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 garuda
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, not much of a head and no lacing.

S - Roasted malt, a little nutty with a faint underlying sweetness.

T - Very similar to the smell, with a little twang in the finish, almost like a licorice flavor, little in the way of hops or bitterness.

M - Fairly light in body, medium to high carbonation, finishes clean.

D - Drinks easy, but nothing impressive about it. I'd buy it again as a fairly sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching "The Burbs" and drinkin a few on a chilly night.

A--Muddy brown with some reddish mahogany hues. Head is thin and dissipates pretty quickly with no lacing.

S--Yummy and malty. Caramel, roasted malt and nut, coffee, and chocolate.

T--Comes on strong with the same malty caramel in the smell. Caramel is definitely the predominant flavor without being overpowering, and nuttiness also shines throughout. Finishes a bit crisply and hoppy.

M--Somewhat thin with strong carbonation.

D--Could easily drink a few of this nice brew.

If you're in the mood for a brown, this is a good one. :-)

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Photo of wcintula
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler. Nice brown ale with a nice brown body. Wan head that reduces to a thin foam layer that laces well. Smells of nice malts with a notable good hop aroma, the taste follows consistent with a bit of warming alcohol taste. Crisp in carbonation moderate body. Nice passable brown ale.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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 swede96
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint beer glass. The beer was a nice dark brown with an off white 1 finger head that did not last very long. Lacing was good on the side of the glass. The beer had a carmel nutty smell. The taste was nutty with a carmel hint, sort of coated the mouth, and leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium, and drinkability was not real good as it did not leave me wanting another. Thought it would be great with a burger, my burger was late coming out and was eating fried cheese with this brew, and that is not the food you want to go with this beer as the cheese brought out the alcohal taste to the max...

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Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: mild hop and slight brown sugar.

Taste: malty hops and a subtle brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

A decent lager. It goes down easy.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A less than stellar pour by the bartender, so the head wasn't exactly all it could have been. Quite thin in this case. Color is a nice dark brown. Smells of malt and roast. A good brew with lots of malty and roasted flavors to it--some chocolate, some coffee. Slight hop aroma for balance, but it didn't really come off in the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth with a wet finish. Easy to drink for a Brown Ale as well, which is nice if unusual.

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Photo of yuriruley
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish/brown with a small white head, not much lacing to speak of.

Smell - very faint, light chocolate, some malt. Not getting much else.

Taste - Has an earthy flavor, some chocolate. Very mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel - pretty good, good carbonation, light to medium body.

Drink - not bad, as someone mentioned, I think it is pretty sessionable.

Overall pretty good, I am not big into browns, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown mahogany. "Oxblood". Clear body. Khaki/Tan colored head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a decent ring around the top. Some deep red highlights peek through on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Getting some malt in the nose, but not terribly strong. Picking up some "special dark" chocolate notes. Nice. The roasted malt comes through stronger as the beer starts to warm. Whispers of coffee bean make an underlying appearance.

Taste - With the taste, I am again picking up on the roasted malt with inklings of the chocolate. The coffee flavor is coming along at a decent pace at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel for this style. Doesn't hang on the palate as long as I had anticipated. Not bad, but just not as strong as some others.

Drinkability - This is a pretty decent brew. I wouldn't turn it down. Good session brew for the Fall season. Not quite as warming as I was hoping, but not bad. The smell was the best aspect with the evidence of the dark chocolate.

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 TheKingofWichita
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice white head good lacing.
Smells like a little vanilla, some malted barley, and some hops.
Tastes pretty good with a little vanilla, sweets malts, and a slight hop character.
Mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a little carbonation.
Very drinkable -- could almost be a session beer.

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

Pours a clear, lighter brown color with moderate head. Scent is lighter than many browns, notes of roasted grains, dense bread, some hints of earth, chocolate and coffee and a noticeable earthy hop presence. Taste is also lighter than many browns, featuring the same notes as scent. The advertised hop qualities really arent present. Medium bodied, maybe a touch overcarbonanted. A nice brown ale that isnt overly agressive and is quite drinkable in multiples.

Update: Had a draft version on 5/13/11. A tad bolder than the bottle version - good nutty malts and earthy hops in the nose and taste.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- extremely dark brown, with small bubbles streaming up the bottom of the glass nice thick tan head off the pour very nice appearance for a brown ale

Smell- good amount of hops and roasted malts, chocolate tones aswell

Taste- very good malts balanced with very light touch of hops on the end, roasted malts are strong with faint notes of chocolate and coffee tones, very great flavor with good balance and good richness very nice taste to it, the balance is very good as it stays right in between malty and dry

Mouthfeel - very nice smooth and well balanced, creamy,

Drinkability- extremely easy drinking, had it both on tap this week and in bottle after being impressed and both were very good maybe tap was slightly better but could just been atmosphere cuz both times was quite tasty, beautiful balance and very rich easy drinking brown ale, one of the best i have had of the style, enjoyable and will seek out many more times, had it once about 3 years ago when just trying new beers and my appreciation for its is far great now then it had been at the time

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

A: Brown, a little head, no lacing.

S: Not much going on for me. smells faintly malty.

T: better than Newcastle, but that ain't saying too much

M: classic for a brown ale, smooth and rich

D: yes, quite quaffable. was disappointed with this one, mainly because I had been on a string of really good brown ales- DFH, Smuttynose, and Pretty Things. Brooklyn's just doesn't measure up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NightINgale
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 US.fl.oz. bottle poured into my tulip pint glass...

A - Nice clear brown body, with a ruby-red glow to it. Light brown foamy head. Some lacing, some carbonation, and a pretty decent head retention. This beer sure looks like a proper Brown Ale.

S - The aroma is very malty, with notes of roastiness, bitter chocolate, and brown sugar. However there is also a decent hop smell, with a floral and grassy feel to it. Hints of dark fruits...

T - Starts out quite roasty and chocolatey, with some bitterness from the roasted malts. Then a decent hop flavour comes through, lingering all the way to the end. Fairly sweet, a little sour, with hints of prunes or raisins. Tastes like a good Brown ale, but I've had better AMERICAN brown ales.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. A little disappointing, because it feels a bit thin. Some crisp carbonation at first.

D - Good, this could easily make a session brown ale. Goes down smoothly, since neither the flavour nor the body is too strong.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown rubby high lights with a gig tan head.
A malty and hoppy aroma is present but nothing of any standout.
A very slight roasted, toffee flavor from the malts and hops present but lack any real flavor other then to adding bitterness for the malts.

Feels a bit thin and watery.
Overall, I think this beer does not achieve it's stated goal as being a richer and hopper then the English version.
It is a ggod beer it just tastes alittle weak.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass poured int a DFH glass.

A deep amber with a thin head and nice lacing.

S malty With a hint of fruit

T a woody smooth malt. Light hops.

M. Light and crisp and very smooth.

D I liked this one a lot. I. Could session on this one all night.

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Photo of popery
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a entirely average beer. It's not bad, but it's also not really good. It's just a really simple beer with no real flaws and no real highpoints. I'm going to forget this one before my glass is clean.

A: Transparent ruby brown with a creamy beige head.

S: Malty, caramel, mild hops. No real nuttiness that I like from the style. Just a simple malty aroma.

T: A bit sweet but not really cloying. Not enough hop bite or malt bitterness. Just sugary caramel malt.

M: A bit slick and probably overcarbonated, at least for the style.

D: I'm just bored. There's no real subtlety, here. This beer lacks the creamy feel and nutty flavor of better brown ales, but it's also entirely inoffensive. It's not hard to drink in any way, and this review sounds more negative than I actually feel. This is an okay beer.

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Photo of bfree
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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 soulgrowl
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnutty cola brown, with a pretty lame head. The aroma is delightfully cocoa-forward, nutty as hell, and really heady with caramel, like a flan. A bit of hops - just a bit - add a sorta-floral, kinda-herbal, ever so slightly soapy aroma like lavender or lemon thyme. Thin on the palate and perhaps unnecessarily well-attenuated, with vivacious carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that almost comes across as harsh. It does no favors to the flavors, which are all toffee and walnut and resin and mocha and require a bit more viscosity and a little less fizz to really express themselves. This is like a really good version of Newkie Brown, or a middling version of Sam Smith's Nut Brown.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours anice brown color with a trace of deep cherry red. Decent off white head that fades quickly with some lacing.

S: Nice rich roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: A nice mixture of malt, chocolate & coffee. Has a dry finish with a lingering caramel flavor.

M: Medium body with carbonation, quite smooth.

D: Easy drinker. More refreshing than I expected. A good representation of this style.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown color with nice head and decent retention. Lacing is okay.

S - Not a lot of smell. What smell i can pick up is a good balance of malts though.

T - Some bitterness up front, followed with malts and finishing very sweet, with a bitter after taste. Nothing great, nothing bad, the finish is a little too sweet for my liking though. Pretty average.

M - Good level of carbonation, not too light or heavy, nice feel.

D - The sweet finish is just too much for me, otherwise it would be fine.

Nothing really impressive to me about this. Not bad, but not something I would seek out or buy again.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a true brown in color and has a soapy, creamy-white head. The nose is nutty; caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee all come to mind also. Hops are there too but not strong enough to lend a definite smell. The taste is more of the same, nice rich malty backdrop composed of the aforementioned flavors, slight acrid bitterness and more perceived hop bitterness but not a whole lot more hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full in body, the carbonation is thin but enhances the feel. Overall, a drinkable beer, good but not overly remarkable. This could definitely be a regular drinking beer on a Friday night.

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Photo of Mit
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep dark brown amber colour with a respectable but short lived head.

S-dark malt smells coming through with coffee and caramel undertones.

T-Brown sugar malts. Nicely balanced with citrus from the hops. Very delicious.

M-Pretty typical of it's abv. Maybe a little fuller feeling IMO.

D-Very drinkable beer. I think this beer is best enjoyed on an autumn day rather than in the summer when I reviewed it. Feels like fall when I drink it.

I'm not normally a big fan of Brown Ales and interestingly enough when I bought the Brooklyn Mixer pack that this came in I also bought the new Sierra Nevada Tumbler(Autumn Seasonal that replaced the Anniversary Ale). The Brooklyn was head and shoulders above the SN(which breaks my heart cause I'm a huge SN fan). This brown ale may have changed my view on browns...I will def seek them out more now.

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

Color: reddish-brown, medium translucency. Beige foam. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, nuts and citric hops. The flavor follows the aroma with sweetness and bitterness. Mild carbonation. Hop balanced beer. Dry and bitter end. Very easy to drink! Fine beer!

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