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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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3.58/5  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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New York

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored beer with rich ruby highlights. The tan head that initially stood at a half inch settles to a mere collar.

Roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the nose. There's a hint of bitterness as well.

More of the same in taste. There's a slight flash of fruit midway through. Finishes with a slightly roasted edge, but really fades out.

Mouthfeel is a little to thin and watery for my tastes. I could enjoy two, but likely no more. Not bad, but nothing grabs me. Good representation of the style, but not its pinnacle. Makes me think of the impending fall season. Pairs well with steak and beef stew.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:52:25 | More by Jmamay22
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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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New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-09-2013 10:12:24 | More by nyyfanatic213
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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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3.5/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-09-2012 12:23:00 | More by IPAFrankieH
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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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-26-2014 20:37:06 | More by JIMTRK16
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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-27-2013 05:22:01 | More by cjac
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by dated: 09/03

This beer poured a mahogany brown color that when held to the light it showed hues of ruby. It was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was a mix of light tan and beige colors, fairly thick, dense and fluffy at first pour, then fell to just a ring on the edges that seemed to be fairly thick as well. The lace that was produced was a sheety consistency. The aromas that came from the glass started off with a plum/berry fruit like aroma mixed in with a sweet malt, then it dried out and scents of ash, cocoa powder and some roasted coffee became noticeable, it finished with a hint of grain on the end. The flavors that I tasted began with roasted malt with tads of sweetness, in the middle it waived with some dry ash and sweet fruit, close to the finish cocoa powder, light hops and coffee and it finished with a barky leafy grain taste. (Hard to explain, as it warmed the finish became a mix of the 3). The after taste was of roasted malt and light hops. The body was on the medium side. This is a clean crisp, complex and at times dry beer. As it warmed the flavors became more pronounced and complex. They melded together well and was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 00:48:33 | More by Jarod
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-25-2012 18:44:02 | More by SHCC
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-29-2013 17:37:00 | More by aqualung23
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-18-2013 18:35:17 | More by gr8zehaman
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-10-2013 08:30:22 | More by SimonTja
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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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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-05-2013 00:00:04 | More by lauries444
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-02-2012 12:26:27 | More by mungus
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, pint glass, in some trendy dump in South Beach Miami.

A- Dark caramel reddish-brown color. 1f tan head, some lacing. Nice bubbles.

S-Big malt nose, caramel. Some raw grains.

T- Malts, a little bit of chocolate, nutty sweetness.

M- Good body and carbonation. Not too sweet considering the big malt profile.

O- Not bad, drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 01:12:42 | More by NiceTaps
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is another "pre-Prohibition" beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Like their lager, these types of beers always get me thinking of what "could-have-been" had Prohibition never been passed. This beer is a sweet and very malty brew that I enjoyed very much, and might end up being a regular in my fridge.

This beer pours a nice, translucent brown color with a definite shade of ruby to it. A decent brown foam forms and lasts for about a minute. I found this beer to be very "sniffable." The aromas of chocolate and spice (my brother called it "Christmas spices" which is the best way I can describe it) were quite pleasing to the nose. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky and had a low-moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style. As mentioned, this is indeed malty, with chocolate and caramel being the most present although there was some nice nuttiness to it. The crown label said that this was hoppier than your typical English brown ale, but I only detected a slight amount of citric hops. Still, the light hoppiness was perfect for the brew. The dryness that followed was more "nutty" than citric. This nutty dryness lingers into the aftertaste before turning somewhat buttery, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

If you don't like sweet, malty brews you will certainly not enjoy this one. I consider myself to be a "maltophile," and I really would like to pick up some more of this soon. Another winner from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 08:38:29 | More by Beastdog75
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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