Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by Star80:
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Best by Nov 2011, thought I would give it a shot. Pours out a pale copper color with a somewhat creamy looking head. Some faint lacing on the glass. Smells like earthy, spicey hops and some biscuity malts, with some vinous aromas in there as well. Taste has a nice citric twang, with some more sweet pale malts to balance it, some acetaldehyde, and a bittersweet aftertaste. To me it seems more of an English style IPA than anything, no piney hops that I can detect, and it reminds me more of a English style bitter than an American IPA. There is more character from the pale malts than your typical IPA, and has that faint earthy, peaty flavor perhaps from the combination of the European hops and malts. It is decent beer, but personally I think Brooklyn's beers are decidedly English, which makes sense given the history of America. Moutfeel is pretty smooth, nothing to remark about. Overall this is a pretty drinkable pale ale, more English style in that the hops play a nice bittering effect rather than a highly aromatic and flavoring one. I like an IPA that I can get more from the hops than just the bittering effect. Anyway, a good beer probably more authentic to the original style than most, just I have grown to love the big dank, resinous, smack you in the face with hops, American-style IPA.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2011 19:17:34 | More by Star80
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev +2.2%
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 -6.1%
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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