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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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939 Reviews

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Reviews: 939
Hads: 2,277
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 64
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 carln26
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ll say up front, this beer surprised me. The color is deep brown with garnet highlights. A medium head settles quickly and leaves virtually no lace on the glass. The aroma is caramel and toffee delivered via the malt. The caramel character comes strong in the flavor with some fig. Very malty brown ale. The malt flavors reminded me of a good Oktoberfest. Smooth rich flavor with a mild citrus grapefruit hop kick. Very smooth mouth feel very drinkable. I’m not a brown ale fan, but this is a good representation.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown with some head that dissipates rapidly. Very slight nut notes in the aroma. Taste is light, with some nut or coffee undertones. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was quite thin, with all the sweetness it would have been nice to have a little fuller feel. Drinkability was fine, though the flavor might irritate after a few. I usually have Brooklyn Lager and then a Brown Ale when I'm watching a game and don't want to dip into the high end brews.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with a beige head that is small, but lasting. Moderate patch lace all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of roasted malt notes. Chocolate and espresso, with notes of walnuts. Earthy and woodsy hops provide a balanced bouquet.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with an ideal medium carbonation.
Taste is malty chocolate, with a solid hops bitterness that is grassy and earthy. Walnut nuttiness emerges in the middle, and stays through the finish.
One of the better American brown ales I've sampled, but I still don't favor the style. This one exudes quality, and would be excellent with blue cheeses.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a freshness date of best before September 05 clearly marked, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a reddish hue. Head develops and fades quickly, leaving the lacing behind.

Aroma - nutty and malty. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front, some nutty flavors in the middle. The finish is a combination of the two.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, possibly my favorite brown ale that I have tried to date. If you're a fan of the style this one's a must. Even if you're not give it a try.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Halfway between a dirty peanut and an earthworm. Muted musty cedar. Splash of weak caramels and cheap black tea. Thin sweet nut-skin finish. I just don't get it. Thin, bland sweetness. I have tried this one on a number of occasions and although it strikes me a little differently each time, and is usually better on draft, I never really enjoy it.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness dating of "best before Jan '05." Good thing I opened this the first week of January. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a light head on it that rings the glass. Even with swirling a true head does not develop. The aroma was just messed up on this beer. I don't know if it was a bad bottle or what, but it had a funky blue cheese smell to it. I love ripened cheeses, but not when they are eminating from my beer. It was about as attractive as a big piece of spinach stuck in between a woman's teeth. Luckily this beer had some redeeming flavor to combat the off-putting aroma. The flavor is sweet wiht alcohol flavors up front followed by a soft, smoky, and almost Belgian malty flavor. That blue cheese did creep into the flavor a bit though. Too bad. There was very little contribution of hops to celebrate. This beer was soft on the palate despite being offensive to the nose.

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Photo of tommy78
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: dark brown colouring with some red in it.

Smell: slightly nutty with coffee aroma.

Taste: a bit bland, given its appearence and odors. decent after-taste, though the flavor barely hits the pallete.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: 2 to 3 bottles in one sitting. After three, you won't be able to finish the rest of the sixer.

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Photo of dauss
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep orange ruby color. A small light tan head formed. Fades slowly, leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet maltiness, caramel, chocolate, faint alcohol, and piney hops. Smells wondeful

Taste: Light hop bitterness, light chocolate maltiness, Finished very dry and a little tart with wisps of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, creamy mouth feel, finishes a bit thin.

Notes: Amazing aroma, but the beer was fairly bland. Body could use some work too.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, hint of reddish tones. Minimal head that disappeared quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Nutty, coffee overtones.

Taste: Plenty of malt, with a bit of a hoppy aftertaste. Lots of toffee flavor, with some roasted coffee flavor to go along with it.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, not sure why but I expected more body to this one.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, would make a good session beer.

Thanks to css for providing this beer!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark brown with some crimson hues and a small bubbly head.

The aroma has a slight nuttiness with a light bitterness and fruit aromas.

Light-medium bodied, I'd prefer it to be a bit fuller. No overpowering flavors, bittersweet first then some hazelnut like flavors. Becomes slightly dry with a faint sweetness in the finish.

Nothing especially exciting, easy drinking and easy to drink several of, however.

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Photo of palma
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Blind Tiger Ale house in NYC.
Boy is this one good on cask. Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Well hopped which is typical for american brown ales but this brew kicks butt. Warming alcohol is definitely there but it just goes down so smooth. Dry finish. A good beer from the bottle but excellent on cask.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

Dark brown with a ruby highlight on the bottom and a bit of light caramel head. Didn't get much of a scent, maybe a bit of sweetness. Pleasant caramel flavor with plenty of toffee and a resiny finish. Moderate mouthfeel.

A good barbeque beer.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not at all what I expected. New Castle is sweet and light, and Dogfish Head is dense and too dry. Nice happy medium. Pours a nice garnet-red-brown with a creamy three finger head that leaves plentiful lace as it recedes. Smell is of malt, with a little yeast, barely any hops. Taste is sweetish with coffee and chocolate and a dry finish. This is a balanced beer that I could quaff regularly. A good session.

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Photo of scriabin
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brown ale. Pours with a dark, ruby color and a nice head. A lovely beer to look at. The taste is a mix of malt, brown sugar, coffe and a hint of chocolate. The drink is smooth, almost velvety and has the perfect amount of carbonation. More than worth a quaff or two.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY on 10/17/04, enjoyed on 10/19/04.

First imperial pint glass pours with a dense tan 1 1/2" head, which was slowly dissipates, leaving heavy lace/foam along the glass. Clear and deeply reddish brown in hue. Well-balanced aroma, with medium malts pairing with a pleasant hoppy tinge. Taste is nutty malts, with slight hops character in the mouth. Some light fruit and citrus notes finish the picture. Mouthfeel is smooth, oh so smooth, and the drinkability is excellent as well. Nice represenation of the style, and I would search it out again.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and dark brown color, with thick, artificial-looking foam. Sweet, gingerbread malt nose, potent and sharp. Taste jibes well with the smell, sweet and malty, with some gingerbread spiciness and body. Full and flavorful taste stops clean before significant dryness sets in. Seems very well developed and consistent. Excellent beer to have more than one of, like many of Brooklyn's offerings, great balace of taste, drinkability, and value.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep bronze / brown in color with a nice 1" head. The aroma is of caramel and sweetness is detected. The flavor is nice as caramel, roasted malt, and light hops are up front, with some mild chocolate and nut tones in the background.

This brew is light/medium in body, and has a smooth and mildly crisp start with a smooth finish. The caramel tone lasts briefly on the tongue. Extremely drinkable - a great session brew.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is another "pre-Prohibition" beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Like their lager, these types of beers always get me thinking of what "could-have-been" had Prohibition never been passed. This beer is a sweet and very malty brew that I enjoyed very much, and might end up being a regular in my fridge.

This beer pours a nice, translucent brown color with a definite shade of ruby to it. A decent brown foam forms and lasts for about a minute. I found this beer to be very "sniffable." The aromas of chocolate and spice (my brother called it "Christmas spices" which is the best way I can describe it) were quite pleasing to the nose. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky and had a low-moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style. As mentioned, this is indeed malty, with chocolate and caramel being the most present although there was some nice nuttiness to it. The crown label said that this was hoppier than your typical English brown ale, but I only detected a slight amount of citric hops. Still, the light hoppiness was perfect for the brew. The dryness that followed was more "nutty" than citric. This nutty dryness lingers into the aftertaste before turning somewhat buttery, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

If you don't like sweet, malty brews you will certainly not enjoy this one. I consider myself to be a "maltophile," and I really would like to pick up some more of this soon. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale did not have the characteristics I prefer in this type of beer -- hints of nuts and chocolate, nice lacing around the glass, and very easy to drink. A little too hoppy for my taste with malt flavor. Appears nice on tap and at $2.50 a pint, I would continue to purchase, just not on the top of the list for brown ales.

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Photo of frazbri
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured mahogany brown with a biege/cream head. Very good lacing on the glass. Floral hop nose. Notes of cascade hops, roasted chestnuts and freshly mowed grass. Maintains a nice balance of malt and hops. Nutty flavor and a lasting hop impression. Modest body, yet almost creamy. Enough carbonation to reach the roof of my mouth.

This is very complex for a beer of such modest strength. An outstanding choice if you are in search of a brown ale.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is deep chestnut with a solid two finger head-generous lace and solid stick. Aromas are at once sweet, sticky hop with a bit of toasted malt for balance. In the mouth the beer is a bit flabby with sweet hoppy, sticky malt flavors as well as roasted undertones never quite getting cleaned up. Flavors are generous with fruity notes followed by caramel, toasty malt and tangy hop. A rather complex brown that with a bit more zip would be quite tasty.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown was served from a 12oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a rich mahogany color and was adorned by an ample tan head that left nice lacing. The nose was mildy sharp with raisiny-cocoa coffeeish maltiness. On the palate, a sharp, lightly roasty tasty coffee malt profile released a zingy toffee-like edge in the transtition to a nicely astringent, roasty-bittered finish that left lingering sweet coffee flavors. The body was a bit light though smooth, and the vigorous carbonation lent a good energy to the middle flavors. Brooklyn Brown is a tasty brew that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of jed
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with brown and dark red accents on the normal Brooklyn Brewery label. Brief blurb on the neck of the bottle with information about the beer. Best by 10/04. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish brown, a few shades shy of a stout. A little bit of light gets through, so the color of the beer varies throughout the glass. About one finger of tan head with good head retention.

Smell: Very sweet, toasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. The malt is a little bit like a dry Irish stout, but sweeter and less bitter-smelling.

Taste: Nose is dominated by malt sweetness, with hints of brown sugar in the flavor. Slight bite of hop bitterness follows the initial taste. Some hints of chocolate and even wood, which diminish as the beer warms up. More nutty flavors follow. Could use more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness, but overall, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Starts to taste a little bit thin as it warms, but very smooth with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor lacks a little bit of the complexity necessary to give it a five, but an excellent session beer.

I haven't tried very many brown ales beyond Newcastle and Dogfish Head, but this is a very good beer. A little on the sweet side for my taste, and could be a little more balanced, but an awesome one to bring out on friends who "don't like dark beers." Another strong offering from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of wailingwench
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Eye Candy: Pored a very thin, translucent brown color. Thin head initially, vanished after 2 minutes +/- 30 seconds adjusted to error. No lacing to speak of. Purchased fresh on tap, purchased on a "fire sale", character did not change.

The Nose Knows: Thin, thin, and more thin. This is supposed to be a brown, more like a brown in the Natty Ice tradition. Very minimal malts emerged, some caramel was detected. Simply put, Brooklyn Brown is bland.

Tongueland: Nothing there. Like I said above, thin, thin, and more thin. Bland.

Bender Factor: This poor example was on sale recently for $2.50/ pint at my local watering hole, I wonder why. Never again.

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Photo of shapudding
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/rootbery medium dark and clear. Not much head, tiny bit of white rint around the edge with a dusting in the center. Mainly malty scents, lightly dark.. Tastes of roasted malts, darkened toast, bit of merlot. Med/highly carbinated, almost soda-like... just a step below maybe? Or as if you let your soda sit for a bit... carb is just a tad high feeling on this for me... Easy drinker though, not too heavy at all, and the flavors are very nice and not too intense, just very good and highly drinkable.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.