A slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Based on pale ale malt, but with the addition of other types of malt, and even roasted barley, brown ale has three basic styles. U.S. brown ale is often hoppier than those made in the English style. Look for rich flavors with notes of nuts, caramel, toffee, or occasionally chocolate and maple. In the English style, you may find hints of dried fruit. Regardless of style, you'll find brown ale pairs well with strong cheeses and a wide range of savory, hearty and spicy dishes.