt. Definitely sweeter on the flavor side. An ok brown, definitely on the sweet side.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2009 18:27:52 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour on 5/28/09, this sat and warmed for 15 min before taking notes.
Semi opaque, rich brown colored brew with ruby highlights, arrived with a 1/2 finger of dirty cream colored head.

The nose on this beer JUMPS at you and easily the best I've ever smelled for the style. Equal parts coffee and dark chocolate up front, backed by a bit of cool wet earth - maybe it's must - and warming allspice. Clean, confident, supreme.

The taste is almost as impressive - starts full and chewy with a dominance of slightly bitter coffee and sweet caramel malt, which are in the right proportions to make my little beer heart melt with affection. A slight hint of chocolate emerges from the caramel, it spreads, and is now a clay like taste, dry and pleasing. It evolves again, revealing itself in the earthen, hoppy finish. Aftertaste is slightly acerbic, woody even, and adds a nice memory of complexity to the beer.

The medium mouthfeel certainly compliments the beer, a good representation of the style, I find it round and soft with its carbonation, and slightly buttery in its finish. For all of that, this beer goes down with a relaxing ease.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 11:52:54 | More by Philabeerphia
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 23:26:12 | More by morebeergood
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white. Lighter lacing left on the glass. Aromas of toasted nuttiness, earthy, roastiness, and lighter coffee. Tastes of toasted caramel, nuts, chocolate, and roasty. Decent for a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 19:35:58 | More by hopdog
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2009 20:30:42 | More by callmemickey
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught into mug.

Pours dark brown with a small, light tan head.

Aroma is bread crust and a hint of cocoa, roasty.

Taste follows suit - light nutty bread crust, roasty, hint of cocoa, smooth and round with a dry, roasty finish. Really top notch brown ale, could have drank this one all night long.

Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 13:27:14 | More by JohnQVegas
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Umbra

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several taps while playing pool in the back of the Brooklyn Social Club. Poured a dark copper hued brwon with a finger of off-white head. Not too much retention, but keep lacing throughout.

Biscuit and malt aroma.

Though there is some good nutty/biscuit maltiness backbone, this one leads with a smack of hops on the front end. Like choco finish with a lingering hop crispness.

Light medium mouthfeel that leads to its drinkability going up. Had 4-5 easily.

Great example of what one would define as an "american brown," being complex enough to have a great mix of both. Would love to have this one available near me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 14:39:50 | More by Umbra
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Amalak

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Much better off tap.

I had this on cask at Stout, right next to MSG in NYC. Very brown with a slight nut scent to it. It was opaque and left a good lace.

To be honest, this was one of the least flavorful cask beers I've had. It had a nut and malt taste to it. Semi creamy but lacks any real kick to it. It left a sour aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 02:22:45 | More by Amalak
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Rattle and Hum NY. Poured a dark brownish red. good head retention, minor lacing. Faint smell of malt. smooth tasting, somewhat malty with a nice strong finish. no bitterness at all. a fairly drinkable beer, certainly a nice alternative to the macro brewed irish reds.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 22:56:49 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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JoeBloe

New York

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

pours a good looking pint of beer - nice rich, clear ruby brown color - good head retention and lacing down a pint glass - faint aroma and pretty tasty - mildly bold without being brash -
goes nice with a good pub burger - i could drink a few of these on a lunch hour

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 14:35:05 | More by JoeBloe
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Deep coppery brown; hints of orange around the edges. Thinnish off-white head. Great spiderweb lacing.

S - Sweetish maltiness, with light fresh yeasty bread/biscuity aromas.

T - Great maltiness for the style, with bittersweet chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish

M - Thinner MF, but within what would be expected for the style. Not at all watery, and muted carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable, and has made a fine session brew for me on many occasions. Great flavors, but very well balanced really makes this a high score for me.

Overall, this is a fine take on what can be a blander style from other breweries. Maintained a great deal of complexity for the style, and that really makes it stand out. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 23:41:14 | More by Nickls
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sunset Grill in Allston...

Deep chestnut/mahogany body. Single-finger head is rather ephemeral actually.

Nose predominantly of toffee and a little bit of dried fruits. I'm guessing dates at this point.

Clean-tasting with a good husky dark malt backbone. Hop character is slightly floral - maybe a little pininess in there as well.

Palate feel for this one is quite enjoyable - typically comforting for a brown session ale - nothing breaking out to disrupt balance.

I could enjoy a few of these in a session - strong effort indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 11:16:26 | More by IBUnit63
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Deep, rich almost black brown with hints of ruby and garnet toward the bottom. Unless you hold this up to bright light, where you can clearly tell its brown, it looks nearly black, like a porter. Head is a miniscule half-finger off-white that has decent retention but doesn't lace. Given the hop presence in this beer I'm kind of surprised at the head.

S--First-rate. There's a sweetish sourdough loaf thing going with some toffee notes on top of it and even some flowers on top of all of that. Toward the back of the nose you get a coffee bite. Really nice aroma, super inviting.

T--Different from the nose in that the roasty malts really come through with both biscuity, toasted grain flavors and dark chocolate and coffee notes. Hops don't dominate, but cleanse, as they round out the profile and clearly make themselves known at the end of a taste. The bitter coffee mixed with the fresh floral hops at the back when you're done sipping works wonderfully, I think. Super mellow brown with a kick of chocolate malt and hops.

M&D--Mouthfeel is a little too slick and watery for me, but the carbonation is lively, which is a must for me with brown ales because when they're flat they're just too cloying. Ton of flavor packed into this sucker for 5.7%--not every American brewer can do this.

Is it an action-packed porter, or a rich, chocolatey goodness brown? Sixpoint's brewed up another platypus, and while sometimes their style-slicing creativity can result in their creations blurring together (Otis tastes a lot like Diesel to me, and the Apollo Wheat isn't /that/ much different than Sweet Action), this time the ingenuity works.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2008 22:14:56 | More by TheycallmeTim
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TeddyBG

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A: Dark brown with thick, fluffy head that settles to a 1/4". Great lacing.

S: nutty malts with some citrus hops.

T: Good malt up front with strong hop bitterness.

M: Thick with the just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Good ABV for a session. Perhaps a bit too much hop bite. May limit you to just a few. First experience with Sixpoint. Very interesting twist on a brown.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 20:24:43 | More by TeddyBG
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

Enjoyed this at Great Jones Cafe for a Six Points tasting. This was my second choice and the first non Scottish(Newcastle)/English(Samuel Smith) brown I've had in many a moon.

A: Poured into pint glass to show off an ice team brown. The head was little less than a finger head, khaki in color. Retention was minor and almost no lacing. I would have expected a wee bit more but perhaps a 5.7%ABV is high for some folk.

S: The nose was difficult to determine at first and I had to bury my nose in the pint to get anything beyond some biscuits and malt.

T: First taste to my mouth was biscuits and grain. As you move through the pint, the malts become more noticeable. Not sure what type of candy created the sweetness but I reckon they are the dark chocolates and or caramel. The hops are mild and don't overpower the malts or biscuits but keep all in an even keel.

M: Quite light with a crisp finish due to the hops and retention. Of course smooth as is the case with this style. I agree with a previous poster about the oily nature but did not detract by any means.

D-Was a good session beer. I would like to try in a bottle after reading a few reviews and being better than on tap which is news to me. An easy brew to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 15:13:30 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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TheDeuce

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint Brownstone...

Appearance-Nice brown color, lacy head, and good retention.

Smell of toffee, caramel, alcohol, dried malt.

Taste-dark malty taste, residual sweetness, late alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel-Nice aftertaste, nutty with a final kick of alcohol, the smooth body helps as well.

Drinkability- Nice sessioner, a good brown ale to throw back.

Overall-Solid brown ale, well made and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:46:22 | More by TheDeuce
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the House of Brews on the West 46th. Served at correct temperature. Brownish red color and thin offwhite head. Sweet and raisn aromas. Flavors were hoppy and sweet malts. Smooth and silky. Ultra drinkable, the perfect session. One of the better Sixpoint ales.

Serving type: cask

04-04-2008 02:42:57 | More by AChamberlain
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured on tap at a bar in Williamsburg, NY. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany brown with a think white head.

S- Not a strong nose but you get some malty sweet notes. I wouldn't expect an overpowering nose on a brown ale though.

T- Nice American brown ale. I keep tasting iced tea in the American brown ales I am drinking. This isn't as overpowering as others I have had though. It actually is a very refreshing beer.

M- Nice carbonation in this brew. This is a nice medium thickness beer.

D- Very refreshing brown ale. I could definitely drink a bunch of this. I am very impressed with the Sixpoint offerings I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 02:37:30 | More by Mudpuppet
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in B-lo,came poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear mahogany brown with a thinner soapy-like head.Mild roastiness and a smattering of cocoa in the nose,mildly sweet flavors up front a little caramel and chocolate malt mixing with some good earthy tones in the finish with a bit of woodiness.A solild brown a real quaffer seems lower than its ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 20:23:40 | More by oberon
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