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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 37
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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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Photo of CrazyDavros


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, coffee, nutty malt and soft caramel. Also some toasty, melanoidin-like malt. Very nice.
Flavours initially include similar chocolate and roasted malt, but a little later some vegemite shows through along with soft acidity.
Body seems a little light on, carbonation a bit high.

11-04-2011 23:28:53 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Traquairlover


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very clear medium reddish brown, small tan head which dissipates quickly, light lacing.

S = Light notes of molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, buttered toast, a little light though and with a bit of a pepper bite that really doesn't quite go well.

T = Quite a bit of bitterness, both at the front of the tongue and in the finish, less of the sweet syrupy tastes than I was expecting from the smell, a little out of balance with a slight tinny taste from mid-palate through the end of the finish.

M = Bit too much sting from the carbonation, decent mouthcoating, medium body.

D = This one is definitely drinkable but it just doesn't stand far enough out from the crowd to be highly recommended. Not a bad standby all purpose beer though.

07-31-2008 23:41:49 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, hops, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. I can also pick up some light hops and a bit of sweet pear juice. There is also a slight metallic taste to the beer. It finishes with a bitter and malty aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer much more on draft than from the bottle. It found it had more of a harsh bitter aftertaste from the bottle. Still a decent beer however.

01-11-2011 17:26:03 | More by spinrsx
Photo of marc77


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Clear, ruddy deep chestnut in hue. Thick, persistent, dense tan head leaves lace. The aroma is predominantly of dry baker's chocolate and stately toffee along with faintly floral hops. Tame. Biscuit and burnt bread upfront in flavor ensued by mellow cocoa and an herbal tinge of hops. Salty, lightly mineral notes mid palate along with hints of whole wheat cracker. Mild hop bitterness. Light, crisp, with well calculated attenuation and residual dextrins. Finishes mostly clean and dry, with fleeting hints of molasses and savory biscuit. A no frills drinkable brown with enough character to keep the palate interested. Tasty, but mostly unremarkable.

05-27-2003 13:34:42 | More by marc77
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle with Best by Sep 2008 stamped.

Pours a very dark brown with cranberry highlights and a lightly colored tan head which drops to a film quickly.

Scent is not very noticeable but I discern a general roasted malt scent.

Taste is of nuts, malt (and honey?) sweetness followed by a slight hop bitterness. Very slight tea-like flavor and bitterness.

Body is a bit thin.

Drinkability is good.

Verdict is a pleasant to drink brown ale but not a remarkable one. Note that this was reviewed right at the best by date (Sep 08) and may be better fresher.

10-03-2008 13:43:36 | More by sethmeister
Photo of NODAK


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Smell here is of sweet, chocolate malt...maybe a little coffee. More so than I had expected from a beer like this.

This beer has some crispness upfront with a bit of English hop character...followed by a fair amount of chocolate/caramel malt. Nowhere near the heavy body I had thought. The finish has a little hoppiness to it..enough to give a bitter twinge on the sides of the tongue. Pretty dry finish in that respect. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd imagined here. As it warms, the malt becomes a bit more pronounced.

Some malt remains in the aftertaste...it's a bit cloying. Sometimes hard to ascertain whether it's of dark chocolate or coffee.

Overall, I'd say it's pretty average. I'd hoped for a bit more boldness but it's certainly drinkable.

07-01-2009 02:20:37 | More by NODAK
Photo of BrownNut


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Dark copper/caramel. Great head.

S- nice, malty, yeasty, and a fresh note

T - Slightly acidic in a citrusy way without tasting of citrus. Not what I was expecting from a brown ale. Looking at a page of other people's reviews on this, nobody else has said this. Something wrong with mine? Not sure. Otherwise a very slight roasty grain taste.

Aftertaste - Pretty clean. Faint roasty grain taste on the exhale. I'm left with a tart mouth.

M - Mostly neutral except an oddly localized and interesting tartness at the very tip of the tongue and inside the lips. Makes me want to purse my lips in the angry child configuration.

O - A pleasant and interesting beer. More sour and tart than I want from a brown ale, but still good. The tartness is just so surprising and unexpected. It's sort of a novelty. I could see myself ordering it now and then if it were on tap at my local, just for the peculiar and distinctive experience of it.

01-15-2012 02:25:05 | More by BrownNut
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

pours a rich mahogany brown. it had a finger thick tan head but it didn't last.
smells toasty in the glass, caramel malts and a slight hop aroma in there too.
the toasted malt is in the taste as well. the label says chocolate and coffee, but my palate doesn't.
slightly too light bodies for me, on the watery side.
overall i would have this again, but its just a decent brewed beer.

06-04-2010 20:47:05 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance- Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of frothy cream head.

Smell- caramalts, nuttiness, vanilla, slight leafy hops

Taste- Starts off with the roasted malts, grains, and slight nuttiness. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A tasty American Brown Ale from Brooklyn. I liked that it wasn't nut or caramel heavy as other American Brown Ales can be. It could use a tad more sweetness but otherwise the flavours are pretty well balanced.

01-14-2013 04:25:42 | More by leaddog
Photo of diamondc


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

$1.99 for a single 12 oz. Best before Feb 2010.

A: Dark brown, reddish tint. Speckled lacing on the glass after a few mini gulps. Head didn't last too long, just leaving a few wisps of foam.

S: Nutty at first, medium roast, followed by a weak dark fruit, plum / cherry aroma.

T: More of the nuttiness. Milk chocolate, espresso, with a faint grape bubblegum flavor. I'm reminded of a Snickers bar actually. Hops get lost in the roasted aftertaste.

M/D: A respectable brown ale. Nothing mind-blowing here. As has been said before, a bit watery, but very drinkable.

12-29-2009 08:13:38 | More by diamondc
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A clear reddish bronze with a fair bit of bubbles and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left a few patches of lace

S some mild chocolate and maybe a little raisin

T as it smells but with just a little coffee

M a little creamy from all the bubbles

D not bad but I feel it's missing a little something keeping it from being a great beer

I can't quite figure out what this beers missing, I do like this brew but it could use just a little something

02-27-2010 08:39:11 | More by wordemupg
Photo of pants678


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Found this on tap at a local joint with a decent rotation. I'd had this one before out of the bottle and was rather unimpressed. I found it watery and had written it off as sub par.

However, as always, out of the tap was entirely different. I noticed the pour was poor, 1/2 the pint was foam. But that was fixed and received the pint with a nice head. Came off as a dark red, brown coloring. Didn't take a lot from the smell, malt and oak. The first sip was perfect, exactly what a brown should be. Carmel, malts, nuts, etc. Excellent. It did fizzle out as I worked my way down, but that's more or less expected. Since it couldn't maintain, that drops it but I'll keep just a step above Newcastle.

02-15-2009 19:30:51 | More by pants678
Photo of yuriruley


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance - reddish/brown with a small white head, not much lacing to speak of.

Smell - very faint, light chocolate, some malt. Not getting much else.

Taste - Has an earthy flavor, some chocolate. Very mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel - pretty good, good carbonation, light to medium body.

Drink - not bad, as someone mentioned, I think it is pretty sessionable.

Overall pretty good, I am not big into browns, but this one is pretty good.

10-27-2010 02:32:05 | More by yuriruley
Photo of bfree


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

A: dark brown, amber color

S: has a mild sweet, chocolate, nutty and fruity (cherry) smell...very pleasant

T: similar to the nose, but less sense of fruit due to the carbonation

M: carbonation from start to finish

D: not too sweet and not too heavy, the carbonation is a little much but it is very suitable for an autumn beer

09-11-2010 02:17:48 | More by bfree
Photo of danielharper


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours a tan-brown body with a thick foamy khaki-colored head. Not cloudy at all, but dark enough to be mostly opaque.

S: Nutty, slightly malty aroma. Sweet, astringent, inviting.

T: Slightly astringent flavor, but with a very sweet nuttiness that is quite enjoyable. Finishes sweet and clean.

M: Moderate. Somewhat chewy.

D: A very drinkable brown ale -- this is one of my favorites of the style.

03-27-2007 20:35:24 | More by danielharper
Photo of Shrews629


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance - Very dark brown mahogany. "Oxblood". Clear body. Khaki/Tan colored head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a decent ring around the top. Some deep red highlights peek through on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Getting some malt in the nose, but not terribly strong. Picking up some "special dark" chocolate notes. Nice. The roasted malt comes through stronger as the beer starts to warm. Whispers of coffee bean make an underlying appearance.

Taste - With the taste, I am again picking up on the roasted malt with inklings of the chocolate. The coffee flavor is coming along at a decent pace at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel for this style. Doesn't hang on the palate as long as I had anticipated. Not bad, but just not as strong as some others.

Drinkability - This is a pretty decent brew. I wouldn't turn it down. Good session brew for the Fall season. Not quite as warming as I was hoping, but not bad. The smell was the best aspect with the evidence of the dark chocolate.

10-22-2010 00:17:06 | More by Shrews629
Photo of asaharyev


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Pour: Dark chestnut brown with no haze, a small prickly head that quickly vanishes. I may have poured this one a bit too cold.

Aroma: Molasses and vanilla, a touch of hop presence. I also smell a bit of black bread, or really just kvass.

Taste: Sweet dark malt flavors include chocolate and sweet dark malts, a nice black bread presence as well. Some nuttiness to the flavor as it sits in your mouth, that gives way to a nice dry finish. A very good example of the style, and really hits the spot year round.

Overall: A good go-to beer if you aren’t feeling adventurous. Also has a pretty good distribution, so you might find it in a liquor store that has a limited craft beer selection.

08-20-2013 21:12:17 | More by asaharyev
Photo of jjboesen


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

I had a bottle* of this at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington.

It began with a thin, bubbly head and minimal lacing and settles into a dark ruby color with little clarity. My palate detected some cherry with an undertone of molasses along with minor nuttiness; however, I also detected a soapy note that may be attributed to the glassware. (Sigh!)

Mouthfeel is finely structured with an easy balance of malt and sweetness. Certainly a palatable quaff though not one of my favorite beers from Brooklyn Brewery. (See Note below.)

*NOTE: The bottle was contract brewed by F.X. Matt (Utica, NY) and bore the inscription, "Best Before February 2007." Make of this what you will.

12-25-2007 22:50:05 | More by jjboesen
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

A- 4.5 This is a nice looking brew. As described on its label, it is mahogany in color - a nice reddish-brown blend - and has the slightest transparency. It has a khaki 1 finger head on the pour that dissipates to about a 1/4" throughout and is very uniform and creamy looking. It has very smooth, moderately sticky lacing.

S- 3.5 It is hard to detect too much from the aroma of this brown ale; it is rather weak. It's not bad, I just wish I didn't have to stick my nose halfway down the glass to get it... That said, I get a bit of nuttiness, a bit of caramel maltiness with maybe a chocolate undertone, and a hop presence to bring it back in.

T- 3.5 This tastes nutty right off the bat, and there's a roasted malt presence as well. Soon to follow is a fairly strong hoppiness (for a brown) that leaves me a little bitter. It's not bad by any means, but there's something just not meshing too well for me. I think it's the finish.

M- 3.5 This feels a bit light for my liking. It is halfway between light and medium in body and the carbonation is OK, but it is a little slippery. I'd prefer more of a creaminess personally.

D- 3.5 All in all, this is a fairly drinkable ale. It has a great look and a balanced flavor. It lacks a "wow" factor but is solid enough that I could put several down with ease. Worth trying if you're a fan of browns; there's much worse out there.

05-09-2011 14:14:34 | More by KYBrewgrass
Photo of dgilks


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Clearish red-brown colour with a foamy, rocky, tan head. Good head retention.

Mild nutty, sweet malt aroma. Some breadiness. Mild earthy hops.

Moderately malty with a minerally dry note. Earthy hops. Understated but nice enough.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

A decent Brown Ale but it lacks depth a punch. Okay.

12-02-2011 09:29:58 | More by dgilks
Photo of Fireal1222


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

this beer is good. nothing amazing. nothing bad. its good

i had this beer when a friend of mine at the distributor recommended it. when he saw that i got a lot of newcastle ( this was a while ago. i'm a big Stone IPA fan now )

but he basically described it as a creamier version of newcastle. which i think is a fair statement.. its not quite as easy to drink as newcastle. but still has the same similarities

this beer is certainly worth giving a try. but again. its not one of those beers i can picture myself coming back to time after time.. but thats not to say it isn't good

05-08-2008 01:19:21 | More by Fireal1222
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Had this one on draft at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Poured an attractive mahogany brown with a good head. Aroma and taste are both malty with a little sweetness that is offset by a subtle bitterness at the end. Very smooth beer. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is good.

09-09-2007 16:28:22 | More by biggmike
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Brown with a thick light brown head (impressive).

S - Malty, but faint.

T - Malty and sweet with a slight roasted note. There is also a possible hint of chocolate.

M - Full bodied and fits the beer nicely.

D - This is and easy to drink and smooth brown ale. What's not to like?

04-06-2008 01:51:30 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Landfill21


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into my hofbrau half liter mug. Pours into a dark black color with a bottle cap head that leaves a thin lacing down the glass. Can definitely smell the hops and a hint of caramel. Not a strong smell at all.

Has a roasted nut, molasses taste with a hint of vanilla and a hint of metallic taste.

Has a medium mouthfeel and a decent drinkibility. This is a solid brown ale and the first of the Brooklyn Brews I have tried. Def impressed.

01-22-2011 00:49:57 | More by Landfill21
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a dark brown with red hues when held up to the light. Produced a tan head -- about one finger -- that retained OK.

Smell was not as strong as anticipated -- perhaps still too cold? Some coffee/chocolatey malts and some hints of hoppiness. Flavor was similar. Malty sweet on the intake with a coffeelike taste giving way to a dry, slightly bitter finish (bitter like coffee more than anything else). Not as big a beer as I'd hoped, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thinner and lighter than anticipated -- especially compared to DFH Indian Brown. But pretty drinkable at only 5.5 and fairly sessionable on a warm night.

06-05-2007 23:20:48 | More by eberkman
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