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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 79 | 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 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
Photo of DrJay


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

Coppery brown with a short, rocky, white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Some lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma melds nicely with the doughy malt. There's a bit of brown sugar and chocolate in there too. Malt sweetness dominates, with bitterness rising like a wave in the mid and lingering in the finish. Caramel and molasses fill in the malt flavour and chocolate shows up in the finish. There seems to be a bit of an acidic twang at the end as well. Some dryness, medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A good brown ale. Hops definitely round out the aroma and provide enough bitterness for a bit of balance. But the malts really carry this beer. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 00:12:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of pbr85

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark mohagony red with a quarter inch light tan head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with a lemon zing.

Taste: White grain malts are the first thing to hit you, followed by a roasty/smokey flavor. Hop presence is subtle, subtle lemony flavors are intermixed throughtout the beverage.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, smooth on the pallate, nothing offensive nor outstanding.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable. I have little experience with brown ales but this is a good introduction. I would definetly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 05:33:18 | More by pbr85
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember the first time that I had this brew. It was in a bar in Northern New York, in the early 1990’s, and it blew me away at the time.
Pours a dark brown color, with somewhat crimson highlights when held to the light. There’s a blanketing tan head that produces an agreeably pretty lace. The aroma is of caramel and grain. It’s notably roasty, with nut, toast, and chocolate characteristics. It's actually a fairly dry beer, more so than I remember. Slight hop aroma. The dryness really emphasizes the roasted malt flavors. The beer has a medium body and a dry, satisfying finish: very drinkable. It doesn’t have much of a “wow” factor, but it certainly is a solidly good brew that’s very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 13:56:02 | More by Suds
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New Jersey

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

Served from a 12oz bottle at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Yep. It sure is brown. Pours a medium brown color with a decent off white 1/2'' head. Lacing isn't much to write home about, but at least it's there. This style has never bowled me over for its looks, but Brooklyn has made a decent example if only for the nice, warm coloring.

S - Pleasant medium bodied English hoppiness - slightly sweet and floral, but foretelling the clean bitterness to come. Also noted is a smooth, light caramel maltiness.

T - Very grainy maltiness up front with a slightly herbal alcoholic presence that I would have expected more towards the swallow. The middle is not as malty as I would have expected, but the finish is as pleasantly hoppy and dry as I expected, which makes for a very satisfying beer.

M - Watery on the way in, but quickly evolving into a well rounded and pleasant mouthful. The finish is quick and refreshing.

D - This beer is quite easy to drink, thanks in part to its lack of distinguishing character. However, given the rash of "big" beers on the market today, Brooklyn does a nice job holding the line and making a true-to-style Brown Ale that's an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 23:20:21 | More by EPseja
Photo of Naes

New York

2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown ale with a tan head that has good retention and lacing.
The aroma is roasty and has chocolate tones.
Its flavor is grainy and nutty with a mild hop presence. There is also a slight coffee/chocolate presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is light to medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

This beer has an additional flavor that I can not put my finger on that does not agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 04:46:23 | More by Naes
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a nice looking mahogany red with a finger of beige head, quickly subsides to a ring, little lacing. Smell is very nice, a slight roast, chocolate, caramel with nice floral hops in the background. Taste starts out with nutty and coffee tones, has some nice bready malt, and a slight hop finish. Caramel and chocolate comes through as well at times. Body is on the thin side and carbonation moderate. This is a solid beer from Brooklyn, pretty flavorful for a simple brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 15:53:03 | More by cubedbee
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. Maybe you’d call it auburn or amber. Good two finger, off white/kaki head. Fantastic lacing!

Smell: Nutty. My very first thought was of Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale, I think because of the nuttiness and the vanilla. The aroma was also malty creamy and robust.

Taste: The taste is a bit malty with hints of bread, caramel and nuts. The taste is very straight forward, pleasant and rather boring. It’s very typical Brown Ale (but better than average), very good. Boring is not always bad. In this case I think it is good. Even though the taste is not complex it makes for an extremely easy to consume beer.

Mouthfeel: Very clear maltiness. Full and creamy with a medium weight.

Drinkability: This is a VERY sessionable beer to me. Extremely drinkable. It is inoffensive in every way; it is balanced, sits light in the stomach, low ABV, and it is not very interesting so there is nothing to think about except putting another down the hatch. This is a beer I could drink all night. This is a beer that your macro beer drinking friends would easily accept. It would be a suitable choice for your next party.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 07:57:42 | More by Phatz
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich auburn beer that pours up a hlaf finger head that vanishes almost instantly. No lacing. It isn't ugly, but it leaves something desired.

S - Rich caramel and chocolate malt with a fainter pine sneaking through. A nutty aroma eminates from all over. Very inviting.

T - A nutty coffee flavor joined by a subtle sweetness. A nice pine bitterness as well as a warming sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Viscous and very smooth. Quite refreshing.

D - I could drink this many times over. It is a bit sweet for a lot of foods, would wash down some stroganof fantastically though. The brown ale is another delight from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 01:00:39 | More by mrasskicktastic
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a full mahogany glow when held to the light. The inch-thick head settles rapidly to a foamy ring, with minimal sporadic lacing.

Smell- Clean, wonderful roasted malts with fragrant hops wafting in the background. Notes of coffee and chocolate peek through to elaborate on the pureness of the aroma. Rich. Doughy.

Taste- Bittersweet coffee punctuates the maltiness of the initial swig; it develops into a graceful, bready middle and finishes with a mild, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Well carbonated but not in the least detracting... this will work wonders with a burger or other simple beef dishes. A fantastic alternative to lager or pilsners at the next barbecue... Summer can't get here fast enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 17:33:13 | More by yelterdow
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep chestnut color with a 1 finger head and good lace. Smells of a slightly smoky roasted caramel malt. Nutty, vanilla and some slight fruit smells as well. Tates of caramel malt with some hints of brown sugar, vanilla and some rasin and plum. Decent hop flavor and bitterness. If any negative its that it is a bit watery. Finishes dry and I could drink a bunch of these. A good solid beer, but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:53:16 | More by sabrills70
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
February 2006 best before date clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a decent head. The head becomes a thin, khaki colored lace.

Nutty milk chocolate aroma with a backdrop of malts.

Caramel and chocolate malts with a lightly roasted flavor. Nutty dryness and baby hop bite on the finish. Nicely balanced and an easy beer to pair with a bunch of mainstream food options.

This is a good American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 01:56:58 | More by Hibernator
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very smooth.

Dark brown body, light copper head, not too much though.

There was a light nutty? maybe malty aroma.

Drank smooth and had some caramel like flavor with a very lightly bitter after taste that fit the beer quite well. I think I detected some light fruity tones as I finished. Quite satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 01:13:14 | More by joeskirkie
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of Brooklyn's old standbys, before they started with all the specialty and seasonal beers. Pours a deep chocolate bar brown color and retains a bit of it's fine bubbled foam. Spiraled with decent lacing as well. The nose shows nice balance with roasted malt and some bitey hops, flavored with caramel. I'm surprised to see so much hop action in a brown ale but I know better to doubt Brooklyn.
The taste is likewise loaded with tasty malt although the hops is relegated to backround vocals at best. The aftertaste has a pleasant sweetness that really highlights the caramel. A pleasant mouthfeel fits this beer pefrectly.
Another solid product from Brooklyn and a solid beer year round but especially in winter. I can see downing a few of these in the ski lodge or after hockey on the pond..mint

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 23:59:16 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a dark brownish amber color with a nice sized tan head that has some retention and leaves some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts that highlight both chocolate and caramel. Very rich and malty smelling brew, very enticing. The taste is of malt, which has a sweet taste with some roasted characteristics. Notice some hop like characteristics at the end but mostly the malt flavors are what I catch. Over all this is a great aromatic brew with good tastes and high drink ability. Fantastic brew, and one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 01:34:20 | More by Stimack
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite what I was expecting, but a fairly pleasant surprise nontheless.

Pours a medium brown with shimmering ruby red tones, quite clear with noticable carbonation. Has a thin creamy head that fizzled down into a light coating on the top of my glass. Nose is noticably hoppy, moreso than one might expect from a brown ale. Caramel notes and a slight breadiness indicating a decent malt backbone. Taste follows suit closely, floral hoppiness couple with a rich caramel background. Quite good. Not what I was looking for on this particular day, but a solid offering, easily sessionable. Nice easy and smooth mouthfeel.


Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 02:21:38 | More by Gaisgeil
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many, many times, but now I've finally gotten around to reviewing it. I'm having it poured from a slightly chilled 12oz bottle (freshness date of 2/06) into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

Brooklyn Brown pours a reddish-brown with a finger od head and virtually no lacing. The color is actually almost completely red if you hold it up to light. The smell is hoppy, followed by a kind of nutty, almost chocolatey malt scent.

Brown is a nice, malty beer with definite sweet and chocolate notes. When I had this on tap at the brewery itself, the chocolate was definitely more pronounced. This is a good, rich, flavorful brown ale, which is very similar to a stout in taste. Brooklyn Brown is also a very easy drinking beer - not too heavy or overcarbonated.

Brooklyn Brown is another great Brooklyn beer - possibly the finest of their year-round brews. Not only does it taste great, but it brings back memories of college and $3 Brooklyns at the Blue and Gold in the East Village. Nice combo.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 22:06:14 | More by auntfloyd
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Date notched on the label.

Pours a mostly clear mahogany red with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head falls rather quickly to just a ring, with no real lacing. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is lightly spicy or citrusy hops and clean, rich toffee candy. Neither one is dominant, but they meld together well. As it warms, the malt comes through more, as does a smell of raisins.

First flavor is caramel malt, then a fairly strong dose of hop bitterness. Citrusy hop flavor is next, with notes of lemons and oranges. Flavors are pretty crisp and clean, with a slight emphasis on hop character. Aftertaste has a flavor of raisins or dried fruit.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Finish is on the dry side, refreshing.

I must admit, this isn't what I was expecting, but it's pretty good. The flavors are very slightly watered down a bit, especially the malt character. The hop character isn't out of style, but it IS different. This beer also improves in character as it warms. This is a refreshing beer for a brown ale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 15:59:08 | More by jakester
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with a drink by date of 11/05. The color is reddish, brown and attractive with a nice rocky, tan head. The lacing is thick and abundant.

The aroma at first is hoppy, followed by a medium malted smell. There are also tones of nut and citrus. The smell was surprising for a brown ale, but the label states the facts. I expected the taste to be hoppier than it is, but, it was not. In fact, the taste is not hoppy or very bitter at all. There is mild to medium malt flavor along with nuts, followed by a lite hop flavor on the backend. Pretty good flavor and a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 01:43:32 | More by abcsofbeer
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another Brooklyn beer that I found for only $1.50 a single, so how could a pass up a chance to try another Brooklyn Beer.

Appearance: It didn't pour out a solid brown color, but a reddish-brown color with a 2 inch head of foam that dissipated fast and just left some lace around the mug.

Smell: When I first popped the cap, the aroma of hops emerged. After it settled the aroma of hops transferred into malts and sweet caramel with some nuts in the background.

Taste: It was malty with some sweet caramel, small amount of hops, and with a nutty aftertaste. This was actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, medium bodied, and had a slight bitter aftertaste at the end.

Drinkability: An excellent American Brown Ale that I would buy again and would also make a nice afforadable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 18:47:46 | More by AltBock
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District of Columbia

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

Inaugural beer on tap in my friends’ new kegerator.

Once we nailed the settings it poured a rich mahogany brown. Nice little head. Smells very nutty to me. Taste is wonderful, great balance little hops. Smooth mouthfeel, especially as it warmed up a little. Carbonation was just right. Ideal session beer. Great while watching a game.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2005 01:01:14 | More by akajimmyd
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse. I've never really liked brown ales, including Rogue's Nut Brown Nectar, until this beer.

Rich brown body, poured with a short head in the pint glass and left a little lacing.

Not a lot of smell, but malty and sweet.

A rich malty taste that is strong but not overpowering. Some sweetness, but the main focus in on the malt.

Easy in your mouth and easy going down.

This is a great brown ale and I'd gladly have it again. Recommend for any malt lover. I could drink a lot of this one, it's damn tasty and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 06:08:36 | More by tempest
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New York

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

Cask-conditioned from a freshly offered firkin at the Savoy Restaurant's annual cask event (Manhattan).

Deep brown with an energetic light tan head. The enticing aroma was malty and slightly perfumed. Flavour was predominately malty but with hops balancing out the taste stability well. Natural carbonation from cask-conditioning tickled my tongue, and the maltiness made this beer tantalising and ever so slightly 'chewy'. The dry, moderately malty finish complemented the taste experience.

A great beer for trying cask-conditioned if you get the chance; bottled Brooklyn Brown - much more common obviously - is good too but never as great as a fresh cask.

Serving type: cask

10-25-2005 03:09:49 | More by Imbiber
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown ale with a big three finger head.This has a nutty smell with a few spices.The taste is very full.It has a very strong coffee and chocolate flavor,not as nutty as other brown ales.This almost tastes like a porter or stout.This has a real full feel and I can say I will try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 21:14:25 | More by jmz62565
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 20 ounces of this last night at MacGregors Perinton. The head was nowhere to be seen after it was poured but from bottle experience int eh past i assure there is a nice head. Good lacing. It is a nice cloudy brown color. The aroma was malty and sweet with a decent amount of hops. THe smell mirrors the taste which is of roasted coffee, malts and nuts. It also had a sort of smokey porterlike taste to it. The mouthfeel was moderate and very creamy. Not too heavy though and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2005 16:47:52 | More by kbnooshay
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