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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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937 Reviews

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 2,251
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 59
Gots: 300 | 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: 937 | Hads: 2,251
Photo of IceTrey9785
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually bought a six-pack to use in a barbecue sauce. Poured a 12oz bottle into an English pub glass.

A: Dark brown, tawny hues, with a really thick off-white lacing. The beer looks appetizing and you can tell just from its appearance that the beer is rich is creamy.

S: Sweet caramel malt aromas, nice nuttiness, reminds me of hazelnuts, chestnuts and maybe a dash of pecan. Brown sugar, and molasses. Maybe some allspice and vanilla too.

T&M: Rich in flavor, but light in mouthfeel. This is a brew that really packs a lot of punch, but is rather light and fluffy. The sweet malt really shines, but the chestnut flavors overtake around mid-palate. There is a slight hop note on the finish, rendering the beer crisp, but very full and long lasting.

Overall, I really love this beer. American Browns either tend to be too out of balance (either too sweet, or too hoppy). This one is perfect. I could drink this all the time with a nice piece of grilled meat. Never had a beer that had such a long and distinct finish. Wonderful!

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale

A= pours a purplish-ruby hue with a medium thickness tan head.

S= coffee,,a hint of toffee malty,not very impressive.

T= polish rye, dark fruit, coffee.

MF=full in carbonation, but light in body.

this ale i a hard working honest mans ale its something to be proud of, it would serve well to the novice beer and ale enthusiast's palet. their for its a important ale.


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Photo of BeerFan
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Decent sized head settles down leaving a small layer of foam on top which leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass. Smell and aroma of chocolate and slight coffee. Solid roasty, malt background balanced nicely with a good hop finish. This medium-bodied beer is very drinkable. This was Brooklyn's first holiday beer back in the late '80's and was soon added as the second beer in their line-up.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer. It seemed to gradually get stronger as I kept drinking it. The aftertaste left me craving another and another sip to try to decipher the many flavors. I think I picked up on the chocolate and the malts, and the hops are noticable in the finish, but never take over. They do serve to help balance out this Brown Ale exceptionally well.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable offering as my first try of the Brooklyn Brewing Co. I will certainly seek this beer out again, and could see myself easily having multiples if I'm in the right mood.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Not much aroma going on, just a bit of malt. The taste is a nice nutty malt with some hops at the end. This is a good tasting beer but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is quite good as I can easily drink a few of these. Overall, this is not my favorite brown ale but it's still a nice example of the style.

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Photo of quinnsi
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut/chocolate appearance with a thin tan head.

Smell is pleasant, with a nice sweet aroma of roasted malt and grain husk. The flavor follows in suit, with nice rich malt flavors up front with a slight balancing hop bite, and finally a good husky, malty finish. Very balanced.

This beer feels somewhat creamy in the mouth, which is aided by the low carbonation of this beer. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a good, drinkable beer. While it doesn't stand out in any one way, there isn't anything it does poorly either. A mild but good nose is in my mind, it's strongest point.

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Photo of anakar
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer, and not too expensive!

Poured out of a bottle, is came out dark brown, with a big-thick coffee color head and a lot of carb.

Taste is very full, very very rich and with strong notes of choclate, coffee and a bit of licorice.

Goes down real easy so you can have em one after the other.
Exeptional for an American beer, definately one of my new favorites. Try it.

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Photo of juanny
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brown ale had a pleasing dark brown color with respectable foam retention. The aroma was very mild, but a nice malty-chocolate combo. The taste was great! More noticeable coffee and chocolate notes that I have tasted in a brown ale before and a great heavy dose of the malt. This sounds more like a stout, but Brooklyn made their ale more drinkable with a background of hops, a reasonable alcohol content and a mouthfeel that is certainly full-bodied, but not overly thick and exclusively wintery. A solid brown ale in my book.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark. Dark. Dark. Some brownish color head.

S: Average for a brown ale. Nice nutty qualities.

T: Watery and Thin with some back end bitterness.

M: Average carbonation for a brown ale.

D: I know a lot of ABAs that taste better and are easier to drink.

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Photo of SisuPride
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this when I was in New York City and slipped it in my suitcase. The beer poured a pretty brown as described with a highly carbonated head that dwindled away quite rapidly. Overall the beer lacked taste and mouthfeel. It was missing the thicker body and taste I have come to love in brown beers. I had not had this beer for a couple of years and now I remember why. Better to me than a Budweiser but rather low in the pecking order of brown ales.

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

A: dark brown, amber color

S: has a mild sweet, chocolate, nutty and fruity (cherry) smell...very pleasant

T: similar to the nose, but less sense of fruit due to the carbonation

M: carbonation from start to finish

D: not too sweet and not too heavy, the carbonation is a little much but it is very suitable for an autumn beer

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Photo of WonderWoman
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at an informal brown ale tasting and I chose this as the winner in my book.
Poured a dark mahogany with a tiny rim of head.
The smell was wonderful. French roast coffee, roasted sticky malts mixed with minor floral hops.
I enjoyed the sweet malt tied with dark fruits much like figs or slightly green plums when tasting. It ended with a mild citrus note. Once it warmed hazelnuts surfaced just adding to the already wonderful flavors.
It had a thin minor syrupy consistency with moderate carbonation .
This was great beer. All the subtle flavors worked marvelously together.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with hints of red, and a one and a half finger head that dissipate rather quickly.

Aroma is quite enticing with lots of caramel malt, toasted malt, and a little vanilla and toffee.

The taste is dominated by a caramel malt sweetness, and an english hop flavour. But intermingled with those flavours are dark cherry and raisin notes, as well as a little bit of coffee and chocolate. A very balanced, and fairly complex brown ale. The finish is quite dry, with a slight pleasant hop linger.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but has a nice dryness.

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Photo of beerdepartment
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears appetizing; a steady head over a rich brown that appeals to me more than lighter brown of other brown ales.

Smells of lagery dryness with chalky mineral stuff going on; faint sweetness.

Taste is quick flash of light nutty sweetness, quickly fading. Altogether pleasant but short.

Feels nice in this particular mouth. Maltier than other browns. I appreciate the choice to go a bit heavier on body.

Quite drinkable.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This looks very, very dark, almost stoutish. The head, like most Brooklyn brews, is choppy and doesn't retain itself for very long. The smell is very strong sweet, nutty almost with hints of honey.

The taste right of the the bottle is crisp, malty-sweet, with a bit of nuttiness. However, as the brew warms up it loses some of its sweetness, and becomes a little more bitter. Goes down a little dry, and would make a nice pairing with a meat dish.

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Photo of thefireman
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a sampler case so I could try a couple styles for the forst time. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch head. First taste the rich maltiness, nutty, coffee flavor. Enough hops to balance without being overbearing. Very drinkable any time of year for me. On my list of "must stock" beers.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark chestnut brown with no haze, a small prickly head that quickly vanishes. I may have poured this one a bit too cold.

Aroma: Molasses and vanilla, a touch of hop presence. I also smell a bit of black bread, or really just kvass.

Taste: Sweet dark malt flavors include chocolate and sweet dark malts, a nice black bread presence as well. Some nuttiness to the flavor as it sits in your mouth, that gives way to a nice dry finish. A very good example of the style, and really hits the spot year round.

Overall: A good go-to beer if you aren’t feeling adventurous. Also has a pretty good distribution, so you might find it in a liquor store that has a limited craft beer selection.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium brown that leaves a whitish brown two finger head. Some lacing, but settles down nicely.

S- Nuts, malts, caramel. Somewhat rich, but nothing overwhelming or irritating.

T- Malts for sure, followed by some caramel and sweetness.

M- Low carbonation in this one, which is great, in my opinion.

D- Definitely a drinkable one here. It's possible to have more than one of these per sitting.

Overall, a moderate beer. Nothing too great or too lousy. Relatively inexpensive, which is reflected by its qualities. I would say in terms of brown ales this one is about on par or a half-step below New Castle Brown Ale.

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Photo of rjochman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a very small amount of head. Does leave a bit of lacing on the glass. Get a lot of caramel and roasted malts in the smell. The caramel malts dominate the taste and hints of hazelnut and walnut. The beer didn't have as much body as I would have liked- seemed a bit watery. Easy to drink and enjoyed it with a good sandwich for dinner.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tan head fine sits around the edge of the glass, deep brown with hint of red when held to the light.

Smells mostly of sweet malts and toffee – hint of herbs and floral pine – quite an impact of hazelnuts.

Tastes mostly of rich coffee and burnt toffee. Also some pine floral hop after taste which is slightly odd – not so sure it really suits the style.

Medium body with medium to light carbonation. Finishes really well with a nice smooth velvet feel.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with reddish hues coming through the bottom. Roughly a one finger off-white head forms and dissipates quite quickly. Leaves just a little lacing and carbonation bubbles are visible. So far so good. (3.4)

S- Toffee and caramel are most evident from the start. Some roasted malt also comes through and also what to me smells like a subtle earthy hop characteristic. Doesn't knock your socks off but is deceptively complex. (3.7)

T- Not quite as much complexity as is present in the smell. While I didn't get any nuttiness in the head there is a nice buttery nuttiness here. There is very little caramel character but the toffee comes through in the finish along with the nuttiness. Nice hop bitterness rounds it out. Perhaps a bit underwhelming but nice nonetheless. (3.35)

M- On the thin side for my taste. I like the level of carbonation but I wish it didn't disappear so quickly. (3.25)

O- A perfectly fine American Brown. I wish it was a bit bolder in aroma and flavor, but quite sessionable and easy to drink. Decent but nothing to write home about. (3.43)

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Photo of zebulon
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Started with a good head which bubbled away quickly left some lacing behind. Brown/amber color.

Aroma of nuts, hazel nuts? little coffee, caramel

First taste was bitter, then lightened up, My inpression was of a "brown lite" . It became dry on the tongue with some coffee, choc, hazelnut hidden inside. Finished with slight sour.

Mouthfeel was hampered by the carbonation. Actually I almost rated this own 2 on taste, because the fizz on the tongue overwhelmed the taste. But I let it sit and go flat and then could sense the taste. I know the experts say carbonation brings out taste but I frankly doubt it in practice (temperature didn't change much).

An ok drink but I have had better.

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Photo of Popkorn615
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep to golden brown (depending on your pour), which turns into a dark brown body with a 1 inch, moderately carbonated, light-cream colored head

S - Not that intense of a smell. Malty and hoppy with a touch of dark fruitiness/sweetness to it (probably from the chocolate flavors blended in).

T - Hoppy and a little sweet with a slight and pleasant roasted-nutty aftertaste.

M - Goes down smooth, but feels slightly thin. Lacks a little bit of thickness and body in terms of its feel.

D - Very light and not very filling, so I could definitely enjoy a number of them in a row.

I expected a little more from this beer after someone recommended it to me, but I was not at all disappointed by its overall taste or drinkability. An above average beer.

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Photo of dennarb
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like malt this is a good beer to try. The color is a rich brown with a deep tan head. It doesn't have much of a nose but it has a nice mix of malty sweetness and soft hop flavor. It is a friendly and unassertive beer that you can drink thought the evening. My wife who is really fond of Dog Fish Raisin D'Etre liked it a lot.

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Photo of cdViking
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Hurricane (Adam). Drank on 5/1/09.

Pours attractive dark amber with slightly reddish head that slowly dissipates. Smells very sweet and malty, with a hint of honey and toffee. Sweet off the start, though it turns sour and has somewhat of a metallic taste to it. Slightly thin in the mouth, with almost too much carbonation. Still a nicely drinkable beer that I could see sessioning.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.