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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 deapokid
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of seanwhite
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Tschnab
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Brownstone has a brown body, which is what I would expect from the name. The tan head is pretty solid-looking and it does leave some nice lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of fruity, hoppy and malty. Seems to be very balanced.

Brownstone is a nice sipper. Notes of fruit with hints of pepper come through, and it makes me think that some sort of Belgian yeast was thrown in this one, but I could be wrong about that. The hops come next, bringing a good deal of bitterness and lots of earthy flavors with perhaps a touch of citrus. The malt is rich, with dry chocolate flavors, lightly toasted malt and toffee.

Nice, substantial body with slightly creamy feel to it.

I'm a Sixpoint fan, and this one is no exception. It has a little bit of everything in it, with an interesting balance of malt, hops, and yeast.

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 OutFox
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at on tap at The 12th Street Ale House in NYC.

A - Thick dark Labrador brown. Slightly off white head that he's decent retention and lacing.

S - Smells like a good ass brown ale. Roasted malt, a little sweet in the nose but I think it smells a little hoppy.

T - I got a good amount of hops at the finish. Really pleasant. Before the hop finish good roasted malt and a slight sweetness which is good.

M - Rich, not overly thick. Coats the palate quite well and lingers with a good taste.

O - Solid brown ale. Like the sort of hop character. Another solid offering from Sixpoint.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness,

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with some off white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Nutty with mildly sweet malt. There is a bready quality along with some roast.

Taste: Great body from the malt. Nutty with a mildly bitter finish. Quite smooth and really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky and dry.

Overall: A really nice brown alt. The malt backbone was great and the hops complimented it well.

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

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1.5-finger beige head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of bready and toasted malts up front. There are also some nice scents of caramel, toffee, and a nice nuttiness. I am getting a nice hop presence as well.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some nice toasted, bready malt. There is some mild hop bitterness, as well as some flavors of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and nuts. I am also getting a slight wood-like flavor. The finish leaves behind some lingering hop flavor.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It has some moderate sweetness and some hop bitterness. There is a nice crispness to it also.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a solid brown ale, and i could easily drink a few glasses of this. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Another hit from sixpoint. I recommend trying it.

Photo of bangelos80
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on tap at gingerman, nyc. Poured a nice dark brown with roughly a fingers worth of head. Great taste of malty roastiness in the mouth and very smooth tasting. Tasted like a surly furious and bender put together in a delicious pint of beer. Would definitely have it again and again. Another solid brew from sixpoint!!

Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milk chocolate brown in color with a muddy appearance. Poured with a steady off white head that leaaves a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Roasted malt, toffee and spicy herbal hop aromas, a bit smokey. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. This didn't seem to fit any specific style guideline, but it was like a cross between an esb and brown ale. Roasted malt and toffee flavors up front with spicy herbal hops being added through the middle and to the end. Roasted malt flavors transition to coffee at the finish which is fairly dry. Certainly have never has anything quite like this before.

Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of SirBenton
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Ginger Man in down town New York. Brown ales might be a new favorite# so smooth and so much flavor!

Pours a deep rich brown with a small amout of red tint. The head was at least a thumb tall and a gorgeous off white color. The smell was very different from the last brown I had and was malty with a nice espresso finish; there was also somethig very different I could not place. The taste of this beer was amazingly balanced. Chocolate and espresso migle great with a nice malty and barley or grainy flavor very well. I love how smoth this beer goes down and how the flavors mix so well! This is a great beer. Get it whenever you can!

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin off-white head. I could still see through the glass. The nose was roasted malt with some light chocolate notes. Tastes is toasted and faint chocolate. A malty sweet body but with a good hop kick. There was a lot of zesty hops over the malt that left a dryness which complimented the toasted/roasted malts.

Photo of feylure
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks good, cloudy brown and carbonated quite well.

It smells great. Extremely sweet with notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

The taste is lacking. All the sweet malt flavors come upfront in the beginning of the taste and quickly go away with the carbonation in the middle. This ends up giving it a more light mouth feel. The tail is almost a confused and conflicted sweet taste.

I wonder if it's a bad batch or tap that I got it from. Looking over the other reviews, I feel like I should have loved this brew, but I don't see myself having it again.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review from 3/17/2011: pours chestnut brown in color with bubbles racing up the brew and a small creamy brown head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; nice looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit and cinnamon; really nice hoppy aroma, which surprised me as I expected a nut brown ale aroma based on the name.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, wet bread, cereal, pepper, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit, light lemon and cinnamon; brew has a slight hoppy bite with some heat, but is very tasty and much hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium body and a slight dry finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer which pleasantly surprised me with the huge hop presence.

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

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fizzy and creamy 1 finger head semi with creamy lacing fades slowly over hazy dark woody brown.

Nose is malty, today brown nutty malts, sweet caramelized brown sugar, molasses, toffee, creamy, some earthy and light herbal hops,

Taste is malty to start, toasty sweet brown malts, sweet caramelized brown sugar, molasses, little creamy, light herbal hops, light tobacco, light citrus floral hops, very interesting. Finishes a bit drier, lingering sticky malty flavor and some floral light herbal hops.

Mouth is med bodied good carb.

Drink is good, light little biter but a nice malty balance, sessionable, dry finish, little sticky though.

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