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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 1817
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

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 rjochman


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a very small amount of head. Does leave a bit of lacing on the glass. Get a lot of caramel and roasted malts in the smell. The caramel malts dominate the taste and hints of hazelnut and walnut. The beer didn't have as much body as I would have liked- seemed a bit watery. Easy to drink and enjoyed it with a good sandwich for dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 18:23:25 | More by rjochman
Photo of sweett3k


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Brooklyn Brews are invading these parts of Michigan. Living here in Michigan our local brews are some of the best on, earth full of flavor. It seems when the new guy comes to town they seem to have less flavor or a bit water down. But this beer was new on tap and the establishment was promoting it or just trying to get it off the tap. Look all right for a brown ale. Tones of caramel, coffee and nut so that is good. Nice clean taste like it smells Very drinkable beer. Not bad for $2.50 a 22 oz. glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 23:50:39 | More by sweett3k
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small caramel roast. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel and a small roasted malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Not much nose and mellow, a good stand by.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 20:02:55 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mdunman


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque brown/black with a thick tan head but not much linger.

S: Coffee, caramel and roasted malt take over.

T: Rich creamy flavor with caramel and coffee notes surround the roasted malt w/ a lightly dry finish.

M: Full body, good carbonation and a fairly smooth finish.

Good flavor beer, very enjoyable mix of tastes in a good balance. I would come back for another one, but after a meal as a dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 00:44:23 | More by mdunman
Photo of garuda


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, not much of a head and no lacing.

S - Roasted malt, a little nutty with a faint underlying sweetness.

T - Very similar to the smell, with a little twang in the finish, almost like a licorice flavor, little in the way of hops or bitterness.

M - Fairly light in body, medium to high carbonation, finishes clean.

D - Drinks easy, but nothing impressive about it. I'd buy it again as a fairly sessionable brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 00:42:48 | More by garuda
Photo of megahurts4


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: mild hop and slight brown sugar.

Taste: malty hops and a subtle brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

A decent lager. It goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 06:36:08 | More by megahurts4
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A less than stellar pour by the bartender, so the head wasn't exactly all it could have been. Quite thin in this case. Color is a nice dark brown. Smells of malt and roast. A good brew with lots of malty and roasted flavors to it--some chocolate, some coffee. Slight hop aroma for balance, but it didn't really come off in the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth with a wet finish. Easy to drink for a Brown Ale as well, which is nice if unusual.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 02:23:19 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- extremely dark brown, with small bubbles streaming up the bottom of the glass nice thick tan head off the pour very nice appearance for a brown ale

Smell- good amount of hops and roasted malts, chocolate tones aswell

Taste- very good malts balanced with very light touch of hops on the end, roasted malts are strong with faint notes of chocolate and coffee tones, very great flavor with good balance and good richness very nice taste to it, the balance is very good as it stays right in between malty and dry

Mouthfeel - very nice smooth and well balanced, creamy,

Drinkability- extremely easy drinking, had it both on tap this week and in bottle after being impressed and both were very good maybe tap was slightly better but could just been atmosphere cuz both times was quite tasty, beautiful balance and very rich easy drinking brown ale, one of the best i have had of the style, enjoyable and will seek out many more times, had it once about 3 years ago when just trying new beers and my appreciation for its is far great now then it had been at the time

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 20:29:49 | More by Stunner97
Photo of FLBeerGuy


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 15:05:14 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of callhimishmael


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love a brown ale that's solid, dark brown. It tells me it's a serious dark beer without being Guinness. That's this beer.

Smell was . . . okay. At one point the word "garbage" flashed across my mind, but by then it was in my mouth already, and that made up for everything. . .

. . . because the taste was delicious.

And the feel was good. . .

And I could have sat there all evening drinking it without feeling bloated . . . .

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 18:01:53 | More by callhimishmael
Photo of briman


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost a deep copper, and clear, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is mostly caramel, with maybe a hint of a roasted malt in the background. No clear hop contribution.

Flavor follows aroma being mostly caramel, but picking up just a faint roasted note as it warms. No hop flavors, or bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Had this one once in a bottle a while ago, and was underwhelmed, so I was hoping a draft sample would prove to be better. As before, though, I found this to be too basic, and somewhat bland. I don't get any of the coffee, chocolate, or hop elements described in the literature for this beer either in the bottle or on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 02:19:47 | More by briman
Photo of mjw2808


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

darkish brown color with a reddish hint to it. Small head, not much lacing. The smell is of a lot of caramel, malt, and bready grain. The taste is caramel, caramel, caramel with noticeable brown sugar as it goes down. Way too sweet for me. Average mouthfeel and too sweet to be very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 22:41:08 | More by mjw2808
Photo of TitanTake


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this at The Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Serving type: on tap (one pint)

A - pseudo dark beer; dark brown, but almost a cloudy brown; seemed to be a cross between a Guiness and a New Castle; very nice lacing of the head from start to finish

S - typical charcoal and nutty aroma; slightly floral

T - very nice flavor burst at the beginning; a hint of something sweet; not very bitter

M - not as full-bodied as I would have hoped, but not watery either; almost indecisive in which direction they wanted to take

D - A nice after-work beer; I would recommend giving this a try if you want something a little darker than a New Castle, but not willing to take the leap to a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 15:08:04 | More by TitanTake
Photo of ryanonline


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown with Ruby highlights and a nice fluffy lasting off white head. Modrate lacing.

Smell is of a sweet malt with nice aromatic hops somewhere between floral and pineyn.

Taste is molasses like malt and a good hop taste.

Creamy and lightly frothy mouthfeel. Sweet finish.

Medium bodied light flavor and smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.

I enjoy this beer a pounder with a little more flavor than usual. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 06:04:17 | More by ryanonline
Photo of jampics2


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Winking Lizard.

Appearance is good. A dark brown beer with ruby edges and a small white film of a head sits in my pint glass.

Smell is mild, but I get a touch of roasted malts and some mild earthy hops. Very subdued smell.

Taste was better than I expected! Nice dark caramel malt flavors, sweet but rich with a touch of chocolate and some understated hops. Light and sweet finish but never looses it's rich feel. A bit of chocolate and coffee implied from the roasted malt.

A bit heavy on the carb but a nice viscosity.

Overall, this was drinkable and enjoyable. A beer I'd never order if I wasn't doing the beer tour but a nice experience and one I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 20:50:11 | More by jampics2
Photo of y2jrock60


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, with a slightly off white head that laces nicely

S- Slight hop aroma with a hint of roasted malt. The aroma
threw me off. It tastes nothing like it smells.

T- Delicious!!!! Extremely smooth with all kinds of flavor. You can taste the roasted malt along with a sweetness and slight hopiness

M- Very Smooth and Light. The beer looks thick but its not

D- Highly drinkable. A good session beer too

I picked up a 1/2 keg the other day hoping to find a Newcastle Clone. This is not a new castle clone but something better. It is not as sweet as Newcastle, but it has a lot more going for it. Its smooth, sweet, roasty, and slightly hoppy. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 22:51:11 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Burlington. Came out a very dark brown with a thin tan head on top. Decent retention; left nice sticky lace on the glass. Scents of brown sugar cookies, some toffee, and mild hops. The mouth was crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not a lot of roasty flavors in this. Some mild bready flavor and lots of ethanol. For such a low ABV, I can really taste the alcohol on this one. Unpleasant. I didn't really care for this like I thought I would have.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 20:21:41 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Seanibus


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark brown with a very dense head. Aroma is roasted but a bit raw, as if the beer needed more time to mellow. Flavor is cherry like, with some wood and dark caramel. The flavor is not deep, though. The Mouthfeel is slick. Not excellent but not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 20:28:33 | More by Seanibus
Photo of weeare138


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A small off white head slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, citrusy hops, caramel, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a flavorful punch of fresh grains.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, and mildly acidic along the palate.
Easy drinking, and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 23:53:58 | More by weeare138
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery December 09.

Deep clear red brown, with a filmy but solid head of beige foam. Lacing v good. Looks pretty good, head is a bit bubbly with loose-bubbled carbonation and a bit thin but otherwise.

Odd floral notes on the nose, might be honey, like Dave says. Some acidity, some crushed cacao chars. Oddly fragrant for a dark beer. I like it, it's unusual, but pleasant.

Taste is clear and pleasant, without being terribly interesting, which is a shame after some of the notes on the nose. Some spicy fragrance, a little chocolate powder. Quite a citric finish. The acidity contributes to the mouthfeel too, which is sparkling and clear.

Not bad, but not very exciting. It's a little bland apart from the nose, but undeniably drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 04:50:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jkrich


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic - deep clear brown with ruby highlights with a tight slightly off-white head.

Smell was very tangy, almost wine-like with some malt aromas.

The ale had an initial roasty, malty flavor that quickly gave way to a slight hop bitterness. It seems assertive for the style. There was also a faint buttery flavor.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated; the ale leaves a some sour bitterness on the tongue.

Not my favorite interpretation for the style. This really complimented my meatball and spaghetti dinner, but consumed by itself, the ale was not well balanced. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 19:56:04 | More by jkrich
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery on tap.

Brooklyn Brewery understands balance and drinkability.

This is a consistent and well-crafted brown ale and I would without hesitation rank it among the better American Browns on the market. Although thin, its a nice roughened, smoky taste with coffee and caramel maltiness. A fig and floral nose, cakey bouquet of pecan and pumpkin give this beer great drinkability for late fall dishes. Akin to many porters in color and smokiness, this beer goes down well and rounds out in the mouth as it progresses. Begins to get better and more flavorful as it warms up a bit, too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 19:21:05 | More by TLove
Photo of champ103


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some sticky rings of lace behind.
S: Buttery diacetyl overwhelms the nose and is very off putting. Other than that some sweet caramel malt. Really lacking in the nose.
T: Again, a diacetyl flavor that follows the nose. Not as noticeable as the nose however, and a little more depth of flavor. Caramel and chocolate malts. Still not that impressive.
M/D: A medium body, but is over carbonated. I would not want to drink more than one because of the diacetyl flavor.

Pretty much sub par. I probably will not by by this again, and would not recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 01:34:56 | More by champ103
Photo of gameface23


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, transparent body. One finger sized off-white head that left hints of lacing at the beginning.

S: Not much going on here, but there was some sweet malt and caramel, brown sugar and the tiniest hint of nuttiness.

T: Extremely easy going. Chocolate malt and a decent hop balance.

M: Light carbonation.

D: This is a nice session ale. It isn't outstanding in flavor, but it is similar to the Northern English Brown style that are easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 17:02:17 | More by gameface23
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. A shortage of glasses saw this brew presented in a plastic cup. You learn to deal with these shortcomings, and for two dollars on the weekly Tuesday pint night special, who can really complain? Luckily I've enjoyed this brew often enough that judgment on appearance will not be hindered due to lack of a crystal-clear glass.

Shows a deep chocolate-brown hue with ruby highlights when held to the light, nicely clear (evident even in the plastic cup) and with a thin, tawny head of creamy foam that holds to the side, leaving behind thick rings of lace.

Aroma is mildly sweet, with faint toffeeish notes and a nice citric/herbal hop presence that is quite distinctive of American hops.

Medium-full body with a slick mouthfeel and mild-moderate level of carbonation. Sweet caramel and faint chocolate up front that develops into a light toastiness and a bit of nuttiness in the middle, joining a wallop of citric grapefruit hop flavor along with a little earthiness that all leads into a mildly hoppy, slightly sweet lingering finish.

Quite drinkable and balanced, and a well-made example of the American version of the English brown ale that makes generous use of American hop character. Decidedly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 15:04:13 | More by superdedooperboy
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