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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 27
Gots: 142 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of MaxBrews
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Dark amber, head on the smaller side. Good head rention and lacing that clings to the glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: floral & citrus (specifically pineapple) notes. Faint smell though.

Taste: has the same floral hop taste that a lot of Brooklyn brewery brews have. Tastes very similar to the lager with a strong hoppy after bite. A bit more citrus then Brooklyn lager though. That is the only thing that bothers me about this beer. Perhaps more citrus and less floral would give this the taste that the dog fish IPAs have and that I and so many others love.

Moutfeel: Very smooth but very bitter from the hops. I enjoy this others may not. Perhaps an over use of certain hos.

Drinkabilty: this is less of a sipping IPA, light enough to have a few. A very good attempt at an IPA, just reminds me of a lot of other BB beers just hoppier.

MaxBrews, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a glowing orange-amber color with a large, stiff, and fluffy white head that deposits some nice patterns on lacing on its way down. A looker indeed, the color is particularly impressive.

S: Nose seems a bit unorganized and out of whack. There's grainy, sweet malt (Maris Otter, I think), and a whiff of grassy, herbal hop aroma. Some citrusy, lemony scents work their way in, as well. A bit too alcoholic for my liking. The aroma is strong but the different scents don't quite "gel" like they should.

T&M: A sweet, slightly grainy/straw-like malt is ever-present, balanced out by lemony, grassy, and lightly spicy hop flavors. It gets a bit watery/light during the middle, and there's a slight metallic twang on the finish, as well. Body is medium/light with adequate carbonation. Relatively well-balanced, but again--the beer seems unorganized. Where's the subtle dry fruitiness imparted by English brewing yeast? How about a subtle biscuity malt that's slightly dry?

D: Easy to drink, but it'd be a pleasure to drink if it tasted better. This beer needs a bit of an overhaul in order to be a great English-style IPA.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best before April 2010.

A - Pours a pale amber with a fluffy white head.

S - Grassy, earthy hops, a bit of sweet malt. Nothing really stands out.

T - Grassy hops, bready malt, bit of spice. Finishes dry and bitter. Not enough malt to really balance out the hops.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, a bit syrupy.

D - Decent, but not quite balanced correctly.

Not a terrible beer but there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

gciccarelli, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Above average IPA for the price and quite drinkable

Appearance: Pale bronze with decent lacing and a quickly dissapating head

Smell: Hop/citrus

Taste: Hoppy throughout with a hint of smokey malt

Mouthfeel: Bitter kick with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Versatile but probably goes better with a meal

Norfawkers, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of gobias
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a golden amber with a decent head. The smell was light, pleasant with perhaps a hint of fruit but not overwhelming. The taste was nice, hoppy with a lot of flavor. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.

If you are searching for a good IPA I recommend this one.

gobias, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of myost88
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Pours a golden color with orange highlights when held to light. One and a half finger head that dissipates rather fast. Lacing is very sporadic with small circles in some places and chunks in others.

S- Smell is mostly hops with little else to offer. I didn't get the peppery effect that others had. Not overly impressive.

T- Once again not much else besides hops here. Hints of spices, though none in particular stand out. The best thing I can say about the taste is that it's balanced. The 7% alcohol doesnt really show up in the taste.

M- Light carbonation. Pretty creamy for an IPA which I didnt mind. Not to harsh on the tongue, goes down smooth.

D- Despite the fact that nothing really stood out in this beer, it all came together for me as a drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular but I would drink a second one.

Overall- Pretty average beer if you ask me. Definitely not the best Brooklyn has to offer. I don't think I'd go out of my way to have another of these.

myost88, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ElGeordie
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of Brooklyn IPA at La Guardia while waiting for a delayed flight home.
Came in a tall 22 Oz glass which was unfortunately chilled. The beer looks good: Honey amber in colour with 1/2" of off white head which left good lacing all the way down.
It was served a little cold but there was still a good tangy hoppy flavour but unfotunately not much malt to back it up.
Not the greatest IPA I've ever drank but far from the worst.

ElGeordie, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium amber with a small white head. Head not much. Nose is mildly peppery, a little bit grapefruit but not that great overall. Taste is rather subdued and average. Not deep malts or hops like an English IPA is or should be, nothing impressive and rather bland. Not going back to this brew.

barleywinefiend, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Golden-orange, modestly hazy body with a finger's head which dissipated very quickly.

S: Floral, grassy hops. Relatively straightforward, not too complex. Slight burnt malt.

T: On top of the grassy hops, there's a certain spiciness and bready quality. A subtle citrus rounds it out.

M: Smooth, yet full with good carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Not too aggressive, but not necessarily remarkable enough to care for another.

dudecandle, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color with very good head and lacing. It's great to see an IPA that actually follows the pale characteristic.

Aroma is delicate, but what you find is excellent. Flowery hops with a hint of mint leaf. This is an English IPA so don't expect a west coast hop presence and you should be pleased.

Taste is also excellent, with a great balance of flavors going on. Sturdy bitterness, but the hop presence is mostly felt in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is very interesting, because there is a nice full body but it finishes more on the dry side with the hop bitterness accentuating that.

At the time I had this beer, it earned a clear 5 for drinkability. I quickly was staring at the bottom of an empty pint glass, reaching for the second and final bottle from the mixed 12 pack. It was the perfect time and place for this beer, reminding me why I love good beer.

jeffthecheff, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker golden color with not much of a head. The smell is a little weak with the potency of about a Budweiser which is not potent. Taste? Not impressed. Has a bit of an aftertaste and is not well in going down. Has 7% alcohol which is the only plus. Verdict: Buy another beer.

PsychoJedi, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jpro
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at dd Peckers -

Poured a nice, bright orange / light amber with a minimal white head - decent lacing.

Smelled pretty good: light grapefruit notes, lemon rind, maybe a little grassy - fresh aromas.

Taste was the usual citrus rind, but not nearly as bitter as a lot of IPAs. Caramel malts were there, but light - just enough to balance the ever-so-slight (relatively speaking) hop bite.

Medium-bodied, nice and crisp - drinkability was pretty high - this beer was very refreshing and easy drinking! Not overpowering, which in my view, is sometimes a nice thing -

jpro, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of enemyisyou
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Brooklyn Brewery. Gorgeous color, deep amber. Head stays in place like all Brooklyns will. This is my favorite non-Imperial IPA, mainly for its boldness. This one is over 7%, and it's masked fairly well, but the alcohol certainly does add to the experience. The hops involved are not quite on the level of Dogfishead's 90 minute, but have a similar flavor. It is crisp at the end and fairly drinkable deep into a sixer. Wonderful pairing with spicy food. I've had some classier, mellower IPAs that certainly were more drinkable, but this one's brassier, brasher style has won me over.

enemyisyou, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of ders
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of IPAs. This one is ok, but I'd probably only buy it again if it were on sale. A little metallic and has an add nose on it on top of the caramel smell. It's definitely drinkable, but damn, why can't there be any good microbrews on this island?

ders, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden brown color, half finger head that faded pretty quick, good long-lasting lacing, lots of carbonation.

s- caramel malt, piney, light floral, citrus, not overly strong at all.

t- super hoppy, minimal malt upfront, citrus notes, maybe lemon rind, miniscule taste of the 7.00% abv (this one could be trouble).

m- nice and full, not overly harsh for an ipa.

d- very drinkable, refreshing, don't know that i'd session only because of the 7.00% abv, would (will) buy again, the brooklyn beer party variety pack is 4/4.

thecarster1, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours clear golden color with a thick creamy off white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Light floral hops, spices, and a sweet malty caramel background. Some toasty bread notes and citrus scents.

T- Weird bitterness? Not the usually bitter hop flavor of citrus and pine. There is something a bit off here. A very bitter earthy leaf spice flavor with loads of 'tannin like' astringency. Not my kind of IPA flavor.

M- Medium/light body with ok carbonation.

D- I don't know, this one was a bit weird. I know that the English IPAs are different and more balanced, but something wasn't right here.

projectflam86, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep orange with a decent white head that stuck around throughout the drink. There is a bit of a haze however

S: Dark fruit and spices in the nose.

T: initially spicy, followed by a subtle citrus character and then back to a spicy, sugary finish. Finishes surprisingly clean

M: Medium-light body

D: not a bad English IPA, fairly drinkable an refreshing. I won't go out of my way to have more but I'll definitely have this one again.

LyonsHead, May 29, 2009
Photo of Buebie
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up about a month ago for me in Manhatten and I just now noticed the expiration date of June 2009. So this probably has lost alot of its aroma and pungeant hop flavors. Which is too bad, as this is the only bottle I have.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass. Creating a 1 inch white frothy head. Receeding to leave sticky lace and a good colar. The color is a transparent copper. Kinda turned off by its transparency and filtered look.

The aroma seems muted with just a little bit of pine and alot more grassy hops and come sweet caramel malt aroma.

Hops in taste are much more present then in aroma. Its pretty ashy with alot of whole leaf taste. Mild caramel sweetness up front, laying way to all bitters the rest of the way through.
Puckering the lips into the finish with a very dry and kinda harsh bitter end. This could use a little refinement.
Mouthfeel is carbonated all around with plenty of carbonation sting.
Some grainy malt through the middle. As its warmed tghere is a big lemon rind sourness at the swallow.

Not my favorite take on the style, the lemon souring was not very enjoyable.

Buebie, May 29, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed Brooklyn Lager just the other day I was interested to check out their IPA. It shares similarities, is more hoppy but ultimately for me it wasn't as good. That said, by no means a bad beer either!

It looks great with a steady column of bubbles floating through a deep golden beer. At the surface a 1-2 finger head forms, sticks around and leaves ample lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is slightly floral with some caramel malts if you dig deeper. It's there but not particularly noteworthy. Taste-wise there are some sweeter malts and a medium, but fairly prolonged, dose of hops towards the end to bitter things out.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with no carbonation bite. Drinkability is decent: your beer will be gone in no time and another is not out of the question.

Ralphus, May 27, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker gold/light copper color with a .5 in head that was white and didn't last long.

S - Flowery and citrusy hops with some bread notes and malt sweetness initially with some nutty tones as well. The hop aroma is not to overwhelming but it's definitely there.

T - A lot of hop flavor initially with some sharp citrus tones and some bread tones in the middle as well as malt sweetness. The bitterness leaves a little to be desired though, as there is very little. Very floral flavor with some grapefruit hints as well. As it warms though I cant get over the fact that it has low bitterness even though the taste is good. I also hint some sweet fruits in the taste.

M - Very balanced, light-medium bodied. Refreshing and crisp.

D - High, very drinkable and refreshing.

JoEBoBpr, May 27, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A finger of head of off white head. The beer is a nice amber yellow color.

Smell: A great deal of citrus in the nose that is complemented with a sweet malt smell.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell. This is a pretty well balanced beer that ends with a bitter hop flavor. There is a bit of pine flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: overall this is a pretty good beer. The appearance didn't completely win me over, but it seems like a decent beer.

OnThenIn, May 25, 2009
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Orange-amber hue with 2-3 finger head from my friend's kegerator. Great retention and lacing.

S: Piney with pretty substantial [pale malt backbone as well.

T: Easy to enjoy but better with warming. Initial pine hops assault is more complex with time. Pale malt lose the balance battle handily but still provide a good counterpoint. Hops bite is a bit astringent and alcohol is detectable.

M: Coating and oily with medium-high carbonation for the style (low-medium overall). Aftertaste is piney.

D: Good IPA with on-tap freshness that improves after a bit of warming. Nothing earth-shaking but a good crossover IPA.

argock, May 25, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ap. Nice amber with no head to speak of. Love the columns of bubbles.
Sm. Strong citris, orange, grapefruit
Ta. Strong grapefruit flavor, very tart with good bitter finish.
Mf. Nothing too distinctive, good and bitter.
Dr. Yes, I could do a couple of these, but I only bought one. Hmmm. I've found another friend.

deaconoflove, May 23, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep gold-amber with off white head. Decent lace.

Smell- Crisp malt. Light fruit and citrus. Nice, light maltiness to balance bitter hops.

Taste- Strong, crisp citrus-hop flavor. Some crisp, grainy malt. Comes together fairly well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability- Light and refreshing-- good.

endincolorado, May 21, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Mahars.

A: A touch darker than the normal version. A medium copper color with those nice cask bubbles. A touch of lacing.

S: Much hoppier than the bottled or draft version. While I was drinking it I thought that it was dry hopped.

T: Much better than any other version of this beer I have had. It was really bitter. Tons of other flavors though. Nice malt backbone.

M: Very delicate cask carbonation.

D: By far the best version of this beer I have ever had. If they did something different to the cask version they should do it all the time.

aerozeppl, May 19, 2009
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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