Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 48
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005

Our bedrock Brown Ale, and one of the first beers ever brewed by Sixpoint. A smooth, malty trip down a hop-lined Brooklyn street.
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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a medium brown in color with an orange hue to it, Brownstone forms a creamy, thick head about two fingers tall with great retention that leaves lacing thickly and impressively, from the two-finger broad ring to the chunky patching the rest of the way down the glass.
A hop-forward brown? Why not? This one showcases it from the get-go. There's a malt support with a note of roast and a hint of dark chocolate underneath, but really hops form the foundation. Leafy, citrus and floral notes with a bit of pine, they come out over the malts, which proceed to add a bit of toast and, particularly in the flavor, a nuttiness going into the finish.
Both smooth and crisp, there's a good feel to this medium-bodied beer, which has more going for it than most browns. It's not thick, by any means, but it possesses a depth most in this typically middle-of-the-road style don't. It's also a pretty dry feel, but not too abrasive, as the malts sitting beneath the hops add their own, just enough sweetness to keep it from chalky and make it great.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy with Best Before 26APR2013 stamped on the bottom of the can. Good amount of lacing. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of frothy head. Almost looks like a glass of coke. Aromas of citrus hops, nuts, pine, earth and malts. Taste is citrus hops, caramel malts, earthiness and nuts. Actually has a bit of a cola taste to it. Floral at the end. Bubbly, light mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Sixpoint does it again.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation along the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized very thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and some caramel malts sweetness. There is a light citrus hop presence that disappears as the beer warms up.

T: The flavor of the beer starts with a body of sweet caramel malts and just a hint of bready malt. There are some notes of coffee and nuts along with a light citrus hop bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable - I could easily have a couple of these in an evening. The beer is enjoyable and pairs well with foods, from pub fare to upscale. The flavor profile seems to have shifted just a bit (with a little hop presence) since this moved to a year round offering in cans.

Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: With some amber hues and an off white head a good two figners thick is a solid brown colored beer.

Aroma: Citrus hops, roasted caramel malts, light toffee hints, and a little bit of dark bread.

Taste: Fairly sweet up front with a decent amount of citrus trailing. Light roasty notes and caramel malts. The mouthfeel is on the smooth side and finishes the same way.

Notes: A solid beer and nicely drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - semi-hazed deep mahogany color with a creamy beige head that thinned out leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - caramel cream candy with a bit of earthiness.

T - sweet & toasty caramel upfront with a touch of bitterness at the back end.

F - medium bodied, crisply carbonated with a refreshing feel.

O - all around good brown ale.

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

Finally a shot to try brownstone in a can! I love brown ales that are not embodied with massive alcohol content

A- brownstone pours a copper brown body with massive frothy foam blasting the glass as it rises. Layers if frosting foam lay all over the glass. A hearty look for a brew, that looks inviting

S- a great combo of caramel malt that is nutty and slightly roasted with pure piney hops. Reminds memos kick ass brown from the pump station in Albany. The scent is truly full of flavor and hoppy as well

T- Malty caramel enrobed in nutty flavors that also happens to have that piney finish from perhaps the dry hopping. Lightly roasted but some sweet flavors are at the exit. Good taste

M- slightly light bodied but the flavor coates leaving a lasting impression

O- sixpoint does it again. Making an enjoyable brown ale that possesses a sweet maltiness with a desired piney hop finish. Thanks!

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BESTBEFORE26APR2013

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a fluffy, off-white head that settles into a nice layer of pillowy retention and lace all the way down the glass. Seriously good-looking American Brown Ale!

S: Considerably hoppy nose for the style. The roasted malt is definitely there. Inviting. Especially fresh from the crack of the can.

T: Delicious. Great balance of slightly sweet, roasted malt and fruity, resiny hops with the right amount of bitterness. Hints of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and earth from the seemingly perfectly-roasted malt. Dry-hopped, malty finish is fantastic. A pleasure to drink.

M: Fresh, clean, and full of flavor. Palate gets covered in deliciousness. Each gulp reassures me that this is a damn good beer.

O: Extremely happy with this drinking experience. An incredible version of the style. Just wish the can was matte brown (like Apollo is matte white) instead of chrome, ha.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, 1/2 creamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugars, bready with some hops.

Taste - Mild roasted malts with some bitter hops. More hoppy then expected, lots of bready flavors. A dry lemon flavor also comes out. A nice amount of brown sugars and mollasses sweeten this brew up some.

Mouthfeel - Its light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets caramel malts and bitter hops, palate gets remaining malts and hops with some sugars. Aftertate is light, malty and bitter.

Overall - Nice smooth and flavorfull. More hoppy then most brown ales ive had. Still its balanced well, has nice bitterness along with sweetness. Great affordable price, good flavor, worth a drink for sure.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can, it is stamped "Best before 26 April 2013" on the bottom.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly leaving heavy lacing everywhere. Leaves an island of foam for at least 10 minutes.

S: Toasted bread with some brown sugar and a little bit of nuts. Some mild pine and resinous hops perhaps?

T: Some more toasted bread up front, nuttiness is more prominent here. Piney hops are stronger and bitter in the middle. Finishes with a flourish of brown sugar and strong resin. Long lingering pine and especially resin bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite hoppy, one of the hoppiest brown ales I've ever had. A bit metallic in the aftertaste, oddly enough.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good.

O: Definitely an american take on brown ales. Very hoppy especially towards the finish. Lots of lingering resinous bitterness between sips. Not as strong on the toasted malt as most brown ales, perhaps obscured a bit by the hoppiness. Honestly it's more IPA than brown ale but I happen to like hops so I enjoyed this one :)

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours your standard chocolate brown color with a moderate bubbled khaki head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a light grapefruit hop. Some metal notes from the malt and a subtle toasted malt.

Hops dominate the flavor of the American Brown Ale. Grapefruit in nature but of are a strength that won't confuse this with an IPA. Some leafy and grass notes from the hops as well. The malt is fairly weak for a brown ale. It provides some toasted flavor and perhaps a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. Some dry lemony notes in the finish.

Light to moderate feel with appropriate carbonation. Dry and almost astringent in the finish, not overly bitter.

A weak brown ale base with a good hop profile. Sixpoint definitely cut down on the yeast profile from the last time I had this beer. Would love to see more body to this beer.

Photo of BB1313
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll start off saying this isn't your traditional brown ale. 16oz can poured into a glass mug. Pours a murky brown, burnt orange haze, nice white head which fades but leaves nice sticky lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate and carmel malts. Lots of orange peel too from the hops. In a nutshell, it smells like an orange dipped in chocolate. The flavors seem to drop off considerably. It tastes like a year old IPA. The flavors do not remind me of a brown ale at all. There's no nuttiness going on with this one. This reminds me of a unique IPA attempt much more than a brown ale. It's really weird. Mouthfeel is nice, thin and nice amount of carbonation. Smooth enough.

Overall, it's not a horrible beer but it's far from what I expect from the style. And it's not memorable reguardless of style.

It's reminicent of Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone TBA.. which I wasn't a huge fan of either.

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big Sixpoint fan. This is another example of why. Every style from them has been a winner and near top of class.

This brown ale is nicely balanced with a bit less sweet and more hops than typical. It has a great, fresh aroma and a lovely taste and aftertaste. It looks great in a glass, and it seems to transport well (I dragged this one with me to Moline IL on the banks of the Mississippi). Great stuff.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Beer Authority. Very excited to see it on tap as I've wanted to try it for a while.

a - Pours a murky mud brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, burnt malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Ton of malts; very nice nose.

t - Tastes nuts, roasted malts, toasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, and some burnt malts. More nuts than the nose; again very malty and nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice brown ale. Ton of malts and nuts, and very easy to drink. Hope they can this one; would like to have it again.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint's newest year-round canned beer. Best Before 26APR2013

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of sudsy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some roasted malts, earthy hops, and very light coffee notes are the highlights. Not much else behind that

T: Follows the nose. Lightly roasted malts, very earthy, light coffee and bitterness into the finish. Simple, but good

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth

O: Not a very complex beer, but a nice easy drinker especially at 6%. The 16 oz. can is another plus too. Definitely worthy of their newest year-round addition. Reminiscent of DFH's IBA, for comparisons sake

Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Beer Authority.

Sixpoint's Brownstone pours a nice chestnut brown. About two fingers of just off white foam caps the beer, displaying some nice head retention. A decent amount of lacing is left around the glass. The nose has a dry, roasty chocolate aroma, buttressed by a somewhat intense spicy-herbal note. Bitter dark chocolate shows up in the flavor as well, but some nuttiness adds a bit of malt complexity that the nose was lacking. The bitterness that comes through next is definitely on the restrained side. The hop finish is much more bold, with lots of herb and spice flavors showing up. The body is just a bit on the dry side for a brown ale, especially given that it's paired with a mildly assertive carbonation. I enjoyed my glass of Brownstone, but the slightly lackluster malt presence makes it come across as what one might imagine a brown IPA would be rather than a brown ale.

Photo of clay23
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured from the growler into a pint glass deep clear brown color
S- sweet from the malts
T- complex maltiness and hops creates a great taste
M- a full taste of the beer throughout
O- overall this beer just gets better and better i would recommend drinking it at about 50 degrees

Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an unmarked nonic. The beer showed a dark brown color, with lightness around the edges. A one finger light brown head showed great retention, leaving light bubbly sheets of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment was noted. The aroma had notes of almond nuttiness and lightly toasted, but deeply complex, chocolate malts. A clean earthy hop and faint vanilla were there for balance. Our first impression was that this was quite a hoppy brown ale. As we sipped, the first thing noted was a robustly even and floral hop quality, giving a light fruity sweetness. Coffee malts crashed in for a metallic but smooth balance. The middle followed through with the malts, giving lactic sourness at the peak. The hops also continued, becoming a bit more grassy and metallic themselves. We ended on more bittering notes of coffee malts, and more of the same simple hops. Sweetness was of chocolate covered malt balls helped to cut. The aftertaste breathed of dark chocolate and coffee malts, raw cocoa, earthen hops, faint booziness, and red winey nuttiness. The body was thin, with a watery feel throughout, and carbonation was light. There was little cream or slurp, but with decent smack. The mouth is left cooled and wet, with slight puckering coming with the final bitterness of flavor. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how hoppy it was. These made for a really great balance with those bittering malts. The malts in themselves were complex and dry, but we wished they were a bit more potent in both the nose and the flavoring. This beer was a nice complement to our shepherd’s pie and vinegar fries.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of seanwhite
3.42/5  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.

Photo of Tschnab
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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