Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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

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

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

Pours a dark-red-brownish color with small head that, just as quickly as it appeared, transforms into a really thin lace.

I can smell some hops, roasted malt and coffee from this one.

Taste is very well balanced. I can taste,coffee, dark chocolate, malt, brown sugar ?

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth with a light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I found it perfect at cellar-temperature (approx 13-14C). Too cold and you don't get to seriously see what this beer is about.

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Photo of Iz-GOod
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Like a good brown ale, dark looks and sweet, roasty aroma. Weak on the carbonation though. No head at all to compliment the color and the taste is nothing special either. The beer lacks richness that a brown ale should have; it tries for all the right characteristics but comes up short. Light malt, light coffee flavors, light roast = weak beer.

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

A - Nice reddish brown body and very clear.

S - The nose is mostly sweet and malty. Not a whole lot of other scents going on here. I was definitely expecting a malty sweet brown nectar.

T - The taste is quite opposite of the smell. I expected that sweet malt goodness and got a roasty toasted taste. Maybe some slightly smoked/roasted notes.

M - Easy on the mouth. Not overpowering in carbonation, flavor or body.

O - A decent brown ale but pretty one dimensional in its scent and flavor respectively. Still worth a shot.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many, many times, but now I've finally gotten around to reviewing it. I'm having it poured from a slightly chilled 12oz bottle (freshness date of 2/06) into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

Brooklyn Brown pours a reddish-brown with a finger od head and virtually no lacing. The color is actually almost completely red if you hold it up to light. The smell is hoppy, followed by a kind of nutty, almost chocolatey malt scent.

Brown is a nice, malty beer with definite sweet and chocolate notes. When I had this on tap at the brewery itself, the chocolate was definitely more pronounced. This is a good, rich, flavorful brown ale, which is very similar to a stout in taste. Brooklyn Brown is also a very easy drinking beer - not too heavy or overcarbonated.

Brooklyn Brown is another great Brooklyn beer - possibly the finest of their year-round brews. Not only does it taste great, but it brings back memories of college and $3 Brooklyns at the Blue and Gold in the East Village. Nice combo.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at The Big Hunt the other night. A deep rich burnt-amber and mohogany color. This is an extremely pretty beer. Sharp orange and reddish hues burst from the sides and bottom when held up to the light. Pours a fat two-finger head which leaves a thick lace along the sides of the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma is a bit muted. Some malty, chocolate, cherry notes, but all very dulled. It tastes much like the aroma, but a bit more forceful here, in a pleasant way. Malty, with a nutty coffee and chocolate presence. But it also presents a nice fruitiness as well as it finishes with a hoppy cherry taste. Some slight hints of banana aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does not detract from the overall experience. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have no problem making it a session beer. Sets the bar for American brown ales, in my opinion.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of taulpepper
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living in Brooklyn, I drink this beer a lot, especially in the fall and winter.

This time I drank from bottle poured into nonic pint. It has a deep, dark reddish-brown color, but it is fairly clear, not cloudy at all. Small head out of the bottle. Faint but noticeable aroma of roasted malt, caramelized notes. The aroma strengthens significantly as the beer gets a little warmer.

It has a sweet taste, with a complex flavor with caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It also has noticeable bitterness, but I would expect that of an American Brown Ale. There is a slight alcohol taste.

Overall I really like this beer. It's well-balanced and easy to drink. It's a good example of an American Brown Ale. As long as I live in the area it will continue to be one of my go to beers when the whether is cool or I want a good brown.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesyouam
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is a dark reddish brown with a frothy light brown head that fades to a blotchy film. The head retention is excellent and it leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass. It has a full, malty, chocolaty, roasty aroma that's fresh, a touch sweet and a bit spicy. The bouquet is dusty. It has a medium-light body and it's pretty smooth. The finish is dry and a little gritty. The flavor is mellow, roasty, lightly bitter and a touch sour. It tastes like brown sugar and it's grainy. It has pretty good balance. Good stuff.
(rated May 3, 2008)

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

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,376 ratings
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