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 Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not at all what I expected. New Castle is sweet and light, and Dogfish Head is dense and too dry. Nice happy medium. Pours a nice garnet-red-brown with a creamy three finger head that leaves plentiful lace as it recedes. Smell is of malt, with a little yeast, barely any hops. Taste is sweetish with coffee and chocolate and a dry finish. This is a balanced beer that I could quaff regularly. A good session.

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Photo of scriabin
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brown ale. Pours with a dark, ruby color and a nice head. A lovely beer to look at. The taste is a mix of malt, brown sugar, coffe and a hint of chocolate. The drink is smooth, almost velvety and has the perfect amount of carbonation. More than worth a quaff or two.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY on 10/17/04, enjoyed on 10/19/04.

First imperial pint glass pours with a dense tan 1 1/2" head, which was slowly dissipates, leaving heavy lace/foam along the glass. Clear and deeply reddish brown in hue. Well-balanced aroma, with medium malts pairing with a pleasant hoppy tinge. Taste is nutty malts, with slight hops character in the mouth. Some light fruit and citrus notes finish the picture. Mouthfeel is smooth, oh so smooth, and the drinkability is excellent as well. Nice represenation of the style, and I would search it out again.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and dark brown color, with thick, artificial-looking foam. Sweet, gingerbread malt nose, potent and sharp. Taste jibes well with the smell, sweet and malty, with some gingerbread spiciness and body. Full and flavorful taste stops clean before significant dryness sets in. Seems very well developed and consistent. Excellent beer to have more than one of, like many of Brooklyn's offerings, great balace of taste, drinkability, and value.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep bronze / brown in color with a nice 1" head. The aroma is of caramel and sweetness is detected. The flavor is nice as caramel, roasted malt, and light hops are up front, with some mild chocolate and nut tones in the background.

This brew is light/medium in body, and has a smooth and mildly crisp start with a smooth finish. The caramel tone lasts briefly on the tongue. Extremely drinkable - a great session brew.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is another "pre-Prohibition" beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Like their lager, these types of beers always get me thinking of what "could-have-been" had Prohibition never been passed. This beer is a sweet and very malty brew that I enjoyed very much, and might end up being a regular in my fridge.

This beer pours a nice, translucent brown color with a definite shade of ruby to it. A decent brown foam forms and lasts for about a minute. I found this beer to be very "sniffable." The aromas of chocolate and spice (my brother called it "Christmas spices" which is the best way I can describe it) were quite pleasing to the nose. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky and had a low-moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style. As mentioned, this is indeed malty, with chocolate and caramel being the most present although there was some nice nuttiness to it. The crown label said that this was hoppier than your typical English brown ale, but I only detected a slight amount of citric hops. Still, the light hoppiness was perfect for the brew. The dryness that followed was more "nutty" than citric. This nutty dryness lingers into the aftertaste before turning somewhat buttery, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

If you don't like sweet, malty brews you will certainly not enjoy this one. I consider myself to be a "maltophile," and I really would like to pick up some more of this soon. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale did not have the characteristics I prefer in this type of beer -- hints of nuts and chocolate, nice lacing around the glass, and very easy to drink. A little too hoppy for my taste with malt flavor. Appears nice on tap and at $2.50 a pint, I would continue to purchase, just not on the top of the list for brown ales.

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

Poured mahogany brown with a biege/cream head. Very good lacing on the glass. Floral hop nose. Notes of cascade hops, roasted chestnuts and freshly mowed grass. Maintains a nice balance of malt and hops. Nutty flavor and a lasting hop impression. Modest body, yet almost creamy. Enough carbonation to reach the roof of my mouth.

This is very complex for a beer of such modest strength. An outstanding choice if you are in search of a brown ale.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is deep chestnut with a solid two finger head-generous lace and solid stick. Aromas are at once sweet, sticky hop with a bit of toasted malt for balance. In the mouth the beer is a bit flabby with sweet hoppy, sticky malt flavors as well as roasted undertones never quite getting cleaned up. Flavors are generous with fruity notes followed by caramel, toasty malt and tangy hop. A rather complex brown that with a bit more zip would be quite tasty.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown was served from a 12oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a rich mahogany color and was adorned by an ample tan head that left nice lacing. The nose was mildy sharp with raisiny-cocoa coffeeish maltiness. On the palate, a sharp, lightly roasty tasty coffee malt profile released a zingy toffee-like edge in the transtition to a nicely astringent, roasty-bittered finish that left lingering sweet coffee flavors. The body was a bit light though smooth, and the vigorous carbonation lent a good energy to the middle flavors. Brooklyn Brown is a tasty brew that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of jed
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with brown and dark red accents on the normal Brooklyn Brewery label. Brief blurb on the neck of the bottle with information about the beer. Best by 10/04. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish brown, a few shades shy of a stout. A little bit of light gets through, so the color of the beer varies throughout the glass. About one finger of tan head with good head retention.

Smell: Very sweet, toasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. The malt is a little bit like a dry Irish stout, but sweeter and less bitter-smelling.

Taste: Nose is dominated by malt sweetness, with hints of brown sugar in the flavor. Slight bite of hop bitterness follows the initial taste. Some hints of chocolate and even wood, which diminish as the beer warms up. More nutty flavors follow. Could use more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness, but overall, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Starts to taste a little bit thin as it warms, but very smooth with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor lacks a little bit of the complexity necessary to give it a five, but an excellent session beer.

I haven't tried very many brown ales beyond Newcastle and Dogfish Head, but this is a very good beer. A little on the sweet side for my taste, and could be a little more balanced, but an awesome one to bring out on friends who "don't like dark beers." Another strong offering from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of wailingwench
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Eye Candy: Pored a very thin, translucent brown color. Thin head initially, vanished after 2 minutes +/- 30 seconds adjusted to error. No lacing to speak of. Purchased fresh on tap, purchased on a "fire sale", character did not change.

The Nose Knows: Thin, thin, and more thin. This is supposed to be a brown, more like a brown in the Natty Ice tradition. Very minimal malts emerged, some caramel was detected. Simply put, Brooklyn Brown is bland.

Tongueland: Nothing there. Like I said above, thin, thin, and more thin. Bland.

Bender Factor: This poor example was on sale recently for $2.50/ pint at my local watering hole, I wonder why. Never again.

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Photo of shapudding
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/rootbery medium dark and clear. Not much head, tiny bit of white rint around the edge with a dusting in the center. Mainly malty scents, lightly dark.. Tastes of roasted malts, darkened toast, bit of merlot. Med/highly carbinated, almost soda-like... just a step below maybe? Or as if you let your soda sit for a bit... carb is just a tad high feeling on this for me... Easy drinker though, not too heavy at all, and the flavors are very nice and not too intense, just very good and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear brown with a beige head settling decently along the edge of the glass. Smooth pour, nice introduction.
Smelled roasted almonds, a bit of brown sugar, and a thin whiff of hops.
At first drink a good portion of caramel flavoring with a brown sugar and nuts. A great mix of malt and hops.
Creamy smooth feel.
I don't care for brown ales as a general rule but this was definitely worth the purchase. It may be good as a transition beer for beginners.

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Photo of euskera
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown color with a slightly foamy head. Smell was pleasant, a slight roasty overtone. Taste was smooth, maybe even a little nutty, well balanced and quite pleasant. This would be a great brew for a keg-based function or as a session choice. One of the better brown ales out there.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to brown color with a beige head. Some caramelly malt aromas, nutty and inviting. Hops are reasonably fair in this beer, working to balance out the sweet and roasty malt aromas. Nutty and smooth, with some residual sugars and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Dead wet leaves, and other earthy notes come to mind. Reasonably thin tasting and pleasantly drinkable. Probably on of the better brown ales from the U.S.

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

This poured an attractive dark and burgundy brown color. Clear, with glowing cherry-mahogany highlights shining through when held up to the light. A creamy tan head topped the beer off. The aroma is rich and dark with caramel, chocolate and roasted grains. There’s a slight alcohol spiciness and a sweet roasted oats bran note. Warming and inviting. The taste is sharp and rich with bittersweet chocolates, and full of roasted notes. Light to medium in body. The finish is clean, complex and satisfying. This still remains the quintessential American Brown Ale.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $6.99 for a 6 pack...

The appearence is a nice dark brown base, with a medium tannish head, nice retention and some good signs of lacing as well... The smell was pretty nice, hints of hops and malts touched with chocolate and caramel???

The taste was quite complex but works, it balanced better what the smell gave away. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh toward the end of the delivery, but still works. The drinkability is above average, they could be used as a session beer, but I would advice to be careful if you do so...

Final Thought: Not too shabby, a heavier tasting brown ale that works...

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Dark copper-red. Pours with a beautiful and lasting tan colored head, leaving behind a nice lacing which coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich carmel malts with a nutty background. Some fruity esthers are noticed as well. Some fusal alcohol notes are also fairly prominent upfront.

Taste: Sweet carmel malts upfront. A nutty character blends with elements of coffee and chocolate. Alcohol character is rather present and somewhat fusal in quality. The carbonation of the beer is moderate and the body is smooth and rather creamy. Some herbal hops balance the beer out and provide a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A very decent brown ale. This is one of the better beers I've had from Brooklyn Brewery. This is a very flavorful beer, yet very accessible as well. Recommended.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Brewed with 2-row, caramel, chocolate, biscuit, and wheat malts. Hopped with Cascade, Willamette, and Northern Brewer.
5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep mahogany with chestnut accents, forming a modest dark-beige head with average retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is actually enticing, something I've not come to expect from this brewery...sweet amber malts predominate, a modest amount of likeable diacetyl (which I normally abhor), some mild earthen hops, vanila extract, and faint milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is initially wet, but quickly becomes ruddy and oxidized with a dry finish and medium body. Taste begins nice enough with very herbal hops, but quickly becomes overpowered by fusel alcohols, nasty buttery diacetyl, and the taste of dank musty cardboard. Finish is woody and leathery like a sofa from the 70's. Aluminum vats and caustic cleaners linger in the aftertaste.

This is my least favorite style, but truly....this is acrid, horrible stuff. This qualifies as "down-the-sink" material. Stay away.

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

This one was a surprise. I had about twenty seconds to pick a beer out at the grocery store, and grabbed a sixer of this. I hadn't been too thrilled with a couple other Brooklyn offerings that I've tried, but
This brew looks rich. Poured a deep mahogany, a bit darker than the other browns I've tried. Finger thick cream colored head that lasted a few minutes. Rich nutty/raisin scent, dark fruit. Reminsent of a few doppelbocks I've had, which got me to thinking if the two weren't that different stylistically. Of course this an ale and the other is a lager.. Mouthfeel was sufficiently carbonated, slightly syrupy. Seemed to fit the style. Taste was quite complex, way more flavorful than I expected. Initial raisin note turns crisp as alcohol warms then ends with a bitter hop presence. Very drinkable. This one ended up being a real treat.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear deep brown/mahogany with a small tan head. The smell is not that strong but I can pick up a toasted nuts/ coffee scent if I try real hard. The taste is great. Hints of coffee and dark cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. The drinkability is outstanding. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating of August 04. Pours almond skin brown, clear, off white head, leaving some lace. yeasty, bready nose. Soft caramel, nutty, coffee flavor notes. Nice subtle maltyness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Hops well in background, mellow , with a slight grainy texture. Very drinkable, pleasant quaffer.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan head falls upon clear brown liquid. Soft, fresh Cascade hop nose. Nice roastiness mixes with the flowery hop character creating a nice bittersweet flavor profile. Finishes a little thin, with pleasant roasted malt flavor but the thinness doesn't detract from the enjoyability of this great brown ale.

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Photo of maek228
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: this brown ale pours....brown. with a small little head that is nice frothy.

smell: a roasted nut smell, some hints of chocolate, as well as a faint faint faint scent of coffee. the beer has a good smell but you really got strain your nostrils to find it

taste: malty, roasted nuts....has a kinda funky bitterness that rounds out the taste. not bad

mouthfeel: rich, like a brown ale should be.

drinkabilitiby: this beer is plenty drinkability. you could sip on this one or pound it. seems like a real pub beer.

my overall impression of this beer is good, but not great.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,355 ratings.
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