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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,994 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 41
Gots: 121 | 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 biggred1
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a creamy tan head that leaves som nice lace deposits behind on the glass. Bubblegum and weakly toasted malt with no noticeable hops in the nose. Pretty average flavors, lightly toasted grain and candy sugar, not nearly enough malt for my tastes, more English than American in style. Light bodied and effervescent. A mediocre beer at best from a normally great brewery.

biggred1, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich mahogany color that almost appears brown, but has more of a ruby hue to it. Slightly transparent and a short-lived off white head emerges.

S: Definitely malty on the nose, some slight dark fruit (artificial cherries), hops are not present, and there is a slight nutty aroma.

T: Rather bland flavor, kind of watery, slightly nutty, and slight dark fruit (artificial cherry again), no hops or alcohol to be found.

MF/D: Light in body, smooth finish, not bitter at all...good session beer

scottyshades, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of scootny
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An off white to light tan head atop a clear brown brew. Good lacing and no carbonation visible.

Smell is dark malts and toffee. Some earthy hops.

Taste is nicely integrated and delicious. A caramel and toffee malt core with a raisiny fruitiness. Light cocoa and dates. Mild and somewhat lactic finish brings a mocha and earthy hops together for a nice complexity reminiscent of an old ale. There is a kind of velvety texture that flows into crisp effervescence. Light medium in weight.

Quite easy to session and work through a six pack. This is a nice choco-malt shake for big boys in the fall and winter months.

scootny, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of joshstevens87
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an organish brown with a 3/4 inch white head that stick around for a bit and left a decent lace behind as i drank it
S-soft nutty malty flavor with a sturdy backbone of hops giving it a straw like floral edge reminiscent of the brooklyn lager
T-a clean tasting brown ale with some roasted chocolate, toffee, tobacco, maybe even smokeyness blended together with a perfect amount of balancing hops but all of these could be a bit more present, a really great session beer, in fact though i'm not a huge brown ale fan this is one of my top picks
M/D-a light to medium light body, very refreshing and is without a doubt a beer that can be enjoy all night if desired, overall while it may not be the top pick for the style it is definitely one I would turn to again and again for its balance of malt and hops and it's high drinkability

joshstevens87, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, hint of alcohol, a burned grain smell, citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, a woody flavor, and finishes with some citrus. Overall, a rather interesting blend and body, but in a pleasing way. Props for a unique brew.

Tone, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC.

Pours clear dark brown with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, nuts, and chocolate.

Flavor is great for the style, with caramel and chocolate malts, toffee, and nuts. Very good, and very well matched to the style, as Brooklyn usually does.

Smooth on the palate with a medium-light body that makes it really drinkable. Very solid northern English brown ale overall. A great session beer (I know, technically it's not one, but it drinks like one).

nickd717, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: leather brown in color, clear, and 1/4 inch head

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt and some chocolate

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, high carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: Could have four to a sixer. It is my favorite beer in the variety pack. Despite having two dominate tastes it is a nice multi-layered brown. A solid effort.

tigg924, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery December 09.

Deep clear red brown, with a filmy but solid head of beige foam. Lacing v good. Looks pretty good, head is a bit bubbly with loose-bubbled carbonation and a bit thin but otherwise.

Odd floral notes on the nose, might be honey, like Dave says. Some acidity, some crushed cacao chars. Oddly fragrant for a dark beer. I like it, it's unusual, but pleasant.

Taste is clear and pleasant, without being terribly interesting, which is a shame after some of the notes on the nose. Some spicy fragrance, a little chocolate powder. Quite a citric finish. The acidity contributes to the mouthfeel too, which is sparkling and clear.

Not bad, but not very exciting. It's a little bland apart from the nose, but undeniably drinkable.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that leaves low level lace. The color is neutral brown--appears clear.

Warm caramel aroma with a touch of chocolate. Light hop in the background.

The taste reminds me of a pale ale with lots of crystal malts. Pleasant hop finish--still this is a malty beer with light chocolate malts. Relatively thin liquor.

smcolw, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured darkest brown with an off white head. The nose wasn't incredible, it offers notes of brown sugar, molasses and roasted malts. I have to say that while this example is not very complex, I appreciate how it sticks to the style well. What I mean is-I have had quite a few browns lately that while more complex-stray a bit into other styles adding flavors that weren't originally associated with the style back when it was first brewed. This Brooklyn Brown goes back to the old school and tastes like the Belgian Brunes. Caramelized brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits and roasty malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is too carbonated, they could tone that down to give it a creamier feel which I think would enhance this beer much more. Worth it just for the authentic taste.

natelocc787, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn Brown Ale pours deep amber/brown with a vibrant off-white head that lingers long after the pour. The aroma is of strong malt.

the taste is not powerful, yet not at all unpleasant. There is a definite dryness and a lack of sweetness that I usually associate with brown ales. The mouthfeel is nice due to a pleasant carbonation.

This is a good beer, although not my favorite in the style.

kindestcut, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Pours a clear brown with 2 fingers of head some laceing.

Light in smell, some sudel caramell malts, brown sugar and some earthy/grassy hop smell.

Malts are sweet, earthy mineral taste aswell, Nice brown sugar after taste.

Has a sweet smoothness to it that is not over done at all. Medium body would drink this all day.

Blitzstyle, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of towersfall
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich ruby tinted brown with a quickly disappearing head with little to no lacing. This is a real beautiful brown ale.

Smell: Slight nutty malt smell, but that's about it. A little disappointing.

Taste: Roasted spices and malt. Flavors aren't heavy making it a nice crisp brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a lighter than usual body. A little different than most browns I've tried. Easily surpasses the Newcastle types.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Put a sixer in front of me and that thing will be GONE. Highly impressed and will buy again.

towersfall, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Brettster
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. About a one inch head that faded very fast. It is a deep reddish brown.

Smell: The smell is somewhat lacking. A slight malt smell.

Taste: Has a roasted taste at the beginning and finishes with a little bit of spice and malt.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied that is well carbinated. I like my brown ales to be a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Brown ale. I will buy more.

Brettster, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly reddish brown with a thin tan head that lingers but leaves no lacing.

The aroma is weak and malty with a bit of brown sugar. Flavor continues the aromas, with some coffee and nut flavors and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, pleasant and dry. Nice and easy drinking.

mjaskula, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/31

A: This beer pours a clear brown with mahogany hues to it. A 1/4 inch of white head sits on top of this beer, which reduces to a film almost immediately. Extremely minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is very subdue - sweet caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar and hint of roasted malts.

T: Starts with bready malts up front, followed by caramel, chocolate and a finish with some roasted malts a touch of nuttiness, and a slight hint of hops.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation, dry finish with a sweet aftertaste that sticks with you.

D: Not a bad beer, though could have been blended a bit better. The sharpness in tastes and carbonation make it a one and done kind of beer for me.

Jayli, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jkrich
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.

jkrich, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In Chicago for the PSU-NW game. Purchased at Binney's Beverage Depot.
Pours dark brown with a tan off white head, good side lacing but just average head retention.
Aroma has strong toasty malts with some caramel and cofee come through.
Taste - smooth and creamy. Caramel and sweet.
Finishes a little dry.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall a good but not memorable brown ale.

jadpsu, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of quinnsi
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut/chocolate appearance with a thin tan head.

Smell is pleasant, with a nice sweet aroma of roasted malt and grain husk. The flavor follows in suit, with nice rich malt flavors up front with a slight balancing hop bite, and finally a good husky, malty finish. Very balanced.

This beer feels somewhat creamy in the mouth, which is aided by the low carbonation of this beer. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a good, drinkable beer. While it doesn't stand out in any one way, there isn't anything it does poorly either. A mild but good nose is in my mind, it's strongest point.

quinnsi, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of drcarver
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown with leathery brown highlights. A one finger head sits on top that fades quickly with a bit of lacing.

S - Malty and sweet

T/M - Starts full malt with a good round nuttiness. Slightly astringent finish, but an overall buttery mouth feel. There is a bit of a bitterness of the tongue towards the end.

D - definitely drinkable. I'm a fan of brown ales and a fan of this one.

drcarver, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery on tap.

Brooklyn Brewery understands balance and drinkability.

This is a consistent and well-crafted brown ale and I would without hesitation rank it among the better American Browns on the market. Although thin, its a nice roughened, smoky taste with coffee and caramel maltiness. A fig and floral nose, cakey bouquet of pecan and pumpkin give this beer great drinkability for late fall dishes. Akin to many porters in color and smokiness, this beer goes down well and rounds out in the mouth as it progresses. Begins to get better and more flavorful as it warms up a bit, too.

TLove, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of thedrewski86
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 1/2 inch, slightly tan/white head that fades pretty quickly. You have to pour straight into the bottom of the glass to get any head; pour along the side and you get nothing. Smell is good, kind of roasty, pretty faint though. Taste is very much the same, slightly roasty, chocolaty. Seems a little watered down though. Goes down very easy, I guess by definition this would be a good session beer. I found it's best when you have two at a time! Honestly, I was a little disappointed this didn't have more kick than it did. I like Brooklyn's beer and I felt they kind of phoned it in with this one. Don't get me wrong; it is good, but compared to what their other beers taste like, this is pretty mediocre.

thedrewski86, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin half finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Toasted nutty malt aroma with subtle dark fruit notes and slight earthy hops.

Slightly watered down body with hints of toasted malt, hazelnut, chocolate maltiness, a slightly roasted toasty presence with subtle hops and a slightly dry finish. Very well balanced and easy drinking session beer.

corby112, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of cbn
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful translucent ruby brown color, big beige head, good retention, some lace.

Lightly toasted malt aroma with floral and mineral notes, a hint of sea air.

Leathery, slightly vinous malt with a nutty sweetness.

Medium body fairly clean, round feel with some lingering flavor, not sticky.

Very drinkable offering from the Brooklyn Brewery.

cbn, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep russet color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- A bit of roast and some diacetyl butteriness.

T- A bit of a sour caramel malt flavor with some buttery toasted tastes in the finish. A bit of a hop bitterness and some soap. Kind of a weird taste?

M- Medium/light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Not really what I was expecting. A flavor that really didn't work that well for me.

projectflam86, Oct 17, 2009
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.