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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,135
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 36
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
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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 mshallah
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec. 07 notched on label. Pours orange-amber with a very sticky head. Glorious aroma of fresh hop cones. A malty sweet caramelized sugar cookie aroma is the background base. Hop bitterness flavor is bright in the English style. More lemony than most US versions which tend toward grapefruit, orange and peach hop characters. Some mild mint and pine notes come through to reinforce the leafy, fresh hop cone sensation on the palate. Taste is lip-smackin' and dries out quickly giving a thirst for the next quaff. Very clean and to the point; get everything you can out of the hops in bitterness, flavor and aroma. Give it a try.

Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour to a deepened gold with a healthy cream-colored spume of good stickiness and retention.
Fully floral nose, back-ended with biscuit maltiness and a powerful candied sweetness that seems out of place, if not outright unnatural. It still smells good, just a tad weird.
Starts with a dryish grainy pale malt, then goes all gummi-fruit. It becomes oversweet with notions of orange and cherry (again, candied and in gummibear form). Tracers of caramel and further notions of grain, but fruit reign supreme here. It ends with a dedicated floral hoppiness, while mild, it is solid in flavor, bitterness, and linger.
Light bodied, given the strength and style. Yet, it still manages to be drinkable. It's bizarre and superficially flawed, but not hate-able.

Photo of mobud
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA glass.

A- Amber color with a light head that remain thru the sample.

S- Nice citrus hop smell.

T- This beer has great balance between the hop that you encounter art first and the malt that greets you on the backend.

M- Medium

D- What more can be said about BBC. This one of their best beers and they have been doing it right for many years. Enough hops to get the taste buds going built on top of a solid beer. Would have this beer again.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in late July, BBD of Oct 07

Poured peach tea/amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Piney hops & breadyness

T: Hop tea, earthy hops, grapefruit & breadyness up front. Fruittyness follows as this warms. Finishes with a nice crisp hop tea snap, dryness & more fruitty notes

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice EIPA!

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


A moderately clear copper with minimal carbonation and head retention. Pleasant hop nuances with a pronounced sweet malt in the back-end. Crisp, bitter and drinkable. If it needed anything, maybe a tad bit more floral/citric suggestions for solo consumption, but this goes very well with food. With its moderately priced tag & the drinkability factor, this will find its way into regular rotation. Recommended.

Edit: post review, looked at the bottle and it stated best before 06.06. Obviously, I will re-review.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Pig's Eye Pub glass.

A: Pours a pale, copper yellow with a one finger head of carbonation bubbles which dissipate after a few moments. Lots of lively carbonation flying around in there.

S: A little bit of citrus hops at first, but mostly sweet malts can be taken in here.

T: Light hop flavor up front, but predominantly sweet malts towards the end. A little roasty, a little biscuity, but pleasant nonetheless.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a bit thin on the intake, but character builds when it's held for a few seconds.

D: Hops and malts are complimented well here, but it's a bit to plain overall to session or keep buying again and again. Listed ABV would probably prevent you from doing so anyway, but it's a bonus for those who expect an English IPA to be meek.

Overall, another solid installment for Brooklyn. These guys know what they're doing, and this is a slightly more hopped, slightly jacked up English IPA. I prefer American IPAs, but this was not too shabby.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, carbonated copper body with a fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh biscuits with a touch of caramel and hints of flowers.

Taste: Dry, flakey biscuit maltiness with only a thin dose of sweetness. There's a moderate citric bitterness that slowly builds along with distinct mint-like flavor. Finishes bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, fairly easy-going IPA.

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is on the malty side, slight hops/citrus/pines, very good dose of caramel. There a nice sweetness to this brew, with a slight bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice English IPA from Brooklyn.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: nothin good nothin bad. gold with bronze hues eggshell head

smell: up front was fresh and fruity then went quickly to citrus sharp hops, maybe some pine.. not much

taste: again up front it was flavorful fruity and nice, then quickly went soapy sour tangy all at once with some dull stale tasting malts in the back. trashy bottle flavor in there also.

mf: lil oil but thin watery with a seperate zing of carbonation

drinkable?: if you like it.. there is nothing aside from preferance that would make this hard to drink.

ok for a half hearted ipa

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess this beer's hops could be bigger and the malt could be louder, but it's just so nice the way it is. The rolls through like a strong bitter, though not as cocoa and toffee laden as an ESB, and is followed indistinct, but very pleasant citrus-lemon hop push. The complexities all-round could be finer and deeper, but as it stands, this beer is a bit of a joy to drink. Maybe I'm a sucker, but at least I'm happy.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this 12 ounce brown bottle at Shop Rite Liquors in West Caldwell, NJ.
Appearance: A translucent amber color with a small white head providing good retention and a lot of thin lacing.
Smell: Unique aroma, with more malt that I was expecting.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, a bit malty for an IPA, but not out of style, just not to expected, even for an English.
Mouthfeel: Very rigid.
Drinkability: Better than average, but not out of this world.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of ncvbc
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say. I was surprised by this one and feel it deserves some credit.

Pour left a massive off-white head with tightly packed bubbles of carbonation, which rose steadily upward. Sticky lacing left on the glass during consumption.

Smell was of grassy, earthy hops. Very clean with a spiced piney scent of hops in there also. Some light caramel in the malts and a biscuity presence as well. It reminded me somewhat of the Finest Kind.

Some malt initially then big, strong hops in the taste. Somewhat bitter but balanced. The English hops are crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is also somewhat bitter. A little oily texture provided that is sticky on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability, considering it's at 6.8%, is great. I like.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: A golden amber body with a very small white head. Retention did not really hold, but it did slow down to a nice lacing that stuck with the beer.

S: A very nice smell. Floral scents were present, possibly indicating that there was some dry hopping. Also, a nice balance of malts were present in the smell as well, which was interesting. Definitely does not seem like a real "hop bomb."

T: A very balanced, solid taste. The initial taste is a sweet, caramel malty taste that was very smooth. There was a nice presence of hops in the aftertaste that, combined with the malts, provided a very balanced brew.

M: The mouthfeel was pretty solid. A full-bodied feel that was smooth and easy to drink.

D: This beer is definitely very drinkable. A solid, sweet malt taste with a nice, hoppy aftertaste made it a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

I combined this brew with some pork chops with sauerkraut and it was definitely a nice combination.

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

12fl oz bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast... The bottle i had stated it was 6.8% rather than the 7% listed here..

Poured a deep amber orange colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and quite rocky then faded slowly to decent thickish covering.. no carbonation whatsoever.. some light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice peppery and piney hops, caramel maltiness, some light butterscotch notes, toasted bread, floral honey, quite herbal, some saltiness, grassy, some light rubbery notes, the faintest of leathery traces...

Taste – Peppery and piney hops to the fore with some very light caramel malty sweetness in the background... some honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread, very floral and perfumed, some light medicinal notes, definite sea saltiness, some light soapy traces, light metallic notes..

M&D - Quite sharp, crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Pretty damn refreshing and drinkable although at 6.8% it's probably just a little on the strong side for being sessionable..

Overall - A pretty decent IPA... maybe the hops are just slightly on the harsh side but apart from that it's definitely worth a try...

Photo of cypressbob
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, served chilled in a Duvel glass. 6.8%abv

Pours with a rich shimmering copper toned body, hints of rich amber and a few red hues. Dense, tight off white head with great retention. Amazingly thick strands of lacing stick to the inside of the glass

Smell, alcoholic estery tinged english hop aroma, fresh berries, some faint pine aroma. Little bit of almond and zesty lemon and lime. A slightly buttery malt character also, tiny little bit of mustiness too.

Taste, initially a crisp solid malt profile soon kicked into touch by tonnes of crisp english bittering hops. The hops seem very distinguishable, the flavours seem to comes through in easily identifiable stages. Rich almost quinine like bitterness from the hops, little bit of freshly squeezed tangy orange juice. Lots of lasting bitterness on the palette

Another winner from the Brooklyn brewery. A very drinkable IPA considering the strength, tasty and full of hoppy bitterness. That said its not quite as well rounded and balanced as say Stone IPA or Celebration Ale.... the flavours seem a bit uncontrolled and don't seem to mould well together, however still a very drinkable brew

I paired this with a hot pepperoni and jalepeno pizza, good combo

Photo of shabbtastic
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ordered it on tap and was told they were out, my wife couldn't understand why I was so upset. Anyway, pick up a sixer, it was clearly marked with freshness date which is months away! Poured very nicely into a Pilsner glass (is that okay?) Here we go:

A - Dark golden reddish, nice carbonation with very nice head retention.

S - Hoppy! - Yeah

T - Fresh up front with a nice clean hoppy finish.

M - Full, with a nice feel on the tip of the tongue.

D - Very dangerous, it went down rater quick. With the 6.75 ABV (that's what the label says) I felt the effect right away, stopped at one, just glad I have 5 more to enjoy.

I haven't been to disappointed with the Brooklyn styles, I strongly suggest checking this out, it's a true IPA for the ages!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an orange colored beer with a medium white head. It had a sweet, flowery aroma. A fruity taste, peppery hops later. A nice, not too aggressive IPA.
Parenthetically, I tried this beer both in a regular pint glass and in the new Sam Adams pint glass. While this was an admittedly unblinded study, the head was bigger and lasted longer in the SA pint, and I thought the beer stayed cooler (although maybe I drank it faster).

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with a quick fading beige head and light lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts and a some herbal hops.

The caramel maltiness is really nice here. And as the last poster mentioned, there is definitely a black pepper presence to this one. It's a positive thing.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

I finally found a Brooklyn beer in a store, but sadly, I'm 600 miles from home. This is a very nice English IPA. I'll be stocking up for the trip home.

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

4.0's across the board for this one. Poured a copper orange colour with just a touch of chill haze. Frothy, soapy head lasted about 60 seconds before fading away into a white haze across the surface of the liquid. Smell is resinous, herbaceous hops and caramel. Nice. This just smells thirst quenching. Taste is sweeter and less bitter than I thought it would be. There's a pleasant hop bitterness that shows particularly well right at the finish.
To be 7,0%, this is quite drinkable and a very lovely IPA.

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

Pours a nice orange color with a small off-white head. Leaves a fine lace on the glass and looks well carbonated.

Smells hoppy. Fruit flavor definitely comes through in the nose as does a syrupy sweetness.

Nice smooth flavor and a rather mild hoppiness. I'll admit, I like the mild hops in this although I know some would not think this a true IPA. Mild bitterness as well.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation.

I'll admit I'm not a big IPA guy and I prefer the mild bitterness of this beer but over the past months my palette is becoming more open and accustomed to a nice bitter IPA so maybe a new door will be opening. Anyway, try this beer.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is with a trace of melancholy that I pen this, my final beer review from a most excellent vacation. Unfortunately I didn't really get to review some of the fine offerings I had in Montreal, but I will make note of a couple of places we stopped by.

We were driving back to NYC when we saw the sign saying 9 miles to Woodstock. We were making great time, so we said the hell with it. Lunch in Woodstock! Found a great place for lunch, had the best BLT ever, and this...

Bronze in color with an emphasis on red. Head, respectable, lacing decent. Smell is a cool summer breeze, and pine trees. Taste is real nice, the initial sweet caramel malt washes away clean with a perfect splash of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, a little sticky though.

Having been in Montreal for a few days prior to this, I was craving something a little hoppier than what I'd been quaffing up there, and this hit the spot magnificently. All you east coasties should be very proud of the incredibly fine beers you have there. Until I get back, I will truly miss them.

Photo of papaglide
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from 12 oz bottle)
Pours with a nice frothy, tiny bubbled head. Head slowly dissipates leaving a nice delicate Belgian lace ringing the pint glass.
The nose is sweetish malt with small flowery hop overtones.
At first a nice sweetish malty taste spreads throughout the mouth all the while accompanied by a trace of hop bitterness. The sweetness goes down with the swallow and all that is left is a nice, dry hop finish. The beer is not even close to being highly carbonated ( its more like medium to low carbonation) and the mouth feel is slightly chewy but not to the extent that a stout or porter is.
This is an excellent and in my opinion great alternative to the American-style IPA's that seem to dominate the market with overpowering hops and hardly any malt balance. This is a nice beer and I would recommend it for anytime.

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium pale color with a decent head. Aroma is more of a sweet, malty type with some bitterness off the top. Taste is much of the same, malty, with the exception of the bitterness taking over towards the back of the throat. Leaves a semi-dry finish on the back of the throat. A second sip confirms this. This beer has a good balance of malt and hops. Not too hoppy and certainly not too malty. It is a good representation of an English IPA.

My only complaint would be that the malt is a tad bit overbearing at first. However, the bitterness towards the end cancels it out. Very nice IPA.

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

This is a pretty good looking beer -- it pours a clear light amber nicely with a good amount of froth that falls and leaves some sticky bit of Brussels lace. The aroma is interesting; I can't quite place it, but it's appealing. Perhaps sort of a sweet caramel malt mixing with some somewhat piney hops? I think I might smell a little bit of Kent Goldings, too.

The citrusy hops seem to lightly coat the palate, seemingly promising a bitter punch of hops, but the bitterness ends up being a touch restrained. by American standards (especially West Coast standards). That said, this is a very well crafted ale that really has me craving some English cheese. I particularly like how the malt and hops play together. There's some complexity to this beer (especially as it warms up) that I can tell is due to various varieties of British malts and hops, their subtle flavors melding into a very pleasing overall experience.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber coppery color with a decent sized head of foam that had good retention. Mild lacing in the glass. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Sweet hops and citrus fruit, with piney overtones. A fresh biscuit and bread malty note was present, balancing things out nicely.

T: Very nice. Well balanced flavors of fresh, juicy grapefruit and hops combine with a pinewood note to contrast a doughy and caramel malt taste. Not overly complex, but simple, and right on the money.

M: Smooth, slightly crisp. A touch more carbonation would've really be nice. Goes down very easy, a real gulper. Nice.

D: Yep, this is my favorite from Brooklyn so far. Probably the best EIPA i've had. Recommended.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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