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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,981 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 26
Gots: 118 | 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:
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Photo of rarevos
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber color. Very little carbonation, head was half a finger that lasted 30 seconds. I get worried that I have flat beer when that happens. Turned the glass around and saw one lonely line of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Surprisingly, hops aren't at the front of the nose. The malt is, as the first sniff is sweet and caramel-like. Has a zesty citrus aroma at the end. I've been having a lot of piney IPAs lately, so this is a nice change of pace.

T: A maltier IPA. Sweet at the front; there are hops present, but the Brooklyn Lager is almost hoppier than this beer. Dry finish that's lightly hoppy. It balances more as it warms, but it still tastes more like a bitter/citrusy lager than an IPA. I docked it points in the "Taste" category above -- it's not that the beer tastes bad, but it just doesn't really taste like an IPA.

M: It wasn't flat, but it's a thin, watery mouthfeel.

D: It's OK, but if I'm at a store craving an IPA, I'll reach for several other beers (several non-IPAs, even) if I want something hoppy. It's smotth, easy to drink, but more of a pale ale than an IPA. I could easily see non-IPA drinkers gravitating to this to explore hops in a safe environment.

rarevos, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a tumbler glass.

A: The ale is a copper color with a small head and little lace.

S: The ale has a firm hoppy nose that quickly blends into a biscuity malt nose.

T: The taste is somewhat underwhelming. There is a firm hop bitterness up front but by the mid-point of the glass the malts stand out signficantly. The hops are good when they appear, but they never made a big enough to-do.

M: The ale is refreshing and tastes good, it just seems to lose a bit of its punch over the course of a pint.

D: Drinkable, a solid beer from Brooklyn. The hops are quite restrained here.

akorsak, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a lighter shade for an IPA. The smell is aomewhat hoppy and a little bit like....canteloupe? Maybe it's just me. Not as hoppy or as smooth as some IPA's I have had. Not bad, but not a stand out. There is a slight aftertaste of hops. A good aftertaste. I could go for this again. Not bad, somewhere around mid range for the style.

Enola, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rather clear genuine amber with a finger of thin white head that fades quickly to constellations of froth. Sparse spits of lacing pointillate the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a mild toasted malt sweetness along with a peppery hops presence. A brief note of citrus tangles with a rather unusual, almost meaty bit of...poultry seasoning?

Upon sipping, there arrives a softly sweet drift of toasted malt sweetness, with caramel and dried dark fruit. A mellow citrus and pine and floral trio dries and bitters gently. A touch of biscuit comes about residually as the hops continue to a pleasantly bitter, dry finish. It's not complex or extreme, and it's fresh because of that.

A touch north of light bodied, it travels across the palate rapidly but with a brief coating experience.

Well, the aroma was a different kettle of fish, but it was really the only sour note, albeit a notable one. It has a nice, manageable flavor profile that delivers a refreshing and basic drinkability despite a slightly jacked ABV, and it's a good candidate for multiple encounters. I'll just be sure not to smell it too intensely next time.

Foxman, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Detroit. Mostly this was just a mediocre IPA, thin and one-dimensional, bitter without any sweetness to balance it. Brooklyn makes many good beers, you'd think the IPA would be good... I won't waste many words.
Appearance: Clear yellow with thin fizzy foam
Smell: Pine needle hops
Taste: Bitter hops
Mouthfeel: Weaker than it could be
Drinkability: ...

TurdFurgison, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.99 12 pack 7.00% Best by 3/06.


Pours a lovely crystal clear light orange-brown with about an inch of tight white head that settles slowly leaving behind a healthy lace.


Brilliant grapefruit aroma that is bursting with sweetness and citrus oils.


Umm, hoppy! A nice vinous pine with grapefruit sweetness coupled with a nice malt backbone that is a touch bready and a touch nutty. Somehow I've never had this offering from Brooklyn, and I was missing out.

cbl2, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small head, fully transparent nice amber color.

S: Mostly piney hops.

T: Complex hoppiness up front. Nice hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Rather full, good bitterness lingering.

D: Good, but the hoppy bitter aftertaste effects this.

Overall a good brew, but I wish there was more of a malty balance here.

51mmz0rz, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, no freshness date. Pours a deep copper with orange highlights. Two fingers of off-white foam rests on top nicely carbonated. Lacing paints the inside of my tumbler. Rich caramel smells along with fruity aromas of granny smith apples and tart citrus. Medium bodied, carbonation tingles my tongue. First sweet malt caramel, prunes and apples on the middle of the tongue. A little bit peppery. Quickly washed away by a sharp grassy bitterness, and ultimately leaving a dry citrus in the back of the throat only to be quenched by another sip. This beer was rather complex and at the same time drinkably simple. Very nice IPA.

SteveO1231, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of trep
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to the orange copper hue. Small off-white head fades quickly to leave scattered bubbles.

Honey, apples, and piney hops are in the nose at first. Some sweet malt and the faintest bit of roasted malt. A little alcohol, too.

Piney hops are balanced perfectly with the sweetness of honey and toffee. Bitter piney hops initially that fade to allow the malt to show its colors. Not bad. Balanced and very refreshing. As it warms, some metallic bitterness comes out.

Light mouthfeel, a good bit of carbonation, possibly too much. Refreshing on a warm day i'm sure, and easy drinking.

trep, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of JBStith
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

A: Medium golden, not yet approching amber, with great clarity. Nice white initial head. Low retention, but descent lacing.

S: Great, powerful hop aromas. Floral, spice, and citrus. A lovely aroma. Very slight malt if any at all.

T: Nice hops (similar to smell). Descent malt backbone and fairly well balanced. Malts and alcohol (7% abv) come through as it warms. Also a bit grassy and floral in tatse.

M&D: Medium body, well balanced, good drinkability.

Overall and solid example of IPA.

JBStith, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Beerboybill
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Clear, darker amber color, with a medium level of carbonation and a foamy white head that didn't dissipate.

Smell: Mild hopps aroma. Very pleasing.

Taste: Good balance between malt and hopps

Mouthfeel: Pronounced bitterness, but not overpowering. Good, lasting finish (about a minute)

Drinkability: Solid, enjoyable IPA you can't go wrong with.

Beerboybill, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've really become fond of IPAs in the past two years and have enjoyed most of the Brooklyn Brewery beers as well. This does not mean, however, that I have to enjoy an IPA from Brooklyn Brewery. Nothing exciting at all about this beer. It may have been a bit higher in ABV, but this did not positively affect any qualities. An average IPA that quench my thirst and balanced some spicy food that was paired with it..

Backer2004, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is well balance between sweet and floral malt and citrus hops. Taste is a combination of smooth floral and sweet malt with a medium bitter finish. Body is creamy and quite full. Overall, without being an extreme example of the style, this is well crafted and would do very well as a session beer.

Phyl21ca, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark gold with a small white head. Smells sweet, nutty, and bristly. Taste is like a pale ale: toasty at first and slightly bitter at the end. Finishes metallic. Dry, grassy, thin on the tongue - this one has the water and the hops, but it needs malt and yeast. Soulless.

I am starting to notice a trend that Brooklyn's bottled beers are disappointing.

waughbrew, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - Amber in color with a white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell - Nice hop aroma, I am used to much more of an aroma when drinking an IPA, but from the name of this beer I figure this is English IPA in style so not a huge surprise.

Taste - English hoppiness with a balancing amount of maltiness. Very balanced between the two and pretty typical of the english IPA's I have had.

Mouthfeel - light to medium in body, with plenty of carbination crispness. refreshing.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, I was surprised to see the alcohol content on this one being 7%.

tattooedtolley, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty orange leaving a thick frothy white head that leaves a lace that is sticky and frothy. The smell is honey, spices, hop citrus with a strange nutty background. The taste starts with a bitter bite followed by a citrus rind bitterness that helps balance out the malty caramel flavors found within. The finish again takes you to a grapefruit background but is kind of watery and lacking that super sharp hop bitterness but is typical of an English style pale ale.

Franchise, May 25, 2006
Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into standard pint glass, clear orange/amber hue, virtually no head developed.

Smell - Definite hop aroma, however somewhat subdued overall.

Taste - Initial splash of English hops, but quickly balanced with malty sweetness. Not very complex, but very balanced making it very drinkable.

Overall - Very good drinkability and at 7%, one must be careful. Compared to a standard American IPA, much more balanced and perhaps a bit more drinkable, although not quite as bit a thirst quencher. (You'll have to forgive me, this was my first English styple IPA, so I'm not well versed in the style.) I enjoyed this beer and would have again, although I didn't find it overally complex.

MtnBikingandBeer, May 19, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out with a brilliant amber color and a medium creamy dense white head. Good lacing sheets sorround the glass. Aroma is herbal with some earthy grassy scents. A bit of caramel, nuts, and butter seem to also be in here. Taste is decent at best. Malts seem a bit weak in backbone and the hop flavors don't come out at all. What's left is more of an alcohol and bitter twang than anything else. Surprisingly this went down fairly fast. Maybe I was thirsty but I think the body and carbonation saved this beer. Decent but really not the kind of beer I would search for.

granger10, May 18, 2006
Photo of edchicma
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK IPA..I'm just spoiled by their Black Chocolate Stout! Pours a medium gold, but with a minimal head. Smell is light, with a hint of fruity hops. Taste starts with a bit of malt...mild hop presence..light hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel but with a "catch" on teh back of the palate. Drinkability suffers beacause of the "catchy" quality.

edchicma, May 17, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold-amber beer with a rather thin white head but nice lacing.
Pleasant Cascade hop smell with a little hay and grain.

Taste is good but not quite my idea of an IPA. Good bitterness but a little light on the malt backing. Can't taste the 7.0% alcohol. It hides well.

Very drinkable and a nice textured ale.

joedon, May 09, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This thing pours a brilliantly clear shade of copper capped with a decent head of dusky white. Random splatters of lace can be observed. The beverage is amply carbonated with plump floats. The nose is a touch weak. Vegetal hopiness. The whole dirty, raw, earthy, bark and roots deal is coming to mind again. These English IPA's are so primitive feeling. Unadulterated beer. Ale. No filler. You gotta admire the thing even if it doesn't necessarily blow your hair back. The taste is darkly bitter and dry. Nary a trace of fuitiness or floral characteristics. Spot on for this historical work. Mouthfeel light to mid. Drinkability is fine. Leaning toward indifference. A decent representation of the style.

SupaCelt, May 09, 2006
Photo of Luigi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color with a small white head. Has a good retention though.

The aroma is not a strong as I would like. Has hints of spicy herbal hop and caramel maltiness. It is all there just not very strong.

The flavor is not as strong as I expected as well. Herbal hops, come citrus flavor, and caramel malt. Nothing is overpowering.

Has a light body for an IPA.

Brooklyn IPA wasn't as big as I expected. Still a good ale just kind on the lighter side.

Luigi, May 06, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber pour, with some sustaining white head.

Sweet citrus notes in the nose. Caramel sweetness as well.

Blood oranges up front. Sweet maltiness carries the beer through to a pleasant bitternee at the back of the tongue.

Rounded carbonation with a medium body, a tasty offering.

nortmand, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan ($1.89)
pours a bright copper color with a slight head.
the aroma is malty, citrus, hopsack.
the flavor is malty, bitter, resinous, piney, rich, lingers with a pleasent after taste.
the mouthfeel is a little thick.
good ipa.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've got me a fresher version this time around! The place I got it from also refridgerates all its bottles so I'm sure this is in good shape.
Pours an IPA (read golden orange) color with some good lacing.
This batch of Brooklyn's EIPA is good stuff. Despite being quite true to style, this also gives lovers of American IPAs something to chew on.
Very smooth drinkin. On the sweeter side of the spectrum. Orange rind comes to mind in the flavor, maybe tangerine rind and tangerine juice. The hops are not aggressive but they are present. A very juicy IPA. There's just enough carbonation to let you know that it's beer but not so much as to make you think you just opened a Pepsi.
I'm not sure if this would be appealing to the uninitiated... but those that like a juicy IPA will enjoy this one. A quite classy example of the style.

ommegangpbr, Apr 06, 2006
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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