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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,046
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 142 | 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 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
Photo of alleykatking
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Well it poured a deep drak brown color which is what I expected. When held up to the light I did catch some red tints to it on the edges. 1 1/2 finger tannish head that dies down leaving very soapy looking lacing that slides down the glass when I drink it.

S- First thing I pick up on is the sweet malts in this beer. Next is the hints of alcohol following the sweetness. Nothing really jumps out at me. Some darker fruits in here along with apples maybe? I am trying hard to pick up something else and really can't.

T- Roasted malts come through...a little coffee taste. Watery in the end. Some chocolate notes in there as well. Nothing really good tasting though. And after reading others reviews recently I know I didn't get a bad bottle.

M- Light mouthfeel to this beer. Carbonation is a little lacking in this beer and makes it sludge through the palate onto the throat. Roasted malts left on the palate and in the aftetaste.

D- This is not really my sort of drinkable beer. I like what they are trying to do here but I do not enjoy the outcome at all.

alleykatking, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown Ale is just that - brown. With a little brightness behind it, however, the beer's dark russet tone alights to an almost maroon shade. This chocolaty-stained colour is gorgeous and, although clear, doesn't really allow any transparency. An off-white foam replete with air pockets envelops the beer like moss on a rock.

The aroma is brash and gritty. Its scents are rough and rushed variations on the style's classics; not coffee but coffee grinds, not roast malts but the singed smell of burnt ones. Hops produce a very earthy aura. The bouquet is coated in an astringent, peaty, lightly smoked coverlet that lends a considerable likeness to overly-steeped Earl Grey tea.

But what seemed like it would be an astringent, unpalatable and overly bitter beer turns out to be an agreeable, savory, classically bittersweet ale. With the flavour of roast malts much more refined in taste, notes of dark caramel, roasted nuts and spongy toffee cake now make their appearance. Chocolate is also introduced into the fold.

Hints of maple, brown sugar and pecans conjure to mind comforting fall-time foods. A stuffy, earthy bitterness ties the flavours together. There isn't the taste of coffee but there is its characteristic element of smoky roastedness. The beer seems more substantial than its 5.5% would indicate. This makes a great session beer to enjoy in cooling weather.

Brooklyn's Brown Ale is neither my favourite Brooklyn Brewing beer nor my favourite brown ale. That being said, it is further evidence that even this brewery's most undistinguished of offerings still rates well above the average. Consistency and craftsmanship are not to be overlooked; I'll take Brooklyn's mediocre over many other brewery's best.

biegaman, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to jdmek9.

A: Gorgeous mahogany and ruby/copper edges with over a finger of beige head. There's a nice, frothy cap of retention and good lacing.
S: Roasted barley, fruity and bready malt. Some seriously ripe berries greet my nose. I love the roastiness here!
T/M: Mmm. A lightish body and medium-high carbonation give this beer a refreshing quality. It's roasted to boot with a distant chocolate clinging to the palate. Really sweet fruits, too, but also an unmistakable hop bitterness at the back. Toasted bread, of course.
D: Smooth, easy and pleasant. I knocked this one back in about 5 minutes. I'd easily buy another!

washburnkid, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some sticky rings of lace behind.
S: Buttery diacetyl overwhelms the nose and is very off putting. Other than that some sweet caramel malt. Really lacking in the nose.
T: Again, a diacetyl flavor that follows the nose. Not as noticeable as the nose however, and a little more depth of flavor. Caramel and chocolate malts. Still not that impressive.
M/D: A medium body, but is over carbonated. I would not want to drink more than one because of the diacetyl flavor.

Pretty much sub par. I probably will not by by this again, and would not recommend it.

champ103, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown in color with hints of red. Light brownish, tan head rises to two fingers of foam. A little watery lacing barely clings to the side of the glass.

S: Toffee, coffee and roasted malt flavors waft into the nose. A classic brown ale smell.

T: Smooth, toast, roasted taste. Sweet caramel flavor melts in the middle of the tongue.

M: Low carbonation as expected. Body is medium, almost a little watery, but not horribly.

D: A great cool weather beer. Some warming qualities and thick enough to keep you toasty. Mild enough in strength to enjoy several in a sitting.

Served: in an shaker pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/26/09

eljefe21, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink Brooklyn a lot back in college and always liked their various beers.

This one pours chocolate brown with red highlights and a nice two finger head and decent lacing. It smells of roasted malts with a slight hop profile in the background.

It has a nice smooth taste with a slightly bittersweet taste. Nothing incredible, kind of what you expect from a brown ale.

Overall a nice session beer, nothing I am going to seek out, but nothing I would turn down.

mirish72, Sep 06, 2009
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've loved some of Brooklyn's other brews, such as the Cuvee Belgian style and their standby lager--both being very complex and delicious brews. This, on the other, hand has not lived up to expectations.

Probably the most appealing quality of this beer is its appearance. This pours a deep, warm, cherry wood color with a continuous slow and steady carbonation allure. Also, a wonderful, frothy, mocha head retains throughout.

Its smell is nothing special--light hops and caramel malts. But any good hear is overtaken by some sort of chemically alcohol essence.

Again, the most profound taste hear is the alcohol aftertaste--not even in the form of a pleasant burn. I detect some semblance of hop--but I don't even see the point.

I simply feel a medicinal hallowness after the initial taste. The liquid itself comes accross as watery and bland. No complexity.

This is hard to drink.


JTWILDOATS, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of kegger22
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head that quickly reduces to a collar. A slight coffee aroma is all I get. The taste is nutty but a little watery. The feel was medium bodied and fair carbonation. Drinkability was good. Not a lot here, but it is OK and drinkable.

kegger22, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of mnrider
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with freshness date printed on it. Poured into pint glass.

A: One finger tan head which quickly turns to nothing with little to no lacing. Color of brew is a Dark Brown with reddish tint, and light carbonation.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate. Malty, but the hops seem stronger coming through.

T/M: First thing that hits me is that it's kind of syrupy. Mix of coffee and chocolate. Malty mostly with hops. This brew is definitely smooth but not very refreshing or crisp.

D: Pretty good brew from Brooklyn. Though I'm not a huge fan of brown Ales this one is very drinkable. A good beer to eat with. Taste is nice with its mix of flavors. I probably wouldn't purchase regularly. Also not a very great session beer, i could only have about two in one sitting as its a little too syrupy for my liking.


mnrider, Aug 31, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frankly, I am currently not in a good mood towards the USA, due to the extorsively behaviour of the IRS against our banks ... however one has to be fair and with a brew like this I am almost reconciled ... by far the best american brew I had in quite a while (there are not many micro brews availably here) ... very nutty and wood, very dry and smoky, full bodied like a stout, but lighter ... I must say, there is quite a master behind this one, for sure ...

Daredevil, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, on the barely sheltered patio of Beer Bistro, off King Street, in downtown Hogtown.

This beer pours a clear dark mahogany-tinted brown colour, with two fingers puffy, lazily foamy, and somewhat soapy ecru head, which leaves some broadly splattered lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of dark, lightly caramelized malt, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of well-tended coffee, a bit of oily nuttiness, orange citrus, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is slick chalky chocolate malt, candied orange, dry coffee, thin roasted caramel, pithy, indistinct nuts, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a plain, innocuous frothiness flitting about, the body rather far on the medium-light side of things, and more than a bit acrid in its expected smoothness - shame, I say. It finishes mostly dry, the general roasted character carrying the day.

A decent enough brown ale, I suppose, but like a lot of the ladies I see every day waltzing up and down Yonge Street, it could definitely stand to gain some weight, which would go far in masking the multiple minor deficiencies so endemic here.

biboergosum, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty brown. Lots of going on here. Solid malt backbone. Bubblegum esters. Dry very herbaceous leafy floralities dominate the hop build and add balance. Some chocolate notes pop through. Hints of toastiness, with a slick addition of buttery caramel. The flavors work together well, creating definitely more of the Americanized Brown Ale style. Complexity is there, however flavors are a bit subdued at time. Still a great beer, still excellently drinkable. Good job Brooklyn.

HoustonTX, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

My first from Brooklyn.

A: Pours a nice brown color with very thin white head. Reduces to a smaller cap very quickly

S: Smells raisiny and malty. Not much to it

T: I'm immediately hit by the intense amount of carbonation before I taste anything. Tastes a bit toasty and a bit like caramel. Almost a bit like leather? Not as big of a taste as I was expecting, definitely the weaker of the two brown ales I've had tonight. Aftertaste doesn't linger.

M/D: As I said, maybe too much carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I'd still like to try their other offerings.

TheViolator666, Aug 21, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a chesnut brown with red highlights, and a sticky white head. The aroma is a bit bready, a bit light. The toasted malt comes through, giving it a pleasant nuttiness. The beer is medium bodied and is an easy drinker.

bonkers, Aug 18, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown is a lighter looking American brown. The aromas are roasty and chocolate malts. Not a great nose on this beer. The hops add some character, but certainly not a bitterness. The flavors are run of the mill brown ale. A bit bigger than most English browns, but a bit weak for an American. More malt would do this beer some good.

rtratzlaff, Aug 16, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, transparent body. One finger sized off-white head that left hints of lacing at the beginning.

S: Not much going on here, but there was some sweet malt and caramel, brown sugar and the tiniest hint of nuttiness.

T: Extremely easy going. Chocolate malt and a decent hop balance.

M: Light carbonation.

D: This is a nice session ale. It isn't outstanding in flavor, but it is similar to the Northern English Brown style that are easy drinking.

gameface23, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A malty, rich and dark looking, not to mention hoppy (nice mixture of Cascade, Fuggle, and Williamette) brown ale. Emphasis on the hoppiness of this - a very unorthodox approach in this classic brew from the folks at Brooklyn. A good dessert or chill out beer.

For the novice: Definitive brown ale; drink one of these and enjoy.

Personally: One of very good brown ales available - I also really love that they include this with their variety cases. A fine hoppy brown ale. One of my favorites.

WCBCFrank, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with minimal white foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing evident down the side.

Smell is barely present - not as present as beers in a similar style. Really not getting mcuh at all.

Taste is slightly sweet - caramel malts, hints of chocolate, with a slight hop backstop that closes the finish. Lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel. Overall, pretty tasty, though not groundbreaking.

A pleasant beer, well made, and one you could back to. The 12 pack mixer does it right by focusing on the lager and pennant ale, both of which are better brews.

KTCamm, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I poured it into a tullip glass - dark brown with a thick creamy off-white head that takes a while before it dissipates leaving a nice crater and then nice lacings.

S: Not as strong smelling as I thought, but there is light roasted malt (caramell) a faint smell of hops and some dried fruit.

T: A bit rough at first, but then there is light roasted caramell malt, dry hops, almost no sweetness.

M: Light carbonation, a little thin, dry.

D: An medium american brown ale, maybe a bit above average. This won't make you unhappy.

Evil_Pidde, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of david18
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eh. This is a bad example of a bad beer. I like brooklyn because it's local but i'm not sure about this beer. I typically don't like brown ales to begin with but this one really has nothing to distinguish it from anything else. Color, smell and flavor are all nothing to get excited about.

david18, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Masterson
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep reddish-brown into a nonic pint. Had a nice light tan head which quickly subsided.

S: Very good aroma. Cascade and Fuggles hops very recognizable. Could also smell hints of roasty malts.

T: A very tasty brown ale. Very smooth with just the right amount of hops for a lupulin lover. Great malt profile, you can really taste hints of chocolate and caramel on the finish.

M: A little thin and maybe a little dry. Has a bit of a bite with the carbonation. Very pleasant.

D: I could drink a six-er of this and not even realize it.

Not a Northern English Brown or a Southern English Brown, but influenced by both styles and 'Americanized' in very good way. Fits right in between.

Brooklyn produces some great beer. This one is a staple in the beer fridge,

Masterson, Jul 26, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. A shortage of glasses saw this brew presented in a plastic cup. You learn to deal with these shortcomings, and for two dollars on the weekly Tuesday pint night special, who can really complain? Luckily I've enjoyed this brew often enough that judgment on appearance will not be hindered due to lack of a crystal-clear glass.

Shows a deep chocolate-brown hue with ruby highlights when held to the light, nicely clear (evident even in the plastic cup) and with a thin, tawny head of creamy foam that holds to the side, leaving behind thick rings of lace.

Aroma is mildly sweet, with faint toffeeish notes and a nice citric/herbal hop presence that is quite distinctive of American hops.

Medium-full body with a slick mouthfeel and mild-moderate level of carbonation. Sweet caramel and faint chocolate up front that develops into a light toastiness and a bit of nuttiness in the middle, joining a wallop of citric grapefruit hop flavor along with a little earthiness that all leads into a mildly hoppy, slightly sweet lingering finish.

Quite drinkable and balanced, and a well-made example of the American version of the English brown ale that makes generous use of American hop character. Decidedly drinkable.

superdedooperboy, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Surprisingly clear body for the dark Tootsie Roll brown colored body with garnet highlights and a nice off-white, tan colored head.

S- Fruity smells of raisin and apple along with a sweeter characteristic of brown sugar and molasses.

T- Taste is smooth and complex with flavors alike the aromas found in the smell. Sweet without being one-dimensional nor cloying.

M- Smooth carbonation with a body that is light but has a bit of a sticky quality.

D- Damn drinkable with a good balance of flavors and a light body

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 08, 2009
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