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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 200 | 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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Photo of waughbrew
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Halfway between a dirty peanut and an earthworm. Muted musty cedar. Splash of weak caramels and cheap black tea. Thin sweet nut-skin finish. I just don't get it. Thin, bland sweetness. I have tried this one on a number of occasions and although it strikes me a little differently each time, and is usually better on draft, I never really enjoy it.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of nodder
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gr8zehaman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with red hues. Nice bubbles. Two-finger, off-white head that diminished in about a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted and nutty aroma. Hints of caramel.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. A very slight tart flavor. Kind of bland. Short finish.

M: Light to medium body that was mostly watery. The carbonation was soft.

O: I didn't really enjoy the taste of this brown ale. Overall, it was okay. Kind of comparable to New Castle? Not one of my favorites.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

I've always been a pretty big fan of this beer as something to just kind of kick back and enjoy a single serving with a nice meal. Take that as you will.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown ale with a creamy, tannish head. The head will lace the glass, and a small amount of it sticks around for most of a bottle.

Smell: Malty smell. You may pick up a toffee-esque smell too. Not particularly strong. Smells kinda how it tastes, if that makes sense. Which leads us to...

Taste: This is a malty, toasty, nutty beer. It doesn't taste like coffee, but it would be a solid replacement for a cup of coffee with a meal. It's not a very strong beer, and its flavors are a little more subtle. For what its trying to do, it is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Hits it on the head here too. Creamy, not too heavy and with a reasonable amount of carbonation that helps make this a really easy drinker.

This is probably the least offensive beer one could imagine, and there is absolutely no problem with that. Not for people looking to be adventurous, but a solid, enjoyable beer. Since I'm writing this around Christmas time, I can't help but recommend it in holiday settings.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy beige initial head which reduces quickly to a thin film, leaving some spotty lace.

Aromatic hops in the bouquet with a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is very hoppy up front, but not obnoxiuosly so. Not sure the variety of hops used, but they're flavorful and of good quality. Hop flavor then dissipates into mellow roasted maltiness with a hint of sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just slightly creamy with light, even carbonation. Medium body; not heavy, but substantial.

This is one heck of a drinkable American Brown.

Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of shirfan
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown, mostly clear with just a hint of haze. Decent sized head settles to a layer of extremely fine bubbles that lace well.

Smells of baker's chocolate and confectionary sugar with just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste follows suit without ever becoming cloying or bock-ish. Starts with a delicately bitter chocolate note, moves to an earthy, rich yet still dry malt flavor, and finishes with just enough zesty hop flavor to balance the beer out. A wholesome yeast flavor underlies the entire progression.

This is very well-balanced and drinkable; as others have said, it would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bboven
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color; brown in the middle, tones of ruby at the edges of the glass.

It smells like a brown ale, but a real weak one. Is this an attempt to give brown ale to masses?

Lots of roast, the alcohol comes through a lot for a brown though. Something sweeter, or a bit more hop bitterness might cover this up.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a brown. The aftertaste is a bit clingy and sour.

A non-offensive brown ale that I would definitely suggest to a newbie friend, but I like mine with a bit more body and flavor.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tviz33
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown body with almost two fingers of frothy light tan head.

S- Initially, it's quite hoppy, but after a few more whiffs I notice some molasses and roasted nuts.

T- The taste follows the nose quite consistently. There's a lot going on here with caramel, nuttiness, just a little chocolate, and of course a nice hop presence. The only thing off about this is a subtle sourness. It gets better as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, yet creamy. Makes it very sessionable.

O- Nothing out of the ordinary, but pretty tasty. I could definitely session this.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut; medium tan head, not long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet; light coffee, molassas and toffee smells; light hops; overall, light aroma

Taste: Sweet juicy malt, but way too thin on the start; zippy carbonation in the mid through the end; semi-sweet finish with hint of nuttiness; not too noteworthy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BrewMaster
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness dating of "best before Jan '05." Good thing I opened this the first week of January. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a light head on it that rings the glass. Even with swirling a true head does not develop. The aroma was just messed up on this beer. I don't know if it was a bad bottle or what, but it had a funky blue cheese smell to it. I love ripened cheeses, but not when they are eminating from my beer. It was about as attractive as a big piece of spinach stuck in between a woman's teeth. Luckily this beer had some redeeming flavor to combat the off-putting aroma. The flavor is sweet wiht alcohol flavors up front followed by a soft, smoky, and almost Belgian malty flavor. That blue cheese did creep into the flavor a bit though. Too bad. There was very little contribution of hops to celebrate. This beer was soft on the palate despite being offensive to the nose.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.