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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,086 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 2,086
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 163 | 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 thecarster1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a mug, dark dark brown almost black color, half finger off white head that doesn't stay too long, great lacing, ring around the glass with a few large bubbles.

s- malt notes upfront, coffee, caramel, roasted smell.

t- smooth malt taste, nuttiness, roasted, slight smack of hops. none of which are overpowering, wouldn't be able to tell that it's 5.6%.

m- maybe a little thinner than i'd like but still goes down very easy, not overly carbonated.

d- very drinkable, i could drink a few back to back.

thecarster1, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of dustinTN
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Nice dark mahogany color almost two finger head with modest lacing. Modest smell - more hoppy than most brown ales for certain. Smelled some roasted malt and sweet brown sugar, too. The taste is, well, lacking. It's not an especially bad flavor, but it seems watered down - even after waiting some time for it to warm up (which helped, but only so much.) There is a little bit of malty sweetness and little bit of bitter hops, but not much of anything and not very exciting. Very, very carbonated and a medium body. This is a step up from a domestic macro lager, but I can't say much more. I'm a big fan of other Brooklyn offerings, so I was pretty disappointed in this one. I won't be buying again.

dustinTN, May 28, 2009
Photo of Buebie
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle. Freshness date of July 2009.

Forms a 1'' tan head, slowly receeds to leave a foamy cap of retention and plenty of sticky thick lace drapes.
Color is a darker brown with alot of red hues glowing when held to light.

Aromas of chocolate, nuts, coffee, caramel and roasted grains. Aroma is pretty laid back and these things took some swirling to pull out.

Carbonation over abundance, stinging the hell out of my tounge. This seems watered down...
Some cocoa nuttyness and roasted grains with a little bit of coffe and plenty of bitter grains lingering through the swallow. Just a little bit of hops here. This is way over carbonated and really destroys the pallette and my ability to pick up flavors is lost with alot of the carbonation.

Not feeling this beer.

Buebie, May 26, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear, deep red rose color with a medium, creamy, light brown sugar head that leaves GREAT lacing.

S-The aroma is very nice indeed. The hops in this beer is perfect for an american brown ale. Very earthy and maybe a little woody, which is good to compliment the roasty, nutty caramel and toffee notes. Very good aroma.

T-Man, if I havenm't said this before, I say it now... temperature of the beer being drunk really effects the outcome of the flavor and mouthfeel. As I first tasted it, it seemed a little watery and bland compaired to the aroma. But after it warmed up a little, MAN it changed into this wonderful tasting brown ale. Lots roasty, nuttiness. A good amount of hops bitterness for a brown ale, which I like. A bitterness that lingers. And some carmel on the back end.

M-A lighter medium bodied beer that has good moderate carbonation, and creamy and smooth. The beer coates the mouth well. And stays around for a while.

D-I suppose this could be sessioned pretty well. I think I could have a few of these in a night. So I highly suggest this one. Brooklyn Brewery is not bad at all.

hoplover82, May 24, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 11/2009, serving cool in a straight pint glass.

A: dark russet brown in colour with good clarity if seen against light, coming with a thick beige fluffy head settling gradually to a cap to last.
S: the initial impression is lots of flowery hops with a clean edge of peaches even, but as soon as the foam settles down the aroma of light-bodied malts - caramel, dark berry-fruits with a touch of coke(!) even - takes over. Only a very deep sniff would bring out the longan-fruity and deeper flowery aroma of the hop-malt mixture. I'd say the nose overall is a bit unbalanced and even slightly thin for this type of ale, but good stuff still hides underneath the sweet façade that awaits patient exploration.
T: some hints of dark-fruits and decent sweet dried-grapey aroma skirt the light bodied brown malts, before a soothing aftertaste of sweet filter coffee-ish toasted malts and residual nuttiness manifest itself alongside a lightly-chewy hop bitterness. The hoppiness has melted in the overall flavour, but somehow I can't find a harmonious flavour to really enjoy, either, as in the end the sour edge of beer creeps up and makes the profile slightly thin in the end.
M&D: I find the overall body thinner than desirable and the texture somewhat artificial and thin (by the standard of craft US beers) as the carbonation is slightly OTT upfront, although, fortunately, it softens as soon as the malty and chewy-hoppy elements tune up a bit in the aftertaste. The label says it's "richer and hoppier than its mild and malty English forbearers" - well, I beg to disagree, as a hoppy English brown ale served on cask could be more all the more lively in all departments and still smoother and balanced than this filtered (and pasteurised?) bottle can offer.

wl0307, May 14, 2009
Photo of bcdees47
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice brown color with a just a small bit of tan head that dissipated quickly. Smell: I'm getting mostly malt, chocolate. Mouthfeel: It feels very light with medium carbonation, actually rather thin. Taste: Hints of chocolate, biscuit, and malt, but most of what I get is carbonation. The flavors disappear really quickly. This beer is surprisingly light in flavor and in mouthfeel for its color.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but it's not as flavorful as I would want a darker ale to be. It could be that it doesn't travel well - I enjoyed this bottle in Scotland, so it had a long way to go. Still, not a bad beer.

bcdees47, May 13, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served: Poured from the bottle, into a cold, frosted mug.

A: I was impressed with the staying power of 1.5 inch head. The body was a dark, transparent brown.

S: Smelled malty, not all that hoppy, and semi-sweet.

T: Definitely above average in taste; however, it's a smidge below its peers in smoothness. I caught the malts and moderate hops in every sip.

M: The carbonation wasn't an issue. Easy on the palate. The smoothness of the beer allowed for more enjoyable sips.

D: Can't see myself enjoying more than one of these at a time. I can with others (e.g., Newcastle) because they aren't as heavy as Brookyn's version.

MLasoski, May 08, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown (surprise!) with a smallish head. Smells slightly nutty, mild caramel and a pinch of floral hoppiness. Tastes of some caramel, little bit more nuttiness, balanced out by a touch of hop bitterness. Slightly dry, good carbonation. Solid brown ale.

Doomcifer, May 06, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with two fingers of creamy light tan foam. No lacing to speak of. Hmm, quite hoppy for a brown ale, but not overdone, nice. Flavors and aromas of lightly toasted grains, toffee, caramel, and a hint of milk chocolate are also present. This ale has ample carbonation for the style and is medium bodied. Certainly worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 04, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan colored head. From what I could tell, there were toasted malt, toffee, and a little hop in the aromas. I had a hard time getting anything, not a very strong smell to this one. An interesting mix of flavors, cofee and chocolate mixed with grassy hops. The finish is a little bitter and maybe a little tangy and metallic. The mouthfeel was a little thin.

Kromes, May 03, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn- Brown Ale

A- Dark deep reddish brown with a small thin soapy lacing head.
S- Good roasted malt, chocolate, and pine hops. A little faint though.
T- Thick sweet molasses malt with a roasted (slightly charred) chocolate malt grain. Touch of sweet hops in the backend.
M- Thick and malty with a dry chocolate malt body and a sweet thick hoppy end.

Overall- Tasty but the sweetness could become to cloying after a few. Good regardless.

NJpadreFan, May 02, 2009
Photo of cdViking
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Hurricane (Adam). Drank on 5/1/09.

Pours attractive dark amber with slightly reddish head that slowly dissipates. Smells very sweet and malty, with a hint of honey and toffee. Sweet off the start, though it turns sour and has somewhat of a metallic taste to it. Slightly thin in the mouth, with almost too much carbonation. Still a nicely drinkable beer that I could see sessioning.

cdViking, May 02, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A = Dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. Slight head with little retention. Lite lacing.

S = Simple malt notes backed up by an earthy hop tone.

T = Initial malt sweetness of caramel quickly recedes into a strange sourness. Not quite a traditional hop bitterness. I wondered if this was true of this particular bottle only, but I see it mentioned in several other reviews. Something definitely out of kilter here.

M = Leaves a dry, chalky texture on the tongue upon finish. Definitely thin and a bit watery. Carbonation is medium to prickly.

D = It's thin nature and low ABV make for an easy drink in that respect. But the taste and feel keep me from seeking another.

JonMich13, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle said best before 2/09 I was a few months late in buying this in Manhattan of all places ... :)

Poured a nice dark amber color with small head.

Smelled like carmel and roasted malts, with some hoppy aromatic scents around the corner

I havent typically sought out Brown ales for fear of them not being as flavorful as this one. Maybe it is time to adjust my buying habits. I enjoyed this one and thought it was very sessionable. Moderate carbonation - nice hop flavor - full flavored beer - not overly powerful in any specific area.

alpinebryant, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of scuppers
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Gentiles market in Columbus, Ohio and served at the usual temperature in a clear pint glass. Note: my sample may have gone bad -- the bottle lists Best Before April of 2009 (reviewed on April 17 of 09).

Appearance:
Pretty good, darker than Newcastle. nice brown color, maybe even a slight ruby tinge to it. Very slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: smells much better to me than it tastes. Nice malty character, A little dark malt. Slight dough smell with coffee or chocolate character. Smooth hop aroma, especially directly after opening. Floral and spicy hop aromas. Very slight herbal / Jagermeister note. Maybe a little cascade hops.

Taste: distracting and not good. Maybe my batch went bad. I don't think it's just paper-bag type oxidation flavor I'm tasting, to me it just tastes sour. It's not bitter hoppiness, but more like just sour. Beginning taste notes of Killians style malt - then BOOM - sour taste -- then maybe a little hops. and alcohol, then more sour and bitter and some ash taste in the aftertaste. Less watery than Newcastle.

I'm having a hard time effectively rating this since it's so sour. Probably as sour as a vodka gimlet (which by the way is mostly lime juice). I just hope they didn't forget to rinse the sanitizer in the fermenter. "it tastes like burning."

Mouthfeel: sort of dry mouthfeel, especially toward the end. Like eating a sour pretzel - sort of dries you out. I would not rate the drinkability as good. I love beer, but I don't think I can have more than one or two of these. On the plus side for drinkability, it seems about as filling as water.

Would be a drainpour if it weren't 9 bucks, and if it weren't so nice looking.

scuppers, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber color with a finger of cream-colored head.

Smelled of carmel and roasted malts, and some underlying refreshing hop scent.

Got a different taste to it. The first two sips I wasn't sure about it, but it's a good brown ale. Not as hoppy as some of the Browns.

Mouthfeel was watery; not a thick beer by any means; carbonation is moderate and the finish is quite refreshing.

donteatpoop, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Amber/Brown with a ruby hue.

Smell: Notes of Caramel, a little chocolate.

Taste: Apple, Caramel, a little brown sugar with some chocolate zest, toasty.

Mouthfeel: Thin/watery but refreshing mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not filling at all - definitely a good session brown. A good beer to hand to a girl that is looking for something other than a light beer. A gateway brown ale for the beginning craft beer drinker.

LauraAlberts, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Andreji
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 re-review:

Trying the brown ale fresh and on tap on location (during their happy hour fridays) definetly added more to the experience of the brown ale.

Cloudy brown pour, small tan head, not much carbonation but then again, it is fairly opaque so you wouldn't really see much.

smell is malty for the most part, seems a bit dry at first which i found interesting as to how it contrasts considerably with the taste. it is very discrete, however, but quite good.

Taste is great. sweet, roasted malts all over the place, a discrete burnt caramel undernote, with a alcohol astringency to follow up; yet a very soft balancing bitterness at the end, not too over-the-top so the whole mouthfeel is only favoured. And it is perfectly sessionable, for all the taste it's only 5.5abv.

Great beer.

Andreji, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle and fairly fresh from the date. Poured into a snifter.

A- Brooklyn Brown Ale is brown like some of the water from the neighborhood, J/K. This dark brown color is impossible to see through. A nice tan head rises up but falls short before the drinking begins. Minimal lace around the glass.

S- Dark roasted malt with some mellowing hops on the end. Some sweet caramel slight toffee plus some nuts. Not the strongest aroma and you really need to get yer nose in there.

T- Decent enough for a brown and towards the end I warmed up to it. Lightly toasted malt flavor with some light chocolate taste maybe on the lighter end such as cocco. Some hop bite in the end that may be precieved as sour depending on the person.

M- I enjoyed the feel on this although it is a bit on the lighter side. I would say a step below medium bodied. A bit of carbonation probably let the flavor and the creamy feel shine a bit more. Some bitterness detected on certain sips.

D- 5.6% aint to shabby and on the smaller end of some other browns i've tried. In fact i've been seeking out lighter ABV brews recently and this one fits perfectly. A good representative of the style and great for beginners.

BARFLYB, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of emsroth
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review of a brown, and the first brown I've enjoyed

12oz bottle with freshness date.

App: Dark mahogany; deep ruby when held up to the light. A one finger tan head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sour bready malt.

Taste: Starts with a caramel sweetness. Then moves to a hint of the roasted. A touch of coffee. Ends with a pleasant roasted flavor and a small touch of hop bitterness that clinches it.

Light carbonation that perfectly accents the malt. Leaves the mouth with a bit of a film, but that barely detracts.

This could definitely be a session if not for the 5.6

emsroth, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is typical of Brooklyn Brewing, with this on leaning more towards brown colors. Looks like MARCH 2009 is printed in ink on the neck. Good thing I am cracking this one today.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a full finger of foam. Thick and continuous lacing remains. The beer itself is a dark copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malts with a slightly nutty finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront, though not as prevalent and in the aroma. Very slight hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering taste of fresh grains.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: What can I say. This beer is an immensely drinkable example of a pretty middle of the road style. Nothing crazy here, but that is how a brown ale is supposed to be.

beveritt, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dull brown with a decent white head. Very mellow, like a British Brown, but not a lot of flavor. Easy to drink and sort of a mid range microwbrew kind of flavor. Not a lot of character or distinctness. Just sort of brown beer with an average flavor. Not super impressed.

wiseguy142, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Brown is a very good beer that starts out with a creamy head, and has a nice malty and hoppy flavor combo, combined with a coffee and/or chocolate taste that is slightly sweet, roasted grains, nutty, brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf or a dry floral hop and peat moss. Complex and yet malt dominant with a hop balance to make it smooth. Mouthfeel is average, with a medium body, average carbonation and a nutty finish that is sweet and trails off with chocolate malt. This beer goes down very smooth and is full of taste. I will enjoy it again and recommend it.

CHickman, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Samuel Smith clean, clear pint glass. Best by date of May 2009.

A Nice light brown one inch head over a pleasingly dark brown body which shows some light but only in front of direct light. Otherwise it looks appropriately dark.

S Nice biscuity roasted malt smell with only a bit of hops to the nose. Good smell for the style.

T Nice medium roast malt with that biscuity taste that carries over from the smell. Really appropriate to the style. This is not one of those weak Brown Ales.

M Appropriately moderate. Beefed up by nice roasted malt tastes but tempered by cold wetness and not a very thick beer.

D Very good. This could easily be a great session beer.

adamette, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Zeisloft
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forgot about this beer. Roommate brought home a six pack. Nice swill while watching the game. Good brown appearance, nothing special on the nose. Tastes malty with a little hops. For some reason I had low hopes for this beer's taste, but surpasses my expectations. very light in the mouth, almost watery. I would have no problem with drinking more.

Zeisloft, Mar 24, 2009
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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