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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp nutty flavor. Hints of almond, hazelnut, chocolate which are becoming more noticeable as it warms.

Medium carbonation, with a bit of weight on the palette. Maybe a slight creaminess, but negligible.

Dark mahoghany in a nut brown glass. Poured to 1/4" to 3/8" of head and is hanging around lacing the glass mildly. Very nice overall, I'm much impressed.

Getting some hints of hoppiness in there with most taste coming from the malt side. Bit of a caramel, maybe some toffee with a slight amount of alcohol taste.

Rather, the alcohol hints detract a bit but I could make an evening of this beer.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler

Appearance - Dark Brown/Black that turns into a Dark Crimson color when held up to a light. Leaves behind brown 1 finger head, that leaves behind no lacing.

Smell - Strong Chocolate with an earthy hops scent In addition there's some roasted/burn malts thrown in as well as some caramel and toffee notes. Coffee smell is there, but it's hard to pick up on until you start drinking

Taste - Very Strong Chocolate Flavor with a slight coffee and earthy hop taste that becomes stronger as it warms up; Easily one of the chocolatiest beers I've ever had. There's also some toffee, caramel and burnt malt flavoring there as well. Leaves a bittersweet with chocolate and coffee notes. The chocolate does tend to off-set the flavor though.

Mouthfeel - For a dark beer, this has quite a bit of carbonation but it doesn't detract from the overall flavor. It still is a fairly smooth beer, but not in a creamy sort of way, but rather in a flavorful/easy to drink kind of way.

Overall - The strong chocolate flavor will off-put some people, however if dark chocolate beers are your thing, or if you're looking for a sweeter tasting Brown Ale, this beer is worth trying out!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,376 ratings
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