Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
2.93/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing (nor does the beer). Color is a rather beautiful translucent amber.
Smell: Sweet, somewhat grassy. Maybe some apple. Cloying.
Taste: First sip: Decent malt breadiness at first, then a hit of characterless hop bitterness, a strong note of apple, then very nice malty finish. Not as sweet as the smell would imply, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, the balance doesn't last. The flavor is predominantly weak, though the bready aftertaste is decent. There's some watered out, faded and ambiguous citrus notes. The hop bitterness drops off for awhile, replaced by unpleasantly sweet malt, then comes back and dominates occasional sips. The nice finish disappears about halfway through, with the leftover weak hop and bland-but-sweet malt fighting a pointless battle for the rest of the bottle.
Mouthfeel: Too watery, like the flavor.
Drinkability: The 6.9% ABV is undetectable, but unfortunately I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this anyway.
This beer was very disappointing, not just because it wasn't good, but because Brooklyn Brewery makes good beer. More to the point, Brooklyn Brewery makes good India Pale Ale--on tap at the brewery. I had this at a visit to the brewery and it was excellent; lively, refreshing, balanced, delicious. Bottled, I can't see any reason to ever buy this beer, especially with so many other amazing IPAs available.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2010 04:13:41 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass
A - Golden ambar color with some haziness. White head that decreases to a tiny head, but there's some lacing
S - The smells is citrusy, with a touch of pine, but there's also sweet malt presence. Quite balanced, though a little bit more on the hops side.
T - Again there's more sweet/caramel malts presence than on some other IPAs, but they are well balanced with the hops, predominant in the dry finish and the bitter aftertaste.
M - Medium body and medium-low carbonatation. It's smooth and very drinkable
O - Not too impressive, but a good beer overall. The malt base is nice, but I would have loved a bigger hops presence
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 19:43:49 | More by Leviathan5
3.41/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This will be a more casual review. I've had this from the bottle, on tap, from the can and poured from both the bottle and the can. My most recent experiences were pours from cans and straight from the can. For this, I did a poured can and a straight can.
The appearance and scent are the high marks here. It pours a beautiful white head and a nice amber-ish color. Scent is a nice balance of hops and malt.
The taste is typical of Brooklyn's year round beers. It's very conservative and perhaps almost too balanced of an IPA (or even an English IPA). It doesn't sing to me in any way. It's not bad to session from bottles or cans but it's not good enough to buy on draft and there are too many better IPAs and EIPAs to make this a good find. It's best asset is its availability in my region and it's appearance, be it a pour or the design of the bottle or can.
This just isn't a "must have" beer in any way, and it's kind of a bummer. I always end up having it hoping for it to be more than it is, but it never is and I always wish I picked up a different IPA or EIPA or even Pale Ale. It's even a bit strong in terms of ABV to be a session IPA.
Serving type: can
02-14-2014 20:41:13 | More by ColdWaffles
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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