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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 41
Gots: 176 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid brown with a nice thickness. Good foam as well. An overall standard beer, but done well.

Smell: Caramel malt and some bitterness. Not exciting, but good still.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice caramel malt. Pretty refreshing and a good session beer. Good balanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good session beer.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of gabedivision
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, hops, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. I can also pick up some light hops and a bit of sweet pear juice. There is also a slight metallic taste to the beer. It finishes with a bitter and malty aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer much more on draft than from the bottle. It found it had more of a harsh bitter aftertaste from the bottle. Still a decent beer however.

Photo of anakar
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer, and not too expensive!

Poured out of a bottle, is came out dark brown, with a big-thick coffee color head and a lot of carb.

Taste is very full, very very rich and with strong notes of choclate, coffee and a bit of licorice.

Goes down real easy so you can have em one after the other.
Exeptional for an American beer, definately one of my new favorites. Try it.

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Looks nice, pours an average brown w/ nice foamy head that sticks around, decent lacing. I can sense hints of chocolate and caramel, malts and grains; nice nose. Tastes spot-on w/ a nice nuttiness to it, very robust. The sweetness comes through from the caramel. Feels rich and creamy, which is definitely what I look for in a brown ale. Drinkability is good, would happily put a couple back for any occasion.. I've always been a fan of this one.

Very solid brown ale staying true to the style.. no gimmicks. Recommended.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle purchased from one of my favourite beer shops as a Christmas treat.

Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy light-brown head that takes a minute or two to subside. It doesn't smell of much really - sweet dark malt and little else.

Initial taste is of dark malt, rather sweet and sticky with distinct caramel flavours; this progresses to a somewhat cloying bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes to be detected. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and coats the tongue, although the flavour doesn't linger after swallowing.

I didn't love this one - it seemed to have a rather unpleasant flavour. It would perhaps benefit from a greater addition of hops to the recipe to balance out the malt, which seemed overly sweet. A pity, as I've enjoyed the other beers I've tried from this brewery.

Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours mahogany with long lasting off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, bread and brown sugar. Light to medium body. Flavor of earthy hops that are balanced by sweet fruity malt. Some coffee and citrusy notes are in the background. Finish is long well balanced and pleasant. One of my favorite browns

Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer is dark brow, the amazing part is the thick creamy head it is like a draft nitro

the aroma is nutty full of crystal malts and sweet buttery aroma is very nice

taste is classic Brooklyn malty threw and threw starts with a sweet buttery mouth and carbonation builds. The taste mellows out with crystal malt and caramel finish. the finish is smooth.

Photo of mattsdenney
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Medium Brown color. Clear w/ a small amount of head.

S: Nutty, bready malts. Semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Bittersweet w/ an upfront nutty taste. Hits with a moderate amount of hops. Finishes w/ toasty caramel notes.

M: Noticeable carbonation, medium body. Not as smooth or mellow as a typical brown ale.

D: I enjoy a nice variation on the typical brown ale style and this beer doesn't disappoint. Not what one would normally expect from the style but pleased overall. Will purchase again.

Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints. Mostly clear in consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy head. Below average lacing.

S: A much sharper aroma than I expected: Malt, caramel, and that nutty quality.

T: Like the smell, the taste was much more robust than you normally find in an American Brown. Some caramel, the nuttiness, malt, and a little hops. Different in a welcome way.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As I said, different than other browns, but still very drinkable.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A pretty deep ruby brown color, tan head is thick and high. Nice lacing as it slowly fades.

A caramel chocolate aroma, mild roasty notes as well. Taste has some nice upfront caramel sweetness, with slight alcohol and bitter hops in the middle. Roasty malt also visits and stays through the finish. A deep and complex array of flavors.

Nice body on this American brown. Smooth despite relatively high carbonation. Great winter drinker, and I'm sure any other season as well.

Photo of Thur123
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very dark brown red color with about one finger worth of head. The carbonation judging by the head seems good but the look of it is slow. The smell is deeply roasted malt with a sweet chocolate edge along with a burnt smokiness that's very faint and also a toasted bread smell. Little sweetness in the smell but a very good balance all the same.

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The flavor is roast-like without being harsh or grating in the least bit. The mellow malt sweetness really comes up under the roast flavor and the chocolate provides a bit of bitterness as well as complexity to this malty goodness. A kind of sharp breadiness comes in towards the end as well. Overall a very nice drinking brown with subtle complexity and all proper flavors present. Drinkable and thought provoking for Brown ale.

Photo of weller1js
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear yet moderately heavy reddish-brown, light carbonation, with little foam and light lacing.

smell: toasted malts with sweet hints of coffee and chocolate.

taste: bold malty taste, again light notes of coffee and chocolate, seems on the heavier side for a brown ale, slight bitter sensation at the finish.

drinkability: definitely a strong example of a brown ale, could come off as too heavy for some, but its not overpowering.

Photo of garuda
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, not much of a head and no lacing.

S - Roasted malt, a little nutty with a faint underlying sweetness.

T - Very similar to the smell, with a little twang in the finish, almost like a licorice flavor, little in the way of hops or bitterness.

M - Fairly light in body, medium to high carbonation, finishes clean.

D - Drinks easy, but nothing impressive about it. I'd buy it again as a fairly sessionable brown ale.

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching "The Burbs" and drinkin a few on a chilly night.

A--Muddy brown with some reddish mahogany hues. Head is thin and dissipates pretty quickly with no lacing.

S--Yummy and malty. Caramel, roasted malt and nut, coffee, and chocolate.

T--Comes on strong with the same malty caramel in the smell. Caramel is definitely the predominant flavor without being overpowering, and nuttiness also shines throughout. Finishes a bit crisply and hoppy.

M--Somewhat thin with strong carbonation.

D--Could easily drink a few of this nice brew.

If you're in the mood for a brown, this is a good one. :-)

Photo of wcintula
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler. Nice brown ale with a nice brown body. Wan head that reduces to a thin foam layer that laces well. Smells of nice malts with a notable good hop aroma, the taste follows consistent with a bit of warming alcohol taste. Crisp in carbonation moderate body. Nice passable brown ale.

Photo of mbrown26
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark. Dark. Dark. Some brownish color head.

S: Average for a brown ale. Nice nutty qualities.

T: Watery and Thin with some back end bitterness.

M: Average carbonation for a brown ale.

D: I know a lot of ABAs that taste better and are easier to drink.

Photo of swede96
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint beer glass. The beer was a nice dark brown with an off white 1 finger head that did not last very long. Lacing was good on the side of the glass. The beer had a carmel nutty smell. The taste was nutty with a carmel hint, sort of coated the mouth, and leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium, and drinkability was not real good as it did not leave me wanting another. Thought it would be great with a burger, my burger was late coming out and was eating fried cheese with this brew, and that is not the food you want to go with this beer as the cheese brought out the alcohal taste to the max...

Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: mild hop and slight brown sugar.

Taste: malty hops and a subtle brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

A decent lager. It goes down easy.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A less than stellar pour by the bartender, so the head wasn't exactly all it could have been. Quite thin in this case. Color is a nice dark brown. Smells of malt and roast. A good brew with lots of malty and roasted flavors to it--some chocolate, some coffee. Slight hop aroma for balance, but it didn't really come off in the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth with a wet finish. Easy to drink for a Brown Ale as well, which is nice if unusual.

Photo of yuriruley
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish/brown with a small white head, not much lacing to speak of.

Smell - very faint, light chocolate, some malt. Not getting much else.

Taste - Has an earthy flavor, some chocolate. Very mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel - pretty good, good carbonation, light to medium body.

Drink - not bad, as someone mentioned, I think it is pretty sessionable.

Overall pretty good, I am not big into browns, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of Shrews629
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown mahogany. "Oxblood". Clear body. Khaki/Tan colored head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a decent ring around the top. Some deep red highlights peek through on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Getting some malt in the nose, but not terribly strong. Picking up some "special dark" chocolate notes. Nice. The roasted malt comes through stronger as the beer starts to warm. Whispers of coffee bean make an underlying appearance.

Taste - With the taste, I am again picking up on the roasted malt with inklings of the chocolate. The coffee flavor is coming along at a decent pace at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel for this style. Doesn't hang on the palate as long as I had anticipated. Not bad, but just not as strong as some others.

Drinkability - This is a pretty decent brew. I wouldn't turn it down. Good session brew for the Fall season. Not quite as warming as I was hoping, but not bad. The smell was the best aspect with the evidence of the dark chocolate.

Photo of Transatlantic
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Nice brown crystal clear color with a creamy head that sticks around for a good while. Leaves great lacing

S - Sweet malt with a light roasted coffee and chocolate smell.

T - Much like the taste, the roasted coffee and chocolate flavor is there but not very strong. It's very sweet on the palate and shows virtually no bitterness. While not quite balanced on sweet and bitter, it's still a delicious beer.

M - Medium bodied for sure. A nice little coating happens for a short instance.

D - This is easily an enjoyable brown ale. A good ale to have with friends on a cooler season night.

EDIT - Another taste for 06-04-11

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very reddish dark brown color (very similar to Newcastle, only a shade darker) with an off white bubbly head that sticks around. My pour was aggressive but worked on.

S - Very tame! It's light smells of nutty malts, kind of chocolatey and very light roasted sort of tones. There's a hint of floral or citrus hops present as well but they aren't quite noticeable until the very end of smelling.

T - Hmmm...the first thing that comes to mind is the light roasted and lightly chocolate malts. Towards the end, you get a sort of citrus twang....not a lot, but it's there. Unfortunately, you also realize that it's light and almost watered down in flavor. There's just not a lot there...

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy. Kind of disappointing for this style...

O - It's a good beer. There's nothing really wrong with it other than the fact that there seems to be something lacking. Maybe a lingering aftertaste? I want to like this beer a lot more, but there's a watered down factor to the taste.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, lighter brown color with moderate head. Scent is lighter than many browns, notes of roasted grains, dense bread, some hints of earth, chocolate and coffee and a noticeable earthy hop presence. Taste is also lighter than many browns, featuring the same notes as scent. The advertised hop qualities really arent present. Medium bodied, maybe a touch overcarbonanted. A nice brown ale that isnt overly agressive and is quite drinkable in multiples.

Update: Had a draft version on 5/13/11. A tad bolder than the bottle version - good nutty malts and earthy hops in the nose and taste.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.