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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 45
Gots: 230 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Ratings: 2,160 | Reviews: 936
Photo of mdwalsh
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First I will note this is not the freshest beer, but well within reviewable date.

A: Huge, glorious stout like head looks good at first, but stays big too long. Good texture though. The beer in the glass is dark, dark brown, and when held up to light it's clean and clear.

S: Some really nutty malt, no real hops, a little sweet, nothing to write home about good or bad.

T: Again, a nutty sweet malt with no hops. There's some chocolate-coffee flavors going on, but overall, sort of thin.

M: As in the taste, a little thin, not to bad though because this makes it more drinkable.

D: The thinness combined with the flavor make this a rather drinkable beer, something I imagine improves with freshness.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale purchased Dec. 2009, had January 2010 with friends.

Clear reddish brown body with carbonation visible when held up to the light. Thin (1/2 finger) head recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Brown malt, caramel, faint sweet smell of nuts and raisins. Hop presence is minimal.

Very smooth, but almost too watery. Semi-sweet taste of chocolate and walnuts. It has a good balance between roasted and sweet flavor.

It's extremely smooth and silky, but almost to an extreme. Little carbonation to speak of.

Brooklyn Brown Ale is very drinkable: It goes down smooth and silky and the flavors are not so overpowering as to leave an oppressive feeling on the palate.

I prefer Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale because it has a thicker feel and more complex flavors. Then again, it is less drinkable.

Photo of Cmack15
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just recently started getting into this style so my review may not be fair. The aroma is malty with a caramel burnt sugar note. The beer has a good body to it and nice finish. I drank this beer immediately from the cooler at the store, so I think the coldness has diluted the flavor. i would feccomend serving at cellar tempature of 55 degrees to get more out of this beer. Overall a decent brown ale that I could drink as a session beer.

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

Really excited to see Brooklyn showing up here in Nashville. Poured this one into a pint glass.

A - Love the old-fashioned look of the bottle and logo - makes me want to go to a baseball game. Pours a nice deep brown that turns mahogany when held up to the light. Good head, very creamy looking. Appetizing.

S - Smell is very nice as well. Slightly chocolaty smell, as well as a hop presence.

T - Taste is very nice - smooth but strong, well balanced. There is a strong hop presence in this as compared to a normal brown ale, but doesn't seem to overpower the malt base. Slight chocolate notes and a bit of roasted coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Creamy overall, but there's certainly active carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good as well. If you like this, I could see it as a nice session beer.

Brooklyn Brown Ale is a nice take on the style. It's a little different, and I'll probably buy this one again.

Photo of fastsrt
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to pint glass
A: rather small head 1cm, dark brown, rapidly diminishing head.
S: good toasted malts.
T: toasted malt, chocolate, herbal hops
M: good mouth feel, nice and dry.
D: Not a complex brew but a solid drink. the bitterness is perfect and this is a well balanced beer it is highly drinkable and there are alot of food parings that would work with this one.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zach brought this back from Rochester, NY. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, reddish brown body shows light carbonation when held to light. A thin white halo is all that exists for a head. No lacing.

Smell: Brown malt, toasted bread, (caramelized) walnuts, and a touch of salt. Sweet and malty; not much hop presence.

Taste: Brown malt, nuts, and a little salt again. I'd appreciate some more hoppiness/bitterness, but this is still good.

Mouthfeel: Light and malty with adequate (moderate level) carbonation. Finishes crisp and leaves a mild aftertaste in my mouth. A touch chewy.

Drinkability: I've had better brown ales, but this one was respectable. A touch more hoppiness and complexity would do this beer wonders.

Photo of joshk
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass (made for beer)

A: nice dark brown with a hint of red, nothing special but certainly not ugly looking. Decent head, not a considerable amount of lacing.

S: Smelled Hoppy. I was actually looking for a malty beer and chose this over "Sierra Nevada" pale ale, but this beer was quite hoppy nonetheless. Not so much roasted malt scent. Mildly sweet smelling.

T: Good stuff, easy drinking. Tastes more bitter than it smelled.

M: Above Average.

D: Real smooth.

Definitely not a crappy beer, but far from Newcastle Brown Ale (to me that's the benchmark brown ale.)

Photo of aristeros
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room--which looked sort of like an unfinished basement at the time--years ago and loved it so much I bought a case. First time I've seen it in Texas, though.

Pours a nice, dark brown, lighter cola brown in the light. Two fingers of tan head, retained for over a minute, excellent lacing. The beer has excellent clarity, which isn't always the case for a brown. Nose has sweet caramel malts and some nuts and raisins, with a very faint hop astringency.

Very smooth, with a watery mouthfeel bordering on creamy. Slightly sweet, semisweet chocolate chips and walnuts. Some caramel. Good balance of roasted and sweet flavors. Easy to drink, and I'll miss this six pack. Slight acid finish, like apple juice, not too easily detectable.

All in all, Dogfish Head's Indian Brown is superior in my opinion but it's not a 'straight' brown ale, but rather has spices and other stuff going on. Sam Smith's Brown is still my favorite, but I'm still seeing why I bought that case in Brooklyn several years ago.

Photo of thistle3189
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have not yet had a lot of brown Ale's this is drinkable and satisfying.

A: Good Head faint lacing an interesting mahogany color
S: Carmel to raisin not a lot of hops
T: A little sweet and malty with some raisin like flavor
M: Some body and a little alcohol.
D: I could try it again.

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.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,160 ratings.