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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,111 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 31
Gots: 201 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of Derranged
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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

Appearance: Dark golden body with a two finger head that has great retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, fruity hops blended well with caramel sweet malt. Its something different for an IPA that I'm not really used too.

Taste: Hops are first off the bat followed by that sweet malt. I'm a little let down with the malt overpowering the hops as I drink more.

Feel/Drink: Mouth is a bit weak as is the drinkability. Not a fan.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pale garnet, kind of the color watered down iced tea looks. The head is off white and very thin but there is enough to leave some tiny lacing on the glass.

Nose is sweet and smells of lightly caramelized grains and stale white bread. The hops are barely there and not in the aromatic capacity that I'd prefer. They end up being musty and to distant making this beer mostly smell like grain. Not a good sign for an IPA.

Taste is a let down from the nose (if you can believe that.) Hops have even less of a showing here. What is there in abundance is a tart, acrid grain with not much sweetness or character. There is an futile attempt at some citrus but it falls flat. The first few sips had a metallic taste of wet dog but it eventually subsides and becomes undetectable.

Mouthfeel is where this beer picks up the slack albeit a little to late. The hops surge her and dole out handfuls of grandma cheek pinching goodness. Bubbly and medium bodied make it nice to drink even if the nose and taste are bland. It's drinkable but not the most enjoyable by a long shot.

Photo of malty
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: May 2010

I've had this plenty of time (on tap) at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland, but this is the first time I purchased it from a store in the bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear perfect copper color with a loose white head that settles to a thin 1/8". Not much visible carbonation. Decent lacework.

Nice blend of malty sweetness (powdered sugar cookies) and bright citrus fruity (pineapple & apricot) hoppy goodness. The sweet outweighs the hops in the nose, but it begs to beg chugged. I'll digress to a respectable quaff...

Sharp. sharp hoppiness right out of the gate. The malt I've been smelling has ran and hidden behind a a somewhat astringent and very clean/bright hop henchman. You can taste the malted barley through the sharp hops, but there is no malt traction or perceivable presence. As the beer warms, the maltiness does come out! Some redemption with 10F higher.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied with a dry, bitter and clean finish. Carbonation is just above moderate and keeps things playful.

Drinkability is good. Nonintrusive and clean flavors.

A bit too thin and muted (in the hop dept.) for my qualifications for an IPA. I believe my scores would have been a bit higher if this brew was classified as a Pale Ale. I do like how prickly and sharp it is. I'd like to pair it with some straight-up Mexican food. Definitely some Thai curry dishes too!

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

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Deep orange golden hue, not that pale. Nice two finger head that dissipates to a nice sheen with good lacing here and there.

S: Nice, almost nutty, spicy hoppiness. Malts come through in the nose.

T: EKG, Willamette, Centennial, Northdown, and Amarillo hops flood the palette. There's a bit of the British Pale malt for a bit in the middle then it finishes not as dry as I would have figured. Actually ends pretty mildly as opposed to the huge bitter beginning.

M: Pretty good for this type.

D: The hops are big on this one. It's a bit on the bitter side, but as this one warms in the glass it warms to your palette as well.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from tjmodica - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of April 2010. Was a golden amber color with slight carb streams. Had a finger of white head that quickly settled into a good collar and some wisps. Good sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma is a bit weak but that seems standard for the style. Floral and grassy hops with a touch of lemon. Good malty base. The flavor was also a bit weak and again seems to be style standard. Grassy hops are front and center with sweet malt hitting in the back half for a smooth, balanced finish. Mouthfeel was a little watery but had good after-taste.

Overall, probably the best English IPA I've had but still prefer the American IPA and definitely the double IPA. Do recommend especially if you want some but not a lot of hops. For me, it's good but too many other great IPA's out there. R[lmtd/bot]

Photo of zoso1967
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is definitely hoppy, but a bit more subdued than most American IPAs. Lemony, grassy and herbal hops dominate the aroma. The flavor is quite strange. Very bitter, but the hop flavor is a flash in the pan that soon gives way to harsh, dry bitterness. What little hop flavor there is tastes like lemon grass. Not a bad flavor, but I prefer it less than either the usual American or British hop profiles. Alcohol is strangely evident even though this beer is under 7% ABV. Really not getting much malt at all, this beer seems buried in bittering hops. Very dry finish and a body that is on the light side of medium. It would be fairly drinkable if not for the fact that it really does not taste that great. Pretty disappointing coming from such a renowned brewery.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a honey tinged brown with light carbonation. Head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing. Not a very impressive appearance, but still looks delicious.

S - Smell is a strong, hoppy, lemony smell that has an unfortunate dish soap smell to it. Overall good, but too grassy to be perfect.

T - Interesting taste. Strong hoppiness to it, obviously, but more lemony and grassy than I usually get. Unfortunately that same lemon dishsoap taste is back and much stronger than in the smell. Really overpowers on this brew. However, what's left in the taste is a good powerful hop backbone with some roasted flavor to it. Very interesting, but still held back by the lemony flavor. If you like Sam Adams Summer or Sam Adams Coastal Wheat this might be for you.

MF - Again, nothing outstanding. Pretty standard for an IPA.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Even for the hoppiness it's pretty easy to put back.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.