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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Reviews: 947 | Ratings: 2,335
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown color with nice head and decent retention. Lacing is okay.

S - Not a lot of smell. What smell i can pick up is a good balance of malts though.

T - Some bitterness up front, followed with malts and finishing very sweet, with a bitter after taste. Nothing great, nothing bad, the finish is a little too sweet for my liking though. Pretty average.

M - Good level of carbonation, not too light or heavy, nice feel.

D - The sweet finish is just too much for me, otherwise it would be fine.

Nothing really impressive to me about this. Not bad, but not something I would seek out or buy again.

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Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1.

Pours a deep clear copper with a huge creamy off-white head that shows excellent retention as a cap for ages.

The aroma is pretty bland for a brown with a ton of sweet chocolate malts and some nuts. Maybe some sweet fruits as well.

The taste is more of the same with some faint chocolate malts forming a backbone underneath some lightly toasted nuts. The finish is where it gets a little dodgy as there is a metallic bitterness that limits the drinkability a bit.

The mouthfeel is a little light for me, almost watery, with too much carbonation for my liking.

This is another decent but not overly impressive member of Brooklyn year-round lineup.

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Photo of MNJR
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know, the Brooklyn Brewery has been slipping for me lately. The IPA wasn't too hot, and this one is a disappointment, too. Color is good, brown/amber, average head and very little lacing. Smells of raisins, prunes, black tea. There is an odd balance with funky lemon/bitter hoppiness blended with roasted malt, and stale prunes (if that's possible). It just doesn't quite work. Dry, metallic, sour, a bit watery. Tastes mostly like over-steeped tea. Mouthfeel is average to thin. Brooklyn Lager does the job, but these other offerings are usually dicey, this being no exception.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown is a lighter looking American brown. The aromas are roasty and chocolate malts. Not a great nose on this beer. The hops add some character, but certainly not a bitterness. The flavors are run of the mill brown ale. A bit bigger than most English browns, but a bit weak for an American. More malt would do this beer some good.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A less than stellar pour by the bartender, so the head wasn't exactly all it could have been. Quite thin in this case. Color is a nice dark brown. Smells of malt and roast. A good brew with lots of malty and roasted flavors to it--some chocolate, some coffee. Slight hop aroma for balance, but it didn't really come off in the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth with a wet finish. Easy to drink for a Brown Ale as well, which is nice if unusual.

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Photo of goldbot
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 2011. Pours deep, dark brown with medium off-white to tan head. Good head retention and some lacing. Malty aroma, raisin and dark fruit notes. No hops detectable. A hint of ethanol in the background. Caramel flavor with a touch of roasted malts. Slight sweetness and fruitiness - raisin and cherry. Somewhat astringent. Thin mouthfeel, watery, not overly sweet but no bitterness either. It's an decent beer, good with food but not one to savor on its own.

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Photo of biggred1
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a creamy tan head that leaves som nice lace deposits behind on the glass. Bubblegum and weakly toasted malt with no noticeable hops in the nose. Pretty average flavors, lightly toasted grain and candy sugar, not nearly enough malt for my tastes, more English than American in style. Light bodied and effervescent. A mediocre beer at best from a normally great brewery.

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Photo of Enola
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep brown with a decent head. The smell was a bit nutty. The taste was fair for a brown ale. There was no harshness. A pretty smooth beer. I could drink these again on occasion. This beer favored a nut brown ale a good bit. One of the better Brooklyn beers I have had.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd beer from a usually reliable brewery. I think it looks fantastic, just like a brown ale should -- a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy head that lingers. Unfortunately the nose is just routine: some cherries, some chocolate reminiscent of very rich sweet milk chocolate, a whisper of hops. The flavors are even more restrained than the nose -- chocolate malt and some hops, mainly, with a very light cherry finish. This beer is interesting in that I think the problem lies in a criteria I usually blow past when I do one of these things -- the mouthfeel. I think the beer is so disappointingly light because I think the mouthfeel is too light, like most brown ales it does better with a heavier mouthfeel (to support the stronger flavors). Not Brooklyn's best.

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Photo of LittleWolf
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark brown that holds a ruby character. An off white head quickly comes and goes. I could not notice much of an aroma, but that may be due to outside factors. The taste starts off with a good roasted malt flavor, hints of hazel, and a carmelized finish. A nice mouthfeel. It has a good, and if not unexpected, flavor for the brown ale variety, but I'm not sure if I could have more than one or two per sitting. A nice beer as usual from those I have tasted from Brooklyn Brewing.

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice chocolaty color and smell. Someone said it's nice for someone who wants something darker than Newcastle but not a porter or stout, this is a good choice. I'd agree with this. It's much hoppier than I expected. I tend to drink these types of beer when I want something nutty or a little caramel-like so the hoppiness is a surprise. It's pretty good but not great. I won't seek it out but I'd be willing to try it on tap.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark chestnut with a large, fizzy beige head. Overly sweet aroma, with brown sugar, malt, some caramel. Flavor is better, as the sweet quality is rounded out slightly by a little bit a dry finish. Slightly roasty, nutty, pretty nice.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz.'er pours with a clear mahogany hue topped with a tasty looking khaki head cap that sticks to the glass.

Brewed ice tea scents and some brown sugar.

First swigs: Initial flavors are of light brown sugar and mirored nose characteristics of brewed tea. Lingering caramel aftertaste and coca-cola like taste and feel. Light caramel.

Brisk in the kisser with a quick carbonation bustle. Really effervescent. Basic medium body with a twinge of cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Basic benign brown that was a welcome addition to a mixed case I picked up. Nada mas, nada menos. An okay beer.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've loved some of Brooklyn's other brews, such as the Cuvee Belgian style and their standby lager--both being very complex and delicious brews. This, on the other, hand has not lived up to expectations.

Probably the most appealing quality of this beer is its appearance. This pours a deep, warm, cherry wood color with a continuous slow and steady carbonation allure. Also, a wonderful, frothy, mocha head retains throughout.

Its smell is nothing special--light hops and caramel malts. But any good hear is overtaken by some sort of chemically alcohol essence.

Again, the most profound taste hear is the alcohol aftertaste--not even in the form of a pleasant burn. I detect some semblance of hop--but I don't even see the point.

I simply feel a medicinal hallowness after the initial taste. The liquid itself comes accross as watery and bland. No complexity.

This is hard to drink.


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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with an average cream colored head that dissipated into a ring. The aroma is of rich caramel malt, honey, and a light butter/nut smell. The taste starts off with roasted caramel malt which is cut by a lime-like acidity. A mineral water presence runs throughout. There is some light nut flavors towards the end as well as some stale hops. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation; it finishes kind of sour and bitter from the lime presence. Not the feel I expected from a brown ale, I expected more of a smooth malty feel. I was disappointed in this brew, definitely not my favorite Brooklyn brew. The tartness seems out of whack for a brown ale.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby brown color with a lasting layer of foam on top.

S - Predominantly sweet caramel malt with a hint of dark fruits.

T - Hops that were not obvious in the aroma come through strong in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thin in mouthfeel with good carbonation and clean bitter aftertaste.

D - It is drinkable. Definitely is not a bad beer. On the other hand it is not anything exceptional or distinctive. I guess we need average beers to help us appreciate the extraordinary.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipped back from Indiana during my trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date on label) into a pint glass. It was a reddish brown color and had good carb. Some lacing. It had a thick light tan head that slowly settled into a broken foam.

The aroma was roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. As it poured the aroma was pretty strong but then faded quickly. The aroma on this style has never really impressed me much but for what it is this one is good. The taste was pretty good. It had a nice smooth taste with a sweet finish. The sweetness gets to be a little bit too much towards the end.I didn't get much of the advertised hop aroma or taste that would have offset that so a little disappointing there. Good mouthfeel but a little watery.

Overall, it's a good Brown Ale. I find it a little too sweet to be a regular in the rotation but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Need to try again to make sure that the shipping didn't screw up the sample.

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Photo of riored4v
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a "Perfect Pint". 1 finger, off-white head. Clear, dark amber body.

Aroma is some nutty and slight maltiness. Some slight metallic aroma. A bit malty. Some light roastyness.

Taste was a bit flat and thin. Metallic flavor appeared in the middle and carried through the finish. Some light maltiness with a mild hoppy finish. Somewhat earthy. A bit nutty with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium/high carb and a dry finish.

Overall it was decent but seemed to lack the richness of a true brown ale.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark. Dark. Dark. Some brownish color head.

S: Average for a brown ale. Nice nutty qualities.

T: Watery and Thin with some back end bitterness.

M: Average carbonation for a brown ale.

D: I know a lot of ABAs that taste better and are easier to drink.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dull brown with a decent white head. Very mellow, like a British Brown, but not a lot of flavor. Easy to drink and sort of a mid range microwbrew kind of flavor. Not a lot of character or distinctness. Just sort of brown beer with an average flavor. Not super impressed.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
Best by June 2012 (6 months out of date) :(

Mahogany with red highlights. Has 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Light nutty aromas. Some caramel, brown sugar and hazel nut.

Extremely light on flavor. Light nuttiness, some caramel and brown sugar. There does seem to be a hint of hazel nut and even some peanut butter.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly creamy.

Brooklyn really needs to amp up this offering or just discontinue it altogether. They could probably market it as an English Dark Mild and have better results.

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Photo of Redog
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

for a slightly sweet taste and decent body the Brown Ale is not bad
got some in a variety pak from COSTCO for 27.99
i like it as a change of pace, but could have got Sam Adams Boston Lager for less
Brooklyn beer is decent but overpriced relative to quality

about a buck a bottle would be a good price at COSTCO

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter brown that is pretty clear around the edges. No head to speak of. There are a good amount of hops coming through in the nose. This is a pretty good brown. The hops are a nice compliment here. The mouthfeel is a little thin and too watery for my taste. But this is still a very good beer. Would have again.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale - my first Brooklyn beer I believe so time to judge them all by one beer! Just kidding of course...

Appearance - A low to medium brown that looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing amazing but a nice hue to it.

Smell - Hops, Nuts, and Barley. The smell is on, but missing a couple of interesting notes and it seems to go away quickly

Taste - I was hoping this would taste like it smelled but it has a lot of copper/metal taste to it. Also the nuts do come out but fade quickly

Mouthfeel - I really wanted more carbonation here and a bit less of the metal aftertaste. Not terrible but not good

Overall - This is a decent beer, and a decent brown ale. Its smooth enough to be drank by the handfuls but the aftertastes keeps me rating this one low

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Photo of Slynger
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Brown pours a deep nutty brown color with reddish highlights and two fingers of dirty white head.

Light amount of chocolate along with a cola-like sweetness in the nose. Light amount of roasted malts and nuts as well.

Tastes of a very light amount of unsweetened chocolate with a stronger (but still kinda weak) roasted-toasted malt bitterness, and some nuts. Medium bodied with a nice, light, tickly-sharp carbonation.

Not real impressed by this one. The flavor is a little blah, and I don't appreciate cola in my nose.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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