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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 35
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-16-2012 18:57:35 | More by pchalk
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-16-2012 17:38:41 | More by SalMineo
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-14-2012 22:03:23 | More by vbiliyar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-12-2012 19:12:05 | More by lovellfam5
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

I got a bottle of Brooklyn's Brown Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have always wanted to try some beer from this brewery, but since they aren't available in Michigan I have never had the chance to try this beer till now, so lets see how it goes. It had a best before date of June 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty clean and traditional looking. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on a nice bright deep ruby red color that was fairly clear when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This Brown Ale looks on par for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a nice amount of sweet caramel malts that impart some nice, toasted, toffee caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, and slight espresso like coffee aromas. Towards the end I get a slight nuttiness and some more roasted aromas with a little bit of chocolate at the end and there were no hops that I could pick up. I liked the aroma of this beer, it's pretty complex, slightly nutty and it had a little more roast then normal for a Brown Ale, all those aspects came together to make for a pretty good aroma.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma and follows it nicely. It starts off with a large amount of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice grainy, brown bread, toffee, and caramel flavors. It isn't as roasty as the aroma was but it still imparts a slight coffee and chocolate flavor along with and equally light nutty flavor. There's a slight tartness at the end followed by a light amount of medium bitterness and a malty, brown bread, and a nutty aftertaste. This was a good tasting Brown Ale, my only complaint was the slight tartness on the finish, but other then that I thought the flavor was nice.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good example of an American Brown Ale, it had some nice complex aromas and flavors that were more robust then the average American Brown Ale and that made this beer stick out a little and made it memorable. This beer had pretty good drinkability it went down pretty fast and smooth and had enough flavor to hold my attention, I could see drinking two or three of these in a row if I was in the mood for a Brown Ale. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was really nice, roasty, and complex, I thought it was really well done. What I liked least about this beer was the slight tartness on the finish of this beer, it just seemed out of place, and it was unnecessary. I would buy this beer again if it was available, but since it's not I doubt I will be having it anytime soon. If you like American Brown Ales I for sure recommend giving this beer a try. This was my first beer from Brooklyn Brewery and I have to say that I was impressed and that it made for a pretty good first impression for this brewery and I am interested in trying many more beers from this brewery, there are more then a couple that I have my eye on. Good Job guys this is one solid American Brown Ale.

04-11-2012 03:42:27 | More by StoutHunter
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-11-2012 02:55:09 | More by screwcap
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a 1.5 finger light tan head.

Smells of floral hops along with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee as well.

Flavor is coffee and roasted malt but quickly followed by a not so good metallic taste. Some caramel and bitter dark chocolate is there along with a light tartness. A moderate bitterness and a sticky finish ends it.

Overall this is a decent brown ale but could be better. If the metal taste would go away it would be a whole lot better.

04-11-2012 00:31:10 | More by rangerred
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-09-2012 01:35:32 | More by moskal
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-08-2012 22:25:39 | More by biercycle
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-07-2012 22:11:10 | More by gQQgsJr
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-07-2012 00:41:29 | More by WhatTheAle1973
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-05-2012 00:23:18 | More by donunrue
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-03-2012 10:00:51 | More by jmcgahran1
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Dark brown slight amber/reddish tint at the bottom, some slight foam at the top.

Could smell the hops before I even poured it, cocoa, roasted malt and subtle citrus.

Chocolate, orange, roasted malt, perhaps light roast coffee.

Smooth, adequate carbonation, dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Nice easy to drink brown ale, I could see myself easily enjoying a few of these in a night.

04-03-2012 01:37:39 | More by minnesotaryan
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-03-2012 00:47:19 | More by Dokteravalanche
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice rich brown tone with an adequate off white head and decent spotting and lacing. Smell is rich malts, chocolate and a hint of carmel. Taste follows the nose and is a straightforward ABA with a little coffee and nice blend of hops and malts. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feel is silky and creamy with good carbonation and medium body. Overall- I'm a big fan of Brooklyn and think they did a good job on their ABA. It's not out of this world, but it is very solid and is a good interpretation of the style. Solid blending of malts and carmel, good feel and I will be hitting a few more of these-

04-02-2012 00:54:09 | More by TheDinger
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

A - A finger of foamy head caps the extreme dark brown body with golden glints.

S - Dry powdery coffee and sweet milk chocolate. Traces of hops.

T - Again, sweet coffee and chocolate, citrusy hops and a subtle smokiness.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation.

O - Really nice character brown ale, hoppier than the usual brown.

03-31-2012 13:20:32 | More by dansmcd
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Appearance: Pours amber brown with very substantial carbonation and head retention.
Smell: Aroma is a bit malt and sweet with a touch of hop spiciness.
Taste: Starts out sweet with tones of caramel and darker malts which become more pronounced through the back end of the tasting. Hoppy aspect also a bit more noticeable at the midway point which helps quell the initial sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel with a very mild hop burn; otherwise very smooth and a bit dry at the end.

Overall- A pretty solid brown ale with a little more emphasis on the hops than other brown ales, which is just fine IMO. Good effort.

03-31-2012 01:54:57 | More by coalcracker
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-31-2012 01:09:22 | More by gleeky99
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-26-2012 00:45:38 | More by hawkon
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-25-2012 17:48:58 | More by VonZipper
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

03-22-2012 22:52:08 | More by BlackDrongo
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-22-2012 19:32:28 | More by tenacioustomato
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-21-2012 23:36:04 | More by MikeConklin
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-18-2012 06:05:48 | More by deonreds
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