Brooklyn Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the award-winning original American brown ale, first brewed as a holiday specialty, and now one of our most popular beers year-round. Northern English brown ales tend to be strong and dry, while southern English brown ales are milder and sweeter. Brooklyn Brown Ale combines the best of those classic styles and then adds an American accent in the form of a firm hop character and roasty palate. A blend of six malts, some of them roasted, give this beer its deep russet-brown color and complex malt flavor, fruity, smooth and rich, with a caramel, chocolate and coffee background. Generous late hopping brings forward a nice hop aroma to complete the picture. Brooklyn Brown Ale is full-flavored but retains a smoothness and easy drinkability that has made it one of the most popular dark beers in the Northeast.

Added by purplehops on 06-10-1998

BEER STATS
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#33,354
Reviews:
963
Ratings:
2,394
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell has a good bit of malts to it, a touch of nutiness. Taste is malts up front, some hops, nuts, a little bit of caramel, somewhat mild for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drseamus for this one.

Best Buy Apr 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness to it. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rosy-reddish coppery hue, with a slim tannish layer of film atop.
Aroma: brown sugary sweet, notes of toffee and caramel, light, malty & pleasant.
Taste: hmmm....first of all, the neck label asserts that this asserts a higher hoppiness in contrast to the malt, but, oddly, that's not how I found this brew. Quite the opposite. To continue, tasty mouthfeel, richly rounding the palate and coating it good, brief, but tasty hops, lush, chocolatey malt. Medium body, feeling thinner as we drain the bottle, with a simple, but assured finish.
Definiely tastier than the milder versions out there, (I'm talking about you, Newcastle)but not by too much.
Thanks to 36LbLoveChild for this one.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at some hipster spot in Greenwich Village, given a stein to pour it in. Bottle indicates best before August 2011.

Poured a dark brown/mahogany with some chestnut highlights. Transient offwhite head head fades to a thin film, some lace. Nose is hoppy, some chocolate and roasted notes. Taste has some good hop flavour. Roasted and mild nutty notes, again a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium low, borders on thin at trimes. Residual chocolate and nuttiness in the finish. Decent drinkability. Hoppy brown ale, but leaves me desiring more out of this.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking chestnut brown brew with good clarity, a big fluffy white head that has solid retention. Bubbles look a bit soapy; lacing is patchy,clinging to the sides of the glass here and there. Mildly toasty aroma with hints of nuts, cocoa powder, and coffee.

Flavor has a nutty, toasty malt character with coffee and cocoa notes and a very restrained hop presence. Dry finish without much bitterness. The flavors are fairly subtle and don't have much staying power in the palate, but they are pleasant enough.

Medium to slightly light body for a brown with carbonation I found to be a bit overly assertive.

This is a beer with some appealing flavors but for my money could use the volume turned up a bit and the carbonation dialed back. A smoother, creamier mouthfeel would aid this one greatly.

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Photo of avalon07
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints. Mostly clear in consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy head. Below average lacing.

S: A much sharper aroma than I expected: Malt, caramel, and that nutty quality.

T: Like the smell, the taste was much more robust than you normally find in an American Brown. Some caramel, the nuttiness, malt, and a little hops. Different in a welcome way.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As I said, different than other browns, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cramel sweetness with some solid toasted grain notes. Some coffee aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a light sweet grain with some milk chocolate and cafe au lait elements. There was a good drying hop toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a nice and drinkable brown ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, hops, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. I can also pick up some light hops and a bit of sweet pear juice. There is also a slight metallic taste to the beer. It finishes with a bitter and malty aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer much more on draft than from the bottle. It found it had more of a harsh bitter aftertaste from the bottle. Still a decent beer however.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of March 2009. Sampled in November 2008.

It pours a handsome mahogany-brown with a good supply of puffy, beige head and adequate lacing along the pint glass. I noted an aroma of hops and malts. A medium mouth feel and not watered down. The hops are more evident in the taste and I can find a hint of something nutty. I have been drinking this beer for a while and it is one of my favorite go-to beers.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,394 ratings