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Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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

Poured a beautiful cream colored head that fine and froathy and left a coat (can’t call it lace without holes can ya?) Deep dark brown in color, almost black towards the top of the pint glass with a slight cola glow. Rich coco aromas with a caramel malt backdrop. Coco flavors up front followed closely by a mild coffee bitterness and finishing a with a bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is mild, nothing at first and then towards the end its kind of cloying, coating your tongue with flavor as the beer disappears. Doesn’t seem to be as hoppy as the bottles, but I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good version of a Brown Ale.

Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a decent, sized, light, brown head. Aroma is that of malt. It smells fresh. The taste is excellent with malt exploding in the mouth. Not as hoppy as some other Brown Ales (Bell's Best Brown comes to mind), but the malt sweetness really shines through. This is a very easy-to-drink beer and a definite credit to the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown and clear with a tan head that thins out quickly.
Smell is sweet of caramel and a bit of citrus american hop aroma. Nutty and bready too, but not like biscuts.
Malt taste is balanced. I prefer to have more malt but this is a great blend of toast and citrus. Sweet caramel but not plain sweet crystal. The finish is of dark grains with a hop "snap" at the the end.
A very nice refreshing brown ale that is a great example of the American style.

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Photo of oelergud
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep ruby/brown color, tan head that doesn't stay long and low carbonation.
Nutty smell mixed with alcohol and sweet molasses, a little bready too.
The taste is nutty and flowery with some fruit flavors and maybe some almond.
Kinda flat in the mouth, not much body and little to no mouthcoating, a little disappointing
Drinkability leaves much to be desired, this may be a good beer to go with a good meal but it cant stand alone. Head goes down too fast and more carbonation is needed. A boring brew unfortunately.


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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, clear in character. What was initially a 1" head is now only a thin layer of foam on my glass. Lacing is barely there.

Smell: Malty, hints of caramel and bread.

Taste: Malty at first, but with some pretty nice bitterness balancing the taste out. Big feel to this beer. A sort of lingering sharpness finishes out the taste.

Mouthfeel: Mildly sharp acidic feel. Carbonation is good, but maybe a hair too high. Alcoholic warmth is really nice.

Drinkability: A good beer, not my favorite brown ale, but definitely worthy of attention.

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Photo of twilight
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd been sucking this from the bottle for months until recently when I began drinking everything from glassware. So my impression of this beer completely changed. Still good, still bitter, but more definitely more flavor.

Pours a reddish brown with slight chocolate/roast aroma. Taste is citrusy-sour with a slight metallic taste which accompanies/masks the alcohol giving way to a slight roast aftertaste.

Bitter, but not too earthy, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mschofield
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a touch of redness. Three finger tan head, laces in webs.
Malty, nutty aroma, some coffee.
The sourness I tasted in the keg versus was gone, there was a nice sour tone, but it was nothing compared to the last time I had it.
Chocolaty taste, coffee, mild hop bitterness - citrus (orange and lemon). Nutty and buttery.
Medium feel, smooth and pleasant. A good, not too-simple, not too-complicated session beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It had to happen sometime. I finally found a Brooklyn beer that let me down.

This beer pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown in the glass and has an amazing off-white head, but sadly beauty is t's best feature. Smells midly of caramel malt.

The taste is average, which for another brewery is ok but not Brooklyn. They have set the bar quite high with other offerings and this doesn't measure up. It has a nice little blend of toasted and caramel malt, but then it just does nothing. No character to me outside of that first wave of malt. I'm bummed. At least they have about six other beers I love.

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Photo of counselor
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours a lovely color brown like a chocolate labrador retriever into the pint glass. Nice foamy head that stays the whole pint. The nose is adequate, but the tatse of nuts, like a Mary Jane candy, linger well after the first mouthful and makes me want to guzzle another. I choose to drink slowly and the aroma and flavors improve as the beer warms. When the glass is empty, I am looking forward to hitting the fridge for the next bottle. I could easily poich off the whole six, but work tomorrow prevents it. Well, I'll wait until tomorrow to finish them off.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is a dark umber brown, topped with a creamy almond colored head. The head is nice and thick, retaining through the pint with at least 1/4 of an inch left at the last sip. That's some great head retention in my book. Lots of lace on the glass, leaving rings all the way down.
The aroma is richly malty, with lots of caramel toasted malt, and a bit of nuttiness. Definitely in the english style, with minimal hops. Some biscuity yeast aroma, with light apple and plum fruitiness. A touch of chocolate.
The flavor is pleasant and mild, starting off with a mild malty sweetness. Smooth caramel and cocoa flavors up front, wandering into a wonderful fruity middle. Well defined plum flavor, with a bit of pear. Very mild herbal hopping in the finish, providing balance without much in the way of bittering. A bit of nuttiness in the end. Some chocolate biscuity malt comes through in the finish, lingering into a quickly disappearing aftertaste.
An excellent brown ale. Probably my favorite american interpretation.

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Photo of BeerFan
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Decent sized head settles down leaving a small layer of foam on top which leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass. Smell and aroma of chocolate and slight coffee. Solid roasty, malt background balanced nicely with a good hop finish. This medium-bodied beer is very drinkable. This was Brooklyn's first holiday beer back in the late '80's and was soon added as the second beer in their line-up.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rosy-reddish coppery hue, with a slim tannish layer of film atop.
Aroma: brown sugary sweet, notes of toffee and caramel, light, malty & pleasant.
Taste: hmmm....first of all, the neck label asserts that this asserts a higher hoppiness in contrast to the malt, but, oddly, that's not how I found this brew. Quite the opposite. To continue, tasty mouthfeel, richly rounding the palate and coating it good, brief, but tasty hops, lush, chocolatey malt. Medium body, feeling thinner as we drain the bottle, with a simple, but assured finish.
Definiely tastier than the milder versions out there, (I'm talking about you, Newcastle)but not by too much.
Thanks to 36LbLoveChild for this one.

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by dated: 09/03

This beer poured a mahogany brown color that when held to the light it showed hues of ruby. It was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was a mix of light tan and beige colors, fairly thick, dense and fluffy at first pour, then fell to just a ring on the edges that seemed to be fairly thick as well. The lace that was produced was a sheety consistency. The aromas that came from the glass started off with a plum/berry fruit like aroma mixed in with a sweet malt, then it dried out and scents of ash, cocoa powder and some roasted coffee became noticeable, it finished with a hint of grain on the end. The flavors that I tasted began with roasted malt with tads of sweetness, in the middle it waived with some dry ash and sweet fruit, close to the finish cocoa powder, light hops and coffee and it finished with a barky leafy grain taste. (Hard to explain, as it warmed the finish became a mix of the 3). The after taste was of roasted malt and light hops. The body was on the medium side. This is a clean crisp, complex and at times dry beer. As it warmed the flavors became more pronounced and complex. They melded together well and was a pleasure to drink.

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

On draught at Winking Lizard (w/ a logo glass!). Dark mahogany color with a thin beige head. Thin and slow lacing. The aroma is roasty and malty. Medium body with a nice smooth malt and caramel flavor. There is a mildy nutty aftertaste with a bit of hops thrown in. All in all this is a smooth and drinkable Brown.

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Photo of shippos
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured with a deep brown color with a good thick light tannish head. chocolate malty aroma with a little bit of hops. very well balanced with a thick chewy mouthfeel, has a little biscuity taste too it. the body isn't overly thick or heavy though just the right balance to keep this a very refreshing brown. the hops are very well balanced with the malt, gotta say that this might be the best brown ale I've tasted so far.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Foamy biege head. Nice looking beer in the glass. Toasted carmel malt smell. Taste is much the same. Very good toasted malt up from, then toffee. Kinda like hard candy. Attention grabbing hop bite for the middle drinks, then fades. Wierd but good. Medium bodied, very drinkable beer. A solid, tasty brew, one I look forward to having again soon. But for now, I'm out again.

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Photo of byrd
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I like to keep in the fridge for any ol’ time. It has a good head (about three quarters of an inch) with decent staying power. A thick, somewhat sticky lace eventually forms on the surface and also lingers for quite a while. The beer pours a clear dark copper brown and has a medium body with not too much carbonation. The aroma is nice and malty sweet with notes of caramel and chocolate. Hops are in the aroma also, but are much more restrained. There is a smooth malty start in which the caramel and chocolate notes from the aroma are quickly noticeable on the pallet. Some roastiness is also noticeable towards the end. Again, hops are fairly subdued, but noticeable in the finish, yet the malt base is still strong with a smooth end. The lingering aftertaste is of both hops and roasted malt notes. At times the end seems smoother, while at others it seems have a bit more of a hop bite. A very well balanced and drinkable beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brooklyn Brown pours a clear reddish brown color. The head is medium sized and white. It quickly disappears.
Aroma: The smell is of toasted nuts & malt.
Flavor: This brown ale is quite a bit more hoppy than most. However, it's nicely balanced and tasty.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An above average brown ale that carries the trademark look and feel of the brown ale style. Lovely brown body with a creamy, but small head. The aroma is light but thoroughly malty and the flavor is mild and a bit on the sweet side. The feel tends to be a bit thin and watery. Overall, this is a solid if not great beer.

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

Very nice chocolate appearance with nice bubbly head, Smell was balance between malt and hop aromas. Taste had hints of coffee with a light watery aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a bit odd, starting medium and ending somewhat light and watery. Not bad on a drinkability scale....a hint of a stout here.

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Photo of dmarch
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.)

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Photo of rabidawg
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a brown ale for crying out loud. There's nothing too impressive or oppressive abouth this beer. It's light brown color and medium body is full of malts in the first few sips but it quickly fades as the beer warms and the flavor seems to subside and become one brown mass. Low ABV leads to a good session beer as it almost runs the gamut of being a mild ale much like the British ales.

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Photo of yosh
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap: Flying Saucer, Raleigh NC.

This beer was a dark brownish color with a moderate tan head. It had a bitter taste to it and had hints of coffee and chocolete in it. The head disappears rather quickly and leaves some lace on the glass. This beer was ok, but I probably wouldn't get it again soon.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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