150. Brooklyn Brown Ale

150. Brooklyn Brown Ale

I first had this beer at the Art of Beer Festival in May 2004. Ali and I picked up a six-pack at Downtown Wine and Spirits along with some other beers. We had this with dinner last night, a salad and black bean soup. We served the beer in standard pint glasses.

Brooklyn Brown is an American Brown Ale. This style is similar to the English Brown Ale style, although some American versions are hoppier.

Appearance (3.5): Pours a clear brown with ruby notes. There is a half-inch rocky heady that recedes to a thin layer. There is light lacing on the glass.

Smell (4.0): Sweet malts dominate, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Floral hop aromas are also evident.

Taste (4.0): Sweet malts are evident upfront, there are fruity notes in the center, with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light-bodied, smooth, with moderate-carbonation.

Drinkability (4.5): Flavorful, balanced and easy to drink.

Overall (3.9): This is a full-flavored brown ale. I like the bitterness that acts as a nice balance to the malts.

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