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 hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass served from tap.

Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Malty aroma and tastes with caramel and nuts. Lighter chocolate as well. Good lightly sweet and lightly bitter balance. Creamy body.

Notes from: 9/8/04

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Photo of almychristopher
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark translucent brown with red highlights. the dark malt comes through clearly in the nose, with a bit of hos in the background. the taste is surprisingly well balanced with a nice malt sweet malt taste and a good bit of hop bitterness. the medium body is well accentuated by the aggressive carbonation. a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black (!) body with thick brown two-finger head that softens nicely into the glass... malty presence undeniable... sugars tantalize while the hops balance nicely at the nose... smooth, almost perfectly "brown" in its presence, with the liquidity of a stout and the hop body of a pale ale--easily drinkable... sugary impressions early, with some chocolate, smoky something (?) and toffee to sweeten the deal... satisfying--especially on a snowday nightcap--with the smoothness of a Newcastle and a flavor that sets BBA a step above Sam Adams et al....

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Photo of dennarb
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like malt this is a good beer to try. The color is a rich brown with a deep tan head. It doesn't have much of a nose but it has a nice mix of malty sweetness and soft hop flavor. It is a friendly and unassertive beer that you can drink thought the evening. My wife who is really fond of Dog Fish Raisin D'Etre liked it a lot.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Smells of caramel malt, and a hint of hops.

T - Malt forward beer, with slight roast finish and a hint of hops

M - Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D - I really like this beer. It is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed on phone.

pours a nice head with good retention. dark brown color

smell of toffee and caramel malts. wonderfully balanced with an undertone of chocolate malt.

caramel and toffee with an undertone of chocolate malt.

thick bodied and very drinkable.

this a mild well done brown

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

brought back a couple bottles from kro's nest in beijing (a pizza joint with passable faux-nyc-style-pizza). this is also imported by ACBP (, but is apparently exclusive to kro's.

bottle is dated as jan 14, 2008, so getting a little long in the tooth, but the "best by" is one year, so...

dark amber brown, barely translucent. crystalline red under the light. decent head fades to wisps and ring. sparse lacing.

aroma has rich roasted malts and then caramel with hints of molasses, then some earthiness and grassiness from the hops. faint whiff of diacetyl, phenols and maybe alcohol.

flavor is a bit more aggressive with the hops. not too citrusy or piney and with grass or hay undertones, but definitely an overall bitterness that is moderately bold and might be slightly more than the malt can handle. still, the dark malts are there, very sweet and caramelized, making a note in the center and underneath in the finish, which has a crisp hop bite, but ultimately finishes a bit rough. also, a boozy quality does show up.

smooth and substantial at first, with moderate and lively carbonation, then a slick syrupy character.

not great, but not bad.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 yesyouam
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is a dark reddish brown with a frothy light brown head that fades to a blotchy film. The head retention is excellent and it leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass. It has a full, malty, chocolaty, roasty aroma that's fresh, a touch sweet and a bit spicy. The bouquet is dusty. It has a medium-light body and it's pretty smooth. The finish is dry and a little gritty. The flavor is mellow, roasty, lightly bitter and a touch sour. It tastes like brown sugar and it's grainy. It has pretty good balance. Good stuff.
(rated May 3, 2008)

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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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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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