Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, highly drinkable brown ale.

Deep red with some bornw, it has a medium-large light tan head slowly shrinking to a thinfoamy top and leaves some good lace.

The aroma is rich caramel, toast, hints of chocolate, grapefruit, orange, leaves, and prunes.

The taste is lightly roasty with chocolate hint, caramelized prunes, light tart fruit, leaves, hint of sweet wine and a faint citrusy bite plus a little nut. It is mostly sweet with faint tartness and a little bitterness, mostly leafy with hint of citrus, and the finish is lightly dry, toasty, and leafy.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass poured int a DFH glass.

A deep amber with a thin head and nice lacing.

S malty With a hint of fruit

T a woody smooth malt. Light hops.

M. Light and crisp and very smooth.

D I liked this one a lot. I. Could session on this one all night.

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Photo of scott
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Beer god, how have I dismissed this offering for so long? I will apologize with some prayer.

I dismissed this beer because of the cover. Brown Ale. Lurking inside is a very well crafted, complex beast eager to maul your palate. This nose is huge, similar to a robust porter, challenging the drinker to take a pull. Think of Mama's Secret baking in the oven. It tastes even better than it smells, and is well balanced with the hop-to-malt ratio. Clean tasting, and carbonated perfectly. Just one highly pleasureable drink that knows how to end, but keeps on giving anyway. Refreshingly delicious.
This was my fault for not giving Garrett the benefit of the doubt earlier. Awesome, so of course, highly recommended.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep mahogony color with boisterous tannish head. Left very impressive lacing on the side of the glass. Thin surface coating retained throughout. Smell is malty with strong dark fruit essences (plums, prunes, raisins). Taste starts off very fruity with some roasted malt but a distinct hop bitterness begins to come through. Each subsequent taste seems to show hoppiness. Excellent balance. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a firm dry ending. Extremely drinkable. Truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy beige initial head which reduces quickly to a thin film, leaving some spotty lace.

Aromatic hops in the bouquet with a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is very hoppy up front, but not obnoxiuosly so. Not sure the variety of hops used, but they're flavorful and of good quality. Hop flavor then dissipates into mellow roasted maltiness with a hint of sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just slightly creamy with light, even carbonation. Medium body; not heavy, but substantial.

This is one heck of a drinkable American Brown.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired with filet, tuna and a whole bunch of good stuff. Out of the Brooklyn beers I tried, this is the one for which I carried the least expectation, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a worthy competitor with the others.

A - Appealing brunette body with a decent head.

S - Again, strong aromatics, in line with all Brooklyn beers, apparently. Deep smoky caramel with some notes of toasted raisin bread. Smells very fresh.

T - While I like brown ales, I tend to think it is more of a pedestrian style, suited for a nice session and little more. Not the case with this one, it breaks the mold. Rummy caramel with a deft hop touch. Played quite well with the tender filet mignon and rare tuna.

F - Light but substantial at the same time.

D - Sessionable, but versatile at the dinner table as well. Recommended.

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Photo of 160Shillings
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spicy, herbal, citrusy with just a hint of roast malt.
Appearance: Medium brown color, pours a full tan head that laces well and collapses into a rocky cap.
Flavor: Starts with the spicy hops, follows with roast flavors and herbal bitterness, finishes clean with a touch of bitterness lingering.
Mouthfeel: Medium body without clinging sweetness.
Overall Impression: This beer is a balance of roast flavors and typical American hops; cocoa & coffee with citrus, spicy and herbal flavors. The aromas are the same, just not quite as strong.
Comments: Brooklyn Brown Ale is the benchmark for the American brown ale style with good reason. It is a beer that you can enjoy roast malt and American hops characteristics in, yet still have more than one without it being too much.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a full mahogany glow when held to the light. The inch-thick head settles rapidly to a foamy ring, with minimal sporadic lacing.

Smell- Clean, wonderful roasted malts with fragrant hops wafting in the background. Notes of coffee and chocolate peek through to elaborate on the pureness of the aroma. Rich. Doughy.

Taste- Bittersweet coffee punctuates the maltiness of the initial swig; it develops into a graceful, bready middle and finishes with a mild, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Well carbonated but not in the least detracting... this will work wonders with a burger or other simple beef dishes. A fantastic alternative to lager or pilsners at the next barbecue... Summer can't get here fast enough.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Smells of caramel malt, and a hint of hops.

T - Malt forward beer, with slight roast finish and a hint of hops

M - Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D - I really like this beer. It is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of drperm
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've updated a review from 4/2008 in which I complained that my beer was too cold. At a more suitable sampling temperature, I offer this review:


Appearance:Pours looking all the world like thick black tea, with a nice froth of light-tan head.

Aroma: a caramel delight of malty goodness, merged with a deep-summer-humidity hop lushness and a whiff of malty milk chocolate.

Taste: Toasty, roasty, malty joyride, taking me back to the days of my craft-beer childhood. There's a reason why I first fell in love with this beer years ago, and why I still love it now - it's solid. I love the chocolate-toffee-hop combination.

Palate: Sometimes, I have dreams about this mouthfeel. Is that wrong? Scrubbingly divine, and only slightly off from wonderful by a lingering malt sweetness.

Overall: I have had better browns, more complex browns, maybe even more nuanced and balanced browns -- but I'd be hard-pressed to find a more agreable liquid companion on a blue afternoon. Try with homemade french onion soup, but don't neglect the joys of drinking this one unaccompanied, either.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly nice lacing. The aroma is of toffee, roasted malt, and hints of chocolate and citrus. The taste is considerably hoppier than the aroma. It is full of citrus with the roasted malt and toffee backing up the hops. Bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am usually not a fan of hoppy brown ales, but this one works for me. I like how the hop presence is mostly in the flavor while the bitterness is still relatively mild. I will certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brownish ruby brew starts off with a solid non-fizzy head that laces the glass. Aroma is cocoa powder, brownies and a bit of caramel and the taste is sweet, but dry with chocolate and a little roasted coffee showing through; also some nice hop bitterness there to balance the brew, which still finishes sweet and smooth.

This one is an American classic most of my non-beer nerd and less adventurous friends have drank and loved.

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Photo of thefireman
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a sampler case so I could try a couple styles for the forst time. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch head. First taste the rich maltiness, nutty, coffee flavor. Enough hops to balance without being overbearing. Very drinkable any time of year for me. On my list of "must stock" beers.

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Photo of AEK
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a JW Lees pint pot.

A. Dark chestnut brown with a 2cm thick, soft looking milky coffee coloured head.

S. Bitter chocolate, coffee, nutty, toasted malt.

T, Fruity malt, meaty flavours, roasted malt, chocolatey and a slight coffeeish taste.

M. Medium bordering on thick, lightly carbonated.

D. Brilliant American version of an English brown ale. This has a really good complexity for a beer of only 5.6%ABV. Really nice to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
beset before Sept 08.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1/2 finger creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Strong cherry and chocolate aromas. Lots of flavors going on: chocolate, coffee, tart green apple, lemon/tea hops, and a light oaky smoke flavor. Medium carbonation, medium body, the beer has a chalky mouthfeel, highly drinkable.
The bitter aspects of this beer are very well highlighted without being overpowering. Great brown ale.

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Photo of orfeu
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown hue, dense khaki head, and webby lacing. Leafy hop spice scents on top of caramelly bread aromas with maple and walnut notes. Doughy. Mellow "English" hop spiciness up front, followed by a caramel and dark poundcake (almost cocoa-ish) middle. Demure bitterness at the finish. Tasty! Smooth mouthfeel, overall, with a slight chewy quality throughout. A very drinkable brown, particularly when fresh. After many samples, I've decided this beer shines brightest from the tap. A high-quality session brown for certain.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber or mahogany color witha nice foamy off-white head that leaves lace all over your glass. OH does this have aroma. It has a great malt sweetness that is combined with some spicy hops, and a touch of dark malts and chocolate.

The flavor of this beer is also enjoyable. Tingly carbonation gives it a crisp start. The sweet malts come first with a bit of cherry flavoring to it (atleast it is the same kind of cherry flavoring I got out of one of my homebrews). Chocolate comes in strong, and then you get the roasty dark malts. A fair amount of bitter hops also get into the mix. Just before the aftertaste, you have a hit of chocolate cake. This is a very complex beer, and I did not expect it at all. A medium to full bodied brew that is also very drinkable.

Many different people have selected this beer from the store I work in, and I figured that it was just a trendy thing, since not too many people actually pick good ones, but I am glad I finally got it. A friend said, you haven't had this, Give it a whirl, so I did. You gotta have this one.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber /brown with copper tones. Tan head, foamy with rather big bubbles, that stays a while.
S: Red berries, chocolate, yeast, hops (cascade).
T: Cascade hops, chocolate fudge, caramel, apricot, raincoat fabric, bitterness, charcoal. Aftertaste of charcoal and apricot. Kind of oily feel in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, moderate carboration.
D: Very good drinkability. Well balanced between bitterness and smoothness and sweetness. Something between northern and southern english brown ales with an american accent, according to Brooklyn Brewery. I'd say a typical american brown ale. I like it a lot.

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Photo of emsroth
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review of a brown, and the first brown I've enjoyed

12oz bottle with freshness date.

App: Dark mahogany; deep ruby when held up to the light. A one finger tan head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sour bready malt.

Taste: Starts with a caramel sweetness. Then moves to a hint of the roasted. A touch of coffee. Ends with a pleasant roasted flavor and a small touch of hop bitterness that clinches it.

Light carbonation that perfectly accents the malt. Leaves the mouth with a bit of a film, but that barely detracts.

This could definitely be a session if not for the 5.6

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Photo of psyco1
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first brown ale and a good one it was.

It poured a nice deep brown with a slightly tannish head that stayed for a minute or so. The smell was a hint of hops with some carmel and maybe, just maybe a slight bit of choclate. The taste was like the smell with the hops starting out stronger and ending up quite malty with some sweetness throughout.

This is one I can drink all night, and have.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: it's reddish brown and so dark translucent brown that it starts to look almost cloudy or opaque, a light film of head and no lacing

smell: there's a bit of alcohol, something vaguely fruity a certain sharpness there as well, maybe a bit smoky and toasty.

taste: smoky, toasty malts, a bit of sweet grape flavor in there but it's faint, there's also a sharpness that carries over from the nose. there's a light cleansing hop presence right at the end. It finishs rather clean.

mouthfeel: medium-light body, definately a bit tannic just really nice

drinkability: I have had this beer several times and I enjoy it. It's not one of my regulars but I could see this becoming my BBQ beer. I think it's highly drinkable. Hell it's chuggable but's also sippable, if you wanna think about it you can if you don't it's not so intrusive that it demands attention. Not a superstar but a damn good beer.

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Photo of chileman13
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at Ruth's Chris Steak House on 7th in NYC. They offered nothing on tap and limited beers overall. Since there was no Porter to enjoy with my Kobe steak (ooohhh baby). I went for the Brown Ale.
A- Poured a dark brown / w red hints Had 2 fingers of creamy head that fell to 1/8" foam across.
S- Somewhat nutty w choco tone..
M- Thinner than some other brown ales, yet somehow righteous
T- Carmel well balanced with hops. I go to the IPA junction if I want hops.
Final thoughts: Damn that was a good brew. Too bad I haven't found it in New Mexico...

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper / amber color with tan head. On the nose there are aromas of toasted bread and caramel malt.Pretty dry/smooth mouthfeel. On the palate there is more toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, sweet/but no overly sweet, nutty, slight hop bitterness…emm good. Nice full flavored brown ale…

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, light brown head that settles to a nice film of foam. Medium brown body with good clarity.

S - Toffee malt aroma with some caramel. Spicy hops with a hint of mocha.

T - Nutty malt with a smooth, spicy hop flavor. Subtle chocolate and caramel flavors in the middle with a malty finish and moderate hop/malt bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - A very drinkable and flavorful brown ale. Easily one of the best examples of the style that I have experienced.

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Photo of JayQue
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really nice brown ale. Pours a ruby red color with decent lacing. Aroma not overpowering but some maltyness and a slight hint of fruit. Taste is mild malty, incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is good for a brown ale. Drinkability is great. I could easily swill many of these over the course of an evening. A very nice smooth beer, much better than Newcastle.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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