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

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Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like milk chocolate with herbs. And a bit of caramel malt.
You can feel all these in the taste too but the thing that is evidenced here actually is the hop.
The color is of a dark brown and the foam is not at all persistent.
I hope this beer could be less light too, it is too much light!

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Photo of smanders
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a friends house before enjoying some burgers on the grill. Not usually a big brown ale fan, but Brooklyn puts out some quality stuff. I love the freshness date on the bottle; thanks Brooklyn!

A: deep brown with a cream-colored, billowy head.

S: lots of sweetness from roasted malt. A dash of buttery caramel, too.

T: Like a Brown Ale should (i.e. sweetness followed closely by a touch of bitterness from the hops. I would've put a scoop of good vanilla ice cream into my glass if I had been thinking of it.

O:This is a quality Brown Ale that I would recommend to others looking for a good representative of the style.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz single purchased from Wegman's in Collegeville, PA. BB date 6/2014. Poured into a Newcastle glass.

A-dark copper color, 2 finger tan, creamy head that receded fairly quickly.

S-sweet caramel and chocolate malts. some nutty aroma. coffee.

T-caramel malt and nutty flavor up front. chocolaty finish. sweet.

M-medium bodied. creamy. nice carbonation. rich without feeling too heavy.

O-nice American brown ale. I prefer the English browns more, but this was good. rich chocolaty flavor with a nutty taste that isn't too in your face. solid beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass it produced a small head that disappeared quickly. Appearance was brown as promised. Smell was mildly porter like with more malt than hops, ala Oktoberfest. Taste follows smell, red fruit, coffee and chocolate. Somewhere in the realm of a Porter and Oktoberfest or a Stout. Malt and hops are perfectly balanced. I'll need lots more of this for St Paddys.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Brewery has yet to go wrong in my book, with some solid lagers and pale ale family offerings tried to date. Here we try the brown ale, a reddish brown brew with a few fingers of frothy tan head, poured from the bottle into an English pint glass. This one has a nice malty aroma, brown crust, light molasses, and dark fruits with a fragrant cola-like brown spice, herbal licorice, and hints of citrus zest. The palate is also malt-forward, fruity, and spicy, with some orange and grapefruit rind from the more aggressive American brown ale approach to hopping. Tastefully done. Starts with some chocolate chips and light roast coffee, after which a plum and raisin-like fruitiness emerges, followed by cola and a tannic astringency like black tea. Moderately chewy but dries out the mouth a little, finishing long, earthy, and spicy ... Reminds me of an English pale ale or IPA in this regard. Well below a porter or stout in terms of roasted flavor but I appreciate the fruit and spice notes receiving top billing here. Brooklyn has a real knack for combining tactful but assertive flavor hopping with some great old world malt flavors.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger bubbly head with a dark copper body with some ruby tones in it.

Caramel malt on the nose, a bit nutty, slight sweet chocolate as well.

Caramel malt and nutty flavors on the tongue. Slight dark chocolate flavor, as well as some leafy and earthy hops. Relatively balanced. Leaves a dry lingering aftertaste.

Decent body, but a bit watery. Nice carbonation though.

A nice brown ale from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Dark, leather brown in color with a decent fluffy cream colored head.

S- True to the style, nutty notes, sweet malts, caramel, with a nice earthy hop profile

T- Nice caramel and malty sweetness up front. Fades into a nice crisp dry finish with a nice earthy hop bitterness in the middle and ends nutty.

M- Rich mouth feel, oil smoothness and nice crisp finish

A nice brown ale. Features the classic highlights of the style...nuttiness, malty sweetness...and a nice earthy hop character that I particularly enjoy to balance out the style.

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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 NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, pint glass, in some trendy dump in South Beach Miami.

A- Dark caramel reddish-brown color. 1f tan head, some lacing. Nice bubbles.

S-Big malt nose, caramel. Some raw grains.

T- Malts, a little bit of chocolate, nutty sweetness.

M- Good body and carbonation. Not too sweet considering the big malt profile.

O- Not bad, drinkable.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany, almost black. Big light beige head.

S: Fudge and floral hops.

T: Dry, sour, earthy, smokey, nutty and petrol-like. Floral hops, chocolate, fudge and liquorice. Lemonade in the aftertaste. Getting a burned malty flavour towards the end.

O: Complex but the sourness is strange and it ruins the drink.

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Photo of Premo88
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Moon Tower Inn, Houston, TX

(with some good hot dogs -- elk and lamb)

L: reddish dark ... OK head of tan; hard to see in poor lighting, but it definitely looked like dark brown/amber with no stick or lace

S: nutty, solid brown ale notes ... English malts, bread and butter with some sweet in there

T: buttered nuts with just a pinch of spice from the hops, but mostly a smooth lighter-ended malt bomb ... sweet biscuits, yeast, maybe some grain

F: solid ... very drinkable

O: need to get this one in my fridge. seems like a good standard English brown ale that in this particular case paired very nicely with some good food. i'm not big on drinking beer during meals, but this worked out really well.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown with a little red. Appears more or less clear. Short and short-lived, tan head.

Smell - Rich caramel malt. Toffee and coffee, dark fruit.

Taste - Not as rich as I was expecting, given the aroma. Begins dark, but not overly sweet. More coffee or dark chocolate than caramel. Some citrusy hops in the finish. Seems a little thin.

Mouthfeel - Medium

Overall - Seems adequate to style, but the aroma had me anticipating more malty richness.

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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 gregO59
2.01/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

went to a non local shop with selection I would rate as below par. couldn't find anything cold that I would usually buy. decided to try Brooklyn brown ale. usually buy stronger browns but none to be had. 5.6 abv figured it to be fizzy watery brown ale. absolutely right . smells bad, tastes bad, not something I would waste money on. there are plenty of better brown ales out there . no reason to buy again.

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

Funny, but I reached for what I thought was a homebrew, and discovered a long-lost pair of Brooklyn beers from a mixed 12 pack I picked up a couple of weeks ago. And I haven't even reviewed this one yet! It wasn't the homebrew I expected, but what the hey, Brooklyn's beers are just fine by me.

This one ain't bad at all, although I feel it's slightly lager like for a brown ale. But the usual suspects are there, brown sugar, fairly low carbonation, touches of chocolate and coffee, some nuts and not too much hops.

It's Brooklyn, so even if it's not stellar, it'll still be tasty.. This one is no exception.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell has a good bit of malts to it, a touch of nutiness. Taste is malts up front, some hops, nuts, a little bit of caramel, somewhat mild for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Going a little on the mundane side for my newest mixed-sixer from Total Wine, but, hey, it's all new to me. This stuff pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of pale khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted malts, thick toffee, a hint of cocoa powder, and a vague sense of light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of vague breadiness and a touch of dry molasses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little brown ale, nothing all that special, but something I could see drinking again (though Moose Drool remains my go-to).

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Photo of asaharyev
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark chestnut brown with no haze, a small prickly head that quickly vanishes. I may have poured this one a bit too cold.

Aroma: Molasses and vanilla, a touch of hop presence. I also smell a bit of black bread, or really just kvass.

Taste: Sweet dark malt flavors include chocolate and sweet dark malts, a nice black bread presence as well. Some nuttiness to the flavor as it sits in your mouth, that gives way to a nice dry finish. A very good example of the style, and really hits the spot year round.

Overall: A good go-to beer if you aren’t feeling adventurous. Also has a pretty good distribution, so you might find it in a liquor store that has a limited craft beer selection.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium brown in color, with garnet highlights. The light tan head is beady, but with a smooth and creamy top. It starts out large, but is somewhat quick to dissipate.

Smell: Roasted malt; grassy, resinous hops; and coffee are the prominent aromas. As the beer warms, peppery notes and some carob begin to pop out. Complex, yet well-balanced.

Taste: Roasted malt shoves the other flavors aside, and yet there's no escaping the overly strong citrusy character, which relays a sourness from start to finish. Later on, the roastiness dies down to reveal toasty and bready supporting malt flavors. The taste is cleaner and less complex than other examples of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel, with a slightly oily texturethat detracts from the taste. Fortunately, the medium high carbonation helps balance out the slipperiness. Some alcohol warming.

Overall: Layered malt and hop characteristics are enjoyable, but the sour quality and slick mouthfeel are distracting. While not bland, the lack of complexity is disappointing.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint.

A: pours a rich deep chestnut brown with a short off white head that dissipates fast leaving a white ring with small amounts of lacing.

S: Rich aroma, chocolate, wheat, malts, yeast, vanilla, woody and earthy tones

T: Fairly sweet, bit creamy, can taste nuts, wheat, barley, oats, brown sugars, maple syrup

M: Fuller bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, fairly well balanced

O: This is a pretty good brown ale right here, might not be the best that I've come across but its darn good. Quite affordable too. Would recommend it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with lighter hues around the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head settles to about 1/8 of an inch, but never completely goes away. Scattered patches of creamy looking lacing.

S: Thin, runny caramel, bread crust, suggestions of toffee and brown cocoa. Bread pudding and perhaps some golden raisin. Vague oily hop scent in the background. Not particularly bold or interesting, but not bad.

T: Bread pudding. Thin caramel, cola, bread crust, cocoa and nutty chocolate. Light woodiness. Berry fruitiness tucked within it allFlash of oily, citric hops toward the end. Drying yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full, but a blast of aggressive seltzery carbonation really tears through it to the point of being a distraction.

O: A serviceable brown, even if it isn't the most well put together beer. There's nothing that really stands out about it though, and no real motivation to re-visit if other options are present.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown reddish color with a two fingers head with low retention.
Malty and grainy aroma with hints of English hops.
Nutty and lightly spiced flavor on a malty caramel base. Hints of pine, guaraná, roasted coffee and chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Not extraordinary but this is tasty brown ale. A notch above average for the style, more hoppy and less sweet.

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

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to September 2013.

Scent is bready and sweet. Pours deep ruddy brown with large beige head that lasted a moderate time. Head falls to light film with spotty lacing of glass.
Taste is initially sharp almost medicinal but quickly converts to s slightly sweet nutmeg clove vibe. a lot of roasted flavors, coffee. Hoppier than English versions I've sampled.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, like deeply stained wood with very little head, about a quarter of a finger of oatmeal colored foam that very quickly dissipated into a thin halo of foam that laced the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and barley with some slightly burnt toast notes as well, and burnt sugar and toffee. Very, very pleasant.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and barley, dark bread and toffee. Some black pepper and clove, and a slight nuttiness. Caramel. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation to tickle the sides of the tongue.

Overall: This is a very fine brown ale. I really liked the roastiness of the beer.

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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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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,354 ratings.
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