Brown Ale
Newburgh Brewing Company

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #9
Ranked #8,289
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our version of a London Style Brown Ale. In the south of England, they prefer their brown ale maltier and lower in alcohol. Here in Newburgh, we tend to agree. Verging on black, this beer pours with a light tan head and beautiful ruby highlights in the glass. The flavor is dominated by malty sweetness and gentle hints of chocolate and toffee. A nice and sessionable 4.2% alcohol content and medium to light body begs for an evening by the fire at your local pub.
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4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just the type of beer I miss from my college days in England. Nice malt and not too strong. Initially poured with too much of a head. But after that, great mouth feel and taste. Why is it so hard to find traditional English brown ales in the U.S.? I am so glad I found this one. One of my favorite American Brown ales to date, and I have been looking for them ever since I returned from England in 1986.

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Wlerik1 from District of Columbia, Apr 18, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep rich chocolate brown pour produces a mid peanut toned colored head of two plus fingers. Big and foamy consistency, the capping leaves giant splashes of milky thick deposits. Fine misty effervesce within.

S: Big burst of brown ale malts, dark toasted grains, walnut shells, toasted bread and chocolate shows tints of vanilla. Some reese peanut butter notes, along with almond-cocoa adds depth and complexity along with milky hints. Solid awareness that lasts nicely.

T: The flavor was big and rich, roasted chocolate and coffee. Milky roast, caramel toast, and nuttiness. Dry vanilla, cocoa-almond with a brown malt bitterness.

M: Medium body, some carbonation tingle, milky depth, with a dry feel and leave. Feels like some oaty silkness.

O: Overall a nice autumn drinking brown ale with a big flavor especially considering its modest abv of 4.2%. Definitely worthy a try.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Nov 05, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can with no canning or expiration date shown. Sampled on June 29, 2019.

This looks exactly like a Brown Ale should. Dark brown color with moderate clarity leading up to a lingering tan head. Some lacing. I'll give the look a 5.

That aroma emits a wide array of my favorite brown characteristics including toasted dark bread crust, molasses, char, smoke, and just a hint of the floral hops in the background.

Medium and smooth mouthfeel.

The taste experience is at first sweet and malty and then the burnt or char sensations wrap themselves around my taste buds. It ends mildly dry but mostly sweet. A decently done brown ale.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Jun 29, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell burnt toasted malts, peanuts. Taste is of toasted malts, bread, a hint of cocoa. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a more flavorful beer than I expected at this abv.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, May 31, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: appears opaque and medium brown, but is crystal clear with ruby highlights if held to the light; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: roasted grain and chocolate;

T: black coffee for a moment, then roasted grain to the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 05, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, garnet brown where light passes through the center of the glass. Small lasting head. Spotty lace.

Dark, burnt malt aromas. Very Stout-like to the nose. Lots of unsweetened cocoa. A bit of coffee.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated--watery. The flavor is far weaker than the smell with less burnt elements. I guess this makes it more of a Brown Ale, but it's missing the complexity in the taste. The aftertaste is dark with a touch of sour.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Oct 21, 2018
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2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 8/24/18

Pours dark brown with a noticeable reddish hue; one and a half fingers of pillowy, soft off-white cap; excellent retention and consistent walls of thin lacing.

Aroma of roasty, crackery malt, toasted wheat/grains, and peanut shells; overwhelmingly earthy and with a fair bit of char.

Taste of roasty malts are somewhat watered down, giving way to an increased bitterness, which in turn becomes a bit watery itself in spite of building notes of chocolate and cocoa powder; not much to this one unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is thin, barely carrying the malt profile; light-bodied with a dry finish and medium-low carbonation, which is what gives the feel the little heft it has; pretty watery.

Maybe promising at first, but went downhill pretty quickly; watery and thin in many facets, and the malt profile just doesn’t give the balance and flavor I’m looking for in a brown ale.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Sep 29, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a pretty darn bold brown ale here, and in this day and age when everyone is trying to take everything that isnt a sour or an ipa and make it a beer for the masses, all dumbed down, samey, and plain, i appreciate that landscape. its huge, roasty and sweet, with some porter elements as much as brown ale. not overly bubbly from the tap, but dark in color and pretty resistant to light. some interesting smells and taste here, a wonderful chocolate depth, unexpected really, cola and root beer syrupy element too, dark cherry, long boiled malts, brown sugar, touches of coffee and even smoke for a second, really deep and complex for the style. maybe a too warm english ale yeast ferment, and more residual sugar than i need, but not by much, and those are my only two real critiques. smooth going down with the lighter carbonation and although it lingers a bit, its tasty and good. overwhelming maybe to more delicate foods like seafood in most contexts, but the did a nice job with this and i appreciate it for being a little more interesting and flavorful than a lot of places are allowing brown ale to be these days...

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a dark brown color with a smooth and silky layer of film. It soon dissipates . A thin ring of lace throughout.
Toasty aromas of brown bread, toffee, wood and even dark fruit.
A slightly sour taste eventually settles down and yields a modest sweetness that is complimented by wood, mild earthy hops bitterness and nutty malt. The finish is clean and dry.
Medium bodied, smooth and very sessionable.

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Gajo74 from New York, Apr 19, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off mildly. Some sporadic semi-stringy lace slid on into the beer.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to roasty nuts, caramel/toffee malts, some milk chocolate and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend of the prior mentioned aromas and brought in that earthiness for a sly balance. Moderately sweet in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Nice smooth malty and semi-roasty finish.
Overall, pretty nice as an English brown ale and well worthy of coming back to.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" tan colored head that quickly falls to a thin surface foam.

Smell: earthy and some chocolate tones rise from the glass.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with some dark bitter chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of maple syrup, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and luscious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a very enjoyable brown ale that is malt centric with good flavor profile. Easy to drink this one, several can be had in a session.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Jan 29, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint, this beer appears to be very dark brown but held up to the light is is more of a mahogany color with ample reddish tints. I was a little surprised by a lack of head, but OK. There is a raft of micro-bubbles on top that look like a spider web. There wasn't much of a hiss when I opened the can.

Aroma is very nice and quite intense - sweet toffee, roasted malts. Chocolate comes in and it's reminding me somewhat of a Heath bar, so toffee and caramel. A touch of lightly roasted coffee. Very nice.

Taste follows along pretty well, but is not quite as rich as the nose would imply. The flavors are sweet, toffee, coffee, cocoa in the background. Maybe a bit of vanilla, caramel, maple (?). Not overwhelming, just a nicely blended profile that is almost dessert-like except it is pretty light and not as dominating as the aroma led me to think.

Feel...well, the carbonation is low, that is for certain, almost flat. The body is light to medium, the flavors clean and well-defined. So it tastes great, smells great, just lacks carbonation. I can't really knock it for that - reminds me of some beers I have tried on cask, but I think it is an error of some sort. A bit more carbonation would have livened up the flavor.

Overall, a very pleasant drinking beer, true to the style with the emphasis on the malts and minimal hop presence.

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LeRose from Massachusetts, Nov 29, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy tan cap over garnet-brown. 4
Brown soda loaf, cranberry, and brownie. 4
Big earthy carob, brown malt, speck of anise, touch of caramel and hazelnut edge. 4
Chewy, fizzy, lt-med. 4

Cocoa more than dark chocolate - very brown. Fizz lifts it. Characterful, if not much in range. 4

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StJamesGate from New York, Nov 16, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans

Pours a huge frothy head that forms a bit of a nitro like upside down waterfall, fades slowly nice lacing, clear but very dark mahogany brown color.

Nose typical creamy brown, biscuity toffee caramel, toasted brown, creamy malt, touch of an almost coffee like toasted malt, nice malty aroma.

Taste brings more caramel toffee biscuit, toasted brown malt , creamy toasted with big caramel, coffee syrup, little nutty biscuity toffee, little burnt condensed milk, hint of grassy hop. Finish dry little creamy, lingering caramel and condensed milk, coffee syrup.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, good malt but slight burnt flavor and condensed milk is meh, little thin too.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Sep 25, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Lakeside tallboy to a goblet with a very dark brown approaching black body. A thick and foamy nutty tan cap rises up over one finger high with good retention. Occasional sheets of lacing.

S- Toasted and lightly roasted malts create a strong aroma that doesn't suggest anything overly sweet or caramelesque. Rides the dessert line between milk chocolate and smooth medium roast coffee with toasted nuts, cocoa nibs, vanilla sweets, brownie, toffee and slight raisin notes to round it out.

T- Flavor isn't as rich as I expected from the aroma but again the saving grace is flavorful malts with a delicate in check sweetness. Cocoa powder and coffee combine with toffee, a touch of caramel, cookie, raisin and nuttiness.

MF- Very light body but a frothy and foamy texture. High end carbonation tickles the palate and really provides crispness.

A very good use of the powerful toasted and borderline roasted end of the malt spectrum. A great aroma with a light body to allow for easy drinking without sacrificing too much of the decadent grains.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Jul 06, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The coffee colored liquid foams up with a beige head; decent retention and a few strands of lacing are left behind

Smell: Brown bread and toffee malt, with hints of nut and chocolate

Taste: Brown bread forward, with nut and chocolate tones developing; some toffee sweetness builds underneath and becomes more pronounced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation (fuller body than I was expecting)

Overall: Brown ales are almost an afterthought these days so it is nice to see a brewery do a great job with a style that is often insipid

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A traditional english brown, very dark pour, aroma of burned buscuit and bread, taste follows along the same lines but a little bit more pronounced, definite bready and cookie taste but bitter on the back end.mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for such a low abv brown.overall its a very good example of the style.decent price point too.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can dated 3/17/2016.

A: Murky dark brown with 2 finger light tan head. Decent retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar, nutty grains.

T: Toasted bread with caramel and molasses. Faint hints of nuts and vanilla.

M: Medium body but with average carbonation. Lightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very well executed brown ale. My first beer from Newburgh and hopefully not my last.

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richj1970 from Alabama, Apr 18, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pint can with no apparent date received in a recent BIF poured in a pint glass.

Look- Pours a cola brown leaving a small amount of quickly settling tan foam.

Smell- Hot maple syrup, toffee, brown sugar, bark and mild tobacco.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple sap, leather and a hint of tobacco.

Feel- Slick and very easy to drink.

Overall- I'm not a fan of the style because quite frankly, too many suck. I was skeptical once again looking at this boring label and the low abv. It screamed bland, but it was a pleasant surprise! Not the prettiest beer to look at, but complex aroma and flavor make up for it's lack of appearance. The flavor coupled with the modest abv. makes this a tasty alternative to a higher abv. stout. Maybe the best I've had since Tumbler?

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Prager62 from Colorado, Apr 13, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Obtained bottles of 2 Newburgh brews in a trade. Both the IPA and this Brown Ale were very pleasant surprises as I'd never had a Newburgh product before. I think the brewery's own description of the product is just about a perfect summary and there's not much I need to add to it. I initially thought the very sessionable ABV might weaken the taste but that concern was quickly put to rest. If this were available in my area, I think it might replace Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog as my favorite Brown Ale. I'll be looking for it on my next trip to the Hudson Valley.

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Greenlabel from New Hampshire, Feb 12, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark Brown to Black. Pours with about two fingers of tan head which dissipates rather quickly lining the top the whole way down the glass. Some patchy lacing.

S: Nutty biscuity.

T: Nutty, biscuity, with a little chocolate.

F: Moderate to lightly carbonated. Medium bodied. Went down smooth.

O: English is how I like my browns. I'm a hop head, but not when it comes to Browns. When the malts are up front there are almost no beers better than this.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at the Hill Street Cafe in Albany - they seem to carry it regularly, so whenever I'm there I get a pint. It may be my favorite Brown Ale, hands down, and the fact that it's (relatively) local is just icing on the cake.

A: Body is dark brown with a small tannish head on top. Leaves a little bit of lace in the pint glass.

S: Caramel malt, touch of brown bread and molasses - sweet malt scents dominate.

T: This is a near-perfect example of a full-flavored Brown Ale. Caramel malt, molasses, toasted malt and chocolate/cocoa all come to mind. Hint of modest light hops at the finish provide a decent balance.

M: Light to medium in heft - some browns are a tad bit too light for me, but this one carries with it a decent body. Carbonation is smooth.

O: As I noted above, this is one of my favorite Brown Ales. Either Newburgh was inside my head when it formulated this beer, or my idea of the "to-spec" Brown Ale is the same as theirs.

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Kendo from New York, Aug 28, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Dark brown, ruby highlights, stellar head

SMELL: Toasted bread, mildly biscuity, herbal, woody, hop spice, yeast, nutty grain, dried grass

TASTE: Divine smoothness, medium bodied, hint of caramel, big bready character, deep subtle hoppiness, nutty grain, yeast, balanced bitterness,

Here we go, looks like someone is taking us back in time … England 1989, fully in love with the pub culture and drinking epic session ales. This is what this Brown ale tastes like, ale to be enjoyed in copious amounts and never think twice about ordering something different for the night.

STYLE: English Brown Ale
ABV: 4.2%

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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts, Jun 26, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 07/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at Gingerman in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of lightly tan head and light carbonation evident. Lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and light dark chocolate. Nose is a tiny but Guinness-like almost. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, cream, roasted malts, light vanilla, light dark chocolate, caramel malts, toasted malts, and burnt malts. More coffee and cream here than the nose; a tiny step up for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy; awesome mouthfeel. Could definitely drink a few of these.

o - Overall 3 for 3 for me with Newburgh beers; another good example of the style and another good beer. Nose and taste has lots of coffee and roasted notes, and it is crazy easy to drink. I like their gose and stout a little bit better, but this is very good and I could see a lot of non-craft drinkers liking this one. Would definitely have it again.

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mdfb79 from New York, Jul 09, 2013
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4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a transparent copper color. The aroma is of roasted malt with a bit of hops.

The beer in general reminds me of a better version of Sam Smith's Brown. The flavor is nutty with roasted malts. It has a bigger body than the aforementioned beer with an easy finish.

I've been loving brown ales and I would love to session this. Good example to compete with Sam Smith's.

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dar482 from New York, Mar 25, 2013
Brown Ale from Newburgh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 125 ratings