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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
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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Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask - at Stout in NYC.

No head, pour was an absolute mud/brown with a faint redish hue.

Taste - not at all like the bottle for me; much more malt flavor comes out with a stronger finish and no kick.

Smell was almost non-existent; but if you really try to smell it - it was a decent malty aroma.

Overall it is still a beer that you can rely on with a very easy taste to enjoy and clean finish.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2006 01:21:51 | More by HimerMan
Photo of jwc215


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, it was best served by the end of this month.
It poured a medium light mahogany with medium carbonation and an off-white fizzy head that was, unfortunately, very quick to disappear.
The aroma was a mix of chocolately, coffeeish malt and hops.
The taste was a medium balance of malt and hops. The chocolate and coffee taste were apparent. It would be improved, in my opinion, with a more nuttier complexity mixed in. Overall, it is a good example of this American style of the original British, less hoppier, more malty style.
The mouthfeel was good, almost a bit too sweet, but not sugary.
There was a very slight alcohol taste at the finish.
While not exceptional, it is certainly a good American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:06:41 | More by jwc215
Photo of dbalsock


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown (hence the name) with a pretty tan head that disappears much too quickly. The brown body isn't anything to get worked up about either.

Smell: My nose first distinguishes the smell of fresh roses... and not much else. I don't know what to do about that. After letting it warm a little more, i can pull out a a chocolate character and a piney character. This is interesting.

Taste: The flowery hops take charge while allowing a subtle malt sweetness to sneak out. I think i also pick up on a little bit of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Ahh, this is where it gets good. There is excellent consistency that balances with the lovely bitter kick of the hops. I'm a fan of this mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very moderate in almost every way, allowing it to be easily quaffable, but the hop kick that i mentioned earlier turns the nice cruise through town into a scenic joyride.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 00:41:49 | More by dbalsock
Photo of tgbljb


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

poured a deep mahogony color with boisterous tannish head. Left very impressive lacing on the side of the glass. Thin surface coating retained throughout. Smell is malty with strong dark fruit essences (plums, prunes, raisins). Taste starts off very fruity with some roasted malt but a distinct hop bitterness begins to come through. Each subsequent taste seems to show hoppiness. Excellent balance. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a firm dry ending. Extremely drinkable. Truly an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 23:39:36 | More by tgbljb
Photo of jyeast101


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

Upon opening the bottle the smell of hops penetrates the air. Dark reddish brown in color with a thick beige head. The first taste is chocolately in flavor. Next comes the malt and hops with a sweet aftertaste. Slight mettalic aftertaste. Highly drinkable. A solid beer. I have a feeling that I would really fall in love with this beer if I had it on draught.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 15:51:02 | More by jyeast101
Photo of squish059


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried the brew just for the sake that the cooler broke at the local beer store and this was 4 bucks for the sixer. I was pleasantly surprised at the slight coffe and chocolate tastes that this brew has. the head was average and of course darker than the pale ale i usually drink. a wondeful mouthfeel simply because it has a little sweetness and a lot of hopness. not bad to drink at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 23:01:31 | More by squish059
Photo of kush6875


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice beer! good any time of year. has more body and flavor compared to new castle. purchased a six pack from a local six pack shop. can easily drink 5 or 6 in session! next time i will definately pick up a case. would also like to try this one on tap!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 22:13:16 | More by kush6875
Photo of boulevard2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz cask condition at The Old Toad

Pours a thick cream colored head with good retention

Smells of caramel and light chocolate aromas

Taste is smooth with hints of caramel , nuts and a faint chocolate
so smooth , give me more!

I originaly liked this beer in bottle and regular draft but on cask brings this beer to another level A+ to Brooklyn Brewery

Serving type: cask

03-22-2006 16:24:00 | More by boulevard2
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. I like alittle more head on my bears so I worked up a nice inch of frothy head on the top. The head holds up for about half of the drinking experience and lets off a beautiful malty aroma. The color is a beautiful dark mahogony. very clear, yet dark. The mouthfeel is clean, not too heavy, a little sugary but not in a bad way. The first thing I noticed is that the flavor wasn't nearly as complex as the aroma made me hope it to be. Caramel maltiness to begin with and leaves a clean citrus hoppy flavor in the mouth. For the price, this is an amazing beer. Its nothing spectacular, but it is a solid brown ale. Very enjoyable and just as drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 05:21:31 | More by Avagadro
Photo of BadBadger

New York

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

This is neither a poor ale nor an exceptional ale: it is descent brew to give a try if the offerings are slim, but not worth searching out or forgoing a brew you know from experience that you will enjoy. It pours a copper-amber color, with minimal head formation, The smell is hoppy and the taste malty, rather a thick feel on the tongue. There is a stickyness to the palate that is not bad but a bit distracting.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:29:35 | More by BadBadger
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this... the glassware they use at the Brooklyn Jazz Bar at the Newark airport sucks. The beer smelled like soap and had no head. Tasted OK, I guess, but I bet I'd get a better impression of it somewhere else. Oh well.

Looked nice in the glass... they actually used a correct glass for this one, unlike my first pint of the Brooklyner Weisse which was served in what looked like a plastic water glass. Small head that didn't stick around (probably because of the soap residue I could smell).

Smell was... indiscernable. Sorry.

Taste wasn't bad. Quite malty, almost no hop presence. Some graininess, and a bit of honey or sugar. Easy drinking, but a bit weak in the mouthfeel. Dully bitter aftertaste.

Overall not bad, but certainly not my favourite of a style I've been drinking a lot of lately.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2006 00:46:15 | More by crwills
Photo of LittleWolf


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark brown that holds a ruby character. An off white head quickly comes and goes. I could not notice much of an aroma, but that may be due to outside factors. The taste starts off with a good roasted malt flavor, hints of hazel, and a carmelized finish. A nice mouthfeel. It has a good, and if not unexpected, flavor for the brown ale variety, but I'm not sure if I could have more than one or two per sitting. A nice beer as usual from those I have tasted from Brooklyn Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 04:13:17 | More by LittleWolf
Photo of Dithyramb


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with a clingy off white head, nice lacing. Chocolate malt aroma with some florally hop tendencies laced in there as well.
Biscuitty, coffee, caramel, nutty goodness with the floral hops from the aroma coming through on the finish. Very nice, but being more chewy than normal brewpub clones. The carbonation was more aggressive than needed, making it go down a bit smoother than the malty breadiness would usually lend. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 23:29:02 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance is a medium/dark brown with a half-inch head. The head eventually stays at a thin layer and there is some lacing on the glass throughout. The smell is slightly sweet with traces of chocolate. The taste is a mix of slight chocolate/coffee and subtle nut. Not much bitterness and it's lightbodied, which makes the drinkability high. Love the roasted barley/malt flavor. So robust! Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2006 14:32:35 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of normZurawski

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a remarkable beer. But it is a good beer, which has some very good qualities. What's more, it has no downside. A lot of beers look and smell good, but taste mediocre. Other beers look thin and don't always hit the spot, but they really pack a flavorful punch. This is nothing remarkable, but it's nothing less than good either.

This is a smooth drinking beer that doesn't wow you with malt nor hops. It doesn't have a big head, doesn't have a great finish, nor does it blow you away with a thick mouthfeel. No undertones of chocolate, no hints of coffee. You do get a hint of nuttiness in the finish, toeing the line of the standard American Brown Ale.

In all, this is a smooth drinking beer that simply tastes good. It's a good beer for session drinking, not too high of an ABV but good tasting to boot. It's not a great beer to have if you're only having 1, since it doesn't bring a big flavor bat to the plate. Yet it's good, which is as much as you can ask for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 00:54:30 | More by normZurawski
Photo of geexploitation


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

This beer was quite unlike what I expected, pleasantly so. I guess I'm not too familiar with American Brown Ales, only English ones. Brooklyn Brown pours a cherry brown with a substantial head that dissipates to nothing in a few minutes. Smell is largely caramel, with a bit of grainy malt. Taste adds some fruity flavors to the caramel and the malt. There's an initial burst of hops, but it's pretty small, and that quickly gives way to the malt. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer overall is highly drinkable, as you might expect from a brown ale. Easy drinking, mild, but not as boring as some of the English browns. This has just enough character to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 02:29:20 | More by geexploitation
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours brown with decent head that is fairly short lived.

Smell: Sweet smell of malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Hint of hops.

Taste: The sweetness is noticable first followed by a slight bitterness. I have now had two six packs of this and for some reason both have had a strong astringent taste, not sure if this is typical but it was a put off.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body than some brown ales, relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Seemed rather balanced, the astringency turned me off of it and I tried another six pack to see if it was something weird with the one I had but got the exact same thing. Maybe both were in my local store too long. Either way I could see drinking a few of these.

I won't let the not so great experiences hold me back from trying this beer again, I would like to have it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 22:20:25 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of EPICAC


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

I had a bottle of this with dinner last night. I served it in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with ruby notes. There is a half-inch rocky heady that recedes to a thin layer. There is light lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts dominate, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Floral hop aromas are also evident.

Taste: Sweet malts are evident upfront, there are fruity notes in the center, with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, smooth, with moderate-carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful, balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a full-flavored brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 18:49:13 | More by EPICAC
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby brown color with a lasting layer of foam on top.

S - Predominantly sweet caramel malt with a hint of dark fruits.

T - Hops that were not obvious in the aroma come through strong in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thin in mouthfeel with good carbonation and clean bitter aftertaste.

D - It is drinkable. Definitely is not a bad beer. On the other hand it is not anything exceptional or distinctive. I guess we need average beers to help us appreciate the extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 23:23:00 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of MSchae1017


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown with a thick off white head with average retention and lacing. The smell is primarily of dark roasted nutty malts. The taste is pretty much the same also. The mouthfeel is also nicely thick with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good brown ale that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 02:35:27 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My latest stab at Brooklyn beers. I've tried the IPA and the Black Chocolate Stout (both are great), so now the money-maker.

Pours amber color with thin but well-retained head. Possibly just a touch skunked, but not much. Some nutty fruity aspect to the aroma as well. Flavor is OK, nothing massive but pretty good for middle of the road ale.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special either. This is like Fat Tire to New Belgium or Honkers Ale to Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 01:30:45 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of NEhophead


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy 1/2" off-white head that leaves a few patches of condensed lacing, with average strength. Clean and full, deep brown in color.

Coffee and light milk chocolate malt aromas. Floral hops with hints of citrus-lemon and an underlying creamy diacetyl.

Toasted biscuit flavor with light coffee and caramel-sweetened tones. Moderate floral hop presence that highlights the breadiness and adds a touch of gritty spice. Finish is slightly dry with a light lemon and floral hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied; creamy, yet gritty as a result of the hefty amount of floral hops.

A Brown with a different flavor profile than most of the style. Unique, pleasant, but not one that I would cite as completely indicative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 20:47:45 | More by NEhophead
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Dark cherry-chestnut that becomes lucent dark cherry with tangerine trim when light enters the glass. It didn't appear as if much head was being generated during the pour, but the end result is a two finger disk of faded sandalwood. The foam is melting unevenly and looks especially creamy as it does so. Thin, broken sheets of lace end up on the glass.

I know that brown ales don't usually have the olfactory power and presence of stouts, or even porters, but this one could use some giddy-up-and-go. It smells like gently roasted malt and barely toasted nuts, with no hops that I can detect. My hope is that the nose is having an off day and that the flavor has brought its 'A' game.

Several mouthfuls later... it looks like the flavor has brought its 'B-' game. There isn't enough malt to satisfy me; something that should have been obvious from the luceny of the beer and the weak nose. BBA tastes like heavily toasted brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder. Rich chocolate is nowhere to be found. It's still sort of walnut nutty, with a little fruity hoppiness for good measure.

The beer's lightness isn't the sole reason for my lack of enthusiasm. The flavor never really finds its stride and doesn't grab me the way the best versions do. Brooklyn Brown is neither sweet, nor bitter, nor sour. If forced to pick one, I'd say that it's mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel is light-medium; starting out near the latter and finishing near the former. Again, more malt please. As could have been predicted from the pour, carbonation is a bit lacking. All in all, the mouthfeel lacks substance and excitement, although I'll keep style in mind and won't be too critical.

Early on, I wasn't overly thrilled with Brooklyn Brewery beer. The two that I had prior to this one (Pilsner and Lager) were excellent, especially Lager, so my hopes were on the high side for Brown Ale. It's definitely better than average, but better browns shouldn't be that hard to find, no matter where you happen to live.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 15:42:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Moderately dark brown and mahogany coloring. Not much of a head, even though I tried to pour it roughly. Maybe a quarter inch, and then it dissipated quickly, with very little lacing.

I noticed quite a bit of hoppiness in the aroma for a brown ale.

I was surprised by how dry the beer was, although I think it was a bit too cold when I started drinking it. As it warms, I am noticing less hoppiness and more of a chocolate, malty taste. It definitely tastes better as it warms.

A dry mouthfeel that I am not crazy about. It seems to make the beer seem rather rough. Not much carbonation, either, so the beer sort of just sits in my mouth until I swallow it.

As for drinkability, I'm not overly impressed with this. I wouldn't turn down a free glass, but I'm not sure if I would order it again if there were other options.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 02:40:33 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.0's all around for a "good" brown ale. Really brown bordering on orangeish red, but still quite attractive. Smells like brown sugar and rum, but not cloyingly so. Nicely browned caramel flavor, everything a brown ale should be, finshing with a very straightforward pure burnt grain flavor and just a kiss of herbaceous hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, and about as good as it gets when drinking pint after pint. This is better on draft IMO, but good in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 05:46:12 | More by bultrey
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