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 ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a point glass.
Aroma- Has a nice nut aroma with a well balanced malt mix.
Appearance- This a very dark brown colored beer with a small off-white head.
Taste- A big nut bomb flavor with a great malt blend. Has a great flavor that grew on me after each sip.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- This is a good beer, starting to build a lot of respect for Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of a dark maroon color with a big frothy off white head. Has a dark malty smell with trace amount of hops. Taste has hints of chocolate and roastiness with a tad bit of sweetness. Overall pretty good beer

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Photo of EvoRich
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep, dark amber color.Tan colored head

Smell: The smell isn't very strong. But what I can pick up is a nutty, chocolate aroma.

Taste: Very nutty in flavor, with a very caramel and chocolate flavors coming in the end.

Feel: Pretty smooth, with a medium body.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Malty, nutty, dry
T: Matches the nose. A large dose of malt and nuts, dry without much additional complexity
M: Light to medium-bodied, dry, somewhat simple
O: This needs a bit of sweetness or a bit of hop complexity to step it up a notch. Perfectly drinkable if simple now, but it seems like it's a good base upon which so much could be added

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

L-Medium brown, light head

S-Pretty rich, def some grain and graham crackery sweetness

T-Fairly robust for a brown, yet finishes crisp. I really liked the balance here.

F-On the thicker side, but not syrupy.

O-I really enjoyed this beer. It was great with food as well as without. Very versatile. One of my more favorite browns (upslope is good, too). I'm a bit confused by The Bros rating here; I think this is a solidly "good" beer (mid 80's score worthy). JMHO

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malt aromas with traces of chocolate and graham cracker. Pours brilliant brown under a 2” finely bubbled tan tinted white foam cap. Light caramel flavors with traces of chocolate and light grains. Medium carbonation and body with a bright, crisp finish.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an all around good beer. I visited the brewery and was amazed by the dedication to the specific styles of beer the have embraced. The beer itself is worth the effort.

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Photo of interzen
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Pours a very dark brown, almost black - hold it up to the light and there's some ruby red apparent. Fairly tight off-white/tan head with decent retention - at first blush you'd think someone had poured you a glass of Guinness or similar. Some lacing.

Smell: Quite earthy and nutty - plenty of malt in evidence with hints of caramel. None of the hop 'zinginess' is apparent.

Taste: Doesn't quite follow the smell - the earthiness is definitely there, though. This is far less hoppy than a lot of American beers I've had of late, there's still a hint of hop-related bitterness coming through at the end. Not exactly an earth shattering flavour but I'd hardly call it unpleasant either.

Feel: Given how it looks when first poured you'd be forgiven for thinking that this would be heavy going. Not so - if anything it's a little bit thin for a brown ale. OK as it is, but a little bit more heft in the body wouldn't hurt.

Overall: For me, this is a welcome antidote to the almost relentless hoppiness of most current American beers. The hop-heads will no doubt hate it, but for those who prefer things a bit maltier (ie. people like me) this isn't bad at all. Not sure I'd want to have a session on it at nearly 6% ABV but it's not something I'd actively turn down either.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- pours a medium brown, hint of ruby, with a decent head that quickly disapates. A ring of lace envelops 3/4 of the glass. It retains mostly all the way through.
Smell- sweet malt, caramel, toffee and nutty. Very nice.
Taste- I initially, sweet and malt forward on the tongue. Also very nutty. However, there is a modest but bold hops presence and wood like essence that soon takes over. It is especially apparent in the finish. At times, there was a very slight astringency in the aftertaste that detracted from the score.
Feel- feels light for a brown ale, perhaps due to the tight, crisp and tingly carbonation. I liked it though, as it made it quite drinkable.
I'm not a big brown ale guy, but I like this one. I find it session worthy and could see myself drinking several.

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Photo of illpass78
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a clear brownish red with a short eggshell head that receives quickly. Carbonation is moderate, lacing nonexistent.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, malt, some hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with some added earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It's oddly thin for the style. Could use a little more body.

Overall: Pretty average brown ale. On a cold evening I'd rather have their winter ale.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with reddish hues coming through the bottom. Roughly a one finger off-white head forms and dissipates quite quickly. Leaves just a little lacing and carbonation bubbles are visible. So far so good. (3.4)

S- Toffee and caramel are most evident from the start. Some roasted malt also comes through and also what to me smells like a subtle earthy hop characteristic. Doesn't knock your socks off but is deceptively complex. (3.7)

T- Not quite as much complexity as is present in the smell. While I didn't get any nuttiness in the head there is a nice buttery nuttiness here. There is very little caramel character but the toffee comes through in the finish along with the nuttiness. Nice hop bitterness rounds it out. Perhaps a bit underwhelming but nice nonetheless. (3.35)

M- On the thin side for my taste. I like the level of carbonation but I wish it didn't disappear so quickly. (3.25)

O- A perfectly fine American Brown. I wish it was a bit bolder in aroma and flavor, but quite sessionable and easy to drink. Decent but nothing to write home about. (3.43)

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little thin for my tastes. Not bad, but not one I'd seek out. But then I'm not a big fan of brown ales. But then this one is far from the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: VERY dark brown, not quite opaque. Slight reddish tint through light. Lots of effervescence and a rocky, tan head. Nice, frothy cap retention, lacing lasts & lasts.

Aroma: Caramel malts. Flinty, slightly roasty. Slight hint of fruitiness. Apricot? Pear?

Taste: Tart & roasty arrival; tart & astringent. Tilted slightly toward malt on balance. Goes fruity mid-palate, then tart & astringent roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Astringent. Significant carbonation.

Overall: This is more what I think of when I think of a brown ale. In fact, this is nearly a porter. Very much like Turbodog, but less sweet, and having that Brooklyn ale yeast. They seem to have a house style. Interesting that this has a little wheat in the grain bill.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice dark brown but has slight head and retention.

S: Malt forward with some hop and a little bit of chocolate. Slightly floral.

T: Malty with a small amount of hop bitterness.

M: Smooth with some richness. Nice carbonation.

O: Solid beer. Not the best Brown ale I've ever had, but still good.

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

Poured this into a glass, it has a Mahogany color body with thin head. The aroma has roasty malt and a little hop coming from it. The taste has a roasty, chocolaty up front and a little hop towards the back. The malt is more dominant than the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddy brown with a finger of head that dissipates rapidly. The nose has mild bready notes. The flavor follows the nose almost exactly. The body is not quite as hearty as the best versions of this style.

This is a sessionable - if not quite remarkable - offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It must speak volumes about my dedication to both CANs and AIPAs that it has taken me over 2,600 reviews before I have gotten around to this one. I am trying to reduce my backlog of bottles so that I may resume The CANQuest (TM) in earnest. Please bear with me in the interim.

From the bottle: "Brewed in New York"; "Ruby mahogany in color, Brooklyn Brown Ale is richer and hoppier than its mild and malty English forebears. Chocolate and coffee flavors punctuate the roasty malt background. Brooklyn Brown is brewed with malted barley, hops, water, and yeast, and will taste best before the freshness date indicated."

Chez Woody's kitchen is much like the alley at the beginning of each episode of "King of the Hill" - nothing happens until the CAN is cracked, the bottle cap is popped, the keg is tapped and pouring, etc. The bottle is like my Old Lady at this point - sweating in anticipation of my touch and ready to pop. Boom! The rush of liquid into my glass was fascinating, creating a big, rolling pseudo-cascade as I watched. Like most males, I am a very visual learner and I was transfixed by the creation of two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with great retention. I held it up to the naural light of the day to behold and I was not disappointed. I fully agree with "mahogany", but I might substitute "garnet" for "ruby" (SRM = > 27, < 34) as I need to put my own stamp on this review. Otherwise, I might just do a cut 'n' paste and call it a day. Did they mention clarity? No. I will classify it as "button-bright" and leave it at that. The nose was malty, sure, but cut with a minty, grassy hoppiness. Remind me, why have I not reviewed this until now? Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the taste was like Baby Bear's Brown Ale - just right! The malt was present, but not cloying and the hops were in the mix, but not overwhelming. I have had English Brown Ales that were sickeningly sweet and American Brown Ales that caused me to wonder if the brewer knows when to take his foot off of the gas when it comes to hops. Finish was smooth, semi-dry and eminently drinkable. I do not often drink Brown Ales, but when I do, Brooklyn Brown is my choice. Stay crazy, my friends.

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Photo of juanny
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brown ale had a pleasing dark brown color with respectable foam retention. The aroma was very mild, but a nice malty-chocolate combo. The taste was great! More noticeable coffee and chocolate notes that I have tasted in a brown ale before and a great heavy dose of the malt. This sounds more like a stout, but Brooklyn made their ale more drinkable with a background of hops, a reasonable alcohol content and a mouthfeel that is certainly full-bodied, but not overly thick and exclusively wintery. A solid brown ale in my book.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a decent sized bubbly off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolate and a bit of minty earthy hops to balance. The flavor is malty sweet with just enough earthy hop flavor to balance. Nice malts caramel and hints of chocolate round this one out nicely. Medium body and level of carbonation. Its been a while since I've had a brown ale, but this one is quite serviceable.

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Photo of tarik-the-magnificent
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The core Brooklyn lineup, by my experience, consists of absolutely solid executions of styles. Nothing overly imaginative, just very strong representations of what a certain type of beer should be. The Brown Ale lives up to this reputation.

This Brown ale is rich in chocolate/coffee malty goodness, which is present throughout the nose and the body of the beer. It manages to retain a thick and chewy feel without compromising its drinkability, clocking in at a surprisingly low 5.6%. The real surprise within the Brown Ale is the actually high degree of hoppiness within the beer (for the style). One could easily go on drinking without ever really noticing the work behind the scenes being done by the earthy British style hops - they are just that well balanced and blended into the overall profile of the beer. As a result, the Brown ale is malty and chewy, while also remaining low-alcohol and surprisingly crisp- the handiwork of the aforementioned hops.

Like most Brooklyns, is it the best type of the style you can find? No. Yet the Brown Ale remains a very tasty beer and a strong representative of the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown amber color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Some roasted, toasted, caramel, hazelnut, chocolate notes with earthy hops in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear. Somewhat tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty standard brown ale.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

A-Deep dark brown, almost black, with a 3/4 in tannish head forming at the top

S-slightly sweet, hints of coffee/chocolate

T-roasted malts, caramellowy nuttiness

M-medium bodied, nice and smooth

O-Great brown ale, deep and rich flavors

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Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet biscuity malt
Appearance: beautiful rich dark auburn color
Taste: nice rich malt comes through with a balanced light hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall: this is a great, well balanced beer. Deep, rich, malty with a nice bitter finish. Solid beer, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall: This is a classic brown ale that is more winter than Autumn. In that way, this beer is deep rather than crisp like some brown ales, and rich rather than sweet like some brown ales. A brown ale to measure other brown ales by

A: a deep brown, cherry wood pour with a nice foamy head

S: Roasted malts with some sweetness and caramel

T: boozy, rich, with malty thickness and depth. Very smooth tasting - full of nutty, brown sugar, biscuit flavor with more than subtle chocolate and coffee on the finish. Very nice

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and good for sipping

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: a little hazy; mahogany; tan head that faded quickly; left a rim of creamy bubbles around the edge of the glass; no lacing;

S: Roasted malts, a little cola, a little molasses

T: Hops come through in the taste; some nuttiness, a little malt sweetness; dry finish with a little bitterness;

M: Medium bodies; nicely carbonated; crisp

O: Well balanced; a really nice brown ale. One of my favorites.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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