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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 218 | FT: 1
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with a 1 and a half finger cream colored head. Nice lacing.

Typical brown ale roasty malt nose, but there is also plenty 'o hops in here too. Hints of chocolate, peanut brittle and toffee.

Yes...this is a hoppy brown. Burnt coffee flavors are a bit too forward for me. Highly carbonated with a dry finish and a light body. An easy drinker, but for me, this one does not deliver on the smooth, sweet maltiness I look for in a brown.

Not bad, I am sure I will find myself face to face with another one of these down the road.

Photo of Bananaman
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Bishop's Arms.

Pours a slightly dark-brown color, with a nice bone colored head.

Smells nice with some typical american hops and some spicyness in the smell.

The taste is full on caramel malts, citrus fruits, and some spices in there. A bit too much carbonation though.

Still a very nice and drinkable beer from Brooklyn. I'd have this one again for sure.

Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipped back from Indiana during my trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date on label) into a pint glass. It was a reddish brown color and had good carb. Some lacing. It had a thick light tan head that slowly settled into a broken foam.

The aroma was roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. As it poured the aroma was pretty strong but then faded quickly. The aroma on this style has never really impressed me much but for what it is this one is good. The taste was pretty good. It had a nice smooth taste with a sweet finish. The sweetness gets to be a little bit too much towards the end.I didn't get much of the advertised hop aroma or taste that would have offset that so a little disappointing there. Good mouthfeel but a little watery.

Overall, it's a good Brown Ale. I find it a little too sweet to be a regular in the rotation but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Need to try again to make sure that the shipping didn't screw up the sample.

Photo of dickieb
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with an average head working down to some moderate lacing. The smell is mostly of medium roasted barley and a slight hint of chocolate. Toasted grains make up the backbone of the flavor with some bitter chocolate flavor and just enough hop bite to know its thier. The mouthfeel is good and complimented by the carbonation. I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint shaker at Old Chicago in Wake Forest, NC.

Pours a nice light chocolate medium brown color, crystal clear, but with not a great deal of head to it. What head there is lasts.

The nose is mostly malt, with a slight sourness that isn't really a bad thing. It actually seems to add to the complexity of the brew. There isn't much in the way of hop aroma to talk about here. Just the bready, faintly chocolate maltiness.

The taste is remarkably well-balanced, hence my remarking on it. The light chocolate in the nose comes through in the flavor, as does the hint of tasty bread crust. The bitterness is in perfect balance with the sweetness of the malt, making this a joy to drink. It's really not overly flavorful, but then, you dont' really want that in a brown. If you want to have to work at picking up all the flavors in a brew, step up to a porter or stout. This brown works just fine for me.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin, yet again, in some strange way, that seems to actually benefit the beer.

Overall, this is a really good brown ale. Not complex or demanding, yet with enough here to keep you interested. Very easy to drink, and better yet, very easy to *want* to drink. Recommended when you're in the mood for a good beer without having to have your taste buds put on their thinking caps.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown ale.

I had this one after the Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale. A great beer but didn't match up to Samuel Smiths. A good pour left a nice head that smelt of malts and hops. No hops in the taste though. A great smooth brown ale, just the right malts. Went down easy and no sorry aftertaste. I'll be looking for it again. Try it.

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

A very deep brown colored body resembled iced tea. Three quarter of an inch light tan head was a foamy pillow for a few minutes. Lots of carbonation to see when held to light. Thick lacing rings.

A nice strong sweet malt aroma up front. A very decent presence of roasted nuts. Hops bitterness is sharp but not overbearing.

A light caramel and a stronger roasted grain flavor blended nicely and ended with a very faint coffee bitterness in the end. Hops aren't overly bitter, not are present.

A nice thickness on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit strong, but the flavors linger a nice time.

A decent brew. Good pairing for any brown stew or soup. Yet another solid effort from Brooklyn. A very decent fall beer with a meal on a chilly night.

Photo of RobH
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

I drank this as part of a flight of malty brews, starting with two beers from England: Monty Python's Holy Grail, then Wychwood Hobgoblin, and then to this Brooklyn Brown.

The transition from the Hobgoblin English Brown to this one immediately brought an adjective to mind for the Brooklyn that is often used in the wine world: "bright".

Indeed, the Brooklyn Brown was "brighter" on the palate than the Hobgoblin. It is malty, for sure, yet it was a cleaner feeling in the mouth in by taste.

I like this Brooklyn Brown, in fact it's one of the first Brown Ales I've ever had and I've always liked it.

I'd recommend this one without qualification.

Photo of jordoo
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

This one is a darkish brown with orange highlights and a large head that reciedes quickly leaving some lace and a nice frothy covering. The nose is mainly toasted bread and nuts with some sweetness and very slight grassy/spicey hops. The taste is pretty much the same with toasted bread as the frontrunner. Mouth feel is good as is drinkability. Maby I was looking for a little bit more, but still a very worthy brown here.

Photo of cnally
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This brown ale's coloring is more red than brown in some lights. The amber-brown beer contrasts nicely with the minimal light head. A whiff of this beer conjures aromas of vanilla and brown sugar. Delightful smell. The taste, not so much. There is a distinct bitterness inherent here, with a real whallop of malt flavor. I sense nuttiness, specifically walnut. The mouthfeel really is overly light and nondescript. There is a sticky feel from the drink. However, the beer goes down smoothly enough. Not terrible, but not a smash hit.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely popular beer in our house. As American Browns go, this is a great craft rendition of the style--in fact it doesn't get much better from a bottle. Beautiful brown color in the glass, with a nice head and soft bubbles on the glass. A caramel malt scent as you raise the glass, but a nice hint of hops there too. The taste is similar--nice balance of rich caramel malt and hops (something Brooklyn does very well). Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very clear medium reddish brown, small tan head which dissipates quickly, light lacing.

S = Light notes of molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, buttered toast, a little light though and with a bit of a pepper bite that really doesn't quite go well.

T = Quite a bit of bitterness, both at the front of the tongue and in the finish, less of the sweet syrupy tastes than I was expecting from the smell, a little out of balance with a slight tinny taste from mid-palate through the end of the finish.

M = Bit too much sting from the carbonation, decent mouthcoating, medium body.

D = This one is definitely drinkable but it just doesn't stand far enough out from the crowd to be highly recommended. Not a bad standby all purpose beer though.

Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with an average cream colored head that dissipated into a ring. The aroma is of rich caramel malt, honey, and a light butter/nut smell. The taste starts off with roasted caramel malt which is cut by a lime-like acidity. A mineral water presence runs throughout. There is some light nut flavors towards the end as well as some stale hops. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation; it finishes kind of sour and bitter from the lime presence. Not the feel I expected from a brown ale, I expected more of a smooth malty feel. I was disappointed in this brew, definitely not my favorite Brooklyn brew. The tartness seems out of whack for a brown ale.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Largely brown, but light around the edges - clear enough to see pretty highly active carbonation, very fine looking. A good tan head settles on stop and has pretty good retention. Leaves erratic lacing all over the place.

Aroma: Caramel and grainy toast, with the faintest hint of spicy, neutral hops.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts up front. Gradually dries out as the sip progresses with a few nutty overtones, a toasted, grainy presence, a mild hop bitterness, and a steely, dry finish, perhaps from the water.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-thin bodied, big bubbled and uneven. Fairly big, fluffy head.

Drinkability: This one's pretty solid across the board, if not outstanding. Low in alcohol, tasty, attractive, and nothing distracting or cloying about it. A good outing from Brooklyn.

Photo of bark
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep brown-red. The finger thick head is firm, off-white and compact. Lots of lacing.

The smell is fresh and fruity with some roasted notes and a tarty hint. Very elegant.

The taste is fruity and a bit sweet. Hints of caramel, raisins, marzipan and cherries. Overall the flavours are very balanced with lots of character. Notes of cream, but no diacetyl. The bitterness is medium, as is the body. The aftertaste adds some mild sourish-bitter notes with a fine blend of American hops.

The carbonation is strong and fresh. Lots of small fine bubbles. Stronger than expected, but it works.

A very nice beer: Refreshing, drinkable and complex at the same time!

Photo of fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones, Somerville, MA.

So I've never been a fan of Brown Ales, but I want to be, especially after Tommyknocker's Imperial Brown, which I have been enjoying immensely for the last month or so. I figured if I'm going to give it a shot I could do worse than Brooklyn.

I respected this beer very much for the way it was crafted, but did not enjoy drinking it. I just don't like the style.

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves when I first discovered Brooklyn Brewery in the mid 90's and used to hop the L train around the block near my Manhattan bachelor pad and zip out to the brewery for Friday night happy hours. Fresh, fresh beer and occasional Garrett Oliver sightings and attacks from Monster, the tough brewery cat.

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights and a thick inch-high head of oatmeal colored tightly bubbled foam that lingers long.

Aroma of sweet caramelly malt, some cocoa and fig.

Flavors initially of cocoa and mild charred oak, moving to fig and plum, some molasses, accented by caramel and toffee. A touch of sweetness, paired with a touch of roasted flavor and tannins.

Rich and full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes full, not bubbly. Very drinkable, good session beer.

Photo of joshwlt
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug it's brown a little bubbly at first and a light brown receding, rocky head. Smells like chocolate malt and a light bittering hop. Tastes similar to the smell, fairly balanced with a sweet chocolate malt and a bit of bittering hop. Fairly simple but good, tasty. Finishes fairly clean, starts with a moderate mouthfeel but cleans itself from the palate with a thinner more watery finish. I really like this stuff, very drinkable.

Photo of BrewerB
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet malty nose with caramel, chocolate, and toasty flavors. Equally present citrusy hop notes.

Maple brown in color. Persistent off-white head. Clarity is good.

Prominent maltiness. Includes a fair dose of chocolate and toasty character. Hop bitterness is medium-low. Mild resiny hop flavor, not cloying sweet, good balance. Dry finish.

Medium bodied/medium to med-high carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall it's a very drinkable brown and one of my personal favorites. Could benefit from a bit more hops but it's still a great example of an American Brown. Nicely balanced, well-varied malt character. Easily could drink a few pints.

Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
beset before Sept 08.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1/2 finger creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Strong cherry and chocolate aromas. Lots of flavors going on: chocolate, coffee, tart green apple, lemon/tea hops, and a light oaky smoke flavor. Medium carbonation, medium body, the beer has a chalky mouthfeel, highly drinkable.
The bitter aspects of this beer are very well highlighted without being overpowering. Great brown ale.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark but clear brown without much head or lacework.

Smell: Caramel and nuts, sort of like peanut brittle. Simple and to the point but very clean.

Taste/mouthfeel: Moderately sweet with flavors of nuts and caramel that mirror the nose. Toasted bready notes appear in the finish, though bitterness remains low - pretty clean and simple stuff overall.

Notes: Got this from dyan in our last enormous trade. Thanks!

Photo of johannasclimacus
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer. It seemed to gradually get stronger as I kept drinking it. The aftertaste left me craving another and another sip to try to decipher the many flavors. I think I picked up on the chocolate and the malts, and the hops are noticable in the finish, but never take over. They do serve to help balance out this Brown Ale exceptionally well.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable offering as my first try of the Brooklyn Brewing Co. I will certainly seek this beer out again, and could see myself easily having multiples if I'm in the right mood.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: it's reddish brown and so dark translucent brown that it starts to look almost cloudy or opaque, a light film of head and no lacing

smell: there's a bit of alcohol, something vaguely fruity a certain sharpness there as well, maybe a bit smoky and toasty.

taste: smoky, toasty malts, a bit of sweet grape flavor in there but it's faint, there's also a sharpness that carries over from the nose. there's a light cleansing hop presence right at the end. It finishs rather clean.

mouthfeel: medium-light body, definately a bit tannic just really nice

drinkability: I have had this beer several times and I enjoy it. It's not one of my regulars but I could see this becoming my BBQ beer. I think it's highly drinkable. Hell it's chuggable but's also sippable, if you wanna think about it you can if you don't it's not so intrusive that it demands attention. Not a superstar but a damn good beer.

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

Pours a deep brownish red with a small off white head. Great head retention and good lacing down the glass.

Mild hoppy smell with a good malty back. Hint of chocolate too.

Sweet malty taste. Slight hop finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Not overly carbonated and coats the mouth well with the malts.

It's a great american brown and I would like to have this again. Good session beer.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sweet brown ale. Picked this one up in Pennsylvania during my trip east and brought it back to the west coast.

Dark bright brown. Foamy front ontop.

Fairly weak aroma. Sweet sugary malt presence, lots of caramel/toffee in there. Burnt malt.

Sweet begining and a middle with some hop twang. Nutty and earthy brown tree leaves. Tea bitterness at the finish. Buttery and a bit to malty sweet.

Nice complexity in here. A very enjoyable brown ale.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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