Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 50
Gots: 267 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,200 | Reviews: 947
Reviews by studentofbeer:
Photo of studentofbeer
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dark mahogoany beer with large milky tan head. i found it pretty.

sweet, bready malty smell with some caramel and spice. Body is pretty light--was expecting it to be a bit more robust. taste is slightly nutty and spicy up front with light caramel and milk chocolate. finish fades a bit watery with a vaguely sweet candy finish. definitely an english character to it.

a decent beer but i liked the brooklyn lager i had earlier better. i would also note i probably served this a bit on the cold side--this beer will do much better i think if served on the warm side. I waited a while after taking from the fridge to open, but more flavor comes out around 60 degrees or so, i'm guessing. the only thing i really didn't like was the finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness is clearly marked. Notes on the breweries origin and purity practices adorn an orange, brown and gold label.

Appearance: Leathery brown with a cream coloured head.

Smell: Sweet malt aroma with a little bit of caramel.

Taste: Rich mouthfeel with a smooth up-front caramel sweetness, changing into a defined crisp dryness (Burton-on-Trent style) that shadows the hop bitterness. This beer goes nutty in the middle and gradually finishes stronger.

Notes: A nice modern day American Brown Ale. On the dry side, but packed with a fullness of flavours.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mediocre example of the style; thin; odd flavor on finish.

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color very little head,nice chocolaty aroma.Nice malty/cocolate flavors with earthy undertones just like a good brown should be.Finished nicelel didnt thin out towards the end like alot of brown ales do.Really enjoyed will have again,hopefully soon.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany brown, clear, with sparse head. Nice lacing.

S: Practically no aromas to note. With strong agitation, you can derive some sweet malt smells and perhaps something more, fig maybe.

T: Extremely well balanced with a hint of nuttiness in the complex mix of light & medium malts. I know there are hops here due to the balance but they really do not come forth for their proper due. The finish is brisk, clean, with nothing more than a fleeting memory of the malty mixture.

M&D: Mouthfeel is full, but not particularly heavy. Carbonation is moderately light which matches the flavors nicely. Although not a great fan of brown ales, this one is rather good. I found this highly enjoyable and would seek it out when available. Very nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice session beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a reddish/brown color with a moderate sized tan head. A sweet, cherry aroma, some malt, and a tiny bit of chocolate. The taste was sweet, with a little chocolate, and some hop bitterness. I really enjoyed the 6pack, and will drink it again.

Photo of Beaver13
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brooklyn Brown poured ruby-brown with a big, fluffy, light brown head that showed excellent retention.

The aroma was nutty chocolate with a slight fruity hop note.

It was medium bodied (a little on the thin side) with nice carbonation. The taste was a surprisingly big fig flavor initially with lots of chocolate and nuttiness. It had a crisp, very subtle bitter, and slight metallic finish.

Overall, a nice, drinakable brown ale. It reminded me of a cross between a New Belgium Abbey and a porter.

Photo of shapudding
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/rootbery medium dark and clear. Not much head, tiny bit of white rint around the edge with a dusting in the center. Mainly malty scents, lightly dark.. Tastes of roasted malts, darkened toast, bit of merlot. Med/highly carbinated, almost soda-like... just a step below maybe? Or as if you let your soda sit for a bit... carb is just a tad high feeling on this for me... Easy drinker though, not too heavy at all, and the flavors are very nice and not too intense, just very good and highly drinkable.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. On the label there is a best before date.

Appearance: The body has a dark mahogany color with a light tan head on top. The head quickly fades down to just a ring on bubbles around the edge of the glass. The lacing is mostly slick and slides down the glass with just a little bit sticking to the glass.

Smell: The aroma sweet with hints of roasted and toasted malt.

Taste/Mouth Feel: Up front the flavor has a nice sweet bready malt with hints of roasted barley, caramel and toffee. The hop flavor is mellow but adds very good balance to the finish. It has a big round and smooth texture with soft carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

Notes: Over all this is one very tasty brown Ale.

Photo of Jcorn
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this. Solid.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer is dark brow, the amazing part is the thick creamy head it is like a draft nitro

the aroma is nutty full of crystal malts and sweet buttery aroma is very nice

taste is classic Brooklyn malty threw and threw starts with a sweet buttery mouth and carbonation builds. The taste mellows out with crystal malt and caramel finish. the finish is smooth.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown (surprise!) with a smallish head. Smells slightly nutty, mild caramel and a pinch of floral hoppiness. Tastes of some caramel, little bit more nuttiness, balanced out by a touch of hop bitterness. Slightly dry, good carbonation. Solid brown ale.

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with a small off-white head that fades leaving no lacing.

S- Semi-sweet chocolate smell dominates with some caramel/toffee and bit of fresh baked cookies.

T- Again the semi-sweet chocolate character comes through up front with a crsip biscuit and cookie middle and a finish of bitter hops and chocolate.

M- Nice medium body with a medium high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly foamy and not harsh.

O- A really good beer. I've had mixed feelings on the Brooklyn beers I've had in the past but this one is quite tasty. Very chocolaty in character, almost to the extent of Young's Chocolate Stout.

Photo of Duster72
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and no head to speak of. Aroma is nutty, toasty, carmel. Taste is lightly roasted malts and carmel. Little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is fairly thin for the style. Decent pairing with hearty meal at this price point.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with a beige head that is small, but lasting. Moderate patch lace all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of roasted malt notes. Chocolate and espresso, with notes of walnuts. Earthy and woodsy hops provide a balanced bouquet.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with an ideal medium carbonation.
Taste is malty chocolate, with a solid hops bitterness that is grassy and earthy. Walnut nuttiness emerges in the middle, and stays through the finish.
One of the better American brown ales I've sampled, but I still don't favor the style. This one exudes quality, and would be excellent with blue cheeses.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating of August 04. Pours almond skin brown, clear, off white head, leaving some lace. yeasty, bready nose. Soft caramel, nutty, coffee flavor notes. Nice subtle maltyness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Hops well in background, mellow , with a slight grainy texture. Very drinkable, pleasant quaffer.

Photo of fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones, Somerville, MA.

So I've never been a fan of Brown Ales, but I want to be, especially after Tommyknocker's Imperial Brown, which I have been enjoying immensely for the last month or so. I figured if I'm going to give it a shot I could do worse than Brooklyn.

I respected this beer very much for the way it was crafted, but did not enjoy drinking it. I just don't like the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: leather brown in color, clear, and 1/4 inch head

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt and some chocolate

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, high carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: Could have four to a sixer. It is my favorite beer in the variety pack. Despite having two dominate tastes it is a nice multi-layered brown. A solid effort.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Not much aroma going on, just a bit of malt. The taste is a nice nutty malt with some hops at the end. This is a good tasting beer but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is quite good as I can easily drink a few of these. Overall, this is not my favorite brown ale but it's still a nice example of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some caramel and toffee malt, as well as some pine from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get some nice roasted malt and caramel notes up front, with a decent amount of bitterness and some piney hop notes also coming through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jakester
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Date notched on the label.

Pours a mostly clear mahogany red with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head falls rather quickly to just a ring, with no real lacing. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is lightly spicy or citrusy hops and clean, rich toffee candy. Neither one is dominant, but they meld together well. As it warms, the malt comes through more, as does a smell of raisins.

First flavor is caramel malt, then a fairly strong dose of hop bitterness. Citrusy hop flavor is next, with notes of lemons and oranges. Flavors are pretty crisp and clean, with a slight emphasis on hop character. Aftertaste has a flavor of raisins or dried fruit.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Finish is on the dry side, refreshing.

I must admit, this isn't what I was expecting, but it's pretty good. The flavors are very slightly watered down a bit, especially the malt character. The hop character isn't out of style, but it IS different. This beer also improves in character as it warms. This is a refreshing beer for a brown ale. Recommended.

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by September 2011.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin off-white cap.

Smell: Fairly dry, with caramel, nuts and a decent level of spice, citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste: Even more dry with a backbone of caramel and walnut, over which the spice, citrus and pine plays a fairly prominent role for a Brown Ale. Hoppy and dry, but not really bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and, as I have already said many times, very dry. However, it is a trifle on the thin side.

Overall: Nice, everyday Brown Ale with a little more hops than I expected. My only gripe is the slightly thin mouthfeel. After having four of their beers, Brooklyn clearly knows how to elevate traditional beers and make them better.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear mahogany with deep reddish tones. Tall light tan head with good retention and rings of lace around the top of the glass followed by spotty lacing.

Moderate aromas with lots of earthyness,grassy,nutty,burnt carmell and slight vinious aromas also.

Earthy tasting with chocolate,very nutty,and grassy.A roasted coffee mid taste finishing crisp and clean with fruitty tartness.

A light mouthfeel with some creamyness and grainy textures. Easy drinking a good session beer.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a delightfully brown hue, in accordance with the name, with a taupe 2-finger head. Smell is of earthy tones, tree bark, with roasted malt. Overall taste was really good: malty sweet with just a touch hops. Smooth, enjoyable beer. This was really a pleasure to drink. My first chance at a Brooklyn brew and this one did not disappoint. Highly recommend giving it a shot.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malt aromas with traces of chocolate and graham cracker. Pours brilliant brown under a 2” finely bubbled tan tinted white foam cap. Light caramel flavors with traces of chocolate and light grains. Medium carbonation and body with a bright, crisp finish.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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