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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
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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 Beerbuddha
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden, copper color and had a nice thick head which dissapates quickly. The lacing was minimal but present. The aroma was a nice minty hop smell with a little sweetness present. The taste is typical of an IPA but not as bitter and biting as most. This beer has a nice maltiness which gives it a nice flavor balance. The style is a bit different than most IPAs in the sense that it lacks that bitterness reminiscent of the typical IPA. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy with medium carbonation. Overall a descent beer. This beer would be very refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber, very clear, some carbonation. The head is soapy, retains for awhile, and laces. The smell is sweet malt, husky grain, some hop leaf as well. This is a medium bodied beer, a little chewier than most IPAs, and there is a little bit more sweetness on the front end than is often the case. There is also a slightly syrupy quality you'll find as well. The beer has a big malt character and it does get bitter on the back end, but not so much from hop esters; the bitterness has some tea like qualities, perhaps a slight nutty flavor emerges as things settle in too. There is some huskiness to this beer, but mostly just big malts come through. It is not nearly as dry as is often the case with this style. The ABV on the bottle is 6.8% ABV, slighly less than the 7% ABV noted above. I'm thinking that this beer has gone through some transformations since it was first introduced. It is a good beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber-copper with a fluffy white head that left a sticky lacing behind.

S: floral hops with lemon hints.

T: sweet maltiness that was nicely balanced with dry citrus hopping and some sour oranges.

M: moderate and dry leaving subtle floral notes and a slight malty residue on tongue.

D: The beer is very drinkable at 6.8% and balanced nicely between the malt and hops which has just enough to keep things interesting and goes down nicely.

Photo of jf60657
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into goblet.

poured a strong tight head that calmed down into pretty lacing on the top. Very nice deep lively amber color with rising bubbles from the bottom.

The nose is of light hop oils, some citrus and candi malts. Not much there really.

Tastes mostly of sweet malts with very little hop bitterness but I taste slight hop flavors. Doesn't taste bad at all, refreshing as hell but not a knockout at all.

Mouthfeel is kind of soapy with a very dry and chewy aftertaste. Almost like cottonmouth or morning mouth.

I'll kill off the sixer and move on. I expected a lot from this after hearing rave reviews about brooklyn brewery. Ends a run of exceptional IPA's as of late

Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber in color with a white head that reduces to a thick ring in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of hops and a light smell of biscuits.

The flavor is equally good. There is a nice amount of bitterness, but it's well balanced by malt flavors to create a nice hoppy total.

The body is light, but has enough substance to keep it from being watery.

Overall a very drinkable beer and another winner from Brooklyn.

Photo of dippy
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber hue with a light and rocky head.

Smelled a bit peppery and piney. Some sweetness at the finish.

Some nice noble hops up front. good and piney/floral. The hops fall off and allow some of the maltiness to come through.

Decent drinkablility. Well balenced for an american IPA. More drinkable than most as well.

I will buy again.

Photo of mully
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to grandq for hooking me up with this beer.

a-- lily while head falls quick leaving a little lace great copper color crystal clear.

s -- biscuit malt and hops separate good, together it's got a slight barn scent.

t-- ok, the roast malt bitterness is not my favorite. May be to style, it's just not a style I prefer. Hard water style I don't enjoy I know others do not bad just not what I enjoy

m-- fine, good carbonation, lingering after taste

d -- brought down by not being a fan of the flavors I would only drink 1

Photo of dfillius
4.89/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass in late Feb 08; bottle says enjoy by May 08.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/5 finger of white fizzy head that quickly fades to a thin ring. Crystal clear golden brown color is beautiful and has terrific luminosity. I want more head!
S: Delightful bright hop levity and nice sweet malt backbone. Hops are a great floral smelling variety!
T: So bright! A good hop start segues into great sweetness that is then followed by a drying flavor from more hops. Delicious and perfect. Definitely an English IPA as the hops are not too dominant.
M: Fizzy foam at first but not sharp. Finishes with a drying feel that makes me want another sip, then another!
D: Wowsers, even at 6.8%, it's so good! I want a whole six pack!

Photo of hustlesworth
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber and a nice puffy white head becomes rocky as it slowly settles. leaving little waves of lace. .

S- malty pine lemon citrus, chardonnay, resinous, ruby red grapefruit, is the best way to describe it but they're not your typical ipa pine grapefruit, etc. it's strange and different yet interesting.

T- spicy floral pine citrus hops amarillo maybe? solid pale malt back, grains, rye, motor oil, wood resin, orange, tangerine, caramel, butterscotch, but not like diacetyl.

MF- pretty standard ipa, but there's somethign different, i just don't know what. kinda astringent, dry and citric, mid-lo carb and mid body.

D- very nicely drinkable though.

Photo of billybob
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a orange amber color with a beige two finger head that held up well with a wispy light lace. fruity and pine aromas in the nose. slightly sweet fruity malt with a subdued citrus finishing with a piney hop after taste. medium mouthfeel and carbonation ok. i would buy it again.

Photo of dsa7783
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Houlihan's in Livingston... average appearance with not much head or lacing in the glass... Smell was also equally average for the style, with some fresh hops, citrus, and coriander... taste wasn't anything to write home about, and overall, was more bitter than anything else... not much sweetness detected at all, but the alcohol was certainly noticeable along with an abrupt bitterness at the front and in the aftertaste... decent thick mouthfeel, but drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich bitterness associated with the overall character of the brew... overall, there are much better representations of the style out there... Wouldn't necessarily recommend this one, as it didn't really stand out...

Photo of Daredevil
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful golden colour .... a very hoppy smell .... which strange enough turns into a rather malty tast, pleasant nutty bitterness ...
interesting brew, if I would have been tasting this blindfolded, I can't imagine placing this to NY ... pleased to give a good review to a US brew ....

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is equal portions of pungent hops and sweet malt and a note of mint.

The taste on first sip is both hoppy and malty with the hops*grassy) just eeking out the malt. Further sips in and the malty character subsides somewhat leaving the hops to dominate...and there's a minty/fruity flavour in the background as well. The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes with a bitter bite that I quite enjoy when I'm in the mood for it. And I am...;^)

I tried this a few years ago and, iirc, I thought it was a touch maltier than what I'm sipping on today but it's still a good drop and I'd put it in my regular rotation if it was available locally.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. The IPA pours a great orange-copper color with a nice white head on top that works its way down rather nicely. Beautiful lacing as well. Wonderful hop aroma that reminds me of Chinook hops, very floral with a hint of citrus. The first flavor sip comes across as a shock, not as hoppy as the aroma with a very smooth well-balanced malt finish to it. Hints of grapefruit are present but not as overpowering as most of todays AIPAs. This makes me believe that this is very close to what the British were making when they brewed IPAs back in the day. Stronger alcohol content and a great use of hops makes this a great version of a classic beer style. I believe that George Hodgson would be proud that this beer is so close to the style that he once brewed. I give it good markings because it is a great version of the Old English IPA style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before July 08

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark bronzish amber color with a thin fizzy off-white head. The aroma is pretty weak for an IPA with some malt and citrusy hops. The taste is malt up front with some bitter citrusy hops in the finish. Overall, I am just not a huge fan of this IPA.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light orange amber color, small off white head which quickly dissipate leaving medium lacing on the glass and a nice cover layer on entire surface of the beer. Carbonation is medium with very small bubbles.

S = Grapefruit, pine, but slight sweet smells of the malt come through, too, but this is pretty much a hop forward smelling beer.

T = Good tingle of sharp bitters on front of tongue when followed by the grapefruit and other citrus flavors of the hops, mid-palate there is a little more balance with the sweetness of the malt showing up. Also, there is a very slight metallic taste, but I am not positive if that is the beer of if I did not properly cleanse my palate, in any event, it does not cause any real unpleasantness. Finish is medium long and mostly bitter but with some sweetness mid-tongue.

M = Medium-light bodied, good feeling from the carbonation, it is present but soft, not harsh. Mouthcoating is pretty good as well.

D = This is a very drinkable IPA. I could happily drink this on most occasions where I feel like an IPA and if it weren't 7% ABV, I could happily drink it all night or day. As it is, I'd probably call it quits after 3 of them.

Photo of stewart124
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with amber hues and white head. The head was thick at first but then fizzled to a thin lace. The lace leaves little traces down the glass but it leaves something to be desired.

Citrus and bits of pine come through the nose. Lots of aroma here from a high dose of hops. Not picking up a malt profile yet.

Taste is bitter and finishes dry with a slight sweetness. My mouth almost puckers with the first hit of hops. Body is light to medium with a slight residual sweetness. Little hints of fruits are detectable; pears and the hops kick in a bold citrus flavor. There is a pine aftertaste that hits the tastebuds and lingers.

I enjoy this IPA and I could put back a few of these.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have yet to have something from Garrett Oliver and Brooklyn that I haven't liked and this one was no different.

Pours out an inviting light orange color, with a decent head.

The smell is glorious! It's like a bouquet of floral and citrusy hops hitting you in the face.

You immediately taste the bitter floral hops as you wet your whistle. It is not quite as bitter going down as some other IPAs. There is also a bit of a citrus mixed there as well.

It is also a bit thicker in feeling than most other IPAs, and is a bit fizzy as it hits your tongue, leaving you with a bitter dry tongue.

Overall another winner from Brooklyn

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a nice white head. Leaves very good looking lacing.

Smell is English hops (Goldings?) I don't really know my hop varieties that well. A bit of grassy floral notes.

Taste is grassy hops. More bitter than citrusy. Some bready malt.

Overall, this is a solid English IPA. A good change of pace from all the high citrus, high octane American IPAs. Not that I want to stop drinking those or anything.

Photo of Lupe
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a decent sized fluffy white head. Head slowly dissipates, has some staying power, and leaves little lace.

Floral and big citrus hop aroma. Sweet malt with light fruit.

Lots of juicy citrus hop bitterness. Some floral hops as well as tart fruit. Nice sweet malts add caramel to balance the hops. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Leaves some spiciness on the tongue. Really drinkable. A solid session IPA.

Photo of weiserr
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle featuring the standard brooklyn "b" that resembles a traditional baseball cap. poured into a standard pint.

appearance resembles rust. somewhat bubbly with a below-average head that vanished quickly.

minimal hops and laundry detergent. absence of beta acids is clear.

a bit of earth, pine, and lemon. somehow it's better than i expected.

more carbonation than i imagined and a bit pungent.

my bottle says 6.8 abv, slightly less than the 7.0 documented on BA. this one wasn't an easy swallow, so i don't think seconds are in the forecast.

notes: favored some of the english IPAs i've tried. i suppose we can give brooklyn brewery a thumbs up for their attempt to recapture the original. however, i prefer the american interpretation of this style.

Photo of mnj21655
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before: April 2008.

Pours a clear copper in color with about a finger of creamy light tan head that quickly dissipates. Smell is quite hoppy with some caramel malts in the background. At first I can detect only floral and citrusy American hops (Amarillo) but as I take another smell the American hops have given way to earthy, fruity, and distinctly English hops (KG). As I drink this one the aromas blend together wonderfully. Taste is good, just a touch malty at first but with a malt backbone all the way through. After the brief initial maltiness this beer becomes distinctly bitter and hoppy. Hop bitterness is present throughout but reaches a crescendo in the finish. Hop flavor is also very present here with the American varieties dominant at first but then overtaken by the earthier English varieties as we move into the finish. Mouthfeel is good with a medium-light body and moderate-low carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. This beer is very complex and interesting. I didn't notice the 7% ABV at all. It's certainly an IPA but the use of both American and English hops makes this unique. It shows some of the more restrained hopping typical in English versions (compared to American versions) but the use of more "aggressive" American hops makes it more typical of the American style. Overall, this is quite a beer. If I were reviewing it very based on a style (English or American IPA) it wouldn't fare as well but more generically, as a simple IPA, this is wonderful. Strongly recommended.

Photo of bozebus17
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a somewhat murky amber with a nice white head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is a burst of American hops with a big sweet malt profile to back it up.

Taste is dominated by pretty sweet malt and a somewhat astringent flavor. This beer is quite bitter but it is harsh and unpleasent. The hop character seems to be piney but somehow out of place. This beer feels a bit heavy in the mouth and it seems to be a bit of a struggle to put one down.

I was not impressed with this one at all. It really wasn't very good and I can't see buying it again. Not what I've come to expect from this brewery. Please reformulate this one.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly clouded amber with no head. Nose is sweet with apricot. Really like cut up dried apricots. Flavor is sweet with a bitter tone underlying. Nice and smooth and even, though I am going to say it might be a bit too sweet - even though I am no expert on the EIPAs. Feel is good. Low amount of bubble on the tongue but a slightly thicker liquid experience on the tongue. Definitely drinkable. Could go a few on these easily, though the thicker syrupy nature might be a turn off to some after a few.

Photo of williamherbert
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a lighter orange IPA color with a finger of snow-white head. Hazy and somewhat cloudy. Looks quite good.

Smell is floral, aromatic citrus hops. Malt has a bitter aroma. Bittersweet with more warmth. Almost a Belgiany harshness to the scent.

Taste is a solid bitter, but floral hop flavor. Bitter on the back of the tongue. Sweeter on the swallow than a typical IPA. Some bitter fruit and spicy orange also comes thorugh.

Feels thick and milky. A little chunky. Leaves a bitter film. Spicy on the tongue. Bubbly and fizzy. Overall it's a bitter, spicy IPA. Like a hoppy farmhouse or Saison to me. A bit much.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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