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Brownstone | Sixpoint Brewery

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3.89/5
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450 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our bedrock Brown Ale, and one of the first beers ever brewed by Sixpoint. A smooth, malty trip down a hop-lined Brooklyn street.

Added by Sixpoint on 03-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,044
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
450
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 178
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks good, cloudy brown and carbonated quite well.

It smells great. Extremely sweet with notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

The taste is lacking. All the sweet malt flavors come upfront in the beginning of the taste and quickly go away with the carbonation in the middle. This ends up giving it a more light mouth feel. The tail is almost a confused and conflicted sweet taste.

I wonder if it's a bad batch or tap that I got it from. Looking over the other reviews, I feel like I should have loved this brew, but I don't see myself having it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of bristol2120
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served from a 16 oz. can - pours with a massive, light tan head that has decent retention - a bit less lacing than I would have expected initially - beer itself is a hazy, nearly opaque medium copper/orange - aroma is pleasant, but lacking in the overall toasty, caramel presence I associate with this style - there is a definite presence of assertive citrusy hops aroma though, which really pushes the malt to there rear, leaving it almost as an afterthought - - again, taste is pleasant, but still lacking in the crucial roasted and caramel notes for the style - there is far more hops presence here than I care for in a brown ale - mouthfeel is nice, with a crispness added by a nice level of carbonation - overall, this isn't a bad beer at all, however, it drinks far more like a pale ale than a brown ale - a rare (semi) disappointment from a brewery that is rapidly gaining my appreciation.

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2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Perhaps these cans are a bit old, but there seems to be some oxidation in my cans, with a flat cardboard taste creeping up behind the hops, biscuit and chocolate flavors.

I don't particularly care for this beer, although it doesn't have anything particularly wrong from a style standpoint. It's a bit filling, the hops clash with the malts, and the smell is a bit papery.

I've had 3 out of the 4-pack now, and one thing I will say for it is that it went well with Sriracha on food.

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2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a medium-toned brown body with a slim, paper thin, tan head.

Smell: Pithy, resinous top note from the hoppier elements. Muted brown sugar, nuts, ashen roast, and ineffusive chocolate powder.

Taste: Earthy, roasted nuts. Very low hint of brown sugar, even lesser hint of cocoa powder. Some ashy soot, molasses. Never much sweetness present. Resinous, citric hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Light nutty, roasty flavors, as well as some sustained, scraping resins on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely), feels a little hollow. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A muddled hop-forward brown ale that, even with the addition of extra hops, still feels bland and lifeless.

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2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Jimmys
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pint sized can into pint glass. best before APR 25 2013.

A: very light brown hue, almost a dark orange. hazy. brownish/white head is frothy, one-finger. retention stands tall, recedes to a rim.

S: chestnuts. apricots. mild toffee. brown sugar. a slightly Belgian dubbel-like aroma in my opinion.

T: fruity, nutty, and sweet. I getting some sort of woody flavor in there as well. something in the middle of the body gives me a salt-like flavor as well. finishes with some lingering sweetness that tries to cloy.

M: I find this body on the lighter side of medium. moderate amount of carbonation.

D: good flavors, but a little muddled in my opinion. these guys have some better brews out there that I would recommend over Brownstone.

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3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pumking glass on 8/15/12

Dulled, yet dense, medium tobacco brown; looks rustic, like old stained wood. A one finger cap of foam doesn't last long, before skimming out to a bubbly, soapy layer. It has the fixin' for good lace, though.

The aroma has the standard Sixpoint green pine. Beyond that are dark malt notes - brown sugar, rye, pumpernickel bread. I'll admit it's a bit of a stretch, but at times it makes me think of oatmeal, cinnamon raisin cookies; it isn't that the beer smells like such a cookie, it just has characteristics that I find similar.

The taste has a good bit of the pine hops going on and there is a stark bitterness that lasts throughout. Stray hints of lemony hops, too. The malts are dry and spicy. Overall, this is pretty well balanced as the bitterness tapers off some. Tangy roast; almost has some hints of coffee.

The feel is a nippy medium light sort of thing. Carbonation is high; not prickly but it's quite effervescent. Coating finish.

Overall, this is one of the more disappointing Sixpoint beers I've had. I doubt I'll finish the can.

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3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Il Casale in Belmont, MA, a noisy restaurant with good food and a decent beer list. Mahogany brown, the color of my piano, with some shininess around the edges. Was served with almost no head, so I can't comment on that part of the beer except to growl and say it should have been served with a head, and then go off on my standard tirade about how beer served in pubs and restaurants is usually served without a head and the glass is filled to the FREAKING brim... But I digress.

Very little aroma, but if I pulled hard I could detect a bit of caramel and some smoky beef. Rather thin body, rather thin taste: more caramel and some vanilla, maybe a few raisins. Had a reasonably wet finish, which I like in this style. Went well with a terrific seafood stew. An average brown ale, not great but not bad. You could do worse.

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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average finger’s worth of tan foam, moderate dimpling across the surface, disappears steadily but final retention near the surface is very good, not much lacing to speak of. Hazy brown liquid with a strong orange influence, almost looks like rusty water, very active carbonation throughout. The nose does a good job of creating an even spit between sweeter chocolate, toffee crunch, cola bean notes and an earthier, grassier hop presence, almost metallic or minerally at times, nothing here has too much cutting punch to it while also stays firm, maybe could soak in a bit more for added length. Medium-bodied, comes on quickly with carbonated churn in the mouth which likely keeps it drying than otherwise might be. So-so richness to the cocoa, malt, caramel, coffee bean flavors, not a lot of roast but there is decent yeastiness in a dry powder form. Less earthy and minerally here, about same level of herbaceousness with a run up in pine and grapefruit pith. No real fruit flavors. Curiously, sweeter colder than as it warms. Extends the finish well without sacrificing freshness, the bitterness could be ratcheted back.

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Photo of brystmar
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: brown and hazy through the restaurant's water glass. 1.5 fingers of tannish head leave strong lace behind.

S: surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Some roasted malts in the mix too, but the floral, earthy hops dominate. An interesting and welcome departure.

T: a strong rush of hops and malt greets you upon the first sip. Bitter and dry throughout, finishes with lingering bitterness. Wish it were more malty and less hoppy. Doesn't have enough traditional brown ale base or stray far enough in one direction to warrant the "unique take on the ___ style" moniker.

M: big body and well-carbonated. Works well with what's here.

D: easy to drink, but it suffers the same fate as most American brown ales: it's boring. The addition of hops might seem prudent on paper, but this implementation just doesn't do it for me.

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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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