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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 200 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of jbertsch
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a Sam Adams perfect-pint glass.

Appearance is a dark mahogany with a good-sized frothy head.

I smelled sweet roasted malts, barely, and nuttiness. Didn't notice any hop aroma (didn't really expect to, either).

However, upon my first sip, I first notice a little hops that I didn't smell initially. That was followed quickly by strong roasted malts. But its taste is short, with a quick finish that leans more towards bitter (think tobacco) than sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin, albeit smooth. It felt carbonated at first because it was served VERY cold. But as it warms, carbonation is nowhere to be found.

A fairly typical brown, but on the more flavorful side than others I've had. Overall - as with many brown ales - this is a great session brew.

Photo of whahoppened
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is impressive, luminous copper and perfectly clear. Dried fruit and some pungent spice on the nose. Pretty light on the front of the palate, leading into the dark, almost roasted, malty taste I was hoping for. Nice bitterness emerges on the finish, but unfortunately it has to contend with an awkward citrusy note as I swallow. I guess this isn't a style I know too well, but I was hoping for something a little more soul-warming than this session quaffer.

Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1.

Pours a deep clear copper with a huge creamy off-white head that shows excellent retention as a cap for ages.

The aroma is pretty bland for a brown with a ton of sweet chocolate malts and some nuts. Maybe some sweet fruits as well.

The taste is more of the same with some faint chocolate malts forming a backbone underneath some lightly toasted nuts. The finish is where it gets a little dodgy as there is a metallic bitterness that limits the drinkability a bit.

The mouthfeel is a little light for me, almost watery, with too much carbonation for my liking.

This is another decent but not overly impressive member of Brooklyn year-round lineup.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A small off white head slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, citrusy hops, caramel, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a flavorful punch of fresh grains.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, and mildly acidic along the palate.
Easy drinking, and refreshing.

Photo of elniko
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Marked best by May 2010.

A: Deep brown coloring with nice light cream colored head. Nice heavy lacing and minimal carbonation. Good looking brew.

S: I get some roasty nut and chocolate tones. Hop tones lingering in the background as well. I enjoyed the nose.

T & M: Mouthfeel medium bodied and quite creamy. Nicely balanced. Same tones from the nose come out in the taste. Finish on the dry side.

D: Quite drinkable, for some reason I hadn't had this Brooklyn offering even though it was one of the first offerings to come to North Texas. Browns are not my favorite brews but if the mood strikes me I wouldn't mind at all having this again.

Photo of diamondc
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a single 12 oz. Best before Feb 2010.

A: Dark brown, reddish tint. Speckled lacing on the glass after a few mini gulps. Head didn't last too long, just leaving a few wisps of foam.

S: Nutty at first, medium roast, followed by a weak dark fruit, plum / cherry aroma.

T: More of the nuttiness. Milk chocolate, espresso, with a faint grape bubblegum flavor. I'm reminded of a Snickers bar actually. Hops get lost in the roasted aftertaste.

M/D: A respectable brown ale. Nothing mind-blowing here. As has been said before, a bit watery, but very drinkable.

Photo of UncleBubba
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is unimpressive. I've seen it around for some time and thought I'd give it a try. It has decent appearance, and color, and has an average mouthfeel. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Especially the overly watery backend. Doubt I will buy this one again.

Photo of biggred1
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.07/5  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

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +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.

Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  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).

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  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.

Photo of natelocc787
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of kindestcut
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of towersfall
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Brettster
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of mjaskula
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jadpsu
3.77/5  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.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.