Brown Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #291
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,781
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 12.4%
Ratings:
2,441
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 19, 2021
Added:
Jun 10, 1998
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  412
SCORE
82
Good
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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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Ratings by hunteraw:
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by hunteraw from China

Purchased at Total Wine & More in Boca, poured into a SA Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: brown/garnet in color, clear, decent sized off-white head. mediocre retention. little lacing.

Smell: heavy in cocoa powder, malty. lighter than I was expecting.

Taste: malty, but not too sweet. same cocoa powder notes as in the nose. some nuttiness and a light hops bitterness. slight acidic edge. slight raisin aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Average.

Sep 03, 2007
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3.6 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish brown with a tan-white head that foams up quickly and disappears quickly. Aroma is rich, roasted malts and some hops. Flavor is those roasted malts, along with some nice nuttiness, earthiness, and a little sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate flavors are very faintly present in the beer. Bitterness is just at the right amount, and not over-hopped. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and smooth.

Pretty good beer, will buy again.

Aug 07, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

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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3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Greywulfken from New York

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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3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
 
3.75 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Nov 24, 2020
 
3.1 by JAWS from New York on Aug 26, 2020
 
2.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
 
1.86 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania on Jun 25, 2020
 
3.94 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Jun 22, 2020
 
3.62 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
 
3.52 by TrojanRB from Texas on Mar 05, 2020
 
3.24 by brocktune from Virginia on Feb 23, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by benjoseph

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
 
3.71 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Nov 22, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DanO1066 from Maryland

Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. A very serviceable brown.

Oct 14, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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
 
3.65 by alexandergartley from New York on Jul 13, 2019
 
3.93 by eluvah from New York on Jul 13, 2019
 
2.89 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jun 11, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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
 
3.92 by moundbz from North Dakota on Apr 28, 2019
 
3.59 by DarrellK from Florida on Apr 16, 2019
 
3.35 by Fusion7777 from Virginia on Apr 14, 2019
 
3.8 by Red_Hook_Madness from Minnesota on Apr 07, 2019
 
4.1 by KiwiBrent from New York on Mar 25, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

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
 
3.91 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Mar 20, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Profundobaso from New York

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
 
3.31 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Mar 17, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Mugman8 from New York

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
 
4.44 by hutley58 from New York on Mar 12, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by osheamatth from New York

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
 
3.56 by Eychung from New York on Feb 03, 2019
 
3.9 by rball82 from Georgia on Jan 15, 2019
 
3.53 by JoelZ1 from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2019
 
3.83 by tommyboy985 from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2019
Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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