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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | 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:
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Photo of cnally


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with minimal head & lacing. Nice golden orange color in the beer.

Tasty malty scent with an overarching hop aroma. Floral and sweet.

The taste is hoppy and very sweet. Hints of banana and peach, butterscoth and malts.

The feel isn't dry at all. Very smooth and appealing.

I could easily drink this all night. Good smooth beer full of flavor and not too dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:29:05 | More by cnally
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance copper with a slight haze and two finger head with decent lacing on the way down. Smell floral and fruity hop aroma. Taste mediem bitterness with nice hope flavor what I would expect from English IPA some restrained malt sweetness and just a hint of fruitness. Mouthfeel mediem body and mediem carbonation. Drinkability good solid IPA nice for the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:11:50 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of changeup45


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA. Color is copper with a fairly nice head and a good amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is floral and hoppy with some spice character. Sweet and hoppy tasting, bitter finish and a nice malty balance. Also, when compared to another IPA (Stone IPA) this was maltier and not quite up to that level. Still, this is a nice IPA and I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:05:59 | More by changeup45
Photo of gfreed


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As IPAs go, this one is pretty weak, at least for my taste. A thin bubbly head sits on top of a coppery, thin-bodied beer that smells hoppy but tastes pretty flat. Aside from a little orange up front, there's not much flavor of any kind. Weakly carbonated, very little bitterness. I keep hearing good things about Brooklyn Brewery but I have yet to try anything that impresses.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:17:45 | More by gfreed
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up and had it camping over the weekend.

Poured a burnt orange color with a finger of white head. Dissapates fast.

Smells of hop and citrus.

Taste is nice, albeit a bit more hoppy and rough then a tradtional IPA. Very earthy, citrus notes, excessive hop and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit to carbonated for my liking, but isn't bad. Beer has a crisp and refreshing feel thats rather nice, and it goes down well and easy.

Drinkability is good. This isn't a bad IPA but the rougher stlye may persuade IPA fans or beerfans in general to stick with another variation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:34:31 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of corey0212


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a small white head, fades fast into a fine film on top of the beer, decent lacing. Smell is soft floral hops, grass, and some tangerine. Nice subtle hop bitterness, grassy notes, and a nice biscuity malt presence. Carbonation is a little busy, but some nice lingering bitterness here. Not something I'd buy a case of, but a damn tasty IPA, and drinkability is great on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:54:23 | More by corey0212
Photo of kinger


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

Nicely balanced and somewhat mild for an IPA I like it and it really seems to work well. Aroma is a nice mellow floral hop scent, slightly bitter. Poured a nice light to medium copper with good lacing and a thin creamy head. The carbonation is amazingly strong. Good crisp feel with a smoothness that finishes clean and a little bitter. Flavor is malty with complimenting hops. The mild balance is a great change of pace from most IPA's. A slightly different take on a popular style, I really like this one good if you want to enjoy a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 17:15:09 | More by kinger
Photo of tugdriver7


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a hophead here. Definitely do enjoy the occasional IPA from time to time, however; so I didn't flinch when this was part of the multi-12 pack I bought here locally at TDL. As expected, a quality (solid) offering from Brooklyn Brewery, but as IPAs go, not quite what I had hoped. Wan yellow/amber in the glass, with a decent head that dissipated quickly. All hops in the nose and in the initial taste--a citrusy flavor that, while not bad, was not as balanced as other craft IPAs I've tried lately. Even so, well worth trying and I"m sure (if you are a hophead) you'll enjoy it even more than I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 18:56:04 | More by tugdriver7
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It smelled a little like wet pizza dough and grassy/earthy hops. Tasted similarly. I think that the earthiness of the hops may be a bit off-putting for others but I liked it and found this to be one of my more favorite IPA's. Very sessionable and every aspect of this beer resembled what I would expect from an east-coast American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 07:37:30 | More by joshwlt
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with an average dense egg shell colored head that settled into a ring. The aroma is of grassy hops and a touch of plastic or perhaps rubbing alcohol, whichs is odd. The taste starts off with a rough grassy hops that has some citrus tones. This is followed by that odd plastic like taste. The malt is present throughout the brew which gives a bready balance to the hops. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation; finishes crisp with a light bitterness from the hops and a subtle sweetness from the malt. A solid English IPA. Nice amount of hops, the only thing that got me was the plastic/alcohol flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 00:33:37 | More by Gmann
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed with a pressed gouda, spinach, and apple sandwich and pasta salad.

Appearance: Very clear, filtered, straw-gold body with a bright, crisp, white head. Head is a little thin and retention isn't great, but lacing is decent. Mild carbonation.

Aroma: Coarse, citrus, leafy hops - orange and lemon zest - and lots of pale malt sweetness. Maltiness is very English-IPAesque.

Taste: Same pale, husky grainyness (seems a little shallow) and earthy hoppiness, but everything's very smooth here. Well-balanced and not over the top - unusual for an IPA, and the bitterness doesn't really come through. Some spicy clove funk, too - not sure where that's comin' from.

Mouthfeel: Even and smooth but with a medium-to-large body.

Drinkability: Average. The simple sweetness isn't balanced that well, but there are a few interesting notes and the alcohol (despite being 7% and there not being too much to cover it up) is hidden pretty well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 21:36:37 | More by CrellMoset
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New York

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

I had this at the Brooklyn Brewery and I found it to be a very decent brew. Amber color with small head and thin lace.
The aroma of hops and citrus/herbal notes.The taste was mild malts,hops and even smoother than the bottle.
Mild bitterness in the feel and clean and crisp overall.

Notes: I suppose that the differences in the beer from tap are usually obvious. In this brew the tap one just seemed more balanced and smooth to the point it was almost creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2008 01:40:51 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of amstelcat


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark gold color as it sits in the glass- seems a little light colored for the style. Malt nose upfront with some citrus notes in the background. Tastes of lemongrass and caramel. Well carbonated with a very dry finish.

Very drinkable- maybe a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2008 18:01:00 | More by amstelcat
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly blonde/golden. Head retains like a champ... nice and creamy

S: Grapefruit, slight grassiness and leafiness. Nice and clean

T: Leafy hop, clean and somewhat citrusy. A nice, soft malt backbone. Pleassant, but short lived rather pungent aftertaste.

M: Kind of nondescript, really. Slight carbonation, medium body, maybe a tad thin.

D: A pretty easy session brew, I imagine. Worth one or two, at least.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2008 03:02:38 | More by Proteus93
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I discovered that CPW, a fine local restaurant, has nice beers on tap. I ordered this IPA, and the drink arrives in a frozen shaker pint with a finger of ivory foam atop a glowing copper-amber body. I was reminded of a recent experience in another Greenville restaurant, when my Duvel arrived at the table in a chilled shaker pint, sporting a finger of head on it. Talk about disappointing!

Anyway, I wait around a while for the frost to subside, making myself a note on my cellphone to remind me that in this town, few restaurant personnel seem to have any real idea about how to serve real beer properly. The note reminds me than I'm not exaggerating. Much.I'll ask for a non-chilled glass on the next outing.

The drink smells great once it reaches the stage I'll even engage it, with a crisp citrusy, herbal hop note atop a whiff of caramel.

The taste features a big piney-bitter hop hit right up front, followed on by mellow caramel notes with a citrusy hop backing. Solid piney bitterness with a note of orange closes the drink, with distinct ringlets left on the glass to mark its passing.

The drink is smooth and crisp, and was just great with a French Dip sandwich.I'd have had another if I didn't have to get back to work.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2008 22:49:11 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of wagenvolks


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at The Bar in Raleigh, NC.

Waitress slid me a pint of copper-gold brew capped by a half inch of dense foam. The head retained well enough for an IPA, leaving behind touches of lace. For the English style, the aroma was exquisite: mint-laden hops combined with grapefruit and balanced by a biscuity caramel malt backbone.

The flavor delivered on the aroma's promse: piney hops were at the forefront, opening up the balate before subsidiary flavors of citrus fruit and spice were ushered in. The taste really took off when I started eating my Honey BBQ Chicken Wrap. What an excellent pairing (if I do say so myself). Mouthfeel was crisp, perfectly carbonated and light in body, not to mention the fantastic, lingering hop finsih. All in all, I was very impressed with this brew, although, in retrospect, I should have never doubted Garret Oliver.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2008 02:19:30 | More by wagenvolks
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Light golden in color with good clarity and a thick white head and good lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles continue to rise.

S - Nice moderate aroma of floral hops and malt.

T - Citrusy hops with a mild sweetness and a good malt foundation. Not particularly complex but good.

M - Maybe a bit thin.

D - Not as flavorful or complex as I like an IPA to be but good, enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 19:38:53 | More by GJ40
Photo of scottg


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
best before Sept 08.

Pours a clear brass color witha one finger creamy head that dissipates quickly. Sweet orange and citrus aromas, vanilla and some malt. Up front malt flavor leads to lemon, grapefruit and pine hoppy flavors that take turns as the lead. Medium carbonation and medium body, there is a slight pucker early on and a linger bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 14:32:04 | More by scottg
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance- Hazy copper, decent head and lacing.

Smell- Floral Hops

Taste,Mouthfeel- Floral fruity hops, some malt poking through, medium carb and body.

Drinkablility- Awesome and dangerously drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 23:05:38 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of dasenebler


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

Had expectations for this brew after a friend told me it was is favorite American IPA. And it is pretty good, but it's not my favorite. Poured a nice golden hue, slightly opaque since it's unfiltered (I think...) Decent head, left some good lacing. Had a somewhat hoppy aroma, not too strong though. Pretty clean, nondescript.

Taste was good. Different from other IPAs-- not as intense, but well balanced. The hop presence is not overwhelming or sharp, and its bitterness mixes nicely with the english malts. First taste is the malts, with some tart citrus flavors, after which the bitterness is experienced on the back of the palate. I would drink this one again, would like to try it on tap somewhere, sometime.

It's a good but kind of a boring IPA, in sum. Maybe that's because Brooklyn claims it's a traditional brew, closer to the original IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 04:51:11 | More by dasenebler
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with an orange-copper color. Not much head retention, but does leave a nice lacing on the glass.
Sweet floral perfume along with an earthiness from the hops.
Grassy hop bite is backed by a sweet toffee from the malts. Bitterness is smoother than many IPAs, and the malts counter the bitter but it's a little uneven.
A little thin on the carbonation front, with a light tingle from the hops.
Somewhat unbalanced, but still interesting enough to finish. I like the maltiness of the IPA, but feel the recipe could use a bit more tweaking for perfection.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 08:03:52 | More by Natural510
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's beers have always been a good beer to pick up and drink. Their beers tend to be a exemplary of whatever type of brew they are delivering.

a: Darker than I expected. Good head. Still bubbling down to the last 1/8 of a glass.

S: Hoppy.

T: You are met with hoppy aroma as you take a sip and then its followed by a hoppy flavor. the after taste tastes just like the beer when its in your mouth. The yeast is prominent.

M: Great. Bitterness and dry. tingly carbonation feeling hangs around with hoppy spice to it.

D: I'd drink this beer regularly. For any hop lover it is exceptional. I'd like to know the blend.

Over all this beer is great. Pick it up. Its a recipe modeled after an 1820s recipe that george hodson used when sailing around the eastern hemisphere. And you can tell. Its amazing to taste what him and his crew tasted back then.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 04:19:22 | More by 65dos
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice one-finger head with good retention and good lacing. Nut-brownish orange and pretty clear.

S: Bittersweet grapefruit smell backed by a nice amount of hops. It certainly smells like I'm in for a treat.

T: Grapefruit, but with a little less sweet and a bit more bitter than average. Hops taste really good. There is a smoky flavor to this one that completes the taste nicely. After swallowing, the alcohol is apparent, but manageable. Toasted bread flavor can still be tasted after drinking, and the bitterness lingers. A great taste.

M: Medium-heavy bodied, highly carbonated, but good for the style. A little syrupy, but that was expected. Astringent, but that's also fine. Not cloying at all.

D: Drinks easily, but it's pretty heavy. Don't plan on drinking a lot. Goes down pretty smooth. I'll be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 00:07:38 | More by ralree
Photo of boralyl


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - From a bottle it pours a pale copper color with 1 and a half fingers of fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a good bit eventually leaving some good lacing.

S - Can make out some sweet malts and floral hops.

M - A medium-bodied crisp beer.

T - Some biscuit malts are tasted om the front, followed by floral hops rounding up the end leaving a bitter taste. Decent balance, but not much going on in the taste department, it's pretty cut and dry.

Not a bad drink, but I was expecting a little more, it's not as big as I would have hoped, for an IPA. It's pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:10:09 | More by boralyl
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice reddish/golden color with generous white head. Aroma is citrusy piney and floral. Flavor is pretty much the same. Hops dominate but this is not the bitterest of IPA's. I could have used more hops, but it was a well-balanced and pleasing representation of the style. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 09:49:06 | More by biggmike
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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