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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,956 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 109 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

New York

2.42/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-06-2009 03:06:15 | More by confer
Photo of gyllstromk


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

02-28-2009 15:21:40 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of hooliganlife


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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

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


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

02-17-2009 09:33:32 | More by droomyster
Photo of jneiswender


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: Poured a golden-amber, with a one finger off-white head. Diminishes to just a thin layer pretty quickly. Clear, with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Strong smell of fruity hops, like apple juice almost. Just a hint of malts. Deep down, there is more complexity to the hops (with some pine), but up front it is quite simple.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness (moderate) up front with some sweet balancing. The apple smell doesn't show through in the taste, but pine and other hop flavors do. Pretty balanced for an IPA, and not overly bitter. Total amount of hoppiness, though, isn't too intense.

Mouthfeel: Excellent, bitter up front that lingers to the back. Good carbonation and good medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink for an IPA. The hops do slow you down a bit, but they are not overwhelming. Might even be good with food, since the hops don't leave too much of an aftertaste to color other food tastes.

02-10-2009 00:12:36 | More by jonziefle
Photo of BeanBone


2.53/5  rDev -30.1%

Appearance: Crystal clear and bubbly pale golden-amber body. Pours a rather large and bubbly white head that quickly melts into a solid finger, leaving good lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt with some clean, floral, and perfumey hops and some sweet fruit. A few notes of apple cider. It's all pleasant enough, but as this is an IPA, I was expecting a lot more from the hops.

Taste: Grassy and bitter (not a normal hop bitterness) with a weird metallic taste. There's a solid lightly roasted malt backbone that tends to overshadow the hops, which is odd for an IPA. The alcohol is always present, I'd like to see it hidden a little better. To be frank, this is a confusing beer.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

Drinkability: This would be quite sessionable, if it weren't for the alcohol being so prominent.

Verdict: Seems much more like an English Pale Ale, than an English IPA, to me. Even then, there are a lot of problems with this beer.

02-09-2009 18:27:42 | More by BeanBone
Photo of nickfl


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A - A small, white head on a clear, golden amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves a nice ring of lace in its wake.

S - Spicy, citrus hops, grapefruit and ornage. Medium malty body with some toasted notes and caramel.

T - Citrus hops up front with mouth-coating bitterness balanced quickly by light toasty malt. The bitterness asserts itself in the finish along with more grapefruit flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - Quite drinkable with enough hop attitude to fit the style. The hop balance favors bitterness over aroma and flavor which makes it a little less appealing to me, but overall it is quite enjoyable.

02-01-2009 23:34:01 | More by nickfl
Photo of TrevorGW


2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

Very pale straw color with unreal clarity. Two-finger foamy head that retains itself.

Aroma is medium in intensity. Orange and pine burst out of the glass pretty well.

Taste is very bitter and pithy. Citrus presence is not strong, and the flavor falls into faint piny and tart territory. Not enough malty sweetness to balance all the hops and make things more interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very prickly with the bubbles.

Not one of Brooklyn's best offerings. The balance just isn't there.

01-26-2009 17:39:56 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Off the tap in a Boston airport this beer was a sunset gold color with some hints of orange hues and good rising carbonation. The head was cream-colored, one-finger thick, retained beautifully as a cap and left solid lacing. The aroma was fairly straight-forward but on-point, pine and citrus hops on a pale malt background. The flavors were similar, only add hints of resin to the pine and some woody notes. The mouthfeel was quite oily and slick, the body medium and the carbonation excellent. Enjoyable and a good example of the style.

01-24-2009 20:31:22 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Came out a darker orange-gold with no head at all. Just a thin sheet on top. This left pretty distinctive lacing rings though. Smelled basic for an IPA, with strong citrus tones.

Nice crisp hop bite right at the start, but overall a pretty mellow IPA. No real bitter aftertaste, but full of citrus and slightly earthy flavors. Finishes well, but the 7.0% ABV is more present on this brew than others of the same value. I felt a little more "buzzed" after drinking this one. This is the only factor that hinders drinkability. Otherwise, a great beer. Recommend.

01-23-2009 19:29:33 | More by Onenote81
Photo of tittymcj


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer was given to me by Zerofear13, also known as William Pang of Queens, NY fame. Thanks Will.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale pours a very crisp golden copper color. Plentiful carbonation that lasts throughout, and a medium sized creamy, frothy, light cream-colored head. The head, as well as the consistent lacing, have solid retention.
There is a very sublime smell of light caramel malt, backed by faint citrusy hops.
The taste is primarily the sweet malt profile, with grassy hop bitterness for balance. The aftertaste is a thick, bread-like sensation that lasts for quite some time.
The mouthfeel is light and smooth, but not watery. It is creamy, like the head, with a mellow buttery feel. Only the sweetness of the malts lasts after the swallow.
As IPAs go, this one is not very bitter and is very well balanced. Because of it's creamy and smooth disposition, it is a great beer to drink back to back. Not my ideal IPA, but well worth another buy.

01-23-2009 02:07:58 | More by tittymcj
Photo of Riggo


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%

beautiful orange. the color of pekoe tea. great clarity with a nice tan head that drops to a thin collar. not much lacing.

smell is intense--orange candy, pine, lemon, mint, perhaps raisins, apricots, bubblegum, with a note of fuel.

on palette, starts off musty and earthy and a little buttery then quickly segways into bright citrus--lemons and oranges. the middle seems like it's going too bright and acidic and then there's a perfect balancing sweetness (like orange candy). finish is fruity and dry. mouthfeel is smooth and not too carbonated.

a wonderfully balanced ipa. a beautiful aroma and loads of hop flavor but with great balance. really the best of the english and american ipa tradition in one glass. i can't understand why this beer isn't rated higher. excellent. one of the best ipas i've had.

01-22-2009 01:22:08 | More by Riggo
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

A: A clear reddish-gold with a large, foamy white head with solid retention and good lacing. Very active carbonation that eventually settles down after a few minutes.

S: Grassy or herbal hops, with some minty undertones. A bit of grainy, caramel malt as well.

T: Grassy hops and some light grainy malt sweetness. A minty presence, some green apple, and faint alcohol in the finish.

M: Light body with a very crisp, grainy feel. Robust carbonation keeps it lively, and there is a slightly oily feel as well.

D: This one is pretty easy to drink, but it is too light, in my opinion. It's not bad, but just not nearly as substantial as it could be.

01-21-2009 04:28:30 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

On tap at Brooklyn Brewery on 1/16/09. Served in a 12oz. plastic logo cup during Friday night Happy Hour.

A - Poured a golden/amber body with modest carbonation and one-finger white foamy head that receded to a quarter inch ring of retention and left decent lace... for a plastic cup, anyway.

S - Grassy and citrus hops up front with grainy and sweet caramel malts to balance out the nose. There are also some subtle pine accents and toasted malt in the back.

T - Crisp and hoppy flavor with hints of citrus, pine and grass backed by sweet malts. Finishes with a grainy/bready malt backbone and a slight toasted character.

M - Light bodied with a clean, crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation - pretty spot-on for the IPA style. Slight oily texture overall with hop oils deposited on the tongue. Hop bite is quick to diminish and doesn't last too long on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this more than I remembered. Brooklyn's East IPA was one of my first IPA purchases even, way back when I was first getting into the style. This is a great, drinkable straight-up IPA with excellent balance.

01-19-2009 00:00:07 | More by ffejherb
Photo of hunteraw


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Consumed on my last night in Shanghai before heading to Jakarta. This is one of the beers imported into Shanghai by American Craft Beer Partners.

Honey color, fairly clear with a two finger head. Mild aroma, obviously more in the English style than the American. Smells of grain, biscuit, and earthy hops. Taste runs much along the same lines. Slightly unexpected acidity, hope the bottle had not been sitting too long. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, with appropriate carbonation. I have yet to be blown away by anything from Brooklyn. I was mildly disappointed by this one.

01-17-2009 04:45:50 | More by hunteraw
Photo of selecter70


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

A very drinkable IPA (I know that runs contrary to many HopHeads out there with extreme hop pales). The bottle poured out a nice ruby gold with thin but decent head and a mild but full aroma. The flavor allowed for malt as well as hop, which is something that I like. As well, this pale ale is tasty & makes you want another & reminds me of a lovely day in the East Village 10 years ago.

01-14-2009 20:02:28 | More by selecter70
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Had on-tap at Finnegans Wake in Winston-Salem.

Appearance: Poured a slightly murky yellow-gold, with a surprisingly thin white head. I did not see the pour, but I had a couple of pints, and neither one had a significant head. Left quite a bit of lacing, however.

Smell: Hops...but muted. Best analogy I can think of is when you have a mild cold, and you can kind of smell, but not really. I definitely smelled the hops aroma, but if seemed like something was holding them back.

Taste: Much like the smell. A muted hop kick at the beginning...and not much else afterwards. A slight, almost wheaty sweetness kicked in after the hops subsided. The hops dominated, as they should for an IPA, but weren't nearly as strong as I expected, and there was very little else in the beer to support them. The muted nature of the hops made this surprisingly smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, and a little thin, but nothing to really complain or rave about.

Drinkability: Very easy to put down a couple of these, as it drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. It's not a bad beer, but if I'm in the mood for an IPA and I have a choice, this would be low on my list.

01-14-2009 02:37:20 | More by StarlightSeraph
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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