Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by StoutishDan:
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Being that there is nothing within me that discerns how a beer SHOULD smell and taste, determining my opinion of this beer becomes more difficult.
I will simply compare this beer to the others I have had an enjoyed.
I like brown ales, particularly English Browns. I was definitely looking forward to this.
The appearance was pleasant, although the head was a little weak. Nice dark brown with a slight mahogany hue. Looks pretty tasty.
The smell was bitter, malty, and hints of carmel notes. Quote pleasant, if you ask me.
The taste is what got me. Leading up to this everything seemed like it was going to be stellar. I was immediately surprised by the amount of bitterness I tasted upfront. I don't like bitter beers...I'd rather not drink bug spray. This is the third Brown ale of the sixer I bought the other day that I've had, and it seems as though I've really gotten used to the bitterness. If I had reviewed this beer the day I first tasted it, my comments would have been a lot more harsh.
I have a great respect for Brooklyn Brewery so it'd be hard to dismiss this beer entirely and call it "bad". It's not a bad beer. So many people like it. I just don't. In fact, I think its being a "Brown Ale" is very deceiving. If it had been labeled a "Bitter", I probably wouldn't have never touched it. I'd much rather have a more mild, sweeter, chocolatier Brown Ale.
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2011 21:52:16 | More by StoutishDan
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3.86/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brooklyn Brewery has yet to go wrong in my book, with some solid lagers and pale ale family offerings tried to date. Here we try the brown ale, a reddish brown brew with a few fingers of frothy tan head, poured from the bottle into an English pint glass. This one has a nice malty aroma, brown crust, light molasses, and dark fruits with a fragrant cola-like brown spice, herbal licorice, and hints of citrus zest. The palate is also malt-forward, fruity, and spicy, with some orange and grapefruit rind from the more aggressive American brown ale approach to hopping. Tastefully done. Starts with some chocolate chips and light roast coffee, after which a plum and raisin-like fruitiness emerges, followed by cola and a tannic astringency like black tea. Moderately chewy but dries out the mouth a little, finishing long, earthy, and spicy ... Reminds me of an English pale ale or IPA in this regard. Well below a porter or stout in terms of roasted flavor but I appreciate the fruit and spice notes receiving top billing here. Brooklyn has a real knack for combining tactful but assertive flavor hopping with some great old world malt flavors.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 01:08:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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