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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A deep, dark brown with a two-finger, creamy, and light maple head that quickly settles to a creamy layer.

S: Some toasted, bready, biscuity malts along with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a balanced aroma.

T: Subdued toasted sweet malts (light chocolate, caramel) balanced with floral hops in the back end. Finish is mildy toasty and bitter with a moderately lingering finish. It's a bland and uninteresting taste--not bad, but not really that good, either.

M&D: Mouthfeel is medium-light with low carbonation and a lingering finish. More carbonation might have helped the flavors develop here. It's moderately filling, but the taste isn't good enough to justify wanting to drink more. All in all, this is just a bland, boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:45:07 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Fireal1222


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

this beer is good. nothing amazing. nothing bad. its good

i had this beer when a friend of mine at the distributor recommended it. when he saw that i got a lot of newcastle ( this was a while ago. i'm a big Stone IPA fan now )

but he basically described it as a creamier version of newcastle. which i think is a fair statement.. its not quite as easy to drink as newcastle. but still has the same similarities

this beer is certainly worth giving a try. but again. its not one of those beers i can picture myself coming back to time after time.. but thats not to say it isn't good

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:19:21 | More by Fireal1222
Photo of animal69


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a deep red-brown w/ a thin tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; a subtle smell, cereal grains with some nutty caramel/raison notes and faint alcohol ; a deeper malt flavor balanced well w/ hops, some more nuts and raison here, finish is a bit fusel ; a med-light bodied beer, yet still feels creamy, moderately carbonated ; a drinkable brew indeed, i could have a few of these easily...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:52:35 | More by animal69
Photo of Douglas14


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

Pours a dark brown color with ruby shinning through. The head is dark tan and thick...it doesn;t leave much lace or have good retention. The nose is heavily of oak with hops and toasted malt coming through as well. The taste is also very oak-y - very nice - with notes of caramel and chocolate appearing as well. Moderately roasted malt and hops continue to surface throughout the sip. Very good beer...nothing outstanding, but you can tell the Brooklyn quality is present when drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:19:02 | More by Douglas14
Photo of Damian


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle at Parish Cafe, Boston, MA
Best before June 08

Poured a clear, dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin, wispy, light tan head faded to a clingy film.

The aroma was chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Powdered cocoa to be exact. By scent alone, this beer could easily be mistaken for a chocolate flavored brew. Dark coffee notes came through as well, along with sweet cream and a hint of brown sugar.

The flavor was rich, robust and a bit more typical than the nose. Toasted malts appeared first with some intense nuttiness and ripe fruits in the center. The finish was whiskey-like. Long and drawn out with a pleasant alcohol warming and a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Only a touch of hops were noticeable.

Mouthfeel was full and rich. Smooth and mouth coating with a greater than average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This is a fairly intense brown ale that does not seem to get the respect it deserves. Try pairing it with some nuttier cheeses. An aged cheddar or a gruyere would work perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:03:26 | More by Damian
Photo of MiScusi


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

This bottle was notched "best before Nov '07", making it about 5 months past their recommended date. I wouldn't normally rate under those circumstances except the beer seemed fine to me.

A- dark brown in the glass. Actually a clear reddish brown liquid. Off white head builds up nicely but recedes fast.

S- Very caramelly. Pretty simple actually in that respect. Might be slightly oxidized though, as expected, but nothing off-putting.

T- malty all the way through. Starts off a bit sweet, caramel, then to some sharp toasted malt and finishes with a late chocolate aftertaste.

M/D - pretty good here. I would love to get this fresh to see if mine had dropped in quality a lot, but even as it was it's very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:02:57 | More by MiScusi
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New York

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

Pours a mahogany, ruby- brown with a nice head that leaves a little bit of lace,

The smell is bittersweet chocolate with a tinge of fresh hops.

The taste is great... lighter than I would have expected, nice roasted-bittersweet chocolate flavor, but a bit slightly higher carbonation that I expected, the mouth feel is what really makes this beer drinkable... light but with ample flavor... lingers on the tongue long enough before disapearing just in time for the next sip.

A nice summer sipper for those who don't want something too hoppy or too light. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:48:56 | More by PBBC
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a Medium to dark brown, almost like mahogany.

S: Not a real strong smell, but can get a whiff of toffee and caramel. Very sweet smell.

T: Good taste of nuts with a good push of hops as well.

M: A thinner beer, I would have expected more thickness.

D: Very easy to drink, could have several in a sitting without any problems.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 18:28:55 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of PhxHorn


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark rich brown, with plenty of tan head. Smells mildly of coffee, chocolate, malt. Tastes as it smells, but not quite as intensely as you might hope. A little more flavor and it would have been on the money. A bit of coffee bitterness on the finish. A very drinkable beer, but could have been a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 06:17:39 | More by PhxHorn
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany or cherry wood color... Slight head... Bordering on black... I feel like I'm looking at a porter...

S - Malt and caramel... Chocolate and roasted coffee beans... Terrific aroma, but not a little on the weak side...

T - Mild taste that matches the aroma... Malt, caramel, and chocolate...

M - Creamy and rich... Smooth... Excellent texture... A pleasure to drink...

D - Very enjoyable... Very much a session beer... It's a shame it would have received stellar marks had it been a little stronger in terms of scent and taste...

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:20:18 | More by philbe311
Photo of ClassicBrad


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown body with a tan sudsy head. There is a fair balance between roasted malt and biting hops flavor in the nose as well as the taste. Carbonation is a short tingling sensation. I can honestly drink a six pack of this beer-- completely sessionable.

Could easily replace Yuengling for a backyard brew for my summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:59:54 | More by ClassicBrad
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany brown, clear, with sparse head. Nice lacing.

S: Practically no aromas to note. With strong agitation, you can derive some sweet malt smells and perhaps something more, fig maybe.

T: Extremely well balanced with a hint of nuttiness in the complex mix of light & medium malts. I know there are hops here due to the balance but they really do not come forth for their proper due. The finish is brisk, clean, with nothing more than a fleeting memory of the malty mixture.

M&D: Mouthfeel is full, but not particularly heavy. Carbonation is moderately light which matches the flavors nicely. Although not a great fan of brown ales, this one is rather good. I found this highly enjoyable and would seek it out when available. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 21:23:33 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired with filet, tuna and a whole bunch of good stuff. Out of the Brooklyn beers I tried, this is the one for which I carried the least expectation, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a worthy competitor with the others.

A - Appealing brunette body with a decent head.

S - Again, strong aromatics, in line with all Brooklyn beers, apparently. Deep smoky caramel with some notes of toasted raisin bread. Smells very fresh.

T - While I like brown ales, I tend to think it is more of a pedestrian style, suited for a nice session and little more. Not the case with this one, it breaks the mold. Rummy caramel with a deft hop touch. Played quite well with the tender filet mignon and rare tuna.

F - Light but substantial at the same time.

D - Sessionable, but versatile at the dinner table as well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:38:07 | More by Patrick999
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a dark brown, amber color with a one finger, tan head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was caramel, light chocolate, floral hops and nuts.

Taste was sweet and malty with caramel and nuts in the front.

Nice, easy drinking session beer. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 16:00:35 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of nickfl


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, light brown head that settles to a nice film of foam. Medium brown body with good clarity.

S - Toffee malt aroma with some caramel. Spicy hops with a hint of mocha.

T - Nutty malt with a smooth, spicy hop flavor. Subtle chocolate and caramel flavors in the middle with a malty finish and moderate hop/malt bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - A very drinkable and flavorful brown ale. Easily one of the best examples of the style that I have experienced.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 05:00:36 | More by nickfl
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark garnet red, with 1 finger head with good lacing.

Smell is toasted grains, malt, raisins, molasses, and rusty pennies.

Taste is malt upfront with a quick snap of bubblegum, then an equally quick snap of smoke, finish is of grain and dry grass.

Mouthfeel, way to much carbonation, I know it's an ABA not a EBA but this is still too much.

Drinkability is not to bad, could have a few more but would rather an EBA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 14:31:45 | More by currysage1
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

A nice session beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a reddish/brown color with a moderate sized tan head. A sweet, cherry aroma, some malt, and a tiny bit of chocolate. The taste was sweet, with a little chocolate, and some hop bitterness. I really enjoyed the 6pack, and will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 19:00:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with a thick light brown head (impressive).

S - Malty, but faint.

T - Malty and sweet with a slight roasted note. There is also a possible hint of chocolate.

M - Full bodied and fits the beer nicely.

D - This is and easy to drink and smooth brown ale. What's not to like?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:51:30 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of fitzy84


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

Bright amber appearance with immediate lacing. It was pretty hoppy with some caramel flavors, but there was also some spice mixed in. It was a bit fruity, with a mix of sweet malts supplementing it well. Crisp carbonation helped make the sweetness of the drink stronger and more potent. Overall, it was a bit too powerful in some flavor dimensions but it still got the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 16:12:37 | More by fitzy84
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep dark mahogany brown with reddish-amber/rosewood highlights. got only about 3/4in of sudsy tan head even off a hard pour, but it settles to a ring with nice patches of bubble constellations and thick waves of lace that become webby and intricate as they dry.

S- sweet toasty caramel malt, sherry, mocha, light coffee like maybe latte or cappuccino, and a minute amount of floral earthy hops that have a definite 'english' feel to them... further down there's some woodsy/forest aromas, dried leaves and a touch of smokiness.

T- mineral water and burnt caramel/milk chocolate flavors right away followed by dried dark fruit, raisin, prune, cranberry, and some very mild coffee beans. fruit ripens and softens to a likeness of dates and figs, holiday fruit as i call em, balanced again by the woodsy roasted flavors that were apparent on the backside of the smell. pretty complex, and finished by a little diacetyl a little chocolate candy, and earthy hops to dry things out a bit right when they begin to cloy.

MF- on thing is certain, i like the MF of these brooklyn beers. rich and meaty, it's obvious they don't skimp on the malt. medium carbonation and a slightly drying finish.

D- i don't usually go for sweet brown ales, but this one is nicely balanced and as it warms the hops really begin to stand out. it's full bodied enough to keep my attention and make me think with every gulp, trying to find new flavors. oddly enough, the first time i had this beer was in 2005 in manhattan/hells kitchen (sadly not brooklyn) but for me that adds sort of a nostalgic feeling that can't be replaced. while right now it's a good beer, at that time, it was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:48:14 | More by hustlesworth
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried at the Brooklyn Brewery so I will go on memory. The color a dark brown with decent head. The Smell was caramel and hops and a bit of chocolate. The taste was hops,malt and coffee with the obvious hint of chocolate. The feel was a creamy, warm, malty, lightly carbonated brew with light touch of hops and an even balance of malts. I had five for the night, so for me this was a session brew. The favorite on this night was the Weiss beer.

Note: I eventually went out and purchased a six pack only to realize it would never taste as good as on tap. Still, not a disappointment. I can never suggest this beer because first you have to like the style.
From the source it was a bit heavier than the bottle version and even the ABV felt stronger. I do recall the bitterness it left on the tongue and how it was the only beer I could have that night. As one can tell my mouth waters at the mention of this beer,but on tap more so. This beer is best served at 52-55 degrees. Too warm and too cold and it loses something for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 04:58:00 | More by Lexluthor33
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass.

The beer poured a dark creamy amber with red hues when held up to the light, with a little less than an inch thick tan foam head. Minimal lacing scattered throughout. The head dissipated quickly barely making it to the first sip.

The smell was decent. Very hoppy with hints of raisin and chocolate.

The taste was good. Slightly sweet with a strong hop oil presence. Not overpowering but a little more bitter on the finish than I prefer. Slightly spicy on the tip of the tongue.

The mouthfeel was decent. Slightly creamy, enough to coat the entire mouth. Strong hop oil present leaving the mouth slightly oily after the swallow. Again spicy on the tip of the tongue.

Good beer definitely worth picking up. I would definitely like to try this on tap. I think this might be a little heavy to put into the session category, but I would definitely have more than 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 09:43:34 | More by hyland24
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy beige initial head which reduces quickly to a thin film, leaving some spotty lace.

Aromatic hops in the bouquet with a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is very hoppy up front, but not obnoxiuosly so. Not sure the variety of hops used, but they're flavorful and of good quality. Hop flavor then dissipates into mellow roasted maltiness with a hint of sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just slightly creamy with light, even carbonation. Medium body; not heavy, but substantial.

This is one heck of a drinkable American Brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 22:46:51 | More by Hoagie1973
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2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paint the city Brooklyn Brown. Pours an opaque brown with amber hues throughout. A decent pour left a soft head with some larger bubbles. Not much lacing but ok retention.

The nose is light over all but some malty notes. Caramel and chocolate mostly but some lighter bready qualities as well. A big oxidation that really is off setting for everything. Some lighter yeasty and earth hop notes as well.

The taste continues much like the nose but its hard to get past the cardboard oxidation flavors. Some minor chocolate notes and a touch of astringency. Some lighter earthy and woody flavors as well.

The body is closer to mid than light. Looking for more body as there is a watery, wispy flavor. Overall really the cardboard flavor is just obnoxious.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 22:07:32 | More by Oxymoron
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2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to davehoward for the bottle! Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges on the glass. Light tan fizzy head. Smell is toasty, semi roasty malt. Hint of chocolate and coffee round it out and a mild roastiness is present in the taste as will along with a slight sour bitterness. Very thin body I thought. Not bad, but just not impressive especially for what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:50:27 | More by JDV
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