Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

934 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 2,212
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 52
Gots: 276 | 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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Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice balance between caramel malt, nuttiness and a faint fruit finish. Minimal hop presence. An above average brown ale. This is my first beer from this brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings. (214 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/mahogany with a thin short-lived tan head. Malt forward aroma with little to no hop nose. Brown bread, nutty and a bit of caramel and fig in the aroma. The flavor is a bit weak on the malt side with a mild mineraly aftertaste. Not quite as malty as I expect from a brown. Would like to taste a bit more caramel, just a touch. A little astringency detracts for me. Medium body, medium low carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. Overall not bad, but not my favorite American brown. Just seems to be lacking in the maltiness for the style. (551 characters)

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

From bottle, Pours brown with thin beige head. Bready and light hoppy aroma. Taste is toasted malts and a bit of caramel, light bitter. Easy drinking, enjoyable. (161 characters)

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

Pours to a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lace. Color is a deep slightly hazy brown. The aroma is a subtle toasty nutty smell. Flavor is slightly creamy, nutty and chocolatey--this is a very good brown ale. Mouth feel is light medium. Good one! (256 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy dark brown with a lovely garnet hue. Nose is subtle but it's all malt and no hops. The taste is pure ease. A lovely creamy malt, very smooth and with a touch of caramel. No hops in the flavor but they do come up for balance in teh finish. This malt is very dry but seems to roll across the palate so smoothly and without any coarse texture. No astringency. Very good. A bit thin. It does develop a slight nuttiness as it warms but by then the glass is done. Had a strange fruity aftertaste though. (523 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby red, clear, with a nice khaki brown head that lingers. Aroma: Fresh baked bread crust, toffee, and chocolate. Hop aroma not noticeable. Taste: Malt sweetness upfront, with toasted bread crust, caramel, and slight touch of raisin. Finishes with a roasty note on the swallow and moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering roasted malt and dry, sticky finish. Overall: Beautiful looking beer with an outstanding, complex malt profile. Hop presence is there, but the balance is definitely toward the rich, toasted maltiness (613 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/3/15 (Bottle) - Chocolate, malt and nut scent, thin dark pour with minimal head. Sweet beer, good for desert or after a meal. Coffee, toffee and barley taste, decent kick going down than expected after tasting the sweet ingredients tasted. Overall good beer. (260 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/tan colouration with an off white or pale latte coloured head.

Smell – A very pleasing chocolate and light coffee sweet malt aroma with a little hint of caramel kicking around in there.

Taste – Nicely done on the malt side with up-front toffee sweetness and a mild and pleasing coffee undercurrent that rides through the whole drinking experience. Hop bitterness is very mild but still present. Some nutty/woody elements to the character like a hazel nut.

Mouth Feel - Rich mouth feel with a smooth rounded palette and a crisp dryness that works well.

Overall – This beer is pretty well rounded it surprised me to note such a deep coffee element to the flavour, something I have detected in English Browns but not to such an extent as here. Very pleasing and definitely one for the colder evenings. (834 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of May 2015

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored finger width head. Good retention, eventually dying to a thin layer of surface suds and spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell - Earthy with light nutty notes and a strong floral hoppiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light nuttiness with a slightly sour bite. Floral hop character. Finish has a vague, empty chocolate flavor to go with everything else. Odd flavors that don't necessarily mesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin, empty finish.

Overall - Eh, one of the more disappointing craft browns I've had. What's with the sourness? Best by date was still well within range, so it's somewhat baffling. (713 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a point glass.
Aroma- Has a nice nut aroma with a well balanced malt mix.
Appearance- This a very dark brown colored beer with a small off-white head.
Taste- A big nut bomb flavor with a great malt blend. Has a great flavor that grew on me after each sip.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- This is a good beer, starting to build a lot of respect for Brooklyn Brewery. (429 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of a dark maroon color with a big frothy off white head. Has a dark malty smell with trace amount of hops. Taste has hints of chocolate and roastiness with a tad bit of sweetness. Overall pretty good beer (209 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep, dark amber color.Tan colored head

Smell: The smell isn't very strong. But what I can pick up is a nutty, chocolate aroma.

Taste: Very nutty in flavor, with a very caramel and chocolate flavors coming in the end.

Feel: Pretty smooth, with a medium body. (282 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
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: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Malty, nutty, dry
T: Matches the nose. A large dose of malt and nuts, dry without much additional complexity
M: Light to medium-bodied, dry, somewhat simple
O: This needs a bit of sweetness or a bit of hop complexity to step it up a notch. Perfectly drinkable if simple now, but it seems like it's a good base upon which so much could be added (441 characters)

Photo of DackZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Medium brown, light head

S-Pretty rich, def some grain and graham crackery sweetness

T-Fairly robust for a brown, yet finishes crisp. I really liked the balance here.

F-On the thicker side, but not syrupy.

O-I really enjoyed this beer. It was great with food as well as without. Very versatile. One of my more favorite browns (upslope is good, too). I'm a bit confused by The Bros rating here; I think this is a solidly "good" beer (mid 80's score worthy). JMHO (468 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malt aromas with traces of chocolate and graham cracker. Pours brilliant brown under a 2” finely bubbled tan tinted white foam cap. Light caramel flavors with traces of chocolate and light grains. Medium carbonation and body with a bright, crisp finish. (260 characters)

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an all around good beer. I visited the brewery and was amazed by the dedication to the specific styles of beer the have embraced. The beer itself is worth the effort. (175 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Pours a very dark brown, almost black - hold it up to the light and there's some ruby red apparent. Fairly tight off-white/tan head with decent retention - at first blush you'd think someone had poured you a glass of Guinness or similar. Some lacing.

Smell: Quite earthy and nutty - plenty of malt in evidence with hints of caramel. None of the hop 'zinginess' is apparent.

Taste: Doesn't quite follow the smell - the earthiness is definitely there, though. This is far less hoppy than a lot of American beers I've had of late, there's still a hint of hop-related bitterness coming through at the end. Not exactly an earth shattering flavour but I'd hardly call it unpleasant either.

Feel: Given how it looks when first poured you'd be forgiven for thinking that this would be heavy going. Not so - if anything it's a little bit thin for a brown ale. OK as it is, but a little bit more heft in the body wouldn't hurt.

Overall: For me, this is a welcome antidote to the almost relentless hoppiness of most current American beers. The hop-heads will no doubt hate it, but for those who prefer things a bit maltier (ie. people like me) this isn't bad at all. Not sure I'd want to have a session on it at nearly 6% ABV but it's not something I'd actively turn down either. (1,335 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a clear brownish red with a short eggshell head that receives quickly. Carbonation is moderate, lacing nonexistent.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, malt, some hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with some added earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It's oddly thin for the style. Could use a little more body.

Overall: Pretty average brown ale. On a cold evening I'd rather have their winter ale. (440 characters)

Photo of Grugalug
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with reddish hues coming through the bottom. Roughly a one finger off-white head forms and dissipates quite quickly. Leaves just a little lacing and carbonation bubbles are visible. So far so good. (3.4)

S- Toffee and caramel are most evident from the start. Some roasted malt also comes through and also what to me smells like a subtle earthy hop characteristic. Doesn't knock your socks off but is deceptively complex. (3.7)

T- Not quite as much complexity as is present in the smell. While I didn't get any nuttiness in the head there is a nice buttery nuttiness here. There is very little caramel character but the toffee comes through in the finish along with the nuttiness. Nice hop bitterness rounds it out. Perhaps a bit underwhelming but nice nonetheless. (3.35)

M- On the thin side for my taste. I like the level of carbonation but I wish it didn't disappear so quickly. (3.25)

O- A perfectly fine American Brown. I wish it was a bit bolder in aroma and flavor, but quite sessionable and easy to drink. Decent but nothing to write home about. (3.43) (1,124 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: VERY dark brown, not quite opaque. Slight reddish tint through light. Lots of effervescence and a rocky, tan head. Nice, frothy cap retention, lacing lasts & lasts.

Aroma: Caramel malts. Flinty, slightly roasty. Slight hint of fruitiness. Apricot? Pear?

Taste: Tart & roasty arrival; tart & astringent. Tilted slightly toward malt on balance. Goes fruity mid-palate, then tart & astringent roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Astringent. Significant carbonation.

Overall: This is more what I think of when I think of a brown ale. In fact, this is nearly a porter. Very much like Turbodog, but less sweet, and having that Brooklyn ale yeast. They seem to have a house style. Interesting that this has a little wheat in the grain bill. (760 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice dark brown but has slight head and retention.

S: Malt forward with some hop and a little bit of chocolate. Slightly floral.

T: Malty with a small amount of hop bitterness.

M: Smooth with some richness. Nice carbonation.

O: Solid beer. Not the best Brown ale I've ever had, but still good. (351 characters)

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

Poured this into a glass, it has a Mahogany color body with thin head. The aroma has roasty malt and a little hop coming from it. The taste has a roasty, chocolaty up front and a little hop towards the back. The malt is more dominant than the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer. (293 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddy brown with a finger of head that dissipates rapidly. The nose has mild bready notes. The flavor follows the nose almost exactly. The body is not quite as hearty as the best versions of this style.

This is a sessionable - if not quite remarkable - offering. (271 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It must speak volumes about my dedication to both CANs and AIPAs that it has taken me over 2,600 reviews before I have gotten around to this one. I am trying to reduce my backlog of bottles so that I may resume The CANQuest (TM) in earnest. Please bear with me in the interim.

From the bottle: "Brewed in New York"; "Ruby mahogany in color, Brooklyn Brown Ale is richer and hoppier than its mild and malty English forebears. Chocolate and coffee flavors punctuate the roasty malt background. Brooklyn Brown is brewed with malted barley, hops, water, and yeast, and will taste best before the freshness date indicated."

Chez Woody's kitchen is much like the alley at the beginning of each episode of "King of the Hill" - nothing happens until the CAN is cracked, the bottle cap is popped, the keg is tapped and pouring, etc. The bottle is like my Old Lady at this point - sweating in anticipation of my touch and ready to pop. Boom! The rush of liquid into my glass was fascinating, creating a big, rolling pseudo-cascade as I watched. Like most males, I am a very visual learner and I was transfixed by the creation of two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with great retention. I held it up to the naural light of the day to behold and I was not disappointed. I fully agree with "mahogany", but I might substitute "garnet" for "ruby" (SRM = > 27, < 34) as I need to put my own stamp on this review. Otherwise, I might just do a cut 'n' paste and call it a day. Did they mention clarity? No. I will classify it as "button-bright" and leave it at that. The nose was malty, sure, but cut with a minty, grassy hoppiness. Remind me, why have I not reviewed this until now? Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the taste was like Baby Bear's Brown Ale - just right! The malt was present, but not cloying and the hops were in the mix, but not overwhelming. I have had English Brown Ales that were sickeningly sweet and American Brown Ales that caused me to wonder if the brewer knows when to take his foot off of the gas when it comes to hops. Finish was smooth, semi-dry and eminently drinkable. I do not often drink Brown Ales, but when I do, Brooklyn Brown is my choice. Stay crazy, my friends. (2,200 characters)

Photo of juanny
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brown ale had a pleasing dark brown color with respectable foam retention. The aroma was very mild, but a nice malty-chocolate combo. The taste was great! More noticeable coffee and chocolate notes that I have tasted in a brown ale before and a great heavy dose of the malt. This sounds more like a stout, but Brooklyn made their ale more drinkable with a background of hops, a reasonable alcohol content and a mouthfeel that is certainly full-bodied, but not overly thick and exclusively wintery. A solid brown ale in my book. (531 characters)

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.