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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Photo of bboven
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color; brown in the middle, tones of ruby at the edges of the glass.

It smells like a brown ale, but a real weak one. Is this an attempt to give brown ale to masses?

Lots of roast, the alcohol comes through a lot for a brown though. Something sweeter, or a bit more hop bitterness might cover this up.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a brown. The aftertaste is a bit clingy and sour.

A non-offensive brown ale that I would definitely suggest to a newbie friend, but I like mine with a bit more body and flavor.

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Photo of kegger22
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head that quickly reduces to a collar. A slight coffee aroma is all I get. The taste is nutty but a little watery. The feel was medium bodied and fair carbonation. Drinkability was good. Not a lot here, but it is OK and drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle purchased from one of my favourite beer shops as a Christmas treat.

Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy light-brown head that takes a minute or two to subside. It doesn't smell of much really - sweet dark malt and little else.

Initial taste is of dark malt, rather sweet and sticky with distinct caramel flavours; this progresses to a somewhat cloying bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes to be detected. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and coats the tongue, although the flavour doesn't linger after swallowing.

I didn't love this one - it seemed to have a rather unpleasant flavour. It would perhaps benefit from a greater addition of hops to the recipe to balance out the malt, which seemed overly sweet. A pity, as I've enjoyed the other beers I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of ryandelaney
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually love a good brown ale. I like most of what BBC puts out, but their brown ale left me a poor taste in my mouth. It poured very well. Good dark brown to dark amber color. The nose was of good aroma. It smelled like a brown ale should. Good malt qualities, but the mouthfeel was not there at all. Now I tried it from a bottle served in a pint glass so I will would try it again off a tap (if I could find it in indiana), but until then I would not suggest this for a bottle purchase. Get it on tap otherwise go with something else.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: rich mahogany colored body with a slightly dark copper/caramel looking head that doesn't last more than three seconds, some light lacing

S: malty and yeasty, some nuts involved, light chocolate

T: nuts and yeastiness, light roasted graininess

M: medium, fairly sessionable, dry aftertaste, bitter finish

O: just a tad above decent, but a bit too yeasty for a brown ale, unsure if I`ll come back to this

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut; medium tan head, not long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet; light coffee, molassas and toffee smells; light hops; overall, light aroma

Taste: Sweet juicy malt, but way too thin on the start; zippy carbonation in the mid through the end; semi-sweet finish with hint of nuttiness; not too noteworthy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is sweet malts.Taste is sugar cane with a slight chocolate and coffee backround.Another beer from this brewery that I find average.Boring ,bland and tasteless.I would not recommend there are too many other beers out there to try!!

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Photo of popery
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a entirely average beer. It's not bad, but it's also not really good. It's just a really simple beer with no real flaws and no real highpoints. I'm going to forget this one before my glass is clean.

A: Transparent ruby brown with a creamy beige head.

S: Malty, caramel, mild hops. No real nuttiness that I like from the style. Just a simple malty aroma.

T: A bit sweet but not really cloying. Not enough hop bite or malt bitterness. Just sugary caramel malt.

M: A bit slick and probably overcarbonated, at least for the style.

D: I'm just bored. There's no real subtlety, here. This beer lacks the creamy feel and nutty flavor of better brown ales, but it's also entirely inoffensive. It's not hard to drink in any way, and this review sounds more negative than I actually feel. This is an okay beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red-brown body with a tan head that disappeared almost instantly.

Smell: A nearly nonexistent aroma of chocolate and cherries.

Taste: Indistinct, weak tastes of chocolate and coffee with traces of bitterness leading into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: Very average. Far too bland and ordinary for me to seek out again in the future.

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Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass served from tap.

Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Malty aroma and tastes with caramel and nuts. Lighter chocolate as well. Good lightly sweet and lightly bitter balance. Creamy body.

Notes from: 9/8/04

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Photo of smakawhat
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Matchbox Pizza Rockville into an official Brookyln pint glass. Looks like tulip pint Sam Smith in appearance. Off we go.

Poured with no visible head, and leaving a pretty good faint tan lasting collar around the drink. Body color is a very good mix of clear chestnut and red, more hints of red on this body. Served pretty dam cold, glass sweats.

Bouquet, nothing. Probably because it's a bit cold, but there's a muted wet clean sense but honestly, I get absolutely nothing on the nose. Nothing. Bubkis.

Taste is initially sweet at first, a small bit of nut sense even some buttery feeling in the mouth but not diacetyl. Some minor brown bread on the finish, but the beer's sweetness really seems to come off as a dark fruit raisin. It's also a bit carbonated and prickly.

Overall it's a little sweet, and the dark fruit flavor of it reminds of some sort of weird Dubbel/Brown Ale cross or something. It's not particularly malty or roasty either, but it's easy drinking and can do in a pinch.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich brown. Translucent. Bubbly. Not much head or retention though. Amber highlights

Aroma: Bready malts. Some chocolate. Toastiness

Taste: Subdued chocolate with some coffee bitterness. Water. Some breadiness. Not very complex. Tastes watered down

Mouthfeel: Slick coffee. Not much carbonation. Watery

Overall: Average. Maybe slightly above par. A nice medium bodied beer but not much else. Not a bad anytime beer but far from special

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It had to happen sometime. I finally found a Brooklyn beer that let me down.

This beer pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown in the glass and has an amazing off-white head, but sadly beauty is t's best feature. Smells midly of caramel malt.

The taste is average, which for another brewery is ok but not Brooklyn. They have set the bar quite high with other offerings and this doesn't measure up. It has a nice little blend of toasted and caramel malt, but then it just does nothing. No character to me outside of that first wave of malt. I'm bummed. At least they have about six other beers I love.

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Photo of janubio
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brown reddish colour, with a medium off white head that leaves a good lace when fades. Aroma of chocolate, some coffee, dried fruits. Medium to light body, standard carbonation, palate is rich and very creamy. Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, notes of coffee. OK.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed in this one. Not much head retention, way too much chocolate for an American brown. A little short for me, especially in the body. Carbonation was good, taste isn't bad and except for being too coffee/toffee/chocolate loaded, it is drinkable. Not one I'll be coming back to anytime soon.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best Before Aug 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Big creamy offwhite head with good retention. Dark brown body.

Smell - Very malty. Chocolate and a slight hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste - Slight malt upfront. Not as much as I expected from the smell. Prominent metallic finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Astringent finish that lingers.

Overall Drinkability - Started off strong, and went crashing down hill after the 2nd sip. Would not have again.

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Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with ruby hints to it, medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is doughy, chocolate, some nuttiness showing through, and a very minimal hop note towards the end. Flavor is mainly chocolate, some caramel, mildly hoppy finish. Fairly thin in the mouth, feels smooth due to light carbonation.

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Photo of swede96
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint beer glass. The beer was a nice dark brown with an off white 1 finger head that did not last very long. Lacing was good on the side of the glass. The beer had a carmel nutty smell. The taste was nutty with a carmel hint, sort of coated the mouth, and leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium, and drinkability was not real good as it did not leave me wanting another. Thought it would be great with a burger, my burger was late coming out and was eating fried cheese with this brew, and that is not the food you want to go with this beer as the cheese brought out the alcohal taste to the max...

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Serene ruby chestnut with minimal bubble movement. Head is low but full with good retention of the light tan bubbles.

S: First whiff smelled like flowers. Next comes fresh dough, taffy and butterscotch.

T: Begins very much doughy with caramel streaks and a roasted barley moment. From this point, the beer begins becoming uninteresting. Sort of a melon flavor comes next leading into brown crayon. The original flavors are still present but they are dropping off quickly with no other strong flavors filling the void. Some pungent day old coffee qualities, unclean apple and bland molasses finish the flavors out.

M: Medium body, soft across the palate.

D: I was sort of disappointed in this beer. I like browns and this one fell short for me. Still not but but simply not great.

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Photo of Ruds
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a UK half pint glass (curved with large base - a brewdog one!)

Medium brown in colour and almost no head - looked very flat !

Smelt nutt, toffee, very light malt smell

Tasted nutty, caramel, minimal chocolate and malts

Mouthfeel - nothing special, average drinkable beer

Overall - an average beer, would not seek this out again, but if it was the only thing available I'd happily drink it!

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Photo of ispeakfree
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I am often impressed by Brooklyn's brews. Brown Ale does not win such praise.

Purchased as a part of their 12 bottle "Brooklyn Beer Party"

Appearance- Pours mahogany to walnut brown, with some lacing and a 2 finger, especially carbonated head

Smell- Upon first sniff, I was very hopeful. Strong odor of hops, but also some chocolate.

Taste- Rather hollow tasting. The beginning starts nicely, reminiscent of cola and chocolate, but then the taste seems to vanish, and finishes with a bitter, hoppy kick. Reminds me strongly of drinking a cola

Mouthfeel- Due to the strong effervescence and light, airy head, I once again was reminded of a bitter soda, rather than a well-composed ale.

Drinkability- Perfectly drinkable, really. Nothing is blatantly wrong with the beer, but also, nothing stands out whatsoever.

Will not be purchasing again, but I never turn down trying something from Brooklyn.

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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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brooklyn Brown pours a dark brown color with a small head. The aroma is rather metallically, and copperish. The taste has a nice bold malty backbone, with strong yeasty like flavors, with a bit of a nutty flavor. Good bold flavors, nice carbonation, but the metallicallyness is hard to overcome. Overall its a nice bold brown, with some off flavors, but overall its decent.

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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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