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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 90 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-26-2014 20:37:06 | More by JIMTRK16
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-01-2013 18:16:17 | More by tjsmith910
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a dark walnut with slight ruby highlights. Head was almost negligable which was depressing and I felt reflected itself into a weak smell. This was made up slightly by the ok lacing from the tiny bit of head that did appear.

S- Toasted nuts. Roasted coffee beans. Warm oranges.

T- This taste reminded me quite a bit of Guinness, with a much more pronounced nutty twang. The toasted nuts and roasted coffee were the strongest of the flavors. In addition there was some weakly tasting hops, of light and sweet citrus. Chocolate wasn't really present, but wasn't missed either.

M- In a word, this beer went down "watery". There were perhaps some poor carbonation issues, but realistically there just wasn't any body to this beer. As my buddy pointed out, "It's like you're taking a big swig of water after a sip of beer".

D- The flavor I thought was delicious and nutty, but the wateryness of this beer turned me off slightly. All things considered the lightness of the beer probably was better for drinkability than an overly heavy nut ale, but I would love to see some improvement in that department regardless.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2007 05:05:16 | More by zdk9
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-28-2013 02:12:17 | More by salinasa
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-09-2013 10:12:24 | More by nyyfanatic213
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4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, more so than I'd expect for the style. Hazlenut and roast dominate the smell. The flavor follows suit. Coffee roast dominates but it gives way to a subtle malt that banishes any thought of bitterness. Wow. Really, truly impressive. Mothfeel is silky and ribbon soft. Just enough carbonation to add interest. Drinkability? Barkeep, hit me again!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 23:38:44 | More by roblowther
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This selection pours a red amber with a short tan head that recedes quickly and leaves a small bit of lace.

Aroma-wise there is some coffee, malt, molasses, and a hint of hops.

The flavor includes similar characteristics. Malt, a bit of hops, some coffee, and a nutty roastiness. The finish has a bit more sweet molasses.

The texture was heavier than expected, a nice surprise. Some creamy smoothness and moderate carbonation that cleans up the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:58:34 | More by letsgopens
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite impressed with the Brooklyn India Pale Ale and it's remarkable restraint for an American IPA. So it was with much enthusiasm that I purchased the Brown Ale for review, cursing the tariffs that make Aussie imported beer drinkers pay prices that would make American drinkers have coronaries, along the way.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep, but clear, topsoil coloured body with a 0.5cm khaki head. Very much a brown ale in a literal sense.

S: A nice hit of toffee malt comes to fore, with some sugar plum sweetness in the middle and an earthy hop note to finish. It certainly makes for a salivating aroma.

T: Flavour is dry, drier than the Sahara. There is a toasted malt base with a minimal dark fruit sugar centre, nuttiness towards the end, and a long dry finish. It's a bit one dimensional in that respect actually.

M: Mid to light body with medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I've missed something but I believe there could definitely be more flavours at play with this brew and I can't help but feel that Brooklyn (yes, the entire borough) has understated this beer overall by not bringing out more sweetness and hop bitterness, at least have two flavours wresting for control of my taste buds dammit. If you want a damn dry brew then this is your man... or woman (if we're assigning genders to beers let's be PC about it).

Food match: Dry turkey would be a mistake, apart from that though anything is fair game(meat).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 09:22:52 | More by doktorhops
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-19-2014 23:42:59 | More by JasonTaverner
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-13-2013 19:26:52 | More by 21Maestro8
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic - deep clear brown with ruby highlights with a tight slightly off-white head.

Smell was very tangy, almost wine-like with some malt aromas.

The ale had an initial roasty, malty flavor that quickly gave way to a slight hop bitterness. It seems assertive for the style. There was also a faint buttery flavor.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated; the ale leaves a some sour bitterness on the tongue.

Not my favorite interpretation for the style. This really complimented my meatball and spaghetti dinner, but consumed by itself, the ale was not well balanced. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 19:56:04 | More by jkrich
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber color with a finger of cream-colored head.

Smelled of carmel and roasted malts, and some underlying refreshing hop scent.

Got a different taste to it. The first two sips I wasn't sure about it, but it's a good brown ale. Not as hoppy as some of the Browns.

Mouthfeel was watery; not a thick beer by any means; carbonation is moderate and the finish is quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 04:07:06 | More by donteatpoop
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-23-2014 17:00:31 | More by Andy_Luft
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-red-brownish color with small head that, just as quickly as it appeared, transforms into a really thin lace.

I can smell some hops, roasted malt and coffee from this one.

Taste is very well balanced. I can taste,coffee, dark chocolate, malt, brown sugar ?

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth with a light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I found it perfect at cellar-temperature (approx 13-14C). Too cold and you don't get to seriously see what this beer is about.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 19:40:36 | More by baggio
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-07-2013 18:14:39 | More by mikehillman
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very deep brown colored body resembled iced tea. Three quarter of an inch light tan head was a foamy pillow for a few minutes. Lots of carbonation to see when held to light. Thick lacing rings.

A nice strong sweet malt aroma up front. A very decent presence of roasted nuts. Hops bitterness is sharp but not overbearing.

A light caramel and a stronger roasted grain flavor blended nicely and ended with a very faint coffee bitterness in the end. Hops aren't overly bitter, not are present.

A nice thickness on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit strong, but the flavors linger a nice time.

A decent brew. Good pairing for any brown stew or soup. Yet another solid effort from Brooklyn. A very decent fall beer with a meal on a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 07:57:59 | More by RedChrome
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-29-2014 13:46:54 | More by anhigdon
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This brown ale's coloring is more red than brown in some lights. The amber-brown beer contrasts nicely with the minimal light head. A whiff of this beer conjures aromas of vanilla and brown sugar. Delightful smell. The taste, not so much. There is a distinct bitterness inherent here, with a real whallop of malt flavor. I sense nuttiness, specifically walnut. The mouthfeel really is overly light and nondescript. There is a sticky feel from the drink. However, the beer goes down smoothly enough. Not terrible, but not a smash hit.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 03:17:02 | More by cnally
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Deep brownish red appearance with a big white head that disappears in no time. Not much going on in the smell department for me, very faint malty scent if any at all. The taste however is much better, sweet chocolatey, caramel on the tongue almost a bit fizzy going down the hatch. The beer is definitely drinkable for one or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:51:16 | More by gabedivision
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice white head good lacing.
Smells like a little vanilla, some malted barley, and some hops.
Tastes pretty good with a little vanilla, sweets malts, and a slight hop character.
Mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a little carbonation.
Very drinkable -- could almost be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:39:41 | More by TheKingofWichita
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-05-2013 00:00:04 | More by lauries444
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty brown. Lots of going on here. Solid malt backbone. Bubblegum esters. Dry very herbaceous leafy floralities dominate the hop build and add balance. Some chocolate notes pop through. Hints of toastiness, with a slick addition of buttery caramel. The flavors work together well, creating definitely more of the Americanized Brown Ale style. Complexity is there, however flavors are a bit subdued at time. Still a great beer, still excellently drinkable. Good job Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:24:24 | More by HoustonTX
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-10-2013 22:08:20 | More by Alex5
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-23-2012 20:52:01 | More by erha2
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-27-2013 05:22:01 | More by cjac
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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