Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dougbassett
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd beer from a usually reliable brewery. I think it looks fantastic, just like a brown ale should -- a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy head that lingers. Unfortunately the nose is just routine: some cherries, some chocolate reminiscent of very rich sweet milk chocolate, a whisper of hops. The flavors are even more restrained than the nose -- chocolate malt and some hops, mainly, with a very light cherry finish. This beer is interesting in that I think the problem lies in a criteria I usually blow past when I do one of these things -- the mouthfeel. I think the beer is so disappointingly light because I think the mouthfeel is too light, like most brown ales it does better with a heavier mouthfeel (to support the stronger flavors). Not Brooklyn's best.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-brown colored brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head fades fast to a medium cap that persists. Once the cap fades rather slowly a light level of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell. Mixed with these are notes of chocolate and a coffee aroma. Some sweet caramel joins the darker aromas and with a light bitter herbal aroma rounds out the smell.

Taste – A roasted malt and chocolate flavor greet the tongue. Some light coffee flavors are present as well but are gone rather fast as some molasses sweetness more toward the middle of the taste comes to fruition. While the taste sweetness in the middle, it ends up bittering more toward the end as some of the bitter herbal hop flavors detected in the nose come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was a little bit on the higher side. Not the best for the roasted and darker flavors, and may have been better suited with a creamier and chewier body.

Overall – I am not really a huge fan. The flavors never really meld well and the transitions are quite abrupt.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a 3 finger tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. I can detect cherries, caramel, and some chocolate in the aroma. Smells like this should be slightly sweet.

Tastes like I thought it would based on the aroma. Cherries, caramel malt, and some chocolate. Neither the taste or the aroma are very strong, which is too bad. What I can taste is good, but there isn't enough flavor to boost the score to a higher level.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a slight aftertaste of cherries. This could be a very nice beer, if the taste and aroma were stronger.

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Photo of mick303
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown. Light head of light tan which recedes pretty quickly.

Nose has coffee and malt notes. Slight roastiness, overall full.

Taste has a roasty malt character but an annoying bitterness. Dark chocolate, coffee flavour, but also a bit of a surprising lightness. Hops are present and give a bitter edge, but it doesn't seem to work as well as it could.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, body is initially thick, but it trails off. Carbonation is appropriate to give a bit of crispness. Aftertaste is medium, slightly malty, a bit cloying.

Its good beer, but I thought the profile on the palate was a bit disjointed, and suggested room for improvement. Overall, a good standard brown ale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12pk at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a clear dark-copper brown with pretty much no lasting head to speak of. Coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel comprise the aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a strong herbal hop presence. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not bad. Reminds me a lot of some of the older craft beers and of the brown ales I used to drink when I lived in Maine years ago. Delicious.

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Photo of JacobJustus1
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120z brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pretty average. Surprisingly clear. Decent little head.

S: Some nuts and a little bit of a toffee and leathery smell in a good way. Pretty mild though.

T: Light roasted nuts, Light roasted oats or grain, some light complexity. Malty with some sweet sugars.

M: Pretty thin for a brown ale, but I am am still getting into this style, so I may be wrong. Definitely kind of creamy which I like. Not much carbonation. Somewhat of a quaffer.

O: A fair to good beer, just not as multi-dimensional as I like in my brews. However the semi-low- ABV and easy drinking might make it a good choice for a dinner party or cookout. I might throw one in a mix-n-match 6-pack from time to time.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale - my first Brooklyn beer I believe so time to judge them all by one beer! Just kidding of course...

Appearance - A low to medium brown that looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing amazing but a nice hue to it.

Smell - Hops, Nuts, and Barley. The smell is on, but missing a couple of interesting notes and it seems to go away quickly

Taste - I was hoping this would taste like it smelled but it has a lot of copper/metal taste to it. Also the nuts do come out but fade quickly

Mouthfeel - I really wanted more carbonation here and a bit less of the metal aftertaste. Not terrible but not good

Overall - This is a decent beer, and a decent brown ale. Its smooth enough to be drank by the handfuls but the aftertastes keeps me rating this one low

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some caramel and toffee malt, as well as some pine from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get some nice roasted malt and caramel notes up front, with a decent amount of bitterness and some piney hop notes also coming through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RevSox08
2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. This is my first time having this beer, and only my second or third time trying a Brooklyn brew.

Appearance - Brown. What struck me most is how clear it is though. You're able to mostly see through it. Kind of disappointing, as I tend to like my brown ales to be darker and more stout-ish.

Smell - Smells of some caramel sweetness, but it's not that significant.

Taste - Not much. Not much at all. A little nutty, but I'm disappointed by the lack of any real flavor. The caramel sweetness in the aroma is definitely not present in the taste. No bitterness. Maybe a TINY bit of diacetyl, but I'm not sure if that's normal or perhaps I just got a bad batch. Nothing noteworthy here.

Mouthfeel - Thin... that's pretty much it.

Overall, I just don't see what anybody could really like about this beer. I finished it because it didn't taste particularly bad; it just didn't taste much like anything at all.

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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 donmonkey1
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. The head isn't big and dissipates quickly, but leaves decent lacing

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts.

Taste: Nutty coffee, roasted nuts, sweet malty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

This may be the best brown ale I've ever had. It leaves me licking my lips and wanting more. It's a little too heavy for a session beer, but definately an outstanding beer. This is my first Brooklyn brand beer and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. A tan head with good retention.
The smell is very subdued. I'm not getting much here. A little bit of malty caramel. The taste is roasted with some caramel, toffee, and even some fruits. The taste is complex, it's just not all that great to me. Medium body and carbonation.

It's an all right beer, but not one of my favorites from Brooklyn at all.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with good clarity. Finger and a half of off white head. Very very still head. Sweet caramel malt on the nose with a touch of citric hops. A little nutty, pretty nice nose.

Medium in body, feels nice and full in the mouth. Sweet roasted malts up front flow into a rich roasted nuttiness. Stringy mouthfeel on the swallow. Good balance from the hops. Exceptionally smooth. Simple yet brilliant. Big good flavors that all work extremely well together with great balance. My only complaint is that a touch of dark fruit lies beneath it all but only if you really look for it. This fruit flavor doesn't go with the rich roast of the brew but it doesn't make itself known really. Lingering sweetness on the tip of the tongue and the lips.

Very good beer, I'm usually not a brooklyn fan but this was quite the brown ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, brownish, caramel amber with a thin lacing of brownish, soft head that has little retention

S - caramel, toffee and a citrus aroma that seems present in many of the Brooklyn year-round offerings

T - big roasty characters up front and throughout with some accompanying caramel, toffee, and nutty notes. There is a faint bitter hoppyness to the finish

M - medium bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation

This is a decent, easy drinking, well balanced brown ale. I like the heavy roasted malt notes throughout. All around refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a caramel like brown color, a touch darker with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Smell is mild yet sweet with some brown malt, a touch of sweet sugars and a little bit of hops.

T - Well for the price it was a nice brown ale. Brown malt is mild and not very chalky leading to a rather sweet drinking experience but with little cocoa or chocolate flavors it makes it fall far from an elite brew. Not bad though.

M - Medium and kind of chewy.

Overall not something I would buy again but a better than average brown ale.

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

Red-brown with tiptop clarity. Inch of head. Laces well. 4.0

Toasted grain and pomme skin. Well-kilned in the nose. Hearty. 3.5

Browned apples, generous toasted malts, herbal hops, nuttiness and grassiness. Bitter middle, tangy finish. 4.0

Medium body with some slickness. Lively carbonation. Very sessionable. 4.0

Elite brown ale. One of the best. 4.5

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: A very dark brown, still transparent with a 1/4" off whit to tan head.

Smell: light maple, almost bock-like. If there was a word that meant lighter than light I would use it this beer is really light when it comes to smell.

Taste: Malty, light barley and for a beer not very high on the ABV level you definitely taste the alcohol. I taste little maple and a notch sweet I truly like it.

Mouth: medium carbonation with sharp bubbles. It has an even better after taste but not the most lasting.

Overall: Having this on tap after finishing an incredible rib-eye and a great choice. On tap this beer was the right choice, have one one me. Salud!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from about 100mL left after using the rest in a lamb marinade (but that's another story). (oh OK, you asked; it worked really well in the marinade)

Dark-brown colour, clear with an orange tinge at the edge. Head is pale beige, foamy, with decent density. Retains with large bubbles. Not bad at all.

Coffee and medicine on the nose. Pepper, cherry and a touch of caramel for sweetness, maybe some vanilla as well. Spicy, roasty, sweet. Pretty much all you could want from a brown ale.

Taste has similar characters, but a bit more subtle, not as pungent. Chocolate, coffee, bit weak on the front-to-mid but gets more roasty and spice towards the back. Cloves on the finish and a touch of black pepper. Subtle, but nicely constructed palate for a well-balanced Autumnal beer (that's "Fall beer").

The body's there, but still feels a little thin and over-fluent. Bit of piquancy at the back.

Nothing too exciting, but it strikes me as a fairly quintessential brown ale, an archetype even. Plus it's really well-made and drinkable, so yeah, good work Brooklyn.

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Photo of sauron681
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown, with medium carbonation and a good head that leaves too quick for a brown, ok on the lacing.
Aroma of chocolate and raisins. Very clear and clean, medium mouthfeel.
Tastes of burnt toffee, caramel malt sweetness, with light astingency. Finishes dry with slight coffee hints

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Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Old Chicago

Pours dark-brown amber with a two finger off-white head. Smells like a red ale but with some roasted characteristics. Taste is different than what I expected, overripe pears and apples are the most predominant, finishing with roasted hazelnut. Mouthfeel is great, smooth and it's body feels fuller than it is. It is dry, tho.

Quite enjoyable.

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

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly translucent ruby-brown coloring with a short stacked, off-white, light head that quickly settles down into a filmy coating with a ring of bubbling around the edge of the surface. Aromas are rich, roasted, and nutty, with a touch of toffee throughout. Smells sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Flavors are blended well and smooth throughout, with a roasted nut backbone that has touches of hazelnut as well chestnut and peanut characters. Sweet buttercream highlights keep all of the flavors playing along together, leading to a light, creamy aftertaste and a quick, clean finish. The increased carbonation and light body keep the beer from becoming cloying or overpowering. Very easy to drink with a very decent flavor profile overall. Tasty.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before Aug. 2012.

A: certainly brown, but neither real dark or real light. the body is actually transparent. more of a rim than a head, however does leave some draping lacing behind.

S: roast starts things off on the nose. almost a little ashy. chocolate. reminds me a little bit of hot chocolate powder.

T: the body actually has a good deal of fruit to it. green grapes. pear. transitions to a bitter roast with a mild finish. mostly bittersweet, but perhaps even a little roasty/smokey.

M: moderate carbonation on an ideally medium body.

D: with most of the examples from the american brown category getting more and more beastly, it is nice to have an example that can deliver flavor without an overbearing body. not a bad "session" american brown.

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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 StoutHunter
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brooklyn's Brown Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have always wanted to try some beer from this brewery, but since they aren't available in Michigan I have never had the chance to try this beer till now, so lets see how it goes. It had a best before date of June 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty clean and traditional looking. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on a nice bright deep ruby red color that was fairly clear when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This Brown Ale looks on par for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a nice amount of sweet caramel malts that impart some nice, toasted, toffee caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, and slight espresso like coffee aromas. Towards the end I get a slight nuttiness and some more roasted aromas with a little bit of chocolate at the end and there were no hops that I could pick up. I liked the aroma of this beer, it's pretty complex, slightly nutty and it had a little more roast then normal for a Brown Ale, all those aspects came together to make for a pretty good aroma.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma and follows it nicely. It starts off with a large amount of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice grainy, brown bread, toffee, and caramel flavors. It isn't as roasty as the aroma was but it still imparts a slight coffee and chocolate flavor along with and equally light nutty flavor. There's a slight tartness at the end followed by a light amount of medium bitterness and a malty, brown bread, and a nutty aftertaste. This was a good tasting Brown Ale, my only complaint was the slight tartness on the finish, but other then that I thought the flavor was nice.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good example of an American Brown Ale, it had some nice complex aromas and flavors that were more robust then the average American Brown Ale and that made this beer stick out a little and made it memorable. This beer had pretty good drinkability it went down pretty fast and smooth and had enough flavor to hold my attention, I could see drinking two or three of these in a row if I was in the mood for a Brown Ale. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was really nice, roasty, and complex, I thought it was really well done. What I liked least about this beer was the slight tartness on the finish of this beer, it just seemed out of place, and it was unnecessary. I would buy this beer again if it was available, but since it's not I doubt I will be having it anytime soon. If you like American Brown Ales I for sure recommend giving this beer a try. This was my first beer from Brooklyn Brewery and I have to say that I was impressed and that it made for a pretty good first impression for this brewery and I am interested in trying many more beers from this brewery, there are more then a couple that I have my eye on. Good Job guys this is one solid American Brown Ale.

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Photo of rangerred
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a 1.5 finger light tan head.

Smells of floral hops along with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee as well.

Flavor is coffee and roasted malt but quickly followed by a not so good metallic taste. Some caramel and bitter dark chocolate is there along with a light tartness. A moderate bitterness and a sticky finish ends it.

Overall this is a decent brown ale but could be better. If the metal taste would go away it would be a whole lot better.

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