Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale

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2,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 311 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Albert Heijn. They be pumping out the craft brews recently.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 June 2016

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear burnt umber in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy wisp. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy and grassy initially. Some floral aromas and melon notes as well. Touches of toffee underneath as well. Pretty mild and forgettable.

TASTE: Grassy up front with toffee and floral hop notes as well. Grassy hops at the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of grainy malts, grassy notes, piney hops and some hop bitterness. Touches of toffee.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Decent feel.

OVERALL: Well executed, but pretty pedestrian. Grainy and very grassy in the hop department. Definitely not a flavor bomb, though it certainly doesn't claim to be. I'm afraid that in the age of flavorful and challenging IPA's, this one is just too mild, mundane and, well, rather boring to get noticed. Perhaps some people like that, but for me, I'd rather something with more character. Pass.

Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark amber/coppery red with an off-white/ivory head that settles back to a foam ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and quite fruity, so far more malt-forward than usual - it lacks the citrus and resin hop aromas that a lot of American IPAs have, which leads me to think this owes more to the English IPA style. There's a slight floral sweetness but otherwise quite malty.

Taste: Quite a rich, malty flavour with an undercurrent of hops - for an American beer this is a bit of a mind-screw as you'd expect it to be the other way around. The hop character is nicely subdued, all other things being considered. The finish is fairly dry and hoppy, but again lacking the aggressive hopiness of other American IPAs.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation. Fairly undemanding and quite drinkable.

Overall: If you're expecting a 'proper' American IPA then you're going to be disappointed - I'd describe this as an American interpretation of an English IPA - fairly high in alcohol and highly hopped, at least by British standards. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact this is a surprisingly drinkable beer even if it wasn't what I was expecting. If you fancy an American spin on a British style then this is well worth a look.

Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an English style IPA and won't smell or taste the same as an American style IPA made with hops from the U.S. If you expect it to be like most U.S. IPAs you'll be disappointed. But that's not the beer at fault.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear copper/amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a layer and island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing with a few legs here and there.

The aroma is mostly malt with a floral character from the hops but seems a bit muted.

The flavors emphasize a rich but not cloying sweetness from the caramel malt, with the floral, fruity, lightly bitter and earthy hops playing in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation light but persistent. The finish is moderate in length and basically involves the sweetness receding to leave some modest hop bitterness persisting into the dryness at the end.

On the whole a nicely drinkable, refreshing beer that's worth having again. When I'm in the mood for an English style IPA and can't find the local Yards version this one will do nicely in its place.

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

This is a straight up good IPA. Pours clear and orange. Cream colored head that lasted well. Leaves sheets of shimmering lace. Nose candied orange peel with a splash of lemon. A malt that is not too sweet on the nose. As succulent as this is I amnot seeing the nose run all over the place and I like that. Taste follows the nose except for a permeating herbal from hop that is a perfect counter point to the sweetness of the orange peel. Hop bitterness underlies the drink rather than comes out over the top of it. Bitterness is firm but not sharp,clean and does not linger. This shows off a creamy biscuit with a faint caramel in the aftertaste. Lovely.

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.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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