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 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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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now American/English brown ales have never been my favorite style, but this one is one of the better ones out there. Pours a fairly dark brown, bout 1/2 inch of head on tap. Smell isn't all that special. Taste... some roasted malt/chocolate up front, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy finish. Maybe a tad thin on the mouthfeel but not bad. Quite drinkable, a good session beer for sure. Brooklyn makes much more exciting beers, but this is a solid option that is located in many bars just starting to open up to better beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish nut brown with a thin tan head. No lace. Smells of caramel and molasses.

Taste is a bit one dimensional. Caramel malt and some hops in the finsih and that's it. No depth or richness to the malt and I just don't think the hops mesh well with it. It's a little thin. Not too enjoyable this one. I'll give this Brooklyn offering a miss.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle with a small white head. The beer is a dark brown/mahogany/deep amber hue and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt mostly, with undertones of fruit perhaps dark currant and a small amount of milk chocolate and even some lightly roasted coffee. The taste really surprised me because i dont normally expect much complexity or layers in a brown ale but this one is definately not your average brown ale. The taste starts with a caramel malt flavor as well as some dark fruit flavors maybe prunes, currants, grapes or raisins as well as a hint of roasted coffee and ends with a bittersweet dark chocolate like finish that lingers in your mouth for a few seconds. Really a well structured brown ale, I'm surprised I liked it as much as i did because i havent really been a big brooklyn fan until now but this beer is like newcastle with balls. One of my favorite brown ales.

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

Had this one on tap at Bison County in Waltham.

It was a chestnut color with red hues. Not much head but the lacing with sticky. The smell was surprising for me because I thought it would have more of a roasted smell but it was very fruity.

The taste was also more hoppy than I thought. It finished real bitter which I really enjoyed but I was hoping for more of a roasted coffee flavor.

My only qualm with this was that the alcohol wasnt hidden a well as I wouldve liked. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown with some garnet highlights; not much head or lacing but a collar that lasts throughout

Smell: Strong caramel malt nose with a bit of dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts out sweet with chocolate flavors; dries out and gets a bit bitter in the middle, but the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Brown Ale, but I would like to see a bit more body

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Photo of asabreed
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Brooklyn I've had on tap for a while. Here goes.

Appearance: Darker than some browns I've tried and seen, but also lighter than some. A medium brown / chestnut color. Overall pretty good. The head doesn't stay long, and the lace sticks moderately to the glass.

Smell: Faint hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee. Heavy malts, but more whiffs make the hops pretty apparent also, though they're prerty subdued.

Taste: Chocolate malt it seems like, with some high end roasted / burnt character to it. Hints of caramel. Hints of hops. Wish it was more balanced, but it's done fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as it may seem with the taste and aromas. Medium bodied, though the carbonation was done very well, on the lighter side but complimentary.

Drinkability: It's a little sweeter than I'd hoped, which makes it more of a dessert-type beer for those who don't enjoy stouts as much as "lighter" beers, if that's the right word. Maybe "lighter" beers I suppose. Overall it's definitely worth trying, for either the curious or the brown ale fan.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice. The year of the freshness date was clearly marked but the month was not.
The color's a rich brown (mahagony as the bottle says). No head to speak of.
Smells of sweet coffee and mild malts... some hoppy bite here and there; the flavor notes match the smell but more so. A little too sweet in my book; reminds me of Newcastle but with a more watery mouthfeel and reminds me more of candy than beer.
The overdone candy flavors makes it tough to have more than a couple of these. A cold glass of water is welcome to cleanse to pallet after drinking one.
Reminds me of a darker, sweeter Brooklyn lager. Definately worth a try but once you have had it you'll probably want to experiment with other things or go with beers that fall in with your old standards.

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Photo of Sammy
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brown colour, not much taste and from a bit of bitter and malts. Aggressively carbonated. Ok with food, medium mouthfeel with a spot of nuttiness.Skunky aroma, it may have travelled about but was always kept at good temperature, and before expiry date.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear ruby chestnut with a light frothy head. Aroma is malty with a good hop presence and faint caramel and cocoa elements.

Taste is immediately dominated by the malt. Rich chocolate malt tempered with some more traditional toasty flavor. Cocoa bits fade into a more vinous nature as the glass empties. Faintly medicinal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but light as per the style. A decent example, would be better if not for the slight acrid aftertaste that leaves it just a little unpleasant. I like my brown ales more on the "brown" side and less on the hoppy end. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this one.

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Photo of carln26
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ll say up front, this beer surprised me. The color is deep brown with garnet highlights. A medium head settles quickly and leaves virtually no lace on the glass. The aroma is caramel and toffee delivered via the malt. The caramel character comes strong in the flavor with some fig. Very malty brown ale. The malt flavors reminded me of a good Oktoberfest. Smooth rich flavor with a mild citrus grapefruit hop kick. Very smooth mouth feel very drinkable. I’m not a brown ale fan, but this is a good representation.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown with some head that dissipates rapidly. Very slight nut notes in the aroma. Taste is light, with some nut or coffee undertones. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was quite thin, with all the sweetness it would have been nice to have a little fuller feel. Drinkability was fine, though the flavor might irritate after a few. I usually have Brooklyn Lager and then a Brown Ale when I'm watching a game and don't want to dip into the high end brews.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with a beige head that is small, but lasting. Moderate patch lace all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of roasted malt notes. Chocolate and espresso, with notes of walnuts. Earthy and woodsy hops provide a balanced bouquet.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with an ideal medium carbonation.
Taste is malty chocolate, with a solid hops bitterness that is grassy and earthy. Walnut nuttiness emerges in the middle, and stays through the finish.
One of the better American brown ales I've sampled, but I still don't favor the style. This one exudes quality, and would be excellent with blue cheeses.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a freshness date of best before September 05 clearly marked, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a reddish hue. Head develops and fades quickly, leaving the lacing behind.

Aroma - nutty and malty. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front, some nutty flavors in the middle. The finish is a combination of the two.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, possibly my favorite brown ale that I have tried to date. If you're a fan of the style this one's a must. Even if you're not give it a try.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Halfway between a dirty peanut and an earthworm. Muted musty cedar. Splash of weak caramels and cheap black tea. Thin sweet nut-skin finish. I just don't get it. Thin, bland sweetness. I have tried this one on a number of occasions and although it strikes me a little differently each time, and is usually better on draft, I never really enjoy it.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness dating of "best before Jan '05." Good thing I opened this the first week of January. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a light head on it that rings the glass. Even with swirling a true head does not develop. The aroma was just messed up on this beer. I don't know if it was a bad bottle or what, but it had a funky blue cheese smell to it. I love ripened cheeses, but not when they are eminating from my beer. It was about as attractive as a big piece of spinach stuck in between a woman's teeth. Luckily this beer had some redeeming flavor to combat the off-putting aroma. The flavor is sweet wiht alcohol flavors up front followed by a soft, smoky, and almost Belgian malty flavor. That blue cheese did creep into the flavor a bit though. Too bad. There was very little contribution of hops to celebrate. This beer was soft on the palate despite being offensive to the nose.

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Photo of tommy78
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: dark brown colouring with some red in it.

Smell: slightly nutty with coffee aroma.

Taste: a bit bland, given its appearence and odors. decent after-taste, though the flavor barely hits the pallete.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: 2 to 3 bottles in one sitting. After three, you won't be able to finish the rest of the sixer.

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Photo of dauss
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep orange ruby color. A small light tan head formed. Fades slowly, leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet maltiness, caramel, chocolate, faint alcohol, and piney hops. Smells wondeful

Taste: Light hop bitterness, light chocolate maltiness, Finished very dry and a little tart with wisps of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, creamy mouth feel, finishes a bit thin.

Notes: Amazing aroma, but the beer was fairly bland. Body could use some work too.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, hint of reddish tones. Minimal head that disappeared quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Nutty, coffee overtones.

Taste: Plenty of malt, with a bit of a hoppy aftertaste. Lots of toffee flavor, with some roasted coffee flavor to go along with it.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, not sure why but I expected more body to this one.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, would make a good session beer.

Thanks to css for providing this beer!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark brown with some crimson hues and a small bubbly head.

The aroma has a slight nuttiness with a light bitterness and fruit aromas.

Light-medium bodied, I'd prefer it to be a bit fuller. No overpowering flavors, bittersweet first then some hazelnut like flavors. Becomes slightly dry with a faint sweetness in the finish.

Nothing especially exciting, easy drinking and easy to drink several of, however.

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Photo of palma
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Blind Tiger Ale house in NYC.
Boy is this one good on cask. Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Well hopped which is typical for american brown ales but this brew kicks butt. Warming alcohol is definitely there but it just goes down so smooth. Dry finish. A good beer from the bottle but excellent on cask.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

Dark brown with a ruby highlight on the bottom and a bit of light caramel head. Didn't get much of a scent, maybe a bit of sweetness. Pleasant caramel flavor with plenty of toffee and a resiny finish. Moderate mouthfeel.

A good barbeque beer.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not at all what I expected. New Castle is sweet and light, and Dogfish Head is dense and too dry. Nice happy medium. Pours a nice garnet-red-brown with a creamy three finger head that leaves plentiful lace as it recedes. Smell is of malt, with a little yeast, barely any hops. Taste is sweetish with coffee and chocolate and a dry finish. This is a balanced beer that I could quaff regularly. A good session.

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Photo of scriabin
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brown ale. Pours with a dark, ruby color and a nice head. A lovely beer to look at. The taste is a mix of malt, brown sugar, coffe and a hint of chocolate. The drink is smooth, almost velvety and has the perfect amount of carbonation. More than worth a quaff or two.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY on 10/17/04, enjoyed on 10/19/04.

First imperial pint glass pours with a dense tan 1 1/2" head, which was slowly dissipates, leaving heavy lace/foam along the glass. Clear and deeply reddish brown in hue. Well-balanced aroma, with medium malts pairing with a pleasant hoppy tinge. Taste is nutty malts, with slight hops character in the mouth. Some light fruit and citrus notes finish the picture. Mouthfeel is smooth, oh so smooth, and the drinkability is excellent as well. Nice represenation of the style, and I would search it out again.

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