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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,076 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,076
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 157 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

JayGlogovsky, Aug 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

rmarsch, Mar 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

rallyr32, Dec 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

hozersr, Nov 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

skaboom420, Sep 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

BlackDrongo, Mar 22, 2012
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice 3 finger deep tan head shows fat bubbles and decent lace after a strong pour. The body is the blackest brown you can get, only showing hints of brown around the edges. Nose is a soft roasty malt feel with a zesty nutty backbone. Oddly soured malt feel enters the mouth with a slight shock. This does mellow out quickly though. The what rawness comes through all over the palate. The overall taste is a little sour dominate and not quite developed. Lacks the even richness of what I would expect from a brown ale. Mouthfeel is soured and sharp. Not all that enjoyable overall.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 01, 2007
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2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eh. This is a bad example of a bad beer. I like brooklyn because it's local but i'm not sure about this beer. I typically don't like brown ales to begin with but this one really has nothing to distinguish it from anything else. Color, smell and flavor are all nothing to get excited about.

david18, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Naes
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown ale with a tan head that has good retention and lacing.
The aroma is roasty and has chocolate tones.
Its flavor is grainy and nutty with a mild hop presence. There is also a slight coffee/chocolate presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is light to medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

This beer has an additional flavor that I can not put my finger on that does not agree with me.

Naes, Jan 02, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head that leaves little lacing.

Nose is almost non existent, maybe a little malty

Taste is not much better, some subdued malts...very bland

This is one smooth drinking beer, but it does not do much for the senses.

FLBeerGuy, Jun 19, 2010
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2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat brown but with very red highlights, served with a short tan head, that leaves a patchy lace over the top. Aroma was sweet malts, but I smelled a little hop which didn’t seem characteristic of a brown ale. The taste started with mildly sweet malts, a small hint of coffee, but moves to a spicy bitter hop flavor, and ends slightly acidic with a crisp hop finish. Body was barely medium.

It just seemed very different then what I am used to in brown ales, not very sweet, very hoppy. As it warmed up the hops dominated even more and I liked it less. Not horrible though, just not what I was expecting.

fattychubs, Jul 09, 2003
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2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to davehoward for the bottle! Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges on the glass. Light tan fizzy head. Smell is toasty, semi roasty malt. Hint of chocolate and coffee round it out and a mild roastiness is present in the taste as will along with a slight sour bitterness. Very thin body I thought. Not bad, but just not impressive especially for what I was expecting.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
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2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma – Light malt and bread smell.

Palate – Medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor – Sweet malty up front that quickly diminishes to a metallic (iron like) aftertaste.

Final thoughts – Quite smooth and easy drinking. I’ve had much better brown ales.

praufs01, Dec 10, 2007
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2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this when I was in New York City and slipped it in my suitcase. The beer poured a pretty brown as described with a highly carbonated head that dwindled away quite rapidly. Overall the beer lacked taste and mouthfeel. It was missing the thicker body and taste I have come to love in brown beers. I had not had this beer for a couple of years and now I remember why. Better to me than a Budweiser but rather low in the pecking order of brown ales.

SisuPride, Mar 30, 2011
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2.72/5  rDev -24.9%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a 12 oz bottle. Brewed in Utica(hate when they fool ya) as said on the label. Also noted that the label read that this Brown is hoppier then its British counterpart, I was dissappointed in that statement. So I moved on hoping for the best. Cracked the bottle, and got a wiff on hops over all. Pours a deep rich brown with nice head fading down the pint glass. First taste was that of hops, bitter on the back of the tongue moving to a carmel malt taste. The hops(as you can see I can't get over) seemed to overpower what I thought was going to be a great Brown. The mouth feel was lighter then that of a Brittish Brown, not one bit creamy. A little weak and dissappointing. Overall, not what I had imagined. I was looking for a great session beer, and got what seems to be a overhyped over hopped typical micro. I will pawn the rest of the case off on some company, maybe that will make them leave earlier.

katdaddy210, Oct 05, 2005
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2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Beer Cartel.

Pours a very deep cloudy brown, with a one finger off-white head. Some lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, treacle, caramel.

Taste is a watered down version of aromas. A little roast malt but overall quite sweet. Minimal hop presence. Have to say at the end of bottle - moderate flavour levels overall..

Mouthfeel is a let-down. Very watery indeed.

Overall, OK - but won't buy again.

heygeebee, Mar 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Fuzzycuffs, Dec 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Dated best by 1/07. A vigorous pour resulted in three fingers of beige head. The body was bright, clear and amber/brown in color. The lofty head collapsed within minutes. Some splotchy lace remained.

Smell was Bread. Walnuts and caramel.

Taste was mild and chocolaty. Moderate hops flavors accented the malts but stayed in the background. Alcohol flavor appeared later.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. Smooth, rounded.

Cresant, Mar 14, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

memphischas, Apr 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

1BadblueSS, Jan 27, 2013
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,076 ratings.