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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

On-tap at Clark's Ale House. Just hit me right with hop presentation. Nice foam, right serving of carbonation. Crisp and fresh, fruity, sweet on malts and also spice. balanced, smooth, quafable. floral citrus from hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Had on cask two years later here, and good bitterness.

11-18-2004 03:53:21 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-11-2011 01:08:57 | More by djrn2
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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Gold/amber color with a decent white head.

S: Some mild hops and a decent malt base. Slightly sweet.

T: Very mild hops. Too mild even for an EIPA.

M: Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

D: Nothing particularly great about it, but nothing particularly bad either. It's decent.

04-24-2009 05:43:30 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-15-2011 21:58:27 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

A: The beer is light coppery orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubble around the edge of the glass and lacing in the center.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style, especially considering its relatively high alcohol content.

02-10-2011 01:31:17 | More by metter98
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Orange-influenced golden amber; no murkiness at all. The head is bone white, soft, average in size and leaves a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace in ragged sheets. Smells more like an APA than an IPA; the hops aren't as prominent in the nose as they should be. Sweetish, slightly grainy malt is present as well.

I'm not impressed by the flavor. The hops make a brave attempt when the beer first hits my tastebuds, but they're quickly overwhelmed by malt and by a bitterness that seems to have nothing whatsoever to do with hop flavor. Amazingly, I can also easily appreciate alcohol. My only other experience with Brooklyn is Black Chocolate Stout and that too had a rampant alcohol flavor. These guys need some serious masking lessons.

The medium length finish is so bitter and dry that it borders on astringent. I love hoppy beer, but as I said above, this bitterness doesn't seem to be hop-related. It's just annoying and unpleasant. The body is okay, no real complaints.

I love IPAs and it doesn't usually take much for me to find one that I enjoy. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale doesn't do it for me though. I usually try to suggest ways in which the brewer could improve things or could at least bring the beer in line with my preferences (after all, that's what's really important, isn't it?). Here though, I'd say start over.

04-13-2004 22:10:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a very modest head that does throw some lacing here and there

Smell: A floral nose with a bit of a "well water" character

Taste: Underpinned by caramel malt, the beer is bittered with an earthy and fruity hop character tha maintains a steady level of bitterness into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant English style IPA; not so "in your face" but challenging enough to be interesting

09-14-2005 23:49:05 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

On tap at Barleys upstairs. Poured a deep amber with a huge white frothy sticky head. Lots of lace and visible carbonation. Smell was intensly hoppy and full of resin and citrus aromas. The flavor was absolutly killer. It was like chewing on raw hops. Very sticky flavor, could almost feel the resin in your teeth. Huge pine flavors with a nice delicate sweetness that could be detected as you let the flavor settle. Overall I really thought this was fantastic, just a really great IPA and a treat. I could swear that it was dry hopped right before I had it as it was really intense in flavor and feel. I would definatly love to have this again and will be going out to get the bottles.

06-16-2007 18:21:43 | More by mikesgroove
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

I liked this IPA quite well; I didn't beleive that it needed to be releguated to an 'English' IPA. It does well as an American IPA. Besides, it doesn't have the heavy malt inspiration that I expect from an English. But, the hopping variety and rates do agree with the English recipe. Nonetheless, the beer does have a malty / caramelly base (although light) and the bready / toasty flavors and aromas play a back-up role. The hops, indeed, show an earthy bitterness (rather than the citrus flavoring espected from American IPA's) despite a light copper favor and feel. The bitter to sweet ratio is consistent with what I expect from good American IPA's. Nice stuff. I'm kinda hit or miss with Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but with the East IPA, it's a hit for me.

09-11-2006 02:06:53 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-21-2012 15:56:27 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is well balance between sweet and floral malt and citrus hops. Taste is a combination of smooth floral and sweet malt with a medium bitter finish. Body is creamy and quite full. Overall, without being an extreme example of the style, this is well crafted and would do very well as a session beer.

06-08-2006 16:47:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-02-2011 15:27:32 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-02-2013 04:41:21 | More by zestar
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-06-2012 20:32:52 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-29-2012 04:12:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-10-2013 20:39:07 | More by spycow
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear, carbonated copper body with a fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh biscuits with a touch of caramel and hints of flowers.

Taste: Dry, flakey biscuit maltiness with only a thin dose of sweetness. There's a moderate citric bitterness that slowly builds along with distinct mint-like flavor. Finishes bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, fairly easy-going IPA.

09-02-2007 17:17:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours out as a slightly hazy yellow colored brew with a good sized head on it. The head doesn't leave much lacing. The smell has a good amount of hops that carry over into the taste of the beer. The other flavors that pop up are mostly malts and a slight tingle of citrus. The mouthfeel is very drinkable allowing this to be a beer that could end up being 2 or 3 by the end of the night.

06-04-2011 02:19:31 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a medium copper color with a medium rocky head that leaves no lacing,aroma is hoppy but with a nice caramel malt background.Taste begins a little sweet but the the hoppy dryeness kicks in during mid-swallow a definent dry finish,I do like the malt backbone to this beer.This beer has a good reputation and I can see why.

07-31-2003 01:52:27 | More by oberon
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Can't wait to try this back-to-back with the West India Pale Ale. ...(what's that?...isn't one?...but...)... It pours a clear lightly-rsusy brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, caramel, and light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some nice cilantro. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a decently solid IPA, nothing exciting, but something I could see drinking again.

02-01-2012 04:32:51 | More by TMoney2591
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3.73/5  rDev +3%

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee and grains.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel. Bready with a grassy bitterness. Like a big English IPA.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA.

O - This is good. I'm glad I finally picked one up.

01-11-2013 03:20:11 | More by zeff80
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

355ml bottle, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some decent layered streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet floral hops, bitter orange and white grapefruit citrus, and bready caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, bready, and moderately biscuity English malt, earthy, fruity, and floral hops, some soft hay and wet grass notes, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite laid back, just a wee frothiness here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit edgy in its plain smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess of the malt predominating amongst a lingering perfumed floral bitterness.

A very easy to drink old-world version of the style, as it seems like more of a bitter pale ale by Yankee standards. Anyways, flavourful, and nicely warming, as that near 7 points of booze starts to creep up on you.

04-15-2009 21:54:18 | More by biboergosum
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Nice, golden amber body capped by a 1/2" solid off-white head that's surprisingly creamy and holds well. The head leaves some very good lace as well. The aroma offers a nice grassy hop and soft fruitiness alongside some firm, bready and caramel malt notes. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level, and it's fairly creamy in the mouth. The flavors reflect what the aroma indicates: some very nice hop flavor and gently caramel malt well balanced by an assertive bitterness. A great example of the style with great balance.

08-22-2002 07:34:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a very slightly clouded amber with no head. Nose is sweet with apricot. Really like cut up dried apricots. Flavor is sweet with a bitter tone underlying. Nice and smooth and even, though I am going to say it might be a bit too sweet - even though I am no expert on the EIPAs. Feel is good. Low amount of bubble on the tongue but a slightly thicker liquid experience on the tongue. Definitely drinkable. Could go a few on these easily, though the thicker syrupy nature might be a turn off to some after a few.

12-30-2007 23:30:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and pale hops with touches of caramel and nuts.

T: The taste starts with the bitterness of pale hops and some caramel sweetness. There’s a little bit of citrus in there as well and it gets progressively more balanced as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while and one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style. I could drink a few of them but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

10-18-2007 01:34:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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