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 MackT
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review, please be gentile.
Dark brown color, not much aroma, faint toasty malt. Chocolate/Coffee notes. Mouthfeel is "unique" not "dry" but "drying." Hard to explain, obviously everyone is different (fingerprints) (DNA) Not a bad brew for what it is, if it's what your expecting. Brown Ale.
Not offensive, may buy again.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the NY roots of this Brown Ale that is spot on to the style. Brooklyn Brewery almost always does a fantastic job with their brews and their brown ale is no exception. Way to represent BB!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional optics. Aroma isn't very noticeable beyond just amber & dark malt. Taste isn't adventurous or anything but I thought it was fine, just malt & nutty flavors but nothing off or offensive.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 oz Stout glass.
Smelled of light malts, a little chocolate, and mild coffee. Tastes of malt, coffee, and chocolate are thin, and balanced. A little on the dry side.. with a nice level of bitterness.

My 1st couple of drinks had an odd aftertaste, but settled down after that. I found this beer to be a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

"Best by November 2015"; drank 9/5/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Coffee, caramel & pickle juice notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & pickle juice flavors, in equal measure. Tough to drink; I couldn't get through 12oz. I've had my last.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This ruddy brown ale smells of toasted malt and chocolate and tastes of dark chocolate, toffee, and malt. There is something missing in the backbone of this brew. It's a little off and a shows a little flat. A little too heavy on the chocolate in toffee in my opinion which drowns out the essence of the brew. Medium bodied. This beer finishes leaving me thirsty and I think thats because of the added flavors which compliment less and dominate this drink.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle Hum, NYC. Deep, opaque richness in color w/quickly dissapating head which leaves a slight lacing araoma, while chilled, is alluring, as it bodes of rich toasty malts with a hint of vanilla. Nicely balanced flavor. Doesn't so much hit all the points as alludes to them. This is more a temptation than a thing.

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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 Beerwithoutallthehops
1.6/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another taste of the "excessive hops nation".

This brown ale had a very good taste, right out of the bottle. Satisfying. But as I drank each additional sip, I began to notice an aftertaste of unknown taste. It was sort of smokey or bready or some extra taste like that. Not bad, but it did not add anything good to the taste. There certainly was the ever present hops taste, but not as much bitterness as I have found in others (ie - Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater put 17 lbs of hops in each bottle - YUCK!!!) and that was a welcome improvement.

The beer sells itself with the note on the bottle that tells you to look for the "chocolate and coffee" tastes. Really? I have eaten chocolate and drank coffee. They aint there. I did taste a small - SMALL - taste of what I would call dark chocolate, or maybe more exact - bakers chocolate. It was bitter and reminded me of that chocolate taste. Not what I need in my beer. If I want a chocolate taste, I know where they sell chocolate bars. I'll get one.

Brewers - Please just make beer. Stop all the floral, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, HOPS OVERLOAD, nutmeg. rosemary, tumeric, etc., etc., etc.,etc., etc., etc.,etc...............................

No, I will not buy this one again. It was better, but not something I care to drink again.

Time to get back to German beer and their care and love of making beer, real beer, that tastes like beer.

Wow. Imagine that "crazy" idea.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a small, fizzy head. The aroma offers up coffee, dusty chocolate, and black currant. The flavor starts with stale coffee and chocolate, followed by an oaty cookie flavor, like a chocolate hob nob, as well as graham cracker, with just a touch of smoke on the end. The mouthfeel is very light. Overall I found this an unokeasantly stale, oddly smokey and roasty brown ale. Maybe I just prefer creamy browns, but this was not working for me.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a bright, deep brown color.

Overall: This beer has a variety of aromas containing sweet malt, a touch of chocolate and some nutty notes. The taste has good dark malt flavors of chestnut, chocolate, and touches of caramel malt sweetness. It also has a nice touch , fruity flavors as well. Brooklyn Brown Ale is a fantastic beer with lots of good malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wrong with this ale... but it could be more distinct. It could be closer to my bias of the malty, fruity ale; but that probably would take away from its dry aftertaste.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 edition have it 3 of 4 stars reviewing it as having become "more chocolatey, but is still nutty and dryish."

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

See through brown, off white head. spotty lacing. Smell is bread crust, light sweetness some toasted malts. Taste is slight caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt and a tangy finish. Not much bitterness. Medium/Light mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Spike
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark. Darker than I was expecting for a brown ale. Almost black. Off-white head that rapidly reduced to nothing. Negligible lacing.

Sweet malts. Cherries. A little toasty. Nicely restrained.

Toasted coffee. Sweet malts again. A little chocolate. Very low hop profile. Subdued.

Thin mouthfeel saved somewhat by a decent level of soft carbonation. More like an English brown ale than an American brown ale? Body is not even medium.

A little disappointing. I'm a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery, and have visited it several times, but this brew came and went without leaving much of a trace. Not bad just a bit bland, even for what is supposed to be a restrained beer style. The mouthfeel in particular lets it down.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: a dark, ruby red and purple combination. a slight dark brown color as well. tan 1/2 finger head with some mixed bubble sizes

s: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, some fresh dough, and some roasted malt

t: taste follows the nose almost identically. caramel malts, a little roasted malt behind that, brown sugar, chocolate, and a sweet generic berry flavor. there is some chestnut flavor in here as well. finish is quite sweet, with just a tad of bitterness from the roasted malt

m: medium mouth, carbonation is pretty standard for the style. good mouthfeel

o: its an alright beer. a tad light in the flavor, which makes it very drinkable, but it could use to be a bit more robust in the flavors it uses. worth a try, but don't go out of your way for

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Photo of fscottkey
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The beer pours out a nice cola brown color. It is a transparent brown with lots of light penetration. It forms a bubbly brown head that is just under 1/2 finger. The head recedes down pretty quickly to a thin film. The bottle lists the ABV at (5.6%) and there is a best by date of (Aug '15)

S: [3.25] Toffee, caramel and a big of creamed corn.

T: [3.75] Has really nice flavor of heart brown bread. Followed by a sweet finish. There are traces of caramel and molasses in the flavor too.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel has a bit of tingly carbonation. There is a medium body.

O: [3.50] This is a nice brown ale. It has good flavor and a good mouthfeel. I don't have any particular gripes about it. I would drink more of these.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice balance between caramel malt, nuttiness and a faint fruit finish. Minimal hop presence. An above average brown ale. This is my first beer from this brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of slusk
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/mahogany with a thin short-lived tan head. Malt forward aroma with little to no hop nose. Brown bread, nutty and a bit of caramel and fig in the aroma. The flavor is a bit weak on the malt side with a mild mineraly aftertaste. Not quite as malty as I expect from a brown. Would like to taste a bit more caramel, just a touch. A little astringency detracts for me. Medium body, medium low carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. Overall not bad, but not my favorite American brown. Just seems to be lacking in the maltiness for the style.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours brown with thin beige head. Bready and light hoppy aroma. Taste is toasted malts and a bit of caramel, light bitter. Easy drinking, enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lace. Color is a deep slightly hazy brown. The aroma is a subtle toasty nutty smell. Flavor is slightly creamy, nutty and chocolatey--this is a very good brown ale. Mouth feel is light medium. Good one!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy dark brown with a lovely garnet hue. Nose is subtle but it's all malt and no hops. The taste is pure ease. A lovely creamy malt, very smooth and with a touch of caramel. No hops in the flavor but they do come up for balance in teh finish. This malt is very dry but seems to roll across the palate so smoothly and without any coarse texture. No astringency. Very good. A bit thin. It does develop a slight nuttiness as it warms but by then the glass is done. Had a strange fruity aftertaste though.

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Photo of TH28
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby red, clear, with a nice khaki brown head that lingers. Aroma: Fresh baked bread crust, toffee, and chocolate. Hop aroma not noticeable. Taste: Malt sweetness upfront, with toasted bread crust, caramel, and slight touch of raisin. Finishes with a roasty note on the swallow and moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering roasted malt and dry, sticky finish. Overall: Beautiful looking beer with an outstanding, complex malt profile. Hop presence is there, but the balance is definitely toward the rich, toasted maltiness

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/3/15 (Bottle) - Chocolate, malt and nut scent, thin dark pour with minimal head. Sweet beer, good for desert or after a meal. Coffee, toffee and barley taste, decent kick going down than expected after tasting the sweet ingredients tasted. Overall good beer.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/tan colouration with an off white or pale latte coloured head.

Smell – A very pleasing chocolate and light coffee sweet malt aroma with a little hint of caramel kicking around in there.

Taste – Nicely done on the malt side with up-front toffee sweetness and a mild and pleasing coffee undercurrent that rides through the whole drinking experience. Hop bitterness is very mild but still present. Some nutty/woody elements to the character like a hazel nut.

Mouth Feel - Rich mouth feel with a smooth rounded palette and a crisp dryness that works well.

Overall – This beer is pretty well rounded it surprised me to note such a deep coffee element to the flavour, something I have detected in English Browns but not to such an extent as here. Very pleasing and definitely one for the colder evenings.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of May 2015

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored finger width head. Good retention, eventually dying to a thin layer of surface suds and spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell - Earthy with light nutty notes and a strong floral hoppiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light nuttiness with a slightly sour bite. Floral hop character. Finish has a vague, empty chocolate flavor to go with everything else. Odd flavors that don't necessarily mesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin, empty finish.

Overall - Eh, one of the more disappointing craft browns I've had. What's with the sourness? Best by date was still well within range, so it's somewhat baffling.

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