Brown Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #609
Ranked #42,983
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
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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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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a darkish brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like nutty malt, caramel, and tea-like hops.

This is pretty solid, if not a tad unmemorable. There's a solid nutty and caramel malt sort of flavor, with a very light hop character. It does finish a little bit watery on the back end, a bit too watery for my personal preferences.

This is light bodied, slightly creamy but also thin, with a decent drinkability.

I wanted a bit more out of this one, although it's not bad by any means.

Jun 15, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/2021

Back with yet another discount rack beer, this one $1.50 for a single. I figured since it's one of Brooklyn's more popular beers that I should give it a shot. The bottle states "The O.G. Brown Ale" which I don't doubt, but the ratings don't exactly reflect on an exceptional beer. Regardless, I wanna find out for myself so let's dive in

Pours a clear dark amber with red hues and 2 fingers of light tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose on this one reminds me more of an English brown ale, with more expressive malt and yeast, so I'm quite enjoying this so far. I'm picking up on aromas of toasted bread, caramel, nutty brown malt, light raisin, herbal hops, and chocolate

Considerably less English-leaning in taste, but it's made up for with a delicate balance. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting sweet malt, peppery hops, and a touch of fruit. The swallow brings notes of earthy English hops, toasted bread, raisin, and toffee

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a slick and easy drinking beer. Finishes mostly dry with a lingering bitterness

This one was pretty good. It's nothing amazing, but it's quite solid and sessionable

Apr 06, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly large beige head atop a deep brown body. Woodsy, roasted malt aroma, some caramel, with a whiff of walnut. Modestly sweet malt taste, dry, respectably hopped. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Short lived, slightly metallic finish.

Apr 04, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown beer with a dense dark tan foam... An American brown ale but with lots of English trappings - mild and not too sweet, has a dry finish; some brown bread and bitter shellac, lightly hoppy with herbal and softly citrusy elements... Medium-light feel, a bit tacky...

Feb 13, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from St. Louis MO
Best by Jan 2021
Into Carpe Brew Em Snifter.

Pours a bold brown coffee bean color with a tall creamy off-white head of 2 fingers, receding to 1, leaving walls of creamy lace up the sides. It's gorgeous and just doesn't quit.

Aroma from the glass is decidedly metallic, with a little bit of nutty brown malt and chocolate dust behind it. Not much else here.

Flavor is sweet and malty, with a touch of perfume and a touch of chocolate. It's very tasty and welcoming. There's not a whole lot to ponder, it just steps right out front and gives it all to you at once. The perfume note is a bit off-putting but thankfully it's not that loud and gets overshadowed by the nutty malt and chocolate malt.

Feel is roasty as well, with a medium body, semi-creamy, moderate-heavy carb, and mild alcohol heat. It's pretty textbook for a brown.

Overall, an enjoyable brown ale that would be a good choice on tap at a pizza house or just a good 6 banger if I were to get it near me. Unfortunately we don't get Brooklyn (not a huge loss), but if we were to, this would be in my beer rotation a few times a year.

Price paid : $1.79 / bottle
Would buy again : I'd entertain it

Jan 12, 2021
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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

Feb 19, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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

Aug 13, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

May 26, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

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.

Mar 24, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

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.

Mar 17, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

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.

Mar 17, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

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

Feb 14, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Oct 17, 2018
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Nass from Florida

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-

Oct 09, 2018
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RomanDeanPollizi from New Jersey

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.

Jul 07, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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.

Jun 08, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

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.

May 20, 2018
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 14, 2017
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wattoclone from California

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.

Jun 28, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 10, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

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.

May 19, 2017
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MackT from Florida

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.

Apr 26, 2017
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NyBeerBro from New York

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!

Apr 23, 2017
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