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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,895
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Billolick

New York

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

"best before date" of March 2004. This is brewed in Utica... Solid IPA, Off white head, hops in the nose. Hops dominate here, but there is some nice malty balance going on. Resin, grapefruit, floral notes characterize a respectable hop jolt, not overpowering however. A good quality drinkable brew. Another respectable job turned in by BKLYN.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 21:14:26 | More by Billolick
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knoopie

New York

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon first tasting of the EIPA, I knew i had found a favorite. Served in a pint, it formed a frothy head with tight bubbles. Its color is deceiving. Not as dark as its taste would imply. A reminder... "Taste with your tongue, not with your eyes!" EIPA has a summery ale quality; citrus-like. Rather hoppy, and mild/heavy malt provides a nice roll off the tongue. Hits the back of the palate with a rounded bite. Easy to drink if you are an IPA fan who can take a bit higher gravity.I know most of us can!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 07:12:11 | More by knoopie
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byrd

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall off white head of frothy bubbles. Clear golden amber in color with some bubbles rising to the surface. Nice citrusy, somewhat grapefruity, hop aroma with some slight caramel maltiness on the nose. Light medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. The head lasts a very long time and slowly bcomes a thin lace that sticks to the sides of the glass. Mild malty start with a slight caramel and breadiness to it that creates a nice backbone. Hops follow rather quickly. Seems like there might be a couple different hops here, but I’m not all that proficient at identifying different types. A touch citrusy with grapefruit notes in the end. The malt backbone is present throughout though and stands out a bit more as the beer warms. The hops last a long time into the aftertaste. Quite good, worth looking for again, yet fairly tame.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 11:56:25 | More by byrd
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shippos

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

honey orangy body with a good white head packed with thick dense bubbles. sweet malty toffeeish aroma with a slight floral hop aroma, not as intese as I was expecting for an IPA. good mouthfeel with not an overpowering hoppy bitterness taste but hey are still there if not restrained a little. still an excellent beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 15:35:50 | More by shippos
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BeerFan

New Jersey

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

It pours deep golden with a slight haze into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Thin white head which fades quickly, but leaves some decent lacing. Floral and lemongrass aroma. Orangey fruit, too. This beer is medium-bodied has a good malt backbone balancing the hops, but finishes with a nice crisp, citrusy finish. Hopheads may not love this beer too much, but this was brewed in the original English stlye and succeeds in being a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 03:55:14 | More by BeerFan
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale orange in color, highly carbonated, blessed with a huge, though swiftly settling, white head.
Aroma: fresh and fruity (peach, apricot, orange)
Taste: treacly sweet, and overly citric at first, and then, just too sweet, and bland. Rather thin-bodied, surprisingly so, with a lackluster finish, Hell, a lackluster everything. For an IPA, this possessed no POP, no POW, no ZING!, no nothing, it just sat and swam in the mouth, not offering further enticements from flavor, just more of the same bloated sugary droppings. A remarkably meager IPA, this shouldn't even be granted that name, it's a weak, pale, not-even-nearly hoppy offering. Hops have nothing to do here, and the flavor gets sickeningly sweet later on... I keep thinking "I'm getting the pale in this ale, but where's the India??" Eh, f'geddaboudit!!
My least favorite Brooklyn beer to date, and I'm saddened, for I was sure that they could do an IPA right. Oh, well...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 09:48:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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mikeys01

Colorado

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

The East India IPA is in my opinion a very good example of the style, not too complex, not too simple, but everything you'd like to see in an IPA. Pours a very clear burnished gold color with just a bit of wispy white head that fades almost instantly. The aroma of EIPA is a strong but mellow blend of citrus and hops, but with also more malty than many IPA's. However, it is the hops that are most noticeable in the taste, very flavorful without being overly bitter, a nice lemon citrus that is rounded out with a light caramel malt flavor. Leaves just a little bit of a bitter aftertase, a pretty balanced IPA in all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2003 05:20:46 | More by mikeys01
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silks636

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched.

Light golden amber in color. Frothy white head that sticks like a champ. Sweet pine and citric hop aroma, a bit on the mellow side. Some alcohol present as well. Taste starts off sweet but quickly gives way to a bitter grapefruit hop sting. Good balance of malt throughout. Finishes bitter with a touch of mint and grass. Pleasant full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A nice little IPA, definitely understated. Clean and crisp. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching, but beware, it hides it's 7% well!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 01:23:38 | More by silks636
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Naerhu

Japan

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden body with thin white head and moderate lace.
Hoppy-spice, sweet malty aroma.
Low bitterness all the way through, but huge hop flavor. The easiest drinking hoppy beer I have come accross.

This is a nice beer that I believe a wide range of people would like. It is like a quality entry-level beer. Not as intense as I live my IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 14:30:58 | More by Naerhu
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a solid white head, pretty big bubbles. The beer is clear with a dark wheat color. The head is leaving some nice lacing as it melts down into the beer. The aroma is of sweet, slightly bitter, hops, very inviting. The taste is very sweet, it reminds me of the yellow Triaminic cough syrup. The taste is very strange, not bitter at all as I have come to expect with IPA's. The best before date is March 2004 so its not too old, maybe its too young? Brooklyn is a really good brewery and I thought I liked all of their beers, but this is just too freaky.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 03:24:13 | More by HappyHourHero
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CBFanWish

New York

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An alomost brassy color leads to a wonderful frothy white head. I have read in other reviews that the head doesn't last, I must be lucky. A hoppy scent and an even better taste. Hoppy, yet very malty. Well balanced and very smooth. This is without a doubt a great beer, and for the price ($5.99 at Wegman's) you just can't get a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 19:32:46 | More by CBFanWish
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

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

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a wispy sticky white head and mucho carbonacion. Smells like floral hops, astringent and warming nose.
Taste is a bit malty sweet then heavy on the hops, bitterness in the finish, and quite nice. A bit of alcoholic estery/ medicinal quality, but just a bit.
Mouthfeel is oily slick, then sticky, beer is medium bodied, clings a bit to the palate. Not a hop monster nor an alcohol monster, this beer is quite drinkable, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 19:29:19 | More by mydeadguy
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oldgrowth

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange color. Ok head that disappeared quickly. Orange tea scent. Nice balance of malt, toasted, & sweet, slightly bitter hops. Sticky sweet with some linguring bitterness. Drinkable enough, though I remember it having a different taste,pre BeerAdvocate, that was a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 23:31:26 | More by oldgrowth
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really sweet, upfront barley sweetness, with a very hoppy aromatic finish. I got vanilla, pine and citrus as the main flavours, a bit sticky and sweet. Metallic bitter finish, the mouthfeel was a bit thin aswell, surprisingly. Nothing close to what had expected, but not a total loss.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:50:08 | More by rastaman
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

Served from the cask at d.b.a.'s in NYC. Cask was tapped the day before. Standard pint glass.

Appearance: A clear honey colored topped off with a decent 1/2" of nice frothy bubbles.

Smell: Nice floral and piney aromatic hops that were detectable from about 2 feet away. Slight malt presence on the nose.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor at the onset followed by a modestly powerful hoppiness. Not overwhelming to the point of making a hophead jump for joy, but still pretty strong for the style. Slightly bitter and salty on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slight puckering and drying sensation. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style. A very good example of an IPA. I'll be looking for the non-cask conditioned version around my area.

Serving type: cask

09-11-2003 19:50:42 | More by ManekiNeko
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrives looking a hazy golden orange, lighter than most IPAs I'm used to, topped with a thin whitish head. It was a little dark on the patio area where i was drinking it, so hopefully my color judgement is accurate. Wonderful sticky lacing, creating ladder lines down the glass.
Aroma is mildly hoppy, not quite as pronounced as i expected. Very nice, balanced excellently with the malt, while still taking the stage. Lots of sweet pale malt, with perhaps some caramunich or toasted malt. Slight buttery diacetyl aroma, with a hint of pear.
Flavor is initially malty, with a slightly buttery cornlike diacetyl flavor. Slight peach and pear flavor, follewed by a citric hoppiness kicking in halfway through, fading into a piney, herbal hopping in the finish. Spicy and sharp, with a grapefruity flavor in the aftertaste. Full bodied, with smooth, small bubbled carbonation. Another winner from Brooklyn. Very hoppy belches. Tasty.
I didn't really care for this beer when I first tried it about a year ago. I thought it was kind of weak. Very good this time, with excellent balance and tasty, balanced hop flavor. Alcohol is a bit high, so I can't drink too many of these. Wish I had known it was 7% before making this my fourth IPA...

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2003 18:01:42 | More by UnionMade
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Boto

Connecticut

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

The beer is a good hue of amber. Also, it is perfectly clear. The head was light tan, small, and didn't stay long. No lacing down the glass. Malty aroma, with a hint of roastiness and hops in the background. Rich malt body, with just the right amount of hops. A very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 20:50:49 | More by Boto
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marc77

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear golden copper hue, with a thin, but well retained cream white head that manages wisps of lace. Pungent combination of lemon drop like citrus and damp, wilted floral hops dominates the aroma. Ashen bubblegum esters and heaty, bittersweet alcohol are partially tapered by rounding diacetyl. Assertive, but bristly so aromawise. Floral component in hop nose augments as it breathes. Soft pale malt and stately light caramel malt upfront in flavor is quickly overrun by a bluff, lingering melange of sharply bitter citrus pith, peppery alcohol, and raw, honeyish sweetness. Hop flavor of a leafy, sweet fresh tabacco nature creeps in mid palate along with bubblegum and biscuit, further facilitating the abstruse flavor profile. Firmly dextrinous and smoothly viscous in mouthfeel, but not overly so. Finishes alcoholically hot, narrowly bitter, with trace hints of solventy fusels and caramel. A perplexing IPA, for sure. The alcohol presence is not at all hidden, thus hindering the potential drinkability. East IPA's choppy, hop driven complexity challenges, yet pleases the palate. Reminescent of a Liberty Ale / La Trappe Trippel hybrid. Strangely good.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 02:10:35 | More by marc77
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Appears a clear filtered copper with a bubbly cream colored head which forms a scattered sheat of lacing around my pint as each sip empties the glass. Aroma: Nice semi mellow floral hopping going down more of a British style but nothing off very nice with sweet malty backbone and citrus scented backdrop a nice solid aroma. Taste: Wonderfully balanced flavors between a great hoppy upfront flavor mellowed by sweet honey like shots of malts including caramel and other English specialties present here, all I can say is it would be hard to find somebody who didn't care for this brew. Mouthfeel: There's a definite silky texture going on within this medium to light bodied beer, not cloying at all great mixture of flavors within this beer. Drinkability: I enjoyed this sampling of it and I must say I will imbibe again maybe not a beer I would buy by the case but surely a great beer to be enjoyed when available refreshing in summer heat and warming in the winter chill.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 02:00:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

I had this in the bottle about a year ago and I thought it was watery and one dimensional. I had this on tap at Redbones and found it wonderful.

Cloudy orange/yellow in color. The smell is hops, citrus and some other sweet notes. The taste is very similar to the smell. More hops carrying through, all the way through to the end.

Very well balanced. A tad bit thick in terms of the mouthfeel but doesn't take away from the drinkability.

I would have this any time that I found it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 22:15:00 | More by CharlesRiver
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

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

I've quaffed a few IPA's and this one is good.

It poured a golden amber, much like a medium-strength iced tea, with an average head (which was quick to dissolve). The aroma, although not overly pronounced, was typical of most IPAs, sharp and citrusy. The taste was nicely hoppy, with a hint of malt. Mouthfeel: crisp and dry with a pleasant burn. It finishes spicy citrus.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 12:28:54 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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beerguy101

California

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

Medium dark gold color. Medium head. Aroma is very floral and grassy. A medium bodied IPA. Somewhere between the big hoppy West Coast IPAs and the mellower maltier British IPAs. Definite grapefruit flavor as well as a malty sweetness and hop spiciness. A very drinkable IPA. Sort of a middle of the road. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 00:16:30 | More by beerguy101
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a medium copper color with a medium rocky head that leaves no lacing,aroma is hoppy but with a nice caramel malt background.Taste begins a little sweet but the the hoppy dryeness kicks in during mid-swallow a definent dry finish,I do like the malt backbone to this beer.This beer has a good reputation and I can see why.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 01:52:27 | More by oberon
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love amber-colored beer and this is one of the best I've seen. Made m'damn mouth water.

It smelled great, I just thought it could have been a little stronger. Sweet, flowery, maybe a little malty.

Tasted nicely bitter, but for some reason it doesn't seem like it's coming from the hops. A glassy flavor was the first thing I noticed but it didn't last long.

Brooklyns are pretty expensive so I don't know how often I'll get the East India pale ale. Not to mention there's like a billion other worthy IPA's at the beer store. I don't look forward to the day I go to the store and realize I've tried them all. That's what separates the men from the boys... deciding between two beers you've already had. It's gonna be pandemonium, I can tell.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 21:19:07 | More by 86MonteSS
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a nice white head that fades to a pretty lace. The nose is of floral hops and malt complexity. It's a very refreshing smell. The taste is much the same. The hopping is noticable, but not overpowering. The malts stand out and create a unique balance that is not often displayed in most IPA's. The mouthfeel I found to be a bit heavy, but this can be expected with such a malty character. Not something I look for though when I'm throwing back a pale beer. It was a good drinking beer. I've been enjoying this brew for a few years now.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2003 05:53:49 | More by WesWes
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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