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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 217 | 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

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Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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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.

Photo of srrn
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two of these on tap. Pulled by different bartenders the mouthfeel was different on both. I'll judge the second as there was more head and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Deep mahogany, maybe from the lighting with a nice two finger head that lasted. Smells of malt and almonds. Taste was the same with a very slight hop bitterness at end. I definately thought nut brown ale for style of this beer.

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

Copper brown hue, dense khaki head, and webby lacing. Leafy hop spice scents on top of caramelly bread aromas with maple and walnut notes. Doughy. Mellow "English" hop spiciness up front, followed by a caramel and dark poundcake (almost cocoa-ish) middle. Demure bitterness at the finish. Tasty! Smooth mouthfeel, overall, with a slight chewy quality throughout. A very drinkable brown, particularly when fresh. After many samples, I've decided this beer shines brightest from the tap. A high-quality session brown for certain.

Photo of WonderWoman
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at an informal brown ale tasting and I chose this as the winner in my book.
Poured a dark mahogany with a tiny rim of head.
The smell was wonderful. French roast coffee, roasted sticky malts mixed with minor floral hops.
I enjoyed the sweet malt tied with dark fruits much like figs or slightly green plums when tasting. It ended with a mild citrus note. Once it warmed hazelnuts surfaced just adding to the already wonderful flavors.
It had a thin minor syrupy consistency with moderate carbonation .
This was great beer. All the subtle flavors worked marvelously together.

Photo of yinzer
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at The Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Dark, reddish brown , very little head.

No much aroma. Some grassy hops.

Nice refreshing sweet malt taste. Caramel with a hint of chocolate. Subtle hops with no bitterness.

Good finish with moderate mouthfeel. Very nice clean beer.

Photo of beakerboy
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tea color with a good frothy head. The aroma is supurb! I'm not a stout/prter fan, but the hint of roasted malt works perfectly with the sweet malt and hops. Like I said earlier, I don't like a lot of roasted malt and that characteristic is more pronounced in the flavor than the aroma. The mounthfeel is good. It's a well balanced beer from I brewery I had never heard about.

Photo of malcontent
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium-dark brown body with the standard amount of head for the genre. The difference here is outstanding lacing; a good-looking brown.

Loads of honey-sweet malt smell complimented by strong nuttiness (peanuts).

Certainly one of the nuttier/creamier browns I've had although I'm not sure that it a good thing. It has a very rich taste and texture which gives it a certain luxurious quality but doesn't lend itself to the session consumption that a good brown should. I hate to dock it points on taste as it has nice malt and hazelnut properties but its drinkability is not strong.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste.

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

a - poured a two fingers thick tan-colored head into a tumbler. body is clear mahogany that leaves a nice ring throughout.
s - malty and chocolately.
t - tastes of toffee and roasted malts. slight pine hoppiness present.
m - smooth mouthfeel.
d - has a clean and slightly metallic finish. overall a decent beer but not one of my favorite brown ales.

Photo of Alkey
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle Freshness grid on side of label

Poured a dark brown with nice fluffy head. Smells malty with slight hint of hops.Taste thick and creamy with a little sweet malt flavor with a bit of bitter hoppyness. Not to strong but definitely not weak good all around flavors and something I'll buy and enjoy again.

Photo of BDTyre
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I won't say I'm not pleased, but Brooklyn Brewery has been hyped up for me, so perhaps I expected better.

Nice, solid brown appearance with a very slightly off-white head. Bitter, almost sour malt small. Traces of nuts, faint hops. Really not like any of the better brown ales that I've had.

Taste...hmmm...overdone malt, sour hops...almost a smokey, bacon like hint. Dry finish. Toffee, hazelnut hints. Weird mix of a brown ale and a bad old ale.

I kind of like this, and will give it another go...but right now, I can't say it is that drinkable. This is a really weird, off taste that is drinkable, but not quite enjoyable.

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

Pours out reddish brown, very clear with lots of white to tan suds leaving a slight lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is a cherry cinamon clove thing that I have smelled before but can't quite put my nose on it.
Taste is a little watery but the clove and the bitter cling to the tounge leaving a dark bitterness in the aftertaste.
5.5 abv., so it could be a great session beer but the taste is just a bit weak. Still pretty good though.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful, crystal clear cherry brown with little clumps of off white head the left behind a few spots of lace.

Smells of raisins, red licorice and a sweet sticky barley with overtones of hazelnut, oranges and pumpkin.

The taste is dominated by a prominent, electric dry lime sourness with some dry walnut and coffee that stings the edges of my tongue. A little dark roasted coffee becomes very prevalent in the finish.

The mouth feel is light to medium boded with a miniature carbonation. This felt oddly dense and sticky.

Photo of psinderson
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Atractive dark brown, creamy off-white head with a backbone.

Smell: Various roasty malt aromas with a hint of hops.

Taste: Lots of roasted grain flavor with a solid chocolate background.

Mouthfeel: A little thin on the palate, but otherwise felt good.

Drinkability: Not too complex to hold back, nice and clean.

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

Label notched June '06 - it's been in my fridge since May.

A forceful pour exposes a ruby edged brown liquid with a sturdy 1 and a half-inch creamy beige head. Superb clumpy massive lacing.

Scent is full of vanilla and brown sugar along with toasted rich maltiness that's still very fresh. Raisins and grapes also emerge.

Flavors of toasty malts with just the slightest burnt edge. Very sweet elements of (again) brown sugar and nougat. Creamy & nutty along with a faint dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is very playful with fine carbonation at the 'American' Brown Ale standard, not as flat as it's English counterpart. Medium bodied with a sweet but very slightly dry long finish.

Drinkability is nice. I believe the sweetness might turn 'newbies' on, if you will.

Overall a very flavorful brown ale with lots of character. Nothing timid or ambiguous about this beer. Everything is pronounced and well balanced, except maybe just a tad sweet - but I really enjoyed it. I can imagine pairing this with cream cheese stuffed French toast, mmm...

Photo of skizziks
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a nonic. Dark tan 2" head with good retention and thick lacing over a deep mahogany body just as the bottle says. Couldn't ask for a better appearance in a brown.

Aroma is strong on the pour, not so much in the glass. Roasty with cocoa and toffee.

Flavor starts with roast then hits with a big plummy flavor, a little startling but not bad, good even. The rich fruitiness blends well with the roast malt and excellent balance of bittering. Some flavors of chocolate don't hurt any. Bitter dry finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky. The mouthfeel is spot on what I want from a brown ale and drinkability is high. Very disappointed I only bought a single. Probably the best brown I have ever had.

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

12oz. longneck into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown, garnet when held up to light, with a sticky 2-finger cream-colored head.

Smell: A balance between toasted/caramel malts and the hops, though more of the hops as it gets a little warmer.

Taste: The malt tastes distinctly like toast, which is very good for the style, with citrus-y and floral (?) hop notes. Nice finish--balanced.

Mouthfeel: almost creamy, but the carbonation cuts it a bit. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. Tasty, but no one flavour is overpowering, making it very true to style.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Deep reddish-brown. Fizzy tan head. Settles to nothing quickly.

S- Dark, nutty and bolt.

T- Really roasted, nutty, and hearty. A little dry but nothing offensive. Sweet aftertaste.

M- Perfect.

D- Nice to hang out and have a couple. Nothing to drink all night.

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

Pours a decent looking deep amber to brown colour with a mild off white head that's a bit thin and doesn't hang around for very long, but leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a pretty nice mix of earthy malt, some chocolate a touch of caramel sweetness and just a hint of hops.

The flavour hits on all of the notes mentioned in the aroma, but really doesn't hit its stride until the finish, which, while still a tad thin, is still the most rugged and flavourful part of each sip. There's earth, chocolate and even some nut hints here that just don't shine through as well in the start and middle of each sip. Nothing bad per se, just thin, which is the direction the mouthfeel tends to lean towards in this one as well.

This isn't a bad brew by any stretch, but there are brown ales I enjoy much more and there are other Brooklyn brews I enjoy much more so those are two lethal strikes against this one. Would I have another one? Sure, but as mentioned if the options are a plenty, I'll likely be leaning toward another Brooklyn offering or a different brown ale if I see one to my liking.

Photo of rarevos
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, more brown than red. Very thin head, just a faint hint of lacing. No sticky trails.

S: Malty, rich, lightly fruity. Raisins or dates--something sweet and sugary.

T: Nutty, toasty. No hop presence at all. Nicely featured caramel/toffee flavors and a lingering finish of nuttiness.

M: Medium-bodied. A little chewy.

D: Really tasty. Not the kind I could drink 6 of in a sitting, but this is one of my favorite American brown ales. It blooms wonderfully.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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