Brownstone | Sixpoint Brewery

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87
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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
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
448
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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57
Gots:
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.0% ABV, 45 IBUs, 21 SRM, Best before 26APR2013

A - Rich ruby mahogany in color, Brownstone pours clear with a tall tan head. The firm pile of foam lowers slowly, collapsing around the perimeter but leaves whispy-to-chunky lace left on the pint for a sexy appeal!

S - Brownstone has a pleasant balance to the nose from the very beginning. Dry toasted bread is drizzled with zig-zagging strings of melted caramel and served up to combat the hoppy nose. Delicate pine and wood earthiness keep with the brown ale theme while a faint ale yeast fruitiness of plum and fig closes the aroma out.

T - Brownstone loses some of the aroma's more intricate complexities but replaces them with other interesting and unique traits. Toast and caramel sweetness linger with a lightly roasted coffee bean flavor that all overcomes the faint pine and woody hoppiness.

M - Smooth to the last drop, Brownstone is a medium bodied brown ale with a dry bite and crisp hoppy lingering bitterness but the finish feels just a little bit thin with a touch of alcohol poking through.

O - An easy drinking brown ale, Brownstone is crisp and clean with great malt and hop balance for an understated result. Sixpoint packs in delicate nuances which prevail when contemplating it's nature but are comfortable being lost in it's drinkability.

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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a medium brown in color with an orange hue to it, Brownstone forms a creamy, thick head about two fingers tall with great retention that leaves lacing thickly and impressively, from the two-finger broad ring to the chunky patching the rest of the way down the glass.
A hop-forward brown? Why not? This one showcases it from the get-go. There's a malt support with a note of roast and a hint of dark chocolate underneath, but really hops form the foundation. Leafy, citrus and floral notes with a bit of pine, they come out over the malts, which proceed to add a bit of toast and, particularly in the flavor, a nuttiness going into the finish.
Both smooth and crisp, there's a good feel to this medium-bodied beer, which has more going for it than most browns. It's not thick, by any means, but it possesses a depth most in this typically middle-of-the-road style don't. It's also a pretty dry feel, but not too abrasive, as the malts sitting beneath the hops add their own, just enough sweetness to keep it from chalky and make it great.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a creamy, lingering beige mousse.

S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla bean, and mild, earthy ale hops quickly reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, and herbs balance notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, brown butter, leather, heavy cream, and treacle. The finish is nicely balanced and pleasantly smooth, presenting a respectable integration of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herb, and mild citrus notes.

M: Medium-to-full in body and smooth. Carbonation is crisper than average for the style. Very drinkable.

O: A good brown ale. Really easy drinking and with enough complexity to warrant revisiting.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can, it is stamped "Best before 26 April 2013" on the bottom.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly leaving heavy lacing everywhere. Leaves an island of foam for at least 10 minutes.

S: Toasted bread with some brown sugar and a little bit of nuts. Some mild pine and resinous hops perhaps?

T: Some more toasted bread up front, nuttiness is more prominent here. Piney hops are stronger and bitter in the middle. Finishes with a flourish of brown sugar and strong resin. Long lingering pine and especially resin bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite hoppy, one of the hoppiest brown ales I've ever had. A bit metallic in the aftertaste, oddly enough.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good.

O: Definitely an american take on brown ales. Very hoppy especially towards the finish. Lots of lingering resinous bitterness between sips. Not as strong on the toasted malt as most brown ales, perhaps obscured a bit by the hoppiness. Honestly it's more IPA than brown ale but I happen to like hops so I enjoyed this one :)

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a sixteen ounce can.

Pours chestnut brown, good 1/4 inch white foam. Fluffy on top. Malty caramel nose. Vanilla too. Rich malty refreshing taste. Light bitter hop in the close. Subtle balanced sweetness. Halfway between a pale and a brown. Flavorful. Really good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours your standard chocolate brown color with a moderate bubbled khaki head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a light grapefruit hop. Some metal notes from the malt and a subtle toasted malt.

Hops dominate the flavor of the American Brown Ale. Grapefruit in nature but of are a strength that won't confuse this with an IPA. Some leafy and grass notes from the hops as well. The malt is fairly weak for a brown ale. It provides some toasted flavor and perhaps a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. Some dry lemony notes in the finish.

Light to moderate feel with appropriate carbonation. Dry and almost astringent in the finish, not overly bitter.

A weak brown ale base with a good hop profile. Sixpoint definitely cut down on the yeast profile from the last time I had this beer. Would love to see more body to this beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint's newest year-round canned beer. Best Before 26APR2013

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of sudsy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some roasted malts, earthy hops, and very light coffee notes are the highlights. Not much else behind that

T: Follows the nose. Lightly roasted malts, very earthy, light coffee and bitterness into the finish. Simple, but good

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth

O: Not a very complex beer, but a nice easy drinker especially at 6%. The 16 oz. can is another plus too. Definitely worthy of their newest year-round addition. Reminiscent of DFH's IBA, for comparisons sake

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review from 3/17/2011: pours chestnut brown in color with bubbles racing up the brew and a small creamy brown head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; nice looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit and cinnamon; really nice hoppy aroma, which surprised me as I expected a nut brown ale aroma based on the name.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, wet bread, cereal, pepper, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit, light lemon and cinnamon; brew has a slight hoppy bite with some heat, but is very tasty and much hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium body and a slight dry finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer which pleasantly surprised me with the huge hop presence.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours dark brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, crystal malt (iced tea) and light roasted malt. Definitely sweeter on the flavor side. An ok brown, definitely on the sweet side.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Mahogany with 3 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Good retention leaves behind decent rings of lacing. Really good clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread and candy sugars. Hints of nuts and brown sugar.

Taste
Light on the palate. Caramel, brown bread and a dose of candy sugar. Light nuttiness with a touch of brown sugar. Just a hint of piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
A little bland in the flavor arena, but very easy drinking.

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white. Lighter lacing left on the glass. Aromas of toasted nuttiness, earthy, roastiness, and lighter coffee. Tastes of toasted caramel, nuts, chocolate, and roasty. Decent for a brown ale.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brown with a tan head. Very opaque, and small bubbles swirling about. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of brown sugar with a smoky vibe. This would be awesome with some Carolina hickory BBQ.

T - Very malty, with a back end of smoke and molasses. This is a rather tame brown ale, and while I might like it to be more epic, I'm happy with it being what it is.

M - Solid, but a but thin and not enough grab of the taste buds at the end. The result makes it a solid drinker however.

O - Another good offering from Sixpoint. Perhaps this guy will make it into the canning lines.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a clear, dark brown with orange throughout. Creamy head eventually drops to a chunky film and leaves great lacing behind.
Smell is malt, hops, grass, herbal. Hop presence stronger than I prefer though as an American brown I guess that is to be expected.
Taste is malt and hops with a slight vinegar note and some grass. A nuttiness develops in the aftertaste with some evergreen.
Medium bodied with a medium effervescence leads to a clean, dry finish.
Overall a good beer but definitely more hop forward than an English brown (and my preference).

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a recent review of the growler version:

Got this at the new whoe foods on the upper west side in Manhattan. The best thing about that place is the growlers. I wanted something light in alchohol. I'm not a huge brown fan but this was really good for the style. YOu could very distinctly discern between the maltiness of the dark malts while still finding light enough in alchohol to drink as a session. With my new found appreciation of this beer I will enjoy it as a session beer in Winter, like a Guiness.

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The cask version was the same. Good but not overwhelming in any way. Worth trying.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - semi-hazed deep mahogany color with a creamy beige head that thinned out leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - caramel cream candy with a bit of earthiness.

T - sweet & toasty caramel upfront with a touch of bitterness at the back end.

F - medium bodied, crisply carbonated with a refreshing feel.

O - all around good brown ale.

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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 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 MacQ32
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown with a nice finger of caramel head, nice lacing and the head lasted until the last sip was consumed.

S - Some sweet fruits - apples/pears. Sweet caramel malts, slightly nutty and bready, a bit of earthy hops.

T - Sweet brown APA type flavor. Apples and Pears with some toasty caramel malts and a mild earthy hop kick to balance it out. Quite flavorful, especially compared to your standard brown ale!

M - Lightish bodied, medium carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink!

O - Tasty, not overpowering in any way but theres a nice balance of several (relatively) strong flavors. Very refreshing, fantastic appearence. Very good overall

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Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Appearance is a moderate brown with reddish hues and a touch of cloudiness. Nice 2 finger head upon pour with good retention. The nose features caramel, cream, faint chocolate, and earthy hops. The nose suggest that the flavor is going to be subtle with a decent presence of both malt and hops. Taste starts with some roasted malt character which I barely picked up on the nose. Some crusty bread comes in with a touch of caramel character. The taste finishes with a hop note. This brown ale has a decent bit of character and is also unique for the style. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carabonation. Overall, worth a try, especially if brown ales are your thing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear brown color with a nice finger and a half of brownish head. The head has solid retention with very nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet carmel malts. There is also some nice brown sugar and bread elements. Also, just a touch of molasses mixed in.

T - Starts off with a building sweet carmel malt flavor with a bit of sweet elements (brown sugar and maple). In the middle the brown sugar flavor and molasses jump out a bit and there is some nuttiness that join the carmel malts. The finish has a bit deeper malt flavor with some nut flavor once again, which linger nicely.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Feels like a nice balance. The beer is super smooth and crisp. Nice finish also.

D - Extremely drinkable. Nicely balanced and mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Has a lot of sweetness, but it never feels too overpowering.

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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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Best Before 26APR2013

A: Pours a ruby accented dark brown with 1 1/2 fingers of sticky off-white head. Retention was great with multiple rings stuck to the inside of the glass.

S: Carmel and maple aromas blend with lightly floral hops. Toasty bread with a piney glaze.

T: See above. Nice balance between the hop and malt flavors. A glint of milk chocolate when this approaches room temp.

M: Big and slick with a decent hoppy prickle. Soothing and refreshing, all in the same mouthfull.

O: This is a style we almost always pass up. Glad we slowed down enough to let this one hop on board.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poursbrown with maybe ruby high lights. A beige head sits on top with a dense body and lingers . Good lacing too.
Aroma is light but has slightly roasted smell some biscuit malts and cocoa nibs.
Taste has a nice depth of flavor with a slightly roasted malt bill and some biscuit notes. Drinks sweet but has a slight bitter finish. Easy drinking and a silky smooth feel with depth of character.It's a winner in my opinion. Can I have another one please.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, 1/2 creamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugars, bready with some hops.

Taste - Mild roasted malts with some bitter hops. More hoppy then expected, lots of bready flavors. A dry lemon flavor also comes out. A nice amount of brown sugars and mollasses sweeten this brew up some.

Mouthfeel - Its light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets caramel malts and bitter hops, palate gets remaining malts and hops with some sugars. Aftertate is light, malty and bitter.

Overall - Nice smooth and flavorfull. More hoppy then most brown ales ive had. Still its balanced well, has nice bitterness along with sweetness. Great affordable price, good flavor, worth a drink for sure.

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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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Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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