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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,156
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 36
Gots: 245 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Ratings: 2,156 | Reviews: 955
Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear peoke tea orange-brown w/ a slight white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, cereal grains and crystal malts with piney hops, a bit of alcohol in the end ; a crisp flavor, moderate hop bite blends w/ a slightly sweet, well-rounded malt flavor, nuts and a very faint of dark fruits towards the back w/ a touch of mineral in the finish ; a med. bodied brew for sure, could go either way, a bit thicker or lighter, this viscosity is a bit ho-hum for this beer, decent co2 level ; overall a very drinkable one, more like an APA, it's a shame my sampler only came w/ 2 of these...

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

The beer appeared to be a clear yellow/light orange in color. The bartender did not leave much of a head on it.

The smell was mainly hops with hints of fruit and possibly some floral hints.

The taste and feel of the beer were good. The hops came out bit were not overpowering. The beer had a medium body to it and I found it refreshing and not as bitter as some IPA's. Seemed to go well with the pizza that I had.

Overall, the beer is very drinkable and I could have had a couple more. Brooklyn Brewery is solid and one can't really go wrong with one of their beers.

Photo of BucBasil
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a golden color with some orange hues. Head was off-white and reached about 2 and a half fingers thick. Great retention, and sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Immediately noticeable hop profile of citrus - grapefruit and orange. Piney character is also noticeable.

Taste: Fruity and surprisingly well balanced. There is an earthy note in the middle, and also a somewhat leafy one. Finishes fruity again, with citrus and somelight fruits as well.

I'm not usually a IPA fan, but this was a pleasant experience all around. Superior drinkability, and the 7% is barely noticeable. A good offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of andrewt960
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a decent golden light brown... with a one finger head. Stuck around for a few minutes, but faded with nice lacing left behind. Lacing was evident throughout the first half of the beer.
S: Smelled of hops, immediately, kinda grassy, pine hops... but a hint of grapefruit and fruity scents coming through in the back. Malt is present but mostly hops.
M/T: Initial taste is good, not great, but good. Love the hops, but I tend to like it less grassy and pine like, and fruitier. The malt comes out in the aftertaste, and sticks around in the mouth. Carbonated, but not excessively.
D: Not bad with a meal, but not my favorite IPA.

Photo of JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a restaurant in Kiawah Island, S.C.; yellow/orange body with a small, 1/4" frothy head; good level of carbonation streaming

Hoppy, fruity, and very inviting. At the time, I drank this, I assumed it was an American style IPA, so I faulted it for not being bigger, but now that I know it's an English version, I commend it for being fairly pronounced.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Certainly tastes like an IPA and has no major faults, but I was a little disappointed in it as there was not a lot of character to the beer. It was my first Brooklyn beer, and having heard so many good things about this brewery, I expected more than it delivered. It was just a tad weak overall for me.

Very drinkable and flavorful, but not one I would go back to any time soon.

Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before June '08.

A- crystal clear rich gold with a tint of orange. Very airy fizzy white head that goes away pretty fast. Some lacing left on my glass which wasn't particularly beer-clean.

S- At first it seemed real earthy without the kick I expect from most West Coast stuff, but after a while a nice sweetness and some citrus comes out (from their Amarillo hops I assume).

T- Earthy and spicy hops with a bit of juicy citrus as well. Really a nice combination of flavor here with just the right amount of light sweetness to back it up.

M/D- Really good here. I would drink this often. I downed this one faster than I do most beers and I'd have another if I could. With some of my favorite IPA's being RR Blind Pig, Stone IPA, Alpine Duet, Pizza Port Wipeout IPA among many other great west coast IPA's, I think it says volumes about this beer that it was able to get a ranking of 4+ from me.

Photo of biggred1
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark bronze color with a small white head with no lacing to speak of.

S-Smells pretty tame for an IPA good hops some menthol faint grainy smell.

T-Hoppy taste upfront but not overly bitter,some malt sweetness to balance.

M-Decent medium slick mouthfeel.

D-This is actually a very drinkable ale,just not what I expected more like an American pale.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice medium dark golden color with a nice tight off white head. The head held up pretty good and provided some lacing.

The smell is floral hops.

Taste is pretty good, a little bit bitter on the finish, but overall an okay drink.

The mouth feel is good on this one. Medium body, not too much carbonation.

Pretty drinkable EIPA. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I am a fan of Brooklyn Brewery. I got this in a Brooklyn Brew package and it's not bad.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper with a solid off white head. Laces nicely.

S - Strong floral hoppiness, with a big underlying malt. Juicy even.

T - A bit of a sharp, grassy, coarse hop in this. Aftertaste is bracingly bitter. A touch tart on the tip of the tongue as well. There's some citrus in this, but subtley is not the strong suit of this brew.

M - Moderate body, with a touch too much fizziness.

D - Decent. OK. Not bad. etc. Succeeds as a big, bitter, brew, but fails to deliver and semblance of balance. Hop flavour is lacking giving the intensity of the bitterness.

Photo of Popkorn615
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a one-fingered head that quickly disipates to a 1mm malty surface.

S - Hoppy, fruity, and 'spicy.' Maybe my senses are playing tricks on me, but I almost smell some kind of wood (a pine-like aroma). Call me weird, but it smells like being in a forest.

T - Well-spiced (maybe too much spice to it?). The dark bite is very apparent when chewing the beer while in the mouth as well as after the swallow. Malty and hoppy with a slight fruity tang to it like a grapefruit.

M - An average thickness and moderate carbonation, and the flavor can be felt on every part of the tongue, as well as on the way down the throat.

D - I could have a few, but because of the above average kick in this beer's bitterness, I don't think I could have a whole lot in a single sitting, and I definitely wouldn't drink this with a great tasting meal for fear that it would mess up the flavor of my food.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear light copper under a big white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Smells of citrus and floral hops with some caramel splashed in.

T: Tastes of citrus hops, not a whole lot of bitterness. Really it's just hops. It's not bad, but there could be more.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is just right. Pretty good drinkability. Taste leaves a little to be desired but overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours clear, light golden, honey in color. Very thin head, soapy with little retention and no lacing to speak of.

S: Light citrus hops with underlying malts. I would have expected more hops from an IPA but I've been surprised by previous Brooklyn brews.

T: Citrus hops rush foremost but leave room for the light, pale malts they seem to be infused within. Getting past those initial hops allows you to taste those malts and the complexity of this brew comes forth. The finish is moderate, with a mix of early malts and then a longer linger of hops.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively light but has a deceptive fullness about it making it very satisfying and thirst quenching. Perhaps not quite as hoppy as I would like my IPA to be but it was enjoyable just the same and definitely worth checking out.

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

A - light orange, very clear with white head which quickly disappears.
S - Very hoppy, quite bitter and candyish scents.
T - Light at the front, but leaves a dry bitterness and a significant amount of hops. Some sweeter caramel tastes are present, but are secondary to the hops.
M - Good zestiness, very light bodied.
D - Great sessionability.

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

A: Dar copper with a small head. Slightly carbonated and the head sticks around a bit.

S: Hoppy with hints of fruits. Slightly sweet.

T: There is a fruit/sweet flavour that is underlying. The hops are American (I think); however, the hops act like English hops (Probably because it's an English IPA), but the beer is pretty well balance. I would expect more from an IPA in complexity and taste though. It has the bittering hops then has a sweet flavour then leaves.

M: Creamy with a slight bit of bite from the carbonation

D: Not bad, not a lot of flavour and the flavours are decent.

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

pours a nice yellowish orange in my glass. good carbonation and slight head. the head dissappears quickly. very nice hop flava with nice dry finish. good lacing as i drink. this is a rather good IPA. not as much hop to my taste but still very good!

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of Sycodrummer
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass the beer had a solid two fingers of white creamy head. The beer itself was a clear bronze color and very still.

The nose lends some hops and slight citrus with malty caramel under that.

The taste has a medium hoppy character in line with its style and not overly agressive as might be expected from the Americanized version. A subtle bitterness coats the palate and this is well balanced with a malty, caramel, and bready finish. Bitterness doesn't linger too long but falls off nicely to the balance of the beer.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

I first had the chance to try this beer at a beer dinner hosted by Garrett Oliver and was suprised at how exceptionally balanced it was. Most striking at that time was how the bitterness made itself known and then receeded into that balance. This same was much the same, but perhaps slightly more hoppy than I remember. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into mug. Best by date of June 08.

A - Deep orange color with thin foam head. Very bubbly.

S - Spicy hops with a hint of citrus.

T - Overly bitter for an IPA. Not much balance at all. Spicy hop flavor. I love IPA's and DIPA's but there is something a little off with this one.

M/D - Strong carbonation, more than usual for an IPA. Overly bitter to the point of limiting the drinkability.

Not a bad beer, but I think they just missed the mark a little.

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

Consumed 03/30/08 at Brews Brothers, Pensacola.

Clear dark yellow pour. Rocky one finger head.

Strong grapefruit/citrus hoppy aroma.

Well carbonated as it enters the mouth. Flavor is a bit more mellow than the hop aroma would suggest. A little sweet and malty, some hop flavor and bitterness, but overall well balanced and somewhat mild. A sessionable IPA.

Good stuff.

Photo of FACSman
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice thick, creamy head and fine amber color

S - Floral hop character just barely covering up the malt, perfect for an IPA.

T - Nice balance of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Hops are nicely balances with the malt.

M - GREAT, both thick and crisp.

D - Mmmmm....I could drink these all night!

Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark orangish amber, slightly translucent with a decent head. It smelled of nothing but hops. The flavor was fairly yeasty with sharp hops up front and a pretty bitter finish. There was almost no malt that I could taste, but it was still fairly easy to drink. I'd call this a pretty good IPA.

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.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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