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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale

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1,774 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1774
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of dar482

New York

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It comes in a cloudy amber color. Great nose for IPA with pine and fruity hops.

There's a bit of a citrus and hop in the front and then it comes with a bit of pin. It's extremely drinkable and reminded a bit of an American IPA, but still with the huge maltiness of English styles. The balance of this beer is what stands out with its maltiness.

Overall, I'm extremely surprised. I generally don't like Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but this one stands out for me along with the Double Chocolate stout. I would recommend getting it fresh because the hops disappear super fast. This is a wholly different beer when fresh and not. When it isn't, it gets mild and boring with flat malt flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 07:57:03 | More by dar482
Photo of micromaniac129


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to me slightly cloudy amber colored with a denset size head leaving a good bit of lacing. Aroma was more malty with restrained hops. Malts had a slight toffee aroma also.
Taste was good. Well malted one could pick up toffee and some toasted barley. the hops like in the nose were well restrained serving really only to balance the sweeter malts.
Drinks smooth with a medium weight on the palette clean with minamal aftertaste and really isn't all that bitter. This is quite an easy drinking brew and no doubt sure to please.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 14:39:31 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of TheBrewo


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

draft, served in a regular pint glass.

appears golden copper in color, clear, with white head. very hoppy aroma - pine, floral, citrus. taste is hope forward as well, not much malt body. thin to medium, medium carbonation.

overall - an average IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 15:00:09 | More by jmdrpi
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" white head over honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Faint smell of floral and citrus hops.

T: Tangerine citrus, floral and some pine hops over a honey malt backbone. Quite sweet.

M: Thin viscosity and medium to low level of carbonation.

O: An easy drinking and sweet IPA. Much less bitter than most.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:13:34 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lighter amber, more on the bubbly side with a 2 finger white head.

Smell: comes off light, but the essence of floral and pine.

Taste: much more amplified but smooth pine.

Mouth: medium heavy carbonation. Not hard to drink definitely an easier IPA to drink.

Overall: like I said above more of an everyday IPA than your once in a while beer. easy to drink and easier to like hope you enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 23:31:24 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Office Bar and Grill in Montclair.

Light copper color body. White foamy head that leaves some excellent lacing.

Some floral, pine and herby aroma but kind of faint.

Citrus and tropical fruits with bready and doughiness. Some slight pepper as well.

Mouth is watery light to medium carbonation. Easy to go down.

Not a bad IPA easy to drink. The aroma and taste are good just lacking a little bit but something to try if you got a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 07:31:40 | More by 9InchNails
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hub51
Reviewed from notes dated 14 September 2011

Crystal clear amber color with a solid one-finger white head. Lot of spicy twang in the nose: minty-fresh and somewhat medicinal hops, citrus. Solid malt backbone. Taste follows the nose: citrusy, herbal, piney hops and clean malts. Refreshing! Medium-bodied mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Crisp, dry finish. A nicely balanced IPA that doesn't go overboard on the hops while still packing quite a lot of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 19:40:25 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a clean golden/yellow color. White, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Fine lacy retention that hangs around as you drink the beer.

S: A great malt profile is very prevalent. The hop character is light and wistful.

T: There's no strong tannic bite that you would expect from an IPA. Citrus and a tinge of pine. It's a rather mellow IPA. The malt body is bready and slightly caramel, and very Pale Ale-like.

M: Easily palatable and smooth for an IPA. It's not hard on the taste buds, which means you could enjoy the taste of another beer after drinking this one.

D: I enjoy this beer. Though it's 6.8% abv, this could be a good session beer, if not a great summer chilling at a ball game beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 04:03:01 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, caramel amber, maybe a shade darker, head was made up of small bubbles and was fleeting. Smelled hoppy, not much in the way of malt. Tasted pretty good, had the requisite hops and bitterness. Mouthfeel was relatively neutral, bitterness on the back end. Overall, a decent ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 03:07:45 | More by gskitt
Photo of Harmzy00


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn East on-tap at The Office in Summit, NJ. A good beer with strong flavor. Has a strong punch of flavor with a moderately smooth finish when paired with appetizers. Anything without a lingering acidic aftertaste is an asset in my book. Golden-red coloration is enticing but the flavor is nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 23:36:36 | More by Harmzy00
Photo of damndirtyape


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

Hmmm...after looking through the list of Brooklyn beers I wonder what I really had here - because what I was served as a "Brooklyn IPA" doesn't exactly match, but let's see:

Brooklyn IPA served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at Slip Mahoney's Bar and Grill in the LaGuardia Airport - US Airways terminal.

Appearance: Slighly hazy orange amber beer (turns out was chill haze) with a very small film of foam across the top when brought to the table, but good lacing in strands and islands noted.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit hops...an American pale ale or American IPA.

Taste: Grapefruit citrus up front, blending nicely with malt and then a piney/citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation - smooth and quenches thirst nicely, but sticks to the teeth a bit.

Drinkability / Overall: Nice, but not an English IPA. A refreshingly hoppy beer without a massive hop whallop. But when I look at what I reviewed of this in a bottle vs. what others have said...I'm wondering if the tap was mislabeled. The handle clearly says "Brooklyn IPA" and it definitely has the classic Brooklyn logo - but it's not like the East India Pale Ale I had in a bottle, although it does appear to match a few of the reviews here. Well, regardless of if this is the right beer or not, it was a very good beer and I enjoyed it. I would easily have another. A solidly good American IPA and that's how I've rated it - as it is not an English style despite the "East India" title. I'd knock it down to 3.5 across the top if I was going for style, but I really can't here. This was a damn good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 22:32:36 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Jishguy


2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my local brewpub.

A- Poured a slightly hazy golden-amber body with a creamy, one finger, cream colored head. Not much on lacing or retention.

S- Not much in the nose. Very faint musty, earthy hops and subtle malty characters. The tiniest hint of caramel.

T- Quite like the smell. Mild earthy hops which quickly faded into a familiar bread-like character. Caramel wasn't present in the taste whatsoever. The faintest hint of alcohol was present in the aftertaste.

M- The carbonation was relatively low for an IPA. This ale was quite watery as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 22:16:42 | More by Jishguy
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orangish amber with just a thin head, and couple notes of lacing stick to the glass.
S- Floral hop aromas, pale malts, a touch citrusy in there.
T- Up front it is light floral and very light citrus hops, but this fade in the mouth to a pale malt base. A slight mineral character in the finish that brought this down a touch for me.
M- Decent body, dry finish, but the carbonation kinda felt lost.
O- A decent enough beer and easy to drink for a beer nearing 7%, but there's really nothing too memorable about this one for me. More or less a middle of the pack IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 03:37:09 | More by jsprain1
Photo of exonthebottle


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is good if you are looking for malt but balanced easy drinking English IPA. This beer is amber with nice head and lacing a solid brew. sweet malt smell balance by hops quite pleasant goes well with food. a bit too simple but overall the complexity of the beer stands out dry but effervescent hoppy yet malt a true changer at different temperatures. can be quite dry on a hot day. Mineral water and nice smooth yeast gives a nice mouthfeel lingering and changing taste wise longer than most IPA.
Overall proving that EIPAs aren't joke and over hopping isn't just a problem with homebrews this is a beer to have a nice meal with and maybe comeback for seconds or thirds :3

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 06:44:58 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of Durge


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at The Grille Room in Portland, Maine I was told it was a Brookly IPA, not East India Pale Ale, and I have to say this was a much more enjoyable IPA than what I recall of the East India version I tried previously from the bottle. So I'm not sure if I have the wrong variety here but I don't see any other IPA choices under the Brooklyn flag and this did not seem anything like an imperial IPA, so...this brew is a clear pale gold color with a whispy white film on top and moderate rings of lacing. The aroma offers citrus biscuit, firm but polite. The flavor is bright grapefruit/lemon and tangy orange rye bread, medium light bodied with a fairly crisp feel. This is a tasty and highly drinkable ipa with a mellow base and bright highlights. What a nice balance. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 17:19:02 | More by Durge
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery. Another one I think is lost in the land of mislabeled this is NOT an English IPA, whether that is where it began its life when first brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, this beer is clearly now at best a hybrid but very American IPA leaning.

Poured from draft into a tap room tasting cup, hard to discern head retention, the cups in the taproom are plastic, but it is a very bright, orange hued beer with a snow white colored head.

Aromas were fantastic and having had the bottle version of this beer it is simply night and day. Very fruity, pineapple and grapefruit, some minty almost cilantro character, lemon zest and orange rind. Malt is there but plays second fiddle to the really bright hop tones. I don't care that this beer is listed as an English, the aroma on draft is just fantastic.

Taste follows the nose, very fruity, more pineapple and mango less citrus very hard to pick up earthy minty english character I would have anticipated, some slight nods to mint or spearmint, some bready malt tones and touch of caramel, but the hop flavor really is dominating the palate. Juicy fruit gum also comes to mind.

Medium light bodied, finish is semi-dry could have a more balanced bitter tone, not cloying but hops present very late addition and even a touch leafy.

The things that I might ding this beer on as needing style points, whether English IPA or American IPA, pale in comparison to the very delicious fruity character presented by the hops. Extremely inviting on draft. Juicy and hop forward.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 15:25:58 | More by PBoegel
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has no head, carbonation low, no lacing, amber and mostly clear. Served in a pint glass.

Beer smells mildly malty, minimal hops.

Beer is medium bodied and malty up front with an almost toffee sweetness and a moderate to mild bitterness at the back. this is a hugely bland IPA, even for an English IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 04:27:31 | More by drabmuh
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: orange/golden amber. Its nice and clear with no haze. White, foamy head is about a finger thick. Retains well but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: surprised to see this listed as an English IPA based on the nose. Smells very citrusy, very hoppy with some grassiness and a hint of bready malts.

Taste: now I'm really surprised to see this listed as an English IPA! It tastes clearly like an American IPA if not an APA. It follows the nose well with a nice hop profile, with some citrus, grassiness and some fruitiness and finishes sweet with some bread flavored malt and some caramel flavors. Very nice.

Feel: medium bodied. I don't detect the alcohol at all. Its crisp without being overly carbonated. Not much bitterness in the finish either.

Drink: I had two of these in the span of an hour without much effort and if I had planned on staying longer in the bar, I would've had a few more of these. Very sessionable.

Ok, overall I really liked this one. It really hit the spot. It seems like I like it more than most and that might be because it tasted very fresh to me. Maybe its because it doesn't taste at all like an English style IPA and tastes more like an American one and people are grading against the style. No matter. I really liked this one and recommend it. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 17:37:17 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of BaronRVH


4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on draft in a shaker. The head was 3/4 to 1 inch.

Aroma is nice and balanced. Appearance is a pale, bright yellowish gold and very clear.

Taste is clean upfront, a nice mid-palate and a small burst of hops, some understated maltiness, citrus and bitterness. Finish is very clean with some effervescence to cleanse the palate and leaves you wanting more.

Lacing is good.

It is interesting how different fresh on-tap beer can be compared to bottled. This is a great food beer with excellent balance. It has the pop you want in an IPA without too big of a complexity. I love the DIPA's but sometimes they are too malty. Try it with burgers, fried oysters and grilled chicken.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 14:07:26 | More by BaronRVH
Photo of david18

New York

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

This was my review of a bottle I had a while ago:

I liked this beer a lot. I don't drink as many ipa's as I do dipas or pale ales but this one is very good. I'm local to Brooklyn and the fresh factor was a great plus. The hops are very interesting, not too bitter but a great balance with the malt, which is fairly dark for this style.

I would recommend for any season and will be buying more very soon.


I agree with everything above. Very fresh, very hoppy, if you're local to brooklyn and you like ipa's you couldn't do much better than this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 19:10:29 | More by david18
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4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had tasted this many times before, it was last night's version on tap that wowed me as it seriously complimented the Indian Food I was having at The Curry Club of East Setauket, NY.

My local beer group descended upon the restaurant to find it empty and my pint full of the Brooklyn East IPA. It's orange and hazy colors looked unusual in my glass and the aroma of light hops really was low key compared to the usual American hop-bombs that exude only hops without much else.

The taste of oranges, apricots, and grapefruit came alive with the blonde malts as we dove into one pint after another. I must have stopped around 7 pints, but it was almost magical in its taste. It certainly subdued the spicy flavors of the platters we had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 08:29:41 | More by bonbright7
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with amber tinges, light for an ipa, with some soapy white head that retains decently. Has some helles-esque qualities that make it a really unique and enjoyable experience, not your typical hopped up IPA although the hops are still very prevalent. Mouthfeel was smooth and really creamy, medium/full-bodied, and had a crisp refreshing finish. Definitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 22:24:13 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the office in Summit NJ.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy head. Held to the light, the beer has reddish and orange hues. Great lacing.

Smell: Smells very hoppy and piney. Nice fresh pine and lemon aromas. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes suprizingly good for the lack of buzz about this beer. Pretty hoppy, yet balanced with malts. Citrusy, lemon and pine on the palate. Bitter aftertaste but calmed down a bit by the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation and viscosity. Medium weight and it coats the palate. leaves a nice aftertaste for a minute or two between sips.

Drinkability: Not your standard IPA by any means. Nice beer and I would have again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 15:29:52 | More by Augustiner719
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, December 09.

Deep golden colour, with a good thick head of white foam. Lacing is good even as the head dissipates. The body looks a little static in the glass, but otherwise ok.

Nose is very nice, with citrus, sweet orange, grapefruit and kaffir lime leaf. Nice, I'd say more in the style of the West Coast US examples. A very clean, simple, but pleasant IPA nose.

Taste is also good. Some tannic notes of tea leaf bitterness, basil, lemon rind, turning a little gritty on the back. Really quite clean though, it never becomes harsh. Indeed, you could almost say it lacks enough bitterness, but it's integrated very nicely. It ends up smooth, tasty and very refreshing.

A very drinkable IPA. Tasty and clean. They don't seem to do extreme things here in Brooklyn, but they do do them right. This is a well structured and flavorsome IPA. Very worth, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 01:27:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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