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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice brown color that is clear and has a large amount of carbonation bubbles and a two finger head that is medium tan and is quite frothy, lingers nicely and leaves a great amount of lacing
S: chocolate and coffee malts at the forefront and also a slight sweetness
T: coffee malts hit first then it backs off a bit on the intensity and kind of slides gentle off the back of the palate with a slight sweetness, great complexity
M: medium carbonation intensity, then moves into a nice silkiness, drinks relatively thick, and leaves the mouth surprisingly dry
O: a really great representation of the style really has a great complexity and tastes really nice, Brooklyn kills it again

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with bright red highlights when held to the light. Very clear. Moderate khaki tan head with good retention.

Aroma-First aromas I pick up are bready and chocolatey, followed by caramel, chocolate chunk cookies, light coffee, and faint brownie batter. The chocolate is not like bitter dark chocolate, but more fudgy and sweet. Light fruity esters, perhaps cherry. Hop character in the nose is light, but is green and mildly citrusy.

Flavor-Light, citrusy hops mingle with chocolate and bready malt flavors, which slowly shift towards the more roasted end of the spectrum. The mid-palate shows a hint of sweet caramel and nuttyness, and the finish shows a bit more roast character, with light coffee notes showing through. In the aftertaste, the roasted malts linger on the tongue, and the finish is moderately dry. Hop bitterness is medium low throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with a sharp tingle of moderate carbonation before sliding across the palate with a relatively smooth and soft mouthfeel.

This is quite good-one of my favorite American brown ales. I would personally like some more hop character, as I feel that this is what distinguishes American from British browns, and I think it might give the beer even greater versatility with food, but that is a minor gripe. Smells great, tastes great, and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Need I say more?

Photo of cubedbee
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is rich in roasted and crystal malts. It has an intense chocolate smell as well. The taste is good. It is smooth and creamy with a great "brown" flavor created through the use of multiple crystal malts. It also has a decent hop taste that peeks through the malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an awesome brown ale with real malt character; a great sessions ale.

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.

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

A- Very dark amber, small tan head, a trace of which hangs around for most of the glass

S- A malty aroma, very fresh smelling

T-Very faint malty taste

M- Feels like a lot of carbonation

D- A very nice beer, not overpowering. It is very smooth and goes down easy with small aftertaste. I would buy this beer again. This is the first of four to be tried from the Brooklyn sampler.

Photo of sammyslick
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, slightly thin. Very small cream coloured head, sweet smell. Very drinkable

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a glowing garnet base and a sticky deep beige head that last and last with a some microbubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The faint chocolate malt has some dark Munich malt notes and a dry toffee hint in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The nice soft well-blended chocolate malt with deep toasted malt and a hint of roasted malt lead to a nice tartness in the finish that stays pretty light.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a gentle fizz note in the finish.

O- This is a tasty session beer with nice fresh flavors that are distinct but work really well together. Rich flavor but easier to drink that a stout. I would love to try this on cask as I thing it would really bring out the wonderful depth.

Photo of Murph
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber/brown with a creamy head and a nice clinging lace. Smells of light chocolate, caramel, and some malt. Sweet malt taste with some caramel and some faint bittersweet chocolate. Light earthy hops provide a nice bittering compliment to the sweetness. Creamy and smooth on the tongue and very drinkable. I really like this beer. A great session brew. Also, it has just the right amount of body that it is light enough for the summer and heavy enough for the winter.

Photo of Sigmund
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Deep brown colour, large light tan head. Pleasant aroma of dark and dried fruits and caramel, hints of chocolate, tobacco, oak and leather. Nice malty and nutty flavour with some caramel but not too sweet, well balanced with sufficient hops, hints of spices. Easy drinking, refreshing, decent mouthfeel. Moreish.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass with a small, fast dissipating, off white head. The beer appears a deep brown with glimmers of dark red when the light hits it.

The aroma is dominated by caramel malts, with no apparent chocolate, which was surprising.

The taste, similar to the aroma, has a lot of caramel malt, but the chocolate and slight hints of coffee come through in the taste. The mouth feel is very smooth, with an appropriate amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall, a very drinkable medium bodied brown ale with a very pleasant flavor profile.

Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, mahogany brown with good clarity and a healthy off-white head. Good head retention. Reduces to a healthy cap for the duration with ample wet lacings. Chocolate and nutty aromas with hints of coffee and molasses. Medium bodied with a smooth buttery feel and pleasant carbonation. Sweet chocolate and molasses flavors dominate with nutty and coffee hints in the background. Builds to a brief hoppy middle that quickly tapers to a dry, clean finish. Very drinkable. This would pair very well with spicy food.

Photo of Jetulio
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... brown dark beer with head colour beige of 1 fingers
Aroma... coffee, chocolate, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a big touch of malty aroma
Taste... chocolate and nuts, sweetness appears soon lasting all the time but in a good balance with a bitter touch,
Mouthfeel... medium/strong body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a light style with a predominance of malty taste, refreshing beer too.

Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that reduces to a quarter-inch layer in my glass.

It smells of chocolate, toasted malt and a bit of hops, a more complex aroma than I was expecting.

The taste is rich with chocolate and biscuit flavors and a bit of hops. As the label says, this is a bigger version of the English brown ale. There's a bit of a sour twang for the aftertaste. I'm impressed with this beer.

The body is smooth and creamy.

This is a good brown ale and one of the best I've had. Another winner from Brooklyn.

Photo of aristeros
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room--which looked sort of like an unfinished basement at the time--years ago and loved it so much I bought a case. First time I've seen it in Texas, though.

Pours a nice, dark brown, lighter cola brown in the light. Two fingers of tan head, retained for over a minute, excellent lacing. The beer has excellent clarity, which isn't always the case for a brown. Nose has sweet caramel malts and some nuts and raisins, with a very faint hop astringency.

Very smooth, with a watery mouthfeel bordering on creamy. Slightly sweet, semisweet chocolate chips and walnuts. Some caramel. Good balance of roasted and sweet flavors. Easy to drink, and I'll miss this six pack. Slight acid finish, like apple juice, not too easily detectable.

All in all, Dogfish Head's Indian Brown is superior in my opinion but it's not a 'straight' brown ale, but rather has spices and other stuff going on. Sam Smith's Brown is still my favorite, but I'm still seeing why I bought that case in Brooklyn several years ago.

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with a small off-white head that fades leaving no lacing.

S- Semi-sweet chocolate smell dominates with some caramel/toffee and bit of fresh baked cookies.

T- Again the semi-sweet chocolate character comes through up front with a crsip biscuit and cookie middle and a finish of bitter hops and chocolate.

M- Nice medium body with a medium high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly foamy and not harsh.

O- A really good beer. I've had mixed feelings on the Brooklyn beers I've had in the past but this one is quite tasty. Very chocolaty in character, almost to the extent of Young's Chocolate Stout.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall: This is a classic brown ale that is more winter than Autumn. In that way, this beer is deep rather than crisp like some brown ales, and rich rather than sweet like some brown ales. A brown ale to measure other brown ales by

A: a deep brown, cherry wood pour with a nice foamy head

S: Roasted malts with some sweetness and caramel

T: boozy, rich, with malty thickness and depth. Very smooth tasting - full of nutty, brown sugar, biscuit flavor with more than subtle chocolate and coffee on the finish. Very nice

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and good for sipping

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves when I first discovered Brooklyn Brewery in the mid 90's and used to hop the L train around the block near my Manhattan bachelor pad and zip out to the brewery for Friday night happy hours. Fresh, fresh beer and occasional Garrett Oliver sightings and attacks from Monster, the tough brewery cat.

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights and a thick inch-high head of oatmeal colored tightly bubbled foam that lingers long.

Aroma of sweet caramelly malt, some cocoa and fig.

Flavors initially of cocoa and mild charred oak, moving to fig and plum, some molasses, accented by caramel and toffee. A touch of sweetness, paired with a touch of roasted flavor and tannins.

Rich and full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes full, not bubbly. Very drinkable, good session beer.

Photo of Thur123
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very dark brown red color with about one finger worth of head. The carbonation judging by the head seems good but the look of it is slow. The smell is deeply roasted malt with a sweet chocolate edge along with a burnt smokiness that's very faint and also a toasted bread smell. Little sweetness in the smell but a very good balance all the same.

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The flavor is roast-like without being harsh or grating in the least bit. The mellow malt sweetness really comes up under the roast flavor and the chocolate provides a bit of bitterness as well as complexity to this malty goodness. A kind of sharp breadiness comes in towards the end as well. Overall a very nice drinking brown with subtle complexity and all proper flavors present. Drinkable and thought provoking for Brown ale.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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 Andreji
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 re-review:

Trying the brown ale fresh and on tap on location (during their happy hour fridays) definetly added more to the experience of the brown ale.

Cloudy brown pour, small tan head, not much carbonation but then again, it is fairly opaque so you wouldn't really see much.

smell is malty for the most part, seems a bit dry at first which i found interesting as to how it contrasts considerably with the taste. it is very discrete, however, but quite good.

Taste is great. sweet, roasted malts all over the place, a discrete burnt caramel undernote, with a alcohol astringency to follow up; yet a very soft balancing bitterness at the end, not too over-the-top so the whole mouthfeel is only favoured. And it is perfectly sessionable, for all the taste it's only 5.5abv.

Great beer.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually bought a six-pack to use in a barbecue sauce. Poured a 12oz bottle into an English pub glass.

A: Dark brown, tawny hues, with a really thick off-white lacing. The beer looks appetizing and you can tell just from its appearance that the beer is rich is creamy.

S: Sweet caramel malt aromas, nice nuttiness, reminds me of hazelnuts, chestnuts and maybe a dash of pecan. Brown sugar, and molasses. Maybe some allspice and vanilla too.

T&M: Rich in flavor, but light in mouthfeel. This is a brew that really packs a lot of punch, but is rather light and fluffy. The sweet malt really shines, but the chestnut flavors overtake around mid-palate. There is a slight hop note on the finish, rendering the beer crisp, but very full and long lasting.

Overall, I really love this beer. American Browns either tend to be too out of balance (either too sweet, or too hoppy). This one is perfect. I could drink this all the time with a nice piece of grilled meat. Never had a beer that had such a long and distinct finish. Wonderful!

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

12 oz. bottle.

I drank this as part of a flight of malty brews, starting with two beers from England: Monty Python's Holy Grail, then Wychwood Hobgoblin, and then to this Brooklyn Brown.

The transition from the Hobgoblin English Brown to this one immediately brought an adjective to mind for the Brooklyn that is often used in the wine world: "bright".

Indeed, the Brooklyn Brown was "brighter" on the palate than the Hobgoblin. It is malty, for sure, yet it was a cleaner feeling in the mouth in by taste.

I like this Brooklyn Brown, in fact it's one of the first Brown Ales I've ever had and I've always liked it.

I'd recommend this one without qualification.

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.)

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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