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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of shroompod


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

dark maroon , decent head that fades fast.

dark chocolate malts are apparent and mild on the nose.

Light coffee , some nuttiness and a slight hoppiness round this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is thin , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:04:11 | More by shroompod
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, single bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
A strong pour yielded a large, frothy head along with a dark-brown, mahogany appearance that was lucid and clear...
Subtle, non-descript smell without any real assertive aroma present...
Taste was likewise bland and not-exciting or too assertive... Very pale flavor without too much going on... Some nutty, malty taste was there, but nothing at all to write home about...
Flacid, light, watered-down mouthfeel...
Drinkability was alright since there was no alcohol detectable, but since there was not much flavor present either, wouldn't want to make this one my single choice of the night...
Much better out there to choose from... Wouldn't recommend this one...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:11:42 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks to drseamus for this one.

Best Buy Apr 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:23:03 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from a bottle a dark brown color with a generous tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, toffee, and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, toffee, with a nice punch of hops.

Lighter mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

This is a pretty good Brown Ale that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 19:30:52 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 120z bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear brownish red color with a two finger, light tan, creamy head that dissipates down to about half a finger pretty quickly and holds there for the remainder of the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy on the nose, with a subtle balancing nutty character.

Taste: Like the aroma, starts out hoppy (more than expected, but not in a bad way). This is quickly balanced with a chocolatey, roasty malt note. Finishes balanced with a good, bitter coffee note.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:20:20 | More by BucBasil
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District of Columbia

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

Reviewed at RFD
Pours a dark ruby color with a quarter inch of off-white head, great retention. The aromas coming off this beer were quite roasty with a strong chocolate presence, along with a bit of citrusy hops, not the best match. On the palate, things improve with the chocolate and toasty flavors dominating in a mesh of bright hoppiness. A bit of coffee to finish. Overall, I'm not digging the amount of hops in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium thin with medium carbonation and a slight heaviness in the mouth. Overall, this wasn't an extrordinary, but one I could return to.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 22:30:47 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of PhageLab


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark Chestnut coloration, made for a thin head, yet hung around a good while. Transparent body with decent lacing.

S - Very pleasant aroma of rasted malts, nuts, and toffee. Yum.

T - Very very bitter, surprised to skim through the reviews and see not very many people felt the same as I do. Other than the overpowering bitterness I can detect some bready yeasts and a slight caramel malt presence. Decent although it is a bit overwhelming.

M - Light bodied, slightly harsh carbonation, pungent aftertaste.

D - Decent, not at all what I was expecting however. I could go for another, but I'd have to be in the right mood, not exactly something I'll be seeking out again. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 14:08:47 | More by PhageLab
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, close to black, beer with two finger frothy tan head.

S: Aromatic malts fill the nose with a lightly roasted finish.

T: Rich but not sweet flavors flow over my tongue. Roasted malt presences is pleasant and mild.

M: Muddy water texture that could maybe use some more dissolved solids, but easy going medium body is adequate. Low to medium carbonation.

D: Easy going and decent session beer but cloyingness persists after each sip.

Notes: Definitely a good drinking session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 19:36:34 | More by BeerLover729
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second beer i have had by brooklyn. After the Chocolate Stout, its a bit of a let down. But thats not a terrible insult...

Overall, its pretty average. Its something that would appeal to a non-BA pretty readily. After drinking something like DFH's Indian Brown Ale, it just doesnt compare though. The aromas and taste are solid, but seem to be almost light and watery (respectively) when compared to something of the DFH's caliber. I know these are slightly different, but if given the choice, i would go for the DFH. This beer has a pretty good drinkability, and i could see it being nice in the springtime. This beer seems a little unbalanced, but could be appealing to a novice BA.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 06:09:22 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of becktone


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

Eye: Mahogany brown with garnet highlights and with a equally pleasing head this beer does not disappoint in the optical department. Head isn't extremely creamy looking, rather more of a mix of rocky/soapy and creamy.

Nose: Very strong aroma, it fills the room. Great malt backbone on this brew. I get a nutty aroma, toasty as well with a bit of diacetyl. Maybe some faint spicy hop aromas too. Little more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Noting really much to report on the flavor of this beer, real simple. Some sweet malt flavor blends with a bit of nuttiness and is balanced with hops, also some diacetyl. This is a simple beer that has a simple good taste, not great, not good enough for me to want to buy it again, however, I'd not be opposed to drinking it. It just doesn't stand out all that much.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a medium light body with lower levels of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but not something that I'd be in a rush to drink again as previously stated, worth a try but thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:04:27 | More by becktone
Photo of Bitterbill


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with fishdawg71. Thanks Geoff!

This pours from 12oz bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights and a nice 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, sweet malt, some nutiness, and some fruit.

The taste on first sip and plenty of flavour here. Mild roasted malt along with some nutty tones followed by a nice earthy flavour and a bit of hop bitterness in the background. I even get a bit of chocolate. It's light bodied(at times) bodied and it finishes with a semi sweet twang but right at the vey end, it's somewhat watery. Still, that's not going to spoil it for me. This is a *good* Brown Ale and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:02:02 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of genog


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

Pours a light brown color that tapers in light to dark from the bottom to the top of my sam adams glass. Head all but disppears from sight. Smell is malty sweetness with a touch of honey and a slight bitter earthy hops. Taste is sweet and again a slight earthy hops. Mouthfeeling is a little watery, but not too much. This is a very good example of a nice Brown ale. In my opinion a very underappreciated style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 15:36:53 | More by genog
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North Carolina

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

Short Version:
Tasty but atypical brown ale that is more like a light porter. Roasty, chocolate-y and well balanced. Not too sweet. True style buster.

This was a tasty little brown ale that had more punch that its average brown brethren. Almost like a mild porter.

It poured a deep, deep brown chocolate almost mahogany color. 1.5" healthy kahki head that quickly turned to a rocky lunar landscape and held it's ground for awhile.

Smell was slightly roasty (surprise!) with earthy sweet caramel malt and chocolate notes. Not picking up much/any hops here. A little alcohol in the taste and smell (5.6%) but not offensive.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with a tad bit of a watery feel mid palate. Maltiness dominates but isn't barbaric like many browns. A little nuttiness in there methinks. Finish is pleasant. Subtle matly and roasty aftertast. Not overly sweet. There appears to be enough hop to make this transcend the genre.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Not earth shattering but tasty for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:26:45 | More by AshevilleSippin
Photo of billybob


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a large beige head that quickly settles to just cover the beer. initial aroma smells of banana then caramel and cherrys. taste is sweet, fruity, mostly malt with hint of caramel. mouthfeel medium, carbonation is very weak with this beer and takes away from the overall taste. came in a variety pack and not sure i would buy it on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 19:59:36 | More by billybob
Photo of meechum


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Summits Wayside Tavern in Snellville, Ga

A - Served dark brown with ruby highlights in a shaker pint glass with a nice off white to tan head that fell slowly and left a good lace in the glass.

S - Had a nutty and chocolate smell to it with a hint of grassy hops

T - Had a hazelnut bite up front and then smoothed out with a chocolate taste and a bit of biscuit with a grassy hop finish..nice

M - A little heavy up front on the carbonation and little thin..but overall good

D - A brew that is easily quaffed and enjoyable, could have had several pints if I had the time

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 16:26:24 | More by meechum
Photo of jeonseh


2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my GI MBA Pint Glass with a best before Feb 2008 on the bottle.

A - the color is reddish brown that reminds me of cherry wood furniture. Very clean looking as it has a bit of a sheen to it as well; i think that aspect of it is what makes me think that it looks like furniture. No head at all on this one, just a thin layer of milkiness sitting on top. with a few bubbles.

S - Smells a bit like hazelnuts to me; also there is malty sweetness within this one too. Rather fragrant but not over the top; also has a bit of a coffee roastiness imho.

T - taste is not as sweet as I would think; there is a big of the deeper, roasted nut taste that I smelled; Also, there is hoppy bitterness to me but it is different than usual; almost a bit sour actually and found that this overpowers the malt that is in the beer. Feels a bit unbalanced IMHO as really the sour taste seems to dominate; could be called dry even but not really because doesn't remind me of a dry wine because there is the persistent sour note. it is almost like the hops and the malt don't go well together as all but instead are fighting each other in some odd battle to make my mouth taste odd.

Mf- very heavily carbonated; this isn't too bad but it does seem like it goes with the hoppy aspect of this brown ale which seems to make this one a bit unique. Although do think it is a little too heavy because at some points, it seems to overpower and overwhelm my mouth so that at some points I really can't even taste anything because I am being completely bombarded with carbonation that almost numbs the tongue.

D - overall a decent brown ale but not one that is even close to blowing me away. I would probably pass on this one if I saw it again. I got it out of a Craft beer mix pack and think it is just a bit too unbalanced for my taste plus i'm kinda surprised by the sourness of the beer, A big disappointment from Brooklyn in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:16:42 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Proteus93


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A rather straight forward deep chestnut brown ale, with a mediocre off-white head. Not very retentive, but not horrible, certainly.

S: A roasted, mildly nutty scent. A rather warm aroma, with a touch of hops complimenting the nutty smell nicely.

T: A bit of a deep, oakey taste. A bit nutty, some slightly burnt malt taste. Some sweet/bittersweet notes, with just the tiniest hint of a cocoa.

M: There's a bit of a harsh zip on the tip of the tongue, but it quickly backs off to a more tolerable carbonation. This improves as the brew breathes, but it also seems to lead to the mouthful and finishing carbonation becoming more watery. Not much more than average on this note.

D: This is apparently a rather popular purchase here, and in some regards I could understand it. If anything, it is a reasonable introduction to dopplebocks... but only if that's the purpose it served. The dopples can be quite a wonderful style, and it would be a shame if potential fans were turned away by something they expected to be bigger.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 03:57:00 | More by Proteus93
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at Speakeasy in Carrboro, NC

A: A deep, slightly amber brown with with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film
S: Nothing overpowering, sweet smell, faint hints of malt, caramel, etc
T: Pleasant caramal, nutty taste, not remarkably strong with some balancing hops
M: Moderate body, medium carbonation, slightly watery aftertaste.
D: Hard for me to find anything great or bad to say about this. Always reliable when found on tap and very easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 21:57:05 | More by yourefragile
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle* of this at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington.

It began with a thin, bubbly head and minimal lacing and settles into a dark ruby color with little clarity. My palate detected some cherry with an undertone of molasses along with minor nuttiness; however, I also detected a soapy note that may be attributed to the glassware. (Sigh!)

Mouthfeel is finely structured with an easy balance of malt and sweetness. Certainly a palatable quaff though not one of my favorite beers from Brooklyn Brewery. (See Note below.)

*NOTE: The bottle was contract brewed by F.X. Matt (Utica, NY) and bore the inscription, "Best Before February 2007." Make of this what you will.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 22:50:05 | More by jjboesen
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Bottle notes best before February 2008.

Pours a deep opaque brown with amber highlights around the edges, mahogany comes to mind. A one and a half finger brownish tan head faded rather quickly to a thin surface film.

A faint aroma of chocolate and caramel and sweet malts and also a hop presence too. I also pick up a licorice smell but it's all faint.

Taste is of rich malty chocolate with caramel tones and faintly of coffee and also the licorice noted in the aroma. A little bit of hop bitterness balances the malt body, this beer is not oversweet at all. A faint sourness was detected, not unpleasant at all, which fades as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is somewhat thin to me, but not watery so I'd call it light/medium in body with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good and very smooth with just a hint of alcohol warmth noted. A good solid brown that would make a fine session beer and shines as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 01:06:36 | More by BlackBearForge
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New Mexico

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

I tried this beer at Ruth's Chris Steak House on 7th in NYC. They offered nothing on tap and limited beers overall. Since there was no Porter to enjoy with my Kobe steak (ooohhh baby). I went for the Brown Ale.
A- Poured a dark brown / w red hints Had 2 fingers of creamy head that fell to 1/8" foam across.
S- Somewhat nutty w choco tone..
M- Thinner than some other brown ales, yet somehow righteous
T- Carmel well balanced with hops. I go to the IPA junction if I want hops.
Final thoughts: Damn that was a good brew. Too bad I haven't found it in New Mexico...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 20:49:23 | More by chileman13
Photo of Drew966


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale pours a dark red tinged brown with a light tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty that strikes me as being carob like. The flavor is malty, and I do get the carob note in the flavor too. Quite mild, hardly any hops, but I prefer a nuttier flavor profile when I drink brown ales. Still, a quite well made beer. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 01:13:53 | More by Drew966
Photo of praufs01


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma – Light malt and bread smell.

Palate – Medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor – Sweet malty up front that quickly diminishes to a metallic (iron like) aftertaste.

Final thoughts – Quite smooth and easy drinking. I’ve had much better brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 15:40:22 | More by praufs01
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New Jersey

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

Picked this up recently since it's the one of the last of Brooklyn's portfolio that I have yet to review on here. Newcastle Brown Ale was one of the first beers that got me turned on to what was out there beyond BMC, and I thought this might taste a bit like it. It's been a while since I've "visited the castle", and I don't remember that tasting anything like what I'm having tonight. Additionally, I'm having a hard time pinpointing this beer's flavor and mouthfeel...

It poured a lot thinner than what I was expecting. There wasn't much of a head to be seen, and the lacing was nowhere to be found. I enjoyed the rich, deep mahogany hue, but the mouthfeel left a bit to be desired for. It was thin, hoppier than I pictured, and a bit lacking in it's notes. I could detect some caramel, nut, and chocolate, but none of them stood out from any of the others. There's not a lot of visible carbonation here, but I can certainly taste it, and the mouthfeel is very sharp and punctual; like the Brooklyn Lager. This is warming me nicely on this cold night, but I was hoping for a bit more depth and introspection from this beer.

The 5.50% ABV is fitting for this, even though I could detect it during my first few sips. During my late-night drinking sessions in cold weather, I usually prefer stouts, winter warmers, or winter wheats. This suffices nicely, but after sampling nearly everything that Brooklyn brews, I had high expectations for this. This is enjoyable, but there's just a certain something missing here. Nevertheless, I'm glad they have this on their roster - I wish I had this style of beer more often.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 07:47:07 | More by JerzDevl2000
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New York

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

Poured a rich dark brown color topped with a frothy tan head. The one inch head retreated steadily leaving behind a decent amount of lacing.
Smell was somewhat nutty, with notes of sweet malts and a hint of coco.
Tastes is pleasant, nutty, sweet malts with notes of chocolate,and slight coffee flavor.
It's a nice medium bodied brew, with a light amount of carbonation.Overall a pretty good beer, not hard to put down at all and has a decent amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:03:34 | More by KevinB
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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