Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
2,357
Reviews:
953
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
375
For Trade:
2
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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This is a special review for me as I am using this beer to compare it to my first homebrew (obviously a brown ale). I am going to include a review for my beer in parentheses below each category.

3.5 A: Dark brown. Hard to see through, but it is indeed quite clear. Poor to average head retention and minimal lacing.

(A: Hazy almost black color. Good head retention and an obscene amount of lacing. - 4.5)

3.5 S: Big nutty aroma. Dark caramel malts. Not much else.

(S: Not as strong as I'd like. Some nutiness and to a larger extent caramel. Also a tinge of alcohol. - 3.5)

3.5 T: Nut flavor dominates. Surprisingly not much sweetness as it has a minimal amount of caramel flavor. Good balance, though hop character does not distiguish itself much.

(T: Well balanced between hops and malts. Once again nuts and caramel. Alcohol to some extent. Pretty good overall. - 3.5)

3.5 M: Medium body, good carbonation, but not as creamy as I'd like.

(M: Heavy medium body. Perhaps a little under carbonated. Creamy and a bit chewy. - 4.0)

4.0 D: Not bad, sessionable, and no major weaknesses. Problem is that there are also no major strengths.

(D: Good enough to beat out any macro. I'm happy with the results. I learned a lot from brewing this and I'm confident that my next batch (a weizenbock currently fermenting) is going to kick ass. - 4.0)

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Photo of stone3187
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clean brown color with smells of sweet malt and a hint of grassy hop. The taste is brown sugar with a slight hop characteristic that doesn't allow the sweet to get carried away; I also tasted a bit of dried fruit in this one. I generally lean towards the reds when I want a malty beer but this one was very good.

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Photo of bc2208
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack in a Hoboken liquor store, poured into a thick beer mug.

Pour - Pours a nice deep golden brown, clear with some carbonation. Not much of a head and a little bit of lacing which dissipates.

Aroma - Not a whole lot, but a decent brown aroma with roasted malt and coffee smells.

Taste - I've had better browns. This one seems brighter, more hops than others, and that gives it a sharper taste. A little lacking in the depth, but in general a decent flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth beer, carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Drinkable beer. Probably more drinkable than a lot of browns, if only because of the lighter taste.

I like this beer, because I'm a big brown fan. On a scale of browns, though, I wouldn't put it at the top. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Translucent brown body that does not have a lot of active carbonation bubbles. A small off-white head that disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Not a very strong aroma here. A little bit of sweet malts and a touch of a roasted smell also.

Taste follows the smell. Not a very flavorful beer in general I would say. A very light sweet malt that is toffee and caramel like. The faintest hop presence lingers in the background. Toasted malts are present in the backend of the beer, but once again not very strong.

A very thin, lightly carbonated body. Feels a lot like a macro lager would.

Pretty drinkable. Being mild flavored and light makes this one a beer that is easy to put down.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a drink by Mar 09 date.

The beer poured with a one finger head and did not leave any lace along the sides of the glass. The color of the beer was a nice brown as denoted by the name.

I got a hint of chocolate and the roasted malt on the first sniff.

The beer has a strong coffee taste to it and the chocolate comes through. The beer has a slight bitter taste to it and the roasted malt is a strong presence.

The beer is of a medium body and goes down very smooth. I can see drinkning a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown with plenty of Garnet highlights. There is a thick off white head of thick white bubbles. The head appears to want to stick around forever. There is a good bit of lace left on the glass while the beer is removed.

Aroma: I get some clean hops that have a somewhat "catty" impression, but this isn't over the top. I get some dark malts along with some caramel, but they are very reserved.

Taste: The malt is the one in charge, but the hops are definitely a dominant force in this beer. I like the sweetness that is the backbone of this beer. There is some Chololate to this beer, but the aftertaste is pretty balanced. The hops leave a bit of a green impression on the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I like the overall mouthfeel and impression that this beer gives. There isn't much about it that stands out, but that would make it less drinkable. This isn't as sweet as other Brown Ales, but I like that. It has a good overall impression, and I would certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer produced a one-finger head of tan foam atop a copper liquid with some mahogany highlights. The retention was decent as a skim and collar but the lacing patchy. The aroma was of sweet malt with some sourness and floral hops elements. The flavors were good but nothing amazing, just well balanced caramel and chocolate malt, hops and a nutty character. Don't get me wrong, a good balance is highly desirable, but I still found this one a little bland. The body was medium and the carbonation right on. A solid example of a solid style.

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

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of March 2009. Sampled in November 2008.

It pours a handsome mahogany-brown with a good supply of puffy, beige head and adequate lacing along the pint glass. I noted an aroma of hops and malts. A medium mouth feel and not watered down. The hops are more evident in the taste and I can find a hint of something nutty. I have been drinking this beer for a while and it is one of my favorite go-to beers.

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Photo of markpiazza
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just tried this beer tonight. It was at a place called paddy's irish pub in rochester, NY. Had a couple of the brooklyn brown ale on tap. I thought it was awesome. Very smooth brown american ale.They sell it at our local wegmans. Wegmans Just opened a couple isles full of micro brews in rochester. There must be at least 200-300 different beers.

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Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, highly drinkable brown ale.

Deep red with some bornw, it has a medium-large light tan head slowly shrinking to a thinfoamy top and leaves some good lace.

The aroma is rich caramel, toast, hints of chocolate, grapefruit, orange, leaves, and prunes.

The taste is lightly roasty with chocolate hint, caramelized prunes, light tart fruit, leaves, hint of sweet wine and a faint citrusy bite plus a little nut. It is mostly sweet with faint tartness and a little bitterness, mostly leafy with hint of citrus, and the finish is lightly dry, toasty, and leafy.

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Photo of Blake
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good beer.

Has a maple aroma when poured. Medium carbonation, tastes like autumn. Slightly sweet, almost fruity. Medium hops, and a mild malty taste. Crisp beer with a tad bit too much watery and metallic aftertaste. With more grains, this could be a righteous beer.

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

A: Poured a dark cola color with deep reddish hues and a creamy slight off white head.

S: a semi-sweet dark chocolate, a nutty caramel aroma and rich coffee.

T: The flavor was a light roasted bitterness of malt and coffee. There was a nice nuttiness and dark caramel sweetness as well some light dried fruit.

M: light-moderate and provided a creamy finish.

D: Overall an easy drinking brown with a decent nutty flavor upon warming and is nicely hopped and balanced providing for a good session brown.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in the Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club's September shipment.

Smells of sweet toffee and caramel and tastes the same. Good hop balance. Fairly light, drinkable. A good representation of the style. Would come back to this every once in a while if available in my area.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:

Look: Deep brown in color, hence the name, almost a deep maroon when the head settle, decent head size with excellent lacing & bubbles.

Smell: It's hoppy character stands out, but the smell is bursting with robust florals, a nice deep toffee spice, and a hint of caramel in the backdrop. Overall, a very good smelling brown ale.

Taste: Probably the lightest brown ale I've tried, but that doesn't take away from the taste. The maltiness of this is bold, yet a bit on the thin side for a beer like this. If this was a tad bit thicker, the coffee and caramel malts would explode out of this one. Again, a great offset of fruit notes settles in the backseat of this, barely breaking through, but you know it's there.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, slightly creamy, yet a little wet on the palette. Otherwise, the Brooklyn Brown Ale has a good body to it and is pretty refreshing at the same time.

Drinkability: At 5.50, this is generously a pretty sessionable beer. Not only is it easy to drink, but the flavors don't kick you out after 3 or 4 of these. A nicely crafted brown ale, if it was a tad bit thicker, I think Brooklyn would have hit this on the head, besides that, it's defintley one you shouldn't miss out on.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 allengarvin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Chimay glass. It does have a nice reddish-brown color, though I couldn't produce much of a head on it. The nose is roasty, with a hint of coffee grounds. Somewhat mediocre flavor, dry with a light roast flavor, bitterness moderate with no hop flavor. The thin, watery mouthfeel doesn't help.

Completely average brown.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint came with no head at all. The beer was indeed a dark brown color that you almost couldn't see through. Especially in the light of the bar. No lacing remained after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was slightly burnt, somewhat sweet and perhaps a bit nutty.
Roasted Malt notes did dominate.

Flavor was pretty sweet, that burnt flavor came through and there was certainly a touch of nuttiness. Flavor was pretty basic and perhaps a bit sweet even for a brown. You got some cocoa notes and a sense of molasses.

Mouth feel was a bit sticky and body was light/medium in thickness.

Not my favorite Brown Ale.

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Photo of lbkornlb14
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is great, it is really drinkable and similiar to a beer I love by dogfish Head., It pours brown (obv) and isnt too thick though, which makes it nice and drinkable. Nice caramelly roasted malts and color, try this one if you are into nut browns or similair types.

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

Bottle with Best by Sep 2008 stamped.

Pours a very dark brown with cranberry highlights and a lightly colored tan head which drops to a film quickly.

Scent is not very noticeable but I discern a general roasted malt scent.

Taste is of nuts, malt (and honey?) sweetness followed by a slight hop bitterness. Very slight tea-like flavor and bitterness.

Body is a bit thin.

Drinkability is good.

Verdict is a pleasant to drink brown ale but not a remarkable one. Note that this was reviewed right at the best by date (Sep 08) and may be better fresher.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a Brooklyn Beer Party mix pack and this was one of the better ones in it. Had a nice nutty smell and taste to it and had a lot more flavor than the typical brown ale. It also poured much darker than most brown ales I've had. A very solid beer and one of the better brown's I've had.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown color with a few red hues an a light brown head that left a little lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and caramel. No harsh/sharpness here, but scent is faint.

Mildly nutty, with a brown sugar/toffee flavor up front. The sweet malt dominates, but it is a little on th ligh side. Finishes with light dry hoppiness -- gotta really focus here, I mean really light.

Medium body, decent carbonation. The flavors are light enough where you can have a few of these. Decent beer, but in the middle of the pack as far as brown's are concerned. Some much more inferior, but some far superior. In all, worth trying and trying in clumps of 2 or 3.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad

Nice dark brown color with a quite big white head.

Aroma is nice of chocolate, coffee and hops.

Taste is quite hoppy with citrus, but also roasted malt, chocolate and caramel/toffee.

Mouthfeel is good. Quite filling and smooth in the mouth.

Highly drinkable beer from Brooklyn, one of their better beers.

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

Bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into pint glass. Clear brownish red with a finger of tan head that leaves some modest lacing. Aromas of burnt grain and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, with nutty dark malts. A touch of cocoa and an even smaller touch of hops. Mouthfeel is dry with a little roasty bitterness. Smooth but a little too roasty for my tastes. Good drinkability, solid beer.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,357 ratings.
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