Brown Ale
Brown's Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #527
Ranked #35,264
3.69 | pDev: 9.76%
Brown's Brewing Company
New York, United States
Brown AleBrown Ale
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that I can add to my "Holiday" List, the sort of beer to have on hand and offer to those uninitiated craft family members and friends, so as to keep the good stuff for myself...

Though to a certain aspect this brown ale is a bit unremarkable, there are redeeming qualities to this beer. It pours out a very dark brown, almost black if you look at it right with a thin tan head, no lacing. The smell is a complex mixture of malt, a sweet tang to my nose and some cloves. I find it very light-bodied, considerably carbonated, but still crisp to the tongue. I tasted roasted notes, a distant twinge of caramel, and a slight hop base I found a bit intriguing. Overall, it was a decent enough brew, nothing particularly great, but solid enough to reach for and go-to when ever I come across it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a semi-ruddy burnt orange close to brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. The aroma had good roastiness about it. Some nuts, sturdy malt base of caramel and toffee. Some light milk chocolate. Ended with some earthy hops. The flavor leaned slightly to the sweet side and then developed some earthy spice as it warmed. Light bitter. Nice aftertaste with the earthinesss, roast and spice. Finish was the same. The feel was roughly medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. Good ABV. Overall, nicely done brown ale that I’d have again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Had on cask.

Pours a dark blackbrown with OK khaki head that kind of rapidly dissipates. Nutty cocoa in the aroma and the flavor with some dark herbal hop flavors coming through in the taste. light-medium bodied with a fairly thin, watery feel and a lingering roasty finish. Good, not great

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of nutty, caramel malt, dark fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Nutty, caramel malt, smoke, dark fruit and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Interesting session brew.

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Photo of JMD
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rick dark brown color, almost black, with a frothy off white head. This looks more like a porter or stout than a brown ale.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hints of carmel, molasses and some light toasted bread.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, with hints of honey and molasses. Nice nutiness is prominent. balanced out by a nice hoppy finish.

M: Slight thin, with little carbonation. Almost watery.

D: There is nothing particularly special or unique about this beer, it's just a well made brown ale. True to they style, this is a nicely balanced brown ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby red brown.

S-Not much in the nose, some roasted malt.

T-A step up from the nose, roasted malt, caramel and some spices.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

O-A great brown ale, not the best in the Capital Region, CH Evans is better.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a slightly clear brown-red color with a finger of white head atop. The head faded down to a ring around the glass leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is full of sweet caramel malt and some light fruity esters. There is also some nuttiness beneath.

T - Starts off with some sweet toffee flavor and a bit of fruity esters. Through the middle some nutty flavors come through a bit deeper malt flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some other fruity flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth and crisp. There is some nice sweetness in the finish that lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Feels well balanced. The sweetness is nice from start to end without being too strong. Could use a touch more flavor to distinguish it.

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Photo of ddean
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the restaurant on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance- Muddy haze with very little foam retention.

Smell- Brown rice right there. Not intriguing, but a consistent prelude to the taste.

Taste- Lots of brown rice, a little brown sugar, especially in the aftertaste. Light for a brown ale and smooth. I am not normally a brown ale fan, but this one is really good even though it is solidly within the genre.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and pleasant and the taste lingers. You can savor this brown ale.

Drinkability- One of the more drinkable brown ales I've had. Could have a bunch in the summer without feeling full.

In short, a light brown ale that sneaks up on you because it doesn't look good but has a taste that hits a nice balance between malt and some nuance.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at browns

A- dark opaque look with some lacing on the sides. A coffee like look with minimal head

S- coffee and toffee. Dark nuts and some fruit as well. The dark scent is strong as well

T- nut like taste is immediate. There is a dry textue on the tongue. Warming and good all at once. The taste is also syurpy but good

M- medium bodied and

D- brown's brown ale is a great intro brew into the local buzz. Very enjoyable and well produced. I am going to try and grab a growler

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Photo of drseamus
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque brown bodied with a rim of off-white head. Not impressive.

S: Light sweet malt. Tight nose.

T: Good sweet malt up front touch of nut and bread. No real backing.

M: Medium body that lasts into the aftertaste leaving a thick film on the tongue.

D: I've had the brown here many times and it feels a bit off from the normal. This is still a good drinker but not great.

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Photo of mbrandon2w
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz
Poured a nice deep brown, ruby with gold highlights when held up to the light.
Not much head at all. Faded very quickly. The color and the lack of any lasting head reminds me of a soda.
Nothing to exceptional about the aroma.
Taste is very nice. Lots of earthy hop flavor and malt sweetness. Finishes with a touch of dryness.
Nice mouthfeel. Smooth, but not creamy. A touch thin.
I could easily drink this frequently, but I would not put it up as an excellent brown ale.

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Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BeerTruth hooked me up with a bottle of this. Thanks my friend.

Pours a medium hued brown that's quite reddish, as well, and has good clarity. Some bubbles rise to meet about a finger and a half of light khaki colored head. Keeps a thin but full lace and does leave some stick.

Smell has some caramel malt sweetness, some nutty aromas and a bit of fruit. I wish there was a bit more here.

Taste at first is quite fruity and then gets to be a bit sweeter, with some caramel malt and some earthy, woodsy hop flavor. The finish has more of a nutty flavor along with a bit of hop bitterness and some roasted malt, too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but could be a bit sturdier. The carbonation could maybe be a bit softer, as well.

Pretty solid, easy drinking brown ale. My first from Brown's and it's a good one.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my pal Kaleb back home in Cambridge, NY.

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours light chestnut color hue with a thin half finger off-white head that dies down to almost nothing. Stickiness is non-existent, pretty disappointing looking brew. Smell is a weak nutty wood aroma with a tiny pine hop presence. Sorry I can’t describe the smell any more, but there really isn’t anything else, pretty lame. Pretty sweet caramel malt up front with a very enjoyable oaky vanilla flavor. A toasted rye flavor with a dried peanut aftertaste. A tiny hop tingle is noticeable throughout. Taste is a bit weaker for my likings, but it’s decent overall. Light-medium body with a subtle carbonation. A bit heavier in the mouth would definitely improve this brew. I’ve had this one on tap before and I’m pretty sure it was quite a bit better that way. This beer could use some tweaking, but I’ve definitely had worse. Next up from Brown's; Cherry-Raspberry Ale.

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Photo of erosier
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is excellent. I love it as a brown ale, but that could be because of how fresh it was. I brought this bottle home and left it in my fridge until the night before the belgian beer festival when I popped the top and had some. It pours a really good looking brown with a nice caramel colored head. The aroma was of sweet roasted malts and very little hoppiness to it. It had almost a chocolatey hint to it, but I did not really taste that. What I did taste was excellent. It was crisp, clean, and I could really taste the roasted malts that captured my palate. Good aftertaste, but could probably use some more carbonation. If you're in Troy, NY, try this place and get this beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thin head that soon disappears.

The smell is nutty with cocoa powder.

The taste is of candy-ish sweetness with chocolate and some brown sugar. Berry-like fruitiness in the back gives it a nice touch that works well. It has a nutty finish. Sweet, but balanced.

It has a firm medium body. Smooth. Pleasant aftertaste lingers on the palate.

A nice, "sessionable", brown ale that is characteristically malty - nice chocolatey sweetness, with a subtle hop balance. Quite a bit of character for a brown ale.

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Photo of Stimack
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try the other night while eating at Browns. Brew was presented in a standard pint glass with not much of a head, had some faint froth on top but was very light and lead to only a slight amount of lacing at the top. The aromas of this brew where pretty good, coffee and a slight charcoal smell is what I was able to pick up. The taste was pretty nice as well; the coffee tones seemed to really be present on the pallet, along with a roasted flavor that really makes it inviting. Over all this is a nice brew but probably my third favorite from the brew pub.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and creamy "brown" ale scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It sweet with some light hopping. The taste is good. It has a sweet and malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry. It has a lingering sweetness as well as a roasted malt quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brown ale. I love the aroma. I wish it was as rich and creamy as it smells like.

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

A very nice brown ale. A light brown/dark red colour with a small off-white head and moderate levels of carbonation. The aromas were malty and I detected a bit of coffee, and a hint of rastiness in this brew. The taste was roastier and heavier than the aroma led me to beleive, as this brown ale really had some substance. A bit of coffee, a hint of caramel. This is a well made brown ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light and drinkability is very good. It makes sense that a place called Brown's would brew a good Brown ale, does it not. Still, this is no Kick-Ass-Brown!

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Brown Ale from Brown's Brewing Company
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