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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 41
Gots: 174 | 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 nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, light brown head that settles to a nice film of foam. Medium brown body with good clarity.

S - Toffee malt aroma with some caramel. Spicy hops with a hint of mocha.

T - Nutty malt with a smooth, spicy hop flavor. Subtle chocolate and caramel flavors in the middle with a malty finish and moderate hop/malt bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - A very drinkable and flavorful brown ale. Easily one of the best examples of the style that I have experienced.

Photo of currysage1
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark garnet red, with 1 finger head with good lacing.

Smell is toasted grains, malt, raisins, molasses, and rusty pennies.

Taste is malt upfront with a quick snap of bubblegum, then an equally quick snap of smoke, finish is of grain and dry grass.

Mouthfeel, way to much carbonation, I know it's an ABA not a EBA but this is still too much.

Drinkability is not to bad, could have a few more but would rather an EBA.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice session beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a reddish/brown color with a moderate sized tan head. A sweet, cherry aroma, some malt, and a tiny bit of chocolate. The taste was sweet, with a little chocolate, and some hop bitterness. I really enjoyed the 6pack, and will drink it again.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with a thick light brown head (impressive).

S - Malty, but faint.

T - Malty and sweet with a slight roasted note. There is also a possible hint of chocolate.

M - Full bodied and fits the beer nicely.

D - This is and easy to drink and smooth brown ale. What's not to like?

Photo of fitzy84
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber appearance with immediate lacing. It was pretty hoppy with some caramel flavors, but there was also some spice mixed in. It was a bit fruity, with a mix of sweet malts supplementing it well. Crisp carbonation helped make the sweetness of the drink stronger and more potent. Overall, it was a bit too powerful in some flavor dimensions but it still got the job done.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep dark mahogany brown with reddish-amber/rosewood highlights. got only about 3/4in of sudsy tan head even off a hard pour, but it settles to a ring with nice patches of bubble constellations and thick waves of lace that become webby and intricate as they dry.

S- sweet toasty caramel malt, sherry, mocha, light coffee like maybe latte or cappuccino, and a minute amount of floral earthy hops that have a definite 'english' feel to them... further down there's some woodsy/forest aromas, dried leaves and a touch of smokiness.

T- mineral water and burnt caramel/milk chocolate flavors right away followed by dried dark fruit, raisin, prune, cranberry, and some very mild coffee beans. fruit ripens and softens to a likeness of dates and figs, holiday fruit as i call em, balanced again by the woodsy roasted flavors that were apparent on the backside of the smell. pretty complex, and finished by a little diacetyl a little chocolate candy, and earthy hops to dry things out a bit right when they begin to cloy.

MF- on thing is certain, i like the MF of these brooklyn beers. rich and meaty, it's obvious they don't skimp on the malt. medium carbonation and a slightly drying finish.

D- i don't usually go for sweet brown ales, but this one is nicely balanced and as it warms the hops really begin to stand out. it's full bodied enough to keep my attention and make me think with every gulp, trying to find new flavors. oddly enough, the first time i had this beer was in 2005 in manhattan/hells kitchen (sadly not brooklyn) but for me that adds sort of a nostalgic feeling that can't be replaced. while right now it's a good beer, at that time, it was amazing.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried at the Brooklyn Brewery so I will go on memory. The color a dark brown with decent head. The Smell was caramel and hops and a bit of chocolate. The taste was hops,malt and coffee with the obvious hint of chocolate. The feel was a creamy, warm, malty, lightly carbonated brew with light touch of hops and an even balance of malts. I had five for the night, so for me this was a session brew. The favorite on this night was the Weiss beer.

Note: I eventually went out and purchased a six pack only to realize it would never taste as good as on tap. Still, not a disappointment. I can never suggest this beer because first you have to like the style.
From the source it was a bit heavier than the bottle version and even the ABV felt stronger. I do recall the bitterness it left on the tongue and how it was the only beer I could have that night. As one can tell my mouth waters at the mention of this beer,but on tap more so. This beer is best served at 52-55 degrees. Too warm and too cold and it loses something for me.

Photo of hyland24
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass.

The beer poured a dark creamy amber with red hues when held up to the light, with a little less than an inch thick tan foam head. Minimal lacing scattered throughout. The head dissipated quickly barely making it to the first sip.

The smell was decent. Very hoppy with hints of raisin and chocolate.

The taste was good. Slightly sweet with a strong hop oil presence. Not overpowering but a little more bitter on the finish than I prefer. Slightly spicy on the tip of the tongue.

The mouthfeel was decent. Slightly creamy, enough to coat the entire mouth. Strong hop oil present leaving the mouth slightly oily after the swallow. Again spicy on the tip of the tongue.

Good beer definitely worth picking up. I would definitely like to try this on tap. I think this might be a little heavy to put into the session category, but I would definitely have more than 1 or 2.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy beige initial head which reduces quickly to a thin film, leaving some spotty lace.

Aromatic hops in the bouquet with a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is very hoppy up front, but not obnoxiuosly so. Not sure the variety of hops used, but they're flavorful and of good quality. Hop flavor then dissipates into mellow roasted maltiness with a hint of sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just slightly creamy with light, even carbonation. Medium body; not heavy, but substantial.

This is one heck of a drinkable American Brown.

Photo of Oxymoron
2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paint the city Brooklyn Brown. Pours an opaque brown with amber hues throughout. A decent pour left a soft head with some larger bubbles. Not much lacing but ok retention.

The nose is light over all but some malty notes. Caramel and chocolate mostly but some lighter bready qualities as well. A big oxidation that really is off setting for everything. Some lighter yeasty and earth hop notes as well.

The taste continues much like the nose but its hard to get past the cardboard oxidation flavors. Some minor chocolate notes and a touch of astringency. Some lighter earthy and woody flavors as well.

The body is closer to mid than light. Looking for more body as there is a watery, wispy flavor. Overall really the cardboard flavor is just obnoxious.

Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to davehoward for the bottle! Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges on the glass. Light tan fizzy head. Smell is toasty, semi roasty malt. Hint of chocolate and coffee round it out and a mild roastiness is present in the taste as will along with a slight sour bitterness. Very thin body I thought. Not bad, but just not impressive especially for what I was expecting.

Photo of SchlitzGusto
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark carmel color. Not too much to smell but a nice mouthful to taste. A full beer, with a hoppy taste as well as a full malt taste. Slight carmel taste with some bitterness which leaves the mouth slightly dry. Not a very full heavy mouthful, a little thin but enjoyable. Nice creamy head after it is poured. Overall a very nice beer; I like it!

Photo of Popkorn615
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep to golden brown (depending on your pour), which turns into a dark brown body with a 1 inch, moderately carbonated, light-cream colored head

S - Not that intense of a smell. Malty and hoppy with a touch of dark fruitiness/sweetness to it (probably from the chocolate flavors blended in).

T - Hoppy and a little sweet with a slight and pleasant roasted-nutty aftertaste.

M - Goes down smooth, but feels slightly thin. Lacks a little bit of thickness and body in terms of its feel.

D - Very light and not very filling, so I could definitely enjoy a number of them in a row.

I expected a little more from this beer after someone recommended it to me, but I was not at all disappointed by its overall taste or drinkability. An above average beer.

Photo of shroompod
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark maroon , decent head that fades fast.

dark chocolate malts are apparent and mild on the nose.

Light coffee , some nuttiness and a slight hoppiness round this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is thin , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of dsa7783
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, single bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
A strong pour yielded a large, frothy head along with a dark-brown, mahogany appearance that was lucid and clear...
Subtle, non-descript smell without any real assertive aroma present...
Taste was likewise bland and not-exciting or too assertive... Very pale flavor without too much going on... Some nutty, malty taste was there, but nothing at all to write home about...
Flacid, light, watered-down mouthfeel...
Drinkability was alright since there was no alcohol detectable, but since there was not much flavor present either, wouldn't want to make this one my single choice of the night...
Much better out there to choose from... Wouldn't recommend this one...

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drseamus for this one.

Best Buy Apr 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark brown color with a generous tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, toffee, and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, toffee, with a nice punch of hops.

Lighter mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

This is a pretty good Brown Ale that is easy to drink.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 120z bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear brownish red color with a two finger, light tan, creamy head that dissipates down to about half a finger pretty quickly and holds there for the remainder of the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy on the nose, with a subtle balancing nutty character.

Taste: Like the aroma, starts out hoppy (more than expected, but not in a bad way). This is quickly balanced with a chocolatey, roasty malt note. Finishes balanced with a good, bitter coffee note.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at RFD
Pours a dark ruby color with a quarter inch of off-white head, great retention. The aromas coming off this beer were quite roasty with a strong chocolate presence, along with a bit of citrusy hops, not the best match. On the palate, things improve with the chocolate and toasty flavors dominating in a mesh of bright hoppiness. A bit of coffee to finish. Overall, I'm not digging the amount of hops in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium thin with medium carbonation and a slight heaviness in the mouth. Overall, this wasn't an extrordinary, but one I could return to.

Photo of PhageLab
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark Chestnut coloration, made for a thin head, yet hung around a good while. Transparent body with decent lacing.

S - Very pleasant aroma of rasted malts, nuts, and toffee. Yum.

T - Very very bitter, surprised to skim through the reviews and see not very many people felt the same as I do. Other than the overpowering bitterness I can detect some bready yeasts and a slight caramel malt presence. Decent although it is a bit overwhelming.

M - Light bodied, slightly harsh carbonation, pungent aftertaste.

D - Decent, not at all what I was expecting however. I could go for another, but I'd have to be in the right mood, not exactly something I'll be seeking out again. Worth a try.

Photo of BeerLover729
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, close to black, beer with two finger frothy tan head.

S: Aromatic malts fill the nose with a lightly roasted finish.

T: Rich but not sweet flavors flow over my tongue. Roasted malt presences is pleasant and mild.

M: Muddy water texture that could maybe use some more dissolved solids, but easy going medium body is adequate. Low to medium carbonation.

D: Easy going and decent session beer but cloyingness persists after each sip.

Notes: Definitely a good drinking session beer.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second beer i have had by brooklyn. After the Chocolate Stout, its a bit of a let down. But thats not a terrible insult...

Overall, its pretty average. Its something that would appeal to a non-BA pretty readily. After drinking something like DFH's Indian Brown Ale, it just doesnt compare though. The aromas and taste are solid, but seem to be almost light and watery (respectively) when compared to something of the DFH's caliber. I know these are slightly different, but if given the choice, i would go for the DFH. This beer has a pretty good drinkability, and i could see it being nice in the springtime. This beer seems a little unbalanced, but could be appealing to a novice BA.

Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: Mahogany brown with garnet highlights and with a equally pleasing head this beer does not disappoint in the optical department. Head isn't extremely creamy looking, rather more of a mix of rocky/soapy and creamy.

Nose: Very strong aroma, it fills the room. Great malt backbone on this brew. I get a nutty aroma, toasty as well with a bit of diacetyl. Maybe some faint spicy hop aromas too. Little more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Noting really much to report on the flavor of this beer, real simple. Some sweet malt flavor blends with a bit of nuttiness and is balanced with hops, also some diacetyl. This is a simple beer that has a simple good taste, not great, not good enough for me to want to buy it again, however, I'd not be opposed to drinking it. It just doesn't stand out all that much.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a medium light body with lower levels of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but not something that I'd be in a rush to drink again as previously stated, worth a try but thats about it.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with fishdawg71. Thanks Geoff!

This pours from 12oz bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights and a nice 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, sweet malt, some nutiness, and some fruit.

The taste on first sip and plenty of flavour here. Mild roasted malt along with some nutty tones followed by a nice earthy flavour and a bit of hop bitterness in the background. I even get a bit of chocolate. It's light bodied(at times) bodied and it finishes with a semi sweet twang but right at the vey end, it's somewhat watery. Still, that's not going to spoil it for me. This is a *good* Brown Ale and I'd drink it again.

Photo of genog
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color that tapers in light to dark from the bottom to the top of my sam adams glass. Head all but disppears from sight. Smell is malty sweetness with a touch of honey and a slight bitter earthy hops. Taste is sweet and again a slight earthy hops. Mouthfeeling is a little watery, but not too much. This is a very good example of a nice Brown ale. In my opinion a very underappreciated style.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.