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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 153 | 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 mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barleys upstairs. Poured a deep amber with a huge white frothy sticky head. Lots of lace and visible carbonation. Smell was intensly hoppy and full of resin and citrus aromas. The flavor was absolutly killer. It was like chewing on raw hops. Very sticky flavor, could almost feel the resin in your teeth. Huge pine flavors with a nice delicate sweetness that could be detected as you let the flavor settle. Overall I really thought this was fantastic, just a really great IPA and a treat. I could swear that it was dry hopped right before I had it as it was really intense in flavor and feel. I would definatly love to have this again and will be going out to get the bottles.

mikesgroove, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber to deep goldenrod, medium sized head of offwhite foam, dissipated quickly.

Smell: Attractive hoppy nose, citrus mixes with intesnse flowery scents, some toffee malt sweetness, and a hint of grape.

Taste: Smooth and balanced for a moment, then a big wave of soapy, floral, and very earthy/leafy hops wash over the tongue, a hint at a grape flavor then the malt comes back to sooth the flat out hops just a bit with some slight caramel , finish is lightly dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability: Im glad i tried this one because i think it is an interesting take on the english IPA. It has a feel to it that seems authentic , or a bit rough around the edges. A little to unbalanced for me to want to have more than a couple, but worth a try and maybe a revisit now and then. Would be cool to throw this in the mix of an all IPA tasting.

Byeast, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's clear and gold in color. Head is pretty modest and about a finger deep. Light coat lace was left behind.

Smell: Seems to have a variety of citrus scents (lemon, orange, and grapefruit). Hops are definitely noticeable, but not overpowering. Seems to have a bit of yeasty smell on the tail.

Taste: Initially, it's all citrus sweetness blended with a slight herbal or peppery spice. Hops kick in and provide a nice, bitter bite. It's pretty well balanced as it does have a bit of a malty backbone. Again, there is a slight yeasty taste left on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's definitely light bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Very drinkable. Overall, it's a pretty solid beer. Definitely worth a try sometime.

prototypic, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bear with me a little, I'm just getting over a cold and sensory skills may not be quite up to par.
Pours a gorgeous, slightly cloudy (chill haze?) copper color with plumes of nice meringue like head. Aromas are a heady balanced mix of citrusy, juicy hops and freshly baked bread, biscuity malts. The citrusy sweet notes take the most control, hitting the highs for the most part. This is a malt forward EIPA, as its style sort of designates. It is quite balanced, having the complex, toasty malts hit you first, followed by the floral hop flavor, finishing with a balance of crystal sweetness and hop bitterness. As there are so few good examples of this style, Brooklyn does it far better than the competition (Blind Faith, as I recollect was a damn good one too). My only complaint which affects the drinkability a bit is the overall feel is just a bit too sweet. I understand 7% is the upper end of the ABV for style, but I think they could have given the hops a better chance.

dreadnatty08, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold pint, clear with a head that doesn't last.

Smells of malts with just a hint of grass.

The malt flavor and the hop presence are competing for my attention. I'd say it's a close tie, nice balance.

It's light and lively on the tongue, and makes for a pretty good session, even if not a particularly long one.

joeskirkie, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of dkeramaty
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if this affected the beer but when I grabbed it from my fridge I noticed that I could spin the bottle cap with my hand fairly easily and when trying to lift it I could hear a little carbonation releasing.
Appearance - amber hue, typical of IPA's. Some lacing and slight head retention.
Smell - Malty, sweet, with slight hops smell
Taste - Interesting interpretation of an IPA, hops are more noticeable in flavor rather than bitterness. As the beer warmed the malts become the most pronounced flavor
Overall - Welcomed variation of an IPA, not one of my favorites but is good none the less. I prefer the more floral west coast style IPA's.

dkeramaty, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a nice copper orange color with some brown highlights. About one finger of frothy, thick, off white head rose up from the glass. Head settled into a small pat of foam and left minimal lace on the glass. Smell: citrusy hops, faint whiffs of pine, lemon zest and some bready yeast. Taste was a bit better. Citrus fruits, bitter hops, lemon grass, bready notes, all stacked on some nice smooth balancing malt. All this finishes with a nice clean, crisp hoppy bite. Little carbonation, with not much noticeable alcohol. Somewhat of a thin feel in the mouth, but a nice full flavor. About average drinkability. A pretty refreshing, crisp, smooth brew.

jaxon53, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best before Aug. 07, served in a pint glass.

A - clear copper color with a tan head that thinned out after a few minutes, leaving very little lacing.

S - ok, hoppy aroma, not overpowering, but despite high abv this ain't no Dub.
Citrus/Pine smell.

T - of about the 3 English IPA's I have had, this one is just a notch above the rest. Hops bite on the first sip, smoothes out with malt balance, clean hop finish.

M - kind of thin, light bodied.

D - as it warms the alcohol becomes harsh, this takes away from a higher drinkability rating.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 31, 2007
Photo of chilidog
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this IPA much thank you.

It poured alittle lack-luster. Good clean copper gold. Small tan head and little lace that faded fast. Carbonation was alittle in-active.

That being said, the aroma was alittle sweet hop, alittle pine.

The taste is crisp, hop at first with a sting of pepper. Earthy notes of pine, mint and leaf. Alcohol warms nicely without the burn. The malts play a nice balance roll here too.

A good Drinkable IPA, tasty, crisp and easy. I would buy thisone again.

chilidog, May 26, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow with a good sized head. lots of bubbles here, very nice to look at. the nose definitly gives off a soft fruit aroma, slight grapefruit mixed with a kind of earthy mellowness. tastes very smooth, almost creamy. grassy hop like flavors. pretty well balanced and finishes nicely. i don't know why this doesn't get better reviews. it's not my favorite ipa but i think it's a damn good representation of the style. word up to brooklyn.

scarletfire79, May 18, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ok, for a 7% american ipa i expected to enjoy this more. looks the part, a slightly hazy, medium amber color. decent head. nose is of vegetal, floral, doughy aromas. also some subtle toffee notes. some light malt sweetness upfront, and a moderate bitterness ensues. medium finish. again, for a 7% ipa i expected more. mouthfeel is good, well carbonated. as for drinkability, at this abv or less there are better options. on the other hand, if you like english style ipas then this would be your cup of tea.

MrMcGibblets, May 08, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light brown with a fully frothy white head. Plenty of retention and lace. An attractive beer.

S-Lightly toasty, a little sour smelling. Not much on the hops.

T-Toasty malt with a very crisp profile. There is a certain Mild hop bitterness. I could go for a little hoppier. The taste is complex though and it is a well balanced beer.

M-Medium body with a light level of carbonation.

D-Decent enough beer but I feel like it could be better. Maybe I am too used to Double IPAs

sleazo, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of jspruit
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle in Denmark and brought it back to Ireland-ironically enough sometimes that is what I have to do to get an American beer!

Overall I was impressed with this beer. Poured nice with good color, smelled great, tasted smooth but hoppy and went down easy and not too strong. I didnt detect too much of a citrus or floral taste at all, just a straightforward IPA. I would get another bottle if I have the chance again.

jspruit, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of skizziks
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a nonic. Label has the date marker band on the side but no notch! Pour brings a 1" off-white head, very fine bubbles that fall to a mere skim with little sticking to the glass. The beer is a hazy deep gold.

A very strong hop aroma on the pour noticeable at arms' length. Grapefruit hops, fresh bread, red apples, rosehips, and pear. Very nice!

First sip hits the tip of my tongue with date sugar, some light fizz, and oranges. A creeping bitterness builds to a dry bitter finish.

Medium full body with medium carbonation makes this beer richly satisfying without being too heavy. Rewarding and refreshing. Another great beer from Brooklyn.

skizziks, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: amber color with a eigth inch of head that dissapears not too fast leaves a good amount of lacing, a lot of carbonation evident in appearance
s: grainy, sweet
t: the bitter hops are deffinatly present which i expected from an ipa, but it was still a lot sweeter than i anticipated
m: medium to light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this is a very enjoyable beer

happygnome, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cloudly, with a nice red/orange tint to it. Served to me with almost no head.

Smelled quite hoppy, but with a very light fruit scent as well.

At first sip, there was a sharp, bitter, clean taste. Enjoyed the aftertaste, which was bitter with a touch of sweetness. Average mouthfeel.

I very much enjoyed the first half of the beer. But strangly, by the second half, I was really done with it. By the time I was done, the beer came off as too bitter. The first sip is better than the last, not a good sign for a beer in my book.

micahgoldfus, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden copper body; clear. Topped by a finger of solid, dense, beige-white head. Nose is bright with toasted biscuit, buttery toffee, and sugary fruit. Backed by floral, slightly resinous hops. The buttery toffee malt suggests that this is indeed more of an English IPA. Stabbing bitterness greets the tongue, with piney, herbal hop flavors. Caught me a little off-guard. Fruit and toffee malt follow. Toasted, minerally biscuit edge to it. Bitterness comes on stronger in the dry finish. A little alcohol detectable. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. I think a creamier feel would do this beer better. Not bad, but not great.

alexgash, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a nice clarity and a frothy white head that fades to a caps that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: Reserved nose. Dry grassy hop and a bit of bread and hint of diacetyl. (APA - ish)

Taste: A dry bitterness dominates in the flavor. Floral element followed by a honey, caramel sweetness under the bitterness (note bitter but lacking in fresh hop flavor). Lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry light. Decent body but lacking luster. Very astringent but otherwise refreshing enough.

Drinkability: It is drinkable and refreshing though not much to think about. A simple session beer at best, though after two the bitterness seemed a little much, so ... moving on.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a clear orange, with thin white head that recedes to ring. No lacing.

Aroma is strong - fruity english yeast, spicy/piney hop and some malt; all are rather non-descript, but a very pleasant bouquet.

Taste is robust toasty malt, more fruity yeast, a balanced hop presence (citrus hops show up, which are missing in the aroma) and a touch of alcohol. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and carbonation is low, both of which suit the style just fine.

Drinkability is above average. Nothing unpleasant, full flavoured and the alcohol is not harsh. Hopping is not over the top or excessively bitter; which isn't necessarily good or bad, but it does make it easier to drink more than 1 in a sitting.

It's nice to see a commercial IPA rooted in the English style, although american hops are also included in the mix. If anything, this makes it all the more distinct, as I find the overall combination melds into a finely balanced IPA.

markaberrant, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-16-07
Best before 3-07

Pours a very clear and very light amber, with little to no head.

Smell is slightly malty, slightly hoppy, kind of metallic.

Taste is decent, subtle malt sweetness with a good amount of earthy hop flavor. No real bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not very good, way too much carbonation. Like a macro.

Drinkability is average, the super-carbonation is really a turn-off.

Overall an average beer. In the style of an English IPA, but not much to write home about.

BMoney575, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale a few days ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits to have something to drink on nights that I don't feel like reviewing. I let this warm a bit and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades to a sudsy layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly grassy, leafy, herbal and resiny hops. There are light pepper and even lighter citrus notes. Toasty and malty aromas come out upon swirling.

Taste: Upfront there's a toasty maltiness the becomes sweeter as it moves to the center, where peppery and citrus flavors appear. The finish has a mildly bitter, but flavorful resiny hop character, which is nice, but could have been stronger.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, but it somehow still manages to feel a little thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, definitely something you could make a session of.

EPICAC, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Drink by date notched for April of 2007.

Appearance was a very clear copper hue with a thin off-white head. Lacing was minimal throughout entire tasting. Smell was quite citrusy with a good pine punch. Taste is quite lemony/grapefruit that is pretty sharp on the tongue. There is a good bite to this beer that remains in the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium throughout. This beer is fairly well balanced although the "bam!" seems to stick out from the hops. Pretty good IPA overall but definitely not my top choice.

BeerTruth, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of pjcummings
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. has peach/ orange yet clear appearance, quickly diminishing head, not much lacing. very hoppy(cascade) smell and taste. strong hints of lemon-citrus. flowery presence, medium carbonation. defenitly the best offerings from brooklyn i've ever had.one of my favorites. could easily drink a 6 pack.

pjcummings, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - 11oz bottle in a classic pint glass

One thing about IPAs is that they usually all smell good. Nice citrus quality (orange), a little oily, of course hops, hint of anise, and call me crazy but maybe some milk chocolate tones and wet summer pavement?

Visually a nice, clear, bright brassy-orange honey amber with a slow cascade of bubbles rising up through it. Head was a solid 2 fingers of mixed to thick warm ivory foam, very sticky, lots of side retention and lacing as it slowly settles to a nice covering.

Its a little sharp initially, the malts rising after the initial hop punch, a thin oily quality on the tongue, litely citrused with orange, maybe a hint of some spices. The hop bitters yield to a surprising creamy quality on the pallete (rather unexpected yet a nice change of gears) as it dulls as it warms in preparation for the...zing!....nice little hop bitter kick as you swallow. There is a little "recoil" in that hop shot, perhaps a bit sharp, but hey its an EAIP. The aftertaste & throat feel are nicely coated, somewhat chewy with a little sweetness (ironic) playing off against that little hop shot....nice. Its a little filmy but that goes with the style, I guess.

A well balanced IPA. I usually enjoy this genre with hot deli sandwiches, and right now I might do something a little stupid to get my hands on a Reuben and fries!! Could also see this keeping up with anything made out of a very sharp cheddar, like a soup, as well as some pizza with good, spicy toppings.

While not my favorite genre, this was good and a nice change of gears. I'll have to make sure to pair it with something (ooohhhh, that spicy pizza is sounding damn good with this right now!) in the future. Well done, and recommended.

BuckSpin, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was shocked to see this on the shelves of a Brooks Alberta liquor store so I just had to try it..

Clear amber-copper color that had some very neat pine-floral-citrus aroma going on.

Having tried (but not reviewed) Tree's HopHead IPA I was expecting an overwelming blast of hop...this was more complex IMO. Fruit sweetness followed by the aforementioned hop kick follow by a nice sweet carmel maltiness.

Left a bit too much of a sweet aftertaste to rate a higher mouthfeel rating from me..but then that's nit-picking

Not sure if I'm ready to join the ranks of the 'hop Heads' yet..but this was very drinkable for me

there was some Brooklyn brown ale at the same store so next week I'll be trying some of that...Cheers!

Shadman, Feb 17, 2007
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.