Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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83
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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,360
Reviews:
955
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
377
For Trade:
2
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Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown, lots of red hues streaking through. A thin, tan head sits on top, dissipating quickly and leaving behind some bits of lacing.

S: Musty and yeast, faint coffee grounds, roasty, and nice barley.

T: Rather subdued in the roasted malt quality, gentle flavors of coffee combined with chocolate malt. Not overpowering, just subtle enough to hit the palate. A tart, cherry and yeasty taste comes in at the end. Bottle isn't too fresh, so I'm not getting much of a hop punch, except for the flavoring in the aftertaste.

M: Very well carbonated, quite creamy, smooth.

O/D: The taste to abv ratio is just right. Nothing overpowering, but a beer to grab a sixer of, instead of just one.

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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 CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish-red color from a 12 oz bottle, with a nice one finger head.
Nutty, roasty aromas coming through with hints of caramel and some fruity esters.
Taste is likewise, more on the nuttier side with hints of caramel and roasted malts.
Medium-bodied and easy to drink with a lot of flavor. Considering this was once upon a time a 9% ABV beer, it is still packed with a lot of flavor.
Definitely one of the better brown ales I have had. Worth a try.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, coffee, nutty malt and soft caramel. Also some toasty, melanoidin-like malt. Very nice.
Flavours initially include similar chocolate and roasted malt, but a little later some vegemite shows through along with soft acidity.
Body seems a little light on, carbonation a bit high.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The bottle’s neck label says it is “[r]ichly mahogany in color,” and I have to agree. One finger of a light tan head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Outstanding. Candy caramel, toasted caramel, brown sugar, hazelnut, fig, plum, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, and perhaps a hint of coffee.

Taste: Lots of body and flavor. The darker, toasted malts dominate, but the complexity from the aroma emerges flavor by flavor with each sip. At first the toasted caramel, hazelnut, and cocoa are prominent. Then the fig, plum, and toffee emerge. After that the candy caramel, though outshone by its toasted brother, becomes evident.

Drinkability: Wow. Really tasty and complex. Too bad I cannot get this locally.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark rustic amber with a light tan head.

Smells like caramel, figs and malt with a nice hop aroma

Tastes like roasted malts, slightly smoky, a little caramel sweetness perfectly balanced with hop bitterness and an earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. Could drink a few of these in one sitting

Overall a great brown ale from the first NYC Company to use 100% wind powered electricity.

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Photo of Crundy
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear Dark Brown with Ruby tones when held up to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet Caramel and roasted malt, smell of alcohol, some dried fruit notes,

Taste: sweet roasted malt is prominent but the roasted flavor really stands out, some coffee and nut flavors, minimal bitterness, kind of an acrid aftertaste

Mouth Feel: dry mouth feel, significant bite from the carbonation, light bodied

Overall: The color is appealing, the smell makes you want to drink it but the flavor lets you down. That said its a decent brown ale but i've had better.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown when pouring but black in the glass, one finger tanish head that stays around.

S-Roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate.

T-Follows the nose, mainly roasted malt and coffee. A little bit of chocolate follows as well.

M-Medium to light bodied but flat.

O-Overall it is a solid beer but it is just to flat. A little bit more carbonation would have been superb.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a soda color. Fizzy head dies down to nearly nothing. Leaves tiny lacing bits on the glass.

S-Mostly brown sweetness. Burnt caramel, nut, chocolate, brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops.

T-More of the same. Pleasant but pretty standard. Sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Decent flavor.

M-Lighter body despite the color. Medium carbonation. Not much remarkable in the feel.

O/D-A good drinking brown ale. A bit too bland for me but there is nothing wrong or off about the flavor here. The light body allows for a six-pack to go back easily I'd imagine.

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Photo of Haus
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown color in glass, reddish glow when held up to a light. Tan, frothy head laces the glass nicely. Aroma is roasty malt with a hint of coffee. Taste is a bit bitter at first, followed by dry, watered down malty finish. I don’t really taste any noticeable hop notes. Mouthfeel is smooth... this beer appears and pours like it might have a bit of viscosity to it, but doesn’t deliver. It’s ok...not great.

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Photo of ikats
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany in color, clear with a brown head. Aroma has low hops and mostly consists of roasted, nutty, slightly burned notes. Taste has dryness of roasted malts (a bit bitter too). Not too much, but enough to counter malty sweetness. Actually, somewhat refreshing (I think those are the hops coming through). Very pleasant aftertaste (drying bitterness lingers a bit). Medium body. Low carbonation. A bit sweet on the lips. Suddenly I want to reach out for vanilla ice cream. A solid brew.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Being that there is nothing within me that discerns how a beer SHOULD smell and taste, determining my opinion of this beer becomes more difficult.

I will simply compare this beer to the others I have had an enjoyed.

I like brown ales, particularly English Browns. I was definitely looking forward to this.

The appearance was pleasant, although the head was a little weak. Nice dark brown with a slight mahogany hue. Looks pretty tasty.

The smell was bitter, malty, and hints of carmel notes. Quote pleasant, if you ask me.

The taste is what got me. Leading up to this everything seemed like it was going to be stellar. I was immediately surprised by the amount of bitterness I tasted upfront. I don't like bitter beers...I'd rather not drink bug spray. This is the third Brown ale of the sixer I bought the other day that I've had, and it seems as though I've really gotten used to the bitterness. If I had reviewed this beer the day I first tasted it, my comments would have been a lot more harsh.

I have a great respect for Brooklyn Brewery so it'd be hard to dismiss this beer entirely and call it "bad". It's not a bad beer. So many people like it. I just don't. In fact, I think its being a "Brown Ale" is very deceiving. If it had been labeled a "Bitter", I probably wouldn't have never touched it. I'd much rather have a more mild, sweeter, chocolatier Brown Ale.

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Photo of enzocc
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in tap at J&R steakhouse. Pretty unusuming brown. Loojed solid with great head and lacing. Thick and foamy. Smell and taste were a nalt bomb with some brown sugar. Mouth was good and somewhat standard. Overall a bit watery. Nice example for the style but by no means a standout. Pretty unassuming and somewhat standard or safe for the style.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass during Irene

A - Light Brown and Amber body, clear, no activity. Pours a thin head that leaves qwuickly, some lacing, but slightly thin

S - some roasted malt, and earthy hops, slightly watery

T - Very subtly malts, roasted and chocolate, also has a nice nutty flavor.

M - Very refreshing, nice dry hoppy finish to it

O - A nice ale and a good choice as a fall seasonal to mix up with Marzen

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Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Diamond Club before a Brooklyn ghost bottle night, and served in a pint glass.

Brooklyn Brown pours a solid brown chestnut, with plentiful clear amber highlights shining through. There's just a thin cream colored head, not even enough foam to really allow for much head retention or lacing. The nose is just a little bit weak, but there's still the aroma of toasted bread/biscuits, as well as a distinct nuttiness. The flavor is a bit more powerful, and adds a healthy swirl of caramel to the nutty and bready notes that carry over from the nose. A little bit more roast in the form of chocolate or coffee notes would have really topped things off nicely. The body is appropriately sturdy for an average sized brown ale, with a nice creamy edge to it. Carbonation is barely there, but it is enough to keep the beer from turning syrupy. It almost tastes a bit like a dark amber than a brown ale (splitting hairs, I know), but this cask offering of Brooklyn Brown Ale was solid.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The brown ale poured a nice mahogany color, produced a decent tan head, poor head retention and left an ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. The ale is medium in body, smooth, sweet nutty, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and piney hops. Very nice session beer, finishes dry, wouldn't hesitate seeking this one out. Shot out to my boy the "Reale Deal" for hooking me up with this fine specimen.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown/red color with only a small amount of tan head. Roasted molasses in the nose but not much else. Flavor is a light roasted malt with some caramel sweetness finishing it off. No real hop notes just a light, crisp, body with small amounts of roasted, caramel sweetness. Decently drinkable.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Brooklyn Brown Ale pours out a cola-colored brew, which reveals a nice ruby color when held up to the light. There is a fair amount of rising carbonation bubbles which support a very soft and foamy tan head. Large amounts of lacing. The aroma is pretty big, chocolate malt with a touch of spiciness and some roast. The taste starts off with that brown ale malt taste which doesn't exactly send me to the moon. There are some nice chocolate malts, some toffee, fair amount of nuttiness, just a touch of hops. The mouth is pretty thin.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with red hues. Nice bubbles. Two-finger, off-white head that diminished in about a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted and nutty aroma. Hints of caramel.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. A very slight tart flavor. Kind of bland. Short finish.

M: Light to medium body that was mostly watery. The carbonation was soft.

O: I didn't really enjoy the taste of this brown ale. Overall, it was okay. Kind of comparable to New Castle? Not one of my favorites.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,360 ratings.
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