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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 155 | 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.

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

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.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer, kind of unassuming, kind of moderate. Definitely sneaks up on you though. Appearance is a pale, clear orange. Head was a nice two-finger height and lacing was impressive; top of the glass all the way to the bottom! Smell is slightly floral, slightly acidic. Taste and mouthfeel were exactly the same as the smell. Nothing real remarkable here, just a plain IPA. Drinkability is moderate; better than average but not the best IPA by far.

mashedpotatoes, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving size: 12oz bottle.

This one poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of ctirus, pine, and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, pineapples, caramel, and fruity. Ligther bitter finish..

Notes from: 02/05/08.

hopdog, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a tawny gold one inch head with ample lacing.

Not the American IPA smell but more of the traditional English IPA; mild perfume, citrus blend, earthy-grass-hay all very subdued anise seed with rose blossoms.

Tastes of herbal tea, piney citrus olive seeds with a nice warm finish; spot on!

Medium bodied and very drinkable. I would like to taste this on draft.

GordonQuid, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden with about an inch of head--Not what I was expecting fom an ipa-not much hop aroma or bitterness(seems more like a subdued English version) Has just a slight lingering bitterness throughout and a couple of hard to nail down flavors(tea? mint?)Overall a different interpretation of an ipa than what I'm used to, but quietly complex and light bodied for a 6.9 abv. Not bad and worth a try if your looking for a different take on a traditional ipa.

hosehead83, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of n811
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing an attractive two-finger head and a beautifully clear dark golden color.

Smelled primarily of herbal hops with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste was a reflection of the smell. However, the bitterness was not very well balanced - not enough malt. A little alcohol heat is definitely evident in this one.

Great foam lacing left on glass as I progressed through the beer. Again, great marks for appearance, but taste left some to be desired.

n811, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ddtprm
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a best before date of March 2009.

An aggresive pour yields a clear rust-copper color brew with a smaller than expected head. Smell is overwhelmingly floral, as expected. Taste is exactly what you would think in a traditional IPA...hops at the front and hops at the finish, nothing else. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium to light body. Drinkability is very good here. I could easily put down a few of these.

ddtprm, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into barrel-shaped pilsner glass.

Cloudy dark orange hue with a thick two finger head that settles to a thick rim paired with a thin cap. Stacked rings of lacing. Fruity and citrusy hop aromas, with a some herbal overtones. The hops provide more flavor than bitterness, with some light spice to them. The malts add a biscuity background. Full bodied.

I enjoyed this one although the other reviews seem to be slightly lower. It may be loaded with more of a leafy herbal flavor rather than bitterness, but it's a good break from the standard mouth-puckering flavor of some American IPAs.

BeerSox, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by APR 2009, this will be served in a tasting tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature. Paired with assorted cheeses and whole wheat crackers.

Appearance- Medium clear amber, supporting a firm four-finger white head. Not much lacing, just a few spots.

Smell- More earthy and perfumy hop character than our domestic varieties that exhibit floral and citrus elements.

Taste- This accomplishes its goal of withstanding the journey... bold hops with a focus on preservation are front and center, without much in the way of balance from the malt. The steeped tea and stale hop elements are surprising, considering the best by date on the bottle.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lighter on the palate than most IPAs out there, the texture doesn't exploit the nuances that could be occurring within the flavors. This seemed better last year, I'll come back to it eventually.

yelterdow, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice amber body that seems to have some green highlights; light ring of white head

s: spicy and piney hops with watery malt backbone; grass and lemons

t: spicy and piney hops with watery malt backbone; grass and lemons; finishes with a light puckering hop bitterness

m: light body w/ medium carb

d: a decent drinkable IPA

hoegaardenhero, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.8%abv. for this 355ml bottle; BB January 09, served lightly chilled in a wine glass as part of a horizontal tasting with "Great Divide - Titan IPA".

A: dark reddish amber, clear, faint carbonation, fast dissipating foamy head.
S: assertive hints of sweet tea made of Chinese "white-gourd candy" come on top of dried-grapefruit fragrance, caramalts, sweet dates, a little prunes, and a honey-ish malty backbone. Not bad, but way less complex than the Titan IPA.
T: bitter-sweet black tea dominates, followed by bitter grape-fruity zests, a touch of plums, sour-yeastiness, lots of longan-fruit tea, while the flavour of hop bitterness with a little nutty touch expand at the tail. Lingering bitterness reveals the depth of amount of hops used, interestingly clean on the palate but also always tangy on the palate.
M: very fizzy upfront, then remaining lightly fizzy throughout the drink. Clean on the palate, and medium-bodied for an IPA. Easy to drink.
D: compared with the Titan IPA, this one really is like a dwarf or some inferior creature, for the complexity and texture are both much insufficient. The strong point lies in the gradually deepening bitter level and the hop flavour. Not bad in terms of drinkability.

wl0307, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of SerieDNo3
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Pours a deep gold, with a bright white head. The head is short, and thins very quickly into an island of film, and then into nothing. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Very strong aroma of hops; smells a bit like quinine.

T: Tastes a lot like quinine. Gin and Tonic drinkers will probably enjoy this one.

M: Fairly crisp, but with very little carbonation.

D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up a bit, but I still couldn't see putting down more than one or two of these at a time. The quinine taste is very strong.

SerieDNo3, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is average. Light copper with thin head and virtually no lacing. The smell is decent with a touch of ocean salinity with a little cracker grain. The taste has some malt richness but the finish is dominated by an unpleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and round and drinkability is only ok as the unpleasant bitterness in finish would make this a chore to finish.

Chinon01, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good beginner IPA. Looks just like an India Pale Ale should - a light shade of copper. With an agressive pour I got about one and a half fingers of foam. Turns quickly into a wisp after a minute or so, though.

The aroma is very floral, not much fruitiness or pineiness as one would expect from an IPA (Two Hearted, Stone IPA for example).

Taste is very balanced, lots of tangerine, lite-grapefruit flavors of the hops go head to head with the very sweet maltiness.

The alcohol is very well-hidden, its definitely a quaffer even at 7% abv. The carbonation is perfect and goes well with nachos, burgers, and basically anything fried.

diamondc, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Not much of a head to speak of, but leaves a ring of lace around the top of the beer. Doesn't have a real distinctive IPA aroma. Some hops and pine aroma (and I think I smell yeast), but not as strong as I like with an IPA. The alcohol is noticable. It's not a bad aroma...it's just not strong enough. The taste is pretty much the same with the added touch of bitterness. It's got a lighter mouthfeel for an IPA which makes for easy drinking. No real IPA stickiness to speak of. Overall, I'm a little disappointed in this beer. I was expecting more with this being a Brooklyn beer. I'd drink it again but it's not the first IPA I'd reach for.

mtbbaboon, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of nc41
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very different style for an IPA, and definitely not what I was expecting. Pours nice, decent nose, but everything after that is definitely off. I don't feel qualified enough to break down where this one goes wrong, but it just does, and I guess that really is where the rubber meets the road. I wouldn't buy a 2nd sixer.

nc41, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. I recommend the straight-down-the-middle pour, to create a little more head.

Appearance is amber colored, and fully transparent. Fairly light color, compared to some pale ales, but not too light. Head is almost white.

Smell is very nice, hoppy, flowery scent. A room that smelled like this beer would be a nice smelling room to anyone, beer drinker or not.

Taste is hoppy, as per the type, but not overly so. The hops are balanced, and the beer is crisp and clean, with a lingering bitter-sweet flavor for some time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is light and a little creamy. The hops and carbonation work together to produce a distinct feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability is high. This beer is hopped enough to add some character, but not so much as to stop it from being easily drinkable. Putting several of these away in one night would be no challenge at all.

WalrusJockey, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times. This particular one is a bottle I bought in Austin, TX. Poured a deep orange-amber, with a nice offwhite head. Great wet hoppy aroma and flavor. I used to drink the hell out of this beer, and still would if it were not so damned expensive down here. A great brew, perfect on the drinkability scale.

AChamberlain, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a nice clear orange. I did not get a good head on this beer and there was no lace left to speak of. There was the standard amount of carbonation.

The smell of the hops did not break through the beer. I expected a decent amount of hop smell due to the fact that it was an IPA.

The taste was rather bland and I did not get a good solid hoppy taste that I expect from an IPA. There was a little bit of bitterness and it did leave a small, not unpleasant aftertaste.

I don't think this is the best IPA that I have ever had, but I would drink it again.

rgrholmes168, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up amber gold with a thin tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Piney hop aroma over a malt base

T - Slight malt flavor with a strong hop presence. Finishes with hop bitterness on the sides of my tongue. Very clean

M - Feels a little thin, but with great carbonation

D - Excellent beer. Easy to drink

hiikeeba, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes: Pours a clear orange with fine offwhite head. Spotty lacing.
Smell: mint tea, floral hops, sweet malts.
Taste: heavy on hops: floral, earthy, tea-like. Minty. Slightly sweet malt in the background, citric bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, puckering finish.
There are some English qualities to this like the background diacytl and tea like hops. Flavors are slightly muddled, and the finish is a little much, but overall this is a good EIPA.

babaracas, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice IPA, and resembles some English IPAs mroe than US ones. In the orange marmalde elements, in particular, I notice a similarity to Meantime IPA, one of my favourites for the style.

Reddish copper, it has a medium pale tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin wispy top and leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is malty with orange marmalade, candied orange peel, yeasty bread, caramel (slightly burnt), more citrus.

The taste is very toasty-caramelly with a lot of leafy-citrus hop, including caramelized orange, and a hint of pine, along with definite toastiness. The bitterness just dominates the sweet, caramelly character, lasting through the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. It's quite interesting, with a nice range of flavours and some richness, different from the usual IPA, very tasty and highly drinkable. It's a little on the toasty-caramelly and oily side for the style.

Offa, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a small head. Disappeared quickly. Good lacing throughout the beer.

S: Pine with some citrus

T: Loads of hops; it seems to overpower the rest of the beer. A lot of pine.

M: A little bitter. Moderate carbonation. Goes down relatively smooth.

D: Drinkable but not outstanding.

RickKrumenacker, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of trbergman
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pours a reddish amber with one finger of bone white head that quickly recedes to a lace.

Smell - Mostly pine, with muted grapefruit. A bit of sweet honey aroma as it warms.

Taste - Bitter. This doesn't really taste like an English IPA. American hops lead the charge with grapefruit, pine, and pineapple flavors. There's some clean malt flavor in the middle -- slightly bready, but not like an Oktoberfest. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, almost creamy as it warms.

Drinkability - Not bad. I could have another -- not sure about a third.

trbergman, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with tiny white head and no lacing

S - Clean straight up hop smell a little sweet and a little green

T - Nice not over the top hops with a good balance of malts thrown in

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty smooth and enjoyable to drink could use a tad less carbonation I think

midaszero, Oct 31, 2008
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