Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 50
Gots: 269 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of dmarch
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with a slight head. Aroma is malty and slightly chocolatey. Taste is of caramel and molassass up from with a hoppy finish. Definately an American brown ale. The mouthfeel I feel is a little overcarbonated for the style. There is also some warming alcohol in the mouthfeel which I feel makes it seem a bit strong for the style (although 5.2% is hardly strong, it seems so for this particular beer.)

Photo of rabidawg
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep ruby-brown with a creamy, slow-settling, off-white head. Excellent lacing and minimal apparent carbonation. Nice, creamy cap stuck around until the end.

Smell: Sweet malty goodness with slight chocolaty notes. Gentle hops, just a kiss, keep everything nicely balanced. Requires substantial agitation to release the bouquet.

Taste: Very smooth, but slightly watery, body. More roasted malt, again with the slightest chocolate. Fairly straightforward, although with a much fresher, greener hop profile than most brown ales. Finishes slightly dry and doughy, with leafy hops in the end. Gets greener as it warms, with more chocolate and spiciness too. Body also thickens slightly as it warms. Don't drink this one too cold.

Notes: A good alternative to the Newcastles of the world, and would make a beautiful bridge beer for that potential BA we all know.

Photo of bierman2000
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a brown ale for crying out loud. There's nothing too impressive or oppressive abouth this beer. It's light brown color and medium body is full of malts in the first few sips but it quickly fades as the beer warms and the flavor seems to subside and become one brown mass. Low ABV leads to a good session beer as it almost runs the gamut of being a mild ale much like the British ales.

Photo of yosh
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap: Flying Saucer, Raleigh NC.

This beer was a dark brownish color with a moderate tan head. It had a bitter taste to it and had hints of coffee and chocolete in it. The head disappears rather quickly and leaves some lace on the glass. This beer was ok, but I probably wouldn't get it again soon.

Photo of fattychubs
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat brown but with very red highlights, served with a short tan head, that leaves a patchy lace over the top. Aroma was sweet malts, but I smelled a little hop which didn’t seem characteristic of a brown ale. The taste started with mildly sweet malts, a small hint of coffee, but moves to a spicy bitter hop flavor, and ends slightly acidic with a crisp hop finish. Body was barely medium.

It just seemed very different then what I am used to in brown ales, not very sweet, very hoppy. As it warmed up the hops dominated even more and I liked it less. Not horrible though, just not what I was expecting.

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

Pours a transparent but dark and deep chestnut, with a chunky foam head, tons of shards of stain, and some good lace.

Smells of malty scents: chocolate, wood, roasted walnuts. Deep and luxurious. Taste is light: a mix of thin malt, dry burnt toast, and a little hops at the end. But it expands to chocolate flavors, and boy does it ever... sweet without ever being a sweet beer, there is a slight fruitiness in this beer, too. The finish tastes of roasted nuts and coffee of the highest quality without toasting your tastebuds. Impressively full of flavor and character.

To me, had the exact mouthfeel for the style: thin in the British session ale tradition. Thus, it's excessively drinkable as adherence to the style should dictate. Great on tap in NYC, good in bottles. A good beer to always have around, and excellent for wooing the ignorant into beerdom. This is my standard for the style.

Photo of thefireman
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a sampler case so I could try a couple styles for the forst time. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch head. First taste the rich maltiness, nutty, coffee flavor. Enough hops to balance without being overbearing. Very drinkable any time of year for me. On my list of "must stock" beers.

Photo of marc77
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, ruddy deep chestnut in hue. Thick, persistent, dense tan head leaves lace. The aroma is predominantly of dry baker's chocolate and stately toffee along with faintly floral hops. Tame. Biscuit and burnt bread upfront in flavor ensued by mellow cocoa and an herbal tinge of hops. Salty, lightly mineral notes mid palate along with hints of whole wheat cracker. Mild hop bitterness. Light, crisp, with well calculated attenuation and residual dextrins. Finishes mostly clean and dry, with fleeting hints of molasses and savory biscuit. A no frills drinkable brown with enough character to keep the palate interested. Tasty, but mostly unremarkable.

Photo of kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice apearance with a little bit of a thin head. ruby brown in color.
it has a very pleasant chocolately nutty smell to it, with a touch of hops underneath.
the taste is pleasantly hoppy, with a nutty, creamy, chocolatey finish, that reminds me of walnuts or almonds and chocolate with a little hoppy bite at the end. the malt has a nice roasted flavor.
the mouthfeel is decent in that it is thick enough of the slight richness. drinkability is good, it's nice and easy and not too rich.

Photo of dwarbi
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a reddish tint. The head goes away quickly, but provides decent lacing. Smells very nutty and complex. Wonderful aroma. Tastes clean, a little light, but very, very drinkable. One of the best "all night" beers made by Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2002 about a year ago, so I will take this into account. Just I will not pour this beer out, must sample and see how it holds up. Appears a very deep amber ruby brown with a cream toffe head very nice looking full three finger sized head that as it dwindles leaves even pattern of trickled lace. Aroma consists of pine cone like hops and a slightly burnt malt character. The two aromas blend fairly well, to form an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is a bit worn by the age, but I can still detect a slightly vinous grap character blended with a mild chocolate/coffe tone and the hop bitterness works well together. Overall one very nice session beer that I will try again due to the age of this one.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The Pre-Prohibition Beer." Shiny cordovan in color with a nice off-white head and trails of sticky lace. Sweet malt and hops aroma with a light fruity bouquet. The malt is caramel sweet and slick. Abundantly hopped with citrusy bitterness and some back of the throat bite. A hint of chocolate and coffee peek through the velvety texture making for an easy to drink brew.

Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish, reddish-brown, good depth, smallish beige head, a little less than a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some unorganized lace. The aroma seems a tad muted, nicely hoppy, spicy, floral, malty, unsweetened chocolate. Awesome palate, it makes you rethink what a brown ale can be, bittering hops establishes the flavor profile with subsequent toasty malts, floral, pine, spiciness… very well constructed. Unbalanced, leans towards the hops but the caramelized influences create a nice linger aftertaste. Dry finish, leafy. Ideal carbonation, excellent mouthfeel, medium-bodied. This is a very impressive brown ale, recommended… thanks stegmakk for the sample!

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

One of the better offerings in my humble opinion from a great Eastern brewery, and second only to their Double Chocolate Stout in my heart and on my master list for this brewery.

A deep unblurred sangrineous color on the pour, the head portly in size, spumescent in texture, a winsome light beige in color and a thick sticky sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The nose is sweet malt, crisp and slightly floral, a real treat for the old schnozzle with a rich malt start that is somewhat sweet, and the top fair to middling in feel. Finish has a perky acidic bite, the hops pounce on your palate, like the Brooklyn Dodgers did the Yankees? Quite dry aftertaste and a real sweetheart of a beer and a real keeper in my book.

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

One of the first things that struck me about this brown ale was that it looked almost predominantly red, rather than brown. The actual combination of these two colors makes for a rather impressive appearance, along with the small but consistent head. A sweet, alcoholic odor mixed with a subtle roasted fragrance. The same sweetness, coupled with a caramel or toffee flavor comprised this ale's particularly complex taste. Bitter hints were also present, along with a bit of a yeasty or grainy taste towards the end. This ale could have been fuller, however, especially to complement the more complex taste. Nothing beyond average in the mouthfeel of this beer, unfortunately. Overall, the Brooklyn Brown Ale had a good, sweet, somewhat roasted taste that allows for a continuously pleasurable drinking expereince. The beer tastes good, and will not disappoint fans of a darker ale.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one!
Brooklyn Brown is that, brown, with a nice red glow to it. Nothing overpowering in the aroma, but sweet malt and toffee is detectable. Mouthfeel could use an improvement...I was hoping for a fuller, richer body. That's my only complaint, and it's not really a very important one.

This brew has a wonderful flavor. Sweet maltiness precedes mellow caramel and chocolate flavors. I could and would drink this all night. Great aftertaste as well, as others have mentioned. Possibly my favorite brown ale...however this does not surprise me as I have only had one other brown ale on tap...Newcastle. Eh, right? Brooklyn's effort is applauded! This is a smooth, malty, flavorful beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with ruby hints to it, medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is doughy, chocolate, some nuttiness showing through, and a very minimal hop note towards the end. Flavor is mainly chocolate, some caramel, mildly hoppy finish. Fairly thin in the mouth, feels smooth due to light carbonation.

Photo of Brent
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thing of beauty in the glass -liquid mahogany. A little more hopped-up than the English variety of brown ale, but still retained a fairly mineral crispness. I think brown ales in general get shortchanged because they strive for a certain balance, rather than grabbing attention with excess or novelty. This is a well-crafted brown with good drinkability - I would happily drink more.

Photo of Running4beer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber/copper with a little hazy color a thick white head that is gone within seconds. A sweet malt aroma is giving off. Taste is similar to the smell sweet malts a slight hint of hops and some caramel. A bit of carbonation on the tongue a smooth taste with an easy going drinkability. A good beer but nothing special about this. Was expecting a little more from this.

Photo of Stubbie1
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a real dark orange. Gives off a decent off white head. Doesn’t leave much of a lace. Aroma was a bit nutty but mostly malt, somewhat sweet. Taste was the nose. A nutty malt flavor. A bit dry and bitter at the finish. Nothing to crazy but over all an OK beer.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample on cask at Redbones.

This cask conditioned ale poured a clear, dark, chocolate brown color with good, creamy, light tan foam. The smell was modest and was mostly floral hops. The taste was initially floral hops, but then chocolate malt and sweet caramel malt flavors poked through. There was a bit of floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and clean, with a slight chocolate aftertaste. This was a very drinkable brown ale from cask!

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty brown ale with nice maltiness, and a very good hop load....pours a cherrywood in color....tan creamy lace...nose is spicy hoppy...leathery...tobacco....medium bodied for the most part but at times it feels a little thin.....soft caramel malt backbone but the hops are what really stand out.....same as the nose...spicy...leafy...leathery...very nice hop flavor....finishes on a dry note....a very good Brown Ale that leans more hoppy than malty....

Photo of hyuga
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-presented chocolate brown brew with an off-white head that stays very well and leaves lots of lace. I'm glad I poured this perfectly, it's the only bottle I've got and it's not available in my area. I was only able to get this thanks to francisweizen! Anyway, on to the aroma. Certainly smells like a well-hopped beer, I'm getting hints of earthy and leafy hops. Chocolate malt makes itself known quickly, combining very well with the hops. A bit of grainy malt character is detectable under all of this. As for the flavors, it looks like we've got a winner in this department too. Hops are really leafy throughout, hitting their peak in the middle of the palate. Chocolate malt is the major player on the sweetness side, making itself known best at the front and back. Rind-like hop bitterness balances things out. Crisp, dry finish. Nice medium body, but flavorful. Not much complexity, but this is a good, solid beer that will satisfy your palate well. Easy drinking and refreshing, it would make a good session beer. I'd definitely get this again.

Photo of porter17
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A good product. Not overwhelming in any sense--good or bad-- but a beer that you can drink any time. I brought a six-pack over to 2 different friend's houses (people who don't understand good beer-- and they were both against trying it, preferring their Amstels or Buds) but they were both like "wow" when they tried the Brooklyn Brown. It will not turn off those who normally drink tasteless from beers from the big breweries. For fellow beer advocates: don't look for this beer to knock your socks off but it will satisfy and quench your beer desire.

Photo of shirfan
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown, mostly clear with just a hint of haze. Decent sized head settles to a layer of extremely fine bubbles that lace well.

Smells of baker's chocolate and confectionary sugar with just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste follows suit without ever becoming cloying or bock-ish. Starts with a delicately bitter chocolate note, moves to an earthy, rich yet still dry malt flavor, and finishes with just enough zesty hop flavor to balance the beer out. A wholesome yeast flavor underlies the entire progression.

This is very well-balanced and drinkable; as others have said, it would make an excellent session beer.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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