Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Brooklyn Brown Ale Review

Next in the Brooklyn Brewing Sampler Pack is the Brooklyn Brown Ale, which of course, is their Brown Ale. Tonight I will be mixing it up a bit as I will be having some Macaroni & Cheese to go along with this after being told by a buddy of mine that Brown Ales go really well with it; Since I'm no cicerone, I'll have to take his word on it. Although I have had an English Pale Ale to go along with Macaroni and Cheese before and found the pairing to be excellent!

Brooklyn Brown Ale pours a dark brown, almost crimson color with a frothy off-white head. It is rather clear in appearance and has some lacing along the sides of the glass.

The nose has some nice chocolate and nutty notes along with some roasted malts, cocoa, mild floral hops and barley. Much like the aroma, the chocolate and nuts are fairly prominent in the flavor as well, along with the aforementioned roasted malts and finishes off with a slight hoppiness with a hint of cocoa. The body is also pretty moderate in weight but the carbonation is quite mild, allowing for pretty easy drinkability.

Brooklyn Brown Ale is a nicely balanced Brown Ale and quite sessionable at that. As for the pairing with the Macaroni and Cheese, it was alright but I prefer the stronger hoppy power of an English Pale Ale to help the palate more over that of a Brown Ale.

Brooklyn Brown Ale - 8/10

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