Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a nondescript 24 oz. Hefeweizen glass glowing a honey-gold color. It held a one finger soft and creamy white head which showed good retention. This left a thick sheet of lacing all around the glass. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The aroma showed pale and wheaty malts, which were as soft as the look. The hops were bright and fruity, adding a light citric and strawberry sweetness. Herbal, tea leaf was noted on the far back. With warmth came a bit of a metallic bite, and in the end this smelled much like an inviting Belgian IPA. All of the components here were soft, yet clean and potent. Our first impression of this guy was that it was kind of different. The taste opened up with bitter hops of citrus and rind. Blueberry and strawberry sugars mixed in here, giving a cutting sweetness. With warmth, these components took on a synthetic cherry vibe. The middle peaked with even sweetness of light bubblegum esters, but this is quickly washed by bittering, earthen hops. These took us to the finish, but had a deeper, grassy feel here, with an additional darkness to the malts, with clove and spice. Peppery booze and faint metallic yeastiness comes up at the very end. The aftertaste breathed of nail polish remover and alcohol, bittering hops, puckering lemon rind, grass, dirt, and minerals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The feel was bubbly and tickled with each sip, but at no point was it really overbearing. There was soft cream and slurp to each sip, with nice froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the softness to everything. The nose was clean around the edges, and all the components were blended nicely, but everything had a light and airy quality to it. This, however, never took away from the flavor, which was robust and present throughout. Everything balanced nicely, with the robust malts, and the bright grassy hops giving a unique product in the end. With such a big malt profile, we actually felt this to be rather similar to a Belgian IPA. Regardless of style, this beer was tasty, and perfectly complemented our jalapeno quesadillas.
Serving type: on-tap
04-24-2012 15:12:54 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a half finger of head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is bright fruit: pear, pineapple and mango. Nice.
The taste is an assertive pine bitterness balanced with sweet malt layer. Good depth.
The taste is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable EIPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 13:17:58 | More by Fatehunter
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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