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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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 jneiswender


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Beehive in Boston. Served in a 20oz dimple mug.

A-Dark garnet body with a thick, tan head. Head will ring the glass all the way to the bottom.

S-Roasted malt smell, somewhat nutty, slight hop scent

T-certainly has the malty profile of a brown but with more hop bite than expected. Nutty, biscuit, toast flavors with some hop dryness at the end.

M-medium body but somewhat dry

D-very good for a session beer. Maybe a little too dry for the style but great beer to drink all night. Not out of this world but very fine taste nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 16:14:55 | More by jneiswender
Photo of angelmonster


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

Pours a 3/4 finger tan head that died slowly. Very dark brown body with medium carbonation. Minimum lacing left in Brooklyn glass

Smells of roasted malt and some chocolate. Some faint hops and raisin also present

First taste is of smoky, roasted malt. Sweet chocolate also and ends with some fruit. Not much on the hop side

Nice balance of carbonation, body is a bit on the watery side. Leaves a slight smoky taste in mouth

Over all is a good beer. Chocolate and roasted malt go very good together. Would buy again

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 07:56:39 | More by angelmonster
Photo of n811


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass revealing a nice one finger head and a beautiful dark chestnut colored beer. My anticipation grew.

Smelled like a very nice balance between malt, caramel, and a bit of hops.

Taste was like the smell, but the body was a bit lighter than I was expecting, which was not a bad thing. There was an interesting mineral-ness on the aftertaste that blended well with the hops and malt. A faint smell of sweet caramel worked in every once in a while. Great lacing in the glass, too.

Overall a very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:38:20 | More by n811
Photo of HeyItsChili


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

Had this on tap, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours pretty clear, brick colored, and with a medium ecru head.

S - Smells like malt and caramel.

T - Sweet brown sugar, tons of maltiness, with some slight hop bitterness offsetting the aforementioned qualities.

M - Medium bodied, a bit on the thick side of medium, decent carbonation.

Notes - Brooklyn makes some damned solid beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 17:29:48 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of albern


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the bottle several times prior and now on-tap. It seems to be quite a bit better on-tap. The stricking difference is that the complexity of the beer really shines through more so on-tap than in the bottle. It has the dextrin sweetness, a touch of diacetyl butteriness, the beer is a touch creamy, and it has a nice hop balance. The maltiness, caramel flavors, and a touch of chocolate malt are also present. The beer is just so much more interesting and multilayered in this format. I wish I ordered another, not realizing what a pleasant surprise was in order. This is worth seeking out in this format. L'Chaim.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 06:35:01 | More by albern
Photo of AndrewMcLemore


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery makes some solid beers, usually nothing spectacular mind you, but always good beers for sharing with others.

Its brown ale is no exception, offering a much lighter, more drinkable brown ale than is often found. This style can lean toward either over-carbonated Coca-Cola or a thicker, maltier beer. Brookyn's Brown falls somewhere in between and it's a nice middle ground.

The appearance and smell are average: dark brown with decent retention, though barely cloudy enough and the aroma needs a bit more waft -- presently its closest to potatoes.

But the taste has a studied simplicity to it, mostly of unsalted peanuts and buttered starches. The brewery deserves points for not making the beer overly sweet.

This is a nice brown ale to try for someone stretching out their beer palette.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:49:49 | More by AndrewMcLemore
Photo of hopdog


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass served from tap.

Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Malty aroma and tastes with caramel and nuts. Lighter chocolate as well. Good lightly sweet and lightly bitter balance. Creamy body.

Notes from: 9/8/04

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 18:48:26 | More by hopdog
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark translucent brown with red highlights. the dark malt comes through clearly in the nose, with a bit of hos in the background. the taste is surprisingly well balanced with a nice malt sweet malt taste and a good bit of hop bitterness. the medium body is well accentuated by the aggressive carbonation. a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:51:44 | More by almychristopher
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black (!) body with thick brown two-finger head that softens nicely into the glass... malty presence undeniable... sugars tantalize while the hops balance nicely at the nose... smooth, almost perfectly "brown" in its presence, with the liquidity of a stout and the hop body of a pale ale--easily drinkable... sugary impressions early, with some chocolate, smoky something (?) and toffee to sweeten the deal... satisfying--especially on a snowday nightcap--with the smoothness of a Newcastle and a flavor that sets BBA a step above Sam Adams et al....

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 04:45:13 | More by dacrza1
Photo of dennarb


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like malt this is a good beer to try. The color is a rich brown with a deep tan head. It doesn't have much of a nose but it has a nice mix of malty sweetness and soft hop flavor. It is a friendly and unassertive beer that you can drink thought the evening. My wife who is really fond of Dog Fish Raisin D'Etre liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 05:37:28 | More by dennarb
Photo of hiikeeba


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Smells of caramel malt, and a hint of hops.

T - Malt forward beer, with slight roast finish and a hint of hops

M - Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D - I really like this beer. It is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:14:37 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed on phone.

pours a nice head with good retention. dark brown color

smell of toffee and caramel malts. wonderfully balanced with an undertone of chocolate malt.

caramel and toffee with an undertone of chocolate malt.

thick bodied and very drinkable.

this a mild well done brown

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 05:05:29 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brought back a couple bottles from kro's nest in beijing (a pizza joint with passable faux-nyc-style-pizza). this is also imported by ACBP (www.realbeer.com.cn), but is apparently exclusive to kro's.

bottle is dated as jan 14, 2008, so getting a little long in the tooth, but the "best by" is one year, so...

dark amber brown, barely translucent. crystalline red under the light. decent head fades to wisps and ring. sparse lacing.

aroma has rich roasted malts and then caramel with hints of molasses, then some earthiness and grassiness from the hops. faint whiff of diacetyl, phenols and maybe alcohol.

flavor is a bit more aggressive with the hops. not too citrusy or piney and with grass or hay undertones, but definitely an overall bitterness that is moderately bold and might be slightly more than the malt can handle. still, the dark malts are there, very sweet and caramelized, making a note in the center and underneath in the finish, which has a crisp hop bite, but ultimately finishes a bit rough. also, a boozy quality does show up.

smooth and substantial at first, with moderate and lively carbonation, then a slick syrupy character.

not great, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 18:56:04 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of OStrungT


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thin off white head. the head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer smells caramel sweet. I smell a slight nutty aroma. It has an ever so slight coffee aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Nutty fisrt with a mild caramel like malty flavor. This beer is very mild tasting.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a nutty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes good and non aggressive.

Overall: Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the generous hook up. This beer was pretty good. Mild, and non aggressive. It might be just a little boring though. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:53:11 | More by OStrungT
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is a dark reddish brown with a frothy light brown head that fades to a blotchy film. The head retention is excellent and it leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass. It has a full, malty, chocolaty, roasty aroma that's fresh, a touch sweet and a bit spicy. The bouquet is dusty. It has a medium-light body and it's pretty smooth. The finish is dry and a little gritty. The flavor is mellow, roasty, lightly bitter and a touch sour. It tastes like brown sugar and it's grainy. It has pretty good balance. Good stuff.
(rated May 3, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 04:57:20 | More by yesyouam
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This is a special review for me as I am using this beer to compare it to my first homebrew (obviously a brown ale). I am going to include a review for my beer in parentheses below each category.

3.5 A: Dark brown. Hard to see through, but it is indeed quite clear. Poor to average head retention and minimal lacing.

(A: Hazy almost black color. Good head retention and an obscene amount of lacing. - 4.5)

3.5 S: Big nutty aroma. Dark caramel malts. Not much else.

(S: Not as strong as I'd like. Some nutiness and to a larger extent caramel. Also a tinge of alcohol. - 3.5)

3.5 T: Nut flavor dominates. Surprisingly not much sweetness as it has a minimal amount of caramel flavor. Good balance, though hop character does not distiguish itself much.

(T: Well balanced between hops and malts. Once again nuts and caramel. Alcohol to some extent. Pretty good overall. - 3.5)

3.5 M: Medium body, good carbonation, but not as creamy as I'd like.

(M: Heavy medium body. Perhaps a little under carbonated. Creamy and a bit chewy. - 4.0)

4.0 D: Not bad, sessionable, and no major weaknesses. Problem is that there are also no major strengths.

(D: Good enough to beat out any macro. I'm happy with the results. I learned a lot from brewing this and I'm confident that my next batch (a weizenbock currently fermenting) is going to kick ass. - 4.0)

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 00:33:15 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clean brown color with smells of sweet malt and a hint of grassy hop. The taste is brown sugar with a slight hop characteristic that doesn't allow the sweet to get carried away; I also tasted a bit of dried fruit in this one. I generally lean towards the reds when I want a malty beer but this one was very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 17:14:16 | More by stone3187
Photo of bc2208

New York

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

Bought a 6-pack in a Hoboken liquor store, poured into a thick beer mug.

Pour - Pours a nice deep golden brown, clear with some carbonation. Not much of a head and a little bit of lacing which dissipates.

Aroma - Not a whole lot, but a decent brown aroma with roasted malt and coffee smells.

Taste - I've had better browns. This one seems brighter, more hops than others, and that gives it a sharper taste. A little lacking in the depth, but in general a decent flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth beer, carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Drinkable beer. Probably more drinkable than a lot of browns, if only because of the lighter taste.

I like this beer, because I'm a big brown fan. On a scale of browns, though, I wouldn't put it at the top. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:09:33 | More by bc2208
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Translucent brown body that does not have a lot of active carbonation bubbles. A small off-white head that disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Not a very strong aroma here. A little bit of sweet malts and a touch of a roasted smell also.

Taste follows the smell. Not a very flavorful beer in general I would say. A very light sweet malt that is toffee and caramel like. The faintest hop presence lingers in the background. Toasted malts are present in the backend of the beer, but once again not very strong.

A very thin, lightly carbonated body. Feels a lot like a macro lager would.

Pretty drinkable. Being mild flavored and light makes this one a beer that is easy to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 15:58:17 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a drink by Mar 09 date.

The beer poured with a one finger head and did not leave any lace along the sides of the glass. The color of the beer was a nice brown as denoted by the name.

I got a hint of chocolate and the roasted malt on the first sniff.

The beer has a strong coffee taste to it and the chocolate comes through. The beer has a slight bitter taste to it and the roasted malt is a strong presence.

The beer is of a medium body and goes down very smooth. I can see drinkning a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 22:38:18 | More by rgrholmes168
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown with plenty of Garnet highlights. There is a thick off white head of thick white bubbles. The head appears to want to stick around forever. There is a good bit of lace left on the glass while the beer is removed.

Aroma: I get some clean hops that have a somewhat "catty" impression, but this isn't over the top. I get some dark malts along with some caramel, but they are very reserved.

Taste: The malt is the one in charge, but the hops are definitely a dominant force in this beer. I like the sweetness that is the backbone of this beer. There is some Chololate to this beer, but the aftertaste is pretty balanced. The hops leave a bit of a green impression on the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I like the overall mouthfeel and impression that this beer gives. There isn't much about it that stands out, but that would make it less drinkable. This isn't as sweet as other Brown Ales, but I like that. It has a good overall impression, and I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 00:32:31 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer produced a one-finger head of tan foam atop a copper liquid with some mahogany highlights. The retention was decent as a skim and collar but the lacing patchy. The aroma was of sweet malt with some sourness and floral hops elements. The flavors were good but nothing amazing, just well balanced caramel and chocolate malt, hops and a nutty character. Don't get me wrong, a good balance is highly desirable, but I still found this one a little bland. The body was medium and the carbonation right on. A solid example of a solid style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 02:59:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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New Hampshire

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

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of March 2009. Sampled in November 2008.

It pours a handsome mahogany-brown with a good supply of puffy, beige head and adequate lacing along the pint glass. I noted an aroma of hops and malts. A medium mouth feel and not watered down. The hops are more evident in the taste and I can find a hint of something nutty. I have been drinking this beer for a while and it is one of my favorite go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:47:50 | More by puboflyons
Photo of markpiazza

New York

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just tried this beer tonight. It was at a place called paddy's irish pub in rochester, NY. Had a couple of the brooklyn brown ale on tap. I thought it was awesome. Very smooth brown american ale.They sell it at our local wegmans. Wegmans Just opened a couple isles full of micro brews in rochester. There must be at least 200-300 different beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 00:27:55 | More by markpiazza
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4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, highly drinkable brown ale.

Deep red with some bornw, it has a medium-large light tan head slowly shrinking to a thinfoamy top and leaves some good lace.

The aroma is rich caramel, toast, hints of chocolate, grapefruit, orange, leaves, and prunes.

The taste is lightly roasty with chocolate hint, caramelized prunes, light tart fruit, leaves, hint of sweet wine and a faint citrusy bite plus a little nut. It is mostly sweet with faint tartness and a little bitterness, mostly leafy with hint of citrus, and the finish is lightly dry, toasty, and leafy.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 00:12:24 | More by Offa
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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