Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,200 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 50
Gots: 267 | 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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Photo of IrishKevin
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pored from bottle into tulip glass. One finger of head didn't last long.

smell: picked up some caramel, not much else.

Taste: nice thick mouthfeel, sugary malts and caramel flavors come through.
Finishes with DRY with a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall: I wanted to like this more, because I love Brooklyn Brewey, but it was just ok.

Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Peckham's, Glasgow (£2.17):
Chestnut brown, a half centimetre bubbly, tan head that holds well. Minor lacing on the sides.

Hoppy at the start but the anticipated, earthy malts aroma wasn't far behind. There is some caramel and a sweet smelling, brown sugar like aroma that follows this, along with some toasted malts. The smell is quite a rich one and there is evidence of some chocolate towards the end.

Some sweetness and a good helping of malts coming through along with some earthy, toasted flavours and a hint of hops. There is some coffee here as well though and some of the chocolate from the nose too.

Medium bodied and quite well carbonated with a rich, creamy mouthfeel that is very smooth and goes down well.

Went down very easily and I would say that, along with mouthfeel were the beers biggest selling points. A beautiful, creamy and well carbonated feel with some hint earthy caramel and toasted malts coming through in both the taste and smell.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.84/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a very deep and dark amber/ mahogany color with a thin but really creamy, off white film that just blankets the top. Very nice looking beer!

S: Aroma is of roasted malt and barley with signatures of coffee and vanilla. There is a small presence of hops at the end.

T: I get an initial coffee flavor that is followed by vanilla and oak. Roasted malts come through in the middle of the tongue, finishes with dry hops and yeast.

M: Initial pour had lots of carbonation but settles down as the beer warms. Rich, creamy and smooth ultimately defines this dark bodied beer.

O: This Brown ale is a lot darker and thicker than most other brown ales I have had. The creamy and smooth texture combined with the balance of flavor really makes this a complete Brown Ale. I got this in a mix-a-six, but would by a 6 pack all by its self. One of the best Brown Ales I have had thus far!

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : deep brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty, caramel and coffee flavors, with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the American Brown Ale style.

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite impressed with the Brooklyn India Pale Ale and it's remarkable restraint for an American IPA. So it was with much enthusiasm that I purchased the Brown Ale for review, cursing the tariffs that make Aussie imported beer drinkers pay prices that would make American drinkers have coronaries, along the way.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep, but clear, topsoil coloured body with a 0.5cm khaki head. Very much a brown ale in a literal sense.

S: A nice hit of toffee malt comes to fore, with some sugar plum sweetness in the middle and an earthy hop note to finish. It certainly makes for a salivating aroma.

T: Flavour is dry, drier than the Sahara. There is a toasted malt base with a minimal dark fruit sugar centre, nuttiness towards the end, and a long dry finish. It's a bit one dimensional in that respect actually.

M: Mid to light body with medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I've missed something but I believe there could definitely be more flavours at play with this brew and I can't help but feel that Brooklyn (yes, the entire borough) has understated this beer overall by not bringing out more sweetness and hop bitterness, at least have two flavours wresting for control of my taste buds dammit. If you want a damn dry brew then this is your man... or woman (if we're assigning genders to beers let's be PC about it).

Food match: Dry turkey would be a mistake, apart from that though anything is fair game(meat).

Photo of tviz33
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown body with almost two fingers of frothy light tan head.

S- Initially, it's quite hoppy, but after a few more whiffs I notice some molasses and roasted nuts.

T- The taste follows the nose quite consistently. There's a lot going on here with caramel, nuttiness, just a little chocolate, and of course a nice hop presence. The only thing off about this is a subtle sourness. It gets better as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, yet creamy. Makes it very sessionable.

O- Nothing out of the ordinary, but pretty tasty. I could definitely session this.

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is, well, brown of course, with good clarity. A two-finger head with pretty good retention, some spotty lacing. Straightforward aroma that features caramel and toffee. Bright floral character from the American hops used.

Caramel malt dominates on the palate too, then hops pick up and linger for a bit up til the dry, bitter finish. Slight undertone of coffee. Mouthfeel is slick and nicely carbonated, though the bubbles are a bit harsh.

Brooklyn Brown (bottled) is a solid brown ale that never "wows" you, but it's a good representation of an American brown available in a sixer at a good price. It's likely that this is even better in draft form as opposed to the contract-brewed bottled version, as I've found that this has been the case with other Brooklyn Brewery offerings.

Photo of fx20736
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

beautiful chestnut brown with a thick khaki head, perfunctory lacing.

aroma: rich, nutty toasted malt with just a hint of roast, some chocolate with some alcohol esters.

mouthfeel: very good, if just short of great, soft and silky.

taste: malty but not sweet with substantial coffee flavor.

notes: decent but not very exciting. a little sweetness would have helped this beer a lot.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with some chestnut highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Big foamy tan head that leaves some lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Roasted malt, faint hazelnut aroma, some earthy hops, caramel.

T- The malts are up front, but the big surprise is the amount of hops that come through. Big bitter notes with some pine from the middle to the end.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and drinkable.

O- Solid brown ale. A good choice if you are looking for a hoppy brown ale.

Photo of Jetulio
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... brown dark beer with head colour beige of 1 fingers
Aroma... coffee, chocolate, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a big touch of malty aroma
Taste... chocolate and nuts, sweetness appears soon lasting all the time but in a good balance with a bitter touch,
Mouthfeel... medium/strong body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a light style with a predominance of malty taste, refreshing beer too.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a root beer brown, deep color with hints of light coming through. Frothy, three fingered head that hangs around a while. 3-4 sips in and the lacing remains.

Malty, earthy aromas. Toffee, hazelnut, faint hops, vague coffee aromas, and brown sugar.

Smooth flavors. Sweet but with lots of roasted notes of grain, nuts, and coffee. Remnants of some hop flavor across the middle with little to no bitterness in the finish.

Slick, mouth coating, great carbonation. Frothy in the mouth.

Very easy to drink and one that could be enjoyed in multiples. Nothing about this screams amazing, but nothing screams red flag either. A good example of an approachable, enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of ryandelaney
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually love a good brown ale. I like most of what BBC puts out, but their brown ale left me a poor taste in my mouth. It poured very well. Good dark brown to dark amber color. The nose was of good aroma. It smelled like a brown ale should. Good malt qualities, but the mouthfeel was not there at all. Now I tried it from a bottle served in a pint glass so I will would try it again off a tap (if I could find it in indiana), but until then I would not suggest this for a bottle purchase. Get it on tap otherwise go with something else.

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of frothy cream head.

Smell- caramalts, nuttiness, vanilla, slight leafy hops

Taste- Starts off with the roasted malts, grains, and slight nuttiness. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A tasty American Brown Ale from Brooklyn. I liked that it wasn't nut or caramel heavy as other American Brown Ales can be. It could use a tad more sweetness but otherwise the flavours are pretty well balanced.

Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
Best by June 2012 (6 months out of date) :(

Appearance
Mahogany with red highlights. Has 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Light nutty aromas. Some caramel, brown sugar and hazel nut.

Taste
Extremely light on flavor. Light nuttiness, some caramel and brown sugar. There does seem to be a hint of hazel nut and even some peanut butter.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly creamy.

Overall
Brooklyn really needs to amp up this offering or just discontinue it altogether. They could probably market it as an English Dark Mild and have better results.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

I've always been a pretty big fan of this beer as something to just kind of kick back and enjoy a single serving with a nice meal. Take that as you will.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown ale with a creamy, tannish head. The head will lace the glass, and a small amount of it sticks around for most of a bottle.

Smell: Malty smell. You may pick up a toffee-esque smell too. Not particularly strong. Smells kinda how it tastes, if that makes sense. Which leads us to...

Taste: This is a malty, toasty, nutty beer. It doesn't taste like coffee, but it would be a solid replacement for a cup of coffee with a meal. It's not a very strong beer, and its flavors are a little more subtle. For what its trying to do, it is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Hits it on the head here too. Creamy, not too heavy and with a reasonable amount of carbonation that helps make this a really easy drinker.

This is probably the least offensive beer one could imagine, and there is absolutely no problem with that. Not for people looking to be adventurous, but a solid, enjoyable beer. Since I'm writing this around Christmas time, I can't help but recommend it in holiday settings.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, roast, light coffee, toffee, herbal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, toffee, roast, light coffee, and light herbal spiciness. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale! Nicely robust and full of balanced flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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

a good beer, but thats about it, servicable but nothing stand out. the pour is a clear copper to bronze color with a short white head. the nose is plenty of european malts, caramel, pale, and something a little darker. not much hops, but a little sweetness and some earthy tones. flavor is quite good, very wintery, with the sweet form the malt taking center stage in front of a mild english hop backing. not sure what the alcohol is, but i can taste it a little, especially in the finish. still a drinkable brew though, with great carbonation and only just a medium body. i think i like this because its a bock without all the sugar, and not as heavy as some of the spring bocks, its perfect for the season. not the star of the winter 12er, but a beer i will happily consume again.

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with a small off-white head that fades leaving no lacing.

S- Semi-sweet chocolate smell dominates with some caramel/toffee and bit of fresh baked cookies.

T- Again the semi-sweet chocolate character comes through up front with a crsip biscuit and cookie middle and a finish of bitter hops and chocolate.

M- Nice medium body with a medium high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly foamy and not harsh.

O- A really good beer. I've had mixed feelings on the Brooklyn beers I've had in the past but this one is quite tasty. Very chocolaty in character, almost to the extent of Young's Chocolate Stout.

Photo of SerendipitousTaster
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am new to this forum and wish that I could post reviews privately as it is not my intention to influence or inform others but to remind myself. I am not a beer tasting expert and do not know the proper etiquette or vocabulary.

This said, I found the Brooklyn Brown Ale to be pretty in the glass when poured. The color is rich and the head sturdy. I was disappointed though by the thinner than expected and less full bodied flavor overwhelmed by what seemed to be too much carbonation for this brown ale. The ale left only a slight bitter aftertaste on the palate but a less than satisfying overall taste and experience.

I will not purchase in quantity but would drink if offered or even order as the first beer in a steak or barbeque restaurant if better options are not available.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking chestnut brown brew with good clarity, a big fluffy white head that has solid retention. Bubbles look a bit soapy; lacing is patchy,clinging to the sides of the glass here and there. Mildly toasty aroma with hints of nuts, cocoa powder, and coffee.

Flavor has a nutty, toasty malt character with coffee and cocoa notes and a very restrained hop presence. Dry finish without much bitterness. The flavors are fairly subtle and don't have much staying power in the palate, but they are pleasant enough.

Medium to slightly light body for a brown with carbonation I found to be a bit overly assertive.

This is a beer with some appealing flavors but for my money could use the volume turned up a bit and the carbonation dialed back. A smoother, creamier mouthfeel would aid this one greatly.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB FEB 2013

A: Pours a mahogany/ruby red color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Some light roasted malts along with coffee and nuts are at the forefront, with some notes of fruit and chocolate as well

T: Follows the nose. Decently roasty. Fruits are more up front, along with the nuts and coffee. Chocolate is more towards the back again. Hops come through towards the back with the chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A really nice brown ale with complexity and full flavor. Easy to drink and very accessible. Nicely done

Photo of dougbassett
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mick303
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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