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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 41
Gots: 176 | 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 expatsteve
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper Mahogany with ruby hues. 1/2 inch head that lingered a minute or two. Light suds with no real lacing. Medium viscosity. Great appearance.

Aroma: Surpirsing hops burst of citrus, lemongrass, and subtle pine resin. Background roasted espresso notes, caramel finish.

Taste: Immediate citric hops finish, with balanaced raisin and toffee malts. Unexpectedly complex flavor with a refreshing finish. As it warmed, honey, apricot and caramel notes and a richer roasted coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: lack of astringency made for a refrshing pint, though the medium carbonation was at times overpowering. But overall, the lighter body and balanced flavor carried the beer and emphasized the more unique twists of the Brooklyn Brewery take on a brown ale.

Drinkability: A world cup beer - meaning I drank five of these watching Portugal play England in the 2006 World Cup and enjoyed each one more than the last. Sessionable, with the hops and malts sours giving a nice finish to an unusually complex beer.

Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mohagany color with a nice sized tan head. Moderate lacing and a nice ring atop the liquid. Aroma is great. Really chocolately with toffee nutty undertones and a bit of spice. Flavor does not transcend the aroma however. A bit thinner in the body. Slight caramel but there's an astringency in there. A nail polish remover type taste. Hops are there but not assertive, more fruity. I'd like a bit more bitterness. High hopes but this beer kind of fell apart in the end. Still, it was decent and I'd have another but I wouldn't buy it.

Photo of Hautacam
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola colored..tan head..drops quickly to film.
Smells of faint hops and dried fruit.
Tastes of yeasty grainy malt...slightly sweet caramel..hops way in the back..very subdued.
Light to medium body..medium carbonation.
A little disappointing....I like most of their other beers very much.

Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep brown with a decent head. The smell was a bit nutty. The taste was fair for a brown ale. There was no harshness. A pretty smooth beer. I could drink these again on occasion. This beer favored a nut brown ale a good bit. One of the better Brooklyn beers I have had.

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

Pours dark brown, a thick off-white head, excellent lacing around the glass.

Smells kind of weak, toffee, malty sweetness are present but not very strong.

Tastes like happy. Malty sweet, gives way to coffee like bitterness excellently together.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, bitterness and sweetness play on the palatte well.

Fantastic beer, a great brown ale to drink in all occasions

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

Pours a deep chestnut color with a brown-tinged white head. The toasted aroma also featuers some slight nuttiness. The palate offers a variety of toasty flavors: coffee, caramel malt, some chocolate, and heavily roasted grain.

This beer is smooth, and nicely balanced between the maltiness and the bitter burnt flavors. This was one of the first beers that turned me on to craft brew and it’s the brown ale by which all other American brown ales should be judged, in my opinion. I mean, some are better, some are worse, but Brooklyn Brown Ale is the standard. Highly recommended.

Photo of EStreet20
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown longneck poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - Pours out a deep reddish brown color with a tiny off white head.

S - Definitely some nice caramel smell there with a bit of chocolate in there. Roasdted malts are present on the nose giving this one a nice smell.

T - Surprisingly the taste is very dry and quite devoid of the caramel flavor I had anticipated. However the roastiness really kicks in on the finish and leaves the tongue tingling along with a bit of a hop bitterness. Not bad.

M - A nicely carbonated beer that rolls around the tongue nicely.

D - I'm torn here. Not really what I look for in a brown ale due to the lack of a whole lot of flavor but definitely drinkable as a session beer.

Notes: Not too bad but a lackluster beer as far as an AMerican brown when compared to offererings from some other breweries. Better versions of the style (IE Smuttynose and DFH) come readily to mind.

Photo of studentofbeer
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dark mahogoany beer with large milky tan head. i found it pretty.

sweet, bready malty smell with some caramel and spice. Body is pretty light--was expecting it to be a bit more robust. taste is slightly nutty and spicy up front with light caramel and milk chocolate. finish fades a bit watery with a vaguely sweet candy finish. definitely an english character to it.

a decent beer but i liked the brooklyn lager i had earlier better. i would also note i probably served this a bit on the cold side--this beer will do much better i think if served on the warm side. I waited a while after taking from the fridge to open, but more flavor comes out around 60 degrees or so, i'm guessing. the only thing i really didn't like was the finish.

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

Thanks to BigErn for sending this extra in a trade.

Brown body with hints of ruby showing when backlit. A nice tan head with decent retenton. I think the aroma is different for this style. Kiind of hoppy, not nutty. Fairly thin mouthfeel, some hop tingle on the tongue, and some nuttiness in the finish. Good carbonation makes it somewhat refreshing. Not a bad beer, just not my favorite style.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed in this one. Not much head retention, way too much chocolate for an American brown. A little short for me, especially in the body. Carbonation was good, taste isn't bad and except for being too coffee/toffee/chocolate loaded, it is drinkable. Not one I'll be coming back to anytime soon.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich mahogany just like the labels claims with a 2 finger off white head and nice tight little bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet toasty malty aroma, hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Sweet malt, hint of chocolate and caramel, maybe some dark fruit or figs. Nicely balanced with good hop bitterness.

M - Slightly thin and dry. Moderate carbonation.

D - A nice complex brown. This is one I could easily drink several of in one night.

Photo of HimerMan
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask - at Stout in NYC.

No head, pour was an absolute mud/brown with a faint redish hue.

Taste - not at all like the bottle for me; much more malt flavor comes out with a stronger finish and no kick.

Smell was almost non-existent; but if you really try to smell it - it was a decent malty aroma.

Overall it is still a beer that you can rely on with a very easy taste to enjoy and clean finish.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, it was best served by the end of this month.
It poured a medium light mahogany with medium carbonation and an off-white fizzy head that was, unfortunately, very quick to disappear.
The aroma was a mix of chocolately, coffeeish malt and hops.
The taste was a medium balance of malt and hops. The chocolate and coffee taste were apparent. It would be improved, in my opinion, with a more nuttier complexity mixed in. Overall, it is a good example of this American style of the original British, less hoppier, more malty style.
The mouthfeel was good, almost a bit too sweet, but not sugary.
There was a very slight alcohol taste at the finish.
While not exceptional, it is certainly a good American brown ale.

Photo of dbalsock
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown (hence the name) with a pretty tan head that disappears much too quickly. The brown body isn't anything to get worked up about either.

Smell: My nose first distinguishes the smell of fresh roses... and not much else. I don't know what to do about that. After letting it warm a little more, i can pull out a a chocolate character and a piney character. This is interesting.

Taste: The flowery hops take charge while allowing a subtle malt sweetness to sneak out. I think i also pick up on a little bit of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Ahh, this is where it gets good. There is excellent consistency that balances with the lovely bitter kick of the hops. I'm a fan of this mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very moderate in almost every way, allowing it to be easily quaffable, but the hop kick that i mentioned earlier turns the nice cruise through town into a scenic joyride.

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

poured a deep mahogony color with boisterous tannish head. Left very impressive lacing on the side of the glass. Thin surface coating retained throughout. Smell is malty with strong dark fruit essences (plums, prunes, raisins). Taste starts off very fruity with some roasted malt but a distinct hop bitterness begins to come through. Each subsequent taste seems to show hoppiness. Excellent balance. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a firm dry ending. Extremely drinkable. Truly an excellent beer.

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

Upon opening the bottle the smell of hops penetrates the air. Dark reddish brown in color with a thick beige head. The first taste is chocolately in flavor. Next comes the malt and hops with a sweet aftertaste. Slight mettalic aftertaste. Highly drinkable. A solid beer. I have a feeling that I would really fall in love with this beer if I had it on draught.

Photo of squish059
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried the brew just for the sake that the cooler broke at the local beer store and this was 4 bucks for the sixer. I was pleasantly surprised at the slight coffe and chocolate tastes that this brew has. the head was average and of course darker than the pale ale i usually drink. a wondeful mouthfeel simply because it has a little sweetness and a lot of hopness. not bad to drink at all.

Photo of kush6875
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice beer! good any time of year. has more body and flavor compared to new castle. purchased a six pack from a local six pack shop. can easily drink 5 or 6 in session! next time i will definately pick up a case. would also like to try this one on tap!

Photo of boulevard2
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz cask condition at The Old Toad

Pours a thick cream colored head with good retention

Smells of caramel and light chocolate aromas

Taste is smooth with hints of caramel , nuts and a faint chocolate
so smooth , give me more!

I originaly liked this beer in bottle and regular draft but on cask brings this beer to another level A+ to Brooklyn Brewery

Photo of Avagadro
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. I like alittle more head on my bears so I worked up a nice inch of frothy head on the top. The head holds up for about half of the drinking experience and lets off a beautiful malty aroma. The color is a beautiful dark mahogony. very clear, yet dark. The mouthfeel is clean, not too heavy, a little sugary but not in a bad way. The first thing I noticed is that the flavor wasn't nearly as complex as the aroma made me hope it to be. Caramel maltiness to begin with and leaves a clean citrus hoppy flavor in the mouth. For the price, this is an amazing beer. Its nothing spectacular, but it is a solid brown ale. Very enjoyable and just as drinkable.

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

This is neither a poor ale nor an exceptional ale: it is descent brew to give a try if the offerings are slim, but not worth searching out or forgoing a brew you know from experience that you will enjoy. It pours a copper-amber color, with minimal head formation, The smell is hoppy and the taste malty, rather a thick feel on the tongue. There is a stickyness to the palate that is not bad but a bit distracting.

Photo of crwills
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this... the glassware they use at the Brooklyn Jazz Bar at the Newark airport sucks. The beer smelled like soap and had no head. Tasted OK, I guess, but I bet I'd get a better impression of it somewhere else. Oh well.

Looked nice in the glass... they actually used a correct glass for this one, unlike my first pint of the Brooklyner Weisse which was served in what looked like a plastic water glass. Small head that didn't stick around (probably because of the soap residue I could smell).

Smell was... indiscernable. Sorry.

Taste wasn't bad. Quite malty, almost no hop presence. Some graininess, and a bit of honey or sugar. Easy drinking, but a bit weak in the mouthfeel. Dully bitter aftertaste.

Overall not bad, but certainly not my favourite of a style I've been drinking a lot of lately.

Photo of LittleWolf
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark brown that holds a ruby character. An off white head quickly comes and goes. I could not notice much of an aroma, but that may be due to outside factors. The taste starts off with a good roasted malt flavor, hints of hazel, and a carmelized finish. A nice mouthfeel. It has a good, and if not unexpected, flavor for the brown ale variety, but I'm not sure if I could have more than one or two per sitting. A nice beer as usual from those I have tasted from Brooklyn Brewing.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with a clingy off white head, nice lacing. Chocolate malt aroma with some florally hop tendencies laced in there as well.
Biscuitty, coffee, caramel, nutty goodness with the floral hops from the aroma coming through on the finish. Very nice, but being more chewy than normal brewpub clones. The carbonation was more aggressive than needed, making it go down a bit smoother than the malty breadiness would usually lend. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance is a medium/dark brown with a half-inch head. The head eventually stays at a thin layer and there is some lacing on the glass throughout. The smell is slightly sweet with traces of chocolate. The taste is a mix of slight chocolate/coffee and subtle nut. Not much bitterness and it's lightbodied, which makes the drinkability high. Love the roasted barley/malt flavor. So robust! Really enjoyed it.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.