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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Largely brown, but light around the edges - clear enough to see pretty highly active carbonation, very fine looking. A good tan head settles on stop and has pretty good retention. Leaves erratic lacing all over the place.

Aroma: Caramel and grainy toast, with the faintest hint of spicy, neutral hops.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts up front. Gradually dries out as the sip progresses with a few nutty overtones, a toasted, grainy presence, a mild hop bitterness, and a steely, dry finish, perhaps from the water.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-thin bodied, big bubbled and uneven. Fairly big, fluffy head.

Drinkability: This one's pretty solid across the board, if not outstanding. Low in alcohol, tasty, attractive, and nothing distracting or cloying about it. A good outing from Brooklyn.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GPHarris
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two fingers thick tan-colored head into a tumbler. body is clear mahogany that leaves a nice ring throughout.
s - malty and chocolately.
t - tastes of toffee and roasted malts. slight pine hoppiness present.
m - smooth mouthfeel.
d - has a clean and slightly metallic finish. overall a decent beer but not one of my favorite brown ales.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear mahogany with deep reddish tones. Tall light tan head with good retention and rings of lace around the top of the glass followed by spotty lacing.

Moderate aromas with lots of earthyness,grassy,nutty,burnt carmell and slight vinious aromas also.

Earthy tasting with chocolate,very nutty,and grassy.A roasted coffee mid taste finishing crisp and clean with fruitty tartness.

A light mouthfeel with some creamyness and grainy textures. Easy drinking a good session beer.

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours brown with decent head that is fairly short lived.

Smell: Sweet smell of malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Hint of hops.

Taste: The sweetness is noticable first followed by a slight bitterness. I have now had two six packs of this and for some reason both have had a strong astringent taste, not sure if this is typical but it was a put off.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body than some brown ales, relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Seemed rather balanced, the astringency turned me off of it and I tried another six pack to see if it was something weird with the one I had but got the exact same thing. Maybe both were in my local store too long. Either way I could see drinking a few of these.

I won't let the not so great experiences hold me back from trying this beer again, I would like to have it on tap.

Photo of herman77
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown with a light khaki colored head that looks velvety and smooth. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very light overall, what is there is roasted malt, coco, nuts and a dash of hops.

T: Light toasted malt with some malty nuttiness to it. A bit of coco powder and some light earthy hops.

M: Medium to lighter body. Soft and smooth carbonation.

O: Pretty good drinkability. Nothing special, but still very well made.

Photo of beeroclock
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight muddy head, deep brown with red hues. Smelled of coffee grinds and... (bananas?). Can't really tell what the smell is, but it's slightly sweet and decent enough. Tasted of some coffee, caramel and a little chocolatey. Somewhat sweet. Doesn't have the aftertaste that leaves you wanting more, but nothing offensive. I've only had this and the Lager from the Brooklyn brewery. I keep hearing they have such a good line up, hopefully we can get some of their more unique brews down here in FL.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a clear brownish red with a short eggshell head that receives quickly. Carbonation is moderate, lacing nonexistent.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, malt, some hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with some added earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It's oddly thin for the style. Could use a little more body.

Overall: Pretty average brown ale. On a cold evening I'd rather have their winter ale.

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.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Crundy
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear Dark Brown with Ruby tones when held up to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet Caramel and roasted malt, smell of alcohol, some dried fruit notes,

Taste: sweet roasted malt is prominent but the roasted flavor really stands out, some coffee and nut flavors, minimal bitterness, kind of an acrid aftertaste

Mouth Feel: dry mouth feel, significant bite from the carbonation, light bodied

Overall: The color is appealing, the smell makes you want to drink it but the flavor lets you down. That said its a decent brown ale but i've had better.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with lighter hues around the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head settles to about 1/8 of an inch, but never completely goes away. Scattered patches of creamy looking lacing.

S: Thin, runny caramel, bread crust, suggestions of toffee and brown cocoa. Bread pudding and perhaps some golden raisin. Vague oily hop scent in the background. Not particularly bold or interesting, but not bad.

T: Bread pudding. Thin caramel, cola, bread crust, cocoa and nutty chocolate. Light woodiness. Berry fruitiness tucked within it allFlash of oily, citric hops toward the end. Drying yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full, but a blast of aggressive seltzery carbonation really tears through it to the point of being a distraction.

O: A serviceable brown, even if it isn't the most well put together beer. There's nothing that really stands out about it though, and no real motivation to re-visit if other options are present.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown with a medium thick light tan head. Light toasted malt aroma. Flavor was slightly nutty with a little bit of sweetness and just a little hint of tartness. Thinner in the body. Overall, not as rich and robust an offering in the brown ale category as others.

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