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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

430 Ratings

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 13 | 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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and citrus anyone? Because these are the predominant flavors that rise to the forefront of this formidable American Brown Ale.

Brownstone pours with a substantial brown color and mild haze. Releasing a dense and creamy tanish head, the beer retains and laces remarkably- more like an IPA, just solid brown.

Decidedly hoppy, the aromas of citrus and pine leap out immediately, again reminding me of IPAs. That is except for the toasty aromas of chocolate, wood, charred breads and grains, nuts, and coffee.

Unusual even for American Browns, the balance of flavor in this beer rests with the hops. The firm and almost robust flavors of toffee malts, heavy toast, coffee, chocolate, and nuts carry a lot of flavor but does so in a malty-dry flavor that's better attenuated and less sweet than many of the style. But better yet are the sharp and citrusy flavors of white grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin, and a rich grassy taste that outdoes the hearty malt flavor ever so slightly.

Shyly robust, but with a full creamy texture; the beer sheds its weighty carbonation and ushers in a drying mid palate of fleeting malt, rising bitterness, and the full dryness of resiny hops and moderate alcohol warmth. Finishing surprisingly refreshing and crisp- this beer complements the use and delight of IPAs very well.

There are few American Brown Ales that showcase the hop cone this well. With all the flavor of malt but with the dryness and hoppy display- Brownstone sings the praises of what the American attitude can be in this indigenous adaptation. This and Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale are in a class all their own.

BEERchitect, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a recent review of the growler version:

Got this at the new whoe foods on the upper west side in Manhattan. The best thing about that place is the growlers. I wanted something light in alchohol. I'm not a huge brown fan but this was really good for the style. YOu could very distinctly discern between the maltiness of the dark malts while still finding light enough in alchohol to drink as a session. With my new found appreciation of this beer I will enjoy it as a session beer in Winter, like a Guiness.


The cask version was the same. Good but not overwhelming in any way. Worth trying.

david18, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy brown with little head. However, there was some fine lacing on the glass along the way.

The nose is bready and a bit hoppy. The upfront flavor is nutty like a classic brown, but thinner than a top-tier version of this style. There is also some caramel in the flavor. The roasted bitterness on the finish was quite nice.

57md, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

SPRichard, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jk3, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jeanphony, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Stimack, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

bonbini26, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

beerman999999, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

GoSabres87, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

xnicknj, Dec 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown body. No lacing.

S: nutty, coffee, bread.

T: Very solid taste, with good coffee and chocolate undertones. Very little bitterness.

M: Not highly carbonated.

O: Very good brown ale, challenges the style, and Six Point continues to impress me.

seanwhite, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ThePorterSorter, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very murky brown, can't see through it at all due to the cloudiness. Khaki head a fingerhigh with moderate lace.

S- very light coffe and chocolate, but mostly the smell is of toasty grain, bread, malt, and fragrant citrusy hops. Actually the coffee comes through more as the beer warms. Smells delicious.

T- Very bready, very nutty, great balance between malt and hop. Bitter chocolate and coffee shine on the finish. This is a sipper due to its huge flavor, but it is quite tasty.

O- Awesome brown ale. I really like brown ales like this, the ones that have stout-like characteristics but also have a good hop presence and sweet nuttiness.

Tschnab, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Paul68, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.