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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

935 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 935
Hads: 2,222
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 52
Gots: 286 | 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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Reviews: 935 | Hads: 2,222
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Going a little on the mundane side for my newest mixed-sixer from Total Wine, but, hey, it's all new to me. This stuff pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of pale khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted malts, thick toffee, a hint of cocoa powder, and a vague sense of light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of vague breadiness and a touch of dry molasses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little brown ale, nothing all that special, but something I could see drinking again (though Moose Drool remains my go-to). (661 characters)

Photo of asaharyev
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (692 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium brown in color, with garnet highlights. The light tan head is beady, but with a smooth and creamy top. It starts out large, but is somewhat quick to dissipate.

Smell: Roasted malt; grassy, resinous hops; and coffee are the prominent aromas. As the beer warms, peppery notes and some carob begin to pop out. Complex, yet well-balanced.

Taste: Roasted malt shoves the other flavors aside, and yet there's no escaping the overly strong citrusy character, which relays a sourness from start to finish. Later on, the roastiness dies down to reveal toasty and bready supporting malt flavors. The taste is cleaner and less complex than other examples of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel, with a slightly oily texturethat detracts from the taste. Fortunately, the medium high carbonation helps balance out the slipperiness. Some alcohol warming.

Overall: Layered malt and hop characteristics are enjoyable, but the sour quality and slick mouthfeel are distracting. While not bland, the lack of complexity is disappointing. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint.

A: pours a rich deep chestnut brown with a short off white head that dissipates fast leaving a white ring with small amounts of lacing.

S: Rich aroma, chocolate, wheat, malts, yeast, vanilla, woody and earthy tones

T: Fairly sweet, bit creamy, can taste nuts, wheat, barley, oats, brown sugars, maple syrup

M: Fuller bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, fairly well balanced

O: This is a pretty good brown ale right here, might not be the best that I've come across but its darn good. Quite affordable too. Would recommend it. (561 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with lighter hues around the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head settles to about 1/8 of an inch, but never completely goes away. Scattered patches of creamy looking lacing.

S: Thin, runny caramel, bread crust, suggestions of toffee and brown cocoa. Bread pudding and perhaps some golden raisin. Vague oily hop scent in the background. Not particularly bold or interesting, but not bad.

T: Bread pudding. Thin caramel, cola, bread crust, cocoa and nutty chocolate. Light woodiness. Berry fruitiness tucked within it allFlash of oily, citric hops toward the end. Drying yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full, but a blast of aggressive seltzery carbonation really tears through it to the point of being a distraction.

O: A serviceable brown, even if it isn't the most well put together beer. There's nothing that really stands out about it though, and no real motivation to re-visit if other options are present. (997 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown reddish color with a two fingers head with low retention.
Malty and grainy aroma with hints of English hops.
Nutty and lightly spiced flavor on a malty caramel base. Hints of pine, guaraná, roasted coffee and chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Not extraordinary but this is tasty brown ale. A notch above average for the style, more hoppy and less sweet. (403 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to September 2013.

Scent is bready and sweet. Pours deep ruddy brown with large beige head that lasted a moderate time. Head falls to light film with spotty lacing of glass.
Taste is initially sharp almost medicinal but quickly converts to s slightly sweet nutmeg clove vibe. a lot of roasted flavors, coffee. Hoppier than English versions I've sampled. (395 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, like deeply stained wood with very little head, about a quarter of a finger of oatmeal colored foam that very quickly dissipated into a thin halo of foam that laced the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and barley with some slightly burnt toast notes as well, and burnt sugar and toffee. Very, very pleasant.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and barley, dark bread and toffee. Some black pepper and clove, and a slight nuttiness. Caramel. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation to tickle the sides of the tongue.

Overall: This is a very fine brown ale. I really liked the roastiness of the beer. (700 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut; medium tan head, not long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet; light coffee, molassas and toffee smells; light hops; overall, light aroma

Taste: Sweet juicy malt, but way too thin on the start; zippy carbonation in the mid through the end; semi-sweet finish with hint of nuttiness; not too noteworthy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (389 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Clear copper with a finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.'

s; Caramel malt

t: Slight fruit notes over caramel malt. Some bitterness lingers a short time.

m: Light. Occasional watery feel.

o: A pretty good American brown, the fruit notes mellow out but keep it tasty. (383 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color yet still some opacity. Good head at pour disapptes to rim. Nice spotted lacing.

S: Malty, but other than that not a whole lot.

T: Again malts and mild hopping.

M: Light but nice for a darker beer on a warmer day.

O: Solid beer. (255 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, head settles to nothing after a few minutes. Nutty, subtle vanilla aroma. Taste is nutty, malty, vanilla notes. Thin body, which is infinitely drinkable. (165 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich brown. Translucent. Bubbly. Not much head or retention though. Amber highlights

Aroma: Bready malts. Some chocolate. Toastiness

Taste: Subdued chocolate with some coffee bitterness. Water. Some breadiness. Not very complex. Tastes watered down

Mouthfeel: Slick coffee. Not much carbonation. Watery

Overall: Average. Maybe slightly above par. A nice medium bodied beer but not much else. Not a bad anytime beer but far from special (451 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a glowing garnet base and a sticky deep beige head that last and last with a some microbubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The faint chocolate malt has some dark Munich malt notes and a dry toffee hint in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The nice soft well-blended chocolate malt with deep toasted malt and a hint of roasted malt lead to a nice tartness in the finish that stays pretty light.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a gentle fizz note in the finish.

O- This is a tasty session beer with nice fresh flavors that are distinct but work really well together. Rich flavor but easier to drink that a stout. I would love to try this on cask as I thing it would really bring out the wonderful depth. (832 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown in the glass. Rather nicely sudsy mouthfeel. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. Lots of nutty, browned barley. Some dark burnt malt lurks in the background along with a reclusive bitter touch. Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness.

A hint of pecans and slightly buttery. Slight hoppiness in the aftertaste gives an interesting edge. Quite rich and lively, especially for a Brown Ale. Thoroughly quaffable. A 12-oz bottle from the mixed 12-pack bought in Lubbock, Texas. (481 characters)

Photo of IrishKevin
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pored from bottle into tulip glass. One finger of head didn't last long.

smell: picked up some caramel, not much else.

Taste: nice thick mouthfeel, sugary malts and caramel flavors come through.
Finishes with DRY with a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall: I wanted to like this more, because I love Brooklyn Brewey, but it was just ok. (334 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Peckham's, Glasgow (£2.17):
Chestnut brown, a half centimetre bubbly, tan head that holds well. Minor lacing on the sides.

Hoppy at the start but the anticipated, earthy malts aroma wasn't far behind. There is some caramel and a sweet smelling, brown sugar like aroma that follows this, along with some toasted malts. The smell is quite a rich one and there is evidence of some chocolate towards the end.

Some sweetness and a good helping of malts coming through along with some earthy, toasted flavours and a hint of hops. There is some coffee here as well though and some of the chocolate from the nose too.

Medium bodied and quite well carbonated with a rich, creamy mouthfeel that is very smooth and goes down well.

Went down very easily and I would say that, along with mouthfeel were the beers biggest selling points. A beautiful, creamy and well carbonated feel with some hint earthy caramel and toasted malts coming through in both the taste and smell. (983 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.84/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a very deep and dark amber/ mahogany color with a thin but really creamy, off white film that just blankets the top. Very nice looking beer!

S: Aroma is of roasted malt and barley with signatures of coffee and vanilla. There is a small presence of hops at the end.

T: I get an initial coffee flavor that is followed by vanilla and oak. Roasted malts come through in the middle of the tongue, finishes with dry hops and yeast.

M: Initial pour had lots of carbonation but settles down as the beer warms. Rich, creamy and smooth ultimately defines this dark bodied beer.

O: This Brown ale is a lot darker and thicker than most other brown ales I have had. The creamy and smooth texture combined with the balance of flavor really makes this a complete Brown Ale. I got this in a mix-a-six, but would by a 6 pack all by its self. One of the best Brown Ales I have had thus far! (895 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : deep brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty, caramel and coffee flavors, with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the American Brown Ale style. (296 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite impressed with the Brooklyn India Pale Ale and it's remarkable restraint for an American IPA. So it was with much enthusiasm that I purchased the Brown Ale for review, cursing the tariffs that make Aussie imported beer drinkers pay prices that would make American drinkers have coronaries, along the way.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep, but clear, topsoil coloured body with a 0.5cm khaki head. Very much a brown ale in a literal sense.

S: A nice hit of toffee malt comes to fore, with some sugar plum sweetness in the middle and an earthy hop note to finish. It certainly makes for a salivating aroma.

T: Flavour is dry, drier than the Sahara. There is a toasted malt base with a minimal dark fruit sugar centre, nuttiness towards the end, and a long dry finish. It's a bit one dimensional in that respect actually.

M: Mid to light body with medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I've missed something but I believe there could definitely be more flavours at play with this brew and I can't help but feel that Brooklyn (yes, the entire borough) has understated this beer overall by not bringing out more sweetness and hop bitterness, at least have two flavours wresting for control of my taste buds dammit. If you want a damn dry brew then this is your man... or woman (if we're assigning genders to beers let's be PC about it).

Food match: Dry turkey would be a mistake, apart from that though anything is fair game(meat). (1,452 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown body with almost two fingers of frothy light tan head.

S- Initially, it's quite hoppy, but after a few more whiffs I notice some molasses and roasted nuts.

T- The taste follows the nose quite consistently. There's a lot going on here with caramel, nuttiness, just a little chocolate, and of course a nice hop presence. The only thing off about this is a subtle sourness. It gets better as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, yet creamy. Makes it very sessionable.

O- Nothing out of the ordinary, but pretty tasty. I could definitely session this. (624 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is, well, brown of course, with good clarity. A two-finger head with pretty good retention, some spotty lacing. Straightforward aroma that features caramel and toffee. Bright floral character from the American hops used.

Caramel malt dominates on the palate too, then hops pick up and linger for a bit up til the dry, bitter finish. Slight undertone of coffee. Mouthfeel is slick and nicely carbonated, though the bubbles are a bit harsh.

Brooklyn Brown (bottled) is a solid brown ale that never "wows" you, but it's a good representation of an American brown available in a sixer at a good price. It's likely that this is even better in draft form as opposed to the contract-brewed bottled version, as I've found that this has been the case with other Brooklyn Brewery offerings. (793 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

beautiful chestnut brown with a thick khaki head, perfunctory lacing.

aroma: rich, nutty toasted malt with just a hint of roast, some chocolate with some alcohol esters.

mouthfeel: very good, if just short of great, soft and silky.

taste: malty but not sweet with substantial coffee flavor.

notes: decent but not very exciting. a little sweetness would have helped this beer a lot. (455 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with some chestnut highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Big foamy tan head that leaves some lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Roasted malt, faint hazelnut aroma, some earthy hops, caramel.

T- The malts are up front, but the big surprise is the amount of hops that come through. Big bitter notes with some pine from the middle to the end.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and drinkable.

O- Solid brown ale. A good choice if you are looking for a hoppy brown ale. (509 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... brown dark beer with head colour beige of 1 fingers
Aroma... coffee, chocolate, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a big touch of malty aroma
Taste... chocolate and nuts, sweetness appears soon lasting all the time but in a good balance with a bitter touch,
Mouthfeel... medium/strong body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a light style with a predominance of malty taste, refreshing beer too. (502 characters)

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.