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 akajimmyd
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inaugural beer on tap in my friends’ new kegerator.

Once we nailed the settings it poured a rich mahogany brown. Nice little head. Smells very nutty to me. Taste is wonderful, great balance little hops. Smooth mouthfeel, especially as it warmed up a little. Carbonation was just right. Ideal session beer. Great while watching a game.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse. I've never really liked brown ales, including Rogue's Nut Brown Nectar, until this beer.

Rich brown body, poured with a short head in the pint glass and left a little lacing.

Not a lot of smell, but malty and sweet.

A rich malty taste that is strong but not overpowering. Some sweetness, but the main focus in on the malt.

Easy in your mouth and easy going down.

This is a great brown ale and I'd gladly have it again. Recommend for any malt lover. I could drink a lot of this one, it's damn tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned from a freshly offered firkin at the Savoy Restaurant's annual cask event (Manhattan).

Deep brown with an energetic light tan head. The enticing aroma was malty and slightly perfumed. Flavour was predominately malty but with hops balancing out the taste stability well. Natural carbonation from cask-conditioning tickled my tongue, and the maltiness made this beer tantalising and ever so slightly 'chewy'. The dry, moderately malty finish complemented the taste experience.

A great beer for trying cask-conditioned if you get the chance; bottled Brooklyn Brown - much more common obviously - is good too but never as great as a fresh cask.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown ale with a big three finger head.This has a nutty smell with a few spices.The taste is very full.It has a very strong coffee and chocolate flavor,not as nutty as other brown ales.This almost tastes like a porter or stout.This has a real full feel and I can say I will try this again.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 20 ounces of this last night at MacGregors Perinton. The head was nowhere to be seen after it was poured but from bottle experience int eh past i assure there is a nice head. Good lacing. It is a nice cloudy brown color. The aroma was malty and sweet with a decent amount of hops. THe smell mirrors the taste which is of roasted coffee, malts and nuts. It also had a sort of smokey porterlike taste to it. The mouthfeel was moderate and very creamy. Not too heavy though and very drinkable.

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Photo of katdaddy210
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a 12 oz bottle. Brewed in Utica(hate when they fool ya) as said on the label. Also noted that the label read that this Brown is hoppier then its British counterpart, I was dissappointed in that statement. So I moved on hoping for the best. Cracked the bottle, and got a wiff on hops over all. Pours a deep rich brown with nice head fading down the pint glass. First taste was that of hops, bitter on the back of the tongue moving to a carmel malt taste. The hops(as you can see I can't get over) seemed to overpower what I thought was going to be a great Brown. The mouth feel was lighter then that of a Brittish Brown, not one bit creamy. A little weak and dissappointing. Overall, not what I had imagined. I was looking for a great session beer, and got what seems to be a overhyped over hopped typical micro. I will pawn the rest of the case off on some company, maybe that will make them leave earlier.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Silvertones in Boston

Appearance = Nice frothy 1/2'' head that stayed. Dark brown with tinges of ruby red.

Smell = Malty with hops in the background. Well balanced. Strong yeast presence. Smell is very clean and fresh. A hint of chocolate is detactable.

Taste = Served a bit too cold which might have dampered the flavors. Nice hearty malt presence with great chocolate/molasses flavors. After taste is a bit astringent. Otherwise this is a great brown ale.

Overall = A solid brown ale. Nothing spectacular but drinkable and well brewed. I certainly enjoyed it and would order it again.

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Photo of jaluria
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Mahogany on Walnut in Center City (Philly). The only brew on-tap and once I tasted it I thought they made a good choice. This brew pours dark brown with a tan-colored head. Good lacing. I instantly detect a nutty chocholate smell with a touch of brown sugar. Very appealing. The taste is not as complex as the smell leads me to believe, but it is still good and enjoyable. As the beer warms, it's nutty character starts to take on different dimensions. Quite smooth for it's style which makes for an easy drink; I could have a few of these without problem.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Deep brown colour, large light tan head. Pleasant aroma of dark and dried fruits and caramel, hints of chocolate, tobacco, oak and leather. Nice malty and nutty flavour with some caramel but not too sweet, well balanced with sufficient hops, hints of spices. Easy drinking, refreshing, decent mouthfeel. Moreish.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color with a decent medium head and a nice covering on top that remained for the entire drink. Not much lacing at first, but the lower the beer got the better.
Aroma was of sweet roasted malts and a little nutty.
Flavor was much like it smelled with a little more of the nutty flavor upfront, but an astringent taste that hit the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel was smooth with just the right amount of carbonation for a brown ale.
Not bad, but not as good as the other Brooklyn Brewery beers that I have had.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar (Newark airport).

Head is small, dense, thick, white (a little bit cream-colored), frothy. It's almost a little nitro-like. A clear, dark, brown beer with red highlights. Nose is faint, fruity with some toffee. Big toffee taste. Roasty caramel and toffee, toffee, toffee malt! Some chocolate, sweetly fruity and full. A fairly bitter chocolate finish makes this a very nice brown. A little sour fruit at the end, too: nice!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy dark brown color into a traditional pint glass. There was about a finger-thick head, and retention was decent. The scent of the beer revealed rich malt sweetness combined with slight coffee and nut aromas. There wasn't much of a hop profile to this beer.

Tasting: The predominant flavor was slightly roasted malt, followed by a light coffee taste. This was the most assertive part of the beer. There was very little bitterness on the back of the tongue. It had a medium body and viscosity, and the alcohol flavors were very well-hidden by the strong malt presence. It was the kind of beer from which I could take large sips and really enjoy it. It went down very easily and paired well with the slightly salty food I was eating (more of a contrast).

I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who is interested in the Brown Ale style. It tasted like the cousin of the Porter, which is one of my favorite styles. The high drinkability of this beer makes it an excellent choice.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got me a Bubba Gump Pilsner glass by ordering this while out to dinner with the wife. Had already been poured when the waitress brought it to me. Showed a nice beige head that lasted quite a while and left good lace.

My nose picked up a little hint of coffee, Had a somewhat nutty flavor not too sweet and actually not as thin in the mouth as I thought it might be.

Pretty smooth finish, although drinking 22oz. was a bit much as it started getting a little too warm towards the end.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this real nut brown ale. I once liked Newcastle, but it's now too thin for me.
The Brooklyn Brewery, is brewing some great beers for such a short lived label. One of their better offerings is the Brooklyn Brown Ale. Weighing in at 5.6% alcohol by volume, this is no lite affair, but neither will this beer weigh you down after more than a few pints. Just like the Newcastle, Brooklyn’s Brown pours up a lovely dark brown with ruby around the edges. However, unlike the English ale, the New York beer develops a nice tan head and offers a mixed caramel and roasted chocolate/coffee aroma with even a hint of fruit (cherry?). Both beers are inoffensive and easy to drink, leaving a hoppy, nutty aftertaste, but after comparison, the Brooklyn Brown stands up as a great brown. Not the best feeling in the mouth, a bit thin, but not bad or anything to complain about.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz.'er pours with a clear mahogany hue topped with a tasty looking khaki head cap that sticks to the glass.

Brewed ice tea scents and some brown sugar.

First swigs: Initial flavors are of light brown sugar and mirored nose characteristics of brewed tea. Lingering caramel aftertaste and coca-cola like taste and feel. Light caramel.

Brisk in the kisser with a quick carbonation bustle. Really effervescent. Basic medium body with a twinge of cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Basic benign brown that was a welcome addition to a mixed case I picked up. Nada mas, nada menos. An okay beer.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date is notched August 2005.

The off white head is thin and the color of the beer is dark brown with a little red showing through.

There is a mild toasted malt character present, along with a good amount of esters. Hops are kept low. There are hints of watery coffee and dark, sugary fruits (somewhat fig-like) on the nose.

Carbonation is medium high, and the body of the ale is thin to medium thin.

Roasted malt on the tongue, with a moderate hop presence. A slight sweetness is in there, maybe bittersweet is more accurate. The finish is slightly astringent with some hop bitterness and a little coffee flavor lingering.

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Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This as a silky offwhite head. It isn't tall, but it is thick and looks like I think it should. It sticks to the glass well. The body is a dark rich burnt umber.

Smell: Very hoppy. And a nice hop smell. Fruity and resiny.

Taste: This is my absolute favorite American Brown Ale with good distribution. It is well hopped. The malts are chocolate or coffee-like. It is fruity, well balanced, and intriguing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. silky/velvety.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I really enjoy this beer everytime I have it.

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Photo of battlekow
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a thick head that lasts and provides excellent lacing. Smells woody and chocolatey and hoppy. Tastes sweet and chocolatey upfront, followed by hoppiness, with a nice lingering roasty bitterness. If you burp, it's all piney hops. Mouthfeel is very nice; the carbonation level is perfect. If you're a hophead, you probably don't like brown ales much, but you should give this one a shot. The hoppiest brown ale I've had.

Thanks to RealityDeviant for sending me a few bottles of this.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by Sept. '05 - served chilled in a mug. Pours a nice mahogany hue with a 2 finger tan head that takes some time to recede and leaves nice pits and leaves nice rings and patches of lace on the glass. In the nose are almonds, green hops, and chocolate. On the palate there is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, with a green/piney hop kick that gets more bitter as it warms. It is kinda thick and heavy for a brown but it has a smooth carbonation and feels very nice. An interesting take on a brown - one made for hopheads like me.

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Photo of kegerator
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice brown ale.
pours a brown/mahognay color with hints of ruby when held to the light. it develops a nice 1 inch head that dissipates at a medium rate
aroma of sweet caramel, chocolate notes and slight nut with a faint but noiotced hop aroma.
taste was carmel malts with hitns of chocolate and nut.
mouth feel is creamy, smooth and coats the tongue well.
very nice brown.

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Photo of nortmand
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First- I'm pretty sure this is the best brown I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. So complex, but at the same time quite easy drinking.
Pours reddish brown, with a white head that goes away pretty quick.
Smell is deep, rich and chocolate. Quite impressive. There is a slight floral hop aroma in the depths of the nostrils. Very faint, but there nonetheless.
Slight acid up front, rounding out into sweet chocolate tones by mid tongue. There is an end bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a bit. All of these flavors are pronounced, but none of them overpower one another. Quite well done.
Silky mouthfeel supported by an appropriate carbonation.
As you can see, I'm quite happy with this beer and find it quite drinkable. Goes great by itself and even better with well made food.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel color that seems a bit light for the style to me. Medium head that doesn't leave a ton of lace.

Smell is thick with syrupy malt and some caramel notes. Bit of chocolate in there, as well, but not as prominent.

Flavor is sweet with the same thick caramel and chocolate flavors. The hops are a little understated; I felt that the malt was almost too much to not have more malt to hold it in balance. If you dig the caramel flavors, you'll like this one a lot; I just thought it was okay.

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Photo of taez555
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear ruby-brown body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a mild mix of milk chocolate, coffee, very faint meat, dark sugars, biscuit, dark fruits and even some mild Belgian or German malt notes.

The taste was smooth and light bodied. Very clean and light bodied ale with a whole host of dark malt flavors. Milk chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar and faint touches of smoke. A very even, although faint, bitterness. As it warms a dry citrus peel hop taste becomes much more prominent.

A very nice session beer. A really like all the prominent dark malt tastes in such a lighter bodied beer. Not quite the classic English style brown, but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of pgroove
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew has quickly become my favorite in the Brooklyn line, which, by extension, makes it my favorite beer in the whole entire universe. Yeah. Soooo, it's packed with flavor and is medium to dark in color. Some say it's drinkability prevents it from being a session beer but I disagree. Drink it, and drink lots of it.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 oz purchased for review.

Color is deep chestnut brown with an fluffy 2 finger light beige head in my standard pint glass. Head lasts for a few minutes before settling into a thin ring, leaving light, spotty lace.

The nose is a moist compote of dark and sticky fruit, cocoa, caramel, and toested malts with a soft floral hop note.

Flavor starts with dried cherry, prune, and caramel chocolate sweetness, and ends a bit dry with notes of pumpernickle bread and faint wildflowers. Well balanced and well made.

Body is a tad too light, with a slightly chewy mouthfeel from the dark toasty flavors. Highly sessionable. I bet it's been more than ten years since I had this for the first time, and it still tastes good to me. That is not an easy statement to make with a lot of beers out there.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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