Brown Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #620
Ranked #41,061
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: This is the award-winning original American brown ale, first brewed as a holiday specialty, and now one of our most popular beers year-round. Northern English brown ales tend to be strong and dry, while southern English brown ales are milder and sweeter. Brooklyn Brown Ale combines the best of those classic styles and then adds an American accent in the form of a firm hop character and roasty palate. A blend of six malts, some of them roasted, give this beer its deep russet-brown color and complex malt flavor, fruity, smooth and rich, with a caramel, chocolate and coffee background. Generous late hopping brings forward a nice hop aroma to complete the picture. Brooklyn Brown Ale is full-flavored but retains a smoothness and easy drinkability that has made it one of the most popular dark beers in the Northeast.
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Photo of benjoseph
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't so much a review for the beer, but I have been hunting for a shirt they used to sell to market BK Brown Ale. The shirt had "get down with brown" printed on it, and as an American born Indian, I felt this shirt would have summarized my opening pickup line for any night out. If you know where I can get this shirt in a XXL, please hit me up

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Photo of Urtravel
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: a great rich dark chocolate brown with moderate head and lace
S: sweet toasty malts up front but I didn’t get much on the backend
T: a really nice beginning of smooth toasty malt sweetness but then didn’t have much of a finish
F: smooth feel on the palate with mild carbonation
O: a good looking beer that starts week but fades at the end

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Urtravel from Pennsylvania, Aug 13, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a thick, tan head.
Smell: Caramel, chocolate, coffee.
Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate and caramel, some dark chocolate bitterness.
Feel: Creamy, medium-bodied.
Overall: Really balanced and tasty.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, May 26, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 5.60% This American Brown Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color is a nice brown color with a nice off white head. This brown Ale has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with roasted goodness. You pick up a nice amount of roasted grains and malts I. The smell, mirror hop bitterness as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew, now for the taste. It is Bold with flavors. You pick up on a nice amount of lighter roasted grains , malts an a slight sweetness. The mirror sweetness is a nice touch to this brew. The body of Brown Ale is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would nice with dinner or a cool day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I think I am going to give Brown Ale a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Brooklyn Brewery,did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is brown but transparent. Two finger head with excellent lacing retention.
Smell - a nice blend of malts and hops, but quite mild on the nose. Light notes of coffee, nuttiness, and some sweetness.
Taste - definitely malt forward, with a subtle bite of hops that come through as well. A good clean finish that is refreshing.
Feel - medium bodied (on the lighter side), medium-high carbonation, and appropriate ABV at 5.6%.
Overall - a brown ale that leans on the lighter side, with a bit more hops that makes it quite refreshing to drink. A nice one to enjoy on all occasions.

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Profundobaso from New York, Mar 17, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bold dark color on the pour with creamy beige head and ample lacing. Smooth dry taste with malty, more complex finish. A good one, but prefer other brown ales better, like Rogues and Smuttynose.

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Mugman8 from New York, Mar 17, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice pour showing a deep amber/brown color. Not much of a nose but a really nice roasted chocolate palate. Feels silky smooth and it’s a beer I’ve been enjoying for many years

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osheamatth from New York, Feb 14, 2019
Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body sporting a thick, dense and creamy bone-colored head; excellent level of foam stickiness clinging to the inside of the glass.. Low-key aroma; very faint roasted grain aroma. Nice flavor, blending elements of mildly charred grain, nuttiness and a bit of vanilla; bitterness is relatively low yet does seem to build towards the finish of each sip. Medium body; smooth and full; light sweetness.

A solid American brown ale, flavorful and balanced.

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beergoot from Colorado, Dec 30, 2018
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown with amber highlights. A creamy beige head, with very good retention and sheets of lacing.
The smell is somewhat sour and metallic, with generic toasty grains, grassy hops, and maybe a hint of cocoa?
The taste has a bit of that sourness and metallic-ness, but there is more toast, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Some grassy hops. More bitterness than expected. Coffee! Dry, moderately bitter, with lingering roast.
The feel is medium-light, well carbonated, crisp and fairly smooth. Dry and chalky.

An okay-ish brown ale? Easily drinkable, but seems rather flawed. I can't this is terrible, but it's not very good, either.

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Photo of Nass
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This is a decent brown ale but I do agree with the body being too thin. I am getting some caramel notes maybe even some toffee. I really don't think it's as bad as others are saying it is. I have had worst beers from Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn Brewery is giving New York craft beer a bad reputation. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Oct 09, 2018
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2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Best by 8/12/2018 stamped on the bottom. Medium brown with beige head. Aroma was malty. Slightly sweet taste with some malt at the back of the throat. Went down smoothly without any noticeable aftertaste. Over all a good beer. Hands down better than Newcastle in my opinion.

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Photo of Amendm
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can aggressively poured into a 16 oz Mug. I often find the need for a strong pour with brown ales, this helps the smell and head look.
Dark transparent brown with a tan head , normal retention for the style.
Sweet malty smell, also a slight yeast smell like baked bread.
This beer is on the sweet side though out the pallet, some chocolate and caramel flavors. Not to hoppy at the finish.
Typically medium bodied and lightly carbonated.
Overall, I rate this beer higher than most. I feel this is an excellent representation of the style and brown ales are my favorite. This beer is not overly hoppy , could be a border line English Brown.
All fans of brown ales should try this.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Jun 08, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The deep brown beer with some reddish highlights pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” light tan head that slowly but visibly begins to recede leaving an irregular web and ring of leggy lacing around the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing. Eventually the foam becomes a thin irregular island on the surface of the liquid.

The aromas are filled with lightly toasted caramel malt. There’s also some light chocolate, some nuttiness and a touch of herbal character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the lightly toasted caramel malt up front against a background that has some chocolate, some nuttiness and some herbal character. In addition to some malt sweetness there’s just a bit of coffee and some slightly bitter herbal notes.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with small bubbled light carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the malt sweetness and chocolate begin to fade allowing the herbal bitterness to become more noticeable before it too begins to fade away to the back of the palate in a semi-dry ending that shows just a touch of chocolate as everything slowly disappears.

Overall I’m finding this a very drinkable brown ale and am enjoying both the various well balanced flavors and the semi-dry lightly bitter ending that still has a hint of chocolate and that keeps the slightly toasted malt sweetness from dominating the flavor profile or the ending.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, May 20, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown colored beer that has hints of chocolate and coffee in smell and taste. Decent but kind of run of the mill. It was nice to try this at least once.

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feuematt from Pennsylvania, Aug 14, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium, clear brown with a mild head. Aroma of milk chocolate and coffee. Drinks like an English dark mild. As a fan of low ABV mild ales, I loved this brown ale.

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wattoclone from California, Jun 28, 2017
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3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a tap into a conical pint glass.
A: Dark copper color, frothy off-white head with good retention.
S: Underwhelming bouquet: sweetness mostly.
T: Milk chocolate predominates with little or no bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid but subtle carbonation.
O: A reasonable approximation of the style; not a "go to" version.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jun 25, 2017
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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The appearance has a rich mahogany colored body with a slightly dark copper/caramel looking head that doesn’t last more than three seconds. There is some light lacing. The smell is malty and yeasty with some nuts involved and some light chocolate coming in at the end. The taste has some nuts and yeastiness with an added light roasted graininess. The palate is somewhat medium, comes across fairly sessionable, has a dry aftertaste, and a bitter finish. Overall, this is just a tad above decent, but a bit too yeasty for a brown ale, unsure if Ill come back to this.

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great cola color.
A light golden edge and good tan head.
Aromas of mocha are faint.
Subtle, fairly rich and dry.
Very nice, nothing exciting, like other Brooklyns.
Not as full or rich as RJ Rockers Brown Eyed Squirrel.
Decent, wont repeat.

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, May 19, 2017
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3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review, please be gentile.
Dark brown color, not much aroma, faint toasty malt. Chocolate/Coffee notes. Mouthfeel is "unique" not "dry" but "drying." Hard to explain, obviously everyone is different (fingerprints) (DNA) Not a bad brew for what it is, if it's what your expecting. Brown Ale.
Not offensive, may buy again.

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MackT from Florida, Apr 26, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the NY roots of this Brown Ale that is spot on to the style. Brooklyn Brewery almost always does a fantastic job with their brews and their brown ale is no exception. Way to represent BB!

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NyBeerBro from New York, Apr 23, 2017
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3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with a half inch tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Not much to the aroma, some malts and nuttiness. Taste is a little on the sweet side for the style with caramel, sweet malts, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Light bodied, watery mouth feel, light to moderate carbonation. Overall disappointing.

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EMH73 from New York, Apr 19, 2017
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3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional optics. Aroma isn't very noticeable beyond just amber & dark malt. Taste isn't adventurous or anything but I thought it was fine, just malt & nutty flavors but nothing off or offensive.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Apr 16, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 oz Stout glass.
Smelled of light malts, a little chocolate, and mild coffee. Tastes of malt, coffee, and chocolate are thin, and balanced. A little on the dry side.. with a nice level of bitterness.

My 1st couple of drinks had an odd aftertaste, but settled down after that. I found this beer to be a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: 3.5 liquid caramel. Thin white head.
S: 3.25. Nutty. Brown malts. Light hops.
T: 3.5 Sweet, Caramel heavy. Nuts. Light chocolate. Oddly some honey tea on the back end.
F: 3.75 Pleasant mouthfeel. Very smooth. Medium carbonation. No overwhelming characteristics.
O: 3.5. A decent beer if you're looking for an alternative the legendary Newcastle Brown.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

"Best by November 2015"; drank 9/5/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Coffee, caramel & pickle juice notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & pickle juice flavors, in equal measure. Tough to drink; I couldn't get through 12oz. I've had my last.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 23, 2016
Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2430 ratings