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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 142 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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Photo of RWLawman
3/5  rDev -17.4%

RWLawman, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rmehughes, Oct 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

knb112, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of dougbassett
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd beer from a usually reliable brewery. I think it looks fantastic, just like a brown ale should -- a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy head that lingers. Unfortunately the nose is just routine: some cherries, some chocolate reminiscent of very rich sweet milk chocolate, a whisper of hops. The flavors are even more restrained than the nose -- chocolate malt and some hops, mainly, with a very light cherry finish. This beer is interesting in that I think the problem lies in a criteria I usually blow past when I do one of these things -- the mouthfeel. I think the beer is so disappointingly light because I think the mouthfeel is too light, like most brown ales it does better with a heavier mouthfeel (to support the stronger flavors). Not Brooklyn's best.

dougbassett, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Lob
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Lob, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

nitter, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

chasmandocharles, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

hockeyfighter19, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-brown colored brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head fades fast to a medium cap that persists. Once the cap fades rather slowly a light level of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell. Mixed with these are notes of chocolate and a coffee aroma. Some sweet caramel joins the darker aromas and with a light bitter herbal aroma rounds out the smell.

Taste – A roasted malt and chocolate flavor greet the tongue. Some light coffee flavors are present as well but are gone rather fast as some molasses sweetness more toward the middle of the taste comes to fruition. While the taste sweetness in the middle, it ends up bittering more toward the end as some of the bitter herbal hop flavors detected in the nose come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was a little bit on the higher side. Not the best for the roasted and darker flavors, and may have been better suited with a creamier and chewier body.

Overall – I am not really a huge fan. The flavors never really meld well and the transitions are quite abrupt.

Darkmagus82, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a 3 finger tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. I can detect cherries, caramel, and some chocolate in the aroma. Smells like this should be slightly sweet.

Tastes like I thought it would based on the aroma. Cherries, caramel malt, and some chocolate. Neither the taste or the aroma are very strong, which is too bad. What I can taste is good, but there isn't enough flavor to boost the score to a higher level.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a slight aftertaste of cherries. This could be a very nice beer, if the taste and aroma were stronger.

hardy008, Oct 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

pin, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

rwshelton2, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mmilyko, Oct 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dmmcgove, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Prestonlegal, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BrazilianAussie, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown. Light head of light tan which recedes pretty quickly.

Nose has coffee and malt notes. Slight roastiness, overall full.

Taste has a roasty malt character but an annoying bitterness. Dark chocolate, coffee flavour, but also a bit of a surprising lightness. Hops are present and give a bitter edge, but it doesn't seem to work as well as it could.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, body is initially thick, but it trails off. Carbonation is appropriate to give a bit of crispness. Aftertaste is medium, slightly malty, a bit cloying.

Its good beer, but I thought the profile on the palate was a bit disjointed, and suggested room for improvement. Overall, a good standard brown ale.

mick303, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Beeradelphia, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mattparsons, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Bouncingsoul1682, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

tubeyes, Sep 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

skaboom420, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12pk at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a clear dark-copper brown with pretty much no lasting head to speak of. Coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel comprise the aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a strong herbal hop presence. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not bad. Reminds me a lot of some of the older craft beers and of the brown ales I used to drink when I lived in Maine years ago. Delicious.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 22, 2012
Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.