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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
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 SnowGoon99
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours an amber to dark amber color with orange hues. Pours with a thick white head that stays the whole way down the glass. Aroma is of a typical English beer. Earthy, grassy hops (EKG or Fuggles) dominate with only slight hints of caramel.

Taste is great. Hops carry through into the finished beer. Alcohol is not apparent at all even though it's almost 7%. Caramel is more apparent in the flavor. Body is not great though but it's possible that wasn't intended. Feel like it should've had a bit more body. Still a drinkable beer.

Overall pretty much a dead on representation of an English IPA. This is probably what those IPAs tasted like when they got to India. It's not for everyone but a great representation of the style.

SnowGoon99, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of afksports
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

I had this with strawberry pop rocks poured in it. Crazy Holiday Partiers! So I had a second bottle before I reviewed.

It's got a great head on the pour, and an light amber hazy appearance. Piney hops poke through in the nose, but nothing about the aroma is strong. Tastes like a standard IPA that doesn't stick out for good or bad. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer that's as drinkable as it is tasty.

Which is a great relationship, except it's really not too tasty. Still, I got to take a cool picture with it. So there's that.

afksports, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass, feint white head rims the top but dissipates quickly and clings the glass. Color is an effervescent light copper.

Smell is mild malt with hints of piney citrusy hops, with a stronger malt finish.

Taste is clean malt front, with notes of piney hops and hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is about right for the english ipa, nice and bitter on the tongue but malt sweetness to finish it up.

Drinkability is average, a well done version of this style.

mvanaskie13, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

appearance: pours a clear, healthy copper color, with moderate carbonation, yet quickly dissipating foam and nearly no lacing.

smell: light scent of fresh hops is predominant, slightly dry with a piney undertone.

taste: begins clean, progressing into a moderately dry hop taste; as the scent indicates, there is a note of piney taste that is part of the dryness of the hops, finishes with a slight dryness that yields clean.

drinkability: prime example of the style, well hopped, abv is adequate, and the fresh and clean taste only enhance its drinkability.

weller1js, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a nice size creamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and the lacing is above average. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, floral notes, grapefruit, tangerine, breads/grains, and caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue and the beer is slightly watery yet creamy. The most noticeable flavours are hops, malts, and caramel. There are also notes of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and breads/grains. The beer finishes with a woody and bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Although this is an above average beer, it is nothing spectacular. Worth a try, but there are better IPA's out there.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Golden amber thick initial head which dissipates to the side of the glass.

The aroma is earthy reminds me of wild hops I found there are also large crystal malt aromas backing it all.

The taste starts with a malty carbonation, it builds into a mix of earthy hops and crystal malts it ends with a bitter hop flavor that lingers. It is a unique hop flavor

bishopdc0, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

drabmuh, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of briman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a sort of washed-out golden amber color, with tiny off-white head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma is built upon a foundation of pale malt, but the hop profile is a bit muddled. No dominant component, but earthy notes mix in with floral and citrus elements.

Flavor is muddled as well. It's not bad, but it's hard to really put a finger on any really distinctive flavor component. If anything, yet another element in the form of a grassy hop flavor pokes its head out towards the back. Finishes dry, with a moderate hop bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with fairly brisk carbonation. Reasonably crisp, but overall hard to be a fan with what feels like a mish-mash of competing flavors.

briman, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Very pretty amber color with giant fluffy head. Aroma is assertive.

Flavor is a bit muddled to me. Lots of hops for sure but not enough of any one kind to really sing out. I guess I'm spoiled by the Pacific Northwest hop monsters but this one just seemed a little bit underwhelming. Rich with a fair amount of malt, lingering sweet aftertaste with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability isn't high for me. This beer just didn't pull me in enough to make it a good session beer.

Not bad, but not as good as many IPA's.

jmbranum, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Brandegee
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Served from the bottle in a tapered chalice.

Pours like a classic IPA with a burst of hoppy scent and a one-finger head. Despite the 6.8% ABV there's very little alcohol on the nose, mostly hops and citrus. The hops carry over into the first taste, but the citrus notes quickly give way to a sweet-n-sour flavor combo that conspires with an overly bubbly mouthfeel to derail the beer. The strong sour flavors probably help mask the alcohol.

I'm a fan of sour beers, however, so for me it's certainly drinkable, just not as rewarding as most other IPAs I've had. It's also cheaper in the NYC area by about $2 a six-pack, so it's not a bad choice if you're looking for a hop fix.

Brandegee, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle. Amber color with a white foamy long lasting head. Nice lacing. Aroma is light, citrus and caramel malt. Medium body. Nice balance on the palate of juicy caramel malt, grapefruit and hops. Finish is long, dry and bitter. Very good IPA from Brooklyn.

mikeg67, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

beer pours a pale-orangeish tan with a light fluffy head. Smells of mellow apple cider and hops with a slight kick of hops. Taste: not too dry with a nice yeastiness, faint alcohol and not as hoppy as expected. Feels quite smooth on the tongue. Overall, not a bad IPA, but not the best out there- worth a try.

Beerbluesbiology, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

The thing I love about all Brooklyn beers from the bottle is that they all have sustainable frothy heads. You don't find breweries that consistently have that, especially on force carbonated beers.

The EIPA is no different, it has an exceptional white head and is showing a nice yellow amber color with great carbonation. It's a bit hazy, but I'm ok with that on an IPA or pale.

It smells fantastic from the hops. Initially you get the fruitiness from the aroma hops but it's not overpowering. It's kind of bubblegummy, but not really. There's also the raisin-like aroma of classic English pale malts.

Very bitter. The floral hops come through to balance the bittering hops and the high malt bill (it's a sneaky 6.8%). From the first sip there is a lacing head. The beer has an excellent malt flavor combined with a non-overpowering hop spice.

The bitterness of the beer leaves you dry as it should. It's a pretty full bodied beer for sure though.

Definitely drinkable, but might be a bit overpowering after a few.

tchenery, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of BeerSingh
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

One of the only 4 IPAs available in India (if you consider Rogue's Brutal Bitter to be an IPA) - introduced recently along with the Brooklyn Lager, retailing at approx $4.00 for a 12 oz. Poured at a cold temprature into my pint glass, perhaps too chilled as the transparent orange amber body seemed to lay lifeless under a timid, off white head. The nose did not perform at all first up, but as the beer warmed up a bit, I began getting some pale malt aromas along with faint floral hops. The beer came on a tad weaker in comparison to some of the more robust IPAs that I have had before. It resembled more of an APA style till now.
The taste wasn't far ahead either - a half decent malt base with a very weak hop profile. Maybe it was the shipping, maybe it was the storage or the beer's travel through Indian beaureaucracy, the hops were hospitalized for sure. There was hardly any aftertaste, just some oiliness that pasted your palate. The Brooklyn Lager definitely packaged itself well, and survived the drift to India - the EIPA lost out. Well, only if I could taste this fresh, it would be another story altogether.

BeerSingh, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of bark
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

The smell is very hoppy with medium strong bitterness. Lots of citric flavours; grapefruit, lime peels. Oliy hoppy flavours, resin and pine needles. Some detergents and chemicals in the backgrounds.

One finger head. Clear liquid. Amber liquid (25 EBC).

The taste is a bit dry and very hoppy. Medium bitterness. Lots of fat hoppy flavours (pine resin, olive oil, some cheese) and a touch of butterscotch. The body is low to medium. Some mild sweet fruity flavours. Dry bitter notes with hints of blackcurrant and eucalyptus and a slight sourness. The aftertaste is a bit dry and fruity (green bananas, kiwis) with some spics in the background, mostly thyme and anise.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many small bubbles are light on the tongue.

Marketed as English pale ale, I found this one too citric, and I thought it lacked sweetness. Still an interesting IPA.

bark, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of CaraAndMike
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

We find this ale highly drinkable due its balance of hop and malt complexity, along with the fact that it holds its own with food. The mid-level ABV (6.9%) does not result in even a hint of alcohol sweetness. This comes across as a distinctly American impression of a British beer with its pronounced earthy hop flavors and pleasant lingering bitterness. A well put-together beer.

CaraAndMike, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

SkunkWorks, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a medium-orange color with only a thin creamy head. The aroma is not powerfully fragrant, with a muddled hop character that skews a bit towards the citrus side of the spectrum, with notes of orange being most readily perceived. The flavor is much more grassy, but there is still a bit of the citrus that was more apparent in the aroma. Texturally, it is medium-bodied and maybe a little light on the carbonation.

Overall, this beer is nearly perfectly average. The hops are dominant as they should be, but they are not powerfully bitter. Even for an English version of the style, both the aroma and flavor seem a bit muted. Of course, there's nothing wrong necessarily with the evenness of this beer's characteristics, but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

devilben02, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

A: Pours dark golden with a small off-white head. Almost no lacings.

S: Grainy malt, heavy breadyness, with floral hops - citric notes.

T: Sweet caramell malt with floral hops, citric again.

M: Body is medium and carbonation is the same. Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds some bitterness.

D: A bit to weak in smell and taste for being an IPA.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12 ounce bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Hazy caramel orange body with a modest, but dense cap of foam. Scattered lacing.

Pleasant floral nose with a bit of fresh cut grass and gentle sweetness. Tastes measurably more lively, with an increase in the floral hoppiness and a nice sting of bitterness. Malts are mildy sweet and plenty biscuity. A bit of leafiness seems to be present. Very well balanced beer with a good full feel. Good stuff.

PDXHops, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Not a bad beer, has a pretty billowy head and good lacing. The smell is pretty weak, generally of hops. You taste cascade, it's pretty prominent among other hop varieties. A little more than light-bodied this beer masks its alcohol content well, I was surprised to see it 6.8% This beer is really enjoyable with the hops not being very harsh. I'll call it a good beginner's IPA.

wcintula, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Excellent lacing, half a finger of light cream colored head that stays for a while, nice light amber color

S - Floral hops and a light malt signature.

T - Nothing too exciting, Hops aren't too strong. Surprised by a light biscuit flavor at the end. Malts show up more as it warms, bringing that biscuit flavor. Flavor lingers for ages.

M - Perhaps a little thin, but crisp. Neither a strength nor a weakness of this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the ABV. Fun to drink and not too harsh. Alcohol bites ever so slightly but is mostly well hidden.

greenmonstah, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Poppleton
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

A- clear, fizzy golden with thin head. Minimal head retention.

S- Flowery, grassy. Limited bouquet.

T- Spicy with moderate bitterness. A little metallic.

M- Crisp, clean. Not cloying at all.

D- I'm a fan. Not an overly complex beer but I could down a few of these on a hot day.

Poppleton, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of LillJoel
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured into a snifter. The liquid is orange-light brown. The nose has strong, bready malts and dried fruits. Not as much hops as i had expected. The liquid is very still, almost no bubbles at all.

The taste is ok, not very exiting. Much malt here too and a little hint of alcohol. It's very lean to drink, and it leaves a long aftertaste.

An ok beer, no more no less. I wonder if it maybe is a little bit "tired", because i certainly had expected more hops and bubbely action than this.

LillJoel, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

12oz bottle, best by February 2011, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Brooklyn EIPA pours a hazy rich tangerine color. A thin, one finger, white cap forms (disappointing), but lacing is decent. The nose is bready malts and spicy/herbal hops. It's decent but nothing super impressive, and it's a little weak to be honest. Flavor is better, the malt backbone is a little more assertive. The appearance of bitterness from the hops is noticeable, but brisk and not in any way harsh. The classic English hop flavors as in the nose close things out (I'd say more flowery than spicy). Body is surprisingly light given the ABV, and that's not a bad thing. Carbonation is solid, it really opens up on my tongue. This beer drinks quite well, thanks in part to the restrained bitterness. I was surprised while typing this review to look up and see that the ABV is 6.8%, I wouldn't have guessed any more than 5.5% or so. I know English IPAs aren't in vogue here in the US, but for what it's trying to be this Brooklyn beer does its job admirably and is a refreshing change from the citrus hop bombs that most brewers seem enamored with.

axeman9182, Oct 08, 2010
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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