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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,881 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 80 | 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:
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Photo of vdread


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale pours a clear golden orange color with a thin froth that faded to a filmy collar. smells are of sweet, biscuity malt, and floral hops. it's sweet, and slightly fruity.

the malt is bready, doughy, biscuity, and strong. hops are floral, leafy, slightly citrus, and pleasant. bitterness is minimum, but lingering. the hop flavor is definitely the star, rather than the bitterness in this IPA(listed at 45 IBU). it is pleasant and refreshing, and a nice break from big bad hop monster IPAs.

mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium for the style. a clean, lingering taste rounds it out.

a very solid IPA that even my hop wary friends enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:50:59 | More by vdread
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a genuine golden transparent color with a slightly off-white head that is frothy.
a good healthy dose of floral hops in the aroma, not very bitter, its a very pleasant smell
the taste matches the smell, florals hops are the primary taste with some citrus in there too. its a clean taste, a freshness, or refreshingness that i can relate to fresh fruit.
its carbonated medium to high but not too overpowering, it has a very clean bite, very smooth.
its a very drinkable ipa, perfect for this awesome memorial day weather. possibly the most refreshing ipa i've ever had to date.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:51:35 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of AgentZero


2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear, light golden color. Really big head on it, have to tone down the agressiveness of the pour. Head a bit to rough for me, minimal lacing.

S - Mostly malty, overly grainy even going to corn. Sweet, not much else.

T - Tastes a lot how it smells, kind of a syrupy sweet, pretty bready, minimal hops.

M - Too sugary, too smooth, somehow undercarbonated.

D - I don't like this beer had had a hard time finishing the 12 oz bottle just due to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 13:34:23 | More by AgentZero
Photo of mbudner


2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden-colored with a 2-3 finger white head, leaving some very frothy lacing.

S- Very bready with a solid amount of pine bitterness to back it up, and a slight hint of lemon cleanser and a hint of residual sweetness

T-The lemon cleanser predominate in a VERY off-putting way, can't really get past it to taste anything else

MF-Nothing good, nothing bad, just kind of there

D-Really couldn't get past the lemon cleanser flavor on this one...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:51:35 | More by mbudner
Photo of Haybeerman


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet malts and a bit of lemon rind. Surprised at the almost adjunct-like aroma in the foundation.

T: Subdued citrusy hops and sweet bready malt. Even muted bitter acheives a really good balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Good bitter balance with no one aspect of this beer donimating another.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 10:20:51 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of mstyne

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

'Best before September 2010'. Pours a pleasant amber with a reasonable head that stuck around for a minute or so. Good lacing on the glass. A really nice hoppy scent as one would hope. Good, crisp hop flavor although with an unusual soapy(?) finish. Very light carbonation. A refreshing and enjoyable brew from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 20:10:27 | More by mstyne
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

So far this Brooklyn sampler case has been great. Its been lots of fun trying their main line of beers.

A- A big, soapy white head rises with little to no provoking needed. The beer is a clear golden straw color.

S- Im not really impressed with the smell on this beer. It seems to be just like what the average beer would smell like. Ok that might be an unfair exaggeration but its close. There is a little bit of floral hops but mostly it smells malty sweet, almost corny.

T- Well balanced. Floral and citrusy hops backed up by smooth bready malts. No one flavors dominates over the other.

M- Strange, slick mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. At times this beer feels like pond water.

D- In all this is a decently drinkable, noninvasive beer. I could have a few of these but it is not my favorite in this sampler.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:10:37 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Nice clear orange color with a one finger beige and foamy head which fastly dissipates leaving some lacings
S: The smell of fresh and floral hops simply jumps into your nose. Delicious! Sweet malts are felt in the end
T: Hops and sweet malts. Citrus. Very bitter end. Quite refreshing
M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry and bitter end
D: Good. Delicious hop bitterness. Quite refreshing beer.

Delicious IPA, one of my favorites. Good quality beer. Brooklyn's trademark.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 20:25:26 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold/amber color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, lemon) and grassy hops, and some bready malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy and grassy hops along with some malt. However, I do like the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp and has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, I thought it was easy and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a decent enough beer. I'd buy this again on occasion, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:10:33 | More by bluejacket74
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle dated best before May 2010 at my local pizza place served in a plastic drinking glass because, well, that's all they had.

A: What very little head there actually was recedes immediately Amber color.

S: Hoppy, citrus & grapefruit aromas.

T: Lot more piney and malt flavors in the taste with not as much citrus as I would have expected in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice hoppy finish.

D: Somewhat disappointing. Lots of flavor, but at least this bottle was a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:37:47 | More by chaz01
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times, this is my first time reviewing it. Let me say, though, that this beer goes GREAT with really spicy Indian food. Anyway, bottle (best before August 2010) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber color. Extremely fizzy. The head on this is really unattractive. It's practically clear, and is extremely fleeting. It makes the whole package look watered down. A ring settles, and there's some light lacing.

S: Nice earthy, spicy hops. Very sweet caramel malt.

T/M: Definitely a spicy, almost peppery quality here. It's earthy and a little fruity and floral. The caramel malt is sweet and strong. Not especially complicated, but there's nothing wrong with it. Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is active, if maybe a tad too high.

D: A little underrated, I think. It's not a big, American style IPA, but it has merit on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 12:25:37 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but the hops seem to be straight bitterness (which lingers well into the aftertaste with a puckering dryness) rather than a whole lot of flavor; maybe a little woodsy/grassy. It's drinkable enough and enjoyable, but there's nothing special or unique about it. Bit of alcohol warmth in the esophagus. Malt pokes it's head up for a quick second, then gets beaten down by the hops like a "Whak-A-Mole". I'd like a bit more complexity in the hop area, but overall it's decent. I think the overall rating of a B is pretty accurate.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 22:13:38 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of silentjay


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a light copper with a big frothy white head. lots of bubbles laces the glass well.

smells of a lot of caramel malt, some brown sugar, citrus hops with a little herbal/floral quality. very sweet smelling, not too impressive.

taste is very sweet again. some bitter hops, less citrus than in the aroma, a bit of a floral flavor with a lot of resins and oils. leafy flavor with a caramel sweetness. eh

mouthfeel is a little light, relatively low in carbonation with a big oily feeling left in the mouth.

drinkability is average again. lots of hops, but not very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 23:43:28 | More by silentjay
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden body with a two finger head that has great retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, fruity hops blended well with caramel sweet malt. Its something different for an IPA that I'm not really used too.

Taste: Hops are first off the bat followed by that sweet malt. I'm a little let down with the malt overpowering the hops as I drink more.

Feel/Drink: Mouth is a bit weak as is the drinkability. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:34:16 | More by travduke
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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pale garnet, kind of the color watered down iced tea looks. The head is off white and very thin but there is enough to leave some tiny lacing on the glass.

Nose is sweet and smells of lightly caramelized grains and stale white bread. The hops are barely there and not in the aromatic capacity that I'd prefer. They end up being musty and to distant making this beer mostly smell like grain. Not a good sign for an IPA.

Taste is a let down from the nose (if you can believe that.) Hops have even less of a showing here. What is there in abundance is a tart, acrid grain with not much sweetness or character. There is an futile attempt at some citrus but it falls flat. The first few sips had a metallic taste of wet dog but it eventually subsides and becomes undetectable.

Mouthfeel is where this beer picks up the slack albeit a little to late. The hops surge her and dole out handfuls of grandma cheek pinching goodness. Bubbly and medium bodied make it nice to drink even if the nose and taste are bland. It's drinkable but not the most enjoyable by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 00:56:45 | More by jbphoto88
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: May 2010

I've had this plenty of time (on tap) at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland, but this is the first time I purchased it from a store in the bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear perfect copper color with a loose white head that settles to a thin 1/8". Not much visible carbonation. Decent lacework.

Nice blend of malty sweetness (powdered sugar cookies) and bright citrus fruity (pineapple & apricot) hoppy goodness. The sweet outweighs the hops in the nose, but it begs to beg chugged. I'll digress to a respectable quaff...

Sharp. sharp hoppiness right out of the gate. The malt I've been smelling has ran and hidden behind a a somewhat astringent and very clean/bright hop henchman. You can taste the malted barley through the sharp hops, but there is no malt traction or perceivable presence. As the beer warms, the maltiness does come out! Some redemption with 10F higher.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied with a dry, bitter and clean finish. Carbonation is just above moderate and keeps things playful.

Drinkability is good. Nonintrusive and clean flavors.

A bit too thin and muted (in the hop dept.) for my qualifications for an IPA. I believe my scores would have been a bit higher if this brew was classified as a Pale Ale. I do like how prickly and sharp it is. I'd like to pair it with some straight-up Mexican food. Definitely some Thai curry dishes too!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:20:59 | More by malty
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Deep orange golden hue, not that pale. Nice two finger head that dissipates to a nice sheen with good lacing here and there.

S: Nice, almost nutty, spicy hoppiness. Malts come through in the nose.

T: EKG, Willamette, Centennial, Northdown, and Amarillo hops flood the palette. There's a bit of the British Pale malt for a bit in the middle then it finishes not as dry as I would have figured. Actually ends pretty mildly as opposed to the huge bitter beginning.

M: Pretty good for this type.

D: The hops are big on this one. It's a bit on the bitter side, but as this one warms in the glass it warms to your palette as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:14:35 | More by baos
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from tjmodica - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of April 2010. Was a golden amber color with slight carb streams. Had a finger of white head that quickly settled into a good collar and some wisps. Good sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma is a bit weak but that seems standard for the style. Floral and grassy hops with a touch of lemon. Good malty base. The flavor was also a bit weak and again seems to be style standard. Grassy hops are front and center with sweet malt hitting in the back half for a smooth, balanced finish. Mouthfeel was a little watery but had good after-taste.

Overall, probably the best English IPA I've had but still prefer the American IPA and definitely the double IPA. Do recommend especially if you want some but not a lot of hops. For me, it's good but too many other great IPA's out there. R[lmtd/bot]

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:10:18 | More by TexIndy
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2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is definitely hoppy, but a bit more subdued than most American IPAs. Lemony, grassy and herbal hops dominate the aroma. The flavor is quite strange. Very bitter, but the hop flavor is a flash in the pan that soon gives way to harsh, dry bitterness. What little hop flavor there is tastes like lemon grass. Not a bad flavor, but I prefer it less than either the usual American or British hop profiles. Alcohol is strangely evident even though this beer is under 7% ABV. Really not getting much malt at all, this beer seems buried in bittering hops. Very dry finish and a body that is on the light side of medium. It would be fairly drinkable if not for the fact that it really does not taste that great. Pretty disappointing coming from such a renowned brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 14:51:57 | More by zoso1967
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a honey tinged brown with light carbonation. Head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing. Not a very impressive appearance, but still looks delicious.

S - Smell is a strong, hoppy, lemony smell that has an unfortunate dish soap smell to it. Overall good, but too grassy to be perfect.

T - Interesting taste. Strong hoppiness to it, obviously, but more lemony and grassy than I usually get. Unfortunately that same lemon dishsoap taste is back and much stronger than in the smell. Really overpowers on this brew. However, what's left in the taste is a good powerful hop backbone with some roasted flavor to it. Very interesting, but still held back by the lemony flavor. If you like Sam Adams Summer or Sam Adams Coastal Wheat this might be for you.

MF - Again, nothing outstanding. Pretty standard for an IPA.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Even for the hoppiness it's pretty easy to put back.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:41:14 | More by MikeBrandman
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a frosty mug.

The beer pours a darm medium orange with not much of a white head.

The aroma is pretty light with some hops.

The taste is hoppy but a bad bitter hop that isn't very appealing. Its a little boring and a poor example of a English ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 06:20:49 | More by jrallen34
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decidedly average. This beer is clean and pretty, but really unremarkable and far too mild for the title "pale ale." Pours a nice pretty picture into the glass, with good head formation and a crystal clear body. Aroma is lacking, being very...there is some mild sweetness that could possibly be construed as sweetness. Flavor, again, requires imagination to conjure up hoppiness. However, it is clean and without flaws. Mouthfeel is also quite clean. Still, an absence of good is hardly remarkable, leaving me with a rather unremarkable impression.

Just sort of OK.

I bought this beer at Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 02:03:14 | More by BeerBelcher
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle in pint glass
A: crystal clear, amber 2.5 finger head that is bone white and looks like soap.
S: hops with a malt presence this one is not over powered by the hops but form the aroma i can tell there will be a nice back bone here. piny hops.
T: malt, hops and and a nice finish to the beer it is dry this one is another solid brew by brooklyn nothing off the charts but true to style
M: lower carbonation than most this allows the malts to shine through on the first swig, the hops finish things off. ending nice and dry.
D: balance is all I have to say this one is nicely crafted. the beer is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 23:10:02 | More by fastsrt
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left notches down the glass

smells just like fuller london pride to me but with more hops and plenty of pale malts

taste is good - citrus grapefruit lemon hops with tangy english pale malts

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation that has both bite and a smooth feel

drinkability is good - i like the differences between E.Ipa and A.Ipa - a good change of pace

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 22:19:47 | More by jsh420
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy pale golden amber color, decent head with solid retention. Little to no lacing left on the glass

S-the nose is light and balanced. Toasted malts set in first, some grainy notes and pale malts come in next, hints of citrus hops finish the aroma.

T-the taste is bigger than the nose and actually more pleasant. The toasted malt sets a backbone for this beer to build off of, the grain and pale malt work in conjunction with each other, a touch of carmamel sweetness comes in next giving way to a nice citrusy hop profile and some floral esters. there is a light hop bitterness at the finish

M-extremely smooth and nicely carbonated, medium to light body with a good crisp finish.

D-this doesn't seem like it has almost 7% alcohol. It goes down very easy and the flavors work very well together.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 00:22:55 | More by cpetrone84
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