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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 198 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red-brown body with a tan head that disappeared almost instantly.

Smell: A nearly nonexistent aroma of chocolate and cherries.

Taste: Indistinct, weak tastes of chocolate and coffee with traces of bitterness leading into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: Very average. Far too bland and ordinary for me to seek out again in the future.

Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 9.3.06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Slight caramel colored film head. No retention and not much lacing. Tilting the glass thins the beer a bit and the red hues are more noticeable.
S: Slight caramel notes come through, but not much else. Slight twangy hop presence also.
T/M: Caramel malt with toated malt flavors that have a sweetness packed punch. Slight bitterness with a dry finish. Grassy hop notes are in there, but not overpowering. Toasted grain in the finish. Good body with decent amounts of carbonation.
D: Drinkable brown ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Good session brown.

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

Bottle, best by August '06. I missed it by two days but took my chances. Poured it into a paper cup, so I missed some of the visuals, but it had a decent rust-brown color with a lingering cream-colored head. In retrospect I wish I'd poured it into something nicer (not that I had any options at the pizzeria I was in) since its appearance was the best thing about this ale. The aroma and taste were both simple and overpowering, with a huge roasted malt flavor, strong and saccharine, with caramel highlights emphasizing the cloying sweetness. There were hints of coffee, chocolate and nuts in the taste as well as a bitter punch to start off but all of those were drowned out by the caramel and malts. Fairly high carbonation smoothed it all out a bit by distracting the tongue. The aftertaste was equal parts sweet and bitter, but, again, poorly blended and overpowering. A pretty simple beer with some promise, if it could just be toned way down.

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

With a crisper, cleaner malt character of toast, chocolate, and toffee- all of these flavors are manifested, but without the sweetness or heaviness that's normally expected from this flavor spread.

A dark, medium brown beer decants into the tumbler with a rich and creamy flood, a creamy light tan head forms in rich and stubborn patience. Good retention and lace shies away from anything outstanding but has better-than-average character.

The dense nose provides a glimpse into medium caramel, toaste, cocoa, walnut, butterscotch, grain, and creamy malt. A very characterful, bold, and inviting scent all around.

Flavors follow suit with a malty-rich upstart of caramel and toffee-like robust sweetness and with the balance of pine, citrus, and earthy wood hop flavor. Sweetness proves fleeting as the woody, nutty, and coffee-like oil taste becomes more prominant. But so does grain, husk, and a subtle cola-like taste late. Grainy-sweet late with a linger of grain and sharp hop bitterness.

Medium-rich early textures foregos the creamy start and quickly favors a hearty mid palate of half sweetness and half dryness that thereafter favors the dryness, toasty-roasty mouthfeel for a somewhat arid dryness of coffee and char.

A fantastic American Brown Ale that doesn't hold true to the halmarks of the nutty-rich and sweeter style; yet hits home with a formitable nutty flavor to back caramel sweetness and suble hop character. Good, just lacking identity.

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

This is a brown ale with a real easy to drink character. Not as hoppy as say Dogfish Heads version but still well balanced and malty on the finish. I got a sense that BBQ friendly sessionable beer was the order of the day. Nicely made with a solid backbone this is a welcome addition to my fridge.

Photo of bruachan
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the bottle says to drink before this month. just in time

i'm on a bit of a brown ale kick, as i'm planning a batch of mine. this one's got a fine head to it and a deep brownish red color. the aroma out of the bottle was very hoppy, but now it's distinctly malty: very toasted but nothing so deep as chocolate. it has a continental element to it

the malt flavors have promise but are interrupted by a sharp cascadey bitterness and there might even be some bitterness coming from the roasted grains. the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid pours up Brown, A very distinctly brown color indeed. The head I finger smooth and creamy, smallish bubbles and lots of laces left behind

The smell, Hopy, lots of hops covering a roasted malt base. Much more hops then I expected.

The taste is malty, A lush sweet roasted malt base covered by a generous helping of hops, nice fine tuned nutty notes throughout. Very well balanced and warming brings out extra complexity.

Mouth feel was good, no complaints, nothing to make it stand out or too knock it down. A very velvety smooth liquid with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability was good and better as it warmed. A fine well balenced brew all-around. MK

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of June 2006, close enough so I'll take it. It is served in a tumbler.

A: The ale has a copper brown color with a small head and no haze.

S: There is a slight malt aroma and no hop presence.

T: The ale could be a little old, as a subtle metallic flavor lingers in the mouth. There was nothing extraordinary here in terms of flavors, the hops were very restrained and the malts were a little nutty.

M: The flavors were there and struggling to get out but never did.

D: The beer is worth another look just to confirm or deny my thoughts.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sold to me by one of my favorite vendors, and he said "Brooklyn's Brown is about as good as they get." I must say it did not meet this high status. Pours a dark translucent brown color with a moderate head that disappears quickly. Smell is great, very malty and sweet. Taste is good, but its hard to find anything about it that really sets it apart from other browns. The first taste is the malt with sugar, then the carbonation kicks in and amplifies both these tastes. In the end there is really more of the same, with little variation. A good beer, but I would say there are better Browns out there.

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

Clear crimson brown with a loose, thin frothy tan head that retains for the most part as a fizzy collar. Fairly rich malty aroma, although faint, seems to hold a fair amount of complexities...caramel, nuts, and even a fruity hoppiness. Flavor is dry and sweet with a well balanced hop character. Faint chocolate with some fruity esters. Good mouthfeel, dry, smooth, and medium-full with a light hop acidity in the finish.

Certainly an above average brown ale...not thin like many of the others. I like it.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep mahagony. A small, almost tan head gives off some good lace.
A touch of chocolate amlt in the nose accompanied by a slight nuttiness.
More nuttiness shows in the flavor. There is definately a chocolate and dark malt presence and a touch of hops.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. This one however gives off a slightly sour puckering type of mouthfeel even though it is not a sour flavored beer.
Not a bad brew by any means, just not my favorite brown ale.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, opaque. Foamy off-white head which stays for awhile. Not much lacing, but maybe it’s the plastic cup.

S: Roasty malts with a slight sweetness.

T: Roastyness and sweetness up front, some light hops followed by bitterness; a bit weak overall. Nice bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation, a little warty though.

D: Maybe because it’s on tap, but this really goes down easy. There is a lingering bitterness but it is pleasant.

Photo of barleyman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. Rocky dark head recedes into proper lace. After perhaps 10 years of only having Newcastle as the proper brown ale,
this is a newer, stronger, more intense style. The aroma of bread, yeast and malt predominates. The taste is of raisins, currants, bread, and malt and yeast. The mouthfeel is wonderful, about like Newcastle squared. I like the American brown ale, it's about time someone beefed up the recipe. The drinkability is good considering you will only be able to quaff a few of these

Just a thought,


Photo of expatsteve
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +9.1%
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.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.