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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

430 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 34
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:
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 BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | 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.

BB1313, Aug 17, 2012
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
Photo of farrago
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average finger’s worth of tan foam, moderate dimpling across the surface, disappears steadily but final retention near the surface is very good, not much lacing to speak of. Hazy brown liquid with a strong orange influence, almost looks like rusty water, very active carbonation throughout. The nose does a good job of creating an even spit between sweeter chocolate, toffee crunch, cola bean notes and an earthier, grassier hop presence, almost metallic or minerally at times, nothing here has too much cutting punch to it while also stays firm, maybe could soak in a bit more for added length. Medium-bodied, comes on quickly with carbonated churn in the mouth which likely keeps it drying than otherwise might be. So-so richness to the cocoa, malt, caramel, coffee bean flavors, not a lot of roast but there is decent yeastiness in a dry powder form. Less earthy and minerally here, about same level of herbaceousness with a run up in pine and grapefruit pith. No real fruit flavors. Curiously, sweeter colder than as it warms. Extends the finish well without sacrificing freshness, the bitterness could be ratcheted back.

farrago, Nov 12, 2012
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 Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

mklisz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

rangr514, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

strohme2, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of phishbone23
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

phishbone23, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Haglev, Apr 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

johntandlich, Apr 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Jason1337, Apr 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

MichPaul, Nov 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

blmar311, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Mahogany with 3 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Good retention leaves behind decent rings of lacing. Really good clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread and candy sugars. Hints of nuts and brown sugar.

Taste
Light on the palate. Caramel, brown bread and a dose of candy sugar. Light nuttiness with a touch of brown sugar. Just a hint of piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
A little bland in the flavor arena, but very easy drinking.

justintcoons, May 08, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ever since the Cosby show, I've wanted to live in a brownstone somewhere. Call me weird. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises honey-laden biscuit, light maple syrup, mild grass, light walnut, and a hint of incredibly vague citrus rind way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of grass, a slightly stronger contingent of citrus, and a dried version of the honey and syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice little brown ale, nothing overtly special, but a decent option for the style.

TMoney2591, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best before March 22, 2013 (I think--the date is pretty smudged; I remember the date being in March of 2013 when it was legible)

A: Clear reddish brown with a thick head and good lacing.

S: Resinous, piney hops.

T: Citric, resinous hops that come across as sour. Bready malt is faint in the background. Well hidden toastiness on the finish, if I really concentrate.

M: Soft, yet a bit prickly. Too thin.

O: A far cry from the draft version I remember from the Redhook brewery.

greybeardloon, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours dark brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, crystal malt (iced tea) and light roasted malt. Definitely sweeter on the flavor side. An ok brown, definitely on the sweet side.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of nimrod979
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a standard pint glass. Best by 4/26/13

Appearance: Pours a lighter, well more of a deep amber when held into the light. Smallish one finger off white head. Okay retention but some nice sticky lacing

Aroma: Slight nutty, caramel, malty. Earthiness. Not much though. Aromas are rather weak.

Taste: Mild nutty and roasty flavor. some brown sugar molasses thing going on. Still laking on the malts. Interesting thing is the somewhat bitter finish on the backend. Citrus hops thing going on back there.

Mouthfeel: Actually goes down pretty easy. The hops bitterness is a little too forward than I've perhaps ever had for the style. It's medium bodied. with average carbonation. I think the lighter use of malts make it a bit

Decent, drinkable. Nothing remarkable though.

nimrod979, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Much better off tap.

I had this on cask at Stout, right next to MSG in NYC. Very brown with a slight nut scent to it. It was opaque and left a good lace.

To be honest, this was one of the least flavorful cask beers I've had. It had a nut and malt taste to it. Semi creamy but lacks any real kick to it. It left a sour aftertaste.

Amalak, Feb 24, 2009
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
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.