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 Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating of August 04. Pours almond skin brown, clear, off white head, leaving some lace. yeasty, bready nose. Soft caramel, nutty, coffee flavor notes. Nice subtle maltyness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Hops well in background, mellow , with a slight grainy texture. Very drinkable, pleasant quaffer.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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 RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at work. Best by July 2009. Almost a year past date. Obviously my store doesn't sell much of this beer.

The pour was light brown with a light head that dies down pretty quick.

The smell is very sweet with hints of brown sugar and maple. No hint of hops.

The taste is also sweet with no hops. The maple and sugar up front are quite tasty and are allowed to shine since the hops, if there ever were any since I haven't had this beer fresh in quite some time, have long since departed.

The mouthfeel is still full bodied and surprisingly carbonated.

This was actually pretty drinkable, especially for a low ABV beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC.

Pours clear dark brown with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, nuts, and chocolate.

Flavor is great for the style, with caramel and chocolate malts, toffee, and nuts. Very good, and very well matched to the style, as Brooklyn usually does.

Smooth on the palate with a medium-light body that makes it really drinkable. Very solid northern English brown ale overall. A great session beer (I know, technically it's not one, but it drinks like one).

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale

A= pours a purplish-ruby hue with a medium thickness tan head.

S= coffee,,a hint of toffee malty,not very impressive.

T= polish rye, dark fruit, coffee.

MF=full in carbonation, but light in body.

this ale i a hard working honest mans ale its something to be proud of, it would serve well to the novice beer and ale enthusiast's palet. their for its a important ale.


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Photo of joshwlt
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug it's brown a little bubbly at first and a light brown receding, rocky head. Smells like chocolate malt and a light bittering hop. Tastes similar to the smell, fairly balanced with a sweet chocolate malt and a bit of bittering hop. Fairly simple but good, tasty. Finishes fairly clean, starts with a moderate mouthfeel but cleans itself from the palate with a thinner more watery finish. I really like this stuff, very drinkable.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tall glass.

Appearance: A deep mahogany, with a thin head that dissipated quickly, but still left some lacing.

Smell: A sweet, nutty aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Nutty and malty, the alcoholic bite is mild, almost lemony. A slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, almost too easy.

Notes: I really dig brown ales and this is a real nice example of one. Tasty and balanced, an ideal session beer, despite the ABV being a little on the high side.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening the bottle the smell of hops penetrates the air. Dark reddish brown in color with a thick beige head. The first taste is chocolately in flavor. Next comes the malt and hops with a sweet aftertaste. Slight mettalic aftertaste. Highly drinkable. A solid beer. I have a feeling that I would really fall in love with this beer if I had it on draught.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an organish brown with a 3/4 inch white head that stick around for a bit and left a decent lace behind as i drank it
S-soft nutty malty flavor with a sturdy backbone of hops giving it a straw like floral edge reminiscent of the brooklyn lager
T-a clean tasting brown ale with some roasted chocolate, toffee, tobacco, maybe even smokeyness blended together with a perfect amount of balancing hops but all of these could be a bit more present, a really great session beer, in fact though i'm not a huge brown ale fan this is one of my top picks
M/D-a light to medium light body, very refreshing and is without a doubt a beer that can be enjoy all night if desired, overall while it may not be the top pick for the style it is definitely one I would turn to again and again for its balance of malt and hops and it's high drinkability

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle Hum, NYC. Deep, opaque richness in color w/quickly dissapating head which leaves a slight lacing araoma, while chilled, is alluring, as it bodes of rich toasty malts with a hint of vanilla. Nicely balanced flavor. Doesn't so much hit all the points as alludes to them. This is more a temptation than a thing.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty brown ale with nice maltiness, and a very good hop load....pours a cherrywood in color....tan creamy lace...nose is spicy hoppy...leathery...tobacco....medium bodied for the most part but at times it feels a little thin.....soft caramel malt backbone but the hops are what really stand out.....same as the nose...spicy...leafy...leathery...very nice hop flavor....finishes on a dry note....a very good Brown Ale that leans more hoppy than malty....

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Photo of Beaver13
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brooklyn Brown poured ruby-brown with a big, fluffy, light brown head that showed excellent retention.

The aroma was nutty chocolate with a slight fruity hop note.

It was medium bodied (a little on the thin side) with nice carbonation. The taste was a surprisingly big fig flavor initially with lots of chocolate and nuttiness. It had a crisp, very subtle bitter, and slight metallic finish.

Overall, a nice, drinakable brown ale. It reminded me of a cross between a New Belgium Abbey and a porter.

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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. Maybe you’d call it auburn or amber. Good two finger, off white/kaki head. Fantastic lacing!

Smell: Nutty. My very first thought was of Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale, I think because of the nuttiness and the vanilla. The aroma was also malty creamy and robust.

Taste: The taste is a bit malty with hints of bread, caramel and nuts. The taste is very straight forward, pleasant and rather boring. It’s very typical Brown Ale (but better than average), very good. Boring is not always bad. In this case I think it is good. Even though the taste is not complex it makes for an extremely easy to consume beer.

Mouthfeel: Very clear maltiness. Full and creamy with a medium weight.

Drinkability: This is a VERY sessionable beer to me. Extremely drinkable. It is inoffensive in every way; it is balanced, sits light in the stomach, low ABV, and it is not very interesting so there is nothing to think about except putting another down the hatch. This is a beer I could drink all night. This is a beer that your macro beer drinking friends would easily accept. It would be a suitable choice for your next party.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried at the Brooklyn Brewery so I will go on memory. The color a dark brown with decent head. The Smell was caramel and hops and a bit of chocolate. The taste was hops,malt and coffee with the obvious hint of chocolate. The feel was a creamy, warm, malty, lightly carbonated brew with light touch of hops and an even balance of malts. I had five for the night, so for me this was a session brew. The favorite on this night was the Weiss beer.

Note: I eventually went out and purchased a six pack only to realize it would never taste as good as on tap. Still, not a disappointment. I can never suggest this beer because first you have to like the style.
From the source it was a bit heavier than the bottle version and even the ABV felt stronger. I do recall the bitterness it left on the tongue and how it was the only beer I could have that night. As one can tell my mouth waters at the mention of this beer,but on tap more so. This beer is best served at 52-55 degrees. Too warm and too cold and it loses something for me.

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Photo of afordney
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, a thick off-white head, excellent lacing around the glass.

Smells kind of weak, toffee, malty sweetness are present but not very strong.

Tastes like happy. Malty sweet, gives way to coffee like bitterness excellently together.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, bitterness and sweetness play on the palatte well.

Fantastic beer, a great brown ale to drink in all occasions

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Photo of pbr85
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark mohagony red with a quarter inch light tan head.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with a lemon zing.

Taste: White grain malts are the first thing to hit you, followed by a roasty/smokey flavor. Hop presence is subtle, subtle lemony flavors are intermixed throughtout the beverage.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, smooth on the pallate, nothing offensive nor outstanding.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable. I have little experience with brown ales but this is a good introduction. I would definetly buy this again.

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Photo of anakar
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer, and not too expensive!

Poured out of a bottle, is came out dark brown, with a big-thick coffee color head and a lot of carb.

Taste is very full, very very rich and with strong notes of choclate, coffee and a bit of licorice.

Goes down real easy so you can have em one after the other.
Exeptional for an American beer, definately one of my new favorites. Try it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, it was best served by the end of this month.
It poured a medium light mahogany with medium carbonation and an off-white fizzy head that was, unfortunately, very quick to disappear.
The aroma was a mix of chocolately, coffeeish malt and hops.
The taste was a medium balance of malt and hops. The chocolate and coffee taste were apparent. It would be improved, in my opinion, with a more nuttier complexity mixed in. Overall, it is a good example of this American style of the original British, less hoppier, more malty style.
The mouthfeel was good, almost a bit too sweet, but not sugary.
There was a very slight alcohol taste at the finish.
While not exceptional, it is certainly a good American brown ale.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brown Ale is another "pre-Prohibition" beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. Like their lager, these types of beers always get me thinking of what "could-have-been" had Prohibition never been passed. This beer is a sweet and very malty brew that I enjoyed very much, and might end up being a regular in my fridge.

This beer pours a nice, translucent brown color with a definite shade of ruby to it. A decent brown foam forms and lasts for about a minute. I found this beer to be very "sniffable." The aromas of chocolate and spice (my brother called it "Christmas spices" which is the best way I can describe it) were quite pleasing to the nose. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky and had a low-moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style. As mentioned, this is indeed malty, with chocolate and caramel being the most present although there was some nice nuttiness to it. The crown label said that this was hoppier than your typical English brown ale, but I only detected a slight amount of citric hops. Still, the light hoppiness was perfect for the brew. The dryness that followed was more "nutty" than citric. This nutty dryness lingers into the aftertaste before turning somewhat buttery, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

If you don't like sweet, malty brews you will certainly not enjoy this one. I consider myself to be a "maltophile," and I really would like to pick up some more of this soon. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid pours up Brown, A very distinctly brown color indeed. The head I finger smooth and creamy, smallish bubbles and lots of laces left behind

The smell, Hopy, lots of hops covering a roasted malt base. Much more hops then I expected.

The taste is malty, A lush sweet roasted malt base covered by a generous helping of hops, nice fine tuned nutty notes throughout. Very well balanced and warming brings out extra complexity.

Mouth feel was good, no complaints, nothing to make it stand out or too knock it down. A very velvety smooth liquid with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability was good and better as it warmed. A fine well balenced brew all-around. MK

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Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.0's all around for a "good" brown ale. Really brown bordering on orangeish red, but still quite attractive. Smells like brown sugar and rum, but not cloyingly so. Nicely browned caramel flavor, everything a brown ale should be, finshing with a very straightforward pure burnt grain flavor and just a kiss of herbaceous hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, and about as good as it gets when drinking pint after pint. This is better on draft IMO, but good in the bottle.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Bishop's Arms.

Pours a slightly dark-brown color, with a nice bone colored head.

Smells nice with some typical american hops and some spicyness in the smell.

The taste is full on caramel malts, citrus fruits, and some spices in there. A bit too much carbonation though.

Still a very nice and drinkable beer from Brooklyn. I'd have this one again for sure.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep bronze / brown in color with a nice 1" head. The aroma is of caramel and sweetness is detected. The flavor is nice as caramel, roasted malt, and light hops are up front, with some mild chocolate and nut tones in the background.

This brew is light/medium in body, and has a smooth and mildly crisp start with a smooth finish. The caramel tone lasts briefly on the tongue. Extremely drinkable - a great session brew.

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Photo of adammills
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. It poured a nice coppery brown hints of an amberish red as well. A nice fluffy off white head capped the brew. There is a just a hint of hop aroma, nice and malty in the nose. Tastes of malt and carmel. Very even and tasty beer. VERY drinkable, high on my list of browns.

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Photo of jed
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with brown and dark red accents on the normal Brooklyn Brewery label. Brief blurb on the neck of the bottle with information about the beer. Best by 10/04. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish brown, a few shades shy of a stout. A little bit of light gets through, so the color of the beer varies throughout the glass. About one finger of tan head with good head retention.

Smell: Very sweet, toasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. The malt is a little bit like a dry Irish stout, but sweeter and less bitter-smelling.

Taste: Nose is dominated by malt sweetness, with hints of brown sugar in the flavor. Slight bite of hop bitterness follows the initial taste. Some hints of chocolate and even wood, which diminish as the beer warms up. More nutty flavors follow. Could use more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness, but overall, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Starts to taste a little bit thin as it warms, but very smooth with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor lacks a little bit of the complexity necessary to give it a five, but an excellent session beer.

I haven't tried very many brown ales beyond Newcastle and Dogfish Head, but this is a very good beer. A little on the sweet side for my taste, and could be a little more balanced, but an awesome one to bring out on friends who "don't like dark beers." Another strong offering from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,350 ratings.
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