Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of Jishguy
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear reddish brew with a cascading effect, nice finger of froth with good retention. Laced rather well.

S - Faint aroma of caramel malts and pine hops. Very subtle.

T - Clean malty body with a decent hop tinge, well balanced, and tasty despite it's lack of complexity.

M - Light body packing a nice dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

D - Thoroughly enjoyed drinking this one, and certainly wouldn't pass up another. Leaves a little to be desired as far as flavor goes, but all in all this take on the English style is well rounded.

Photo of Buggies
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of caramel and hopes. Nice floral notes as well as citrus and pine. Tastes great I think. Has sort of a sweetness to it. Loads of citrus. Any hop bitterness is lost somewhere.

Overall, a very nice tasting beer. But if you score it within the style, it won't score well. I don't think it fits in the style. I'd almost call this an west coast influenced amber if someone asked me.

Photo of sweett3k
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA has more of a lager type feel for it. Poured into my pint glass with little to no head. Highly carbonated and a copper brownish color. Smells grainy and even a bit soapy. Taste of grain, a little wheaty and a very small hint of hops. Kind of a joke to call it an IPA but I have never had an IPA from East India. This beer taste like a macro brew version. Better than a Bud Light.

Photo of NilsFrisk
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a pizza place in my hometown, it's the only place I've seen IPA's served here, so i was quite exited about it.
Kind of a white soapy head on this beer, and the beer itself is pale with amber hints.
A nice fruity hop smell dominates the nose, not anything special for an IPA, but smells good. A nice, quite big malty body goes nicely balanced with the hop flavor and bitterness.

Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Bierkraft. Although, I was shooting more for a West Coast IPA, this is actually a bit better than most English pale Ales from England so I was not too disappointed. It certainly was a bit hoppier and had more punch. A dark golden colour in my Mikasa goblet. Minimal head but did have some lacing tendencies. Smell is Malted, with mild pine scent. Reminiscent of Marston's pale ale but better. Taste is slightly malty with some bitterness. Mouthfeeel is light to medium bodied with some bite! Overall a good English IPA and a so-so American IPA. I graded as if it was an English vice my hopes. Cheers, Mate.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange amber with a small white head that fades into a white layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts with floral and citrus hops with a spicy character in the background.

Taste: Strong citrus hop bitterness followed by toasty caramel malts. Finishes with some floral hop bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: A very solid version of an English IPA.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour resulted in is little better than a finger head, which didn't last long. Lace is little and likes to slide. Color is a 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Just a bit hazy. Smell is earthy, with aromas of spicy flowers, black soil, tea, citrus, and sweet malt. Taste is a little harsh, with flavors of grapefruit, dark soil, tea, and sweet malt. I was hoping for more sourness, but not quite there. Mouthfeel was somewhat full, and tingly, but offset by the film feeling at the back of my tongue. Better than your run of the mill yard work beer, but not something I would go out of my way to try again.

Photo of JackieTH
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured medium amber with a thin white head and modest lacing. Nose was floral, spice and breads. Taste for some reason initially reminded me of gin. I found it spicy, grassy, slightly resinous and floral with a backload of slightly sweet bready malt, finish was mostly dry and slightly bitter. Interesting beer, but not one I'll care to repeat.

Photo of mothman
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a finger of beige head. Left some sticky lacing down the glass. Color is a clear golden amber.

Aroma: Bready and biscuity malts. Fairly faint hop aroma for an ipa. Grassy and earthy. Definitely can tell that it is an English IPA.

Taste: It starts out with a faint touch of citrus. Then becomes bready and hoppy. Biscuit flavored. Pale malts. Grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with hops.

Overall, I was hoping for this to be an IPA like the label suggested. It definitely tastes English though. It was fine, but not something I was a big fan of.

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Enjoy by August 2011.

Appearance: Clear, coppery-amber with thin but sustained head.

Smell: Caramel and tea mostly, with English spicy and floral hops. Slight citrus.

Taste: Pretty nice malt backbone with toast, biscuit and caramel. Some earthy and tea-like characteristics. The hops are mostly of the spicy and floral English variety. There is a titch of grapefruit from the American hops, but not much. Not very bitter, as this is really about the malts.

Feel: Moderately carbonation, medium firm body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: For an IPA, this really is not very bitter. However, I do not like overly bitter English IPAs because the English hops are somewhat off-putting for me when overused (I like American bitterness). That said, the hops do provide a subtle balance to the pretty damn good malts. Ultimately, I like it, even if it is in no way a good IPA fix.

Photo of lovindahops
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm down in fishkill waiting for my trip to captain lawrence. Can't wait! So I figure I'll try a brooklyn being close ny

A- pours a light amber with a light head of foam that floats on top. Bubbles rippling through but really not much going on

S- a biscuity and fruity spices but this is not what I want in an ipa

T- very bitter with fruit flavors. Caramel with a dry finish

M- carbonated and crispy on the tongue

D- again a bitter and dry taste

Photo of exonthebottle
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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

Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint.
Best Before: 5/2011

Aroma: Citrus from hops, supported by caramel, brown sugar, and whole wheat bread. A very slight sulfur note.

Appearance: One finger of off-white head settles to a thin foam cap that remains. Slightly hazy deep gold body.

Flavor: Flavor from hops is reminiscent of apricot. Toasted cereal grain malt provides excellent balance. Nice mineral note at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & medium carbonation. Bittering hop presence is not drying as is the case with other IPAs.

Drinkability: Pleasantly bitter & skillfully balanced. I found this beer to go very well w/ food. (I tried it last night w/ BBQ pork chops.). Very highly sessionable English IPA w/ malty balance. I highly recommend!

Photo of claminat420
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- bottle says best before july 2011. pours a transparent amber color with the slightest off white tannish colored head. nice bit of lacing.

S- prolly the worst thing from this beer. just a biscuity malt with a candiness maybe from the hops.

T- alcohol is a tad noticable for my liking. not much but a watery malt with the candy like hops comin at ya. nothing great but not that bad either.

M- solid medium bodied. the beer has some sort of a silkiness to it. good carbonation.

Drinkability- being a hop head and a ipa fan this is definitely different from the ipa's i'm use to. i wouldn't mind pickin up another 6 down the road but not for awhile.

Overall- well if anyone did their homework true ipa's from which they were conceived where pretty much high 7 to 8 abv beers with just a sh@t ton of east kent golding hops thrown into it to preserve the beer. i don't know how english ipa's today are weak but everyone's retarded for this classification bs. this beer is close to that. tho not my true favorite ipa i love (piney, citrusy, bitterbomb,) this brew has it's own stance. not bad at all. just different.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a bright orange color with a finger of white head that doesn't last and doesn't lace very well either.

S: Sweet berries, apricot, doughy biscuit, and some English hoppiness (fuggles, goldings).

T: Lots of sweet berries, toast, caramel, black tea, and a late lemon twist.

M: The body is medium-light with a juicy, clean finish.

O: This is terrific and is very quaffable.

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of floral hops, and mandarin oranges. The taste is similar to the aroma. Very floral, with some orange and a hint of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would certainly drink again.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale amber body. Small white lace.

Smell - Banana and malt.

Taste - Sweet and bitter with a sharp acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with a medium bodied texture.

Overall Drinkability - Overbearing and complex without a focal point.

Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, copper colored brew. Very active small bubbles for a while form a little white head. Scent is more of an english IPA than american, which i now notice is the style... so that makes sense. Malty, floral scent. Sweet caramel malt front, a bit of bittering but mostly floral hops. Reminds me of what I used to think an IPA would taste like, pre-hop explosion thats taken place over the last 5 years or so. Mouth is thin to medium, pretty sharp. I certainly have no complaints about this one.

Photo of gatornation
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 0z bottle best by 08/2011

A- pours a clear copper color with a quick receding 1 finger head to a fresh collar and good lacing

S- is malts first and very faint hops ,baked bread and toffee this an ipa?

T- was just malts same as smell a little bitter citrus peel and some baked bread

M- was carbonated and filled the palate but not with flavors that i like in an IPA

O- not alot of taste just malts..not recommended 1 and done for me

Photo of mattyhops
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass, looks slightly hazy orange in color. The aroma is lightly peppered citrus with a nice bready character. The flavor is nicely bitter with zesty citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very light, great session ipa. I could easily knock a few of these back. Welcome to MN Brooklyn!

Photo of gratefuld
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Kinda weak head. No pop to it.

S: Can't really tell what I smell here. Not what I thought I would get from this beer.

T: A little malty at the end. Not something I liked in the beer.

M: Dark bitter and dry.

O: Just not a beer for me. I tried it, didn't like it and will move on to something else.

Photo of Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light brown/amber clor with solid white head. head sits steady and holds for a while. excellent lacing. Very nice looking brew. Smell is faintly of tropical fruit hoppiness, but not strong. taste is malt forward, bready and almost like a slightly hopped version of Brooklyn's pale. mouthfeel is medium bodied. overall this is a decent throw-in EIPA in the brooklyn variety pack. I wouldn't seek this out, but don't mind it in the variety pakc.

Photo of Beatnik4913
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager was the first lager I enjoyed drinking since Sam Adams Boston Lager, so with that in mind I was eager to try out their IPA.

I feel like alot of people forget that there is a third ingredient to beer brewing that gets overlooked, and that's the grains. Untill a couple of months ago I myself overlooked this important flavor inducing igredient and passed it off as an odd flavor. However, grains are Brooklyns strengths, it's what gives their Lager it's refreshingly simple pre-prohibition taste, and their EIPA it's distinct flavor.

The smell is fruity, but covers the lingering smell of the grain. The taste is also fruity, but covers the long grainy after taste that lingers after a sip. The mouth feel is hardly watery but isn't sticky like other IPA's can get.

Overall Brooklyn EIPA plays to the strengths of grains that many brewers try to cover up, and it shines through. The drink-ability might not be there, but when you take the time to consider the complexity that grains can impart on a beer, don't overlook Brooklyn EIPA, the brewers certainly haven't.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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