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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,011 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,011
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of mirish72
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink Brooklyn a lot back in college and always liked their various beers.

This one pours chocolate brown with red highlights and a nice two finger head and decent lacing. It smells of roasted malts with a slight hop profile in the background.

It has a nice smooth taste with a slightly bittersweet taste. Nothing incredible, kind of what you expect from a brown ale.

Overall a nice session beer, nothing I am going to seek out, but nothing I would turn down.

mirish72, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Review:
Brown with a low tan head. Intense caramel aroma and flavor (hope contract brewer/Saranac didn't blow this one); nothing like the older version/review. Dumbed down from Excellent to Average and one I would not buy again unless it returns to it's previous glory.

Per Brooklyn website:
Malts: two-row pale malt, caramel malt, chocolate malt, biscuit malt, wheat malt
Hops: Cascade, Willamette and Northern Brewer
Alcohol: 5.5% by volume

Best Before: August '04
Tasted: 08/09/04

($23.99 / case)

2002 Review:

Orig Scores: A 5.0 / S 4.5 / T 4.5 / M 4.5 / D 5.0

True Brown color with a tannish, light brown head that lasts. Chocolate malt aroma is dominant but it certainly has a light caramel aroma too. Strong chocolate malt flavor balanced by a nice roastiness and light nutiness. Medium bodied (leaning towards the lighter side).

One of my favorite Brown Ales and the one that I use to introduce most people to the style.

RBorsato, Oct 31, 2002
Photo of mobyfann
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $6.99 for a 6 pack...

The appearence is a nice dark brown base, with a medium tannish head, nice retention and some good signs of lacing as well... The smell was pretty nice, hints of hops and malts touched with chocolate and caramel???

The taste was quite complex but works, it balanced better what the smell gave away. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh toward the end of the delivery, but still works. The drinkability is above average, they could be used as a session beer, but I would advice to be careful if you do so...

Final Thought: Not too shabby, a heavier tasting brown ale that works...

mobyfann, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of chilly460
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cola brown with finger of off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing to the bottom.

S: Get lots of sweet medium roasted malts on this one, some caramal sweetness for sure. Has a clean grassy hops aroma in the background as well.

T: Quite a bit of that caramel sweetness comes in immediately. The profile is quite sweet overall. Not much nuttiness that I like in Browns. Hop character picks up and finishes well.

M: Fairly standard here, it is a solid medium body and carbonation.

O: Solid, but unexceptional, brown ale. Bit on the sweeter side then standard, IMO, but it's a nice session beer.

chilly460, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of currysage1
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark garnet red, with 1 finger head with good lacing.

Smell is toasted grains, malt, raisins, molasses, and rusty pennies.

Taste is malt upfront with a quick snap of bubblegum, then an equally quick snap of smoke, finish is of grain and dry grass.

Mouthfeel, way to much carbonation, I know it's an ABA not a EBA but this is still too much.

Drinkability is not to bad, could have a few more but would rather an EBA.

currysage1, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of KevinB
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich dark brown color topped with a frothy tan head. The one inch head retreated steadily leaving behind a decent amount of lacing.
Smell was somewhat nutty, with notes of sweet malts and a hint of coco.
Tastes is pleasant, nutty, sweet malts with notes of chocolate,and slight coffee flavor.
It's a nice medium bodied brew, with a light amount of carbonation.Overall a pretty good beer, not hard to put down at all and has a decent amount of flavor.

KevinB, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking chestnut brown brew with good clarity, a big fluffy white head that has solid retention. Bubbles look a bit soapy; lacing is patchy,clinging to the sides of the glass here and there. Mildly toasty aroma with hints of nuts, cocoa powder, and coffee.

Flavor has a nutty, toasty malt character with coffee and cocoa notes and a very restrained hop presence. Dry finish without much bitterness. The flavors are fairly subtle and don't have much staying power in the palate, but they are pleasant enough.

Medium to slightly light body for a brown with carbonation I found to be a bit overly assertive.

This is a beer with some appealing flavors but for my money could use the volume turned up a bit and the carbonation dialed back. A smoother, creamier mouthfeel would aid this one greatly.

tobelerone, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown with a light khaki colored head that looks velvety and smooth. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very light overall, what is there is roasted malt, coco, nuts and a dash of hops.

T: Light toasted malt with some malty nuttiness to it. A bit of coco powder and some light earthy hops.

M: Medium to lighter body. Soft and smooth carbonation.

O: Pretty good drinkability. Nothing special, but still very well made.

herman77, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in tap at J&R steakhouse. Pretty unusuming brown. Loojed solid with great head and lacing. Thick and foamy. Smell and taste were a nalt bomb with some brown sugar. Mouth was good and somewhat standard. Overall a bit watery. Nice example for the style but by no means a standout. Pretty unassuming and somewhat standard or safe for the style.

cosmicevan, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry amber color. Off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S - Semi-sweet. Brown suar and oak. Raisiny malt. Slightly sour backnotes.

T - Nutty malt. Pine and wood hop character. Oak-line dryness. Light raisin backend.

M - Med body with a semi-dry finish.

O - A nice session beer with a nice flavor.

vfgccp, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of jhammerly
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigErn for sending this extra in a trade.

Brown body with hints of ruby showing when backlit. A nice tan head with decent retenton. I think the aroma is different for this style. Kiind of hoppy, not nutty. Fairly thin mouthfeel, some hop tingle on the tongue, and some nuttiness in the finish. Good carbonation makes it somewhat refreshing. Not a bad beer, just not my favorite style.

jhammerly, May 12, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sold to me by one of my favorite vendors, and he said "Brooklyn's Brown is about as good as they get." I must say it did not meet this high status. Pours a dark translucent brown color with a moderate head that disappears quickly. Smell is great, very malty and sweet. Taste is good, but its hard to find anything about it that really sets it apart from other browns. The first taste is the malt with sugar, then the carbonation kicks in and amplifies both these tastes. In the end there is really more of the same, with little variation. A good beer, but I would say there are better Browns out there.

Toddv29424, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear, darker brown color. There was only a wisp of a tan head on mine and it left no lacing. Nice nose. Mainly caramel malts, with a hint of chocolate and plum. The taste is very good. Caramel malts, a hint of fruit (plum?), with a faint sweetness. Nice.

Boto, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of AndrewMcLemore
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery makes some solid beers, usually nothing spectacular mind you, but always good beers for sharing with others.

Its brown ale is no exception, offering a much lighter, more drinkable brown ale than is often found. This style can lean toward either over-carbonated Coca-Cola or a thicker, maltier beer. Brookyn's Brown falls somewhere in between and it's a nice middle ground.

The appearance and smell are average: dark brown with decent retention, though barely cloudy enough and the aroma needs a bit more waft -- presently its closest to potatoes.

But the taste has a studied simplicity to it, mostly of unsalted peanuts and buttered starches. The brewery deserves points for not making the beer overly sweet.

This is a nice brown ale to try for someone stretching out their beer palette.

AndrewMcLemore, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Rich brown with some orange highlights, nice thick but smooth tan head

S: Pretty rich, toasted/lightly roasted malt, little malt sourness almost, slightly spicy hop, caramel too

T: Not so great, hop is a little too acidic/medicinal tasting, not as rich as aroma, malt is still there and helps, caramel and slightly sweet

M: Very dry, a little thin, light medium body

D: Ok, flavors aren't great

Notes: This beer had promise, but it didn't live up to what I was expecting. The hops in the flavor need to be more like the aroma. It should be a malt dominated beer, which it is, but the hops need to be better. The malt that is there in the flavor make up for the hops though. If they were more in line, the score would go up.

dpodratsky3, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of scriabin
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brown ale. Pours with a dark, ruby color and a nice head. A lovely beer to look at. The taste is a mix of malt, brown sugar, coffe and a hint of chocolate. The drink is smooth, almost velvety and has the perfect amount of carbonation. More than worth a quaff or two.

scriabin, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry-chestnut that becomes lucent dark cherry with tangerine trim when light enters the glass. It didn't appear as if much head was being generated during the pour, but the end result is a two finger disk of faded sandalwood. The foam is melting unevenly and looks especially creamy as it does so. Thin, broken sheets of lace end up on the glass.

I know that brown ales don't usually have the olfactory power and presence of stouts, or even porters, but this one could use some giddy-up-and-go. It smells like gently roasted malt and barely toasted nuts, with no hops that I can detect. My hope is that the nose is having an off day and that the flavor has brought its 'A' game.

Several mouthfuls later... it looks like the flavor has brought its 'B-' game. There isn't enough malt to satisfy me; something that should have been obvious from the luceny of the beer and the weak nose. BBA tastes like heavily toasted brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder. Rich chocolate is nowhere to be found. It's still sort of walnut nutty, with a little fruity hoppiness for good measure.

The beer's lightness isn't the sole reason for my lack of enthusiasm. The flavor never really finds its stride and doesn't grab me the way the best versions do. Brooklyn Brown is neither sweet, nor bitter, nor sour. If forced to pick one, I'd say that it's mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel is light-medium; starting out near the latter and finishing near the former. Again, more malt please. As could have been predicted from the pour, carbonation is a bit lacking. All in all, the mouthfeel lacks substance and excitement, although I'll keep style in mind and won't be too critical.

Early on, I wasn't overly thrilled with Brooklyn Brewery beer. The two that I had prior to this one (Pilsner and Lager) were excellent, especially Lager, so my hopes were on the high side for Brown Ale. It's definitely better than average, but better browns shouldn't be that hard to find, no matter where you happen to live.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Duster72
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Duster72, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of MrKennedy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Tulip, picked up at the Parramatta Road, Camperdown Cellars.

Pours deep brown with a tough of mahogany and ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Off-white foam that depletes just a little bit too soon and doesn't leave a trace on the glass.

Smells of lightly toasted malt, plenty of nut, but it works in harmony with the toasted malt and doesn't become overbearing. Some chocolate in the background, but lacking any real hop presence. Otherwise, it does everything you want in this department.

Tastes of chocolate and nut, with the two complimenting one another, despite not being huge in their own right. Good, but lacking any real hop flavour that i was expecting from a US Brown Ale.

Body is overall ok, with just a little thin spot towards the end. Doesn't get too sweet, but doesn't have the bite at the end that i'd expect from a US Brown.

A good beer, but needs the hoppiness to be a true US brown ale. I'm guessing faded as it has just 4 months left on the Best Before and is a legitimate import.

MrKennedy, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of farlieonfootie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brewery's Brown Ale pours root beer brown, with a thick, two-fingered head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only spotty lacing. The beer's smell is very mild, with really only roasted malts and a certain sweetness evident. The taste follows the nose, and Brown Ale is full of roasted malts, followed by some caramel and chocolate notes, and the beer finishes with a certain dry hoppiness. This is a very straightforward brown ale -- not my favorite, but I wouldn't turn it down, either.

farlieonfootie, May 21, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Traquairlover
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Traquairlover, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

spinrsx, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

marc77, May 27, 2003
Photo of sethmeister
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

sethmeister, Oct 03, 2008
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,011 ratings.