Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 178 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of Duhast500
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear gold/amber with with a thin off-white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is hoppy but with a different type of bitterness than I am used to in pale ales. Has a caramel flavor like a marzen. A little hint of a doughy, biscuit flavor.

The taste is a bit like the nose but there is a to a less degree, the caramel flavor. The bitterness is there is some spicy flavors that feel a bit tart but do not have any detectable citrus flavor. It has some interesting pepper flavor with a salty feel. Quite interesting.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice light feel going down. It is pretty drinkable and is good for a warmer day such as the one I first had this on.

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

From notes, 6/8.

Pours a light golden color, with some copper tones. Decent head formation and retention.

Subtle hop aromas with strong malt backbone. Nice malt profile with delicate grassy and fruity flavors. Interesting play between the caramel malt toastiness and the hop character. The flavor is also similar, not a hop bomb by any means, but has a firm bitterness. Though this bitterness isn't really complemented or enhanced by the hop flavor, it's just bitter. More maltiness with some richer caramel, bready flavors in the taste. I like the weight of this beer, good ABV and body balance. I would pick it up again- it's a nice change-up from the american style ipa hop bombs.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head that leaves a coating lace. The liquid is a pleasant copper amber. Nearly clear.

Fresh hop up front. There's a metallic smell as well (iron?).

This is a well-balanced beer. Good neutral malt on the initial sip. It quickly yields to a mildly bitter hop flavor. Good body with ample carbonation. A very pleasant and drinkable offering.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best buy stamped 10/10, poured into SA glass.
Thin white foam resides over saffron-colored liquid. Slight floral notes mixed with honey. Not much here.
Mild hop flavor crushed by malty backbone. About right for an English PA. Thin, dry, with a slight bitter aftertaste.
If you're recreating the wooden ship's route around the Cape of Good Hope I could see having a few. If not, try something with balls.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
6.9% ABV
Best Before: November 2009
I tried this beer on September 24, 2009 at 'The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a transparent golden orange with a thin white head that lasts. The aroma is citrusy with notes of pine and grain. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is grapefruity hops with some grainy notes. A very good beer.

Photo of DioS
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light orange body. Sticky head that didn't last very long, but left quite a bit of lacing. Has an herb or spice aroma, perhaps floral is a better description. Somehow there is also a slight sourness to the smell like a frambroise, very slight. Taste is sharply bitter with a very dry mouthfeel. Aftertaste is too bitter and too dry for me. After some mulling and chewing I decided that nor was the smell the most pleasant. The extra malts supposedly used in EIPAs didn't seem to impart much tasty sweeter balance. This beer is pretty distinct and probably made with good ingredient, but the end result is just not so likable.

Photo of berpwillie
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a crystal clear copper orange color with spare white head, spare lacing, and flat carb. bitter malty smell and piney grass hop taste. light body, thin texture, with a chalky bitter finish. short flavor duration on a really dull beer. i was not impressed by this beer at all, dissapointed if anything. would definitely not drink again.

Photo of Derranged
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass, which apparently is the wrong glass.

A- Golden color, slightly orange

S- Citrus, fruits, some grains.

T- Citrusy, sweet not much bitterness.

M- Thin

D- I found it pretty easy to drink, I finished a six pack of it. Maybe a little too easy to drink, that 6.9 abv creeps up on you.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a thick, fizzy, white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Heavy amounts of spicy hops backed by a sweet malty smell.

Taste: Bitterly astringent up front. Develops into a spicy, grassy flavor with a hint of malty sweetness. A bit maltier than most American-style IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a pretty dry finish. Not bad here.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. While it's not bad, I certainly expected more from a brewery with Brooklyn's reputation. That said, this is a pretty good IPA that doesn't beat you over the head with hops. I certainly wouldn't be opposed to having it again.

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: White nose with a light blonde body, light in color that hints at the English side of this IPA. Good head retention and small bit of lacing.

S: Slightly disappointed with the aroma, for an IPA this is a bit weak in this section.

T: Nice taste, subtle English notes from the yeast, but not overpowering like other English IPAs. Good clean, refreshing lemon, earthy hop taste. Slight malt finish.

M: A slightly lighter looking IPA, shows for a good silky mouthfeel.

D: Not heavy and not light but a good balance, this is one that I would choose as a crowd pleaser and could use it as a session beer as well.

Photo of jmerloni
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold/Amber color with decent white foamy head.

S - Pretty mellow but it smells like a pale ale. Citrus, orange, lemon. Yeast.

T - A nice pale ale taste but a bit mellow. Citrus, orange, lemon is there with some bread. A bit musty and there is no maltiness whatsoever, but at the same time it is not overly bitter. Not doing very much, but it is simple and there is something to be said for that I suppose.

M - Very dry finish. Nice and light. Carbonation is fairly high.

D - Very drinkable. A nice light beer that's easy on the tastebuds and packs a punch in a session at 6.8%. A very solid summer session beer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted this to be great. Had it a few years ago and it's come back to me with this most recent sampling that this beer bombs. Best by: Oct 2010.

Pumpkin orange. The head collapses rapidly. The lacing breaks apart and washes away instantaneously.

Real subdued (hop) aroma. The flavor has the most personality out of any characteristic in this ale. Quite a few facets, none of which are all that appealing.

Each sip features a blast of sweetness and dirty, metallic bitterness. On the tongue, it's candy tart and almost soft drink bubbly. Heads to the back of the tongue slightly biscuity, but falls short of actually carrying flavor down your throat. Everything lingers in the middle of the mouth while the back of the mouth is left dry and puckered. An artificial citrus tang (vaguely similar to Irn Bru) in the aftertaste that sits on the bottom of the tongue.

You know, I've had UK IPA's (in the UK) and, while this is a close approximation as far as the malt character, hop flavor, and mouthfeel, the aftertaste turns me off enough to avoid this in the future, if possible.

Photo of vdread
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale pours a clear golden orange color with a thin froth that faded to a filmy collar. smells are of sweet, biscuity malt, and floral hops. it's sweet, and slightly fruity.

the malt is bready, doughy, biscuity, and strong. hops are floral, leafy, slightly citrus, and pleasant. bitterness is minimum, but lingering. the hop flavor is definitely the star, rather than the bitterness in this IPA(listed at 45 IBU). it is pleasant and refreshing, and a nice break from big bad hop monster IPAs.

mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium for the style. a clean, lingering taste rounds it out.

a very solid IPA that even my hop wary friends enjoyed.

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

a genuine golden transparent color with a slightly off-white head that is frothy.
a good healthy dose of floral hops in the aroma, not very bitter, its a very pleasant smell
the taste matches the smell, florals hops are the primary taste with some citrus in there too. its a clean taste, a freshness, or refreshingness that i can relate to fresh fruit.
its carbonated medium to high but not too overpowering, it has a very clean bite, very smooth.
its a very drinkable ipa, perfect for this awesome memorial day weather. possibly the most refreshing ipa i've ever had to date.

Photo of AgentZero
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear, light golden color. Really big head on it, have to tone down the agressiveness of the pour. Head a bit to rough for me, minimal lacing.

S - Mostly malty, overly grainy even going to corn. Sweet, not much else.

T - Tastes a lot how it smells, kind of a syrupy sweet, pretty bready, minimal hops.

M - Too sugary, too smooth, somehow undercarbonated.

D - I don't like this beer had had a hard time finishing the 12 oz bottle just due to the taste.

Photo of mbudner
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden-colored with a 2-3 finger white head, leaving some very frothy lacing.

S- Very bready with a solid amount of pine bitterness to back it up, and a slight hint of lemon cleanser and a hint of residual sweetness

T-The lemon cleanser predominate in a VERY off-putting way, can't really get past it to taste anything else

MF-Nothing good, nothing bad, just kind of there

D-Really couldn't get past the lemon cleanser flavor on this one...

Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet malts and a bit of lemon rind. Surprised at the almost adjunct-like aroma in the foundation.

T: Subdued citrusy hops and sweet bready malt. Even muted bitter acheives a really good balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Good bitter balance with no one aspect of this beer donimating another.

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

'Best before September 2010'. Pours a pleasant amber with a reasonable head that stuck around for a minute or so. Good lacing on the glass. A really nice hoppy scent as one would hope. Good, crisp hop flavor although with an unusual soapy(?) finish. Very light carbonation. A refreshing and enjoyable brew from Brooklyn.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

So far this Brooklyn sampler case has been great. Its been lots of fun trying their main line of beers.

A- A big, soapy white head rises with little to no provoking needed. The beer is a clear golden straw color.

S- Im not really impressed with the smell on this beer. It seems to be just like what the average beer would smell like. Ok that might be an unfair exaggeration but its close. There is a little bit of floral hops but mostly it smells malty sweet, almost corny.

T- Well balanced. Floral and citrusy hops backed up by smooth bready malts. No one flavors dominates over the other.

M- Strange, slick mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. At times this beer feels like pond water.

D- In all this is a decently drinkable, noninvasive beer. I could have a few of these but it is not my favorite in this sampler.

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

0.33l bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Nice clear orange color with a one finger beige and foamy head which fastly dissipates leaving some lacings
S: The smell of fresh and floral hops simply jumps into your nose. Delicious! Sweet malts are felt in the end
T: Hops and sweet malts. Citrus. Very bitter end. Quite refreshing
M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry and bitter end
D: Good. Delicious hop bitterness. Quite refreshing beer.

Delicious IPA, one of my favorites. Good quality beer. Brooklyn's trademark.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold/amber color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, lemon) and grassy hops, and some bready malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy and grassy hops along with some malt. However, I do like the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp and has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, I thought it was easy and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a decent enough beer. I'd buy this again on occasion, I liked it.

Photo of chaz01
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle dated best before May 2010 at my local pizza place served in a plastic drinking glass because, well, that's all they had.

A: What very little head there actually was recedes immediately Amber color.

S: Hoppy, citrus & grapefruit aromas.

T: Lot more piney and malt flavors in the taste with not as much citrus as I would have expected in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice hoppy finish.

D: Somewhat disappointing. Lots of flavor, but at least this bottle was a little flat.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times, this is my first time reviewing it. Let me say, though, that this beer goes GREAT with really spicy Indian food. Anyway, bottle (best before August 2010) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber color. Extremely fizzy. The head on this is really unattractive. It's practically clear, and is extremely fleeting. It makes the whole package look watered down. A ring settles, and there's some light lacing.

S: Nice earthy, spicy hops. Very sweet caramel malt.

T/M: Definitely a spicy, almost peppery quality here. It's earthy and a little fruity and floral. The caramel malt is sweet and strong. Not especially complicated, but there's nothing wrong with it. Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is active, if maybe a tad too high.

D: A little underrated, I think. It's not a big, American style IPA, but it has merit on its own.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but the hops seem to be straight bitterness (which lingers well into the aftertaste with a puckering dryness) rather than a whole lot of flavor; maybe a little woodsy/grassy. It's drinkable enough and enjoyable, but there's nothing special or unique about it. Bit of alcohol warmth in the esophagus. Malt pokes it's head up for a quick second, then gets beaten down by the hops like a "Whak-A-Mole". I'd like a bit more complexity in the hop area, but overall it's decent. I think the overall rating of a B is pretty accurate.

Photo of silentjay
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a light copper with a big frothy white head. lots of bubbles laces the glass well.

smells of a lot of caramel malt, some brown sugar, citrus hops with a little herbal/floral quality. very sweet smelling, not too impressive.

taste is very sweet again. some bitter hops, less citrus than in the aroma, a bit of a floral flavor with a lot of resins and oils. leafy flavor with a caramel sweetness. eh

mouthfeel is a little light, relatively low in carbonation with a big oily feeling left in the mouth.

drinkability is average again. lots of hops, but not very pleasing.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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