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 kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice apearance with a little bit of a thin head. ruby brown in color.
it has a very pleasant chocolately nutty smell to it, with a touch of hops underneath.
the taste is pleasantly hoppy, with a nutty, creamy, chocolatey finish, that reminds me of walnuts or almonds and chocolate with a little hoppy bite at the end. the malt has a nice roasted flavor.
the mouthfeel is decent in that it is thick enough of the slight richness. drinkability is good, it's nice and easy and not too rich.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NODAK
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell here is of sweet, chocolate malt...maybe a little coffee. More so than I had expected from a beer like this.

This beer has some crispness upfront with a bit of English hop character...followed by a fair amount of chocolate/caramel malt. Nowhere near the heavy body I had thought. The finish has a little hoppiness to it..enough to give a bitter twinge on the sides of the tongue. Pretty dry finish in that respect. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd imagined here. As it warms, the malt becomes a bit more pronounced.

Some malt remains in the's a bit cloying. Sometimes hard to ascertain whether it's of dark chocolate or coffee.

Overall, I'd say it's pretty average. I'd hoped for a bit more boldness but it's certainly drinkable.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich mahogany color that almost appears brown, but has more of a ruby hue to it. Slightly transparent and a short-lived off white head emerges.

S: Definitely malty on the nose, some slight dark fruit (artificial cherries), hops are not present, and there is a slight nutty aroma.

T: Rather bland flavor, kind of watery, slightly nutty, and slight dark fruit (artificial cherry again), no hops or alcohol to be found.

MF/D: Light in body, smooth finish, not bitter at all...good session beer

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Photo of Didier
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of glass_house
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: Mahogany brown with garnet highlights and with a equally pleasing head this beer does not disappoint in the optical department. Head isn't extremely creamy looking, rather more of a mix of rocky/soapy and creamy.

Nose: Very strong aroma, it fills the room. Great malt backbone on this brew. I get a nutty aroma, toasty as well with a bit of diacetyl. Maybe some faint spicy hop aromas too. Little more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Noting really much to report on the flavor of this beer, real simple. Some sweet malt flavor blends with a bit of nuttiness and is balanced with hops, also some diacetyl. This is a simple beer that has a simple good taste, not great, not good enough for me to want to buy it again, however, I'd not be opposed to drinking it. It just doesn't stand out all that much.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a medium light body with lower levels of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but not something that I'd be in a rush to drink again as previously stated, worth a try but thats about it.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown-ruby color, that has a nice clarity to it. It has a 3-finger light tan head. The head left some bits of lacing behind as it fell.

S - The smell has quite a bit of nuttiness to it, as well as lightly roasted malts. I am also getting some citrus hops and a touch of molasses.

T - At first I am getting some lightly roasted malt and some chocolate. There is a big nuttiness here, and I am getting some notes of caramel and hops. The finish is clean.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It is smooth, sweet, and pretty refreshing. There is a bit of a creamy quality here as well.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a very easy going beer, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It went down easy and it has good flavor. I really like the big nutty flavor it has. I think this is a pretty good brown ale, and I think it's worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark, cola color with a rather large, fluffy off-white head with above average retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts, some caramel and nutty aromas. Some earthy and coffeelike tones as well.

T: Some caramel and roasted sweetness up front, with a rich nuttiness in the middle. A big dryness at the finish that accompanies some earthy hops. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well.

M: Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes surprisingly dry and rather astringent.

D: Some nice flavors and reasonable complexity. It comes off a little too dry for the style, in my opinion. I'd drink it again, but it's nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark brown with reddish hue; 2.5-finger head with creamy texture; decent carb action; good lacing
S: really nice, powerful mixture of roasted barley, hops, caramel; very inviting
T: very nice brown ale, but has a metallic finish; hopped moderately; the roasted barley comes through strongly; not complex, and not as flavorful as it could be
M: a bit watery, dead

Overall, a decent, solid brown ale

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Photo of squack
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PatrickJR
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass. I had my first one of these a little tipsy the other night, and it caught me as offensive which in atypical after I've had a few. I'm coming back to this brew to formally review it tonight, and it's even worse.

A - Clear, very dark dark red. Light tan head rises about three fingers. Moderate retention, and some lacing.

S - Charcoal and burnt bread, but not in an entirely bad way. Very minerally. Modest caramel sweetness is trying to push through but doesn't get very far.

T - This one of the flat-out worst tasting things I have had in quite a while. Huge burnt character hits at first and sort of devolves into a nasty mud-puddle flavor. Though this mud dominates throughout, mid palate there's a spike of something that initially reminds me of blood, and then I remember the metallic/mineral component from the nose. After the swallow, a bitterness not unlike chewing up a pill sticks to the back of my mouth, very unpleasant. Luckily it doesn't linger too long.

M - Way too much carbonation, and disgustingly thin. This brew might actually taste a little bit better if it had the chance to hang around my tastebuds for more than a few seconds.

D - No. No sir. Brooklyn has really disappointed me with this offering; glad I won't have any more staring me down in the fridge. It's not quite offensive to be a drain pour, but it is far from passable.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" velvet foam beige head with pretty good retention. The boday is a dark burnt umber brown but held the light its a transparent rich amber. Both the smell and the taste are a nice roasted malt. Body is fairly light. I'm not really getting any sort of hops or bitterness from it. To me this is a fairly typical brown, middle of the pack.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired with filet, tuna and a whole bunch of good stuff. Out of the Brooklyn beers I tried, this is the one for which I carried the least expectation, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a worthy competitor with the others.

A - Appealing brunette body with a decent head.

S - Again, strong aromatics, in line with all Brooklyn beers, apparently. Deep smoky caramel with some notes of toasted raisin bread. Smells very fresh.

T - While I like brown ales, I tend to think it is more of a pedestrian style, suited for a nice session and little more. Not the case with this one, it breaks the mold. Rummy caramel with a deft hop touch. Played quite well with the tender filet mignon and rare tuna.

F - Light but substantial at the same time.

D - Sessionable, but versatile at the dinner table as well. Recommended.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've gotten some six packs of this maybe 3 or 4 times over the last couple of years and really liked it, but it didn't always seem fresh. I got to try it for the first time on tap today. Pours a dark, deep brown with a slight tint of red when held up to the light. You can see the clarity of the beer as well, which can obviously be tough with a dark beer like this. It had a decent head of froth with a little bit of lacing. It smelled great, I tend to have a tougher time smelling the hops in brown ales, but no problem with this one, had a nice hoppy smell as well as the caramel malts. It tasted nice as well, starts with the malts and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Full bodied and full of flavor. My only knock on it is that I've never found it very drinkable for an ale, it almost drinks like a porter, but it makes up for it in everything else in my opinion.

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Photo of dd43
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jettjon
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle dated November 07. Into a pint glass, it’s very dark, nearly opaque coffee-color. Vigorous pour yields really no head, just a thin cap and ring that quickly fades leaving scattered lacing. Nose is rather unimpressive, dominated by sweet malts and with a bit of stout-like coffee coming through as it warms. Tastes hoppy up front, more so than I’ve come to expect from classic English Browns. Clean, nutty, earthy, with a bit of smoky, toasted barley and coffee coming in at the end as it warms. Kind of all over the place with no real dominant flavor, and not as subtle as I like my browns. Mouth is crisp and sharp with moderate carbonation. Clean finish. Drinkability is decent; it’s a pretty average brew.

Overall: Serve cool, not cold; much of this beer’s complexity is lost if overly cold. Served at fridge temp into a cold pint glass at the bar, it took half an hour for its character to unfold. Still and all, it strikes me as a kind of American “extreme brown;” over the top and in many directions rather than subtle and competent. As such, it is OK, but within the broader realm of more drinkable brown ales, it gets lost in the clutter.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Beehive in Boston. Served in a 20oz dimple mug.

A-Dark garnet body with a thick, tan head. Head will ring the glass all the way to the bottom.

S-Roasted malt smell, somewhat nutty, slight hop scent

T-certainly has the malty profile of a brown but with more hop bite than expected. Nutty, biscuit, toast flavors with some hop dryness at the end.

M-medium body but somewhat dry

D-very good for a session beer. Maybe a little too dry for the style but great beer to drink all night. Not out of this world but very fine taste nonetheless.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,362 ratings.
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