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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Reviews: 973 | Ratings: 2,391
Photo of Czequershuus
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale copper with a solid foamy head. The aroma start with notes of peach and apricot, as well as a solid dose of pine. The flavor begins with fairly soft pine notes, bright resin, as well as fruit notes of candied pineapple. The bitterness is present but moderate. The mouthfeel is light and frothy, not overwhelming at all. Overall this is a very balanced beer, with solid bitterness.

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Photo of teddibrewski
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, with a nice body, this is a good English style IPA a little stronger than the typical English Version, and a milder hop flavor than american ipa. Kind of a cross between an English IPA and an American IPA

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decent beer with a smooth finish. Poured a bottle into a New Belgium snifter and immediately noticed the pretty color. Smelled like candy of some sort. Nice lacing and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall I would recommend trying the beer because it is different than most beers on the market. Does not taste like a typical 6.9% ABV.

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Photo of Roby923
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting interpretation of the IPA with an East coast theme. These east Kent golding hops are very easy to take and don't punch the taste buds as the mosaic would on the other side of the hop spectrum (IBU of a listed 47 could be too generous). A good beer, but prefer the Brooklyn Defender IPA.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brooklyn (New York's second city) is home to one of the truly great second generation brewers. (I count only a handful of 1st generation of craft brewers, the pioneers.) The 2nd Gen made brewing an urban phenomenon and into an industry that powerfully expanded America's notion of taste.

Brooklyn's celebrated brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, is one of the 2nd Gen's key minds. Disciplined in a sometimes wild industry, he wrote/edited "The Oxford Companion to Beer" that I referred to several times a week for about about two years after it came out. (It sits on a back-shelf as I have since moved-on from beer geekdom... as that is not proper for senior citizens.)

Then last year, I bought Mr. Oliver's "The Brewmasters' Table" which came out in 2003. More than anything else, the book has helped me get over my beer biases (mostly too much hops) by helping me understand that hoppy beers have a role with spicy (which I actually prefer, being a vegetarian.)

I could go on, but this is a beer review. Right?

I don't know Garrett's influence on this recipe, but since he started in 1994 it is fair to assume his influence was strong.

And it is a good American rendition that stays pretty close to what the style was and, frankly, now should be. Balanced hops and malts that finishes dryish (instead the common bitter.)
Actually had it with India food. A great complement that repeats itself with Mexican spices and particularly with southeast Asian (reflecting the lemon-grass).

MJ's 1999 edition gave this 3 stars of 4 and said :is extremely dry with the aroma of a hop-pocket and flavors reminiscent of lemon-grass.
Roger Protz gave it a very thoughtful review in "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of moodenba
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice balanced IPA (labeled) from Brooklyn Brewery. I tasted this just before having a Saranac Legacy IPA. Both were brewed in the Matt's brewery, and they are pretty alike.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light orange color, not much aroma to speak of, pretty bland as far as BA IpA's are concerned, no aftertaste and light on the hoppiness, not one of my Faves. I am getting no citrus, little to no pineyness, no afterburn or taste. Drinkable yes, but so is budweiser.

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Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber, one finger foa.
At the smell a pleasant fresh hop, citrus notes.
In the taste a light note of mat, then a fresh abd citrussy hopping. A bit of resin.
Light caramel.
Light body, god drinkability, thanks to the bitter aftertaste, too.
Not a masterpiece, but a good beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bttl in tulip
L- dark gold, nice bubbly white head, dissipates into bubbly lacing around the glass
S- tropical fruit mango more piney and resinous as it warms
T- hits the tongue subtly sweet, reminiscent of a sweet roll, lingers real nice and fruity, with a floral bitter finsih
F- light bodied, slightly watery
O- real nice balanced beer, as the label warns won't knock your socks off w/ hops but real pleasant bitterness, also hides 6.9% abv really well, the one knock is slightly watery mouthfeel

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Photo of hopsputin
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: its a crystal clear golden amber color, with a slightly darker grainy/wheaty color. head is white, slightly rocky. it pours large, but settles at around 1/2 finger

s: tea leaf-like bitterness in the aroma right away. following that is some slightly fruity/berry notes and sweet caramel malt. there is a bready & slightly yeasty background in here as well. smells sweet and refreshing

t: the malts are dominant upfront here. sweet caramel. perhaps a touch of starwberry; i know that sounds crazy. that smoothly gives way to a tea leaf bitterness which is very mild. sweet citrus zest, and a little pepper. there is a faint touch of sweet tropical fruit - mango - here as well. very subtle, but adds a nice layer of sweetness and bitter

m: solid, medium mouthfeel. though the head doesn't stick around, it has a nice carbonation level

o: this is a nice beer to drink. its not overly-complicated, but uses the flavors it has well. its balanced (for the style) and easy to drink. you don't have to think about it too hard while drinking

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: clear, amber. Foam pretty big, yellowish, sadly short-lived. Quite ugly cracks.
Aroma: mainly sweet tropical fruit, a little citrus with a clear pomelos.
Taste: sweet tropics again, caramel, later polelo, grapefruit, some oranges.
Gentian grapefruit, thumping over the sweetness of the tropics, sets the tone.
Saturation: average alcohol perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of GrumD
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small and dissipating head with some fine lacing. The nose has a well balanced mix of fruit and malt, not overpowering like some OTT hoppy beers. The initial taste is also well balanced and the finish relatively short but not too bitter. A lovely beer that I would go back to again and again.

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on Tap today. Not very heavy on the hops, nice fruit and malt qualities. Very different than all the hop forward IPA's that are out there today. Light refreshing and enjoyable. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of J30wang
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid party sipping beer. It's refreshing and not overly hoppy like all the ipa's are trending right now. Orange (deepish) and clear. Smell's not too bad and totally drinkable.

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Photo of Taeran7
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, really nice to see served on the glass. Not that pale.
S: Sweet, strong in my opinion. You can feel the hops.
T: Tastes like it smells. A little bit on the bitter side, but really drinkable. Tasty, strong, you can feel all the flavors.
M: Not heavy, not light. On the point, and goes down easily.
O: Good experience. Will definitely try it again, and is available on the store.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presently surprised how tasty this was.
Curtis floral notes. Very drinkable. Great all around ipa.
Looking forward to having more. Nice golden color, nice head.smooth finish. .not crazy on the hops.. could have had more hop flavor.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good IPA. Very clear and fizzy, one finger head, light on smell of pine and hops. Taste was much like a modern IPA with some malts but not much. Mouthfeel was thicker then expected which was nice. Well worth a shot

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Photo of HawkGP
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like their Pilsner, in my humble not very beer educated opinion this is just a perfect take on the subject at hand. I go for local Pa beers first to support my brothers, but this Brooklyn ale comes home often.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold color. Biscuit and fruit aroma...apricot or peach maybe. Very nice balanced taste, a little bready with the amount of hop flavor and bitterness you'd expect, maybe a bit assertive but definitely not excessive for this style. I can tell there are American hops in there, but it remains very British in character. Super drinkable and balanced.
I can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. I had to chuckle a little when I read the Alström Bros.' review from 1998 that said the hoppiness was "overkill", because it seems pretty much spot-on for an English IPA. Maybe the recipe has changed or something, because this one is a winner. It's a good example of a traditional English IPA. People who are bashing it for not being a hop bomb might be confusing this style with an American IPA. As a matter of fact, I recently had a bottle of White Shield and this one holds its own against it. Not necessarily better, but in the same class.
Remember, Beer Advocates: "Subtle" is not a 4 letter word. There's a whole world of excellent beers out there that don't destroy your taste buds. Underrated, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Nov. 2015 best by date printed on bottle neck)

L: amber/copper, beautiful clarity; beige/tan head, percolates up to about 3/4-inch tall, almost an inch, really thick looking but dissipates quickly, just a little sticking; keeps a nice looking collar of tan foam; very little activity in the glass, only a bubble here and there rising to the top -- yet it still keeps a good collar, not huge but creamy looking; only little bits of lacing here and there, but a pretty beer nonetheless

S: very fruity to begin with, a bit of the peach/apricot end of the English pale ale spectrum; bread malt is sweetened up a lot, reaching fruitcake range; gets even sweeter as it opens up

T: follows the nose with just a bit more bitterness added to the fruity flavor, very malty -- good bread malt that's mixing real quick with some earthy hops; a toasted sweetness, almost a piece of buttered toast with a pinch of cinnamon on it; the hops really help give this beer some complexity; tart finish, very dry for an English ale

F: fantastic ... nothing overboard in any direction, almost an elegant lightweight quaff filled out nicely by the carbonation

O: love it ... it's not as bread malty as most English imports, but there's no denying the big malt presence, and the IPA hop portion is both restrained yet potent, giving the beer a perfect amount of bitterness. the piney quality is very sweet by most American pale ale standards, fitting for the style. a beer that I will seek out again and again, and another fine addition to Brooklyn's impressive portfolio of Old World facsimiles with just that tiny hint of New World flavor.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber color.

The beer is very soft compared to other beers and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather, the smell seems to fit the profile for the beer style. The smell has a pretty nice fruity note and dominates the weaker pine note. The two make a nice pair since the fruit softens the pine a bit while the pine gives some nice needed bite. In addition to the fruitiness, the beer also happens to have a nice sweet malt backbone to it.

The beer taste has the same notes as the smell but with a stronger pine hop bite to it. The fruitier hops are there but they are not as strong as they are in the smell. The beer also has more of a light caramel malt backbone to soften the hops.

The mouthfeel is much lighter than expected. Even though the beer is still medium bodied . Light, tickling carbonation gives the beer some nice fluffy texture.

Overall, a very good and underrated English IPA. The beer might not be as malty as one would like but it still manages to please the drinker. Recommend.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle bought from cool wines, Small bubbly white head. Amber body. Smells citrus, grass, pear, caramel. Tastes citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Albert Heijn. They be pumping out the craft brews recently.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 June 2016

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear burnt umber in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy wisp. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy and grassy initially. Some floral aromas and melon notes as well. Touches of toffee underneath as well. Pretty mild and forgettable.

TASTE: Grassy up front with toffee and floral hop notes as well. Grassy hops at the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of grainy malts, grassy notes, piney hops and some hop bitterness. Touches of toffee.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Decent feel.

OVERALL: Well executed, but pretty pedestrian. Grainy and very grassy in the hop department. Definitely not a flavor bomb, though it certainly doesn't claim to be. I'm afraid that in the age of flavorful and challenging IPA's, this one is just too mild, mundane and, well, rather boring to get noticed. Perhaps some people like that, but for me, I'd rather something with more character. Pass.

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Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark amber/coppery red with an off-white/ivory head that settles back to a foam ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and quite fruity, so far more malt-forward than usual - it lacks the citrus and resin hop aromas that a lot of American IPAs have, which leads me to think this owes more to the English IPA style. There's a slight floral sweetness but otherwise quite malty.

Taste: Quite a rich, malty flavour with an undercurrent of hops - for an American beer this is a bit of a mind-screw as you'd expect it to be the other way around. The hop character is nicely subdued, all other things being considered. The finish is fairly dry and hoppy, but again lacking the aggressive hopiness of other American IPAs.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation. Fairly undemanding and quite drinkable.

Overall: If you're expecting a 'proper' American IPA then you're going to be disappointed - I'd describe this as an American interpretation of an English IPA - fairly high in alcohol and highly hopped, at least by British standards. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact this is a surprisingly drinkable beer even if it wasn't what I was expecting. If you fancy an American spin on a British style then this is well worth a look.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an English style IPA and won't smell or taste the same as an American style IPA made with hops from the U.S. If you expect it to be like most U.S. IPAs you'll be disappointed. But that's not the beer at fault.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear copper/amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a layer and island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing with a few legs here and there.

The aroma is mostly malt with a floral character from the hops but seems a bit muted.

The flavors emphasize a rich but not cloying sweetness from the caramel malt, with the floral, fruity, lightly bitter and earthy hops playing in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation light but persistent. The finish is moderate in length and basically involves the sweetness receding to leave some modest hop bitterness persisting into the dryness at the end.

On the whole a nicely drinkable, refreshing beer that's worth having again. When I'm in the mood for an English style IPA and can't find the local Yards version this one will do nicely in its place.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.