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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 228 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,160 | Reviews: 936
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Brown and clear.

S: Earthy and sweet with roasted nut.

T: Sweet, lots of chocolate and toffee. Malty. Tart finish. Fairly complex for a brown.

M: Medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is fairly drinkable and the sweetness is just right. At the same time, it captures the brown ale taste.

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

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear, darker brown color. There was only a wisp of a tan head on mine and it left no lacing. Nice nose. Mainly caramel malts, with a hint of chocolate and plum. The taste is very good. Caramel malts, a hint of fruit (plum?), with a faint sweetness. Nice.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle dated May 2011 – consumed 4/15/11

Brooklyn Brown Ale poured a cherry brown color that produced a frothy tan head. The lacing produced was in a collar of wide and narrow bands in my glass. The aroma is of malt, chocolate, and floral hops. The flavor matches the aroma by starting out with chocolate, followed by caramel and finishing with a light floral hop presence. The mouth feel is light-medium with carbonation on the lighter side.

Brooklyn Brown Ale is an enjoyable American Brown Ale.

Photo of andrenaline
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark root beer colour with a thin layer of head with little retention, no lacing and little visible body carbonation.

S - Sweet and nutty chocolate malts with a touch of espresso on the finish.

T - The sweetness isn't there, and is replaced by bitter dark cocoa and espresso, with the nutty notes lingering on the tongue. Flavourful nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied, but goes down a bit prickly, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - This is actually one of the more flavourful Brooklyn ales I've had to date. If it were a bit sweeter, rather than bitter, it would've taken it up a notch on the ratings. Easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of JAXSON
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark chestnut with a large, fizzy beige head. Overly sweet aroma, with brown sugar, malt, some caramel. Flavor is better, as the sweet quality is rounded out slightly by a little bit a dry finish. Slightly roasty, nutty, pretty nice.

Photo of rel
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I've had this beer before, many times, but this time on draft and waiting for a friend to show up.

It looks of deep mahogany. Thick tan head that slowly dissipates.

Right off the top I get some dark fruits, light roasted malts and some rich molasses and mellow hops.

The flavor disappoints a bit. I guess I'm not surprised considering the nose of the beer, but it's not what I expect from an american brown. The roasted flavor is there a little, no nuttiness, no chocolate. Its a hoppy brown ale, for those who would like to try a balanced dark brew.

It tingles the mouth a bit, some acidity. Medium body.

Not my brown ale, but maybe yours!

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown, or so I'm led to believe. Drank this straight from the bottle. Lacing was seen clinging to the bottle.

S: Not much of a nose. Faint toffee/caramel.

T: First thing that hit me was mocha. Fades to toffee-flavored malt with the spectre of alcohol right behind. This is only a 5.6 ABV beer? Alcy was noticeable, but added to the overall charm.

M: Medium-bodied but on the sticky smooth side. A little carbonation. Alcohol gives this a warming affect on the tongue.

O: Very good brown ale that I'd have again. I think it'll shine in cooler weather, but don't let the summer sun stop you from having one.

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; Smell of malt from bottle poured into pint glass. Dark brown color w/quickly dissipating head. Malty flavor w/a nice full mouthfeel and a clean nutty, coffee like finish. Among the recent ABA's I've had Bell's, Smuttynose, and this I think I'd grab this as a sixer over the other 2...

Photo of Klym
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A brown tinted two finger head sits on top of a beer with brown edges and a dark center. Not much else to say about it.

S: Sharp nut kick (no pun intended) to the scent, sweet and salty character with distinct brown sugar and vanilla/almond milk.

T: Wow, a bit different from the nose. Marshmellow and almond extract with a thick overlay of nuttiness. Pretty unusual taste for a brown.

M: Seems too light bodied and the carbonation fails to give the beer a welcomed mouth presence. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest part of this beer.

O: Browns aren't something I intentionally seek out but I'm really happy I got a chance to try this. Not a perfect beer but one with some very interesting characteristics. Brooklyn Brewery got another notch of respect from me for this striking brew.

Photo of codsmith
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a good amount of light tan carbonated head that settles out nicely

S: A sweet & roasted biscuit aroma comes off the top. There is a slight hop bitterness and also a low clean alcohol smell present in the beer. Also, it has a slight chocolate and coffee twinge, but took about 1/2 the beer to find that aroma

T: A more robust and complex brown ale that has a more apparent hop bitterness towards the finish than normal.

M: Sits medium bodied in the mouth and has a good carbonation level.

O: Fairly impressed with this brown ale. Has more of the taste profile of a porter instead of a brown ale.

Photo of airforbes1
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, super dark maroon or ruby red that makes it look almost like a porter or stout. The creamy head soon settles and dissipates. The smell is dominated by roasted malts, with some hoppiness and nuttiness.

The taste follows the smell, with roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness. I get just a touch of chocolate on the back end. This beer is almost a porter, which isn't a bad thing. But because it reminds me of a porter, the mouthfeel comes up a touch light. I think I'd like a touch more viscosity in this brew. Nonetheless, this is a solid offering by Brooklyn.

Photo of MouthFullOBeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a chilled (kitchen refrigerator) bottle into a pilsner glass.

Poured a deep mahogany ("my apartment smells of rich mahogany") or chestnut color with a quick foaming reddish-tan head that fades rather quickly.

Even after significant agitation, the smell remains crisp and clean, almost like a lager. Pleasant, but not complex. Hints of roasted nuts, or roasted coffee, subtly inform the bouquet. I should mention that my allergies mute my sense of smell to a point, so take this part with a grain of salt.

The taste starts out much like the smell, but more intense, with roasted, nutty coffee notes dominant. As it moves to the back of your mouth, however, subtle citrus notes come out. If you allow it to settle into your mouth before swallowing it, you will detect some subtle hops and malt flavors, neither of which is overpowering. As the beer approaches room temperature, or if it is poured at room temperature, a chocolatey taste will complement the flavors mentioned above.

Feels smooth and light in the mouth.

As for whether I LIKED this beer ... I did. The flavors are well balanced and very tasty. My only personal criticism is that I did not find them to be very strong, so I found myself wanting more intense taste. This problem might be solved if I drank it at a temperature about ten degrees warmer, so I will have to review it again at that temperature and see. But overall this is a good beer that I will not turn down unless a nut brown with stronger tones were available. But this beer is an enjoyable, high quality brew. I've come to expect this from a solid, respectable brewer like Brooklyn. I would recommend trying this beer if you're trying the style out for the first time or if you don't want to be overwhelmed by the taste of your beer.

Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Brooklyn that I tried. Poured with deep red color almost brown. Deep deep red. Head faded into little bit of foam. Aroma fantastic. Deep figs. Cherries. Fruit. Some hops. Then the taste. Great coffee flavor and roasted chestnuts. Some biscuit flavor. Love it here. Mouthfeel great like silk. Man this is a winner. First zbrooklyn beer but won't ne my last.


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.

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