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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,817 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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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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ryandelaney

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually love a good brown ale. I like most of what BBC puts out, but their brown ale left me a poor taste in my mouth. It poured very well. Good dark brown to dark amber color. The nose was of good aroma. It smelled like a brown ale should. Good malt qualities, but the mouthfeel was not there at all. Now I tried it from a bottle served in a pint glass so I will would try it again off a tap (if I could find it in indiana), but until then I would not suggest this for a bottle purchase. Get it on tap otherwise go with something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 06:38:01 | More by ryandelaney
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:25:42 | More by leaddog
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
Best by June 2012 (6 months out of date) :(

Appearance
Mahogany with red highlights. Has 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Light nutty aromas. Some caramel, brown sugar and hazel nut.

Taste
Extremely light on flavor. Light nuttiness, some caramel and brown sugar. There does seem to be a hint of hazel nut and even some peanut butter.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly creamy.

Overall
Brooklyn really needs to amp up this offering or just discontinue it altogether. They could probably market it as an English Dark Mild and have better results.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:11:41 | More by justintcoons
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

I've always been a pretty big fan of this beer as something to just kind of kick back and enjoy a single serving with a nice meal. Take that as you will.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown ale with a creamy, tannish head. The head will lace the glass, and a small amount of it sticks around for most of a bottle.

Smell: Malty smell. You may pick up a toffee-esque smell too. Not particularly strong. Smells kinda how it tastes, if that makes sense. Which leads us to...

Taste: This is a malty, toasty, nutty beer. It doesn't taste like coffee, but it would be a solid replacement for a cup of coffee with a meal. It's not a very strong beer, and its flavors are a little more subtle. For what its trying to do, it is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Hits it on the head here too. Creamy, not too heavy and with a reasonable amount of carbonation that helps make this a really easy drinker.

This is probably the least offensive beer one could imagine, and there is absolutely no problem with that. Not for people looking to be adventurous, but a solid, enjoyable beer. Since I'm writing this around Christmas time, I can't help but recommend it in holiday settings.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 21:21:10 | More by ColdWaffles
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, roast, light coffee, toffee, herbal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, toffee, roast, light coffee, and light herbal spiciness. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale! Nicely robust and full of balanced flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:10:52 | More by superspak
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good beer, but thats about it, servicable but nothing stand out. the pour is a clear copper to bronze color with a short white head. the nose is plenty of european malts, caramel, pale, and something a little darker. not much hops, but a little sweetness and some earthy tones. flavor is quite good, very wintery, with the sweet form the malt taking center stage in front of a mild english hop backing. not sure what the alcohol is, but i can taste it a little, especially in the finish. still a drinkable brew though, with great carbonation and only just a medium body. i think i like this because its a bock without all the sugar, and not as heavy as some of the spring bocks, its perfect for the season. not the star of the winter 12er, but a beer i will happily consume again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 23:36:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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Guden

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with a small off-white head that fades leaving no lacing.

S- Semi-sweet chocolate smell dominates with some caramel/toffee and bit of fresh baked cookies.

T- Again the semi-sweet chocolate character comes through up front with a crsip biscuit and cookie middle and a finish of bitter hops and chocolate.

M- Nice medium body with a medium high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly foamy and not harsh.

O- A really good beer. I've had mixed feelings on the Brooklyn beers I've had in the past but this one is quite tasty. Very chocolaty in character, almost to the extent of Young's Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:17:48 | More by Guden
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SerendipitousTaster


1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am new to this forum and wish that I could post reviews privately as it is not my intention to influence or inform others but to remind myself. I am not a beer tasting expert and do not know the proper etiquette or vocabulary.

This said, I found the Brooklyn Brown Ale to be pretty in the glass when poured. The color is rich and the head sturdy. I was disappointed though by the thinner than expected and less full bodied flavor overwhelmed by what seemed to be too much carbonation for this brown ale. The ale left only a slight bitter aftertaste on the palate but a less than satisfying overall taste and experience.

I will not purchase in quantity but would drink if offered or even order as the first beer in a steak or barbeque restaurant if better options are not available.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:21:30 | More by SerendipitousTaster
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 11:20:39 | More by tobelerone
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB FEB 2013

A: Pours a mahogany/ruby red color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Some light roasted malts along with coffee and nuts are at the forefront, with some notes of fruit and chocolate as well

T: Follows the nose. Decently roasty. Fruits are more up front, along with the nuts and coffee. Chocolate is more towards the back again. Hops come through towards the back with the chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A really nice brown ale with complexity and full flavor. Easy to drink and very accessible. Nicely done

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:12:03 | More by BEERMILER12
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd beer from a usually reliable brewery. I think it looks fantastic, just like a brown ale should -- a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy head that lingers. Unfortunately the nose is just routine: some cherries, some chocolate reminiscent of very rich sweet milk chocolate, a whisper of hops. The flavors are even more restrained than the nose -- chocolate malt and some hops, mainly, with a very light cherry finish. This beer is interesting in that I think the problem lies in a criteria I usually blow past when I do one of these things -- the mouthfeel. I think the beer is so disappointingly light because I think the mouthfeel is too light, like most brown ales it does better with a heavier mouthfeel (to support the stronger flavors). Not Brooklyn's best.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 17:24:44 | More by dougbassett
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-brown colored brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head fades fast to a medium cap that persists. Once the cap fades rather slowly a light level of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell. Mixed with these are notes of chocolate and a coffee aroma. Some sweet caramel joins the darker aromas and with a light bitter herbal aroma rounds out the smell.

Taste – A roasted malt and chocolate flavor greet the tongue. Some light coffee flavors are present as well but are gone rather fast as some molasses sweetness more toward the middle of the taste comes to fruition. While the taste sweetness in the middle, it ends up bittering more toward the end as some of the bitter herbal hop flavors detected in the nose come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was a little bit on the higher side. Not the best for the roasted and darker flavors, and may have been better suited with a creamier and chewier body.

Overall – I am not really a huge fan. The flavors never really meld well and the transitions are quite abrupt.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:12:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a 3 finger tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. I can detect cherries, caramel, and some chocolate in the aroma. Smells like this should be slightly sweet.

Tastes like I thought it would based on the aroma. Cherries, caramel malt, and some chocolate. Neither the taste or the aroma are very strong, which is too bad. What I can taste is good, but there isn't enough flavor to boost the score to a higher level.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a slight aftertaste of cherries. This could be a very nice beer, if the taste and aroma were stronger.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:43:34 | More by hardy008
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown. Light head of light tan which recedes pretty quickly.

Nose has coffee and malt notes. Slight roastiness, overall full.

Taste has a roasty malt character but an annoying bitterness. Dark chocolate, coffee flavour, but also a bit of a surprising lightness. Hops are present and give a bitter edge, but it doesn't seem to work as well as it could.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, body is initially thick, but it trails off. Carbonation is appropriate to give a bit of crispness. Aftertaste is medium, slightly malty, a bit cloying.

Its good beer, but I thought the profile on the palate was a bit disjointed, and suggested room for improvement. Overall, a good standard brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 18:55:33 | More by mick303
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12pk at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a clear dark-copper brown with pretty much no lasting head to speak of. Coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel comprise the aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a strong herbal hop presence. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not bad. Reminds me a lot of some of the older craft beers and of the brown ales I used to drink when I lived in Maine years ago. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:42:03 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JacobJustus1

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120z brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pretty average. Surprisingly clear. Decent little head.

S: Some nuts and a little bit of a toffee and leathery smell in a good way. Pretty mild though.

T: Light roasted nuts, Light roasted oats or grain, some light complexity. Malty with some sweet sugars.

M: Pretty thin for a brown ale, but I am am still getting into this style, so I may be wrong. Definitely kind of creamy which I like. Not much carbonation. Somewhat of a quaffer.

O: A fair to good beer, just not as multi-dimensional as I like in my brews. However the semi-low- ABV and easy drinking might make it a good choice for a dinner party or cookout. I might throw one in a mix-n-match 6-pack from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:30:35 | More by JacobJustus1
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TownDunkel

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale - my first Brooklyn beer I believe so time to judge them all by one beer! Just kidding of course...

Appearance - A low to medium brown that looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing amazing but a nice hue to it.

Smell - Hops, Nuts, and Barley. The smell is on, but missing a couple of interesting notes and it seems to go away quickly

Taste - I was hoping this would taste like it smelled but it has a lot of copper/metal taste to it. Also the nuts do come out but fade quickly

Mouthfeel - I really wanted more carbonation here and a bit less of the metal aftertaste. Not terrible but not good

Overall - This is a decent beer, and a decent brown ale. Its smooth enough to be drank by the handfuls but the aftertastes keeps me rating this one low

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:56:10 | More by TownDunkel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some caramel and toffee malt, as well as some pine from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get some nice roasted malt and caramel notes up front, with a decent amount of bitterness and some piney hop notes also coming through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:55:53 | More by Mora2000
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RevSox08

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. This is my first time having this beer, and only my second or third time trying a Brooklyn brew.

Appearance - Brown. What struck me most is how clear it is though. You're able to mostly see through it. Kind of disappointing, as I tend to like my brown ales to be darker and more stout-ish.

Smell - Smells of some caramel sweetness, but it's not that significant.

Taste - Not much. Not much at all. A little nutty, but I'm disappointed by the lack of any real flavor. The caramel sweetness in the aroma is definitely not present in the taste. No bitterness. Maybe a TINY bit of diacetyl, but I'm not sure if that's normal or perhaps I just got a bad batch. Nothing noteworthy here.

Mouthfeel - Thin... that's pretty much it.

Overall, I just don't see what anybody could really like about this beer. I finished it because it didn't taste particularly bad; it just didn't taste much like anything at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:43:07 | More by RevSox08
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mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale

A= pours a purplish-ruby hue with a medium thickness tan head.

S= coffee,,a hint of toffee malty,not very impressive.

T= polish rye, dark fruit, coffee.

MF=full in carbonation, but light in body.

this ale i a hard working honest mans ale its something to be proud of, it would serve well to the novice beer and ale enthusiast's palet. their for its a important ale.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:23:57 | More by mrcarterxxl
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donmonkey1

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. The head isn't big and dissipates quickly, but leaves decent lacing

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts.

Taste: Nutty coffee, roasted nuts, sweet malty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

This may be the best brown ale I've ever had. It leaves me licking my lips and wanting more. It's a little too heavy for a session beer, but definately an outstanding beer. This is my first Brooklyn brand beer and I look forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:17:07 | More by donmonkey1
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Danny1217

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. A tan head with good retention.
The smell is very subdued. I'm not getting much here. A little bit of malty caramel. The taste is roasted with some caramel, toffee, and even some fruits. The taste is complex, it's just not all that great to me. Medium body and carbonation.

It's an all right beer, but not one of my favorites from Brooklyn at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 16:37:39 | More by Danny1217
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with good clarity. Finger and a half of off white head. Very very still head. Sweet caramel malt on the nose with a touch of citric hops. A little nutty, pretty nice nose.

Medium in body, feels nice and full in the mouth. Sweet roasted malts up front flow into a rich roasted nuttiness. Stringy mouthfeel on the swallow. Good balance from the hops. Exceptionally smooth. Simple yet brilliant. Big good flavors that all work extremely well together with great balance. My only complaint is that a touch of dark fruit lies beneath it all but only if you really look for it. This fruit flavor doesn't go with the rich roast of the brew but it doesn't make itself known really. Lingering sweetness on the tip of the tongue and the lips.

Very good beer, I'm usually not a brooklyn fan but this was quite the brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:10:39 | More by jtierney89
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, brownish, caramel amber with a thin lacing of brownish, soft head that has little retention

S - caramel, toffee and a citrus aroma that seems present in many of the Brooklyn year-round offerings

T - big roasty characters up front and throughout with some accompanying caramel, toffee, and nutty notes. There is a faint bitter hoppyness to the finish

M - medium bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation

This is a decent, easy drinking, well balanced brown ale. I like the heavy roasted malt notes throughout. All around refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:27:31 | More by tdm168
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a caramel like brown color, a touch darker with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Smell is mild yet sweet with some brown malt, a touch of sweet sugars and a little bit of hops.

T - Well for the price it was a nice brown ale. Brown malt is mild and not very chalky leading to a rather sweet drinking experience but with little cocoa or chocolate flavors it makes it fall far from an elite brew. Not bad though.

M - Medium and kind of chewy.

Overall not something I would buy again but a better than average brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:24:18 | More by DrDemento456
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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