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Brownstone | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 178
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly-clear deep mahogany color. Head is magnificent. Head leaves fat logs of lacing. The head is khaki colored and about an inch high. Super foamy consistency and textbook retention.

S-Notes of cola and root beer. Light nuttiness. A wee bit roasty. Breaded with a distinctive hop profile. Sweet citrus hops. Caramel backing. Tons going on here.

T-Nicely breaded with different types of nuts popping and jumping out. Light coffee roast. Cola/root beer again. Finishes With a pleasant grassy hop layout that gradually morphs into a bright and lively citrus hoppiness. Toasted caramel and molasses somewhere in the middle.

M-Light and sessionable as far as a 6% Brown Ale goes. Dry and moldy bitter on the finish. Soft, rubbing carbonation. Moderately light but still creamy. The feel really comes into its own as the beer slowly warms.

O/D-Another crazy Sixpoint ale that I am truly digging. Alcohol does come out here and there, but thats my only real critique of this brew. Complex, great looking and easy-drinking. Another hit. PERFECT for the beginning of Autumn.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some nice light cocoa and toffee malts, as well as a good bit of grass and some earth. The flavor is very similar. The toffee and dusty chocolate notes come through initially, but there is also a decent amount of bitterness for a brown ale. I also get a little bit of grass flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice take on a brown ale.

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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from can into tulip. Nice, full, off-white head with decent retention. Lacing is excellent.

Smell was straightforward: light malts.

Taste was similar to smell, but initially was a chalky malt taste with a full, beautiful mouthfeel. A small sour/tang remains as the aftertaste and lets the drinker ponder this brew.

Overall, it's straightforward and well done. A great session brew, no doubt.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured a sample into a snifter, drank the rest from the can

A- Pours hazy amber brown. Cant see through it. A two finger of an off white head and excellent lacing.

S- A slight caramel nuttiness. A little grapefruit and earthy spices. The hops in this brown are very nice, bright citrus and sharp pine. Nice stuff

T-The first thing is get is a nutty toffee flavor. A little bit of a spice, some garlic and maybe some wheat spices. The hops are awesome in this beer, reminds me of citra hops. There is a ton of citrus and a lot of pine in this brew. There is also some herbal notes in this beer.

M- Can say much for the mouthfeel. Its just a little watery in my opinion. The beer has great bitterness and drinkability but its just too light.

O- Interesting brown ale. I would say its in between a brown and an IPA. But good beer never the less.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light. Nice frothy, beige head holds excellent retention and leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are toasted malt, chocolate malt, grassy hops. Tastes are chocolate malt, fresh hops, toasty grain, unexpected hint of pine, nice balance with a hoppy bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-medium, somewhat resiny, good carbonation. This was hoppier than expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice American Brown Ale.

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