Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

933 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 933
Hads: 2,210
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 51
Gots: 274 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Reviews: 933 | Hads: 2,210
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at some hipster spot in Greenwich Village, given a stein to pour it in. Bottle indicates best before August 2011.

Poured a dark brown/mahogany with some chestnut highlights. Transient offwhite head head fades to a thin film, some lace. Nose is hoppy, some chocolate and roasted notes. Taste has some good hop flavour. Roasted and mild nutty notes, again a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium low, borders on thin at trimes. Residual chocolate and nuttiness in the finish. Decent drinkability. Hoppy brown ale, but leaves me desiring more out of this. (567 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back in Johnstown, Pennsylvania AGAIN...for business. Had dinner at the Boulevard restaurant...AGAIN. This night they had the Brooklyn's Brown Ale....ON TAP! The color was a deep rich brown amber with white head that laced well. The nose had a hint of brown sugar or molassis. The taste was a little sharp, but decent. Certainly had rich malt subtle sweetness. The mouthfeel was good thank to the light ABV. This beer is worth a taste and definitely a SESSION!!! (462 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry amber color. Off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S - Semi-sweet. Brown suar and oak. Raisiny malt. Slightly sour backnotes.

T - Nutty malt. Pine and wood hop character. Oak-line dryness. Light raisin backend.

M - Med body with a semi-dry finish.

O - A nice session beer with a nice flavor. (313 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, hint of alcohol, a burned grain smell, citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, a woody flavor, and finishes with some citrus. Overall, a rather interesting blend and body, but in a pleasing way. Props for a unique brew. (477 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (665 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice reddish brown body and very clear.

S - The nose is mostly sweet and malty. Not a whole lot of other scents going on here. I was definitely expecting a malty sweet brown nectar.

T - The taste is quite opposite of the smell. I expected that sweet malt goodness and got a roasty toasted taste. Maybe some slightly smoked/roasted notes.

M - Easy on the mouth. Not overpowering in carbonation, flavor or body.

O - A decent brown ale but pretty one dimensional in its scent and flavor respectively. Still worth a shot. (526 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearish red-brown colour with a foamy, rocky, tan head. Good head retention.

Mild nutty, sweet malt aroma. Some breadiness. Mild earthy hops.

Moderately malty with a minerally dry note. Earthy hops. Understated but nice enough.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

A decent Brown Ale but it lacks depth a punch. Okay. (343 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of bark
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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! (678 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My latest stab at Brooklyn beers. I've tried the IPA and the Black Chocolate Stout (both are great), so now the money-maker.

Pours amber color with thin but well-retained head. Possibly just a touch skunked, but not much. Some nutty fruity aspect to the aroma as well. Flavor is OK, nothing massive but pretty good for middle of the road ale.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special either. This is like Fat Tire to New Belgium or Honkers Ale to Goose Island. (487 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood in Atlanta.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a half-finger white-head that soon dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty even, but it doesn't stick around very long.

Smells fruity more than anything. There's also a sweet malt aroma until it warms, then there's a bit more breadiness.

Tastes very fruity and sweet as well. As it warms it has more of a bready flavor, and it has a dry, mildly bitter finish throughout. There's also a light floral taste.

Mouthfeel is alright. I would like it to be a little thicker, but the carbonation is good, and it goes down smoothly enough.

Drinkability is alright at first, but the fruit flavor begins to overpower the other flavors as I drink more of it.

Overall this is a good beer, I just don't think it's a good brown ale. Too fruity, and not enough robust malt flavors. By no means is it a bad beer, but I probably won't be drinking this again unless offered. (1,015 characters)

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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