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 praufs01
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma – Light malt and bread smell.

Palate – Medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor – Sweet malty up front that quickly diminishes to a metallic (iron like) aftertaste.

Final thoughts – Quite smooth and easy drinking. I’ve had much better brown ales.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a small, fizzy head. The aroma offers up coffee, dusty chocolate, and black currant. The flavor starts with stale coffee and chocolate, followed by an oaty cookie flavor, like a chocolate hob nob, as well as graham cracker, with just a touch of smoke on the end. The mouthfeel is very light. Overall I found this an unokeasantly stale, oddly smokey and roasty brown ale. Maybe I just prefer creamy browns, but this was not working for me.

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Photo of SisuPride
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this when I was in New York City and slipped it in my suitcase. The beer poured a pretty brown as described with a highly carbonated head that dwindled away quite rapidly. Overall the beer lacked taste and mouthfeel. It was missing the thicker body and taste I have come to love in brown beers. I had not had this beer for a couple of years and now I remember why. Better to me than a Budweiser but rather low in the pecking order of brown ales.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Dated best by 1/07. A vigorous pour resulted in three fingers of beige head. The body was bright, clear and amber/brown in color. The lofty head collapsed within minutes. Some splotchy lace remained.

Smell was Bread. Walnuts and caramel.

Taste was mild and chocolaty. Moderate hops flavors accented the malts but stayed in the background. Alcohol flavor appeared later.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. Smooth, rounded.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Beer Cartel.

Pours a very deep cloudy brown, with a one finger off-white head. Some lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, treacle, caramel.

Taste is a watered down version of aromas. A little roast malt but overall quite sweet. Minimal hop presence. Have to say at the end of bottle - moderate flavour levels overall..

Mouthfeel is a let-down. Very watery indeed.

Overall, OK - but won't buy again.

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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 UncleBubba
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is unimpressive. I've seen it around for some time and thought I'd give it a try. It has decent appearance, and color, and has an average mouthfeel. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Especially the overly watery backend. Doubt I will buy this one again.

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Photo of Buebie
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle. Freshness date of July 2009.

Forms a 1'' tan head, slowly receeds to leave a foamy cap of retention and plenty of sticky thick lace drapes.
Color is a darker brown with alot of red hues glowing when held to light.

Aromas of chocolate, nuts, coffee, caramel and roasted grains. Aroma is pretty laid back and these things took some swirling to pull out.

Carbonation over abundance, stinging the hell out of my tounge. This seems watered down...
Some cocoa nuttyness and roasted grains with a little bit of coffe and plenty of bitter grains lingering through the swallow. Just a little bit of hops here. This is way over carbonated and really destroys the pallette and my ability to pick up flavors is lost with alot of the carbonation.

Not feeling this beer.

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Photo of dustinTN
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Nice dark mahogany color almost two finger head with modest lacing. Modest smell - more hoppy than most brown ales for certain. Smelled some roasted malt and sweet brown sugar, too. The taste is, well, lacking. It's not an especially bad flavor, but it seems watered down - even after waiting some time for it to warm up (which helped, but only so much.) There is a little bit of malty sweetness and little bit of bitter hops, but not much of anything and not very exciting. Very, very carbonated and a medium body. This is a step up from a domestic macro lager, but I can't say much more. I'm a big fan of other Brooklyn offerings, so I was pretty disappointed in this one. I won't be buying again.

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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 Stubbie1
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a real dark orange. Gives off a decent off white head. Doesn’t leave much of a lace. Aroma was a bit nutty but mostly malt, somewhat sweet. Taste was the nose. A nutty malt flavor. A bit dry and bitter at the finish. Nothing to crazy but over all an OK beer.

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Photo of champ103
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some sticky rings of lace behind.
S: Buttery diacetyl overwhelms the nose and is very off putting. Other than that some sweet caramel malt. Really lacking in the nose.
T: Again, a diacetyl flavor that follows the nose. Not as noticeable as the nose however, and a little more depth of flavor. Caramel and chocolate malts. Still not that impressive.
M/D: A medium body, but is over carbonated. I would not want to drink more than one because of the diacetyl flavor.

Pretty much sub par. I probably will not by by this again, and would not recommend it.

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

Pours a light brown color with an off white head and lacing. Aroma of caramel, floral/citrus hops and nuts.

Taste: Caramel and slight toffee upfront, hop bitterness chimes in orange citrus flavors. There is a tart twang (overactive ale yeast strain/infection?) and is a touch metallic. Finishes more malty and slightly dry.

M/O: Light medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, without the weird twang this would be a great brown ale. If I get a better sample I will re-review, but the bottle was fresh.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottle BB Jan 2009):

Pours a dark rich colored body with a small creamy tan colored head. Has an aroma of hoppiness, and some sweetness. Has a creamy nutty taste, and s ome lager taste. Some hotness, alcohol. Eh, not a fan. Carbonated.

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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 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 eporter66
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz Pint glass - on draft

A - No head at all when served (the bars fault I am sure), so I have to give a low appearance rating from that. Beer was a dark brown with a more dark amber color in the light.

S - Roasted nutty aroma, not too strong

T - Brown ales may not be for me either, although there was a nutty flavor, the beer had a real sour note (again, possibly an issue with the bar), but this has happened before with me when drinking brown ales. The nutty roasted flavor gives way to a sour finish, not to my liking.

M - Surprisingly, with no head on the beer, there was a decent carbonation while drinking.

D - Just did not enjoy the flavor, and switched to SA Noble Pils for my second beer of the night. I was not enjoying the sour flavor of the beer.

O - I may have to rewrite this, but not a great experience with this Ale, I have heard great things about Brooklyn brewery, so I will be trying more from them.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, single bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
A strong pour yielded a large, frothy head along with a dark-brown, mahogany appearance that was lucid and clear...
Subtle, non-descript smell without any real assertive aroma present...
Taste was likewise bland and not-exciting or too assertive... Very pale flavor without too much going on... Some nutty, malty taste was there, but nothing at all to write home about...
Flacid, light, watered-down mouthfeel...
Drinkability was alright since there was no alcohol detectable, but since there was not much flavor present either, wouldn't want to make this one my single choice of the night...
Much better out there to choose from... Wouldn't recommend this one...

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Photo of Folderol
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this is one of the first beers I've had in a while that evoked a mental "meh". Looked decent enough, the head filled my Vintage Vinyl pint glass and then receded to a small cap. The smell was nothing but hops. I was hoping for malt, maybe dark bread, something else, but it was just generic hops. Pretty watery overall, this beer lacks a malt backbone. Hops dominate the palate, along with a bit of ale fruitiness. Other than that... meh.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small caramel roast. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel and a small roasted malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Not much nose and mellow, a good stand by.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep russet color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- A bit of roast and some diacetyl butteriness.

T- A bit of a sour caramel malt flavor with some buttery toasted tastes in the finish. A bit of a hop bitterness and some soap. Kind of a weird taste?

M- Medium/light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Not really what I was expecting. A flavor that really didn't work that well for me.

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Photo of mjw2808
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

darkish brown color with a reddish hint to it. Small head, not much lacing. The smell is of a lot of caramel, malt, and bready grain. The taste is caramel, caramel, caramel with noticeable brown sugar as it goes down. Way too sweet for me. Average mouthfeel and too sweet to be very drinkable.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a deep amber, didn't look really brown.

Smell: Sweet malt.

Taste: Very sweet intially, finishes with strong hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, slight thin.

Drinkability: Not impressed. Too sweet when it first hits the palate, too bitter afterwards. Lacks complexity in flavor. Wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Brabander
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade and i completely forgot the name of the BA who send it to me. Sorry sorry!

This is an easy drinkable beer. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks quit nice. Deepdarkbrown fluid and a nice head with lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit abnormal and i can not really point out what is wrong with it the smell of my feet?

Taste is a bit too thin and with lots of strange twists. Not really worth drinking....but i am glad i got to try it!

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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