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 juanny
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brown ale had a pleasing dark brown color with respectable foam retention. The aroma was very mild, but a nice malty-chocolate combo. The taste was great! More noticeable coffee and chocolate notes that I have tasted in a brown ale before and a great heavy dose of the malt. This sounds more like a stout, but Brooklyn made their ale more drinkable with a background of hops, a reasonable alcohol content and a mouthfeel that is certainly full-bodied, but not overly thick and exclusively wintery. A solid brown ale in my book.

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Photo of fattychubs
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat brown but with very red highlights, served with a short tan head, that leaves a patchy lace over the top. Aroma was sweet malts, but I smelled a little hop which didn’t seem characteristic of a brown ale. The taste started with mildly sweet malts, a small hint of coffee, but moves to a spicy bitter hop flavor, and ends slightly acidic with a crisp hop finish. Body was barely medium.

It just seemed very different then what I am used to in brown ales, not very sweet, very hoppy. As it warmed up the hops dominated even more and I liked it less. Not horrible though, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass with a small, fast dissipating, off white head. The beer appears a deep brown with glimmers of dark red when the light hits it.

The aroma is dominated by caramel malts, with no apparent chocolate, which was surprising.

The taste, similar to the aroma, has a lot of caramel malt, but the chocolate and slight hints of coffee come through in the taste. The mouth feel is very smooth, with an appropriate amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall, a very drinkable medium bodied brown ale with a very pleasant flavor profile.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz cask condition at The Old Toad

Pours a thick cream colored head with good retention

Smells of caramel and light chocolate aromas

Taste is smooth with hints of caramel , nuts and a faint chocolate
so smooth , give me more!

I originaly liked this beer in bottle and regular draft but on cask brings this beer to another level A+ to Brooklyn Brewery

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

Poured into a pint glass

A - Nice brown crystal clear color with a creamy head that sticks around for a good while. Leaves great lacing

S - Sweet malt with a light roasted coffee and chocolate smell.

T - Much like the taste, the roasted coffee and chocolate flavor is there but not very strong. It's very sweet on the palate and shows virtually no bitterness. While not quite balanced on sweet and bitter, it's still a delicious beer.

M - Medium bodied for sure. A nice little coating happens for a short instance.

D - This is easily an enjoyable brown ale. A good ale to have with friends on a cooler season night.

EDIT - Another taste for 06-04-11

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very reddish dark brown color (very similar to Newcastle, only a shade darker) with an off white bubbly head that sticks around. My pour was aggressive but worked on.

S - Very tame! It's light smells of nutty malts, kind of chocolatey and very light roasted sort of tones. There's a hint of floral or citrus hops present as well but they aren't quite noticeable until the very end of smelling.

T - Hmmm...the first thing that comes to mind is the light roasted and lightly chocolate malts. Towards the end, you get a sort of citrus twang....not a lot, but it's there. Unfortunately, you also realize that it's light and almost watered down in flavor. There's just not a lot there...

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy. Kind of disappointing for this style...

O - It's a good beer. There's nothing really wrong with it other than the fact that there seems to be something lacking. Maybe a lingering aftertaste? I want to like this beer a lot more, but there's a watered down factor to the taste.

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Photo of IPA17
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A good product. Not overwhelming in any sense--good or bad-- but a beer that you can drink any time. I brought a six-pack over to 2 different friend's houses (people who don't understand good beer-- and they were both against trying it, preferring their Amstels or Buds) but they were both like "wow" when they tried the Brooklyn Brown. It will not turn off those who normally drink tasteless from beers from the big breweries. For fellow beer advocates: don't look for this beer to knock your socks off but it will satisfy and quench your beer desire.

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Photo of Folderol
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this is one of the first beers I've had in a while that evoked a mental "meh". Looked decent enough, the head filled my Vintage Vinyl pint glass and then receded to a small cap. The smell was nothing but hops. I was hoping for malt, maybe dark bread, something else, but it was just generic hops. Pretty watery overall, this beer lacks a malt backbone. Hops dominate the palate, along with a bit of ale fruitiness. Other than that... meh.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Tasty but atypical brown ale that is more like a light porter. Roasty, chocolate-y and well balanced. Not too sweet. True style buster.

This was a tasty little brown ale that had more punch that its average brown brethren. Almost like a mild porter.

It poured a deep, deep brown chocolate almost mahogany color. 1.5" healthy kahki head that quickly turned to a rocky lunar landscape and held it's ground for awhile.

Smell was slightly roasty (surprise!) with earthy sweet caramel malt and chocolate notes. Not picking up much/any hops here. A little alcohol in the taste and smell (5.6%) but not offensive.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with a tad bit of a watery feel mid palate. Maltiness dominates but isn't barbaric like many browns. A little nuttiness in there methinks. Finish is pleasant. Subtle matly and roasty aftertast. Not overly sweet. There appears to be enough hop to make this transcend the genre.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Not earth shattering but tasty for sure.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've loved some of Brooklyn's other brews, such as the Cuvee Belgian style and their standby lager--both being very complex and delicious brews. This, on the other, hand has not lived up to expectations.

Probably the most appealing quality of this beer is its appearance. This pours a deep, warm, cherry wood color with a continuous slow and steady carbonation allure. Also, a wonderful, frothy, mocha head retains throughout.

Its smell is nothing special--light hops and caramel malts. But any good hear is overtaken by some sort of chemically alcohol essence.

Again, the most profound taste hear is the alcohol aftertaste--not even in the form of a pleasant burn. I detect some semblance of hop--but I don't even see the point.

I simply feel a medicinal hallowness after the initial taste. The liquid itself comes accross as watery and bland. No complexity.

This is hard to drink.


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Photo of towersfall
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich ruby tinted brown with a quickly disappearing head with little to no lacing. This is a real beautiful brown ale.

Smell: Slight nutty malt smell, but that's about it. A little disappointing.

Taste: Roasted spices and malt. Flavors aren't heavy making it a nice crisp brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a lighter than usual body. A little different than most browns I've tried. Easily surpasses the Newcastle types.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Put a sixer in front of me and that thing will be GONE. Highly impressed and will buy again.

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

A 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tall glass.

Appearance: A deep mahogany, with a thin head that dissipated quickly, but still left some lacing.

Smell: A sweet, nutty aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Nutty and malty, the alcoholic bite is mild, almost lemony. A slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, almost too easy.

Notes: I really dig brown ales and this is a real nice example of one. Tasty and balanced, an ideal session beer, despite the ABV being a little on the high side.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually bought a six-pack to use in a barbecue sauce. Poured a 12oz bottle into an English pub glass.

A: Dark brown, tawny hues, with a really thick off-white lacing. The beer looks appetizing and you can tell just from its appearance that the beer is rich is creamy.

S: Sweet caramel malt aromas, nice nuttiness, reminds me of hazelnuts, chestnuts and maybe a dash of pecan. Brown sugar, and molasses. Maybe some allspice and vanilla too.

T&M: Rich in flavor, but light in mouthfeel. This is a brew that really packs a lot of punch, but is rather light and fluffy. The sweet malt really shines, but the chestnut flavors overtake around mid-palate. There is a slight hop note on the finish, rendering the beer crisp, but very full and long lasting.

Overall, I really love this beer. American Browns either tend to be too out of balance (either too sweet, or too hoppy). This one is perfect. I could drink this all the time with a nice piece of grilled meat. Never had a beer that had such a long and distinct finish. Wonderful!

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale

A= pours a purplish-ruby hue with a medium thickness tan head.

S= coffee,,a hint of toffee malty,not very impressive.

T= polish rye, dark fruit, coffee.

MF=full in carbonation, but light in body.

this ale i a hard working honest mans ale its something to be proud of, it would serve well to the novice beer and ale enthusiast's palet. their for its a important ale.


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

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Decent sized head settles down leaving a small layer of foam on top which leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass. Smell and aroma of chocolate and slight coffee. Solid roasty, malt background balanced nicely with a good hop finish. This medium-bodied beer is very drinkable. This was Brooklyn's first holiday beer back in the late '80's and was soon added as the second beer in their line-up.

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

This is a very flavorful beer. It seemed to gradually get stronger as I kept drinking it. The aftertaste left me craving another and another sip to try to decipher the many flavors. I think I picked up on the chocolate and the malts, and the hops are noticable in the finish, but never take over. They do serve to help balance out this Brown Ale exceptionally well.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable offering as my first try of the Brooklyn Brewing Co. I will certainly seek this beer out again, and could see myself easily having multiples if I'm in the right mood.

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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 uconnalum2
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Not much aroma going on, just a bit of malt. The taste is a nice nutty malt with some hops at the end. This is a good tasting beer but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is quite good as I can easily drink a few of these. Overall, this is not my favorite brown ale but it's still a nice example of the style.

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Photo of quinnsi
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut/chocolate appearance with a thin tan head.

Smell is pleasant, with a nice sweet aroma of roasted malt and grain husk. The flavor follows in suit, with nice rich malt flavors up front with a slight balancing hop bite, and finally a good husky, malty finish. Very balanced.

This beer feels somewhat creamy in the mouth, which is aided by the low carbonation of this beer. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a good, drinkable beer. While it doesn't stand out in any one way, there isn't anything it does poorly either. A mild but good nose is in my mind, it's strongest point.

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Photo of anakar
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer, and not too expensive!

Poured out of a bottle, is came out dark brown, with a big-thick coffee color head and a lot of carb.

Taste is very full, very very rich and with strong notes of choclate, coffee and a bit of licorice.

Goes down real easy so you can have em one after the other.
Exeptional for an American beer, definately one of my new favorites. Try it.

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Photo of enzocc
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Brown color. Almost one finger of head. low carbonation. Very cloudy!

S - The smell is really exciting. Its gave you the right sense of what its going to be the beer. Coffee, chocolate, malts. Like bourbon or barley going around.

T & M - a little of toffee, coffee, caramel, honey, chocolate, barley malts! Its goes very nice at the beginning, but the beer is so watery that doesn't let you to taste right the beer.

O - A beer full of flavors. Nice beer, well balanced ingredients! Almost perfect to pair with anything.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark. Dark. Dark. Some brownish color head.

S: Average for a brown ale. Nice nutty qualities.

T: Watery and Thin with some back end bitterness.

M: Average carbonation for a brown ale.

D: I know a lot of ABAs that taste better and are easier to drink.

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Photo of SisuPride
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this when I was in New York City and slipped it in my suitcase. The beer poured a pretty brown as described with a highly carbonated head that dwindled away quite rapidly. Overall the beer lacked taste and mouthfeel. It was missing the thicker body and taste I have come to love in brown beers. I had not had this beer for a couple of years and now I remember why. Better to me than a Budweiser but rather low in the pecking order of brown ales.

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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 bfree
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, amber color

S: has a mild sweet, chocolate, nutty and fruity (cherry) smell...very pleasant

T: similar to the nose, but less sense of fruit due to the carbonation

M: carbonation from start to finish

D: not too sweet and not too heavy, the carbonation is a little much but it is very suitable for an autumn beer

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Photo of thefireman
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a sampler case so I could try a couple styles for the forst time. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch head. First taste the rich maltiness, nutty, coffee flavor. Enough hops to balance without being overbearing. Very drinkable any time of year for me. On my list of "must stock" beers.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,350 ratings.
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