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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,211 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 286 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Ratings: 2,211 | Reviews: 960
Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking IPA;the feel reminded me of a session IPA despite the 6.9% ABV. This one is not a hops bomb; instead it opts for balance. I've grown accustomed to big flavored American style IPAs and am not as used to subtle examples such as this one. However, I suppose that's the point of English IPAs. Overall I liked this one and will get again as well as other English IPAs.

Photo of Lookingloo2
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA. Not participating in the bitterness pissing contest that is American-brewed IPAs. Fresh, grassy scent. Kind of astringent taste and mouthfeel mitigated by a slightly malty finish. Decent.

Photo of goodshiz
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a light bitterness

Photo of njnick
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light smell, great taste, thick color. Very sessionable for 6.9%

Photo of mageek52
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very balanced with just the right amount of hops. Not overwhelming, but in a good way. Tasty.

Photo of michaelshima
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very easy drinking pale ale

Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-notes of pine,grapefruit,oranges,mandarines
-mild hop bitterniss
-relatively mild bitterniss,grapefruit,oranges on the back-end
A lot more tame,than other IPAs but nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Very good one.

Photo of iannutter
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but could use better head retention/lacing

Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several bottles of this that have been over the hill - check the bottle date. Fresh ones are good releasing bready malt aromas seasoned mildly with hops. It pours brilliant amber under a persistent 2" foam cap. On the palate it has a creamy malty attack with a pleasant hop accent and a dry finish. It is an easy drinking medium bodied beer with slightly above average carbonation.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, this one I really enjoyed. Forgot it was 6.9% as I drank it, so alcohol is well hidden. And not too over powering on the hops front. Could easy have had a second, so will buy again next time I see it.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bills downtown NYC. Thin tan head. Cloudy copper color. Pine, hop resin, citrus finish.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amber colouration with light flowing CO2. Brilliant shaving foam cream head that dies to a ring of lace cover after 5 minutes. This lace sticks lightly to the edges of the glass

Smell – Instant Lemon Geranium aroma that is best described as citrusy and piney. This is an aroma I have come to expect from many modern IPAs. There is only light evidence of sweeter malts in here but they are evident in the aroma which is an improvement on Brew Dog offerings.

Taste – Actually very well balanced. This beer is definitely hop forward but the malts also make a good showing for themselves giving a great base to the citrus fruit and pine hop. The fruits in here range from grapefruit and blood orange to mandarin sweetness. Although there is some sweet elements in here by and large this beer sticks to the bitter sour end of things and it does it pretty well.

MF – Pretty smooth but also slightly thinner than I had hoped for. This beer despite some great flavour does not boast a good linger and it is not drying or cloying so that you wonder did you drink anything at all. I would probably be best describing this beer as crisp but a little pedestrian.

Overall – Great balance in the flavour compared to some modern IPAs I have had. The only drawback to this beer as I can see it is the mouth feel that does not provide much to chew on so to speak but it is still a very fine beer.

Photo of brianwsnyder
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops taste is there but not overpowering. Easy to drink.

Photo of KegJeff
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went all in with this beer, buying a half keg for the kegerator as my first taste (a bit pricey as craft beer kegs go). I must say I'm happy with my choice. A little tricky getting the foam under control in the keg, but has a nice slow pour, 2-3 finger head out of the tap, dissipates quickly though. Seeing some other reviews, I have to think it's a different experience out of the keg. Nicely balanced hoppy/floral aroma, and the taste follows suit with satisfying carbonation as well. If you have not had this out of the tap, I would recommend it.

Photo of lelepat
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew from the Big Apple

Photo of beerinabottle
4.9/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not as hoppy as I expected but the alcohol well hidden.

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light tea color in a Brooklyn Brewhouse glass with a 2F head.Good lacing.

Nice floral aroma with raisin, hops, and malt.

Light carbonation to the mouth feel- not overdone like a lot of other IPAs I have been drinking lately.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: spicy, fruity, raisin, malty, followed by a lightly bitter hoppy finish.

Overall: I really like this beer. Very drinkable, and it has a good balance of hops, fruit, malt, and carbonation. The thick well designed Brooklyn Brewhouse glass works well for this beer.

Photo of Wer34truh
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Usually pale ales are not my cup of tea (or beer if you will). However, there is something very compelling about Brooklyn's IPA's complex taste and drinkability.

Photo of Rickyjcnj
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a little watered down

Photo of JNisher
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The orange and green label is both inviting and festive. Although the initial taste can be bitter and frightening, we learn that the overall feeling is of a quite essential alcoholic necessity. In conclusion, the alcohol percentage was a plus, as well as the foreign aspects of the beer itself. George Hodgson should be proud.

Photo of fank2788
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A bright but clear copper orange in the glass topped by a finger or so of off white head that falls quickly with some lace. The smell is lemon citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit grain. There is a bit of a metallic character in there as well to round it out near the end. The taste is much like the smell with the lemon floral hops hitting up front and carrying a moderate amount of bitterness throughout. The metallic flavor is there as well but it isn't bad as the malt comes through too but it doesn't quite do enough to balance the hops. Crisp and clean at the finish and lively in the mouth due to a good dose of carbonation and the spiciness of the hops. Overall this is pretty nice as the English IPA is often overlooked and quite different from the more popular American style. The subtle hops combine nicely with the malt to provide a different but satisfying IPA experience.

Photo of Tank880
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ah wish I I liked this

Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear, light copper color. Brief, off white head with lively carbonation and little lacing.

Smell: Honey-sweet maltiness followed by earthy, spicy hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Mellow caramel malt base with citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with visible but soft carbonation.

Overall: A nicely hopped, balanced and drinkable take on Old World IPA.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by FEB 2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from the Brooklyn Brewery, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy orange body with about a finger of khaki head that subsides rather quick. Thin spotty lacing on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated, with some slow-rising bubble action. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is malty and coppery. Earthy & grassy, with some fruity fermented apple / cider sort of notes present. Subtle notes of pine and grapefruit make an appearance, but the metallic notes pervade. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter & lightly piney with some grapefruit / apple / cider notes apparent. Earthy, herbal, and grassy, but malty / metallic notes are again pervasive.

M - The feel is good, crisp and clean, lightly bready, malty, and metallic on the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style from Brooklyn Brewery. Perhaps not a beer I would have again often, but appropriate on many levels for the style, especially since they are going for that old-world recreation of an 1820s IPA. Worth a try, for sure.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale -----3.5/5

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

2 months past the bb date. Aroma is floral and lightly resiny, with nutty caramel malt and perfumey, herbal hops adding complexity. Flavor reveals a strong caramel malt backbone, fairly sweet, which is contrasted by moderately bitter hops at the finish. Herbal hops provide a bridge mid palate and resurface in the aftertaste. The herbal hop character isn't my favorite, and bitterness is more than I'd prefer in the finish. Malt is a bit overly sweet.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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