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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,894 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 23
Gots: 85 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Thorpe429


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold/amber color with a decent white head.

S: Some mild hops and a decent malt base. Slightly sweet.

T: Very mild hops. Too mild even for an EIPA.

M: Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

D: Nothing particularly great about it, but nothing particularly bad either. It's decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 05:43:30 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is lifeless orange. I like Brooklyn Beer, I want to like this. The head is a weak and quickly fading bland beige.

Aroma is somewhat metallic, but otherwise pleasantly herbal orange peel floral, a bit weak, but quite balanced.

The taste is full of bold flavor that somehow doesn't quite click. I really want to like this, but it is out of balance. I can taste all the elements, bready malt, grapefruit/orange/citus peel, bitter floral herbosity, but they don't come together. It is a long finish, but not the wow I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is good, probably best thing about this beer. Could have a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is o'kay. Found myself craving a beer that was more alive in this style, but this would be good on a hot day in summer, perhaps..

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 22:49:12 | More by cavedave
Photo of atpben


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Victory pint glass. Pours a nice golden red color with a nice one inch thick head. Very citrusy in the aroma. Taste has a cruspy medium carbonation with tastes of light peach and mostly grapefruit, with a nice hoppy finish. Paired very nicely with chicken Biryani , an Indian baked rice dish. I love the the fact that it pairs well with Indian food, second best after Samuel Smiths India Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:29:03 | More by atpben
Photo of aschwab


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Looked brownish in color, standard for an IPA. It smelt decent, like any other IPA. At first, I enjoyed the taste, but then it seemed to have a copperish aftertaste. The more I drank of it, the more I did not like the aftertaste of it. It had a good initial taste though.

Overall, it was not my favorite IPA but I could drink it if it over other IPAs....

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 23:13:52 | More by aschwab
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

355ml bottle, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some decent layered streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet floral hops, bitter orange and white grapefruit citrus, and bready caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, bready, and moderately biscuity English malt, earthy, fruity, and floral hops, some soft hay and wet grass notes, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite laid back, just a wee frothiness here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit edgy in its plain smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess of the malt predominating amongst a lingering perfumed floral bitterness.

A very easy to drink old-world version of the style, as it seems like more of a bitter pale ale by Yankee standards. Anyways, flavourful, and nicely warming, as that near 7 points of booze starts to creep up on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 21:54:18 | More by biboergosum
Photo of DNICE555


2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into my goblet. I was expecting big things from this beer and I felt very let down.

Decent appearance - faint orange body with nice lacing that reminds you of all the bitter sips you took.

Smells very fruity and sweet.

The bitterness coming from this beer seems to be off. It doesn't seem to come from the hops - it's almost a citrus bitterness that is unbearable. I love hoppy bitterness but that is not what I'm getting from this beer.

This beer made my taste buds run away.

I couldn't have more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 17:15:43 | More by DNICE555
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Amber hue with yellow and orange colors present

Smell: Orange Zest, Lemon Citrus, overripe lemon lime, grapefruit

Taste: Sour Citrus, with hoppy flavor, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Sauvignon Blanc of Beer tannins on side of tongue - dry finish

Drinkability: Thin, watery makes it possible to session - it's very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 16:39:38 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of Andreji


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

The East india pale ale offer by Brooklyn is decent, but far less than many others they offer.

pour is red copperish with nul head. seems flat, but it's carbonated inside. smell is interesting, with a metallic, hoppy smell which seems rather dry.

taste is half sweet, half metallic sort of resembling a whiskey-ish flavour to it. slight bitter finish, medium bodied with a fair amount of fizzyness while drank.

it's a decent offering, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 15:58:39 | More by Andreji
Photo of BARFLYB


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle into a pint glass.

A- Brooklyn's EIPA is a hazy golden color with spots of bronze in between. The liquid was topped with a dense cap of white foam that never broke a 1/2 inch. Some spotty lacing tries to stick.

S- A mild aroma nothing to powerful. Getting alot of english malt with just a sense of bittering hops. These hops give of a very mild citrus aroma.

T- I first get a blast of the english malts used giving off some bread as well as some yeast. Under all of that I struggle to get a hop punch but they are there in spirit, but are losing the battle. This reminds me more of a pale ale. Getting some spice and grain in the finish.

M- Two steps below medium bodied with an a nice carbonation feel. Some oily texture with a great smoothness to it. Just a small bite from the hops but nothing that kills any senses. The feel is IMO this beers best quality.

D- I enjoyed it, but in a ever expanding market this will might get overlooked by myself. This may go over well at a party so a case would be good for that. Freshness is key so a very fresh bottle may change my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 05:20:38 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of rugerj


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a straw yellow color with a 1 finger head that disapated quickly. Smell is almost all hops with a touch of sweet malt, nice floral character. Tastes of nicely blended hops that finshes slightly sweet. Blance was very good.

Overall beer is solid, however nothing really stands out that would set it appart from other IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 19:24:50 | More by rugerj
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my first Brooklyn and if they didn't have a good reputation it would probably be my last. A decent looking beer but I just did not care for the taste at all. Very macrolike after taste to this beer, that back of the mouth foul kind of taste. Maybe I just had a bad keg or something, it was at an airport bar so you never know. Like I said, I will give Brooklyn other chances, but I would be hard pressed to return to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 00:36:41 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of aibkstaff

New York

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

Brooklyn's East India pours a lovely clear coopery color with little head. The smell is very hopy and spicy. If hops had blood i think it would taste like this beer. It's very hopy bitter irony almost gamey. The body isnt too heavy and not too light. The mouthfeel is fine and the drinkabilty is great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 21:36:06 | More by aibkstaff
Photo of adamette


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale clean, clear glass. Best buy indication says that it is best by the date printed on the bottle. I studied the bottle for 2 minutes and found no such date.

A Dissapointingly thin looking light brown, caramel and translucent body under a very brief 2 mm head (lasted 15 seconds) which dissipated into the thinnest of single lines around the top of the beer. I really tried to get a head on this one after initial indications were that the head would be thin. This is less than average for the style.

S Some hops and malt. About average for the style.

T A basic IPA taste with hops to the nose and the initial taste with the backdrop of some malt but all of this is a bit weak in this beer.

M Thin to moderate. The hops presence and malt, albeit weak, beef this beer up a bit. It is appropriate to the style but nothing special.

D Good I suppose but I am not going to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 01:24:04 | More by adamette
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice Oktoberfest orange with a tream of bubbles coming straight from the middle of my chalice glass to create a super white, although thin head on top.

Aroma is very sweet of juicy hops followed by a nice biscuity malt presence.

Taste is OK... falls somewhere in the "above average microbrew" category. I love English IPAs and good examples are hard to find but I think this actually is too malty (this is odd for me to say since I usually criticize things for excessive hops). It needs just a little more bite and a lot more flowery hop flavor for it to really hit it for me. A good example of the style though, with a lot of flavor and great drinkability. This seems like the kind of beer that people should be drinking every time they go out instead of Coors Light or whatever. A perfect, nothing fancy, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 06:37:27 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of smibroncos

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a cloudy reddish yellow with a minimal head. Slight lacing on the glass.

S. Hopps, citrus,lemongrass

T. Good lasting bitterness, lightly sweet, slightly fruity.

M. Full boddied, lightly carbonated. Slightly dry.

D. A good IPA good hop aroma and lasting bitterness, makes this beer one I could enjoy over and over again. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 00:07:02 | More by smibroncos
Photo of rodney45

New York

2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unimpressive amber color and a head that disappears far too quickly are only the start of my problems with this beer. I get hops and citrus in smelling this beer, but not to the extent I expected in a 6.9% abv IPA. So i went to drink this so called IPA, and all I got was a crisp hopless ale. Not much in the way of character in this beer, A standard IPA and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:39:39 | More by rodney45
Photo of HoustonTX


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Right away when I poured this one I could tell by the coloration that this was an English IPA.

Rust brown and murky in color, with absolutely no head.
Reminds me of apple juice, not very appealing visually.

Nose is biscuity, with accents of honey, light fruit and florals.

Aggressively hopped, with an overall leafy striking bitterness.
A touch of pine, and spruce. A nudge of tropical fruit, and citrus.
Just a real raw assertive hoppiness to it. The back end has a bit of toasty/caramel malt to help balance a bit. This one still leans towards a hop forward beer though, despite the style.

This is a good beer, one I like to call an Americanized style of an English IPA. It's hop forward nature attributes to that.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:15:40 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of mempath


4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A---deep gold/amber with yeasty, stretchy lacing on the sides of the Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat glass. later pours into the glass only reveal better, thicker, almost opaque lacing...or would that be foam sheeting. amazing.

S---hops pop up immediately but, again in british IPA mode, pleasantly courteous and almost tactless. i can accept that. malts stay in the back as the hops, albeit, minimal, continue to dominate. good ratio.

T/M---hmmm...something happened that i like alot. hop tsunami. but damn fast. right past the tongue, axle grinded the sides of the tongue on the way down...oddly, leaving a wake of maltiness without sweetness (or sourness). again, a complexity and unexpectancy i favor and savor. another mouthfull reveals more of a mellow APA than a classic IPA. this DOES say 'EAST' india pale ale...but it's more APA than the recent (and impressive) STOUDTS APA i had. a third sip and swallow leads to overall outstanding mouthfeel of perfect carbonation levels that allow the hops (what kind?) to slither and casade between itty bitty bubbles. the bitterness is just right with regards to other components, factors. nouveau A-IPA?

D---in the name of ishmael, yes, this is quite the admirable admiral...i'll take this over rum any day. i've had a few astounding brews in the last 48 hours, but this compares quite well with that Troegs Nugget Nectar...not in taste, but effect. impression.

highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 19:10:39 | More by mempath
Photo of confer


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice rich gold with almost a two finger head. A trace of head remains through the bottom of the glass.

S- Mostly I smell tangy citrus hops.

T- Starts out slow and finishes with a nice but not overpowering hop kick.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA, they didn't go crazy on the hops. I could drink a couple of these and would consider buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:06:15 | More by confer
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a soft velvety head. Nose comes across as some belgian yeast: light banana, cloves, vanilla; some lager yeast; light hops. Flavor is vanilla, some sweetness, a little hop citrus, cloves. Sharp carbonation reminiscent of a lager. Quite refreshing and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:25:30 | More by gyllstromk
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

On-tap at a local establishment

Appears a light golden orange with a hazy body. A thin, one finger bone white head stuck around for a while. Delicate lace left here and there.

Grassy, earthy hops with a touch of citrus and a sweet cereal-like graininess to the malt profile. Pretty balanced.

A very crisp hop presence. A light touch of lemon zest with fresh cut grass race over the tastebuds and leave a sweet cereal graininess followed by a slightly bitter/toasted finish. Probably better than a 3.5, but not quite a 4.0.

On the lighter side, with a slight oily, resiny hop finish. I really wasn't expecting the hops to be as oily as they are.

I used to like this beer a lot more before I developed my palate. A very easy drinking IPA, definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 15:21:40 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into imp pint glass with drink by date of march 2009.

pours a clear light copper with a little head, very light retention.

smell was lacking with barely any hop scent coming from the pour. i think i smelled more malts than hops.

taste was slightly bitter but rather washed out. it was very bitter but heavy malt presence. the best part was the finish.

carbonation was strong, a smidge too strong for me

overall, i am not too impressed. the brooklyn lager is far more hopped than this offering. not sure how old this bottle is but it lacks hops. brooklyn brewery is a solid brewery so i won't hold this against them.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 19:47:03 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of blackie


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: lightly retained head over an amber colored beer

s: biscuit and caramel give sweet and raw grainy aromas, generous tealike citrus hops, preserved orange peel, okay but a bit rough around the edges, wierd orange soda aroma from the hops...very disjointed

m: lighter carbonation and medium body, kinda dull

t: raw caramel grain flavors with a heavy dose of citrusy, earthy english hops, biscuity, moderate bitterness, the orange peel hop is way too forward and unbalanced, suffers from the same lack of coherence found on the nose

d: okay, not a favorite eipa but a decent example overall

single from Trader Joe's, Newport News, VA

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:32:13 | More by blackie
Photo of droomyster


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with big white head that settles relatively quickly. Steady streams of bubbles rise from the bottom. Smells are dissapointingly subdued, but I detect sweet malts and citrusy and piney hops that I've seen at greater levels in mere pale ales. There's also an unpleasant quality to its aromas that I can't quite describe...reminds me of algae. Its taste, however, is not bad. Not overwhelmingly hopping but definitely emphasizing the hops in way that makes for an almost tart flavor with a quick, crisp, quenching finish. Its malts are pretty fruity. This IPA is very approachable and doesn't require a lot of heavy bar food to balance its bitterness; it can be had all on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 09:33:32 | More by droomyster
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2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-light brown, very clear body and an off-white spongy head

S-berry, floral

T-cereal-biscuit front, present but somewhat tame hop flavor


D-I think that this beer would make a great session beer if macro-lagers were the only other choices. Other than that, its not really something that I would want to have on a regular basis. Not bad, just not something I can go to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 15:23:01 | More by jneiswender
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