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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Reviews: 951 | Ratings: 2,354
Photo of Sammy
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brown colour, not much taste and from a bit of bitter and malts. Aggressively carbonated. Ok with food, medium mouthfeel with a spot of nuttiness.Skunky aroma, it may have travelled about but was always kept at good temperature, and before expiry date.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Brown and clear.

S: Earthy and sweet with roasted nut.

T: Sweet, lots of chocolate and toffee. Malty. Tart finish. Fairly complex for a brown.

M: Medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is fairly drinkable and the sweetness is just right. At the same time, it captures the brown ale taste.

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

a good beer, but thats about it, servicable but nothing stand out. the pour is a clear copper to bronze color with a short white head. the nose is plenty of european malts, caramel, pale, and something a little darker. not much hops, but a little sweetness and some earthy tones. flavor is quite good, very wintery, with the sweet form the malt taking center stage in front of a mild english hop backing. not sure what the alcohol is, but i can taste it a little, especially in the finish. still a drinkable brew though, with great carbonation and only just a medium body. i think i like this because its a bock without all the sugar, and not as heavy as some of the spring bocks, its perfect for the season. not the star of the winter 12er, but a beer i will happily consume again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from DuqTroops. Opened 2/13/09.

Pours a very clear reddish brown. Nice 3/4 inch head with good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty (maybe a touch of roast), and nutty but overall was very subdued. Still undecided if its a positive or negative trait.

Flavor is malty, sweet, nutty, a bit roasty, and mildly bitter. The aftertaste has an interesting fruity quality to it.

The body is medium/light leaning more on the light side. Medium carbonation. Quite drinkable and enjoyable for a fan of brown ales.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly faded away into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of roasted caramel malts and nuts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the flavor is very malty with caramel flavors and notes of chocolate, coffee and nuts. It doesn't come across as being that sweet due to the hop balance.
M: The beer feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, which makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a Brooklyn Beer Party mix pack and this was one of the better ones in it. Had a nice nutty smell and taste to it and had a lot more flavor than the typical brown ale. It also poured much darker than most brown ales I've had. A very solid beer and one of the better brown's I've had.

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

With a crisper, cleaner malt character of toast, chocolate, and toffee- all of these flavors are manifested, but without the sweetness or heaviness that's normally expected from this flavor spread.

A dark, medium brown beer decants into the tumbler with a rich and creamy flood, a creamy light tan head forms in rich and stubborn patience. Good retention and lace shies away from anything outstanding but has better-than-average character.

The dense nose provides a glimpse into medium caramel, toaste, cocoa, walnut, butterscotch, grain, and creamy malt. A very characterful, bold, and inviting scent all around.

Flavors follow suit with a malty-rich upstart of caramel and toffee-like robust sweetness and with the balance of pine, citrus, and earthy wood hop flavor. Sweetness proves fleeting as the woody, nutty, and coffee-like oil taste becomes more prominant. But so does grain, husk, and a subtle cola-like taste late. Grainy-sweet late with a linger of grain and sharp hop bitterness.

Medium-rich early textures foregos the creamy start and quickly favors a hearty mid palate of half sweetness and half dryness that thereafter favors the dryness, toasty-roasty mouthfeel for a somewhat arid dryness of coffee and char.

A fantastic American Brown Ale that doesn't hold true to the halmarks of the nutty-rich and sweeter style; yet hits home with a formitable nutty flavor to back caramel sweetness and suble hop character. Good, just lacking identity.

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

12oz bottle, on the barely sheltered patio of Beer Bistro, off King Street, in downtown Hogtown.

This beer pours a clear dark mahogany-tinted brown colour, with two fingers puffy, lazily foamy, and somewhat soapy ecru head, which leaves some broadly splattered lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of dark, lightly caramelized malt, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of well-tended coffee, a bit of oily nuttiness, orange citrus, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is slick chalky chocolate malt, candied orange, dry coffee, thin roasted caramel, pithy, indistinct nuts, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a plain, innocuous frothiness flitting about, the body rather far on the medium-light side of things, and more than a bit acrid in its expected smoothness - shame, I say. It finishes mostly dry, the general roasted character carrying the day.

A decent enough brown ale, I suppose, but like a lot of the ladies I see every day waltzing up and down Yonge Street, it could definitely stand to gain some weight, which would go far in masking the multiple minor deficiencies so endemic here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown with some garnet highlights; not much head or lacing but a collar that lasts throughout

Smell: Strong caramel malt nose with a bit of dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts out sweet with chocolate flavors; dries out and gets a bit bitter in the middle, but the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Brown Ale, but I would like to see a bit more body

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

Appearance: Dark but clear brown without much head or lacework.

Smell: Caramel and nuts, sort of like peanut brittle. Simple and to the point but very clean.

Taste/mouthfeel: Moderately sweet with flavors of nuts and caramel that mirror the nose. Toasted bready notes appear in the finish, though bitterness remains low - pretty clean and simple stuff overall.

Notes: Got this from dyan in our last enormous trade. Thanks!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of huge caramel malt with some toffee notes. Taste is also a mix between some very rich caramel malt with some notes of toffee and no major discernable presence of hops. Body is full with some average carbonation. The best-by date was April 2008 but still very drinkable and more enjoyable then I had expected.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty with roasty notes. There was a piney hop presence in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of nutty with sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Nice bitter, piney hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice brown ale. More hop bite than most of this style.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, roast, light coffee, toffee, herbal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, toffee, roast, light coffee, and light herbal spiciness. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale! Nicely robust and full of balanced flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, light brown head that settles to a nice film of foam. Medium brown body with good clarity.

S - Toffee malt aroma with some caramel. Spicy hops with a hint of mocha.

T - Nutty malt with a smooth, spicy hop flavor. Subtle chocolate and caramel flavors in the middle with a malty finish and moderate hop/malt bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - A very drinkable and flavorful brown ale. Easily one of the best examples of the style that I have experienced.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color very little head,nice chocolaty aroma.Nice malty/cocolate flavors with earthy undertones just like a good brown should be.Finished nicelel didnt thin out towards the end like alot of brown ales do.Really enjoyed will have again,hopefully soon.

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

Clear. Deep russet brown with ruby highlights. The frothy, light tan head holds fairly well and drops to a decent collar which leaves some good lace. The aroma is surprisingly full, loaded with rich, bready maltiness and spicy, floral hops. The body is medium-light with a gentle carbonation that makes it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a gently fruity, lightly toasty, and toffee-like malt that's well backed by bitterness and a light piney hop flavor. The finish is dry and lingering with hop bitterness, chocolatey maltiness, a soft roastiness and a light nuttiness reminiscent of wanut or almond. It's unfortunate, but I've had better versions of this. This is also a fresh bottle, but that's the way it goes with contract brewing. I highly recommend the draft version over the bottle.

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

12 oz bottle, dated best by 6/11, served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark mahogany but not opaque. Clear with 1+ finger of tan head. Head settles to a thin top coat rather quickly.

Surprisingly fruity aroma {investigating, I find there are some "Belgian aromatic malts" in here}, with a mix of toasted malts.

Taste - certainly some hops in with the malt; plenty of dark roast malt flavor. Aromatic fruitiness not evident in flavor, but it does have hints of coffee, burnt toast and roasted nuts (mainly walnut). Medium duration dark roasted malt finish with some hop bitterness.

M - good carbonation; smooth but [too] thin body; somewhat dry.

O - mostly recommended for its fine aroma and rich malty flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a decent amount of hops in the background.

T: The taste starts out with a good roasted malt character, which seems significantly lighter than most beers in the style and definitely not as sweet, along with flavors of chocolate, coffee & nuts. A nice hops presence quickly follows and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening and overall is pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.19/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Mediocre at best, as mostly every brown ale I've ever tried. Poured mahogany with quickly receding whitish head. Mostly malty nose. Taste is thin, nutty and malty, watery, with a bit of sweetness. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable...just not my style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown in the glass. Rather nicely sudsy mouthfeel. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. Lots of nutty, browned barley. Some dark burnt malt lurks in the background along with a reclusive bitter touch. Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness.

A hint of pecans and slightly buttery. Slight hoppiness in the aftertaste gives an interesting edge. Quite rich and lively, especially for a Brown Ale. Thoroughly quaffable. A 12-oz bottle from the mixed 12-pack bought in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Dark cherry-chestnut that becomes lucent dark cherry with tangerine trim when light enters the glass. It didn't appear as if much head was being generated during the pour, but the end result is a two finger disk of faded sandalwood. The foam is melting unevenly and looks especially creamy as it does so. Thin, broken sheets of lace end up on the glass.

I know that brown ales don't usually have the olfactory power and presence of stouts, or even porters, but this one could use some giddy-up-and-go. It smells like gently roasted malt and barely toasted nuts, with no hops that I can detect. My hope is that the nose is having an off day and that the flavor has brought its 'A' game.

Several mouthfuls later... it looks like the flavor has brought its 'B-' game. There isn't enough malt to satisfy me; something that should have been obvious from the luceny of the beer and the weak nose. BBA tastes like heavily toasted brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder. Rich chocolate is nowhere to be found. It's still sort of walnut nutty, with a little fruity hoppiness for good measure.

The beer's lightness isn't the sole reason for my lack of enthusiasm. The flavor never really finds its stride and doesn't grab me the way the best versions do. Brooklyn Brown is neither sweet, nor bitter, nor sour. If forced to pick one, I'd say that it's mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel is light-medium; starting out near the latter and finishing near the former. Again, more malt please. As could have been predicted from the pour, carbonation is a bit lacking. All in all, the mouthfeel lacks substance and excitement, although I'll keep style in mind and won't be too critical.

Early on, I wasn't overly thrilled with Brooklyn Brewery beer. The two that I had prior to this one (Pilsner and Lager) were excellent, especially Lager, so my hopes were on the high side for Brown Ale. It's definitely better than average, but better browns shouldn't be that hard to find, no matter where you happen to live.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a one inch head. Qucik fade left a decent lace on the top. Smell was light, but very nice malted grain and caramel, sweet and well rounded. The taste felt much thicker then I thought it would. Taste was grainy with some nice english bitter hops rounding it ou. Very nice. It was smooth and slick, very easy going down with a decent bitter hoppy finish. Great carbonation made for a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall a nice classic brown ale and an excellent session choice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that leaves low level lace. The color is neutral brown--appears clear.

Warm caramel aroma with a touch of chocolate. Light hop in the background.

The taste reminds me of a pale ale with lots of crystal malts. Pleasant hop finish--still this is a malty beer with light chocolate malts. Relatively thin liquor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep brown color with 2-3 inches of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and some hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A nice brown ale. Some nice roasted malts and chocolate in the smell and taste. Would have again

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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