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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,917 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,917
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 16:20:58 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 22:16:33 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a glowing garnet base and a sticky deep beige head that last and last with a some microbubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The faint chocolate malt has some dark Munich malt notes and a dry toffee hint in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The nice soft well-blended chocolate malt with deep toasted malt and a hint of roasted malt lead to a nice tartness in the finish that stays pretty light.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a gentle fizz note in the finish.

O- This is a tasty session beer with nice fresh flavors that are distinct but work really well together. Rich flavor but easier to drink that a stout. I would love to try this on cask as I thing it would really bring out the wonderful depth.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:32:45 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-23-2013 15:48:20 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-20-2011 16:04:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours a nice ruby brown, but with little head or lacing. Smell is dry and lightly malty with a grainy note. Taste is slightly deeper with the aromas echoed in the flavor, but there is also a slightly roasted note and some hops at the end. There are also some slight dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is well balanced and somewhat creamy. Really a nice beer, very drinkable and a pleasure on a spring or fall day.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 02:14:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-20-2013 11:50:24 | More by DrunkinYogi
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-02-2013 04:41:36 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to drseamus for this one.

Best Buy Apr 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:23:03 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

German-style refillable growler filled at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY on 10/17/04, enjoyed on 10/19/04.

First imperial pint glass pours with a dense tan 1 1/2" head, which was slowly dissipates, leaving heavy lace/foam along the glass. Clear and deeply reddish brown in hue. Well-balanced aroma, with medium malts pairing with a pleasant hoppy tinge. Taste is nutty malts, with slight hops character in the mouth. Some light fruit and citrus notes finish the picture. Mouthfeel is smooth, oh so smooth, and the drinkability is excellent as well. Nice represenation of the style, and I would search it out again.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2004 21:18:18 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle and fairly fresh from the date. Poured into a snifter.

A- Brooklyn Brown Ale is brown like some of the water from the neighborhood, J/K. This dark brown color is impossible to see through. A nice tan head rises up but falls short before the drinking begins. Minimal lace around the glass.

S- Dark roasted malt with some mellowing hops on the end. Some sweet caramel slight toffee plus some nuts. Not the strongest aroma and you really need to get yer nose in there.

T- Decent enough for a brown and towards the end I warmed up to it. Lightly toasted malt flavor with some light chocolate taste maybe on the lighter end such as cocco. Some hop bite in the end that may be precieved as sour depending on the person.

M- I enjoyed the feel on this although it is a bit on the lighter side. I would say a step below medium bodied. A bit of carbonation probably let the flavor and the creamy feel shine a bit more. Some bitterness detected on certain sips.

D- 5.6% aint to shabby and on the smaller end of some other browns i've tried. In fact i've been seeking out lighter ABV brews recently and this one fits perfectly. A good representative of the style and great for beginners.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 04:49:17 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

05-13-2012 00:37:20 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown color with an off white head and lacing. Aroma of caramel, floral/citrus hops and nuts.

Taste: Caramel and slight toffee upfront, hop bitterness chimes in orange citrus flavors. There is a tart twang (overactive ale yeast strain/infection?) and is a touch metallic. Finishes more malty and slightly dry.

M/O: Light medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, without the weird twang this would be a great brown ale. If I get a better sample I will re-review, but the bottle was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 12:26:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Brooklyn Brown Ale is just that - brown. With a little brightness behind it, however, the beer's dark russet tone alights to an almost maroon shade. This chocolaty-stained colour is gorgeous and, although clear, doesn't really allow any transparency. An off-white foam replete with air pockets envelops the beer like moss on a rock.

The aroma is brash and gritty. Its scents are rough and rushed variations on the style's classics; not coffee but coffee grinds, not roast malts but the singed smell of burnt ones. Hops produce a very earthy aura. The bouquet is coated in an astringent, peaty, lightly smoked coverlet that lends a considerable likeness to overly-steeped Earl Grey tea.

But what seemed like it would be an astringent, unpalatable and overly bitter beer turns out to be an agreeable, savory, classically bittersweet ale. With the flavour of roast malts much more refined in taste, notes of dark caramel, roasted nuts and spongy toffee cake now make their appearance. Chocolate is also introduced into the fold.

Hints of maple, brown sugar and pecans conjure to mind comforting fall-time foods. A stuffy, earthy bitterness ties the flavours together. There isn't the taste of coffee but there is its characteristic element of smoky roastedness. The beer seems more substantial than its 5.5% would indicate. This makes a great session beer to enjoy in cooling weather.

Brooklyn's Brown Ale is neither my favourite Brooklyn Brewing beer nor my favourite brown ale. That being said, it is further evidence that even this brewery's most undistinguished of offerings still rates well above the average. Consistency and craftsmanship are not to be overlooked; I'll take Brooklyn's mediocre over many other brewery's best.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 20:24:12 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2013 01:24:33 | More by BillRoth
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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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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-28-2011 20:38:59 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-25-2011 04:53:04 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cramel sweetness with some solid toasted grain notes. Some coffee aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light sweet grain with some milk chocolate and cafe au lait elements. There was a good drying hop toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a nice and drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2007 16:59:00 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark cola color with deep reddish hues and a creamy slight off white head.

S: a semi-sweet dark chocolate, a nutty caramel aroma and rich coffee.

T: The flavor was a light roasted bitterness of malt and coffee. There was a nice nuttiness and dark caramel sweetness as well some light dried fruit.

M: light-moderate and provided a creamy finish.

D: Overall an easy drinking brown with a decent nutty flavor upon warming and is nicely hopped and balanced providing for a good session brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 11:03:03 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Matchbox Pizza Rockville into an official Brookyln pint glass. Looks like tulip pint Sam Smith in appearance. Off we go.

Poured with no visible head, and leaving a pretty good faint tan lasting collar around the drink. Body color is a very good mix of clear chestnut and red, more hints of red on this body. Served pretty dam cold, glass sweats.

Bouquet, nothing. Probably because it's a bit cold, but there's a muted wet clean sense but honestly, I get absolutely nothing on the nose. Nothing. Bubkis.

Taste is initially sweet at first, a small bit of nut sense even some buttery feeling in the mouth but not diacetyl. Some minor brown bread on the finish, but the beer's sweetness really seems to come off as a dark fruit raisin. It's also a bit carbonated and prickly.

Overall it's a little sweet, and the dark fruit flavor of it reminds of some sort of weird Dubbel/Brown Ale cross or something. It's not particularly malty or roasty either, but it's easy drinking and can do in a pinch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 13:50:24 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2013 19:05:54 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Pours a dark ruby with a nice creamy head. There are some nice malt tones in the aroma as well as hop accents. Some chalky cocoa powder on the nose as well. There are some nice tastes present. Like chocolate malt, cocoa and hop bitterness. I have come across few brown ales that make me stop and take note....and this isn't one of them. It's an o.k. beer from one of my least favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2002 12:31:10 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery brown with a short, rocky, white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Some lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma melds nicely with the doughy malt. There's a bit of brown sugar and chocolate in there too. Malt sweetness dominates, with bitterness rising like a wave in the mid and lingering in the finish. Caramel and molasses fill in the malt flavour and chocolate shows up in the finish. There seems to be a bit of an acidic twang at the end as well. Some dryness, medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A good brown ale. Hops definitely round out the aroma and provide enough bitterness for a bit of balance. But the malts really carry this beer. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 00:12:10 | More by DrJay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-26-2014 22:44:49 | More by LXIXME
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