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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,952 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 108 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer poured a good orange/copper color with a medium white head. The aroma was of a definite hoppy kick with some citrus notes to round things out. The taste is hoppy as expected but with a good balance of the citrus and some sweet notes to boot. There is a good mouthful to this beer and with a medium body and a good mix of hops and malt, this is a fairly drinkable beer.

03-06-2006 01:45:02 | More by ggaughan
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16%

I've found with Brooklyn beers that I've either really liked them or disliked them, so I approached this IPA with some trepidation.

Poured a bottle from a Brooklyn Variety pack into a tulip glass.

It was a pretty copper tan color, not much head and it dissipated quickly with little lacing.

The aroma was quite flowery, but not overpowering. Some light grapefruit, very refreshing smell, almost like cut grass on a spring day.

As I got ready to taste, I was afraid I'd find another overly hopped up disappointment, but to my surprise and relief I thought the beer had a great flavor. A slight bitterness and nice clean finish.

Very well balanced beer, what I was expecting from an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer and was pleasantly surprised. I'd drink this again.


02-26-2006 04:26:04 | More by doppelmeup
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%

This IPA pours a nice cooper color. The head was descent, if not long lasting. The smell leaves no doubt to the hops contained within. The taste is hoppy but other than that not noteworthy. While worth giving a try for your own palate. I can't recommend searching this beer out given the numerous excellent IPAs out there.

02-25-2006 17:45:42 | More by BadBadger
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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This is on the weaker side of American IPAs, hopwise, but I still like it. It's actually balanced, which is more than can be said for a lot of IPAs our there.

EIPA pours a bright, golden amber with a creamy white head. Orange highlights come out when held up to a direct light. The aroma is full of citrusy hops with an underlying mustiness. Taste is much more citrusy than musty, with a substantial, but light, malt character to back it up. This is all done very lightly; this isn't a syrupy, thick IPA. The mouthfeel is effervescent and bright, with the citrus character imparting a sweet/sour character on the tongue. The lightness of the beer provides for more drinkabililty than the average IPA, at least in my opinion.

Overall, a slight IPA but a good one.

02-24-2006 06:32:18 | More by geexploitation
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Being a huge fan of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate and the Pennant Ale (is that the name?), I decided to branch out. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the IPA, unfortunately.

Pouts a clear orangy-amber with a small head. Smell is typical American IPA -- grapefruit, pine, and grass. However, element of pepper and even hot, spicy peppers is a bit concerning, and becomes moreso upon tasting.

Taste is very hoppy (of course), with a sweet malt undertone that's somewhat interesting. Strong bitter citrus aftertaste. Flavour is sour orange and pine. However, what really brings the grade down for me is the ear-warming up-front alcohol. Definitely not appropriate in this style, and a real detractor in my opinion. Needs to be toned down a lot and integrated into the other flavours. Still going to keep trying Brooklyn brews though, of course!

02-24-2006 03:36:09 | More by crwills
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

This IPA gives the sweet malt taste a role as big as that of the hops, which are as noticeable for a citrus edge as for their sharp bite and bitterness. I was surprised that the label identified the hops as English--the citrus-y hops flavor made me think of Pacific northwest hops.

The malt character is terrific, and all the flavors blend well. This is a really under-rated IPA. There are hints of fruits (cherries and some citrus fruits) that are distinct yet never cloying or over-powering. The mouthfeel is a little light/soft yet not at all thin (there's a big difference between these qualities)--a nice texture for an IPA.

Absolutely give this one a shot.

(7%--We have come to take your children.)

02-22-2006 04:39:15 | More by GnomeKing
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

My first Brooklyn Brewery tasting.

Appearance: Dingy, somewhat cloudy amber ale. Decent carbonation.

Aroma: Solid english malt backbone. Light, flowery hops smell fresh and a little narcotic (if that counts as an aroma). One of the greatest smelling beers I've ever experienced.

Flavor: Wonderful malt/hop balance. Seems a bit light on the hop bitterness for an
IPA, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel : Medium body coats well with lightly lingering bitterness generating a clean finish.

Drinkablility: Simple yet subtlely complex. Smooth, yet edgy enough to avoid boring. An excellent example of the style, but unique in its interpretation. Well done!

02-17-2006 00:29:20 | More by longarm
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

I don't know why, but I hadn't had this one in years...anyway:

It pours a fairly nice copper/amber colour with a medium sized head that is quick to dissolve but leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is primarily sweet and hoppy, but is balanced nicely with a malt biscuit blend. There are also hints of butter here and there as well.

The flavour is a subdued, more traditional IPA with, as was the case in the aroma, a nice balance between hop and malt. There' a touch of juicy sweetness intermingled in the flavours. The finish is fairly dry. There is also a surprising amount of alcohol noticeable here. It's not offensive, just a bit more apparent than it probably should be, making the mouthfeel overly warm at times.

This is a pretty good brew overall. Some tweaks here and there would make it much more appealing (ie with the alcohol), but it's still fairly solid overall. Again, this is a basic IPA but it gets the job done.

02-07-2006 04:31:12 | More by SixpointJMH
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a light orange in color that is very transparent. There is a small white head that does not hold well. The smell is mainly sweet and citrusy. The taste is primarily of hops and citrus. The hops though could use a bit more bitterness however. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation but the beer could be a little thicker. Overall, it is a better than average IPA but could be better

02-02-2006 23:14:26 | More by MSchae1017
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Pours clear amber with minimal head. Head soon becomes a foam ring.

S - Aroma like mown hay with some piney accents

T - Taste is wondrously hoppy. The subtle sweetness first greets the tongue only to be washed away in gentle rain of hops. May be more subdued than other hoppy IPA’s but it makes for a very pleasant balance that goes well with food.

M - Feels mildly acidic and somewhat viscous. Not overly carbonated but very cleansing to the palate.

D - I like this beer. It seems to have somewhat mixed reviews but I would drink it again and again. It is a very clean and refreshing beer and is not terribly expensive.

02-01-2006 23:29:58 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

A fantastic session IPA here, if you like a big malt backbone to your IPAs. The color is burnt orange with a typical head that receded to just a bit of lacing. Smell is oranges and herbs, with a little bit of toasted sugar in the background. A very sweet orange-marmalade maltiness hits you up front, but is kept in check by a nice mineral-lime dry hoppiness. Here it's the hops keeping the malt in check, not the other way around. Smooth mouthfeel, and as previously mentioned, very high drinkability. Hopheads won't be blown away, but this is a solid beer.

01-13-2006 05:21:33 | More by bultrey
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4.55/5  rDev +25.7%

It pours a nice golden amber with small head. There is very little lacing. The aroma is nice, with hints of citrus and a good deal of hops. The mouth feel is somewhat spiced but leaves a nice smooth finish. The beer is very drinkable and I often forget how much I do like it, going months with out having it. This is probably one of my favourite IPA's, very true to the tradition.

01-10-2006 02:20:47 | More by Freshie
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

This pours a reddish golden color with a large foamy head.The smell has a citrus scent along with a decent amount of hops.The taste is a bitter hop flavor with some citrus,grapefruit?,nothing really exciting.This isn't bad,but nothing great.The m/f is light and the flavors are well balanced,it's pretty drinkable.This is a pretty good beer,there are better IPA's out there,but you can never go wrong with a Brooklyn beer.

01-04-2006 04:23:22 | More by jmz62565
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4.85/5  rDev +34%

The East IPA from Brooklyn poured a copper color with a nice white head. I noticed something while pouring this beer, Chinook hops! Not visible in the beer but the smell wafted to my nose even during the pour. The taste followed the smell, a great IPA level of hop bitterness with a pleasant citrus taste most likely from the ample Chinook hops I smelled in the aroma. This beer was also very smooth but finished crisp and clean with no funny aftertastes. This one is worth a try if you are an IPA fan!

01-03-2006 01:37:32 | More by DevilDogBeer
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. bottle with Jan. '06 "Best Before" date.

Pours with 3/4" white head which lingers a bit.

Orange/amber body with lots of carbonation.

Hoppy/spicy/fruity nose.

Very slight lacing on the glass.

Modest hops in the taste (especially for an IPA) with a bit of malt. Hops more noticible in the aftertaste than initially. Nice balance of bitterness and maltiness - but not really what I'd expect in an IPA.

Even so, quite drinkable in its own right.

01-03-2006 00:30:41 | More by findlayfan
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz bottle from the Winter pack, my first time trying this IPA. Pours a light clear copper with a finger of off-white head that fades a little too quickly, some moderate lacing on the glass. Fairly strong floral hops on the nose overlaying a light bready malt. Taste is more of the big flowery and grassy hops but with the nice slightly butterscotchy biscuit malts here balancing wonderfully. Medium bodied with a good carbonation level and a crisp finish. This is a really nice IPA, a good change of pace from the American hopbombs I love, a great balanced session beer. It's a shame that I always passed up these 6 packs in exchange for more extreme IPAs--I've learned my lesson.

12-22-2005 20:38:54 | More by cubedbee
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

A - Clear copper color that pours up a 1 finger cream colored head is quick to dissappear. No lacing.

S - Pine and floral notes. Not a trace of malt detected in the odor.

T - A delightfully pungent pine hop flavor that is meshed with a fainter rose flavor. A sweet bitterness rounds out the aftertaste beautifully. Delightful.

M - Refreshing, nice texture, there is nothing to complain about.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It has far more depth to the flavor than the average hop juice that many brewers are spitting out. This beer is not a good session beer and it would not be that good with food, largely because the flavor can hold its own so well that a pairing with any food would be almost foolish.

12-22-2005 08:01:43 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Clear, brassy orange with a short, off-white head. Excellent lacing as the foam recedes a bit. A bit of biscuity malt in the nose, with plenty of hop aroma (floral, light citrus). Fruity bitterness up front, this fades towards the finish when orange sweetness and floral hops come forward. Balanced, lingering finish. Medium dry, medium/light body with crisp carbonation. Quite a good IPA, a nice change from the big west coast offerings I've had lately.

12-20-2005 01:46:48 | More by DrJay
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

My second review from the Brooklyn Party Pack and my most sentimental. This was the first IPA I can remember having and one of the first truly complex beers I can remember liking and still the standard I hold new IPAs to.
We start with a standard golden color leaning towards orange and a brief head before it retreats to a mere wispy white lid. Lots of bubbles, but independent floaters as oppossed to the streams you see in lesser beers. The nose is owned by brisk hops.
The taste is balanced, with more malt than I remember. The hops blast is subdued but lengthy, joined by some malty sweetness and completing with a dry bitterness and smooth, crisp finish.
This is an old favorite and even if it's not really a winter beer it gets a big thumbs up from this IPA nut.

12-19-2005 02:31:08 | More by daliandragon
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

This brew is golden brown with orange hues. Its head is a small white layer of bubbles that provides little to no lacing.
The aroma is not much to speak of, but has a trace of hops and a faint amount of malt.
Its flavor is of grassy hops but also has a strong caramel malt base. The bitterness is strongest near the finish, though it is not an in your face bitter beer.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A good beer, but there are countless other IPA’s that I would rather have.

12-16-2005 01:54:18 | More by Naes
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a pretty amber with a 1 finger head, faded rather quickly, and good lace. Good aromas of grassy hops with some citrus and caramel malt flavors mixed in. Good grssy hop flavors. Sharp and bitter, just as an IPA should be. Nice amount of caramel malt mixed in as well. Citrusy and somewhat yeasty. I am not a huge hophead so I scored it a bit low on the drinkability, but a well made and good IPA.

12-01-2005 02:02:33 | More by sabrills70
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Brew poured to a amber color, somewhat light color with a smallish off white head that broke down quickly but did leave affair amount of lacing at the top of the glass. Noticeable is the floral hop in the aroma, what you would expect but also seems to have a nice sweet scent that goes well with it, somewhat pedestrian compared to other IPA’s. The taste is good, more exciting that the aroma. Nice sweet malt start that breaks quickly to a nice hop taste, not over barring. I really think that this is a nice tasting brew, one that I could drink during any occasion. Surprised at the 7.0% ABV, does not feel like it!

11-26-2005 22:01:08 | More by Stimack
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack. I drank it in a goblet. Date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a clear orange/amber with just a coating and a ring of off-white bubbles for a head. Head soon falls to just a ring, with no lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks slow.

Aroma is clean, grassy hops, some nice biscuity malt, fruity, with notes of golden raisins and apples, and a very slight solventy alcohol at the end.

First flavor is grassy hops, big and in your face, followed by biscuity toffee malt. There is a pretty strong hop bitterness. It's fairly dry and slightly mineraly in the aftertaste. I like IPA's like this, with the grassy hop flavor. Kent Goldings? I can taste alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry to medium, with soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent.

This is a crisp and refreshing IPA. Clean, well made, damn poundable, with a good alcohol kick. I'd drink this anytime. It's a little more than what you expect from an English IPA, which is good, IMO.

11-22-2005 19:53:18 | More by jakester
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3.33/5  rDev -8%

12oz bottle dated best-before October 2005.

Poured a pale, clear, golden yellow with a tiny head and light lace. Smells of flowery and leafy hops on medium-toasted biscuit malt. Chewy sweet biscuit malts backed with leafy hops and a dry bitter finish. Light and easy-drinking with lots of carbonation. A somewhat timid IPA that's nice, but not stellar.

11-20-2005 01:43:09 | More by dgallina
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3.33/5  rDev -8%

12oz. bottle that I found for only $1.50, so I thought I just might give it a try.

It poured a golden orange with a small head of white foam that quickly dissipated and left no rings or lace in the glass. The aroma is that of loads of hops with just a little bit of fruit in the background. The taste had lots of hops, some citrus fruits, and very little malt. The hoppy bitterness over ran all the other flavors. After you drank a couple of sips, a strong hoppy aftertaste lingered around on the roof of your mouth. Overall, this was an average IPA and would make a good choice if you really like bitter beers.

11-09-2005 19:19:29 | More by AltBock
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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