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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 218 | FT: 1
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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 tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously deep and hazey cherrywood brown with a dark beige crown of firm foam that grabs about a finger height of might. A few spots and thinnly spread strings of lace stick about the glass all the while keeping a strong skim the entire session.

Aroma has some cocoa and roasty nuttyness about it while maintaining an airyness about the nose. It's not strong, but it's welcome, rounded, and clean. Drier maltness of pale, roasted, and brown malt tend to get in there with just a pinch of dry grassy hops too.

Taste is quite solid and bold for a Brown. Lengthy cocoa-esque dryness puffs about with dried toffee bits, whispy vanilla hints, and roasted nuttyness. There's some nice nuances and complexity to it that most brown ales fall very short on. This is faintly sweet with a darker breadyness behind its overall grazing dryness of roasty nuttyness(hazelnut)and cocoa fluffy tint.

Has a wholesome, lightly sweet and dryish medium, smooth body. Carbonation is just light enough to put just the right spark of bite on the palate while it places a very nice airy touch to dryness. The dryness is what carries a good amount of the complexities of the flavors as the sweetness holds it all together.

One impressive Brown and very sessionable to boot.
Brooklyn Brown Ale gets a thumbs up, and in a style that usually doesn't even get a thumb from me.

Photo of smakawhat
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Matchbox Pizza Rockville into an official Brookyln pint glass. Looks like tulip pint Sam Smith in appearance. Off we go.

Poured with no visible head, and leaving a pretty good faint tan lasting collar around the drink. Body color is a very good mix of clear chestnut and red, more hints of red on this body. Served pretty dam cold, glass sweats.

Bouquet, nothing. Probably because it's a bit cold, but there's a muted wet clean sense but honestly, I get absolutely nothing on the nose. Nothing. Bubkis.

Taste is initially sweet at first, a small bit of nut sense even some buttery feeling in the mouth but not diacetyl. Some minor brown bread on the finish, but the beer's sweetness really seems to come off as a dark fruit raisin. It's also a bit carbonated and prickly.

Overall it's a little sweet, and the dark fruit flavor of it reminds of some sort of weird Dubbel/Brown Ale cross or something. It's not particularly malty or roasty either, but it's easy drinking and can do in a pinch.

Photo of JackieTH
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap was an attractive pour of translucent brown liquid with a cap of off-white foam that left a bit of lacing. Smell was subtle hop and nutty malt. Taste was a bit more hop forward than what I think of a typical nut brown ale. Interesting. Easy to drink, but not an impressively tasty brown ale.

Photo of Francepants06
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was served in a pint glass.
It had a very small, white foaming head. It resembled the color of iced tea.
Roasted nut scent.
Nutty, chestnut, light roasted coffee.
One of best brown ales that I ever had.
Brooklyn brewery keeps impressing me with their smooth and inexpensive beers.

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

This Brown Ale is nice in that it does have a little more hops than the typical brown ale, but it tastes a little off balanced between the hop and malt flavors coming together.

Appearance is a dark chocolaty brown color, a little more amber when held to light. Pours with a nice head that remains on the surface for a little while with some lacing.

Smell is chocolate malt up in front, balanced by its sweetness and a little hops coming off.

Taste is a little less than the aroma, its heavy chocolate grain up front quickly replaced with a slightly sour taste and hopiness.
Almost metallic copper penny.

Descent carbonation and smooth enough.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best Before Aug 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Big creamy offwhite head with good retention. Dark brown body.

Smell - Very malty. Chocolate and a slight hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste - Slight malt upfront. Not as much as I expected from the smell. Prominent metallic finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Astringent finish that lingers.

Overall Drinkability - Started off strong, and went crashing down hill after the 2nd sip. Would not have again.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark clear brown with a thin off white head with minimal retention.

Smells of bitter hops and caramel.

Tastes of brown sugar, coffee and mild hop bitterness.

Feel is moderate with soft barely-there carbonation.

All in all, not a bad brown ale, good flavors and smell, and easy enough to drink a couple. Nothing groundbreaking though. Still worth a try.

Photo of taulpepper
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living in Brooklyn, I drink this beer a lot, especially in the fall and winter.

This time I drank from bottle poured into nonic pint. It has a deep, dark reddish-brown color, but it is fairly clear, not cloudy at all. Small head out of the bottle. Faint but noticeable aroma of roasted malt, caramelized notes. The aroma strengthens significantly as the beer gets a little warmer.

It has a sweet taste, with a complex flavor with caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It also has noticeable bitterness, but I would expect that of an American Brown Ale. There is a slight alcohol taste.

Overall I really like this beer. It's well-balanced and easy to drink. It's a good example of an American Brown Ale. As long as I live in the area it will continue to be one of my go to beers when the whether is cool or I want a good brown.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It pours dark brown with a thin head of foam that clings well to the sides.

S: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. It actually has a stronger aroma than most brown ales.

T: The flavors are not too strong - hazelnut, toffee, butterscotch, and a touch of smoke - but they feature "darker" notes than most in its style.

M: The body is a little thicker than I expected. It is creamy and smooth with average carbonation.

O: This is tasty and semi-robust and a gem amongst Brooklyn's mediocre stable of brews.

Photo of farlieonfootie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brewery's Brown Ale pours root beer brown, with a thick, two-fingered head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only spotty lacing. The beer's smell is very mild, with really only roasted malts and a certain sweetness evident. The taste follows the nose, and Brown Ale is full of roasted malts, followed by some caramel and chocolate notes, and the beer finishes with a certain dry hoppiness. This is a very straightforward brown ale -- not my favorite, but I wouldn't turn it down, either.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with a nice fine tan head that quickly dissipates. It has a nice aroma and smells like a good brown ale should. You get nuts, toast, and cookies.

The taste is nice, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. You get some grain and some biscuit flavors. I didn't get any chocolate or coffee flavors at all (okay with me, but the label boasts these). It's malty, but not overly sweet. Some hops kick in at the end, assisted somewhat by the carbonation.

I think the brewers tried to liven up this style a bit by trying to give it some porter-like characteristics. I'm not sure they were successful. This brown ale is very good, but a little too thin and bitter to be great.

Photo of Matt1516
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown in appearance with a tan head. Slight lacing but little head as I drain. Smells of sourness, caramel, chocolate, cigars.

Creamy mouthfeel. Nutty chocolate taste, nice maltiness and with a bitter dry finish. Not too watery.

A nice example of the style.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut color with a thin head. Lace is great with snow flakes up top gather into larger drifts as they sink into a thin swirl of retention.

Aroma is a beautiful combination of chocolate and woods. The cocoa sweetness is offset by a beautiful wet wood and damp soil earthiness that's reminds me of trail running after a rain shower.

After such an alluring aroma I can't helped but be let down by my first few sips. The cocoa and wet roots and soil are there but dimmed down and thrown in with some distracting fruity esters and a fairly big, swampy bitter. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, which is typical for the style, but extra points for smoothness.

I'm a fan. A great post mt. bike/hike/camping session beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with bright red highlights when held to the light. Very clear. Moderate khaki tan head with good retention.

Aroma-First aromas I pick up are bready and chocolatey, followed by caramel, chocolate chunk cookies, light coffee, and faint brownie batter. The chocolate is not like bitter dark chocolate, but more fudgy and sweet. Light fruity esters, perhaps cherry. Hop character in the nose is light, but is green and mildly citrusy.

Flavor-Light, citrusy hops mingle with chocolate and bready malt flavors, which slowly shift towards the more roasted end of the spectrum. The mid-palate shows a hint of sweet caramel and nuttyness, and the finish shows a bit more roast character, with light coffee notes showing through. In the aftertaste, the roasted malts linger on the tongue, and the finish is moderately dry. Hop bitterness is medium low throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with a sharp tingle of moderate carbonation before sliding across the palate with a relatively smooth and soft mouthfeel.

This is quite good-one of my favorite American brown ales. I would personally like some more hop character, as I feel that this is what distinguishes American from British browns, and I think it might give the beer even greater versatility with food, but that is a minor gripe. Smells great, tastes great, and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Need I say more?

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 4.5 This is a nice looking brew. As described on its label, it is mahogany in color - a nice reddish-brown blend - and has the slightest transparency. It has a khaki 1 finger head on the pour that dissipates to about a 1/4" throughout and is very uniform and creamy looking. It has very smooth, moderately sticky lacing.

S- 3.5 It is hard to detect too much from the aroma of this brown ale; it is rather weak. It's not bad, I just wish I didn't have to stick my nose halfway down the glass to get it... That said, I get a bit of nuttiness, a bit of caramel maltiness with maybe a chocolate undertone, and a hop presence to bring it back in.

T- 3.5 This tastes nutty right off the bat, and there's a roasted malt presence as well. Soon to follow is a fairly strong hoppiness (for a brown) that leaves me a little bitter. It's not bad by any means, but there's something just not meshing too well for me. I think it's the finish.

M- 3.5 This feels a bit light for my liking. It is halfway between light and medium in body and the carbonation is OK, but it is a little slippery. I'd prefer more of a creaminess personally.

D- 3.5 All in all, this is a fairly drinkable ale. It has a great look and a balanced flavor. It lacks a "wow" factor but is solid enough that I could put several down with ease. Worth trying if you're a fan of browns; there's much worse out there.

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

from 12 oz bottle best by 09/11

A- pours a slight hazed mahogany color with a thin khaki head and moderate lacing

S- is malt and toffee with citrus hops,some chocolate and a touch of fruit

T- is good malt.citrus hops mixed with toffee and chocolate..a slight funky fruit note, some nuts..its a good brown

M- nicely carbonated ,but thin for a brown

O- a tasty brown i like the citrus and fruit notes in this one with chocolate and toffee..its good will visit this one often

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Bits of chocolate and coffee with lots of roasted malt and some nut.

T: Starts with some light chocolate and roasty malts. Finishes with a bit of nuttiness and some citrus hops.

M: A bit light with some noticeable carbonation.

O: I like this one. It has some of the dark, roasty characteristics you'd find in a porter without being too heavy to drink a few of. I like the hint of nuttiness in the aftertaste as well.

Photo of Rifugium
2.19/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Mediocre at best, as mostly every brown ale I've ever tried. Poured mahogany with quickly receding whitish head. Mostly malty nose. Taste is thin, nutty and malty, watery, with a bit of sweetness. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable...just not my style.

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated best by 6/11, served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark mahogany but not opaque. Clear with 1+ finger of tan head. Head settles to a thin top coat rather quickly.

Surprisingly fruity aroma {investigating, I find there are some "Belgian aromatic malts" in here}, with a mix of toasted malts.

Taste - certainly some hops in with the malt; plenty of dark roast malt flavor. Aromatic fruitiness not evident in flavor, but it does have hints of coffee, burnt toast and roasted nuts (mainly walnut). Medium duration dark roasted malt finish with some hop bitterness.

M - good carbonation; smooth but [too] thin body; somewhat dry.

O - mostly recommended for its fine aroma and rich malty flavor.

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by September 2011.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin off-white cap.

Smell: Fairly dry, with caramel, nuts and a decent level of spice, citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste: Even more dry with a backbone of caramel and walnut, over which the spice, citrus and pine plays a fairly prominent role for a Brown Ale. Hoppy and dry, but not really bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and, as I have already said many times, very dry. However, it is a trifle on the thin side.

Overall: Nice, everyday Brown Ale with a little more hops than I expected. My only gripe is the slightly thin mouthfeel. After having four of their beers, Brooklyn clearly knows how to elevate traditional beers and make them better.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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!!!

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beatiful dark chocolate brown with a thick and creamy tan cap.

S: Carmel and malt ,sweet and dark chocolate cherry aroma burried in there as well.

T: Typical brown flavors malty and slightly bready. Can taste a small amount of hops in there as well.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly metallic taste.

O: Very drinkable and would have this again as an everyday beer would be great.

Even though I have had this a hundred times , a first for rating it so here goes!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly nice lacing. The aroma is of toffee, roasted malt, and hints of chocolate and citrus. The taste is considerably hoppier than the aroma. It is full of citrus with the roasted malt and toffee backing up the hops. Bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am usually not a fan of hoppy brown ales, but this one works for me. I like how the hop presence is mostly in the flavor while the bitterness is still relatively mild. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass

A - Dark brown pour. A soapy foam on top.

S - Smells of caramel sugar and roasted malt.

T - Tastes like a typical Brown. A solid taste of roasted malt and an astringent feel from the acidic sweetness. Finish has a nutty taste.

M - An easy drinker; medium bodied, and smooth feel.

O - A typical brown ale that is pretty enjoyable.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.