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Brownstone | Sixpoint Brewery

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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:
#8,140
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
450
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BeerKangaroo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: brown colored body that yields a great two finger white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes. Nice spider-web foamy lacing appears and lasts pratically forever. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: hops in front of the malts. A slight nuttiness comes through as the beer warms.

T: pretty much the same smells in the tastes combining and eventually yielding a slight enjoyable sweetness that I really like.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, fairly sessionable.

O: I like this for the most part, yet for a brown the hops are a bit too much in front of the malts.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 imbibehour
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real good head formation off the pour on this. Light tan head. Creamy, somewhat together with lots of retention and staying power. Body is a deep dark redish brown color with not much ability to see through it.

Bouquet on this is neutral for a brown ale. Malt action not so much, sugar sweetness or nuts, no. But there is a distinct aromatic hop on here, something akin to a mellow pine which seems to make a woody character nicely to a brown ale.

Taste is very light bodied, with a simple feel. Much of the flavor is in the aftertaste as to the mid palate, and very subtle. Light chocolate, light malts and a lingering mild hop astringency. Body makes with the lightness also, almost wet but luckily not too bad.

Overall an easy drinking brown, with some light flavors. Something in my gut tells me this on tap or nitro would make it sing.

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Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
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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Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Ozurr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a brownish-amber with two fingers of soft fluffy head that lasts for a few minutes, and leaves behind curtains of lacing bubbles on the glass. Texture is on the lighter side of medium thickness but smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation levels are somewhat on the light side.

Smells like the hopping was a cross between pilsner-styled noble hopping and a pine resin / grapefruit pith bittering, all partially covering up a chocolate malt. The flavor is a sweet initial caramel / chocolate malt that tempers itself with minor amounts of pith, resin, and garnish levels of earthen hopping tones.

This brown ale is so hop-forward that it pushes the boundaries of pale ale levels of hopping. It certainly makes things interesting, however the cost of the high hopping seems to be the obscuring of the nutty and bready elements of a typical brown ale. YMMV.

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Photo of gshackles
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy with Best Before 26APR2013 stamped on the bottom of the can. Good amount of lacing. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of frothy head. Almost looks like a glass of coke. Aromas of citrus hops, nuts, pine, earth and malts. Taste is citrus hops, caramel malts, earthiness and nuts. Actually has a bit of a cola taste to it. Floral at the end. Bubbly, light mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Sixpoint does it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation along the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized very thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and some caramel malts sweetness. There is a light citrus hop presence that disappears as the beer warms up.

T: The flavor of the beer starts with a body of sweet caramel malts and just a hint of bready malt. There are some notes of coffee and nuts along with a light citrus hop bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable - I could easily have a couple of these in an evening. The beer is enjoyable and pairs well with foods, from pub fare to upscale. The flavor profile seems to have shifted just a bit (with a little hop presence) since this moved to a year round offering in cans.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: With some amber hues and an off white head a good two figners thick is a solid brown colored beer.

Aroma: Citrus hops, roasted caramel malts, light toffee hints, and a little bit of dark bread.

Taste: Fairly sweet up front with a decent amount of citrus trailing. Light roasty notes and caramel malts. The mouthfeel is on the smooth side and finishes the same way.

Notes: A solid beer and nicely drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 lovindahops
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a shot to try brownstone in a can! I love brown ales that are not embodied with massive alcohol content

A- brownstone pours a copper brown body with massive frothy foam blasting the glass as it rises. Layers if frosting foam lay all over the glass. A hearty look for a brew, that looks inviting

S- a great combo of caramel malt that is nutty and slightly roasted with pure piney hops. Reminds memos kick ass brown from the pump station in Albany. The scent is truly full of flavor and hoppy as well

T- Malty caramel enrobed in nutty flavors that also happens to have that piney finish from perhaps the dry hopping. Lightly roasted but some sweet flavors are at the exit. Good taste

M- slightly light bodied but the flavor coates leaving a lasting impression

O- sixpoint does it again. Making an enjoyable brown ale that possesses a sweet maltiness with a desired piney hop finish. Thanks!

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BESTBEFORE26APR2013

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a fluffy, off-white head that settles into a nice layer of pillowy retention and lace all the way down the glass. Seriously good-looking American Brown Ale!

S: Considerably hoppy nose for the style. The roasted malt is definitely there. Inviting. Especially fresh from the crack of the can.

T: Delicious. Great balance of slightly sweet, roasted malt and fruity, resiny hops with the right amount of bitterness. Hints of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and earth from the seemingly perfectly-roasted malt. Dry-hopped, malty finish is fantastic. A pleasure to drink.

M: Fresh, clean, and full of flavor. Palate gets covered in deliciousness. Each gulp reassures me that this is a damn good beer.

O: Extremely happy with this drinking experience. An incredible version of the style. Just wish the can was matte brown (like Apollo is matte white) instead of chrome, ha.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Fahz
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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