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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 939
Hads: 2,277
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 64
Gots: 313 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 Schwarzbart
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color with a decent medium head and a nice covering on top that remained for the entire drink. Not much lacing at first, but the lower the beer got the better.
Aroma was of sweet roasted malts and a little nutty.
Flavor was much like it smelled with a little more of the nutty flavor upfront, but an astringent taste that hit the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel was smooth with just the right amount of carbonation for a brown ale.
Not bad, but not as good as the other Brooklyn Brewery beers that I have had.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar (Newark airport).

Head is small, dense, thick, white (a little bit cream-colored), frothy. It's almost a little nitro-like. A clear, dark, brown beer with red highlights. Nose is faint, fruity with some toffee. Big toffee taste. Roasty caramel and toffee, toffee, toffee malt! Some chocolate, sweetly fruity and full. A fairly bitter chocolate finish makes this a very nice brown. A little sour fruit at the end, too: nice!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy dark brown color into a traditional pint glass. There was about a finger-thick head, and retention was decent. The scent of the beer revealed rich malt sweetness combined with slight coffee and nut aromas. There wasn't much of a hop profile to this beer.

Tasting: The predominant flavor was slightly roasted malt, followed by a light coffee taste. This was the most assertive part of the beer. There was very little bitterness on the back of the tongue. It had a medium body and viscosity, and the alcohol flavors were very well-hidden by the strong malt presence. It was the kind of beer from which I could take large sips and really enjoy it. It went down very easily and paired well with the slightly salty food I was eating (more of a contrast).

I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who is interested in the Brown Ale style. It tasted like the cousin of the Porter, which is one of my favorite styles. The high drinkability of this beer makes it an excellent choice.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got me a Bubba Gump Pilsner glass by ordering this while out to dinner with the wife. Had already been poured when the waitress brought it to me. Showed a nice beige head that lasted quite a while and left good lace.

My nose picked up a little hint of coffee, Had a somewhat nutty flavor not too sweet and actually not as thin in the mouth as I thought it might be.

Pretty smooth finish, although drinking 22oz. was a bit much as it started getting a little too warm towards the end.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this real nut brown ale. I once liked Newcastle, but it's now too thin for me.
The Brooklyn Brewery, is brewing some great beers for such a short lived label. One of their better offerings is the Brooklyn Brown Ale. Weighing in at 5.6% alcohol by volume, this is no lite affair, but neither will this beer weigh you down after more than a few pints. Just like the Newcastle, Brooklyn’s Brown pours up a lovely dark brown with ruby around the edges. However, unlike the English ale, the New York beer develops a nice tan head and offers a mixed caramel and roasted chocolate/coffee aroma with even a hint of fruit (cherry?). Both beers are inoffensive and easy to drink, leaving a hoppy, nutty aftertaste, but after comparison, the Brooklyn Brown stands up as a great brown. Not the best feeling in the mouth, a bit thin, but not bad or anything to complain about.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz.'er pours with a clear mahogany hue topped with a tasty looking khaki head cap that sticks to the glass.

Brewed ice tea scents and some brown sugar.

First swigs: Initial flavors are of light brown sugar and mirored nose characteristics of brewed tea. Lingering caramel aftertaste and coca-cola like taste and feel. Light caramel.

Brisk in the kisser with a quick carbonation bustle. Really effervescent. Basic medium body with a twinge of cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Basic benign brown that was a welcome addition to a mixed case I picked up. Nada mas, nada menos. An okay beer.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Best before date is notched August 2005.

The off white head is thin and the color of the beer is dark brown with a little red showing through.

There is a mild toasted malt character present, along with a good amount of esters. Hops are kept low. There are hints of watery coffee and dark, sugary fruits (somewhat fig-like) on the nose.

Carbonation is medium high, and the body of the ale is thin to medium thin.

Roasted malt on the tongue, with a moderate hop presence. A slight sweetness is in there, maybe bittersweet is more accurate. The finish is slightly astringent with some hop bitterness and a little coffee flavor lingering.

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Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This as a silky offwhite head. It isn't tall, but it is thick and looks like I think it should. It sticks to the glass well. The body is a dark rich burnt umber.

Smell: Very hoppy. And a nice hop smell. Fruity and resiny.

Taste: This is my absolute favorite American Brown Ale with good distribution. It is well hopped. The malts are chocolate or coffee-like. It is fruity, well balanced, and intriguing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. silky/velvety.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I really enjoy this beer everytime I have it.

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Photo of battlekow
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a thick head that lasts and provides excellent lacing. Smells woody and chocolatey and hoppy. Tastes sweet and chocolatey upfront, followed by hoppiness, with a nice lingering roasty bitterness. If you burp, it's all piney hops. Mouthfeel is very nice; the carbonation level is perfect. If you're a hophead, you probably don't like brown ales much, but you should give this one a shot. The hoppiest brown ale I've had.

Thanks to RealityDeviant for sending me a few bottles of this.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by Sept. '05 - served chilled in a mug. Pours a nice mahogany hue with a 2 finger tan head that takes some time to recede and leaves nice pits and leaves nice rings and patches of lace on the glass. In the nose are almonds, green hops, and chocolate. On the palate there is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, with a green/piney hop kick that gets more bitter as it warms. It is kinda thick and heavy for a brown but it has a smooth carbonation and feels very nice. An interesting take on a brown - one made for hopheads like me.

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Photo of kegerator
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice brown ale.
pours a brown/mahognay color with hints of ruby when held to the light. it develops a nice 1 inch head that dissipates at a medium rate
aroma of sweet caramel, chocolate notes and slight nut with a faint but noiotced hop aroma.
taste was carmel malts with hitns of chocolate and nut.
mouth feel is creamy, smooth and coats the tongue well.
very nice brown.

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Photo of nortmand
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First- I'm pretty sure this is the best brown I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. So complex, but at the same time quite easy drinking.
Pours reddish brown, with a white head that goes away pretty quick.
Smell is deep, rich and chocolate. Quite impressive. There is a slight floral hop aroma in the depths of the nostrils. Very faint, but there nonetheless.
Slight acid up front, rounding out into sweet chocolate tones by mid tongue. There is an end bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a bit. All of these flavors are pronounced, but none of them overpower one another. Quite well done.
Silky mouthfeel supported by an appropriate carbonation.
As you can see, I'm quite happy with this beer and find it quite drinkable. Goes great by itself and even better with well made food.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel color that seems a bit light for the style to me. Medium head that doesn't leave a ton of lace.

Smell is thick with syrupy malt and some caramel notes. Bit of chocolate in there, as well, but not as prominent.

Flavor is sweet with the same thick caramel and chocolate flavors. The hops are a little understated; I felt that the malt was almost too much to not have more malt to hold it in balance. If you dig the caramel flavors, you'll like this one a lot; I just thought it was okay.

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Photo of taez555
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear ruby-brown body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a mild mix of milk chocolate, coffee, very faint meat, dark sugars, biscuit, dark fruits and even some mild Belgian or German malt notes.

The taste was smooth and light bodied. Very clean and light bodied ale with a whole host of dark malt flavors. Milk chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar and faint touches of smoke. A very even, although faint, bitterness. As it warms a dry citrus peel hop taste becomes much more prominent.

A very nice session beer. A really like all the prominent dark malt tastes in such a lighter bodied beer. Not quite the classic English style brown, but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of pgroove
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew has quickly become my favorite in the Brooklyn line, which, by extension, makes it my favorite beer in the whole entire universe. Yeah. Soooo, it's packed with flavor and is medium to dark in color. Some say it's drinkability prevents it from being a session beer but I disagree. Drink it, and drink lots of it.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 oz purchased for review.

Color is deep chestnut brown with an fluffy 2 finger light beige head in my standard pint glass. Head lasts for a few minutes before settling into a thin ring, leaving light, spotty lace.

The nose is a moist compote of dark and sticky fruit, cocoa, caramel, and toested malts with a soft floral hop note.

Flavor starts with dried cherry, prune, and caramel chocolate sweetness, and ends a bit dry with notes of pumpernickle bread and faint wildflowers. Well balanced and well made.

Body is a tad too light, with a slightly chewy mouthfeel from the dark toasty flavors. Highly sessionable. I bet it's been more than ten years since I had this for the first time, and it still tastes good to me. That is not an easy statement to make with a lot of beers out there.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now American/English brown ales have never been my favorite style, but this one is one of the better ones out there. Pours a fairly dark brown, bout 1/2 inch of head on tap. Smell isn't all that special. Taste... some roasted malt/chocolate up front, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy finish. Maybe a tad thin on the mouthfeel but not bad. Quite drinkable, a good session beer for sure. Brooklyn makes much more exciting beers, but this is a solid option that is located in many bars just starting to open up to better beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish nut brown with a thin tan head. No lace. Smells of caramel and molasses.

Taste is a bit one dimensional. Caramel malt and some hops in the finsih and that's it. No depth or richness to the malt and I just don't think the hops mesh well with it. It's a little thin. Not too enjoyable this one. I'll give this Brooklyn offering a miss.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle with a small white head. The beer is a dark brown/mahogany/deep amber hue and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt mostly, with undertones of fruit perhaps dark currant and a small amount of milk chocolate and even some lightly roasted coffee. The taste really surprised me because i dont normally expect much complexity or layers in a brown ale but this one is definately not your average brown ale. The taste starts with a caramel malt flavor as well as some dark fruit flavors maybe prunes, currants, grapes or raisins as well as a hint of roasted coffee and ends with a bittersweet dark chocolate like finish that lingers in your mouth for a few seconds. Really a well structured brown ale, I'm surprised I liked it as much as i did because i havent really been a big brooklyn fan until now but this beer is like newcastle with balls. One of my favorite brown ales.

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Photo of pikemark
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Bison County in Waltham.

It was a chestnut color with red hues. Not much head but the lacing with sticky. The smell was surprising for me because I thought it would have more of a roasted smell but it was very fruity.

The taste was also more hoppy than I thought. It finished real bitter which I really enjoyed but I was hoping for more of a roasted coffee flavor.

My only qualm with this was that the alcohol wasnt hidden a well as I wouldve liked. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown with some garnet highlights; not much head or lacing but a collar that lasts throughout

Smell: Strong caramel malt nose with a bit of dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts out sweet with chocolate flavors; dries out and gets a bit bitter in the middle, but the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Brown Ale, but I would like to see a bit more body

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Photo of asabreed
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Brooklyn I've had on tap for a while. Here goes.

Appearance: Darker than some browns I've tried and seen, but also lighter than some. A medium brown / chestnut color. Overall pretty good. The head doesn't stay long, and the lace sticks moderately to the glass.

Smell: Faint hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee. Heavy malts, but more whiffs make the hops pretty apparent also, though they're prerty subdued.

Taste: Chocolate malt it seems like, with some high end roasted / burnt character to it. Hints of caramel. Hints of hops. Wish it was more balanced, but it's done fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as it may seem with the taste and aromas. Medium bodied, though the carbonation was done very well, on the lighter side but complimentary.

Drinkability: It's a little sweeter than I'd hoped, which makes it more of a dessert-type beer for those who don't enjoy stouts as much as "lighter" beers, if that's the right word. Maybe "lighter" beers I suppose. Overall it's definitely worth trying, for either the curious or the brown ale fan.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice. The year of the freshness date was clearly marked but the month was not.
The color's a rich brown (mahagony as the bottle says). No head to speak of.
Smells of sweet coffee and mild malts... some hoppy bite here and there; the flavor notes match the smell but more so. A little too sweet in my book; reminds me of Newcastle but with a more watery mouthfeel and reminds me more of candy than beer.
The overdone candy flavors makes it tough to have more than a couple of these. A cold glass of water is welcome to cleanse to pallet after drinking one.
Reminds me of a darker, sweeter Brooklyn lager. Definately worth a try but once you have had it you'll probably want to experiment with other things or go with beers that fall in with your old standards.

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Photo of Sammy
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brown colour, not much taste and from a bit of bitter and malts. Aggressively carbonated. Ok with food, medium mouthfeel with a spot of nuttiness.Skunky aroma, it may have travelled about but was always kept at good temperature, and before expiry date.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear ruby chestnut with a light frothy head. Aroma is malty with a good hop presence and faint caramel and cocoa elements.

Taste is immediately dominated by the malt. Rich chocolate malt tempered with some more traditional toasty flavor. Cocoa bits fade into a more vinous nature as the glass empties. Faintly medicinal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but light as per the style. A decent example, would be better if not for the slight acrid aftertaste that leaves it just a little unpleasant. I like my brown ales more on the "brown" side and less on the hoppy end. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this one.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.