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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,911 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 86 | 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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rosy-reddish coppery hue, with a slim tannish layer of film atop.
Aroma: brown sugary sweet, notes of toffee and caramel, light, malty & pleasant.
Taste: hmmm....first of all, the neck label asserts that this asserts a higher hoppiness in contrast to the malt, but, oddly, that's not how I found this brew. Quite the opposite. To continue, tasty mouthfeel, richly rounding the palate and coating it good, brief, but tasty hops, lush, chocolatey malt. Medium body, feeling thinner as we drain the bottle, with a simple, but assured finish.
Definiely tastier than the milder versions out there, (I'm talking about you, Newcastle)but not by too much.
Thanks to 36LbLoveChild for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 08:09:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2002 about a year ago, so I will take this into account. Just I will not pour this beer out, must sample and see how it holds up. Appears a very deep amber ruby brown with a cream toffe head very nice looking full three finger sized head that as it dwindles leaves even pattern of trickled lace. Aroma consists of pine cone like hops and a slightly burnt malt character. The two aromas blend fairly well, to form an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is a bit worn by the age, but I can still detect a slightly vinous grap character blended with a mild chocolate/coffe tone and the hop bitterness works well together. Overall one very nice session beer that I will try again due to the age of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 17:20:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-21-2013 17:10:48 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is rich in roasted and crystal malts. It has an intense chocolate smell as well. The taste is good. It is smooth and creamy with a great "brown" flavor created through the use of multiple crystal malts. It also has a decent hop taste that peeks through the malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an awesome brown ale with real malt character; a great sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 01:59:09 | More by WesWes
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Mediocre at best, as mostly every brown ale I've ever tried. Poured mahogany with quickly receding whitish head. Mostly malty nose. Taste is thin, nutty and malty, watery, with a bit of sweetness. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable...just not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 17:12:10 | More by Rifugium
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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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mdfb79

New York

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

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

a - Pours a deep brown color with 2-3 inches of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and some hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A nice brown ale. Some nice roasted malts and chocolate in the smell and taste. Would have again

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:32:39 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:30:41 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, it was best served by the end of this month.
It poured a medium light mahogany with medium carbonation and an off-white fizzy head that was, unfortunately, very quick to disappear.
The aroma was a mix of chocolately, coffeeish malt and hops.
The taste was a medium balance of malt and hops. The chocolate and coffee taste were apparent. It would be improved, in my opinion, with a more nuttier complexity mixed in. Overall, it is a good example of this American style of the original British, less hoppier, more malty style.
The mouthfeel was good, almost a bit too sweet, but not sugary.
There was a very slight alcohol taste at the finish.
While not exceptional, it is certainly a good American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:06:41 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-18-2011 21:00:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Modest head that leaves low level lace. The color is neutral brown--appears clear.

Warm caramel aroma with a touch of chocolate. Light hop in the background.

The taste reminds me of a pale ale with lots of crystal malts. Pleasant hop finish--still this is a malty beer with light chocolate malts. Relatively thin liquor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:33:29 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2012 18:48:53 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Clear deep bronze / brown in color with a nice 1" head. The aroma is of caramel and sweetness is detected. The flavor is nice as caramel, roasted malt, and light hops are up front, with some mild chocolate and nut tones in the background.

This brew is light/medium in body, and has a smooth and mildly crisp start with a smooth finish. The caramel tone lasts briefly on the tongue. Extremely drinkable - a great session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 18:21:08 | More by Gavage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-22-2013 04:32:06 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin half finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Toasted nutty malt aroma with subtle dark fruit notes and slight earthy hops.

Slightly watered down body with hints of toasted malt, hazelnut, chocolate maltiness, a slightly roasted toasty presence with subtle hops and a slightly dry finish. Very well balanced and easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 07:37:52 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-09-2012 03:28:45 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at Speakeasy in Carrboro, NC

A: A deep, slightly amber brown with with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film
S: Nothing overpowering, sweet smell, faint hints of malt, caramel, etc
T: Pleasant caramal, nutty taste, not remarkably strong with some balancing hops
M: Moderate body, medium carbonation, slightly watery aftertaste.
D: Hard for me to find anything great or bad to say about this. Always reliable when found on tap and very easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 21:57:05 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse. I've never really liked brown ales, including Rogue's Nut Brown Nectar, until this beer.

Rich brown body, poured with a short head in the pint glass and left a little lacing.

Not a lot of smell, but malty and sweet.

A rich malty taste that is strong but not overpowering. Some sweetness, but the main focus in on the malt.

Easy in your mouth and easy going down.

This is a great brown ale and I'd gladly have it again. Recommend for any malt lover. I could drink a lot of this one, it's damn tasty and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 06:08:36 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 11/2009, serving cool in a straight pint glass.

A: dark russet brown in colour with good clarity if seen against light, coming with a thick beige fluffy head settling gradually to a cap to last.
S: the initial impression is lots of flowery hops with a clean edge of peaches even, but as soon as the foam settles down the aroma of light-bodied malts - caramel, dark berry-fruits with a touch of coke(!) even - takes over. Only a very deep sniff would bring out the longan-fruity and deeper flowery aroma of the hop-malt mixture. I'd say the nose overall is a bit unbalanced and even slightly thin for this type of ale, but good stuff still hides underneath the sweet façade that awaits patient exploration.
T: some hints of dark-fruits and decent sweet dried-grapey aroma skirt the light bodied brown malts, before a soothing aftertaste of sweet filter coffee-ish toasted malts and residual nuttiness manifest itself alongside a lightly-chewy hop bitterness. The hoppiness has melted in the overall flavour, but somehow I can't find a harmonious flavour to really enjoy, either, as in the end the sour edge of beer creeps up and makes the profile slightly thin in the end.
M&D: I find the overall body thinner than desirable and the texture somewhat artificial and thin (by the standard of craft US beers) as the carbonation is slightly OTT upfront, although, fortunately, it softens as soon as the malty and chewy-hoppy elements tune up a bit in the aftertaste. The label says it's "richer and hoppier than its mild and malty English forbearers" - well, I beg to disagree, as a hoppy English brown ale served on cask could be more all the more lively in all departments and still smoother and balanced than this filtered (and pasteurised?) bottle can offer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:14:33 | More by wl0307
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of June 2006, close enough so I'll take it. It is served in a tumbler.

A: The ale has a copper brown color with a small head and no haze.

S: There is a slight malt aroma and no hop presence.

T: The ale could be a little old, as a subtle metallic flavor lingers in the mouth. There was nothing extraordinary here in terms of flavors, the hops were very restrained and the malts were a little nutty.

M: The flavors were there and struggling to get out but never did.

D: The beer is worth another look just to confirm or deny my thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 13:17:22 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating of August 04. Pours almond skin brown, clear, off white head, leaving some lace. yeasty, bready nose. Soft caramel, nutty, coffee flavor notes. Nice subtle maltyness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Hops well in background, mellow , with a slight grainy texture. Very drinkable, pleasant quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 18:49:59 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

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

Got this in a Brooklyn Beer Party mix pack and this was one of the better ones in it. Had a nice nutty smell and taste to it and had a lot more flavor than the typical brown ale. It also poured much darker than most brown ales I've had. A very solid beer and one of the better brown's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 20:59:27 | More by oriolesfan4
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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