Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.63/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,450
Reviews:
964
Ratings:
2,396
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
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Photo of ndrwmngn
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -14.6%
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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Photo of Gemini6
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmsfish
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RomanDeanPollizi
2.76/5  rDev -24%
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 NappyB
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
4.14/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wwoj
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolegario
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ibanez2k
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trboley
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SicemWT
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,396 ratings