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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,992 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 27
Gots: 123 | 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 barknee
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn EIPA pours a cloudy clover honey color with a thin cream-colored head. A soft nose of evergreen, pine and fresh hops entice visions of healthy forestation. Quite bitter to taste: Somewhat austere, very dry, tannic, a bit backward and generally mediocre. This brew is a less than stellar example of the style, nevertheless decisively potable.

barknee, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of jjboesen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from the remarkable brewer Garrett Oliver; Brooklyn East IPA opens with a thick head that quickly dissipates into moderate lacing. Amber colored it presents an initial orange taste with a crisp mouthfeel. Though not as hoppy as expected, it still retains a fresh body good enough for a hot day (or an air-conditioned bar where this one went down). Of course, I'd try anything from Brewmeister Oliver.

jjboesen, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and pale hops with touches of caramel and nuts.

T: The taste starts with the bitterness of pale hops and some caramel sweetness. There’s a little bit of citrus in there as well and it gets progressively more balanced as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while and one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style. I could drink a few of them but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in Ohio as part of the Brooklyn Beer Party Pack. Out of a brown bottle into my pint glass. Rich amber color with thin head that is barley there. Smell does pick up the hops in it, but it is not intimidating as some of the IPA's out there. A more flavorful IPA with some pucker too it, but not overbearing or overpowering. This is a good starter IPA. I must admit that it went very well with my plate of hot wings and blue cheese. As far as IPA's go, it's not my pick of the litter, but it's not the runt either.

Homerbag, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before, but not since I've started reviewing beers on here. I prefer pale ales to this, but this is a good, solid brew and a solid representation of it's style.

The pour is nice - the beer had a golden shade of apricot to it and a nice, solid head to match. There could have been a bit more lacing, the but the aroma and taste more than made up for it. Yes, it's a bit metallic and soapy, but the mouthfeel is still great regardless. There's notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of pine, and of course, hops. They don't overpower but they linger quite nicely in between sips, and this doesn't have the signature hop characteristic that loosely ties the lager, pennant ale, and pilsener. There's a kick here, but not like the overhopped west coast IPA's that I'm accustomed to.

Even though the ABV is 7.00, it's not easily detected and the back of this beer stands out head and shoulders above any hints of alcohol. Yes, it's unseasonably warm out for this time of the year and I tend to skip the hoppy stuff during these spells, but this has fit in quite well tonight. Cheers to Garrett and the Brooklyn Brewery for keeping this in their portfolio of offerings!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - Best before September 2007 (oops)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruby and copper color with a strong vibrance of orange and red. The head tops 2 inches and is off white in color. It becomes cake-like and shows off its many craters.

Smell: Hop oil and grapefruit are strong aromas. A melange of berries is hidden in there, though and makes this beer awesome to sniff. Lemon peel, raspberry, cherry, apple and alcohol round out the aromas.

Taste: Wow. After all those great aromas I was surprised to find that there isn't much going on in the flavor department. Initial flavors are hop flowers and lavendar. Malt then becomes the victor and balances out this beer. Lemon and slight grapefruit are other contributors. Alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with an alcohol presence on the throat and the nostrils. Since flavor and sweetness are not outstanding, alcohol sort of becomes the focal point of this brew.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I hope that this was a victim of being drunk beyond the freshness date, but I doubt it. I wish a flavor would have stood out more to catch my attention. This is a good beer but it falls behind in a league of extraordinary counterparts in the market. At 7%, I'm sure a few would bring on a buzz.

Risser09, Oct 04, 2007
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice 2 finger tall light tan head sits on top of a honey amber colored body. Bubbles leave a slight lace. Hoppy nose is very almost leafy green with very fresh hop notes. Also includes an almost dill hint with slight lime. Enters the mouth with a slight but noticeable pickled olive feel at first. Quickly turns to an even mineral bitter mouth coating. This sharply bitter mouth hue is dominant throughout. Nice carbonation levels are present. Mouthfeel is thick and a real taste bud kicker. Enjoyable.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of dogboy
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA exceeded my expectations and is the best US version that I've ever tried. It was balanced to perfection to my Englishman abroad tastebuds. At 6.8% I wouldn't want to down too many, but found I was desperate for more. It is seriously drinkable. It's not extreme, but to me that is what kills too many US IPA's. Another excellent offering from Brooklyn.

dogboy, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec. 07 notched on label. Pours orange-amber with a very sticky head. Glorious aroma of fresh hop cones. A malty sweet caramelized sugar cookie aroma is the background base. Hop bitterness flavor is bright in the English style. More lemony than most US versions which tend toward grapefruit, orange and peach hop characters. Some mild mint and pine notes come through to reinforce the leafy, fresh hop cone sensation on the palate. Taste is lip-smackin' and dries out quickly giving a thirst for the next quaff. Very clean and to the point; get everything you can out of the hops in bitterness, flavor and aroma. Give it a try.

mshallah, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour to a deepened gold with a healthy cream-colored spume of good stickiness and retention.
Fully floral nose, back-ended with biscuit maltiness and a powerful candied sweetness that seems out of place, if not outright unnatural. It still smells good, just a tad weird.
Starts with a dryish grainy pale malt, then goes all gummi-fruit. It becomes oversweet with notions of orange and cherry (again, candied and in gummibear form). Tracers of caramel and further notions of grain, but fruit reign supreme here. It ends with a dedicated floral hoppiness, while mild, it is solid in flavor, bitterness, and linger.
Light bodied, given the strength and style. Yet, it still manages to be drinkable. It's bizarre and superficially flawed, but not hate-able.

cokes, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA glass.

A- Amber color with a light head that remain thru the sample.

S- Nice citrus hop smell.

T- This beer has great balance between the hop that you encounter art first and the malt that greets you on the backend.

M- Medium

D- What more can be said about BBC. This one of their best beers and they have been doing it right for many years. Enough hops to get the taste buds going built on top of a solid beer. Would have this beer again.

mobud, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in late July, BBD of Oct 07

Poured peach tea/amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Piney hops & breadyness

T: Hop tea, earthy hops, grapefruit & breadyness up front. Fruittyness follows as this warms. Finishes with a nice crisp hop tea snap, dryness & more fruitty notes

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice EIPA!

russpowell, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of scott
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A moderately clear copper with minimal carbonation and head retention. Pleasant hop nuances with a pronounced sweet malt in the back-end. Crisp, bitter and drinkable. If it needed anything, maybe a tad bit more floral/citric suggestions for solo consumption, but this goes very well with food. With its moderately priced tag & the drinkability factor, this will find its way into regular rotation. Recommended.

Edit: post review, looked at the bottle and it stated best before 06.06. Obviously, I will re-review.

scott, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Pig's Eye Pub glass.

A: Pours a pale, copper yellow with a one finger head of carbonation bubbles which dissipate after a few moments. Lots of lively carbonation flying around in there.

S: A little bit of citrus hops at first, but mostly sweet malts can be taken in here.

T: Light hop flavor up front, but predominantly sweet malts towards the end. A little roasty, a little biscuity, but pleasant nonetheless.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a bit thin on the intake, but character builds when it's held for a few seconds.

D: Hops and malts are complimented well here, but it's a bit to plain overall to session or keep buying again and again. Listed ABV would probably prevent you from doing so anyway, but it's a bonus for those who expect an English IPA to be meek.

Overall, another solid installment for Brooklyn. These guys know what they're doing, and this is a slightly more hopped, slightly jacked up English IPA. I prefer American IPAs, but this was not too shabby.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, carbonated copper body with a fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh biscuits with a touch of caramel and hints of flowers.

Taste: Dry, flakey biscuit maltiness with only a thin dose of sweetness. There's a moderate citric bitterness that slowly builds along with distinct mint-like flavor. Finishes bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, fairly easy-going IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is on the malty side, slight hops/citrus/pines, very good dose of caramel. There a nice sweetness to this brew, with a slight bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice English IPA from Brooklyn.

Wasatch, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: nothin good nothin bad. gold with bronze hues eggshell head

smell: up front was fresh and fruity then went quickly to citrus sharp hops, maybe some pine.. not much

taste: again up front it was flavorful fruity and nice, then quickly went soapy sour tangy all at once with some dull stale tasting malts in the back. trashy bottle flavor in there also.

mf: lil oil but thin watery with a seperate zing of carbonation

drinkable?: if you like it.. there is nothing aside from preferance that would make this hard to drink.

ok for a half hearted ipa

AndoBrew, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess this beer's hops could be bigger and the malt could be louder, but it's just so nice the way it is. The rolls through like a strong bitter, though not as cocoa and toffee laden as an ESB, and is followed indistinct, but very pleasant citrus-lemon hop push. The complexities all-round could be finer and deeper, but as it stands, this beer is a bit of a joy to drink. Maybe I'm a sucker, but at least I'm happy.

tempest, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this 12 ounce brown bottle at Shop Rite Liquors in West Caldwell, NJ.
Appearance: A translucent amber color with a small white head providing good retention and a lot of thin lacing.
Smell: Unique aroma, with more malt that I was expecting.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, a bit malty for an IPA, but not out of style, just not to expected, even for an English.
Mouthfeel: Very rigid.
Drinkability: Better than average, but not out of this world.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say. I was surprised by this one and feel it deserves some credit.

Pour left a massive off-white head with tightly packed bubbles of carbonation, which rose steadily upward. Sticky lacing left on the glass during consumption.

Smell was of grassy, earthy hops. Very clean with a spiced piney scent of hops in there also. Some light caramel in the malts and a biscuity presence as well. It reminded me somewhat of the Finest Kind.

Some malt initially then big, strong hops in the taste. Somewhat bitter but balanced. The English hops are crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is also somewhat bitter. A little oily texture provided that is sticky on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability, considering it's at 6.8%, is great. I like.

ncvbc, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: A golden amber body with a very small white head. Retention did not really hold, but it did slow down to a nice lacing that stuck with the beer.

S: A very nice smell. Floral scents were present, possibly indicating that there was some dry hopping. Also, a nice balance of malts were present in the smell as well, which was interesting. Definitely does not seem like a real "hop bomb."

T: A very balanced, solid taste. The initial taste is a sweet, caramel malty taste that was very smooth. There was a nice presence of hops in the aftertaste that, combined with the malts, provided a very balanced brew.

M: The mouthfeel was pretty solid. A full-bodied feel that was smooth and easy to drink.

D: This beer is definitely very drinkable. A solid, sweet malt taste with a nice, hoppy aftertaste made it a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

I combined this brew with some pork chops with sauerkraut and it was definitely a nice combination.

maddogruss, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast... The bottle i had stated it was 6.8% rather than the 7% listed here..

Poured a deep amber orange colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and quite rocky then faded slowly to decent thickish covering.. no carbonation whatsoever.. some light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice peppery and piney hops, caramel maltiness, some light butterscotch notes, toasted bread, floral honey, quite herbal, some saltiness, grassy, some light rubbery notes, the faintest of leathery traces...

Taste – Peppery and piney hops to the fore with some very light caramel malty sweetness in the background... some honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread, very floral and perfumed, some light medicinal notes, definite sea saltiness, some light soapy traces, light metallic notes..

M&D - Quite sharp, crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Pretty damn refreshing and drinkable although at 6.8% it's probably just a little on the strong side for being sessionable..

Overall - A pretty decent IPA... maybe the hops are just slightly on the harsh side but apart from that it's definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, served chilled in a Duvel glass. 6.8%abv

Pours with a rich shimmering copper toned body, hints of rich amber and a few red hues. Dense, tight off white head with great retention. Amazingly thick strands of lacing stick to the inside of the glass

Smell, alcoholic estery tinged english hop aroma, fresh berries, some faint pine aroma. Little bit of almond and zesty lemon and lime. A slightly buttery malt character also, tiny little bit of mustiness too.

Taste, initially a crisp solid malt profile soon kicked into touch by tonnes of crisp english bittering hops. The hops seem very distinguishable, the flavours seem to comes through in easily identifiable stages. Rich almost quinine like bitterness from the hops, little bit of freshly squeezed tangy orange juice. Lots of lasting bitterness on the palette

Another winner from the Brooklyn brewery. A very drinkable IPA considering the strength, tasty and full of hoppy bitterness. That said its not quite as well rounded and balanced as say Stone IPA or Celebration Ale.... the flavours seem a bit uncontrolled and don't seem to mould well together, however still a very drinkable brew

I paired this with a hot pepperoni and jalepeno pizza, good combo

cypressbob, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of shabbtastic
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ordered it on tap and was told they were out, my wife couldn't understand why I was so upset. Anyway, pick up a sixer, it was clearly marked with freshness date which is months away! Poured very nicely into a Pilsner glass (is that okay?) Here we go:

A - Dark golden reddish, nice carbonation with very nice head retention.

S - Hoppy! - Yeah

T - Fresh up front with a nice clean hoppy finish.

M - Full, with a nice feel on the tip of the tongue.

D - Very dangerous, it went down rater quick. With the 6.75 ABV (that's what the label says) I felt the effect right away, stopped at one, just glad I have 5 more to enjoy.

I haven't been to disappointed with the Brooklyn styles, I strongly suggest checking this out, it's a true IPA for the ages!

shabbtastic, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an orange colored beer with a medium white head. It had a sweet, flowery aroma. A fruity taste, peppery hops later. A nice, not too aggressive IPA.
Parenthetically, I tried this beer both in a regular pint glass and in the new Sam Adams pint glass. While this was an admittedly unblinded study, the head was bigger and lasted longer in the SA pint, and I thought the beer stayed cooler (although maybe I drank it faster).

lordofthewiens, Aug 12, 2007
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.