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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

430 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Hojaminbag, Nov 09, 2011
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!

tobelerone, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of OutFox
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

OutFox, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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,

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

oline73, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

JizackFH, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of bangelos80
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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!!

bangelos80, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

IronLover, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

erosier, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

socon67, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

brystmar, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of SirBenton
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

SirBenton, May 29, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

DrinkingDrake, May 15, 2011
Photo of feylure
2.28/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

feylure, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

CHickman, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

jlindros, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, reddish brown with two fingers of fluffy, egg shell white head. Great lacing is left behind.

Smell: the malt really stands out with caramel, hints of chocolate, and a bit of earthy hops.

Taste: follows the nose with a good amount of chocolate, some caramel, some brown sugar, and some roastiness without straying into the realm of porter. Balanced nicely with some earthy hops. Very solid brown ale flavor.

Feel: fairly light, crisply carbonated.

Drink: very easy drinking. One could session this if one wanted to.

Overall, this is a very solid brown and a great beer from Sixpoint. This is my first Sixpoint beer and its giving me something to look out for. I'll be trying any Sixpoints I see on tap from now on. Worth a try if browns are your thing. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice translucent brown color. A touch of red to it as well. A finger of white head with spotty lacing and good head retention.

S: I get some munich malt. Really nice malt complexity. A touch of roast. The freshness of the malt makes this nose for me.

T: Again they really let the malt shine on this one. Nice. Little bit of toffee and caramel. Nice sweetness as well. Sounds simple but they really got quite a bit of complexity out of it.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: One of the better examples of the style I have had. This is right there behind Kick Ass Brown and Bender for me. Very nice.

aerozeppl, Feb 07, 2011
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.

rfgetz, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear brown color with a nice finger and a half of brownish head. The head has solid retention with very nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet carmel malts. There is also some nice brown sugar and bread elements. Also, just a touch of molasses mixed in.

T - Starts off with a building sweet carmel malt flavor with a bit of sweet elements (brown sugar and maple). In the middle the brown sugar flavor and molasses jump out a bit and there is some nuttiness that join the carmel malts. The finish has a bit deeper malt flavor with some nut flavor once again, which linger nicely.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Feels like a nice balance. The beer is super smooth and crisp. Nice finish also.

D - Extremely drinkable. Nicely balanced and mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Has a lot of sweetness, but it never feels too overpowering.

ngeunit1, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice looking brown with a thick headed pour. A tad caramel to the caramel wash color. Mild cloudy. Nose is subdued floral and toffee malt. Palate is a nice caramel malt toasty. With a mild tang that blends into the rather dry crisp bitter. Quite simple but very enjoyable and drinkable.

rtepiak, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Korzo, Brooklyn.

Poured into a a liter mug, I'm in for a good time with this baby. A nice stiff finger-depth head on top of a dark chocolate filtered body. Smells wonderfully malty with layers of chocolate, coffee, and other roasted malts in this malt lovers ticket to paradise. The taste matches with a light-moderate body with some carbonation. I did not get bored drinking a liter of this.

wcintula, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of JWU
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, PA

Light head with moderate lacing.
Smells of malts, brown sugar, and toffee
Taste follows suit, with enough hop to balance out the sweet malty backbone, bit doesn't overpower or dominate.
Medium mouthfeel, leaves the palette a bit dry.
Excellent brown ale, especially on cask!

JWU, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured dark brown in color with a thin head that disappeared very quickly.
S: There are light aromas of bready and sweet malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: Mild flavors of sweet caramel malts stand out in the taste, which also has notes of coffee and nuts. Bitterness from the hops is noticeably absent.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth. There isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and sessionable. It also goes very well with food, particularly a burger.

metter98, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of gfreed
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Il Casale in Belmont, MA, a noisy restaurant with good food and a decent beer list. Mahogany brown, the color of my piano, with some shininess around the edges. Was served with almost no head, so I can't comment on that part of the beer except to growl and say it should have been served with a head, and then go off on my standard tirade about how beer served in pubs and restaurants is usually served without a head and the glass is filled to the FREAKING brim... But I digress.

Very little aroma, but if I pulled hard I could detect a bit of caramel and some smoky beef. Rather thin body, rather thin taste: more caramel and some vanilla, maybe a few raisins. Had a reasonably wet finish, which I like in this style. Went well with a terrific seafood stew. An average brown ale, not great but not bad. You could do worse.

gfreed, Apr 17, 2010
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.