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Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Reviews: 943 | Ratings: 2,310
Photo of Czequershuus
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a small, fizzy head. The aroma offers up coffee, dusty chocolate, and black currant. The flavor starts with stale coffee and chocolate, followed by an oaty cookie flavor, like a chocolate hob nob, as well as graham cracker, with just a touch of smoke on the end. The mouthfeel is very light. Overall I found this an unokeasantly stale, oddly smokey and roasty brown ale. Maybe I just prefer creamy browns, but this was not working for me.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a bright, deep brown color.

Overall: This beer has a variety of aromas containing sweet malt, a touch of chocolate and some nutty notes. The taste has good dark malt flavors of chestnut, chocolate, and touches of caramel malt sweetness. It also has a nice touch , fruity flavors as well. Brooklyn Brown Ale is a fantastic beer with lots of good malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wrong with this ale... but it could be more distinct. It could be closer to my bias of the malty, fruity ale; but that probably would take away from its dry aftertaste.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 edition have it 3 of 4 stars reviewing it as having become "more chocolatey, but is still nutty and dryish."

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

See through brown, off white head. spotty lacing. Smell is bread crust, light sweetness some toasted malts. Taste is slight caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt and a tangy finish. Not much bitterness. Medium/Light mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Spike
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark. Darker than I was expecting for a brown ale. Almost black. Off-white head that rapidly reduced to nothing. Negligible lacing.

Sweet malts. Cherries. A little toasty. Nicely restrained.

Toasted coffee. Sweet malts again. A little chocolate. Very low hop profile. Subdued.

Thin mouthfeel saved somewhat by a decent level of soft carbonation. More like an English brown ale than an American brown ale? Body is not even medium.

A little disappointing. I'm a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery, and have visited it several times, but this brew came and went without leaving much of a trace. Not bad just a bit bland, even for what is supposed to be a restrained beer style. The mouthfeel in particular lets it down.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: a dark, ruby red and purple combination. a slight dark brown color as well. tan 1/2 finger head with some mixed bubble sizes

s: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, some fresh dough, and some roasted malt

t: taste follows the nose almost identically. caramel malts, a little roasted malt behind that, brown sugar, chocolate, and a sweet generic berry flavor. there is some chestnut flavor in here as well. finish is quite sweet, with just a tad of bitterness from the roasted malt

m: medium mouth, carbonation is pretty standard for the style. good mouthfeel

o: its an alright beer. a tad light in the flavor, which makes it very drinkable, but it could use to be a bit more robust in the flavors it uses. worth a try, but don't go out of your way for

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Photo of fscottkey
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The beer pours out a nice cola brown color. It is a transparent brown with lots of light penetration. It forms a bubbly brown head that is just under 1/2 finger. The head recedes down pretty quickly to a thin film. The bottle lists the ABV at (5.6%) and there is a best by date of (Aug '15)

S: [3.25] Toffee, caramel and a big of creamed corn.

T: [3.75] Has really nice flavor of heart brown bread. Followed by a sweet finish. There are traces of caramel and molasses in the flavor too.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel has a bit of tingly carbonation. There is a medium body.

O: [3.50] This is a nice brown ale. It has good flavor and a good mouthfeel. I don't have any particular gripes about it. I would drink more of these.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice balance between caramel malt, nuttiness and a faint fruit finish. Minimal hop presence. An above average brown ale. This is my first beer from this brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of slusk
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/mahogany with a thin short-lived tan head. Malt forward aroma with little to no hop nose. Brown bread, nutty and a bit of caramel and fig in the aroma. The flavor is a bit weak on the malt side with a mild mineraly aftertaste. Not quite as malty as I expect from a brown. Would like to taste a bit more caramel, just a touch. A little astringency detracts for me. Medium body, medium low carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. Overall not bad, but not my favorite American brown. Just seems to be lacking in the maltiness for the style.

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

From bottle, Pours brown with thin beige head. Bready and light hoppy aroma. Taste is toasted malts and a bit of caramel, light bitter. Easy drinking, enjoyable.

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

Pours to a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lace. Color is a deep slightly hazy brown. The aroma is a subtle toasty nutty smell. Flavor is slightly creamy, nutty and chocolatey--this is a very good brown ale. Mouth feel is light medium. Good one!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy dark brown with a lovely garnet hue. Nose is subtle but it's all malt and no hops. The taste is pure ease. A lovely creamy malt, very smooth and with a touch of caramel. No hops in the flavor but they do come up for balance in teh finish. This malt is very dry but seems to roll across the palate so smoothly and without any coarse texture. No astringency. Very good. A bit thin. It does develop a slight nuttiness as it warms but by then the glass is done. Had a strange fruity aftertaste though.

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Photo of TH28
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby red, clear, with a nice khaki brown head that lingers. Aroma: Fresh baked bread crust, toffee, and chocolate. Hop aroma not noticeable. Taste: Malt sweetness upfront, with toasted bread crust, caramel, and slight touch of raisin. Finishes with a roasty note on the swallow and moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering roasted malt and dry, sticky finish. Overall: Beautiful looking beer with an outstanding, complex malt profile. Hop presence is there, but the balance is definitely toward the rich, toasted maltiness

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/3/15 (Bottle) - Chocolate, malt and nut scent, thin dark pour with minimal head. Sweet beer, good for desert or after a meal. Coffee, toffee and barley taste, decent kick going down than expected after tasting the sweet ingredients tasted. Overall good beer.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/tan colouration with an off white or pale latte coloured head.

Smell – A very pleasing chocolate and light coffee sweet malt aroma with a little hint of caramel kicking around in there.

Taste – Nicely done on the malt side with up-front toffee sweetness and a mild and pleasing coffee undercurrent that rides through the whole drinking experience. Hop bitterness is very mild but still present. Some nutty/woody elements to the character like a hazel nut.

Mouth Feel - Rich mouth feel with a smooth rounded palette and a crisp dryness that works well.

Overall – This beer is pretty well rounded it surprised me to note such a deep coffee element to the flavour, something I have detected in English Browns but not to such an extent as here. Very pleasing and definitely one for the colder evenings.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of May 2015

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored finger width head. Good retention, eventually dying to a thin layer of surface suds and spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell - Earthy with light nutty notes and a strong floral hoppiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light nuttiness with a slightly sour bite. Floral hop character. Finish has a vague, empty chocolate flavor to go with everything else. Odd flavors that don't necessarily mesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin, empty finish.

Overall - Eh, one of the more disappointing craft browns I've had. What's with the sourness? Best by date was still well within range, so it's somewhat baffling.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a point glass.
Aroma- Has a nice nut aroma with a well balanced malt mix.
Appearance- This a very dark brown colored beer with a small off-white head.
Taste- A big nut bomb flavor with a great malt blend. Has a great flavor that grew on me after each sip.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- This is a good beer, starting to build a lot of respect for Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of a dark maroon color with a big frothy off white head. Has a dark malty smell with trace amount of hops. Taste has hints of chocolate and roastiness with a tad bit of sweetness. Overall pretty good beer

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Photo of EvoRich
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep, dark amber color.Tan colored head

Smell: The smell isn't very strong. But what I can pick up is a nutty, chocolate aroma.

Taste: Very nutty in flavor, with a very caramel and chocolate flavors coming in the end.

Feel: Pretty smooth, with a medium body.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Malty, nutty, dry
T: Matches the nose. A large dose of malt and nuts, dry without much additional complexity
M: Light to medium-bodied, dry, somewhat simple
O: This needs a bit of sweetness or a bit of hop complexity to step it up a notch. Perfectly drinkable if simple now, but it seems like it's a good base upon which so much could be added

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Photo of DackZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Medium brown, light head

S-Pretty rich, def some grain and graham crackery sweetness

T-Fairly robust for a brown, yet finishes crisp. I really liked the balance here.

F-On the thicker side, but not syrupy.

O-I really enjoyed this beer. It was great with food as well as without. Very versatile. One of my more favorite browns (upslope is good, too). I'm a bit confused by The Bros rating here; I think this is a solidly "good" beer (mid 80's score worthy). JMHO

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an all around good beer. I visited the brewery and was amazed by the dedication to the specific styles of beer the have embraced. The beer itself is worth the effort.

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Photo of interzen
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Pours a very dark brown, almost black - hold it up to the light and there's some ruby red apparent. Fairly tight off-white/tan head with decent retention - at first blush you'd think someone had poured you a glass of Guinness or similar. Some lacing.

Smell: Quite earthy and nutty - plenty of malt in evidence with hints of caramel. None of the hop 'zinginess' is apparent.

Taste: Doesn't quite follow the smell - the earthiness is definitely there, though. This is far less hoppy than a lot of American beers I've had of late, there's still a hint of hop-related bitterness coming through at the end. Not exactly an earth shattering flavour but I'd hardly call it unpleasant either.

Feel: Given how it looks when first poured you'd be forgiven for thinking that this would be heavy going. Not so - if anything it's a little bit thin for a brown ale. OK as it is, but a little bit more heft in the body wouldn't hurt.

Overall: For me, this is a welcome antidote to the almost relentless hoppiness of most current American beers. The hop-heads will no doubt hate it, but for those who prefer things a bit maltier (ie. people like me) this isn't bad at all. Not sure I'd want to have a session on it at nearly 6% ABV but it's not something I'd actively turn down either.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- pours a medium brown, hint of ruby, with a decent head that quickly disapates. A ring of lace envelops 3/4 of the glass. It retains mostly all the way through.
Smell- sweet malt, caramel, toffee and nutty. Very nice.
Taste- I initially, sweet and malt forward on the tongue. Also very nutty. However, there is a modest but bold hops presence and wood like essence that soon takes over. It is especially apparent in the finish. At times, there was a very slight astringency in the aftertaste that detracted from the score.
Feel- feels light for a brown ale, perhaps due to the tight, crisp and tingly carbonation. I liked it though, as it made it quite drinkable.
I'm not a big brown ale guy, but I like this one. I find it session worthy and could see myself drinking several.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.