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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Ratings: 2,157 | Reviews: 955
Photo of gskitt
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of cooch69
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear copper with a thin whispy head.

Nose is tangy orange marmalade, vegetal and minty hops, sweet caramelly and bready malts.

Taste comes off as a tribute to an English Pale only with a lot more hops. Decent amount of bitterness but not really too much especially for an IPA. I assume that every beer Oliver makes has a story and a history all in it's own. I don't know the historical significance on this beer but coming from a brewery like Brooklyn they could have been trying to make a recreation of the very first IPA's.

Good sessioner, and the alcohol does not show at all.

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

A: Pours a clear gold/amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some really nice lacing.

N: Caramel malts really shine through on the nose along with some grapefruit and light citrus notes.

T: Caramel and grapefruit upfront followed by lemon zest, navel orange and hints of pine.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, crisp, dry and clean.

O: This is a nicely crafted IPA as long as you're not expecting a giant hop-bomb. Nicely balanced showcasing the malt along with the hops. Clean and refreshing. EAST COAST F@$K YOU!!

Photo of Wattsox
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Aug 2011.

A - Orange / copper body with a loosely-bubbled head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving sparse covering and a little lacing and cling.

S - Citrusy hops lead the aroma, with biscuity malts balancing it out.

T - Following the aroma, citrusy hops lead with sweet malts and other fruit notes for balance. Typical of an English IPA, it is similar to the American IPA style, but a little more gentle.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth with a lightly lingering bitter finish.

O - Extremely nice overall, works well on its own or as a session beer.

Photo of aranheaney
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-nice orangeish hue with a finger of head and nice lacing

S-strong hoppy, floral with some interesting spice

T-good, has some bite and a complicated flavor with what seem to be layers of hop and citrus

M-decent, leaves nothing unpleasant but you do want another

O-good, got it in a sampler 12 pack and glad to have tried it

Photo of Harmzy00
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish yellow and clear, very nice head and great lacing.

Smell is good but understated, with malt, biscuit and fruit aromas coming forth first, followed by a barely detectable hops.

This one tastes pretty good, and I'm enjoying drinking it. It's pretty malt forward, fruity, with a smooth balancing hops that's more noticeable in the taste, but still isn't overly strong.

It's a well balanced beer that's damn easy to drink. Carbonation is medium and creamy smooth. Finish is slightly dry with a lingering light bitterness.

I quite liked this beer and would happily buy sixers of it for my regular fridge stock if it were available in my area. I'm really liking Brooklyn brewery and plan to try more of their stuff as often as I can.

Photo of plfahey
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Burnished Golden-Orange hue, with great clarity. Moderate creamy head of Ivory foam with good retention.

Aroma-Biscuit and caramel malts stand out, with floral, earthy, and slightly herbal English hops. Some light fruity esters present in the background.

Flavor-Bready and slightly nutty malt flavors, with hints of caramel. Woodsy/Earthy hop flavors present themselves in the finish. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Finish is balanced towards bitterness, with an almost mineral character that lingers, drying out the palate.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation, which produces a nice tingle across the tongue. Very dry in the finish-almost flinty. Not quite astringent, but slightly unpleasant.

On the whole, a decent representation of an English IPA. Pretty tasty, and easy drinking, with a nice balance between hops and malt and decent versatility with food. Not my favorite Brooklyn Beer, but not bad.

Photo of PoorArtist
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty, clear golden amber, weak head, weak lacing.

S: Not much to report. A mild hop bouquet. Floral, but very distant, like a flower patch 200 yards away.

T: Clean, bitter, refreshing, satisfying, similar to Brooklyn Lager.

M: Astringent, clean, very drinkable, a good session beer (like Brooklyn Lager).

O: Frankly, this beer is a disappointment to me. I am a big fan of Brooklyn Lager, and in fact this "IPA" is hardly any different in character from their lager (to me). I expected more from this fine brewery. If this beer were identified as a lager I would give it an "A." But if you're going to put "East India Pale Ale" on the label, then you should be offering something distinctive. They do claim to follow a specific recipe from the days of British Empire, but never mind. Although very pleasant and drinkable, I can't get excited about it. You'd need a very good nose indeed to separate it from their lager. There are much better IPAs out there.

V (value): Since this sells for the same price as Brooklyn Lager, the value is neutral. I will buy the lager, just because it's more honest and has a nicer label.

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of obrike
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On sale at Specs in Round Rock for 6.49 a sixer...had to try it.

My first take on an English IPA style, was not sure what to expect.

Poured light gold in my 512 pint glass...a head that did not stick around too long, but decent spider web lacing throughout...also kept a thin white ring on top of the brew as i drank.

Smell was good; not overwhelming, that's for sure. Grassy hops, not the carmel malt and pine so typical in American IPAs...fresh, nice...a bit of spice as well. Some underlying sweet booze.

Quite easy to drink...smooth. Liked the dryness quite a bit. Not the fruit juice blast that often accompanies an IPA (which I love by the way), but still a drinkable brew, certainly one I'd buy again at this price.

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.

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

Pours golden in color (maybe with some amber highlights). Clear. With a solid white head that lingers for some time. Nice lacing on the glass too. Very moderate grassy and earthy hops in the aroma. There is some malts in the aroma as well proving fullness. At first taste I feel light sweetness from malt followed by a moderate bitterness of hops. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste; however, it is not harsh, so mouthfeel is very pleasant and the beer is drinkable. I would say it's medium body. With alcohol a bit under 7% it's not a session beer (for me).

I think this is a very good English IPA. Not to be confused with American IPA. In fact, after consulting BJCP guidelines, I've noticed that Brooklyn EIPA is one of their commercial examples for the style. You should not expect highly hopped beer (as it would be inappropriate). It will not compare with Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA or Russian River's Blind Pig. But it's great for its style.

Photo of herman77
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright copper orange with a fluffy eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing

S: Mild pine and floral hops, sweet carmel malt. Not too much going on here.

T: Leafy/herbal hops with a bit of spice to it. Bready malt with a hint of sweetness. Tastes english, not quite sure why or how, but it does. Drier bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Higher, active carbonation.

O: I think they accomplished what they were going for in an English IPA. Okay drinkability at best, I would get tired of it after two. Its not my favorite style, but its fairly well done.

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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.61/5  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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +11.6%
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 +10.2%
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
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -19.3%
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 -3.6%
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.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.