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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,981 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 26
Gots: 118 | 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:
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Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tjmodica for the extra.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A small bubbly white head forms, and recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: A leafy and piny hop aroma up front. Herbal tea like as well. Some sweet malt lingers on in the nose to give this a good balance.
T: This really falls apart here. Dirty diacetyl and moldy dry wood. Beyond that some leafy hops and sweet malt that follows the nose. Though I can not get past the diacetyl.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth. This is a one and done for me. Again, the diacetyl is working at odds and making this hard for me to drink.

For some reason, I usually always detect huge amounts of diacetyl in Brooklyn's beers. That pretty much ruins their beer for me. Probably not something I am going to revisit.

champ103, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of BeerDawg1
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma-hops not much else in the first wiff

Appearence-Foamy white 1 finger head/not much retention/decent golden color

Flavor-hoppy/bitter/kinda bland

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation/bitterness fade too quick

drinkability-Easy to drink if you like it/not much flavor/leaves a bit to be desired

BeerDawg1, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of josefnewsong
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with amber tinges, light for an ipa, with some soapy white head that retains decently. Has some helles-esque qualities that make it a really unique and enjoyable experience, not your typical hopped up IPA although the hops are still very prevalent. Mouthfeel was smooth and really creamy, medium/full-bodied, and had a crisp refreshing finish. Definitely drinkable.

josefnewsong, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of APR 2010. Pours an uber-clear, light copper color with a 2-finger layer of off-white foam. Retention is a little better than ok and so is the lacing.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy for a British-style IPA, grassy, slightly citric and juicy. For some reason Amarillo hops smell very good to me. There are also some biscuity, floury malts in there.

This is one of the hoppier English IPAs I have ever had. Lots of resinously bitter lupulin on the finish with a fair amount of hop flavor as well. The malts taste slightly toasty with a bit of sweetness, but they feel very 'dry' and disappear from the palate fast, providing a nice clean backdrop for the hops. I like this IPA more than I thought I would. Makes for a nice and easy hop fix.

twiggamortis420, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/5/09

Best before January 2010

A - Pale amber/burnt orange color. ¼ inch head falls to a thin skim on top. Minimal retention, though lacing is rather good.

S - Modest earthy & floral hops. Hints of citrus & a sweet breadiness.

T - Earthy hops offer a gritty bitterness that is prevalent throughout. Floral hops, too. Pale malt & toasted bread. Maybe some faint caramel. Hints of muted & over-ripe citrus. Not the most potent, but it has a nice bite to it.

M - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. It's not particularly zesty which allows the flavor profiles to be more expressive. Clean finish with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty good drinkability overall. This is a decently solid beer, if nothing spectacular. I think it would make a good contender for draft.

Ryan011235, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a nice big head and decent lacing.

Smells of slightly floral hops and grainy malts.

The hops are present in the taste, but not enough for my liking. There's almost a stronger malt taste in this than the hops, though the dryness and lingering bitterness help the hops to come through a bit more.

The mouthfeel is light and sort of watery with a crisp dry finish.

The 6.9% is undetectable but I wont be having this again, unless I have the opportunity to try it on tap.

teovaldi, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dingy yellow/orange with a moderate white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S: Slight citrus aroma, nice crisp white hops, somewhat yeasty.

T: Flavor is similar, lots of citrusy hoppiness and a slight yeasty finish. Somewhat drying on the aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick with a nice dose of hops and some carbonation.

D: Overall this is probably most notable for how well-executed it is and yet how almost totally unremarkable it is. English beers in general tend to be more subtle and subdued than their American counterparts, and this IPA would probably fit in quite well in the English beer scene.

danielharper, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark burnt amber with a large off-white head that stays FOREVER. Large bubbles.

S - Citrusy hop goodness. Light grapefruit, but generally a nice floral profile.

T - Grapefruit, oranges and lemons but with a strong malty backbone. Even a hint of spice.

M - A little thick to be super sessionable, but no doubt sessionable nonetheless. A hint slick.

D - Very, I think I've found a new regular IPA.

NYCWheatFanSC, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will preface this by saying this was a bottle my wife brought back from PA a little while ago, and when she brought it back it was just past it's best buy date, so that was November, this is January.

A: Golden Amber with good active carbonation. A three finger off white head with good lace.

S: Fruity citrus, a slight malty sweetness. Quite weak, but still has some floral english-ness to it.

T: Similar to the smell, but slightly more intense. Not much different at all. But I'm sure that's an affect of age.

M: Smooth, especially for an IPA. Perhaps that says something that when it ages out a little, instead of becoming just bland and yucky, it has enough of a malt backbone to still work.

mdwalsh, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the office in Summit NJ.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy head. Held to the light, the beer has reddish and orange hues. Great lacing.

Smell: Smells very hoppy and piney. Nice fresh pine and lemon aromas. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes suprizingly good for the lack of buzz about this beer. Pretty hoppy, yet balanced with malts. Citrusy, lemon and pine on the palate. Bitter aftertaste but calmed down a bit by the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation and viscosity. Medium weight and it coats the palate. leaves a nice aftertaste for a minute or two between sips.

Drinkability: Not your standard IPA by any means. Nice beer and I would have again for sure.

Augustiner719, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden and amber colored beer witha nice thick cap of white head and a thick lacing effect.

Smells of floral hops and some grainy malts.

Goes down smooth, the hops are present but not overpowering; perhaps not strong enough though. There's almost a stronger malt appeal in this beer than in the hops, though the dryness and lingering bitterness make themselves known.

Easy to drink, but perhaps not as true to style as I had anticipated.

donteatpoop, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Pahn
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing (nor does the beer). Color is a rather beautiful translucent amber.

Smell: Sweet, somewhat grassy. Maybe some apple. Cloying.

Taste: First sip: Decent malt breadiness at first, then a hit of characterless hop bitterness, a strong note of apple, then very nice malty finish. Not as sweet as the smell would imply, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, the balance doesn't last. The flavor is predominantly weak, though the bready aftertaste is decent. There's some watered out, faded and ambiguous citrus notes. The hop bitterness drops off for awhile, replaced by unpleasantly sweet malt, then comes back and dominates occasional sips. The nice finish disappears about halfway through, with the leftover weak hop and bland-but-sweet malt fighting a pointless battle for the rest of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Too watery, like the flavor.

Drinkability: The 6.9% ABV is undetectable, but unfortunately I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this anyway.

This beer was very disappointing, not just because it wasn't good, but because Brooklyn Brewery makes good beer. More to the point, Brooklyn Brewery makes good India Pale Ale--on tap at the brewery. I had this at a visit to the brewery and it was excellent; lively, refreshing, balanced, delicious. Bottled, I can't see any reason to ever buy this beer, especially with so many other amazing IPAs available.

Pahn, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Zach brought this back from Rochester, NY. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Vicious pour produces a massive, soapy, white head. Bubblebath-like lacing dots the glass walls as the head recedes. Body is crystal clear and pale amber in color. Good retention.

Smell: Very floral hops greet my nostrils right off the bat. Toasted malt comes through on the second whiff and accents the hops nicely. Caramel and sugar are also there, along with some funkier aromas (I'm assuming) from the yeast.

Taste: Toasted wholegrain bread, something sweet, and then another flavor that tastes a bit like lager yeast. Finishes with dry, salty, bitter hops. A little odd, but I appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and malty. Lightly carbonated - I'd like to see a bit more carbonation actually. Coats the mouth pretty well. All in all, kinda boring.

Drinkability: I thought this beer was kind of odd but I'd certainly give it another try. I enjoyed sampling it.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Newkie
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Red, Copper color with a thin, but well laced head that fades rather quickly but leaves its mark.

S: Malt is showing through here a lot more than I thought it would. Almost has that biscuity characteristic from the Pennant Ale. Some earthy tones. A citrusy, soapy hop flavor rounds out the nose.

T: Much too thin for my liking. You can get some drying, bitter hop flavors, and some of the bread and biscuit like malt that we got in the nose, but nothing dominates. It struggles to find a balance or anything to stand out for that matter. Unimpressed.

M: Carbonation is rather nice, but there is no finish on this beer. Just a drying feeling in your mouth. Unpleasant.

D: I hate to say it, but I didn't make it through this one. I love Brooklyn, and perhaps I had a bad bottle (Says best by APR 2010 on the label,) but either way, this wasn't good in my opinion.

Newkie, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Light caramel with an orange tint. Light but not yellow. Head is one and a half fingers of creamy eggshell foam that retains moderately well but doesn't lace.

S--Honeyed mandarin oranges, some ruby red grapefruit. Not much-mostly sweet oranges. Almost marmalade-ish.

T--Same deal with the taste. Like orange marmalade on biscuits, or orange flavored butter sugar cookies. Pretty juicy malt center--I like that a lot. What I don't like is the finish--confusing blend of American hop citrics and English hop earthiness. There's mintiness, there's earth and herbals, there's grapefruit and pine and...confusion. It's bitter, but in an English way, not an American way. If you are looking for an American IPA this is not the IPA from an American brewery you want. This is a more restrained use of albeit American hops. Up front and in the middle the flavor profile is good, especially as it warms and the orange flavors get super syrupy on top of the bitterness. But that finish--whoo boy, might need some work.

M&D--Mouthfeel's fine. Nice and bubbly without being obnoxious. Drinkability? I'd have another. Not more than a couple total.

Not a bad take on the English IPA. Kind of gutsy to keep around given American drinkers' tastes these days w/r/t hops. I like the Pennant Ale better, though.

TheycallmeTim, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber.
Smells of hops, citrus and bitterness.
The taste is not what I expected. I can taste mint and hops that are not exactly the same tasting as the other IPA's I have normally consumed.
It is bitter, but not in a good way.

I will probably not buy again.

Spineypanda, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost completely clear amber with a small but creamy beige head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is pretty underwhelming for an IPA with some sweet citrus hops trying to come through but it's mostly just some caramel malts and a slightly soapy hop aroma that I'm getting.

The taste is marginally better with the hops making a more aggressive attempt to make their presence felt - lemon grass and oranges. The sweet malts are prominent in the middle before a bitterness hits in the finish - some hops but also a little metallic character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation with a strong bitterness in the finish.

The aroma needs a bit more hops and the finish is a little too metallic for my liking. It's a decent and fairly well-balanced IPA that's not memorable but still drinkable.

gford217, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of jdoncbus
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams turbulator glass. Color is slight amber with moderate carbonation. Smallish head with minimal lacing.

Aroma is primarily faint brown sugar and malt with notes of tangerine and flowers. Almost a sweet tart smell.

Initial taste is fruit and lightly toasted malt. The taste bends a bit with a shot of cream and finishes with dry, piney hops. The feel is surprisingly crisp.

A decent representation of an EIPA and appreciate the balance throughout the experience. A definite choice as a starter IPA for those seeking to indoctrinate.

jdoncbus, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of alkemy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a clear brown amber color with small white head. This actually had quite a bit of malt present in the nose. The hops were pretty citrusy with only a small touch of pine. Toasty sweet from the malts at the beginning, but the hops are a bitter grapefruit that really lingers. Just a dry bitter finish. I love hoppy high IBU beers, but this just seemed to have a hopless bitterness in the aftertaste.

alkemy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember when this first appeared. There was no indication on the label as to the abv and I went through two bottles on a scorching summer day before it started to appear. I was into my third, was kicking back and really starting to dissect the flavors. Wow what a buzz. I can't understand the lack of love for this trailblazer. When it showed up it had little company and what was there wasn't much. Great taste, great everything IMO.

A good looking white head and respectable lacing to go with a clear copper fluid.

Keeping style in mind this beer has a great aroma. Heck, it just smells good to me period. A mildly sweet and delectable malt backbone is layered with a a healthy hop blend of earthy and herbal notes. Caramel and light toffee anchor the malt to a firm bready base that features a dark sourdough. There is a unique pungency that sets it apart. Fragrant and satisfying this one.

Taste is full of caramel malt that stays on the front of your tongue and a firm astringent bitterness that parks on the back and sides. While the malt features caramel and light toffee there is an underlying breadinesss that makes a good stage for the hops to step up and enjoy the spotlight. Hop oiliness is a feature of the finish but leading up to that is a fresh bouquet of leafy hops, herbal hops, earthy hops. A hint of mint. This is so different from an American IPA in that the hops are not quite front and center but all the while they are the star and require sophistication to appreciate. Adolescents will miss the point on this one and that's OK. Come back when you grow up. Feel is creamy and just a bit lighter than I remember the initial bottling. Maybe nothing has changed, which would explain why I was able to quaff two so quickly way back. Either way this is a superb summer ale that is scrubs the mouth dry while it caresses at the same time.

Super drinkable as the alcohol is well integrated and never peeks out. This is at the head of the line for refreshment and enjoyment in the heat to the warmer months just like the English soldiers did when the style was birthed.

scootny, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, caramel in color, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: malts and small citrus hops

Taste: biscuit, bread, some citrus hops

Mouthfeel: crisp, on the sweet side for the style, slightly bitter end, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This one did not have the big hop bite I was expecting. The malts can be dominating. This is not one I will likely purchase a six of. The alcohol is hidden.

tigg924, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of nanchen
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is amberbrown, and pours with about an inch of head which quickly disappears.

The smell is not too hoppy, and the malt characteristics are more present. This is probably owing to the English IPA style, vs American style, I would guess. I get malty butter, cooked carrots, and just a hint of hops really far in the back.

Taste is pretty average, lightly roasted malts, bitterness which stays on the palate after swallowing. I get some nuttiness too. Not a particularly memorable taste, but not bad either. Every now and then you get a snap of alcohol, reminding you that this is 6.9%.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too much in carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though not particularly memorable.

nanchen, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, December 09.

Deep golden colour, with a good thick head of white foam. Lacing is good even as the head dissipates. The body looks a little static in the glass, but otherwise ok.

Nose is very nice, with citrus, sweet orange, grapefruit and kaffir lime leaf. Nice, I'd say more in the style of the West Coast US examples. A very clean, simple, but pleasant IPA nose.

Taste is also good. Some tannic notes of tea leaf bitterness, basil, lemon rind, turning a little gritty on the back. Really quite clean though, it never becomes harsh. Indeed, you could almost say it lacks enough bitterness, but it's integrated very nicely. It ends up smooth, tasty and very refreshing.

A very drinkable IPA. Tasty and clean. They don't seem to do extreme things here in Brooklyn, but they do do them right. This is a well structured and flavorsome IPA. Very worth, in my opinion.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours light orange with a foamy head and some lacing.

Light sweet toasted malt aroma with some hop leaf. Not terribly strong, but there.

Well, I fear I'm either really jaded by punch in the mouth IPAs or I'm just flat out missing something, because I think the hops in this beer are almost an afterthought. Light caramel sweetness, some light fruitiness, and a herbal bitter element that one could describe as a hop essence at best. Not citric or piney, but like a green, leafy bitterness. It lingers to the finish, but the sweetness in the malt does not. You just get bitter and a dry end run. It leaves you with a feeling that something is weak or odd or missing. It is ok, but not satisfying at all.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light bodied, with enough to swish around and fair carbonation.

Overall, Not what I expected. A bit of a disappointment, and something I would not recommend to anyone who is a fan of IPAs. Just falls short in all areas. No off flavors, no harsh ends or true odd notes, but I can't endorse seeking this out.

OtherShoe2, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Best Before Nov 2009 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent pale orange with a one inch, creamy, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with spots and slashes of lacing revealed around the bowl as the brew recedes. Mild nose - perhaps some citrus and light floral bittering hops. Taste follows nose - more citrus revealed with a slightly medicinal bitterness that lightly lingers at the finish. Mouth is light-medium with a mild carbonation presence as well as a certain creaminess. Easy drinking IPA with a well-hidden abv. Not my favorite offering from Brooklyn, but a solid example of the style.

Jwale73, Nov 29, 2009
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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