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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 444
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.14%
Wants: 52
Gots: 25 | 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:
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 trxxpaxxs
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent caramel color with about one finger of tan head. The foam fades quickly, and there is thin lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and malty. I get caramel, roasted chestnuts, and slight hop bitters. Decent smelling beer.

T: This seems like a pretty typical brown ale. I get a nice malty sweetness mixed with mild nuts. There are more hops in here than I would expect for the style, but I'm into it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's easily drinkable and goes down smooth. There is nothing too outstanding or detracting.

O: Good beer, but I'm not overly impressed with the style to begin with. I thought it was ok, but I doubt I'll buy another can. (696 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Hazed amber red hue, sticky two fingers of froth

SMELL: Clean hop resin, toasted bread, mildly estery, spicy, caramel, faint orange peel, herbal, hay, roasted pecans

TASTE: Very malty, medium bodied, very smooth, toasted character throughout, juicy hop bitterness, chicory, hint of unsweetened chocolate, peppery alcohol, slightly orangey hop flavor, citrus pith, vaguely nutty, drying finish

A bit raw but certainly not unfinished, layers peel away with each sip as it warms up. I've had this on tap many times and the can seems to have held on to all of this greatness. Hands down one of my favorite American brewed browns. (691 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Appearance is a moderate brown with reddish hues and a touch of cloudiness. Nice 2 finger head upon pour with good retention. The nose features caramel, cream, faint chocolate, and earthy hops. The nose suggest that the flavor is going to be subtle with a decent presence of both malt and hops. Taste starts with some roasted malt character which I barely picked up on the nose. Some crusty bread comes in with a touch of caramel character. The taste finishes with a hop note. This brown ale has a decent bit of character and is also unique for the style. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carabonation. Overall, worth a try, especially if brown ales are your thing. (710 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 4/26/2013. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbal, grapefruit, pine, chocolate, toast, orange zest, and slight nuttiness. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, grass, orange zest, chocolate, and light nuttiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, grass, biscuit, and light nuttiness on the finish for a bit. Pretty good flavor balance; but is very much hop forward with hardly any noticeable darker malts until after the finish. No cloying flavors or sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a farily creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a good brown ale. Could have use more prominent chocolate roasted flavors in my opinion; but was still nicely balanced and very drinkable. Quite enjoyable. (1,178 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown ale. Served from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Somewhat hazy mahogany color, lots of light comes through. Big off white frothy head with good retention and plenty of lace coating on the glass.

Slightly better than average smell. Before the beer warms up there is some hops presence. Afterwards just some mild malty characteristics.

Tastes good. Toffee and roasted malts, some piney hops bitterness. More hops than usual in a brown ale, but still nicely balanced...advantae on the malty side.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but nice and crisp/ refreshing. Seems a bit light for 6.00 abv, no hint of alcohol.

A solid brown ale, a bit hoppier than most. Goes down real easy...A winner (690 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownstone pint can (awesomeness) poured into my CBS snifter. Thanks Adam -

A: Dark caramel colored body with decent clarity and a light tan head with great spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Herbal hop notes, caramel and nutty aromas, brown malt base, mostly sweet without any real roasted presence.

T: Hops are more subdued here, very little perceivable bitterness on the palate, some caramel sweetness mixed with the nutty brown ale notes...hint of some woody & earthy notes and a faint flash of darker fruit.

MF: Creamy medium body, softer carbonation leads to a somewhat velvety mouthfeel.

O: Really pleasant brown, and a good one to pair with dessert. I did. (670 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of off white foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is pretty hoppy, dominated by citrus hop aromas, but not overwhelmingly so.

First sip is pleasingly refreshing, effervescent, mild hop flavor, sweet crystal malt backbone, and a nice bitter finish. Certainly a hoppy take on the style, but it works nicely. I feel it could use a bit more body or malt sweetness, but that's a relatively minor fault. (462 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a light chestnut color with a finger of beige head. Nice retention with some sticky lace.

This one has a nutty aroma with hints of toffee in the background. Seems to have a bit of citrus in the background. The pallet has a nice toasty malt profile with some hints of toffee and nuts. A distinct hop character in the background.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Enjoyable as are most Sixpoint beers. (484 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are a nice balance of dark brown sugar and breadiness. There is a hop presence here but I am having a hard time determining a variety. A touch of earthiness/woodiness and of course some nuttiness.

The taste follows the nose with a good balance of the brown sugar, molasses and breadiness; there is some caramel sweetness there as well. The nuttiness is more noticeable here and there is a a hit of bitter burnt nutty flavor at the end. A mild aftertaste of campfire smoke. The hops are quite forward and much more so than I remember first sampling in a growler about a year ago before Sixpoint even started canning their beers.

The mouthfeel is toward the lighter side with some lingering carbonation on the tongue. Finish is quite bitter and more hoppy than I would prefer in my brown ales.

Overall this is a good offering from Sixpoint, but just like all their recent can releases, I enjoyed their beers a lot more back when everything was draft only. Not enough malt to balance the emerging hoppy bitterness which ruins the overall flavor profile for me here. (1,073 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can picked up locally, best before april 26 2013...enjoyed from a sixpoint spice of life snifter.

a - brew poured a deep opaque chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. the glass boasted a full 3 fingers of head that left massive milkshake like lacing as it dissolved. the creamy head hung there for the trip though.

s - nice brown sugar malts with some nutty vibe. some unpleasant metallic undertones are present though. beyond the bad metallic notes it really is spot on.

t - thankfully the metal notes on the nose are invisible in the taste. big robust flavor. nuttiness. brown sugar. malt dominant with a hint of roast and toast. great sweetness. the way a brown ale aught to be.

m - big and bold. leaves an odd finish. definite soda like notes.

o - overall, sixpoint has been a big hit or miss brewery for me, this one falls more on the hit side than the miss side, but i'm not a fan of this one in the way i was of crisp or righteous or apollo, but this is definitely up there. this is certainly a brewery to watch as they are maturing and refining their process, their beers are solid. they had an incredible reputation when draft only and they are starting to come into their own learning from the canning process. i wouldn't write off any of their beers upon first taste as they are worth checking out each batch as they are taking feedback and tweaking. this is a solid brown with some unique notes in the flavor. (1,447 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served from a 16 oz. can - pours with a massive, light tan head that has decent retention - a bit less lacing than I would have expected initially - beer itself is a hazy, nearly opaque medium copper/orange - aroma is pleasant, but lacking in the overall toasty, caramel presence I associate with this style - there is a definite presence of assertive citrusy hops aroma though, which really pushes the malt to there rear, leaving it almost as an afterthought - - again, taste is pleasant, but still lacking in the crucial roasted and caramel notes for the style - there is far more hops presence here than I care for in a brown ale - mouthfeel is nice, with a crispness added by a nice level of carbonation - overall, this isn't a bad beer at all, however, it drinks far more like a pale ale than a brown ale - a rare (semi) disappointment from a brewery that is rapidly gaining my appreciation. (896 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly-clear deep mahogany color. Head is magnificent. Head leaves fat logs of lacing. The head is khaki colored and about an inch high. Super foamy consistency and textbook retention.

S-Notes of cola and root beer. Light nuttiness. A wee bit roasty. Breaded with a distinctive hop profile. Sweet citrus hops. Caramel backing. Tons going on here.

T-Nicely breaded with different types of nuts popping and jumping out. Light coffee roast. Cola/root beer again. Finishes With a pleasant grassy hop layout that gradually morphs into a bright and lively citrus hoppiness. Toasted caramel and molasses somewhere in the middle.

M-Light and sessionable as far as a 6% Brown Ale goes. Dry and moldy bitter on the finish. Soft, rubbing carbonation. Moderately light but still creamy. The feel really comes into its own as the beer slowly warms.

O/D-Another crazy Sixpoint ale that I am truly digging. Alcohol does come out here and there, but thats my only real critique of this brew. Complex, great looking and easy-drinking. Another hit. PERFECT for the beginning of Autumn. (1,082 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny/glowing tan/amber body, finger khaki head, glorious lacing

S: mellow malt, toffee, nuts, caramel

T: toffee, nutty, mild roasted malt earthy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/good carbonation

O: Another fine addition to the Sixpoint journey I have enjoyed!
Dare I say, with a relaxing smoothness, I could drink this
on beautiful crisp Autumn East Coast all afternoon.

VERY NICE, GIVE IT A GO! (405 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some nice light cocoa and toffee malts, as well as a good bit of grass and some earth. The flavor is very similar. The toffee and dusty chocolate notes come through initially, but there is also a decent amount of bitterness for a brown ale. I also get a little bit of grass flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice take on a brown ale. (424 characters)

Photo of llpad
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from can into tulip. Nice, full, off-white head with decent retention. Lacing is excellent.

Smell was straightforward: light malts.

Taste was similar to smell, but initially was a chalky malt taste with a full, beautiful mouthfeel. A small sour/tang remains as the aftertaste and lets the drinker ponder this brew.

Overall, it's straightforward and well done. A great session brew, no doubt. (404 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clean brown/reddish pour, lots of lacing, fluffy 2 fingers of head.
smells of bitter hops, chocolate, coffee.
a refreshing subtle brown ale.. slightly bitter up front with chocolatey/malty sweetness in the finish.
light body + .. leaning towards medium body from the creamy feel on the lips.

a great beer from sixpoint. the cans are usually hit or miss, this one is a solid go-to much like the crisp. (401 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured a sample into a snifter, drank the rest from the can

A- Pours hazy amber brown. Cant see through it. A two finger of an off white head and excellent lacing.

S- A slight caramel nuttiness. A little grapefruit and earthy spices. The hops in this brown are very nice, bright citrus and sharp pine. Nice stuff

T-The first thing is get is a nutty toffee flavor. A little bit of a spice, some garlic and maybe some wheat spices. The hops are awesome in this beer, reminds me of citra hops. There is a ton of citrus and a lot of pine in this brew. There is also some herbal notes in this beer.

M- Can say much for the mouthfeel. Its just a little watery in my opinion. The beer has great bitterness and drinkability but its just too light.

O- Interesting brown ale. I would say its in between a brown and an IPA. But good beer never the less. (857 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light. Nice frothy, beige head holds excellent retention and leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are toasted malt, chocolate malt, grassy hops. Tastes are chocolate malt, fresh hops, toasty grain, unexpected hint of pine, nice balance with a hoppy bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-medium, somewhat resiny, good carbonation. This was hoppier than expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice American Brown Ale. (487 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got "Mr.Brownstone" by Guns N Roses going through my head thanks to this beer.

As one would expect, it's a nice mild brown color with a frothy head. Not BROWN but not brown either.

After it settles, I pick out a faint hint of sweet malt and not much else in the nose. You don't need hops in a brown ale. It's not sickly sweet.

It is what it is. Sweet with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. There are still hops but they compliment rather than overwhelm the palate.

Lingering sweet brown sugar and cocoa make up the mouthfeel. The carbonation level should be dialed down a bit but otherwise, easy going, easy drinking.

Check this out if you want a simple, drinkable brown ale that you can also take to the beach or public gatherings where glass is forbidden. (768 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: brown colored body that yields a great two finger white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes. Nice spider-web foamy lacing appears and lasts pratically forever. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: hops in front of the malts. A slight nuttiness comes through as the beer warms.

T: pretty much the same smells in the tastes combining and eventually yielding a slight enjoyable sweetness that I really like.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, fairly sessionable.

O: I like this for the most part, yet for a brown the hops are a bit too much in front of the malts. (611 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was hoping to score a CAN or two of this latest CANned offering from Sixpoint at The Fridge but to no avail. The Foodery (Northern Liberties) to the rescue! I stopped in shortly after they opened on Labor Day and lo and behold, Brownstone. Good on ya, boys! The CANQuest (TM) marches on!

From the CAN: "... and coming out of the brownstone house to the gray sidewalk, the watered street, one side of the buildings rises with the sun like a glistening field of wheat."; "Brownstone is our bedrock; the first fortress of Sixpoint. Mahogany malt and balanced bitterness is our home."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer is culture".

The first quote is from the poem, "Letter to N.Y." by Elizabeth Bishop. The Crack and Glug was from my kitchen. I could not invert the CAN, but the massive head that formed anyway created a cascading action as it fell away to become liquid. I had a dense two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention when all was said and done. Color was a reddish-brown with NE-quality clarity, but not deep enough in its shade to be called mahogany. Nose had a real hop presence to it, very pine-y, underlain by a slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops really presented up front, followed by a light chocolaty sweetness on the tongue. The finish was dry, mostly from the hops, but the extreme finish allowed me to experience the malt again. Once more, they are not doing things to style, but that suits me just fine. (1,507 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real good head formation off the pour on this. Light tan head. Creamy, somewhat together with lots of retention and staying power. Body is a deep dark redish brown color with not much ability to see through it.

Bouquet on this is neutral for a brown ale. Malt action not so much, sugar sweetness or nuts, no. But there is a distinct aromatic hop on here, something akin to a mellow pine which seems to make a woody character nicely to a brown ale.

Taste is very light bodied, with a simple feel. Much of the flavor is in the aftertaste as to the mid palate, and very subtle. Light chocolate, light malts and a lingering mild hop astringency. Body makes with the lightness also, almost wet but luckily not too bad.

Overall an easy drinking brown, with some light flavors. Something in my gut tells me this on tap or nitro would make it sing. (889 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pumking glass on 8/15/12

Dulled, yet dense, medium tobacco brown; looks rustic, like old stained wood. A one finger cap of foam doesn't last long, before skimming out to a bubbly, soapy layer. It has the fixin' for good lace, though.

The aroma has the standard Sixpoint green pine. Beyond that are dark malt notes - brown sugar, rye, pumpernickel bread. I'll admit it's a bit of a stretch, but at times it makes me think of oatmeal, cinnamon raisin cookies; it isn't that the beer smells like such a cookie, it just has characteristics that I find similar.

The taste has a good bit of the pine hops going on and there is a stark bitterness that lasts throughout. Stray hints of lemony hops, too. The malts are dry and spicy. Overall, this is pretty well balanced as the bitterness tapers off some. Tangy roast; almost has some hints of coffee.

The feel is a nippy medium light sort of thing. Carbonation is high; not prickly but it's quite effervescent. Coating finish.

Overall, this is one of the more disappointing Sixpoint beers I've had. I doubt I'll finish the can. (1,090 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a brownish-amber with two fingers of soft fluffy head that lasts for a few minutes, and leaves behind curtains of lacing bubbles on the glass. Texture is on the lighter side of medium thickness but smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation levels are somewhat on the light side.

Smells like the hopping was a cross between pilsner-styled noble hopping and a pine resin / grapefruit pith bittering, all partially covering up a chocolate malt. The flavor is a sweet initial caramel / chocolate malt that tempers itself with minor amounts of pith, resin, and garnish levels of earthen hopping tones.

This brown ale is so hop-forward that it pushes the boundaries of pale ale levels of hopping. It certainly makes things interesting, however the cost of the high hopping seems to be the obscuring of the nutty and bready elements of a typical brown ale. YMMV. (887 characters)

Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.