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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,915 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,915
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brown colour, not much taste and from a bit of bitter and malts. Aggressively carbonated. Ok with food, medium mouthfeel with a spot of nuttiness.Skunky aroma, it may have travelled about but was always kept at good temperature, and before expiry date.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 02:46:48 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from DuqTroops. Opened 2/13/09.

Pours a very clear reddish brown. Nice 3/4 inch head with good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty (maybe a touch of roast), and nutty but overall was very subdued. Still undecided if its a positive or negative trait.

Flavor is malty, sweet, nutty, a bit roasty, and mildly bitter. The aftertaste has an interesting fruity quality to it.

The body is medium/light leaning more on the light side. Medium carbonation. Quite drinkable and enjoyable for a fan of brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 10:05:13 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-11-2011 01:07:59 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 15:42:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly faded away into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of roasted caramel malts and nuts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the flavor is very malty with caramel flavors and notes of chocolate, coffee and nuts. It doesn't come across as being that sweet due to the hop balance.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, which makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:19:21 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown with some garnet highlights; not much head or lacing but a collar that lasts throughout

Smell: Strong caramel malt nose with a bit of dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts out sweet with chocolate flavors; dries out and gets a bit bitter in the middle, but the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Brown Ale, but I would like to see a bit more body

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 22:24:52 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a one inch head. Qucik fade left a decent lace on the top. Smell was light, but very nice malted grain and caramel, sweet and well rounded. The taste felt much thicker then I thought it would. Taste was grainy with some nice english bitter hops rounding it ou. Very nice. It was smooth and slick, very easy going down with a decent bitter hoppy finish. Great carbonation made for a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall a nice classic brown ale and an excellent session choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 20:51:05 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-07-2011 19:50:43 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of huge caramel malt with some toffee notes. Taste is also a mix between some very rich caramel malt with some notes of toffee and no major discernable presence of hops. Body is full with some average carbonation. The best-by date was April 2008 but still very drinkable and more enjoyable then I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 20:05:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

With a crisper, cleaner malt character of toast, chocolate, and toffee- all of these flavors are manifested, but without the sweetness or heaviness that's normally expected from this flavor spread.

A dark, medium brown beer decants into the tumbler with a rich and creamy flood, a creamy light tan head forms in rich and stubborn patience. Good retention and lace shies away from anything outstanding but has better-than-average character.

The dense nose provides a glimpse into medium caramel, toaste, cocoa, walnut, butterscotch, grain, and creamy malt. A very characterful, bold, and inviting scent all around.

Flavors follow suit with a malty-rich upstart of caramel and toffee-like robust sweetness and with the balance of pine, citrus, and earthy wood hop flavor. Sweetness proves fleeting as the woody, nutty, and coffee-like oil taste becomes more prominant. But so does grain, husk, and a subtle cola-like taste late. Grainy-sweet late with a linger of grain and sharp hop bitterness.

Medium-rich early textures foregos the creamy start and quickly favors a hearty mid palate of half sweetness and half dryness that thereafter favors the dryness, toasty-roasty mouthfeel for a somewhat arid dryness of coffee and char.

A fantastic American Brown Ale that doesn't hold true to the halmarks of the nutty-rich and sweeter style; yet hits home with a formitable nutty flavor to back caramel sweetness and suble hop character. Good, just lacking identity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 20:39:19 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-18-2014 14:02:01 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-02-2011 15:27:18 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red-brown body with a tan head that disappeared almost instantly.

Smell: A nearly nonexistent aroma of chocolate and cherries.

Taste: Indistinct, weak tastes of chocolate and coffee with traces of bitterness leading into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: Very average. Far too bland and ordinary for me to seek out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 04:05:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

08-12-2013 14:06:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2012 20:20:19 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Brown and clear.

S: Earthy and sweet with roasted nut.

T: Sweet, lots of chocolate and toffee. Malty. Tart finish. Fairly complex for a brown.

M: Medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is fairly drinkable and the sweetness is just right. At the same time, it captures the brown ale taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 21:53:36 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Nice color very little head,nice chocolaty aroma.Nice malty/cocolate flavors with earthy undertones just like a good brown should be.Finished nicelel didnt thin out towards the end like alot of brown ales do.Really enjoyed will have again,hopefully soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 07:15:41 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 20:48:31 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty with roasty notes. There was a piney hop presence in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of nutty with sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Nice bitter, piney hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice brown ale. More hop bite than most of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:53:24 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: Dark but clear brown without much head or lacework.

Smell: Caramel and nuts, sort of like peanut brittle. Simple and to the point but very clean.

Taste/mouthfeel: Moderately sweet with flavors of nuts and caramel that mirror the nose. Toasted bready notes appear in the finish, though bitterness remains low - pretty clean and simple stuff overall.

Notes: Got this from dyan in our last enormous trade. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 21:35:00 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, on the barely sheltered patio of Beer Bistro, off King Street, in downtown Hogtown.

This beer pours a clear dark mahogany-tinted brown colour, with two fingers puffy, lazily foamy, and somewhat soapy ecru head, which leaves some broadly splattered lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of dark, lightly caramelized malt, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of well-tended coffee, a bit of oily nuttiness, orange citrus, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is slick chalky chocolate malt, candied orange, dry coffee, thin roasted caramel, pithy, indistinct nuts, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a plain, innocuous frothiness flitting about, the body rather far on the medium-light side of things, and more than a bit acrid in its expected smoothness - shame, I say. It finishes mostly dry, the general roasted character carrying the day.

A decent enough brown ale, I suppose, but like a lot of the ladies I see every day waltzing up and down Yonge Street, it could definitely stand to gain some weight, which would go far in masking the multiple minor deficiencies so endemic here.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:28:13 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear. Deep russet brown with ruby highlights. The frothy, light tan head holds fairly well and drops to a decent collar which leaves some good lace. The aroma is surprisingly full, loaded with rich, bready maltiness and spicy, floral hops. The body is medium-light with a gentle carbonation that makes it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a gently fruity, lightly toasty, and toffee-like malt that's well backed by bitterness and a light piney hop flavor. The finish is dry and lingering with hop bitterness, chocolatey maltiness, a soft roastiness and a light nuttiness reminiscent of wanut or almond. It's unfortunate, but I've had better versions of this. This is also a fresh bottle, but that's the way it goes with contract brewing. I highly recommend the draft version over the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 13:06:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, light brown head that settles to a nice film of foam. Medium brown body with good clarity.

S - Toffee malt aroma with some caramel. Spicy hops with a hint of mocha.

T - Nutty malt with a smooth, spicy hop flavor. Subtle chocolate and caramel flavors in the middle with a malty finish and moderate hop/malt bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - A very drinkable and flavorful brown ale. Easily one of the best examples of the style that I have experienced.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 05:00:36 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a decent amount of hops in the background.

T: The taste starts out with a good roasted malt character, which seems significantly lighter than most beers in the style and definitely not as sweet, along with flavors of chocolate, coffee & nuts. A nice hops presence quickly follows and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening and overall is pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 02:59:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-21-2012 17:00:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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