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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1814
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap with some barbecue cuisine. It pours a dark, burnt sienna color with a creamy tan head. Good retention and sweet, sticky lacing covered the glass. Aroma was nutty, with hints of chocolate and coffee beans.

This is a very drinkable brown. There are notes of roasted nuts, burnt chocolate, and dark coffee. Hops are thankfully kept to a minimum. A solid, caramel malt backbone is certainly present. Finish is a bit dry. This is a very quaffable brown ale from Brooklyn, and perfect with some BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 16:11:20 | More by BBM
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2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was not impressed by this brown ale. I have had alot better. I was disapointed. This ale had very little taste and the color could have been darker. Its not an ale I would have on tap for a party when I have frieds over. I was expecting more form this ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2007 10:59:10 | More by morayeel
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at The Big Hunt the other night. A deep rich burnt-amber and mohogany color. This is an extremely pretty beer. Sharp orange and reddish hues burst from the sides and bottom when held up to the light. Pours a fat two-finger head which leaves a thick lace along the sides of the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma is a bit muted. Some malty, chocolate, cherry notes, but all very dulled. It tastes much like the aroma, but a bit more forceful here, in a pleasant way. Malty, with a nutty coffee and chocolate presence. But it also presents a nice fruitiness as well as it finishes with a hoppy cherry taste. Some slight hints of banana aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does not detract from the overall experience. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have no problem making it a session beer. Sets the bar for American brown ales, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 00:29:50 | More by Atlas1
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of Brooklyn Brown with a burger at East Village in Raleigh at a happy hour. Sure looked awful dark compared to everyone else's Bud Lights...very (surprise) brown appearance, imagine the straight-up "Brown" crayola crayon...that's it. Light tan head which left a fair amount of lacing down the glass. Aroma was nutty and somewhat sweet, with notes of molasses and pipe tobacco.

Taste was a bit sweet and definately malty, chocolate and some type of nut (macedamia?). Need to try this again in seclusion, the atmosphere was a bit distracting. Decently light and bubbly mouthfeel, a bit too dry for my liking though. Definately went well with the burger...liked that about the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2007 07:34:58 | More by wagenvolks
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. It poured a nice coppery brown hints of an amberish red as well. A nice fluffy off white head capped the brew. There is a just a hint of hop aroma, nice and malty in the nose. Tastes of malt and carmel. Very even and tasty beer. VERY drinkable, high on my list of browns.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 04:52:36 | More by adammills
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two of these on tap. Pulled by different bartenders the mouthfeel was different on both. I'll judge the second as there was more head and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Deep mahogany, maybe from the lighting with a nice two finger head that lasted. Smells of malt and almonds. Taste was the same with a very slight hop bitterness at end. I definately thought nut brown ale for style of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 15:39:11 | More by srrn
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New Mexico

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

Copper brown hue, dense khaki head, and webby lacing. Leafy hop spice scents on top of caramelly bread aromas with maple and walnut notes. Doughy. Mellow "English" hop spiciness up front, followed by a caramel and dark poundcake (almost cocoa-ish) middle. Demure bitterness at the finish. Tasty! Smooth mouthfeel, overall, with a slight chewy quality throughout. A very drinkable brown, particularly when fresh. After many samples, I've decided this beer shines brightest from the tap. A high-quality session brown for certain.

Serving type: growler

12-10-2006 22:34:41 | More by orfeu
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at The Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Dark, reddish brown , very little head.

No much aroma. Some grassy hops.

Nice refreshing sweet malt taste. Caramel with a hint of chocolate. Subtle hops with no bitterness.

Good finish with moderate mouthfeel. Very nice clean beer.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2006 01:15:28 | More by yinzer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 9.3.06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Slight caramel colored film head. No retention and not much lacing. Tilting the glass thins the beer a bit and the red hues are more noticeable.
S: Slight caramel notes come through, but not much else. Slight twangy hop presence also.
T/M: Caramel malt with toated malt flavors that have a sweetness packed punch. Slight bitterness with a dry finish. Grassy hop notes are in there, but not overpowering. Toasted grain in the finish. Good body with decent amounts of carbonation.
D: Drinkable brown ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Good session brown.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 22:55:14 | More by bjohnson
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New Jersey

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

A: Dark brown, opaque. Foamy off-white head which stays for awhile. Not much lacing, but maybe it’s the plastic cup.

S: Roasty malts with a slight sweetness.

T: Roastyness and sweetness up front, some light hops followed by bitterness; a bit weak overall. Nice bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation, a little warty though.

D: Maybe because it’s on tap, but this really goes down easy. There is a lingering bitterness but it is pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 01:16:47 | More by 51mmz0rz
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep brown with a decent head. The smell was a bit nutty. The taste was fair for a brown ale. There was no harshness. A pretty smooth beer. I could drink these again on occasion. This beer favored a nut brown ale a good bit. One of the better Brooklyn beers I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2006 02:53:56 | More by Enola
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut color with a brown-tinged white head. The toasted aroma also featuers some slight nuttiness. The palate offers a variety of toasty flavors: coffee, caramel malt, some chocolate, and heavily roasted grain.

This beer is smooth, and nicely balanced between the maltiness and the bitter burnt flavors. This was one of the first beers that turned me on to craft brew and it’s the brown ale by which all other American brown ales should be judged, in my opinion. I mean, some are better, some are worse, but Brooklyn Brown Ale is the standard. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2006 06:05:29 | More by arguemaniac
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask - at Stout in NYC.

No head, pour was an absolute mud/brown with a faint redish hue.

Taste - not at all like the bottle for me; much more malt flavor comes out with a stronger finish and no kick.

Smell was almost non-existent; but if you really try to smell it - it was a decent malty aroma.

Overall it is still a beer that you can rely on with a very easy taste to enjoy and clean finish.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2006 01:21:51 | More by HimerMan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz cask condition at The Old Toad

Pours a thick cream colored head with good retention

Smells of caramel and light chocolate aromas

Taste is smooth with hints of caramel , nuts and a faint chocolate
so smooth , give me more!

I originaly liked this beer in bottle and regular draft but on cask brings this beer to another level A+ to Brooklyn Brewery

Serving type: cask

03-22-2006 16:24:00 | More by boulevard2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this... the glassware they use at the Brooklyn Jazz Bar at the Newark airport sucks. The beer smelled like soap and had no head. Tasted OK, I guess, but I bet I'd get a better impression of it somewhere else. Oh well.

Looked nice in the glass... they actually used a correct glass for this one, unlike my first pint of the Brooklyner Weisse which was served in what looked like a plastic water glass. Small head that didn't stick around (probably because of the soap residue I could smell).

Smell was... indiscernable. Sorry.

Taste wasn't bad. Quite malty, almost no hop presence. Some graininess, and a bit of honey or sugar. Easy drinking, but a bit weak in the mouthfeel. Dully bitter aftertaste.

Overall not bad, but certainly not my favourite of a style I've been drinking a lot of lately.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2006 00:46:15 | More by crwills
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4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 23:29:02 | More by Dithyramb
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance is a medium/dark brown with a half-inch head. The head eventually stays at a thin layer and there is some lacing on the glass throughout. The smell is slightly sweet with traces of chocolate. The taste is a mix of slight chocolate/coffee and subtle nut. Not much bitterness and it's lightbodied, which makes the drinkability high. Love the roasted barley/malt flavor. So robust! Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2006 14:32:35 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inaugural beer on tap in my friends’ new kegerator.

Once we nailed the settings it poured a rich mahogany brown. Nice little head. Smells very nutty to me. Taste is wonderful, great balance little hops. Smooth mouthfeel, especially as it warmed up a little. Carbonation was just right. Ideal session beer. Great while watching a game.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2005 01:01:14 | More by akajimmyd
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse. I've never really liked brown ales, including Rogue's Nut Brown Nectar, until this beer.

Rich brown body, poured with a short head in the pint glass and left a little lacing.

Not a lot of smell, but malty and sweet.

A rich malty taste that is strong but not overpowering. Some sweetness, but the main focus in on the malt.

Easy in your mouth and easy going down.

This is a great brown ale and I'd gladly have it again. Recommend for any malt lover. I could drink a lot of this one, it's damn tasty and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 06:08:36 | More by tempest
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New York

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

Cask-conditioned from a freshly offered firkin at the Savoy Restaurant's annual cask event (Manhattan).

Deep brown with an energetic light tan head. The enticing aroma was malty and slightly perfumed. Flavour was predominately malty but with hops balancing out the taste stability well. Natural carbonation from cask-conditioning tickled my tongue, and the maltiness made this beer tantalising and ever so slightly 'chewy'. The dry, moderately malty finish complemented the taste experience.

A great beer for trying cask-conditioned if you get the chance; bottled Brooklyn Brown - much more common obviously - is good too but never as great as a fresh cask.

Serving type: cask

10-25-2005 03:09:49 | More by Imbiber
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 20 ounces of this last night at MacGregors Perinton. The head was nowhere to be seen after it was poured but from bottle experience int eh past i assure there is a nice head. Good lacing. It is a nice cloudy brown color. The aroma was malty and sweet with a decent amount of hops. THe smell mirrors the taste which is of roasted coffee, malts and nuts. It also had a sort of smokey porterlike taste to it. The mouthfeel was moderate and very creamy. Not too heavy though and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2005 16:47:52 | More by kbnooshay
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Silvertones in Boston

Appearance = Nice frothy 1/2'' head that stayed. Dark brown with tinges of ruby red.

Smell = Malty with hops in the background. Well balanced. Strong yeast presence. Smell is very clean and fresh. A hint of chocolate is detactable.

Taste = Served a bit too cold which might have dampered the flavors. Nice hearty malt presence with great chocolate/molasses flavors. After taste is a bit astringent. Otherwise this is a great brown ale.

Overall = A solid brown ale. Nothing spectacular but drinkable and well brewed. I certainly enjoyed it and would order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 17:34:59 | More by LPorter33
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Mahogany on Walnut in Center City (Philly). The only brew on-tap and once I tasted it I thought they made a good choice. This brew pours dark brown with a tan-colored head. Good lacing. I instantly detect a nutty chocholate smell with a touch of brown sugar. Very appealing. The taste is not as complex as the smell leads me to believe, but it is still good and enjoyable. As the beer warms, it's nutty character starts to take on different dimensions. Quite smooth for it's style which makes for an easy drink; I could have a few of these without problem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2005 17:33:55 | More by jaluria
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar (Newark airport).

Head is small, dense, thick, white (a little bit cream-colored), frothy. It's almost a little nitro-like. A clear, dark, brown beer with red highlights. Nose is faint, fruity with some toffee. Big toffee taste. Roasty caramel and toffee, toffee, toffee malt! Some chocolate, sweetly fruity and full. A fairly bitter chocolate finish makes this a very nice brown. A little sour fruit at the end, too: nice!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2005 21:00:18 | More by kbub6f
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy dark brown color into a traditional pint glass. There was about a finger-thick head, and retention was decent. The scent of the beer revealed rich malt sweetness combined with slight coffee and nut aromas. There wasn't much of a hop profile to this beer.

Tasting: The predominant flavor was slightly roasted malt, followed by a light coffee taste. This was the most assertive part of the beer. There was very little bitterness on the back of the tongue. It had a medium body and viscosity, and the alcohol flavors were very well-hidden by the strong malt presence. It was the kind of beer from which I could take large sips and really enjoy it. It went down very easily and paired well with the slightly salty food I was eating (more of a contrast).

I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who is interested in the Brown Ale style. It tasted like the cousin of the Porter, which is one of my favorite styles. The high drinkability of this beer makes it an excellent choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 02:07:29 | More by bceaglejoe
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