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: 2,376 |  Reviews: 959
Photo of glass_house
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beveritt
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is typical of Brooklyn Brewing, with this on leaning more towards brown colors. Looks like MARCH 2009 is printed in ink on the neck. Good thing I am cracking this one today.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a full finger of foam. Thick and continuous lacing remains. The beer itself is a dark copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of sweet caramel malts with a slightly nutty finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront, though not as prevalent and in the aroma. Very slight hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering taste of fresh grains.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: What can I say. This beer is an immensely drinkable example of a pretty middle of the road style. Nothing crazy here, but that is how a brown ale is supposed to be.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium, clear brown with a mild head. Aroma of milk chocolate and coffee. Drinks like an English dark mild. As a fan of low ABV mild ales, I loved this brown ale.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OStrungT
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thin off white head. the head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer smells caramel sweet. I smell a slight nutty aroma. It has an ever so slight coffee aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Nutty fisrt with a mild caramel like malty flavor. This beer is very mild tasting.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a nutty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes good and non aggressive.

Overall: Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the generous hook up. This beer was pretty good. Mild, and non aggressive. It might be just a little boring though. Worth a try.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick, off-white and brown head. Clear and reddish brown. The head is rocky.

A first blast in the nose of heavy yeast; very nice. A sweet, brown sugary malt as well. The yeast is major, really overwhelms. Fine by me.

Again, a tremendous yeast presence. Some sweet brown sugar and molasses. Really a nice, yeast-heavy taste. Bready and sweet. Not really balanced (it's heavy on the sweet side) but that's okay. It's still good.

It's mostly thin-bodied, but the yeast gives an ale thickness. Very nice overall, and bready. Sweet ale, with not a hint of bitterness at all.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Rempo
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of CesarLopes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ricoslim
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark mahogany brown in color with respectable tan foam above it. Caramel and roasted malt dominate the nose. Some dark fruit notes are balanced by a semblance of hops.

Medium Bodied on the palate and a tad prickly. This beer definitely has a sweetness to it that contributes to its depth of flavor: caramel, fruit, and roasted malt. Nicely balanced with some pervading bitter hops. The palate is left with bittersweet memories of the elixir gone. A dryness in the aftertaste is reminiscent of cocoa, among other things.

Not a bad brew. In particular, I think, it pairs well with food, but stands alone just fine.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vabeerguy
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of projectflam86
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep russet color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- A bit of roast and some diacetyl butteriness.

T- A bit of a sour caramel malt flavor with some buttery toasted tastes in the finish. A bit of a hop bitterness and some soap. Kind of a weird taste?

M- Medium/light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Not really what I was expecting. A flavor that really didn't work that well for me.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Total Wine & More in Boca, poured into a SA Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: brown/garnet in color, clear, decent sized off-white head. mediocre retention. little lacing.

Smell: heavy in cocoa powder, malty. lighter than I was expecting.

Taste: malty, but not too sweet. same cocoa powder notes as in the nose. some nuttiness and a light hops bitterness. slight acidic edge. slight raisin aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Average.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to brown color with a beige head. Some caramelly malt aromas, nutty and inviting. Hops are reasonably fair in this beer, working to balance out the sweet and roasty malt aromas. Nutty and smooth, with some residual sugars and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Dead wet leaves, and other earthy notes come to mind. Reasonably thin tasting and pleasantly drinkable. Probably on of the better brown ales from the U.S.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a full mahogany glow when held to the light. The inch-thick head settles rapidly to a foamy ring, with minimal sporadic lacing.

Smell- Clean, wonderful roasted malts with fragrant hops wafting in the background. Notes of coffee and chocolate peek through to elaborate on the pureness of the aroma. Rich. Doughy.

Taste- Bittersweet coffee punctuates the maltiness of the initial swig; it develops into a graceful, bready middle and finishes with a mild, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Well carbonated but not in the least detracting... this will work wonders with a burger or other simple beef dishes. A fantastic alternative to lager or pilsners at the next barbecue... Summer can't get here fast enough.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev +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 JizackFH
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 luke12345
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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