Brownstone | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
448
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Brownstone has a brown body, which is what I would expect from the name. The tan head is pretty solid-looking and it does leave some nice lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of fruity, hoppy and malty. Seems to be very balanced.

Brownstone is a nice sipper. Notes of fruit with hints of pepper come through, and it makes me think that some sort of Belgian yeast was thrown in this one, but I could be wrong about that. The hops come next, bringing a good deal of bitterness and lots of earthy flavors with perhaps a touch of citrus. The malt is rich, with dry chocolate flavors, lightly toasted malt and toffee.

Nice, substantial body with slightly creamy feel to it.

I'm a Sixpoint fan, and this one is no exception. It has a little bit of everything in it, with an interesting balance of malt, hops, and yeast.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY.

Deep, ruby brown color with a one-finger white head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Caramel sweetness in the aroma with noticable floral hop bitterness. Flavor consisted of a roasted malt backbone and doughy yeast. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

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Photo of wcintula
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Korzo, Brooklyn.

Poured into a a liter mug, I'm in for a good time with this baby. A nice stiff finger-depth head on top of a dark chocolate filtered body. Smells wonderfully malty with layers of chocolate, coffee, and other roasted malts in this malt lovers ticket to paradise. The taste matches with a light-moderate body with some carbonation. I did not get bored drinking a liter of this.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Great head to be from a can. This only my second ever six point brew, so maybe they all are like that. This definately calls for further testing. Pours very clear and lighter than some brown ales are known to be.

S: Very sweet on the nose. Reminds me of the house after we set up the chocolate fountain for the kids. You know how it doesn't quite smell like chocolate, but still something sweet. Maybe my fountain smells like Brownstone. No real POW to it though...had to really get in there to find it.

T: It is fine. A good quality brown, but still feels like there is something lacking...I had this same problem with the other sixpoint brew I reviewed. I do enjoy the fruity hints on the tale end though. Actually as I sat here I had to bump my score up a notch. it grows on you.

M: I love the mouthfeel of canned beers. something in them just feels more filling and meatier. Not sure what...will have to do some research.

O: I enjoy this beer, but just can't seem to get bored with it for a full four pack of this one. I'm sure I'll try it again someday, but it isn't one of those I feel must stay in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six point's nite at the Blind Tiger in NYC, sampled a pint of this one first. Pours chocolaty brown and murky, Nose is faintly bready. Minimal white head was noticed and minor lacing was left on the glass. I picked up some caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains. This is a lightly hopped, medium bodied, pleasant and refreshing brew. Perhaps a tad thin in the flavor department, but still a decent sessioner.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was hoping to score a CAN or two of this latest CANned offering from Sixpoint at The Fridge but to no avail. The Foodery (Northern Liberties) to the rescue! I stopped in shortly after they opened on Labor Day and lo and behold, Brownstone. Good on ya, boys! The CANQuest (TM) marches on!

From the CAN: "... and coming out of the brownstone house to the gray sidewalk, the watered street, one side of the buildings rises with the sun like a glistening field of wheat."; "Brownstone is our bedrock; the first fortress of Sixpoint. Mahogany malt and balanced bitterness is our home."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer is culture".

The first quote is from the poem, "Letter to N.Y." by Elizabeth Bishop. The Crack and Glug was from my kitchen. I could not invert the CAN, but the massive head that formed anyway created a cascading action as it fell away to become liquid. I had a dense two-plus fingers of light-tan head with great retention when all was said and done. Color was a reddish-brown with NE-quality clarity, but not deep enough in its shade to be called mahogany. Nose had a real hop presence to it, very pine-y, underlain by a slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops really presented up front, followed by a light chocolaty sweetness on the tongue. The finish was dry, mostly from the hops, but the extreme finish allowed me to experience the malt again. Once more, they are not doing things to style, but that suits me just fine.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clean brown/reddish pour, lots of lacing, fluffy 2 fingers of head.
smells of bitter hops, chocolate, coffee.
a refreshing subtle brown ale.. slightly bitter up front with chocolatey/malty sweetness in the finish.
light body + .. leaning towards medium body from the creamy feel on the lips.

a great beer from sixpoint. the cans are usually hit or miss, this one is a solid go-to much like the crisp.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Beer Authority.

Sixpoint's Brownstone pours a nice chestnut brown. About two fingers of just off white foam caps the beer, displaying some nice head retention. A decent amount of lacing is left around the glass. The nose has a dry, roasty chocolate aroma, buttressed by a somewhat intense spicy-herbal note. Bitter dark chocolate shows up in the flavor as well, but some nuttiness adds a bit of malt complexity that the nose was lacking. The bitterness that comes through next is definitely on the restrained side. The hop finish is much more bold, with lots of herb and spice flavors showing up. The body is just a bit on the dry side for a brown ale, especially given that it's paired with a mildly assertive carbonation. I enjoyed my glass of Brownstone, but the slightly lackluster malt presence makes it come across as what one might imagine a brown IPA would be rather than a brown ale.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent caramel color with about one finger of tan head. The foam fades quickly, and there is thin lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and malty. I get caramel, roasted chestnuts, and slight hop bitters. Decent smelling beer.

T: This seems like a pretty typical brown ale. I get a nice malty sweetness mixed with mild nuts. There are more hops in here than I would expect for the style, but I'm into it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's easily drinkable and goes down smooth. There is nothing too outstanding or detracting.

O: Good beer, but I'm not overly impressed with the style to begin with. I thought it was ok, but I doubt I'll buy another can.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a dimpled mug.

A- beautiful color. Not the greatest head retention I've ever seen, but it does look nice in the mug

S- a little alkalinity on the nose at first, but it dissipates after a few sips. Then all I smell is sweet bread and malts.

T- sweet on the tongue with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Very smooth

M- feels great in my mouth. Very sessionable. Does not wreck my palete. Overall an awesome brown ale!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Brendan Behan in JP. Served in a pint glass. Extremely dark brown color. Whispy white head, with decent lacing. Smelled like malt and baker's chocolate. Taste was very appealing. Malt, cocoa, molasses all hit the taste buds. And the body was on the thick side, which I love, because that's the way a good brown ale should be: hearty but drinkable. Very smooth going down. A nice find at a surprising bar.

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Photo of JayQue
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown ale. Served from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Somewhat hazy mahogany color, lots of light comes through. Big off white frothy head with good retention and plenty of lace coating on the glass.

Slightly better than average smell. Before the beer warms up there is some hops presence. Afterwards just some mild malty characteristics.

Tastes good. Toffee and roasted malts, some piney hops bitterness. More hops than usual in a brown ale, but still nicely balanced...advantae on the malty side.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but nice and crisp/ refreshing. Seems a bit light for 6.00 abv, no hint of alcohol.

A solid brown ale, a bit hoppier than most. Goes down real easy...A winner

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured on tap at a bar in Williamsburg, NY. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany brown with a think white head.

S- Not a strong nose but you get some malty sweet notes. I wouldn't expect an overpowering nose on a brown ale though.

T- Nice American brown ale. I keep tasting iced tea in the American brown ales I am drinking. This isn't as overpowering as others I have had though. It actually is a very refreshing beer.

M- Nice carbonation in this brew. This is a nice medium thickness beer.

D- Very refreshing brown ale. I could definitely drink a bunch of this. I am very impressed with the Sixpoint offerings I have had.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownstone opens to a sweet, malty nose full of caramel and brown sugar, with strong touches of vanilla, and an overlying cola/kola nut aroma, lending the beer a strong resemblance to an old-fashioned hand-mixed vanilla coke. The brew is quite sugary on the nose, in addition to the aforementioned notes including some nice cherry, fig, melon, and mandarin orange fruit esters. Hops add a bit of pine and sweet pink grapefruit, but just enough to provide a soft bittering effect. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the vanilla coke overtone is somewhat strange at the same time as it’s alluring, with the main weakness being a relatively light presence that could have used a bit of cranking up.

On the tongue, the beer is far hoppier than the nose let on, the 45 IBUs immediately present in good levels of pine, grapefruit rind, and light eucalyptus. These mix well with the sugars, which bring mainly brown sugar, as well as smaller notes of cherry, orange, and fig fruit esters. Breads are far more present here than on the nose, with biscuit, toast crust, and thick brown breads adding nice earthiness. The vanilla coke notes are thankfully gone, though touches of vanilla do remain, as well as hints of caramel and toasted nut. The aftertaste is mainly hops, toasted nuts, and toast crust, most of the sugars having died off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice fare, and for a comparatively low 6% ABV, has good flavor and presence, even over the course of several mouthfuls. It could have still used a bit more oomph for even more presence, and the sugars needed to be stronger to better make themselves noticed against the hops and breads. Still, what is given in here is drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Opaque medium-brown color with a solid two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Roasted malt, some nuttiness and a hint of hops
T: Quite nutty which I enjoy, amber waves of grain and just a hint of citrus from the hops
M: Medium-bodied, a touch watery but smooth/balanced overall
O: Very solid, nothing earth-shattering but I will definitely be picking up more, not to pour into a glass and give a full analysis/write-up but to kick back and sip as this will be a fantastic session beer

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice huge two finger off-white creamy head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight chocolate, and caramel. The taste is malty, and a nice chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice/different brown ale, recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got "Mr.Brownstone" by Guns N Roses going through my head thanks to this beer.

As one would expect, it's a nice mild brown color with a frothy head. Not BROWN but not brown either.

After it settles, I pick out a faint hint of sweet malt and not much else in the nose. You don't need hops in a brown ale. It's not sickly sweet.

It is what it is. Sweet with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. There are still hops but they compliment rather than overwhelm the palate.

Lingering sweet brown sugar and cocoa make up the mouthfeel. The carbonation level should be dialed down a bit but otherwise, easy going, easy drinking.

Check this out if you want a simple, drinkable brown ale that you can also take to the beach or public gatherings where glass is forbidden.

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Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC yesterday.

A: Cloudy, murky brown -- reminded me of apple cider, though it was a bit darker -- with a 1-finger fluffy white head that settled quickly, leaving some lacing as I drank my way down the imperial pint glass.

S: Faint scent of bready sweet malt.

T: Like a brown ale should taste -- caramel, sweet malt and toffee flavors predominate, but a slight roast bitterness finishes it off and coats the tongue nicely.

M: Also good for the style -- medium bodied and well-carbonated, but a tad bit gritty.

D: I'd consider this to be pretty darned drinkable. Not necessarily the best brown ale I've ever had, but it's solid.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny/glowing tan/amber body, finger khaki head, glorious lacing

S: mellow malt, toffee, nuts, caramel

T: toffee, nutty, mild roasted malt earthy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/good carbonation

O: Another fine addition to the Sixpoint journey I have enjoyed!
Dare I say, with a relaxing smoothness, I could drink this
on beautiful crisp Autumn East Coast all afternoon.

VERY NICE, GIVE IT A GO!

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with off-white head. Subtle aroma of light chocolate, malt, hops, earth, and cinnamon. Smooth flavors of chocolate, slight roast, slight sweets, hop bitterness, earth, and diacetyl. Light-medium in body with low carbonation. This is a good brown ale with traits for all types of drinkers: it's got the hops, sweets, and roast balanced out to create a well-rounded brew.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1.5-finger beige head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of bready and toasted malts up front. There are also some nice scents of caramel, toffee, and a nice nuttiness. I am getting a nice hop presence as well.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some nice toasted, bready malt. There is some mild hop bitterness, as well as some flavors of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and nuts. I am also getting a slight wood-like flavor. The finish leaves behind some lingering hop flavor.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It has some moderate sweetness and some hop bitterness. There is a nice crispness to it also.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a solid brown ale, and i could easily drink a few glasses of this. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Another hit from sixpoint. I recommend trying it.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy brown with little head. However, there was some fine lacing on the glass along the way.

The nose is bready and a bit hoppy. The upfront flavor is nutty like a classic brown, but thinner than a top-tier version of this style. There is also some caramel in the flavor. The roasted bitterness on the finish was quite nice.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. April ?? 2013 on the bottom.

A: Pours a mostly opaque dark ruby brown with an off white head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Too hazy to really see any carbonation.

S: Light aroma of roasted malt with some sweetness. Certainly a nutty character to it. Chocolate comes in as it warms up. Dark fruits, vanilla and carmel.

T: Well balanced blend of malt and hop. As anticipated from the aroma there is a nutty quality and a touch of chocolate. Roastiness is light. Hops are a bit subdued by this point but provide a bit of piney earthiness.

M: Easy drinking beer, has a lightness to it but still holds a creamy and smooth body. Finish is smooth, bit of a nitro feel to it.

Overall this one could be used to define the American Brown Ale. Not off the wall with flavor or complexity but very well rounded and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint Brownstone...

Appearance-Nice brown color, lacy head, and good retention.

Smell of toffee, caramel, alcohol, dried malt.

Taste-dark malty taste, residual sweetness, late alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel-Nice aftertaste, nutty with a final kick of alcohol, the smooth body helps as well.

Drinkability- Nice sessioner, a good brown ale to throw back.

Overall-Solid brown ale, well made and flavorful.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can picked up locally, best before april 26 2013...enjoyed from a sixpoint spice of life snifter.

a - brew poured a deep opaque chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. the glass boasted a full 3 fingers of head that left massive milkshake like lacing as it dissolved. the creamy head hung there for the trip though.

s - nice brown sugar malts with some nutty vibe. some unpleasant metallic undertones are present though. beyond the bad metallic notes it really is spot on.

t - thankfully the metal notes on the nose are invisible in the taste. big robust flavor. nuttiness. brown sugar. malt dominant with a hint of roast and toast. great sweetness. the way a brown ale aught to be.

m - big and bold. leaves an odd finish. definite soda like notes.

o - overall, sixpoint has been a big hit or miss brewery for me, this one falls more on the hit side than the miss side, but i'm not a fan of this one in the way i was of crisp or righteous or apollo, but this is definitely up there. this is certainly a brewery to watch as they are maturing and refining their process, their beers are solid. they had an incredible reputation when draft only and they are starting to come into their own learning from the canning process. i wouldn't write off any of their beers upon first taste as they are worth checking out each batch as they are taking feedback and tweaking. this is a solid brown with some unique notes in the flavor.

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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
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