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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 45
Gots: 232 | FT: 2
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Ratings: 2,161 | Reviews: 936
Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, description on the neck, best by date on the label.

Appearance: Reddish brown, clear. A thin head that is tan colored and fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of toffee, just a bit of roasted. More hops than I would expect.

Taste: Medium bodied, more roasted flavor than the aroma. A bit of toffee and some coffee bitterness. Hops come through a bit in the finish.

Overall impression: Very drinkable brown - a bit bolder than others I have tried.

Photo of Duster72
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and no head to speak of. Aroma is nutty, toasty, carmel. Taste is lightly roasted malts and carmel. Little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is fairly thin for the style. Decent pairing with hearty meal at this price point.

Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Dated best by 1/07. A vigorous pour resulted in three fingers of beige head. The body was bright, clear and amber/brown in color. The lofty head collapsed within minutes. Some splotchy lace remained.

Smell was Bread. Walnuts and caramel.

Taste was mild and chocolaty. Moderate hops flavors accented the malts but stayed in the background. Alcohol flavor appeared later.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. Smooth, rounded.

Photo of zebulon
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Started with a good head which bubbled away quickly left some lacing behind. Brown/amber color.

Aroma of nuts, hazel nuts? little coffee, caramel

First taste was bitter, then lightened up, My inpression was of a "brown lite" . It became dry on the tongue with some coffee, choc, hazelnut hidden inside. Finished with slight sour.

Mouthfeel was hampered by the carbonation. Actually I almost rated this own 2 on taste, because the fizz on the tongue overwhelmed the taste. But I let it sit and go flat and then could sense the taste. I know the experts say carbonation brings out taste but I frankly doubt it in practice (temperature didn't change much).

An ok drink but I have had better.

Photo of nriech
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown, little bit of head fizzing out to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nuts, tad bit of coffee, caramel. A little toasty. Kind of earthy.

Taste: Exactly like the smell. Maybe add a little bit of burnt sugar in place of the caramel. Slightly bitter but a good balance.

Drinkability: Decent brown ale. Very drinkable and a good comprimise for decent flavor and being not too powerful.

Photo of BMoney575
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-25-07
Best before Jan. 07

Pours a deep amber, clear with a half-inch of head that bubbles away immediately.

Smells sweet and caramelly, with just a hint of malt smokiness.

Taste is good, subtle and light malt with just a hint of hops. Very carbonated, adds to the light flavor. Quite dry on the finish with no alcohol character at all.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, carbonation doesn't help.

Drinkability is decent, could pretty much be enjoyed anywhere, anytime.

Overall, a very light and easy to drink, and that's pretty much where its ends. This would be a good choice if you were looking to drink something different, but weren't in the mood for something extreme.

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

Received as part of the MicroBeerClub January shipment received the first of February.

Beer poured an opaque light brown with a well sustained tan head. Nose is strong of grassy hops with a slight hint of the chocolate roasted malts.Taste is of roasted malts, hint of chocolate, and finishes with a pronounced dry grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good. This is an interesting take on the brown style. Much hoppier than most I have tried, This is definitely worthy of a shot!

Photo of Shadman
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark mahogany brown with a beige colored head that ends up as a nice ring. Good lacing present as well. This beer smells geat..chocolate/coffee malts and sweet floral hops. Tastes very nice as well with aforementioned malts and a nice balance to hops which were move prevalent in this brew compared to the other brown ales I've tried so far. Creamy and somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

Apparently the owner of the liquor store in Brooks gets this in because he's the only one that drinks it in SE Alberta...not any more fella

Photo of BBM
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap with some barbecue cuisine. It pours a dark, burnt sienna color with a creamy tan head. Good retention and sweet, sticky lacing covered the glass. Aroma was nutty, with hints of chocolate and coffee beans.

This is a very drinkable brown. There are notes of roasted nuts, burnt chocolate, and dark coffee. Hops are thankfully kept to a minimum. A solid, caramel malt backbone is certainly present. Finish is a bit dry. This is a very quaffable brown ale from Brooklyn, and perfect with some BBQ.

Photo of morayeel
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was not impressed by this brown ale. I have had alot better. I was disapointed. This ale had very little taste and the color could have been darker. Its not an ale I would have on tap for a party when I have frieds over. I was expecting more form this ale.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown color into a pint glass with a thin head that leaves some nice lacing. doesnt smell too much of anything, some sugary malts, some hops, nothing overpowering.

tastes sort of bready... pretty dry with some typical nut brown flavors.

very drinkable beer, but nothing overly spectacular.

Photo of riversider76
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, with a redish hue. Thin tan head, with decent retention,and lacing. Smell is weak. Toasted malts mostly. Body is thin, with some carbionation. Taste is weaker than I expected. Toasted malts, up front,with a hoppy finish. Not awful, but I think they missed the mark a bit.

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

A deep translucent mahogany in appearance, creamy light beige head with decent retention.

Chocolate notes pop up first on the nose, some nuts, and then warm soothing toasted malts. Sharp grassy hops.

Toasted malt up front in the flavour, hints of chocolate, then an assertive blast of grassy, somewhat herbal hops on the finish, then reverting back to toasted chocolate wafer in the aftertaste. In all the whole tone of the flavour seems a bit mild and holding back, a bit watered down from what it promises.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and silky, it slides down very easily, caressing as it goes.

A promising brown, needs a little bit more of a flavour kick, but would make an ideal session ale for sure, a pleasure to drink. Great to see Brooklyn Brewery beers here in Alberta.

Photo of BeerHonky
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my beer of the month club. Poured into a small snifter. Dark, dark, dark brown with orange highlights in areas that are able to allow more light through. Nice cream colored head that diminishes into a thin ring where beer ends and glass begins. I can pick out the smell of sweet caramel malt and some light brown sugar. It does not taste sweet at all, however. Nice balance of malts and a good balance of bittering hops. Nothing too crazy going on with this one. Just a decent brown.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Not much aroma going on, just a bit of malt. The taste is a nice nutty malt with some hops at the end. This is a good tasting beer but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is quite good as I can easily drink a few of these. Overall, this is not my favorite brown ale but it's still a nice example of the style.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany brown, for some reason I always got a small amount of head with the pour, and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells very malty with a hint of hops, taste is sweet, a bit of chocolaty sweet malts. A hint of hops are are present at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but the brew is very drinkable because of this. Overall a pretty refreshing yet tasty beer.

Photo of Atlas1
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at The Big Hunt the other night. A deep rich burnt-amber and mohogany color. This is an extremely pretty beer. Sharp orange and reddish hues burst from the sides and bottom when held up to the light. Pours a fat two-finger head which leaves a thick lace along the sides of the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma is a bit muted. Some malty, chocolate, cherry notes, but all very dulled. It tastes much like the aroma, but a bit more forceful here, in a pleasant way. Malty, with a nutty coffee and chocolate presence. But it also presents a nice fruitiness as well as it finishes with a hoppy cherry taste. Some slight hints of banana aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does not detract from the overall experience. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have no problem making it a session beer. Sets the bar for American brown ales, in my opinion.

Photo of auxiliary
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish color, nice tan head, with lacing. ...

S - Nice malty smell, slightly burnt smell, but not overwelming...

T - Nice balance, malty taste, little bitter. ...

M - body is balanced nice...

D - Easy to drink, One of the best brown ales I have tasted...

Photo of Poser
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great, dark pour. Aroma is malty but a little light. You can also smell a bit of light chocolate that comes out much more in the taste. Good body and there's also a good finish as the hop bitterness balances it all out. Highly drinkable and a good example of a brown ale.

I was pleasantly surprised since I bought this as a "I've never tried that before" beer.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of Brooklyn Brown with a burger at East Village in Raleigh at a happy hour. Sure looked awful dark compared to everyone else's Bud Lights...very (surprise) brown appearance, imagine the straight-up "Brown" crayola crayon...that's it. Light tan head which left a fair amount of lacing down the glass. Aroma was nutty and somewhat sweet, with notes of molasses and pipe tobacco.

Taste was a bit sweet and definately malty, chocolate and some type of nut (macedamia?). Need to try this again in seclusion, the atmosphere was a bit distracting. Decently light and bubbly mouthfeel, a bit too dry for my liking though. Definately went well with the burger...liked that about the drinkability.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on bottle says best before March 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with about an inch off-white head. Lacing is good. It smells like caramel, chocolate, malt and even some grassy and citrusy hops. It tastes like caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and a bit of grapefruit. It's hoppier in the finish than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but not in a bad way. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a pretty well balanced brown ale. I'd drink it again, I think it's a pretty good beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on my first Brooklyn beer in Indiana. Freakin awesome.

Pours a coke brown that allows the drinker some sight at this beers bubbling. Which is very sporadic and light. The Head is a light tan that retains throughout the whole beer. The aroma is very malty. Giving the impression that there is some chocolate bronies inside the glass. Lots of toasty and roasty goodness. The taste give the balance of roasted and toasted malts equal time time. Along with some very lght English hops. Creat a great melange of English meets American brewing styles. Great to drink in mass quantities. Great session beer.

Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass yields a brown ale with ruby hues and a 1/2 inch fluffy khaki/tan head. Chunks of lacing cling to the side of the glass as I drink my way down -- certainly looks nice. . . .

S: Sweet malty scents dominate -- caramel malt, hazelnut, some chocolate and brown sugar. Not particularly strong, but not weak or watered-down in the nose either.

T: Like the nose -- malty flavors: caramel, burnt sugar and hazelnut but with a slightly bitter aftertaste providing decent balance.

M: Light-bodied; plenty of carbonation. Could use a little more heft.

D: Very good -- a light body and solid flavors make this one go down easy.

Notes: I had this on tap recently after doing some Christmas shopping -- a big 23 oz draft -- and it was excellent. May have been a little bit better than the bottle, or it could have been that I really needed a break from shopping at that point.

Photo of JayQue
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really nice brown ale. Pours a ruby red color with decent lacing. Aroma not overpowering but some maltyness and a slight hint of fruit. Taste is mild malty, incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is good for a brown ale. Drinkability is great. I could easily swill many of these over the course of an evening. A very nice smooth beer, much better than Newcastle.

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

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. It poured a nice coppery brown hints of an amberish red as well. A nice fluffy off white head capped the brew. There is a just a hint of hop aroma, nice and malty in the nose. Tastes of malt and carmel. Very even and tasty beer. VERY drinkable, high on my list of browns.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.