Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the award-winning original American brown ale, first brewed as a holiday specialty, and now one of our most popular beers year-round. Northern English brown ales tend to be strong and dry, while southern English brown ales are milder and sweeter. Brooklyn Brown Ale combines the best of those classic styles and then adds an American accent in the form of a firm hop character and roasty palate. A blend of six malts, some of them roasted, give this beer its deep russet-brown color and complex malt flavor, fruity, smooth and rich, with a caramel, chocolate and coffee background. Generous late hopping brings forward a nice hop aroma to complete the picture. Brooklyn Brown Ale is full-flavored but retains a smoothness and easy drinkability that has made it one of the most popular dark beers in the Northeast.

Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Ratings: 2,397 |  Reviews: 964
Photo of Sammy
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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 +8.8%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 t0rin0
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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