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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 31
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005)
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Lupe

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy and dark brown in color with a small tan head. Decent head retention and sporadic lacing.

Fairly restrained aroma that is biscuity with caramel, nut, and light chocolate roast malt.

Nice malty flavor - slightly sweet with caramel, toasted bread, mild coffee, nuts, and a touch of chocolate nibs. Nuttiness gets more pronounced, which along with the roasted malts and mild hops does a great job of balancing the sweetness. Finishes a little bitter with a quickly fading aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and a little chewy. Very satisfying and drinkable. Brown Ales are not my thing, but this was a very tasty and sessionable one.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 16:43:34 | More by Lupe
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade. A good brown, I should have loved it more, perhaps it got lost as many a brown in the heavier beers before and after it. Opaque brown colour with lace. There is coffee grounds pronounced, nuch and many malts makes for a creamy mouthfeel but not the complex malt I was so expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:27:22 | More by Sammy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. Nice off white head. Nose is nice and deep with a sweet tone. Flavor is deep, robust, and at just the right levels. You know you're drinking a brown ale with this one. If I were blind and tasted it, I would know exactly what it was. Nice lasting caramel aftertaste. Feel is smooth on liquid with a great bubble on the tongue. It kind of stays with you and nibbles on your mouth long after you are done (the bubble that is).Extremely drinkable. Another great brew from Sixpoint and a beautiful take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 08:57:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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bonbright7

Florida

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

My growler of Brownstone Ale was a perfect ice breaker at a pre-Christmas dinner last night as I poured all the adults from Nova Scotia, Vancouver and North Carolina a taste of one of Brooklyn's best. It's interesting malty aroma invited comments and first tasters remarked how smooth it went with the cheese platters we had out. A second round finished off the growler, but the unquestionable drinkability brought everyone to tell me what they wanted for Christmas in the form of growlers and half barrels.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2007 16:20:59 | More by bonbright7
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried the Brownstone while at a very nice place in NYC called The Half Pint (76 West 3rd Street, near Bleecker). It pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was strong in hops and just a *tad* amount of roasted chocolate. Chocolate did not come out in the taste so much, but it's roasty hoppiness was very nice. A robust brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 14:43:37 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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shaebs99

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask a while back at Bobbique and just discovered my notes on it.
Cloudy dark brown with large tan head. Retention and lacing were quite good.
The aroma is mostly biscuity with caramel and slight chocolate malts.
Taste is slightly sweet with tastes of caramel and bread with a bitter finish.
A quality brown ale that I was very happy to find a cask of at Bobbique. Very drinkable. I wouldn't want to limit myself to one beer while here, but I could easily do so with this beer. Looking forward to finding it on-tap elsewhere.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2007 17:56:58 | More by shaebs99
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sleazo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Black Rabbit

A-pours a very dark brown almost porter like. Creamy rich head tops it.

S-mild odor. Slight roated malt

T-dark choclate covered raisins with an underlying bitterness very full roasted flavour. With hints of coffee as well. Slightly sweet but with good balance. The complexities continue as it warms.

M-Medium body with a slightly above avg carbonatoon for style

D-This is just a great brown ale. I get this whenever I see it on tap. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2007 05:35:36 | More by sleazo
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 01:50:27 | More by tempest
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

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

Thanks to Jeff at Sixpoint for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark brown with a ruby glow. Huge three finger light khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin lacing. Stickiness is very spotty, but there. Smell is very nutty and woody. Mild toasted malt tingles the nose with a hint of a wheat bread as well. Taste is a very sweet caramel malt up front with a mild chocolate flavor as well. Hint of molasses mixes in quite well. Finish has nice hop bite to balance the malt out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Nice creamy brown ale. Sixpoint does another solid job on a beer more breweries seem to overlook in quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 00:39:43 | More by BeerTruth
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown with a nice 2" thick fluffy head. Medium lacing.

Smell: malt and caramel sweetness is easily detectable.

Taste: nice big malt base, caramel, hint of chocolate, along with a touch of nuttiness, brown sugar, and earthiness. Bitterness is mild. Solid and hearty brown ale here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: great session beer. Easy to drink and leaves you satisifed unlike many other brown ales. Try this if you see it.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2007 14:07:39 | More by Gavage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 00:15:12 | More by weeare138
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 02:28:11 | More by Wasatch
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auntfloyd

New York

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

Served from a growler filled at Bierkraft here in Brooklyn into a US pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany/reddish-brown with scant head. The smell is very bready and biscuity, with caramel and malt notes. The flavor is similar - slightly sweet with caramel flavor, with hints of fresh bread and a smooth bitter finish. The moouthfeel is fairly light, and drinkability is high.

This is an interesting brown ale, definitely something new, at least for me. The flavor is far less sweet than many brown ales (Dogfish Head or Avery), but also has a sort of bakery quality that I don't remember having before. It seemed a bit more "British" to me than most American Brown Ales. Good overall.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2006 00:38:50 | More by auntfloyd
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lehows

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fraunce's Tavern. It pours wonderfully with a gargantuan off-white head that quickly settled down to a nice thin lace. The smell was bready but I got a lot coffee and caramel notes in there too. One of my friends was nursing it but I found it highly drinkable and tasty. I had quite a few. This is another great brew from the guys at Sixpoint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 14:23:28 | More by lehows
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bultrey

New York

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now, I might be a little biased about this beer, since I lugged a full keg from NYC to upstate NY in a rental car for my wedding, just so the guests could get a taste of Brooklyn.
But there's a reason the beer gal and I decided to serve this at our wedding: it's utterly delicious.
We were fortunate to serve beer that had been kegged just three days prior, and I can say from experience that this is a beer best drunk extremely fresh. I have had it when it's been lingering a bit, and it loses it fast. But oh, a fresh pint of this stuff ...
First off, this is the most beautiful chestnut brown color, which looked amazing in the glassware in many of our guests' hands in our candid wedding photos. It retains a perfect fluffy eggshell-colored head that does eventually recede, but leaves behind some nice sticky lacing. Brownstone smells like singed brown sugar, as in freshly baked cookies. What a nutty, molasses-tinged rush of flavor in that first sip, all at once creamy and rich and caramel-y, with a firm mouthfeel, just enough of a twangy hop kiss to remind you that this is Sixpoint, and a lingering roasty bitterness that urges you to have another sip.
Some of my new in-laws live in Michigan and are serious beer afficionados, lovers of Kalamazoo and Kuehnenn's, and proclaimed that I am their new favorite in law because of my taste in beer; meanwhile, several guests made a point to find us during the night and thank us for sharing this beer because they loved it so much, despite not being really "big beer drinkers." Yeah, it's that good. The best brown ale I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 05:18:57 | More by bultrey
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BBM

New York

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

Had this beer on cask. It poured a medium, cloudy brown with a big tan head, with nice retention and lacing. The smell was reserved; There was a certain bread-like quality to it. But it wasn't overly pronounced.

This is a pretty solid brown ale. The taste is buscuity and caramel malts with bitterness coming through near the finish. Not as sweet as some other browns. Mouthfeel was full and chewy. It was a very filling beer for me, so I don't know that I would call it sessionable, but it's still quite drinkable. Overall a reccomended brown ale from Sixpoint.

Serving type: cask

11-02-2006 18:34:43 | More by BBM
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Kendo

New York

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

Got it on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC yesterday.

A: Cloudy, murky brown -- reminded me of apple cider, though it was a bit darker -- with a 1-finger fluffy white head that settled quickly, leaving some lacing as I drank my way down the imperial pint glass.

S: Faint scent of bready sweet malt.

T: Like a brown ale should taste -- caramel, sweet malt and toffee flavors predominate, but a slight roast bitterness finishes it off and coats the tongue nicely.

M: Also good for the style -- medium bodied and well-carbonated, but a tad bit gritty.

D: I'd consider this to be pretty darned drinkable. Not necessarily the best brown ale I've ever had, but it's solid.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2006 15:56:20 | More by Kendo
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 00:55:03 | More by plaid75
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bklynbeerbaron

New York

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

On tap at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains.

Appearance: A rich medium-brown color with a fluffy head which lasted halfway down the glass.

Smell: I read a printed description which said it smelled like freshly baked bread. They were right on the money. Like a loaf of pumpernickel or a nutty, Irish brown bread.

Taste: Is this really a brown ale? Because I found porter-like complexities in this brew. Started out pleasantly sweet, with a moderate hop presence. But then I got the roasted coffee flavors that I normally associate with a good porter. The nutty finish does remind you that it is a brown ale. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It did not take me long to finish this one and I could have definitely gone for another.

Notes: One of the more interesting brown ales I've had. Not only could it be a good session beer, but if you keep yourself to sipping it, you can really appreciate its range of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2006 04:51:23 | More by bklynbeerbaron
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You know a beer is good when you go into the bar to order something else, but decide to have one of these first, and then end up drinking three of them. At 2 in the afternoon.

Creamy white head, dark brown with ruby red hues, doesn't smell like much but very malty, coffee, smooth taste and a bit of chocolatey caramel sweetness with just the right amount of hops on the top. The standout qualities of this beer are the taste and the mouthfeel. I would have to say this beer was perfectly carbonated. Very effervescent, but not "big bubbled" like soda, it's like a brown ale with the carbonation of an Aventinus and it really brings out the taste. Combine that with the lite hoppiness and the sweetness and you have a refreshing brown ale, even in the muggy hot summer. I normally don't touch anything but wheat beers or IPAs in the summer but this is way, way worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2005 02:26:40 | More by PopeJonPaul
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

another attempt to beat the heat. what could be more refreshing than a nice brown ale? pours a very solid dark brown. par for the sixpoint course, this beer looks foreboding in a serious way. looking at it makes me sweat more. creamy and thin coating of cottony foam. uniform lacing. looks like a homemade root beer. aroma is dominated by a bitter nuttiness with a mild hint of aromatic hops. more traditional nose, very fresh hints of soft-baked pretzel. wow, this is a smooth beer. slides down the throat like silk, emitting more of that roasted nut flavor as well as a touch of botanical green hoppiness. malt character isn't too thick or overbearing, but rather buttery and velvety. finishes bitter but not oppressive with a nougat flavor and some wheat bread. beery and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 07:30:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six point's nite at the Blind Tiger in NYC, sampled a pint of this one first. Pours chocolaty brown and murky, Nose is faintly bready. Minimal white head was noticed and minor lacing was left on the glass. I picked up some caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains. This is a lightly hopped, medium bodied, pleasant and refreshing brew. Perhaps a tad thin in the flavor department, but still a decent sessioner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2005 11:57:05 | More by Billolick
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ChowHound

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light, old copper like brown with a decent sized off white head. Aroma is not all that strong, and we had a hard time really getting anything at all out of it until it warmed. Eventually there were some soft caramel smells and a twinge of citrus. Flavor is actually decent, a nice amount of hops balance a thin malt backbone. Drinkable for a brown beer, something I would enjoy in the sumer especially.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 17:13:44 | More by ChowHound
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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.