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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,890 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 23
Gots: 85 | 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:
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Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was anxious to try this for some reason - probably most I have been pleased with all of the other offerings from Brooklyn Brewery. This pours out orangish-yellow with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing. The aroma is very pleasant with a clean, floral character to it. Nice, smooth taste although a hint of alcohol is detectable. It leaves your mouth feeling a little dry, but is easily drinkable. Two of these knocked me on my ass and I wasn't surprised to find it listed at 7% ABV. An above average brew and a respectable representation of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 01:38:26 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of rajendra82


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer came is a 12 oz. brown bottle, with simple yet elegant, red and green labeling. The pale golden body was crystal clear and developed a tall cream colored head that faded while leaving a good deal of lace. The aroma very hoppy with a refreshing mix of pine resin, fresh cut hay, and grapefruit rind. There was a faint funk in the nose that was not immediately apparent until I took my first sip. The initial taste was hop laden piney cascades, but behind the hops was a solid backbone of caramel malt and a salty buttery tone imparted by Ringwood yeast. The Ringwood induced characteristics were the funk I smelled before. The 7% ABV is pretty apparent in its warmth felt down in the belly. Dense and chewy mouthfeel, but very little bitterness was present in the aftertaste despite the aggressive hopping.

This beer clearly treads the line between a Double IPA and a Single IPA in terms of strength, but lacks the sticky sweet maltyness needed for a Double. The choice of hops is a mix of English and American hops. The piney Cascade character gives it an American feel, but the lack of bitterness suggests otherwise. I guess they were trying to make everyone happy. I think they ended up making a solid, but unspectacular IPA instead. I am glad they are entering Georgia though.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 04:36:14 | More by rajendra82
Photo of xgrigorix


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by month & year notched on label.

Dull golden-orange colour. Creamy looking off white head retains well, & leaves some spotty lace behind.

Light grapefruit aromas, mix with a seabreeze note.

Sweet caramel, biscuity malt. Sharp hoppy bitterness leads to a dry finish, with notes of orange & lemon left to linger. Medium bodied, smooth. Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 17:21:35 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn's East India Ale is an IPA that is pretty much average in all aspects. I'm not that experienced with the style and I'm not a full blown hophead (yet) but this seemed to be a reasonably hoppy and drinkable brew to me, yet would probably pose no challenge whatsoever to the members of the Cult of the Hop.

This brew pours a golden color with an orange/amber hue to it. A 1 and 1/2 finger foam forms and lasts for around a minute. The smell does indeed contain those "classic" citrus and floral aromas to it. Spicy, crisp, and refreshing to the nose. A moderate amount of carbonation was detected, par for the style yet unspectacular. This IPA had a decent caramel malt backbone to it and added a hint of some sweetness to it, but the hops were indeed the focal point. Citric/grapefruit, floralness, and pine like qualities were the center of attention here. They presented a good spicy/bitter quality in the beer, but weren't "extreme." The finish had a lingering dryness and the citric quality stuck with me for quite some time. The brew concluded with some alcoholic warmth.

I'm sure as I come to drink and appreciate more IPAs, I could thoroughly go into detail the pros and cons of this particular one, but right now this is a decent beer which really didn't excite me too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 04:59:47 | More by Beastdog75
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a 12 oz brown bottle with bright orange/red and green label art. Small blurb on the neck of the bottle with a brief explanation of the IPA style. Not sure when this beer is supposed to be consumed by — the freshness label of the area has March notched, but no year. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, amber color, much lighter than a normal IPA. About one finger of grayish head, with average head retention.

Smell: Very dry, floral hop nose with some citrus. The smell has some strange, very astringent notes as well.

Taste: Almost sour hop notes dominate the nose of this beer, with less of the strong bitterness I'd expect from an IPA. The flavor is very dry, with some subtle tea-like taste in the middle. Unfortunately, it doesn't really come together — this is too sour and dry, without the bitterness or balancing citrus flavors that make a good IPA. Finish leaves some lingering hops.

Mouthfeel: A little too thin for my taste, with mild carbonation. Slightly above average, but nothing amazing.

Drinkability: This beer isn't very heavy compared to some of the newer, more extreme IPA and double IPAs, but would make a decent session beer if you enjoyed the flavor.

As a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery's beers, I came at this with big expectations. Unfortunately, this beer's flavor was disappointing. I've never picked up a bad bottle from Beltway, but it's possible that this sample was past its prime. Alternatively, this could be an example of Brooklyn sticking to a more British style, as with the Monster Ale. Either way, this one has a slightly off flavor which makes it hard to recommend. Not a terrible beer by any standards, but my first disappointment from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 22:32:04 | More by jed
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A different appearance than most IPA's. Gold tone, deep gold leaning towards amber but not quite IPA color.
Smelled a genorous portion of hops, citrus fruits, and malt.
Tasted the hops right off the bat. Very interesting flavor, not very bitter like most would expect from an IPA. Smooth sweet hops with a bit of lemon and mild malt. A good mix, they played well but like I said not what I would expect from the style.
Mouthfeel and drinkability: Smooth, not bitter, almost a sweet sensation. I'll have this again, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 13:19:02 | More by Ahhdball
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2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light orange-gold color with slight haze. Head is fairly thick, with a good mixture of different sized bubbles. On the nose were aromas of citrus, then a fairly herbal punch and overall very earthy. Ever smell raw EKG hop pellets?, it reminded me of that.

Taste is initially malty sweet, somewhat honeyed malt, very fruity (peach), lightly toasted grains, very clean malt. Strong mid pallette shows some more of the herbal hop character, a pretty strong alcohol taste and a real zesty kick Finishes smooth and a bit creamy, tingling bitterness, slightly drying with a clean and slightly hoppy. Hops use in this ale is strange. Kind of a rough, leafy effect that I thinks hurts the brew in the long run Overall - I don't know what it is about this beer that I don't like. It may be what I detect as an intense earthiness that puts me off. Not sure how to describe it. It's probably the only beer I have ever had where I seem to like its component parts better then the beer as a whole. Sounds weird? It is. I don't get it either.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 13:59:41 | More by bmills1608
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Bukowski's in Boston.

Pours a light golden color with slight amber hues. A nice white fluffy head appears and nicely laces the glass for what seemed like forever. Aromas are of citrus and floral hops, with a nice malt background. Initially this beer hits quite sweet with citrusy hops leading the way, but they definetly are not as pronounced as the bottle version of this beer. All sorts of malts show up after the initial hop burst, showing off some nice biscuity, dough, and bread like flavors. There's also a slight sweet caramel that fits in nicely to the picture. This beer finishes with a zinging hop bitterness and an oily almost juicy aftertaste that just sticks on the tongue. This beer is light bodied but super creamy and super smooth from the conditioning of the cask. Overall I like this beer way way better on cask than in the bottle, maybe this is the proper way that this beer should be served..

Serving type: cask

08-10-2004 05:12:14 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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North Carolina

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

Great beer for a hot summer day. Had one at the brewery--can not get fresher than that. Burnt orange in color with no head after the pour. The hops are strong, but the bitters become sweet after the initial taste. There are also flavors of orange or lemon, slightly citrus. All in all, I enjoyed the crisp nature of this beer and hope I can find it when I get back to RI.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2004 02:56:58 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite a nice offering.
this one poured out a hazy yellow wth minimal head.
smell was citrus hops, as you swirl it then take a sniff you definitnely pick up some caramel maltiness.
taste was all citrusy hop up front then finished with very slight maltiness
this was a very crisp, slightly dry beer. as you took a sip and held it in your mouth it tingled the toungue a lot and the entire mouth as you drank it, I found this to be quite enjoyable.
all in all not the best IPA i've had and not the worst. quite drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 13:23:08 | More by kegerator
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app: very nice dark amber with very minimal head.

Smell: the scent is very big on both malt and hops. The hops are spicy and the malt smells like fruitcake, baby.

Taste: This beer tastes the same from the start to the finish: Hoppy. The malt character is also present, but beaten into submission like a red headed step child by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick like an IPA should be. There is a perefect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Best when taken with some solid Cliff Burton anesthesia.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 03:15:03 | More by thinkbreakfast
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Worshipped false idols with this one on 4/18/2004 at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Served in the typical 16-ounce pint glass. Hazy, golden, heathery hue. No head to speak of, just a light, scudding cloudiness at the top. Yep, holy hoppiness with lemon notes and some coriander flitting about in there somewhere. Very nice and clean tasting with hops that although the main presence, somehow not overly done. Could drink quite a few of these on a spring or summer day before the Sox go in to their September swoon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2004 22:31:21 | More by Truh
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper color with an amberish tint. Head blew up at first but settled down quickly.
Aroma is full of hop zestiness. Lots of floral and piney hop aroma. Slight hints of carmel malt along with some pale malt.
Taste is very malty at first with tastes of carmel, bread, and small hints of diacetyl. An almost grainy flavor is mixed in. This slowly mixes in with some hop bitterness but it never gets very powerful. Aftertaste has some alcohol spices and a yeasty flavor.
Mouthfeel is sharp on the toungue at first but as the beer warms it flattens out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 01:26:14 | More by Bruiser81
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Light amber. Pours with a decent head, but quickly fades into a thin lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the background.

Taste: A very leafy, oily, herbal hop flavor dominates this beer. Any malt present is nearly undetectable.

Overall: This is one strange IPA. Whereas most IPA's are spicy in their hop character, this is overtly leafy and herb-like. This is not a beer for hopheads by any means, but is a decent offering from a rather decent brewery nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 04:49:19 | More by TagoMago
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New Jersey

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

Pours a clear orange color with a white 1" head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is nice as malt, citrus, and floral tones are all easily recognizable. The flavor follows the aroma, as malt, citrus, and a biting bitterness are nicely married. The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is long and biting in the bitterness. This was a medium bodied brew and carbonation seemed a little light. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 12:09:08 | More by Gavage
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a clear amber color with a decent white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. A sweet citrusy hop scent dominates the aroma with traces of malt coming through. Taste was spicy and hoppy over a balancing malt backbone. A bitter aftertaste and dry finish also complement the flavor. I didn’t realize it till after I drank the bottle but at 7% there was no trace of alcohol in the nose or the taste. It has a good body and goes down smoothly, a pretty damn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 17:45:35 | More by meathookjones
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn East India IPA pours a clear light copper color with a medium bodied fizzy head that dissolves to a nice thick ring around the surface. Some spots and patches of lace are left on the sides as the glass empties.

The aroma is a sweet oak smell with hints of citrus and pine. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and delicious. The flavor begins with an oak sweetness which almost tastes like butterscotch. Some hop bitterness soon blends in giving it flavors of citrus and pine. It finishes slightly bitter leaving a mild hop flavor on the palate.

This is a tasty IPA which doesn't over power you with hop bitterness like other beers in this category. I though the sweet oak flavor was well balanced which gave this beer its unique character.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 23:07:07 | More by WanderingFool
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color. Clear character, thin clingy white head with a trace lacing on the glass.
S: Different from most of the IPA's I've had, this one has a rather mellow nose that has a nice balance between a moderate hoppy aroma and a pleasant burnt biscuit aroma. Had to knock off a half point for a strange sort of medicinal aroma that is hiding in the background.
T: Not a run of the mill IPA, for sure. There are hops, to be sure, but they aren't overpowering, just very robust and attention getting. Malt character is low, more of a brake to the hops than an actual taste of their own. Finish is a lingering sharp bitterness.
M: Medium bodied, definitely on the dry side. Levels of carbonation and ETOH are nice.
D&N: A good beer, but not a great IPA. I would definitely drink this one again, but only if I couldn't get a HopDevil. If you haven't tried this one yet, I'd say to go for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 20:50:23 | More by JackTheRipper
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew at Eli Canon's during a Brooklyn tasting event. Got to keep the fluted Brooklyn Brewery glass!
Beer is on tap and chilled.
SFot tightly packed white fluffy head present on arrival. The beer is a clear orange/gold color.
Aroma is hops witha mix of floral notes and citrusy grapefruit hits coming through.
First sip reveals a beer with average body and rolling carbonation.
Flavor is again hops, with a nice mix of citrus notes mixed with some pine flavors. Very smooth and easy to drink, but a little one dimensional I think.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2004 14:01:20 | More by sulldaddy
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice medium golen with a scent of perfume and hops. Little to no head retention. It kind of seemed likt it was trying... it wanted to hold onto the head, but it just could not do it... lots of lacing though. The first taste hits you with a bit of bite, nice and spicey, hoppy and peppery. Not too strong, just enough strength. Maybe not a session beer for me, but very, very yummy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 17:55:45 | More by shapudding
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot hues with slight beading under a wafer thin spotty bubbled egg shell cap into me DFH pint from a bottle. Lace slides down fast and leaves no trace at the scene of the crime.

Citrous scents are detectable, but not overpowering.

First swigs: Malts and hops are in check. Malt cereal up front met by dry slightly lemon banana hops. Woody with slight vegetal notes. Maybe some fuggle and chinook? (Wrong. Looked it up. East kent, Cascade, Willamette)

Crisp bite. Well rounded, but not an all nighter.

Last swigs: An American meets British style IPA. Tech-nixsly this is English styled. Less bright grapefruits than local Yards IPA, but perfectly balanced.

Beer is good. Happy NY beering.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 05:16:22 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

This ale poured a clear, amber color with creamy, off-white foam that coated the glass well. There was a good, sustained carbonation. The smell was fruity, floral hops on top of some maltiness. The taste was malty with a good hoppiness to balance. There was a bit of oakiness in the taste as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and relatively clean with medium body and medium carbonation. The finish was dry and a bit astringent. This was a nice and easy to drink ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 21:21:25 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Outback Steakhouse out of all places. They got this in just 2 weeks ago so I was dying to try some of this stuff. Came to us in a nice big tall mug with a huge head on these beers. Nice orange color to this brew with a nice head on this beer. Smell was hops, citrus, piney and some peach and orange hints in there as well. Taste started out with some hops, but it wasn't overdone. Blended in with some orange and peach flavors along with some piney/wood taste. Reminded me a little of Dogfish Head's IPA's. But the wood taste wasn't overdone unlike Dogfish's IPA's. Nice hop aftertaste but it was just a little oily at the finish, but it didn't kill this brew. Decent verison.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2004 02:02:34 | More by necoadam
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pale orange, slightly cloudy looking IPA with a pretty high level of carbonation. Initial taste is sweet fruit, then a bit of caramel, & some mild earthy hops. Finished with more fruit & a seemingly high level of alcohol. I'll give this brew unique, but I had hoped for more from this fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 17:19:25 | More by garthwaite
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- very light copper. normal head with slightly above average head retention. healthy carbonation, quite healthy!

smell- sugar coated flowers, sprinkled with hops

taste- burst of minty floral tastes. peach, rose, and a sweet maltiness, followed up by an odd IPA hop taste. the hoppiness of this IPA is especially different, its not the bitter and powerful that comes at the end of most IPA's....instead the hop flavor comes towards the middle-end of the IPA and its kinda sweet. weird, but definitly not bad. very good

mouthfeel- sweet, fruity, and pleasant but strong hops. very well done.

drinkability- 7.0% alcohol? what? no way. doesnt taste like it. goes down like a summer brew with winter alcohol content. goes down all too easy. the fruity flavor mixed with the awesome easy going hops makes this brew all too drinkable. unusual for an IPA but still quality

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 03:49:40 | More by maek228
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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