Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.63/5
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2,384 Ratings
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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,334
Reviews:
960
Ratings:
2,384
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Ratings: 2,384 |  Reviews: 960
Photo of VoxRationis
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a tap into a conical pint glass.
A: Dark copper color, frothy off-white head with good retention.
S: Underwhelming bouquet: sweetness mostly.
T: Milk chocolate predominates with little or no bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid but subtle carbonation.
O: A reasonable approximation of the style; not a "go to" version.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The appearance has a rich mahogany colored body with a slightly dark copper/caramel looking head that doesn’t last more than three seconds. There is some light lacing. The smell is malty and yeasty with some nuts involved and some light chocolate coming in at the end. The taste has some nuts and yeastiness with an added light roasted graininess. The palate is somewhat medium, comes across fairly sessionable, has a dry aftertaste, and a bitter finish. Overall, this is just a tad above decent, but a bit too yeasty for a brown ale, unsure if Ill come back to this.

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Photo of GulDukat88
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wrigfen
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmokySignals
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great cola color.
A light golden edge and good tan head.
Aromas of mocha are faint.
Subtle, fairly rich and dry.
Very nice, nothing exciting, like other Brooklyns.
Not as full or rich as RJ Rockers Brown Eyed Squirrel.
Decent, wont repeat.

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Photo of MackT
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review, please be gentile.
Dark brown color, not much aroma, faint toasty malt. Chocolate/Coffee notes. Mouthfeel is "unique" not "dry" but "drying." Hard to explain, obviously everyone is different (fingerprints) (DNA) Not a bad brew for what it is, if it's what your expecting. Brown Ale.
Not offensive, may buy again.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the NY roots of this Brown Ale that is spot on to the style. Brooklyn Brewery almost always does a fantastic job with their brews and their brown ale is no exception. Way to represent BB!

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Photo of EMH73
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with a half inch tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Not much to the aroma, some malts and nuttiness. Taste is a little on the sweet side for the style with caramel, sweet malts, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Light bodied, watery mouth feel, light to moderate carbonation. Overall disappointing.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional optics. Aroma isn't very noticeable beyond just amber & dark malt. Taste isn't adventurous or anything but I thought it was fine, just malt & nutty flavors but nothing off or offensive.

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

Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer a bolder tasty brown

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 oz Stout glass.
Smelled of light malts, a little chocolate, and mild coffee. Tastes of malt, coffee, and chocolate are thin, and balanced. A little on the dry side.. with a nice level of bitterness.

My 1st couple of drinks had an odd aftertaste, but settled down after that. I found this beer to be a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of Shanex
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brent_B
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Switz160
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of AnyaS
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cyrano41
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgiordano88
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclone
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

"Best by November 2015"; drank 9/5/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Coffee, caramel & pickle juice notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & pickle juice flavors, in equal measure. Tough to drink; I couldn't get through 12oz. I've had my last.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,384 ratings