Brooklyn Brewery “Brown Ale” Review (#049)

Brooklyn Brewery
Brown Ale
Brooklyn, NY

From The Brewery:

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.

Style: American Brown Ale
Malts: British Two-Row Malts, Belgian Aromatic Malts, American Roasted Malts
Hops: Willamette, Cascade, American Fuggle
ABV: 5.6%
Original Gravity: 15.5 degrees; 1062


Appearance: I poured the brow sudsy liquid into my Samuel Smith pint glass, with room for the half inch thick white head to expand and settled out quickly. This translucent beer is finely carbonated with a hint of red.

Smell: Toasty sweet malt, with light doughy yeast and caramel.

Taste: Slight toast and sweet malty. Hints of earthy coffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sharp with fine carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel of a clean lager.

Drinkability/Palitability: Quite high, but a little more potent than some brown ales coming in at 5.6%. They go down easy, that is for sure.

Notes: A great American brown ale. I have been reading a business book by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter, the co-founders/owners of Brooklyn Brewery. It is a great read, extremely informative, and inspiring; especially to someone starting a brewery like myself. I grabbed a 6 pack to drink as I finished the book off, and picked up a 6’er of  Brooklyn Lager today to imbibe while I read “A Brewmaster’s Table” by Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver. Review of not only the Lager will be up soon, but also a writeup on both those books, as I am trying to cover more topics of discussion, not just beer reviews.


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