Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, Best Before date of July/2011.
Pours a light golden copper, barely hazy, with a thin white cap that fades very quickly. Nice streams of bubbles flowing up.
Nose is nice - orange marmalade, caramel hiding underneath, toasted bread, and a light layer of spicy pine on top. Nicely balanced, refreshing to see an American take on a British style that doesn't load itself down with American hops.
Taste is nice - subtle blend of toasty, orangey malt underneath, bready, and a nice, soft layer of spicy, earthy hops hinting at pine. Moderate lingering bitterness. Bit of butter, slick, not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is nice as well - soft prickle, slick, full bodied, mellow. Lovely.
Drinkable is an understatement - mellow and flavorful, really enjoyable beer. Balanced and, above all, tasty.
03-14-2011 17:45:33 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a medium copper color with a medium rocky head that leaves no lacing,aroma is hoppy but with a nice caramel malt background.Taste begins a little sweet but the the hoppy dryeness kicks in during mid-swallow a definent dry finish,I do like the malt backbone to this beer.This beer has a good reputation and I can see why.
07-31-2003 01:52:27 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
A: Slightly hazy orange amber. A finger off-white head. Lots of rising bubbles.
S: Typical English malty smell - sour, refreshing. Some hop but mostly caramel.
T: Lots of bready malt with a zesty hop bite. Nice sourness in the aftertaste. Pretty well hopped but well balanced compared to American IPA's.
M: Slightly resiny. Light side of medium body. Lots of carbonation livens it up. Feels refreshing, especially with the dry finish.
D: An enjoyable beer but nothing here that makes me want to re-visit. I feel like such a snob to be turning my nose up at a very solid beer but I have to say, it just didn't really stand out for me in any way.
09-01-2009 02:46:35 | More by sgoodship
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear, light golden, honey in color. Very thin head, soapy with little retention and no lacing to speak of.
S: Light citrus hops with underlying malts. I would have expected more hops from an IPA but I've been surprised by previous Brooklyn brews.
T: Citrus hops rush foremost but leave room for the light, pale malts they seem to be infused within. Getting past those initial hops allows you to taste those malts and the complexity of this brew comes forth. The finish is moderate, with a mix of early malts and then a longer linger of hops.
M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively light but has a deceptive fullness about it making it very satisfying and thirst quenching. Perhaps not quite as hoppy as I would like my IPA to be but it was enjoyable just the same and definitely worth checking out.
04-13-2008 22:03:23 | More by SIRIUS2
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
Presentation: The Brooklyn Brewery style logo label with some waffling on about how it is their verison of an IPA.
Appearance: Golden-amber, with a thin white head.
Smell: Loads of spicy/mint hop aromas, with a casual sweetness on the backend.
Taste: Their hop use is applied more for flavour, rather than bittering. A very intruiging hop flavour to be found, and an over-puckering reaction that runs dry at the end. Very leafy, literally.
Notes: A bit overkill for this style. Makes you wonder what they think an IPA is. Seems like an over use of lower alpha hops.
02-14-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Slightly off white head with a light orange, caramel color. Head formed and disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the top surface.
Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of citrus. There is a touch of sweet bread smell to this one. Overall this one is balanced in flavor, not overdone in the hops department and coupled well with the malts. The initial mouth splashing was a bit sharp. For the hops I picked up some grapefruit flavors, not what I was expecting from the English version of this brew. After warming a touch, the other hop flavors begin to step up a bit and are not near as citrus and lend a resin flavor to this beer, which is more along the lines of my expectations.
Mouthfeel is okay, not very oily like some IPAs and borders on the thin side of things. Drinkability is good for this brew and one of its high marks. Good hit of hops but very well balanced.
12-07-2004 05:43:37 | More by blitz134
1.98/5 rDev -45.3%
Wow, I sure have had a lot of IPAs that are better than this. I want to like it, if for no other reason than Brooklyn brewery's reputation, but this is just NOT good.
The appearance is normal IPA color - shining & bright & golden. Everything else is downhill from here.
No blast of hops in the nose. More like yard clippings.
Biggest disappointment of this beer = the taste. Um, this is just rank. No large hop flavors. It tastes even more like grass than the smell. Not a lot of carbonation. Nasty cardboard/packing materials aftertaste coupled with a rather offensive pungent bitterness. Foul.
I have now had two very-less-than-satisfying beers from Brooklyn brewery. My opinion of them has fallen greatly, and I dont know if I really want to spend the money to drink anything else they've put out.
10-06-2005 00:25:17 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
This was an orange colored beer with a medium white head. It had a sweet, flowery aroma. A fruity taste, peppery hops later. A nice, not too aggressive IPA.
Parenthetically, I tried this beer both in a regular pint glass and in the new Sam Adams pint glass. While this was an admittedly unblinded study, the head was bigger and lasted longer in the SA pint, and I thought the beer stayed cooler (although maybe I drank it faster).
08-12-2007 13:44:03 | More by lordofthewiens
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured from the bottle a nice medium golen with a scent of perfume and hops. Little to no head retention. It kind of seemed likt it was trying... it wanted to hold onto the head, but it just could not do it... lots of lacing though. The first taste hits you with a bit of bite, nice and spicey, hoppy and peppery. Not too strong, just enough strength. Maybe not a session beer for me, but very, very yummy.
05-31-2004 17:55:45 | More by shapudding
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
gotta six pack of this stuff and put it right inside my backpack for the weekend....here we go
poured really nice had a good head deep amber color a nice hue for sure
smelled not like what i was expecting it had a real mineral smell in there some herbs too
tasted like a real gentle ipa more of maybe a strong pale ale definitely a deep caramel flavor that dominated
good nice bright mouthfeel though i liked the carbonation
overall a pretty good ipa not my favorite of the style by any means but pretty good
07-18-2011 14:30:08 | More by renegadeburger
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Golden amber thick initial head which dissipates to the side of the glass.
The aroma is earthy reminds me of wild hops I found there are also large crystal malt aromas backing it all.
The taste starts with a malty carbonation, it builds into a mix of earthy hops and crystal malts it ends with a bitter hop flavor that lingers. It is a unique hop flavor
11-24-2010 01:55:32 | More by bishopdc0
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
Color: Shiny brass, impressive head.
Smell: Spicy citric hop battles the buttery component, hops prevail. Biscuity malt, ripe fruit, citric rind.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a semi-dry medium body. Pungent hop, faint buttery diacetyl, grassy grain and light fruity alcoholic esters. Balanced and drinkable, on the dry side.
Overall: Brewers have a deft hand on bring this beer forward with lots of flavor, balance and keeping it very drinkable. English-style ales rarely get hyped though this one is a must.
08-10-2011 05:01:24 | More by Jason
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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