Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

934 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 2,212
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 52
Gots: 276 | 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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Reviews: 934 | Hads: 2,212
Photo of counselor
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of BeerFan
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of shippos
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of byrd
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.) (421 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of yosh
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of fattychubs
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat brown but with very red highlights, served with a short tan head, that leaves a patchy lace over the top. Aroma was sweet malts, but I smelled a little hop which didn’t seem characteristic of a brown ale. The taste started with mildly sweet malts, a small hint of coffee, but moves to a spicy bitter hop flavor, and ends slightly acidic with a crisp hop finish. Body was barely medium.

It just seemed very different then what I am used to in brown ales, not very sweet, very hoppy. As it warmed up the hops dominated even more and I liked it less. Not horrible though, just not what I was expecting. (612 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent but dark and deep chestnut, with a chunky foam head, tons of shards of stain, and some good lace.

Smells of malty scents: chocolate, wood, roasted walnuts. Deep and luxurious. Taste is light: a mix of thin malt, dry burnt toast, and a little hops at the end. But it expands to chocolate flavors, and boy does it ever... sweet without ever being a sweet beer, there is a slight fruitiness in this beer, too. The finish tastes of roasted nuts and coffee of the highest quality without toasting your tastebuds. Impressively full of flavor and character.

To me, had the exact mouthfeel for the style: thin in the British session ale tradition. Thus, it's excessively drinkable as adherence to the style should dictate. Great on tap in NYC, good in bottles. A good beer to always have around, and excellent for wooing the ignorant into beerdom. This is my standard for the style. (900 characters)

Photo of thefireman
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a sampler case so I could try a couple styles for the forst time. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch head. First taste the rich maltiness, nutty, coffee flavor. Enough hops to balance without being overbearing. Very drinkable any time of year for me. On my list of "must stock" beers. (311 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, ruddy deep chestnut in hue. Thick, persistent, dense tan head leaves lace. The aroma is predominantly of dry baker's chocolate and stately toffee along with faintly floral hops. Tame. Biscuit and burnt bread upfront in flavor ensued by mellow cocoa and an herbal tinge of hops. Salty, lightly mineral notes mid palate along with hints of whole wheat cracker. Mild hop bitterness. Light, crisp, with well calculated attenuation and residual dextrins. Finishes mostly clean and dry, with fleeting hints of molasses and savory biscuit. A no frills drinkable brown with enough character to keep the palate interested. Tasty, but mostly unremarkable. (652 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice apearance with a little bit of a thin head. ruby brown in color.
it has a very pleasant chocolately nutty smell to it, with a touch of hops underneath.
the taste is pleasantly hoppy, with a nutty, creamy, chocolatey finish, that reminds me of walnuts or almonds and chocolate with a little hoppy bite at the end. the malt has a nice roasted flavor.
the mouthfeel is decent in that it is thick enough of the slight richness. drinkability is good, it's nice and easy and not too rich. (490 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a reddish tint. The head goes away quickly, but provides decent lacing. Smells very nutty and complex. Wonderful aroma. Tastes clean, a little light, but very, very drinkable. One of the best "all night" beers made by Brooklyn Brewery. (258 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2002 about a year ago, so I will take this into account. Just I will not pour this beer out, must sample and see how it holds up. Appears a very deep amber ruby brown with a cream toffe head very nice looking full three finger sized head that as it dwindles leaves even pattern of trickled lace. Aroma consists of pine cone like hops and a slightly burnt malt character. The two aromas blend fairly well, to form an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is a bit worn by the age, but I can still detect a slightly vinous grap character blended with a mild chocolate/coffe tone and the hop bitterness works well together. Overall one very nice session beer that I will try again due to the age of this one. (714 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The Pre-Prohibition Beer." Shiny cordovan in color with a nice off-white head and trails of sticky lace. Sweet malt and hops aroma with a light fruity bouquet. The malt is caramel sweet and slick. Abundantly hopped with citrusy bitterness and some back of the throat bite. A hint of chocolate and coffee peek through the velvety texture making for an easy to drink brew. (371 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish, reddish-brown, good depth, smallish beige head, a little less than a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some unorganized lace. The aroma seems a tad muted, nicely hoppy, spicy, floral, malty, unsweetened chocolate. Awesome palate, it makes you rethink what a brown ale can be, bittering hops establishes the flavor profile with subsequent toasty malts, floral, pine, spiciness… very well constructed. Unbalanced, leans towards the hops but the caramelized influences create a nice linger aftertaste. Dry finish, leafy. Ideal carbonation, excellent mouthfeel, medium-bodied. This is a very impressive brown ale, recommended… thanks stegmakk for the sample! (665 characters)

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