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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,082
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 161 | 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 Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Dithyramb, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

oldirtycaffrey, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of normZurawski
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a remarkable beer. But it is a good beer, which has some very good qualities. What's more, it has no downside. A lot of beers look and smell good, but taste mediocre. Other beers look thin and don't always hit the spot, but they really pack a flavorful punch. This is nothing remarkable, but it's nothing less than good either.

This is a smooth drinking beer that doesn't wow you with malt nor hops. It doesn't have a big head, doesn't have a great finish, nor does it blow you away with a thick mouthfeel. No undertones of chocolate, no hints of coffee. You do get a hint of nuttiness in the finish, toeing the line of the standard American Brown Ale.

In all, this is a smooth drinking beer that simply tastes good. It's a good beer for session drinking, not too high of an ABV but good tasting to boot. It's not a great beer to have if you're only having 1, since it doesn't bring a big flavor bat to the plate. Yet it's good, which is as much as you can ask for in a beer.

normZurawski, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was quite unlike what I expected, pleasantly so. I guess I'm not too familiar with American Brown Ales, only English ones. Brooklyn Brown pours a cherry brown with a substantial head that dissipates to nothing in a few minutes. Smell is largely caramel, with a bit of grainy malt. Taste adds some fruity flavors to the caramel and the malt. There's an initial burst of hops, but it's pretty small, and that quickly gives way to the malt. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer overall is highly drinkable, as you might expect from a brown ale. Easy drinking, mild, but not as boring as some of the English browns. This has just enough character to be interesting.

geexploitation, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours brown with decent head that is fairly short lived.

Smell: Sweet smell of malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Hint of hops.

Taste: The sweetness is noticable first followed by a slight bitterness. I have now had two six packs of this and for some reason both have had a strong astringent taste, not sure if this is typical but it was a put off.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body than some brown ales, relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Seemed rather balanced, the astringency turned me off of it and I tried another six pack to see if it was something weird with the one I had but got the exact same thing. Maybe both were in my local store too long. Either way I could see drinking a few of these.

I won't let the not so great experiences hold me back from trying this beer again, I would like to have it on tap.

tattooedtolley, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this with dinner last night. I served it in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with ruby notes. There is a half-inch rocky heady that recedes to a thin layer. There is light lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts dominate, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Floral hop aromas are also evident.

Taste: Sweet malts are evident upfront, there are fruity notes in the center, with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, smooth, with moderate-carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful, balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a full-flavored brown ale.

EPICAC, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby brown color with a lasting layer of foam on top.

S - Predominantly sweet caramel malt with a hint of dark fruits.

T - Hops that were not obvious in the aroma come through strong in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thin in mouthfeel with good carbonation and clean bitter aftertaste.

D - It is drinkable. Definitely is not a bad beer. On the other hand it is not anything exceptional or distinctive. I guess we need average beers to help us appreciate the extraordinary.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown with a thick off white head with average retention and lacing. The smell is primarily of dark roasted nutty malts. The taste is pretty much the same also. The mouthfeel is also nicely thick with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good brown ale that I would drink again.

MSchae1017, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My latest stab at Brooklyn beers. I've tried the IPA and the Black Chocolate Stout (both are great), so now the money-maker.

Pours amber color with thin but well-retained head. Possibly just a touch skunked, but not much. Some nutty fruity aspect to the aroma as well. Flavor is OK, nothing massive but pretty good for middle of the road ale.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special either. This is like Fat Tire to New Belgium or Honkers Ale to Goose Island.

TurdFurgison, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy 1/2" off-white head that leaves a few patches of condensed lacing, with average strength. Clean and full, deep brown in color.

Coffee and light milk chocolate malt aromas. Floral hops with hints of citrus-lemon and an underlying creamy diacetyl.

Toasted biscuit flavor with light coffee and caramel-sweetened tones. Moderate floral hop presence that highlights the breadiness and adds a touch of gritty spice. Finish is slightly dry with a light lemon and floral hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied; creamy, yet gritty as a result of the hefty amount of floral hops.

A Brown with a different flavor profile than most of the style. Unique, pleasant, but not one that I would cite as completely indicative of the style.

NEhophead, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry-chestnut that becomes lucent dark cherry with tangerine trim when light enters the glass. It didn't appear as if much head was being generated during the pour, but the end result is a two finger disk of faded sandalwood. The foam is melting unevenly and looks especially creamy as it does so. Thin, broken sheets of lace end up on the glass.

I know that brown ales don't usually have the olfactory power and presence of stouts, or even porters, but this one could use some giddy-up-and-go. It smells like gently roasted malt and barely toasted nuts, with no hops that I can detect. My hope is that the nose is having an off day and that the flavor has brought its 'A' game.

Several mouthfuls later... it looks like the flavor has brought its 'B-' game. There isn't enough malt to satisfy me; something that should have been obvious from the luceny of the beer and the weak nose. BBA tastes like heavily toasted brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder. Rich chocolate is nowhere to be found. It's still sort of walnut nutty, with a little fruity hoppiness for good measure.

The beer's lightness isn't the sole reason for my lack of enthusiasm. The flavor never really finds its stride and doesn't grab me the way the best versions do. Brooklyn Brown is neither sweet, nor bitter, nor sour. If forced to pick one, I'd say that it's mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel is light-medium; starting out near the latter and finishing near the former. Again, more malt please. As could have been predicted from the pour, carbonation is a bit lacking. All in all, the mouthfeel lacks substance and excitement, although I'll keep style in mind and won't be too critical.

Early on, I wasn't overly thrilled with Brooklyn Brewery beer. The two that I had prior to this one (Pilsner and Lager) were excellent, especially Lager, so my hopes were on the high side for Brown Ale. It's definitely better than average, but better browns shouldn't be that hard to find, no matter where you happen to live.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Moderately dark brown and mahogany coloring. Not much of a head, even though I tried to pour it roughly. Maybe a quarter inch, and then it dissipated quickly, with very little lacing.

I noticed quite a bit of hoppiness in the aroma for a brown ale.

I was surprised by how dry the beer was, although I think it was a bit too cold when I started drinking it. As it warms, I am noticing less hoppiness and more of a chocolate, malty taste. It definitely tastes better as it warms.

A dry mouthfeel that I am not crazy about. It seems to make the beer seem rather rough. Not much carbonation, either, so the beer sort of just sits in my mouth until I swallow it.

As for drinkability, I'm not overly impressed with this. I wouldn't turn down a free glass, but I'm not sure if I would order it again if there were other options.

doppelmeup, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.0's all around for a "good" brown ale. Really brown bordering on orangeish red, but still quite attractive. Smells like brown sugar and rum, but not cloyingly so. Nicely browned caramel flavor, everything a brown ale should be, finshing with a very straightforward pure burnt grain flavor and just a kiss of herbaceous hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, and about as good as it gets when drinking pint after pint. This is better on draft IMO, but good in the bottle.

bultrey, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery brown with a short, rocky, white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Some lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma melds nicely with the doughy malt. There's a bit of brown sugar and chocolate in there too. Malt sweetness dominates, with bitterness rising like a wave in the mid and lingering in the finish. Caramel and molasses fill in the malt flavour and chocolate shows up in the finish. There seems to be a bit of an acidic twang at the end as well. Some dryness, medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A good brown ale. Hops definitely round out the aroma and provide enough bitterness for a bit of balance. But the malts really carry this beer. Nice work!

DrJay, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark mohagony red with a quarter inch light tan head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with a lemon zing.

Taste: White grain malts are the first thing to hit you, followed by a roasty/smokey flavor. Hop presence is subtle, subtle lemony flavors are intermixed throughtout the beverage.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, smooth on the pallate, nothing offensive nor outstanding.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable. I have little experience with brown ales but this is a good introduction. I would definetly buy this again.

pbr85, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember the first time that I had this brew. It was in a bar in Northern New York, in the early 1990’s, and it blew me away at the time.
Pours a dark brown color, with somewhat crimson highlights when held to the light. There’s a blanketing tan head that produces an agreeably pretty lace. The aroma is of caramel and grain. It’s notably roasty, with nut, toast, and chocolate characteristics. It's actually a fairly dry beer, more so than I remember. Slight hop aroma. The dryness really emphasizes the roasted malt flavors. The beer has a medium body and a dry, satisfying finish: very drinkable. It doesn’t have much of a “wow” factor, but it certainly is a solidly good brew that’s very enjoyable.

Suds, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of EPseja
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Yep. It sure is brown. Pours a medium brown color with a decent off white 1/2'' head. Lacing isn't much to write home about, but at least it's there. This style has never bowled me over for its looks, but Brooklyn has made a decent example if only for the nice, warm coloring.

S - Pleasant medium bodied English hoppiness - slightly sweet and floral, but foretelling the clean bitterness to come. Also noted is a smooth, light caramel maltiness.

T - Very grainy maltiness up front with a slightly herbal alcoholic presence that I would have expected more towards the swallow. The middle is not as malty as I would have expected, but the finish is as pleasantly hoppy and dry as I expected, which makes for a very satisfying beer.

M - Watery on the way in, but quickly evolving into a well rounded and pleasant mouthful. The finish is quick and refreshing.

D - This beer is quite easy to drink, thanks in part to its lack of distinguishing character. However, given the rash of "big" beers on the market today, Brooklyn does a nice job holding the line and making a true-to-style Brown Ale that's an easy drinker.

EPseja, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown ale with a tan head that has good retention and lacing.
The aroma is roasty and has chocolate tones.
Its flavor is grainy and nutty with a mild hop presence. There is also a slight coffee/chocolate presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is light to medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

This beer has an additional flavor that I can not put my finger on that does not agree with me.

Naes, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a nice looking mahogany red with a finger of beige head, quickly subsides to a ring, little lacing. Smell is very nice, a slight roast, chocolate, caramel with nice floral hops in the background. Taste starts out with nutty and coffee tones, has some nice bready malt, and a slight hop finish. Caramel and chocolate comes through as well at times. Body is on the thin side and carbonation moderate. This is a solid beer from Brooklyn, pretty flavorful for a simple brown ale.

cubedbee, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. Maybe you’d call it auburn or amber. Good two finger, off white/kaki head. Fantastic lacing!

Smell: Nutty. My very first thought was of Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale, I think because of the nuttiness and the vanilla. The aroma was also malty creamy and robust.

Taste: The taste is a bit malty with hints of bread, caramel and nuts. The taste is very straight forward, pleasant and rather boring. It’s very typical Brown Ale (but better than average), very good. Boring is not always bad. In this case I think it is good. Even though the taste is not complex it makes for an extremely easy to consume beer.

Mouthfeel: Very clear maltiness. Full and creamy with a medium weight.

Drinkability: This is a VERY sessionable beer to me. Extremely drinkable. It is inoffensive in every way; it is balanced, sits light in the stomach, low ABV, and it is not very interesting so there is nothing to think about except putting another down the hatch. This is a beer I could drink all night. This is a beer that your macro beer drinking friends would easily accept. It would be a suitable choice for your next party.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich auburn beer that pours up a hlaf finger head that vanishes almost instantly. No lacing. It isn't ugly, but it leaves something desired.

S - Rich caramel and chocolate malt with a fainter pine sneaking through. A nutty aroma eminates from all over. Very inviting.

T - A nutty coffee flavor joined by a subtle sweetness. A nice pine bitterness as well as a warming sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Viscous and very smooth. Quite refreshing.

D - I could drink this many times over. It is a bit sweet for a lot of foods, would wash down some stroganof fantastically though. The brown ale is another delight from Brooklyn.

mrasskicktastic, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a full mahogany glow when held to the light. The inch-thick head settles rapidly to a foamy ring, with minimal sporadic lacing.

Smell- Clean, wonderful roasted malts with fragrant hops wafting in the background. Notes of coffee and chocolate peek through to elaborate on the pureness of the aroma. Rich. Doughy.

Taste- Bittersweet coffee punctuates the maltiness of the initial swig; it develops into a graceful, bready middle and finishes with a mild, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Well carbonated but not in the least detracting... this will work wonders with a burger or other simple beef dishes. A fantastic alternative to lager or pilsners at the next barbecue... Summer can't get here fast enough.

yelterdow, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep chestnut color with a 1 finger head and good lace. Smells of a slightly smoky roasted caramel malt. Nutty, vanilla and some slight fruit smells as well. Tates of caramel malt with some hints of brown sugar, vanilla and some rasin and plum. Decent hop flavor and bitterness. If any negative its that it is a bit watery. Finishes dry and I could drink a bunch of these. A good solid beer, but not a great one.

sabrills70, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
February 2006 best before date clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a decent head. The head becomes a thin, khaki colored lace.

Nutty milk chocolate aroma with a backdrop of malts.

Caramel and chocolate malts with a lightly roasted flavor. Nutty dryness and baby hop bite on the finish. Nicely balanced and an easy beer to pair with a bunch of mainstream food options.

This is a good American brown ale.

Hibernator, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of joeskirkie
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very smooth.

Dark brown body, light copper head, not too much though.

There was a light nutty? maybe malty aroma.

Drank smooth and had some caramel like flavor with a very lightly bitter after taste that fit the beer quite well. I think I detected some light fruity tones as I finished. Quite satisfying.

joeskirkie, Dec 03, 2005
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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