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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,975
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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 sauron681


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours light brown, with medium carbonation and a good head that leaves too quick for a brown, ok on the lacing.
Aroma of chocolate and raisins. Very clear and clean, medium mouthfeel.
Tastes of burnt toffee, caramel malt sweetness, with light astingency. Finishes dry with slight coffee hints

05-10-2012 02:29:59 | More by sauron681
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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap at Old Chicago

Pours dark-brown amber with a two finger off-white head. Smells like a red ale but with some roasted characteristics. Taste is different than what I expected, overripe pears and apples are the most predominant, finishing with roasted hazelnut. Mouthfeel is great, smooth and it's body feels fuller than it is. It is dry, tho.

Quite enjoyable.

05-09-2012 06:12:58 | More by jimmah120
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-05-2012 17:53:46 | More by The_Revisionist
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-05-2012 04:43:05 | More by Fbm427
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-04-2012 01:13:10 | More by tbeer40
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-02-2012 04:22:48 | More by blackfoot86
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly translucent ruby-brown coloring with a short stacked, off-white, light head that quickly settles down into a filmy coating with a ring of bubbling around the edge of the surface. Aromas are rich, roasted, and nutty, with a touch of toffee throughout. Smells sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Flavors are blended well and smooth throughout, with a roasted nut backbone that has touches of hazelnut as well chestnut and peanut characters. Sweet buttercream highlights keep all of the flavors playing along together, leading to a light, creamy aftertaste and a quick, clean finish. The increased carbonation and light body keep the beer from becoming cloying or overpowering. Very easy to drink with a very decent flavor profile overall. Tasty.

04-29-2012 03:47:01 | More by GarthDanielson
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-28-2012 23:52:56 | More by Hanzo
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-28-2012 23:38:36 | More by aztraz
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-26-2012 21:05:56 | More by lozz123
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before Aug. 2012.

A: certainly brown, but neither real dark or real light. the body is actually transparent. more of a rim than a head, however does leave some draping lacing behind.

S: roast starts things off on the nose. almost a little ashy. chocolate. reminds me a little bit of hot chocolate powder.

T: the body actually has a good deal of fruit to it. green grapes. pear. transitions to a bitter roast with a mild finish. mostly bittersweet, but perhaps even a little roasty/smokey.

M: moderate carbonation on an ideally medium body.

D: with most of the examples from the american brown category getting more and more beastly, it is nice to have an example that can deliver flavor without an overbearing body. not a bad "session" american brown.

04-26-2012 01:51:03 | More by Jimmys
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-25-2012 22:09:11 | More by chapcat
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-25-2012 00:08:40 | More by Satchboogie
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-24-2012 20:48:51 | More by Mart1
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-23-2012 01:23:34 | More by TheBigBoy
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-21-2012 00:32:31 | More by buckyp
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2.83/5  rDev -22%

Pours a light brown color with an off white head and lacing. Aroma of caramel, floral/citrus hops and nuts.

Taste: Caramel and slight toffee upfront, hop bitterness chimes in orange citrus flavors. There is a tart twang (overactive ale yeast strain/infection?) and is a touch metallic. Finishes more malty and slightly dry.

M/O: Light medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, without the weird twang this would be a great brown ale. If I get a better sample I will re-review, but the bottle was fresh.

04-20-2012 12:26:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-16-2012 18:57:35 | More by pchalk
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-16-2012 17:38:41 | More by SalMineo
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-14-2012 22:03:23 | More by vbiliyar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-12-2012 19:12:05 | More by lovellfam5
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

I got a bottle of Brooklyn's Brown Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have always wanted to try some beer from this brewery, but since they aren't available in Michigan I have never had the chance to try this beer till now, so lets see how it goes. It had a best before date of June 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty clean and traditional looking. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on a nice bright deep ruby red color that was fairly clear when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This Brown Ale looks on par for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a nice amount of sweet caramel malts that impart some nice, toasted, toffee caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, and slight espresso like coffee aromas. Towards the end I get a slight nuttiness and some more roasted aromas with a little bit of chocolate at the end and there were no hops that I could pick up. I liked the aroma of this beer, it's pretty complex, slightly nutty and it had a little more roast then normal for a Brown Ale, all those aspects came together to make for a pretty good aroma.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma and follows it nicely. It starts off with a large amount of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice grainy, brown bread, toffee, and caramel flavors. It isn't as roasty as the aroma was but it still imparts a slight coffee and chocolate flavor along with and equally light nutty flavor. There's a slight tartness at the end followed by a light amount of medium bitterness and a malty, brown bread, and a nutty aftertaste. This was a good tasting Brown Ale, my only complaint was the slight tartness on the finish, but other then that I thought the flavor was nice.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good example of an American Brown Ale, it had some nice complex aromas and flavors that were more robust then the average American Brown Ale and that made this beer stick out a little and made it memorable. This beer had pretty good drinkability it went down pretty fast and smooth and had enough flavor to hold my attention, I could see drinking two or three of these in a row if I was in the mood for a Brown Ale. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was really nice, roasty, and complex, I thought it was really well done. What I liked least about this beer was the slight tartness on the finish of this beer, it just seemed out of place, and it was unnecessary. I would buy this beer again if it was available, but since it's not I doubt I will be having it anytime soon. If you like American Brown Ales I for sure recommend giving this beer a try. This was my first beer from Brooklyn Brewery and I have to say that I was impressed and that it made for a pretty good first impression for this brewery and I am interested in trying many more beers from this brewery, there are more then a couple that I have my eye on. Good Job guys this is one solid American Brown Ale.

04-11-2012 03:42:27 | More by StoutHunter
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-11-2012 02:55:09 | More by screwcap
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a 1.5 finger light tan head.

Smells of floral hops along with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee as well.

Flavor is coffee and roasted malt but quickly followed by a not so good metallic taste. Some caramel and bitter dark chocolate is there along with a light tartness. A moderate bitterness and a sticky finish ends it.

Overall this is a decent brown ale but could be better. If the metal taste would go away it would be a whole lot better.

04-11-2012 00:31:10 | More by rangerred
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-09-2012 01:35:32 | More by moskal
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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