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Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
944
Ratings:
2,317
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
19.57%
 
 
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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Reviews: 944 | Ratings: 2,317
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I poured it into a tullip glass - dark brown with a thick creamy off-white head that takes a while before it dissipates leaving a nice crater and then nice lacings.

S: Not as strong smelling as I thought, but there is light roasted malt (caramell) a faint smell of hops and some dried fruit.

T: A bit rough at first, but then there is light roasted caramell malt, dry hops, almost no sweetness.

M: Light carbonation, a little thin, dry.

D: An medium american brown ale, maybe a bit above average. This won't make you unhappy.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear body with a rich amber-brown hue and a good finger of pillowy tan foam. It actually looks rather good, although head retention isn't great.

Smell: caramel malt with a light biscuitiness and a very light nuttiness. Very autumnal; pretty good.

Taste: a faithful partner to the aroma. Caramel flavors, though the flavor is rather dry; there is also plenty of biscuit to go around. Again, autumnal is the adjective that comes to mind. A pretty solid brown ale, if not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very nice, well-integrated carbonation. This beer is smooth and creamy to drink: great stuff.

Drinkability: this is just a classic realization of a brown ale. I rather enjoy it and am finding this a pleasing drinking experience; I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell has a good bit of malts to it, a touch of nutiness. Taste is malts up front, some hops, nuts, a little bit of caramel, somewhat mild for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of March 2009. Sampled in November 2008.

It pours a handsome mahogany-brown with a good supply of puffy, beige head and adequate lacing along the pint glass. I noted an aroma of hops and malts. A medium mouth feel and not watered down. The hops are more evident in the taste and I can find a hint of something nutty. I have been drinking this beer for a while and it is one of my favorite go-to beers.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with fishdawg71. Thanks Geoff!

This pours from 12oz bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights and a nice 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, sweet malt, some nutiness, and some fruit.

The taste on first sip and plenty of flavour here. Mild roasted malt along with some nutty tones followed by a nice earthy flavour and a bit of hop bitterness in the background. I even get a bit of chocolate. It's light bodied(at times) bodied and it finishes with a semi sweet twang but right at the vey end, it's somewhat watery. Still, that's not going to spoil it for me. This is a *good* Brown Ale and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A clear reddish bronze with a fair bit of bubbles and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left a few patches of lace

S some mild chocolate and maybe a little raisin

T as it smells but with just a little coffee

M a little creamy from all the bubbles

D not bad but I feel it's missing a little something keeping it from being a great beer

I can't quite figure out what this beers missing, I do like this brew but it could use just a little something

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, hops, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. I can also pick up some light hops and a bit of sweet pear juice. There is also a slight metallic taste to the beer. It finishes with a bitter and malty aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer much more on draft than from the bottle. It found it had more of a harsh bitter aftertaste from the bottle. Still a decent beer however.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a soda color. Fizzy head dies down to nearly nothing. Leaves tiny lacing bits on the glass.

S-Mostly brown sweetness. Burnt caramel, nut, chocolate, brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops.

T-More of the same. Pleasant but pretty standard. Sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Decent flavor.

M-Lighter body despite the color. Medium carbonation. Not much remarkable in the feel.

O/D-A good drinking brown ale. A bit too bland for me but there is nothing wrong or off about the flavor here. The light body allows for a six-pack to go back easily I'd imagine.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on my first Brooklyn beer in Indiana. Freakin awesome.

Pours a coke brown that allows the drinker some sight at this beers bubbling. Which is very sporadic and light. The Head is a light tan that retains throughout the whole beer. The aroma is very malty. Giving the impression that there is some chocolate bronies inside the glass. Lots of toasty and roasty goodness. The taste give the balance of roasted and toasted malts equal time time. Along with some very lght English hops. Creat a great melange of English meets American brewing styles. Great to drink in mass quantities. Great session beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on bottle says best before March 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with about an inch off-white head. Lacing is good. It smells like caramel, chocolate, malt and even some grassy and citrusy hops. It tastes like caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and a bit of grapefruit. It's hoppier in the finish than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but not in a bad way. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a pretty well balanced brown ale. I'd drink it again, I think it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep brown-red. The finger thick head is firm, off-white and compact. Lots of lacing.

The smell is fresh and fruity with some roasted notes and a tarty hint. Very elegant.

The taste is fruity and a bit sweet. Hints of caramel, raisins, marzipan and cherries. Overall the flavours are very balanced with lots of character. Notes of cream, but no diacetyl. The bitterness is medium, as is the body. The aftertaste adds some mild sourish-bitter notes with a fine blend of American hops.

The carbonation is strong and fresh. Lots of small fine bubbles. Stronger than expected, but it works.

A very nice beer: Refreshing, drinkable and complex at the same time!

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is nice and brown in color with a head that wears down after a minute or two. Really nice malt aroma with some alcohol coming through along with roasted coffee hints. Taste is rich and interesting, somewhat chewy too. Does not overpower in any way. There's also what I believe to be caramel underneath the initial flavor of the beer.

Overall, it's definitely one of the better examples of a Brown Ale that I've had.

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