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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,038
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 137 | 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 beeroclock
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight muddy head, deep brown with red hues. Smelled of coffee grinds and... (bananas?). Can't really tell what the smell is, but it's slightly sweet and decent enough. Tasted of some coffee, caramel and a little chocolatey. Somewhat sweet. Doesn't have the aftertaste that leaves you wanting more, but nothing offensive. I've only had this and the Lager from the Brooklyn brewery. I keep hearing they have such a good line up, hopefully we can get some of their more unique brews down here in FL.

beeroclock, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of barknee
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale pours a dark espresso brown with a generous mocha colored head. This brew presents a nose of roasted malts with a smoky aftertaste. Sweet malts alongside soft hops; well-balanced and very drinkable. Interesting in that Sam seems to be trending to utilizing a smoky component to some of their products recently, this adding a needed complexity to some of their otherwise typical products. No complaints here!

barknee, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best, but better than most. It looks like a brown ale - do you know what a brown ale looks like? It has a slight nutty, caramel depth like an English brown, but the added component of more roasted malts make it a bit more assertive. This is the great go-to pitcher at my local watering hole. It goes well with stews and roasts. I read Garret's book. He can make you hungry, and reconsider his approach to brewing - not the most pioneering in America, but the most assiduously tradition-respecting and precise brewer.

dedrinker, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my Newcastle Brown Ale pint glass whilst continuing to finish all of Sopranos episode.

Pours a nice dark brown with a touch of garnet when held up the the light. Not cloudy. One finger head that subsided quickly.

Nice smell, fairly robust. The nice flavor of licorice and caramel with a touch of alcohol. Good.

Nice taste. A fairly sweet brown complimented with a light touch of roasted barley. The hops are muted but noticeable in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation gives a more robust feel to this beer. Good.

Excellent drinkabilty. Flavorful, but still sessionable and fairly light.

IPAcraig, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brown ale. It pours brown from the bottle with a nice light caramel colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts and a sweet hint of chocolate roasted malt. It tastes just as good with the sweet roasted malts coming through over hints of chocolate flavor. The carbonation was excellent and had a really nice mouthfeel. It's aftertaste is nice with hints of chocolate and the overall beer is really good. This is one of the best brown ales I have had. Pick this up, it is worth it.

erosier, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight from the Brooklyn Party Pack, 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Sweet Lord, this brew looked so good. It looked like rich redwood furniture in a prestigious library. Smelled of sweet, sweet malts. Tasted of a hint of roasted malts and the tang of citrus, but mainly caramel malts. Not the greatest tasting beer, but definitely enjoyable. Overall, I'd take one any day and it is a beautiful-looking beer. Hold it to light, and try it yourself.

zerofear13, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in pint from a bottle, freshness marked on side as good until 10/2007 so I hope this does not have much affect on the taste. Nice creamy head with a medium brown "nut" like body. Smells sweet, malty, with notes of caramel. Smooth drinker. Sweet and dry, it does not overwhelm the palate. Solid nut flavor throughout with a decent hop bite. Good for drinking and good as a crossover for macro drinking friends open to suggestion.

Homerbag, Oct 06, 2007
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice 3 finger deep tan head shows fat bubbles and decent lace after a strong pour. The body is the blackest brown you can get, only showing hints of brown around the edges. Nose is a soft roasty malt feel with a zesty nutty backbone. Oddly soured malt feel enters the mouth with a slight shock. This does mellow out quickly though. The what rawness comes through all over the palate. The overall taste is a little sour dominate and not quite developed. Lacks the even richness of what I would expect from a brown ale. Mouthfeel is soured and sharp. Not all that enjoyable overall.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 01, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown and slightly murky with a 2-finger tan head. Had laces very nicely after about 2 minutes.

S: Caramel malt and a cola-like smell. Hops are in the background. Maybe some spices.

T: Alcohol is a very strong component in the first flavors of this beer. Comes along with a bittersweet malt flavor. The bitterness is very nice on the tongue. Very interesting sweet bready aftertaste.

M: Decent - a little watery though. Carbonation is OK.

D: Medium - don't think I'll be buying more. Doesn't down as smooth then the alcohol tastes so potent.

ralree, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice brown; solid and extremely drinkable. Poured a dark brown, duh, with decent ivory heading.

Aromas of malt, rasions, caramel and toasty bread. Made it over to the quaff, too, but as a brown, subtle and no dominating features. Even the extra dose of hops, American style, stay in the background. I’d luv to make this a standard drinking session type brew.

Thanks to limesmut for a nice extra in a great trade!

Vancer, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malty brown ale that I had on tap. Appearance is a very dark brown - as the name implies. A lot of lacing with this beer.

Taste is very malty but is slightly watery. Unfortunately, this beer was served too cold at the bar so I wasn't able to fully assess the beer...so I had two.

Overall, a solid brown ale. I will have to pick this up in bottle to better assess it.

jdubjacket, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of yngvar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear, mahogany pour, topped by a small, beige head. Quite fruity nose, with pine and citrus, but it has a solid malty background. Definately malty flavor as well, but they blend with a good dash of bitterness, citrus and pine. Medium body. Bitter finish with pine and fruit. Not what I expected from a brown ale, but it sure is a nice one. (070801)

yngvar, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that reduces to a quarter-inch layer in my glass.

It smells of chocolate, toasted malt and a bit of hops, a more complex aroma than I was expecting.

The taste is rich with chocolate and biscuit flavors and a bit of hops. As the label says, this is a bigger version of the English brown ale. There's a bit of a sour twang for the aftertaste. I'm impressed with this beer.

The body is smooth and creamy.

This is a good brown ale and one of the best I've had. Another winner from Brooklyn.

Shaw, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of kdales77
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Woody brown in color with a decent off white head

S- Roasted malts and chocolate, increase as you let it reach room temperature

T- Not overly nutty but definetly malty, again as it warmed the chocolate and coffee undertones emerged

M- A little light

D- A very drinkable beer, one of my "go-to's" when I can't find anything new! Let it warm up a little!!

kdales77, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Poured an attractive mahogany brown with a good head. Aroma and taste are both malty with a little sweetness that is offset by a subtle bitterness at the end. Very smooth beer. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is good.

biggmike, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty with a strong molasses component and spicy and hoppy hints. Flavor is malty with some hop undertone, a whisper of sweetness, and just a touch of bitterness. It pours a rich, transparent mahogany brown with a fairly thick off-white head. It feels just a shade thin, but otherwise is very tasty. This ale is very smooth and leaves a surprisingly hoppy but not bitter or nasty aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Pig's Eye Pub pint glass.

A: Pours a nice coffee brown which turns garnet colored when held up to the light. A 1/4 in. tan head of carbonation fades pretty quickly, leaving behind some thin lacing. Great, rich, brown ale color.

S: Sweet malts and a chocolate-nut aroma are present here. There is something mildly metallic or herby here though.

T: Tastes of sweet, roasted nut malt blended with some coffee notes. It's almost like a hazelnut coffee beer. Aftertaste is pleasant enough, though a bit too sour perhaps, for some unknown reason.

M: This is a medium-bodied brown ale; heavier than Newcastle, but lighter than DFH Indian Brown. Not overly carbonated, which is a plus for this brown ale, given its richer flavor.

D: It's slightly better than other brown ales I've had in terms of a fuller flavor, but it's a sort of too filling for a brown as well. Low enough ABV to enjoy as a session, but the flavor would stack against my will to keep downing it. Good for 2-3 in a row.

Overall, not a bad brown ale at all. Brooklyn is pretty much good at everything they do, and this is no exception. I do, however, prefer Wolaver's Organic Brown as an American Brown, but the style is better than English in my opinion, which tends to be a bit too nutty. Would probably pick this up again.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Total Wine & More in Boca, poured into a SA Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: brown/garnet in color, clear, decent sized off-white head. mediocre retention. little lacing.

Smell: heavy in cocoa powder, malty. lighter than I was expecting.

Taste: malty, but not too sweet. same cocoa powder notes as in the nose. some nuttiness and a light hops bitterness. slight acidic edge. slight raisin aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Average.

hunteraw, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of kaelingirl
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, best by 12/07, poured into standard pint glass.
Brown in color with a reddish hue when held to the light. Thick head that nicely laced the glass.
The aroma started out roasty caramel like and picked up a chocolate like character as it warmed.
Fairly sweet and malty with a slight toffee like flavor. On the last sip I could sense the alcohol.
Goes down smooth.
The brown ales are a bit too sweet for me, I do not find them to be a session type beer as two are plenty.

kaelingirl, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of scott
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Beer god, how have I dismissed this offering for so long? I will apologize with some prayer.

I dismissed this beer because of the cover. Brown Ale. Lurking inside is a very well crafted, complex beast eager to maul your palate. This nose is huge, similar to a robust porter, challenging the drinker to take a pull. Think of Mama's Secret baking in the oven. It tastes even better than it smells, and is well balanced with the hop-to-malt ratio. Clean tasting, and carbonated perfectly. Just one highly pleasureable drink that knows how to end, but keeps on giving anyway. Refreshingly delicious.
This was my fault for not giving Garrett the benefit of the doubt earlier. Awesome, so of course, highly recommended.

scott, Aug 30, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: This pours a rich brown with slight red hues lurking about the beer. The head is light and foamy about one fingers worth how ever it thins out quite rapidly.

Aromas: Lots of chocolate notes some malty aromas. The aroma in general is rather sweet a little bit like molasses but but more chocolaty.

Taste: The taste is slightly rich or sweet. Chocolate likes to hang around this one. Very mild coffee notes. Mouthfeel is very smooth.

Notes: This one is my first Garret oliver offering I have had. The style of beer itself is nice but I was expecting a little more sweetness but none the less still tasty. It's a nice all around brew.

horshack7, Aug 26, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with almost no head and an overall watery appearance.
The aroma was very mild with hints of brown sugar and malt.
The taste was clean and full which I hardly ever get from a brown. It had a hop presence, with hazelnut and caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was semi sweet up front with a nice lingering aftertaste.
Overall this was very drinkable but not really what I would consider something I could drink all night; I've said it before and I'll say it again: the style is very difficult to make well, and balance is key. This was almost too sweet and hoppy, but a good try nonetheless.

sinistrsam, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA glass.

A- Rich, dark brown color close to caramel with some light passing thru. Very light head.

S- I sensed a malt wiskey aroma.

T- I found this beer to be malt and sweet with a light hops taste in the backround.

M- This beer is medium heavy for my taste. The malt taste lingers long after the sip.

D- Yes this is a good beer and has been a personal favorite since my early days. It was my session beer when most of my friends were drinking BMC at tailgates and the like.

mobud, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brownish ruby brew starts off with a solid non-fizzy head that laces the glass. Aroma is cocoa powder, brownies and a bit of caramel and the taste is sweet, but dry with chocolate and a little roasted coffee showing through; also some nice hop bitterness there to balance the brew, which still finishes sweet and smooth.

This one is an American classic most of my non-beer nerd and less adventurous friends have drank and loved.

saintwarrick, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel/milk chocolate color, with a half-inch head that disappears quickly to a thin crown.

Aroma is largely brown sugar, with some nuttiness, mineral...and even some cocoa in the background.

Flavor-wise is where this delivers, the creamy body standing up well against the carbonation and the flavors of hazelnut, brown sugar, more nuts (filberts, cashews), and mild milk chocolate. Has a nice balancing grassy bitterness in the finish. Rich and robust flavor without being over-the-top, certainly more engaging and memorable than many other browns I've had.

One of the better brown ales out there. It's not a favorite style, personally, but if I'm going to drink a brown ale, this is one of the first ones I'd reach for.

Metalmonk, Aug 06, 2007
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.