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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: 246 | FT: 1
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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 pwoods
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Light copper pour with a 1ish finger eggshell head. Good retention and ends up a pillowy skim for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Very subtle. Very crisp and fresh.. on the grassy side. Just not much going on.

T/M: Not too impressed. Slight bittering hops that are very muddled.. can't get a good interpretation. Malts are on the sweet side and leave a chalky feel in the mouth. Body is very light and has plenty of carbonation.

D: Just didn't do it for me. Not sure if it's the style or what.

Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a nice creamy lasting head. The aroma is delicious, tons of hops and hints of bitterness, some citrus and grapefruit, some herbal and even some almost metallic notes. Fruity malts come through and really play well with the citrus. The flavor starts out with a strong bitterness that is somewhat overpowering at first but as I warm to it it fades a bit and allows the hop flavor and malt to shine a bit. There are similar citrusy hop flavors as the aroma, as well as sweet fruity and slightly biscuity malts. The beer is very smooth and it may be my thirst but it seems very drinkable right now.

Photo of KevinB
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber capped off with a thick albicant head. Head steadily retreated leaving light lacing behind.
Nice light bready,hoppy aroma.
Taste is very mild for an IPA, it's subtle but the hops are there along with some citrus notes, this IPA leans more to the malts than the hops.
It's a nice , light bodied brew, with the right amount of carbonation.
Overall a pretty good brew, lacks he bite hopheads crave, but it's an interesting beer thats very drinkable..

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

A- Poured out of a bottle into the SA Pint glass and it was a medium yellow with strong bubbles.

S- Hoppy but not overly so. Good IPA nose.

T- Good malt levels and slightly high hop levels for what I was expecting. I am not into HUGE hops and I was expecting a traditional English IPA. This was a bit hoppy for that. The aftertaste on this was good b/c it didn't feel like you were crewing on hops, it moved on quickly. I did enjoy this beer overall.

M- Good carbonation in this. I think an IPA should have a strong carbonation and this was just right.

D- I don't think I would want to drink this all night but I did like the bottle I had. I think that is my preference over the beer itself. GIve it a go it is worth a try.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Best before date of February 2008.

Pours a beautiful clear amber gold with a one finger head. Thehead didn't last but it left good lacing.

A big nose of slightly earthy pungent hops. But it also has a substantial nutty, malty backbone. Great

It taste of fuggles and malt, very nice indeed. A bit of grapefruit bitterness lingers in the finish. What I really love about this beer is the great noble hop flavor, and the big maltiness that is not overdone or two sweet. The biscuity, nutty flavor really compliments this brew nicely.

Lightly carbonated and fairly big in body without being slick.

An excellent beer. I love Brooklyn's take on an English IPA. Big and bold... its like no other English IPA I have ever had.

Photo of neddy191
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - clear, copper. thin off-white head. nice lacing.

s - Intense caramel sweetness. Malt overpowers hops in the nose.

t - as with the nose, caramel sweetness. Some citrusy hops present but the balance is definately toward malt.

m - medium bodied. Nicely carbonated

d - This beer could be better balanced for my palate. I could drink 1 or 2 but the sweetness would definately get to me.

Photo of bboven
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper body, very clear, not much head but there's some lacing that sticks pretty well.

High-Alpha bitter hop smell with strong malt backing it up.

A little too much sweet malt for an IPA, hops take a bit of a backseat for this style of ale.

Low, smooth carbonation is very pleasant, the bitterness at the end puckers you up just a little bit.

Pretty good IPA, certainly drinkable, but not my first choice.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again to realbeer.com.cn for importing and distributing these beers in china! you'll have to find this in bars/restaurants in shanghai or, in the case of cities like beijing, in specific warehouse/wholesale-type store chains like "metro" (mai4de2long2), because carrefour doesn't stock it.

great clear copper color, decent head, pretty lacing

aroma is flowery and piney with malt in the background.

the hops are strong, and give a resiny character, between bitter and sour. they drown out the malt a little more than i'd like however. strongly bitter and dry finish that again over-emphasizes the bitterness of the hops.

texture is relatively smooth, slightly thinner than expected, and some astringency.

not an exemplary IPA, but still a great thing to have out here in china

Photo of david131
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Ever so slightly cloudy and a golden, almost a little amber. There are a few streams of carbonation rising to the top. The head is somewhat small and settles to a very thin and splotchy layer on the top.

S- Very sweet malt with some funk, fruits, and flowers. Very perfumy in fact.

T- Some very sweet caramely hops along with some funk (the beer is fresh, don't worry). The bitterness of the hops definitely make their presence known, but is definitely not overwhelming. This definitely tastes like quality.

M- Very crisp and the carbonation only helps to accentuate the flavors. Well done.

D- These Brooklyn beers never disappoint. There is not a single cheap flavor to this and I was rather impressed with this. Crazy it's not, but damn if it's not tasty.

Photo of zerofear13
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had an English IPA before, so this one was my first. Poured out a nice copper, gold color with medium head. Smelled mildly of malt. The thing that struck me first was that the hops didn't overpower the beer like most IPAs. Instead, the hops added to the beer, but the malts and sweetness were more so present than anything else. But still, you can tell this was an IPA just by that bitter hop-taste lingering in the back. I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these when I get the chance, and review because this brew intrigues me. It really is unlike anything I've ever tasted (maybe a certain hop I've never had, or malt profile).

Photo of jokelahoma
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, notice the style. It's definitely an English style IPA, so keep that in mind going forward.

Got this at the Old Chicago in Wake Forest, NC. It poured a hazy burnished copper color, with a rather thin head, but one which held good lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma was good and hoppy, butnot overwhelmingly so as can be the case with many American styles. You also get a good whiff of a substantial malt foundation on which this brew is built. Somewhat fruitier in the nose than yo might expect. Nice and inviting.

This brew has a good up front malt flavor which dominated initially, finally giving way to a bracing hop bitterness. That bitterness gives way to a small amount of hop flavor, which is again replaced with the lingering bitterness that slowly fades and melds with the return of the malt sweetness. This, combined with the lighter carbonation, certainly make this one stand out from the usual pack of American IPAs. This isn't like those beers, nor should it be. Very nicely done, and a lot more subtle than one might expect seeing IPA on the lablel.

The mouthfeel is not at all watery, with a decent amount of heft that fits perfectly with the maltier profile.

I'd imagine this one gets knocked repeatedly for not being a hop bomb, or a "real" IPA, because it's not "ex-wife" bitter. But it's an excellent example of the English style IPA. Go into this with your eyes open and an understanding of what this style is supposed to be, and you'll find it's really a very well made brew. Highly recommended.

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

I have been returning to this IPA for what seems like years. I like the name which gives an indication of the flavor before you pop the top.
Served cold in a frosty pint, allowed to warm slightly.
A - A light amber w/ a full 1inch of cream colored head that gives a very decent clinging lace pattern.

S - Sweet scents and full floral, citrus scents of fresh hoppy goodness. A nice smell of fruit and cedary nuances w/ a tinge of pine. There is a pleasant malt odor underneath the fresh hop odors.

M - Sweet feeling at first w/ a twinge of bitterness and pine in the feel. Nice mellow carbonation that spreads the balance of malts and gently bitter hops acrosss the tongue. A faint amount of residual sweetness and slight resinous presence in the finish.

T - There is plenty of malt and sweet flavors w/ a conservative amount of bitterness. The hops and malt have a comfortable balance and the English influence is noticeable. I like the mix of sweet and dry w/ a tasteful bite of citrus. The bitterness is there, but restrained.

D - Very well made and highly drinkable. A balanced IPA, very tasty ale that I will and have returned to many a time. The hops are skillfully utilized and their flavor makes this well worth drinking.

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

appearance - has a copper look to it, nice small head started out.

smell - Sweet malts, hops, and a citrus smell.

taste - Nice sweet malt taste at the end. Has a little bit of some hops up front.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - nice balanced beer. easy drinking too

Photo of barknee
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn EIPA pours a cloudy clover honey color with a thin cream-colored head. A soft nose of evergreen, pine and fresh hops entice visions of healthy forestation. Quite bitter to taste: Somewhat austere, very dry, tannic, a bit backward and generally mediocre. This brew is a less than stellar example of the style, nevertheless decisively potable.

Photo of jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from the remarkable brewer Garrett Oliver; Brooklyn East IPA opens with a thick head that quickly dissipates into moderate lacing. Amber colored it presents an initial orange taste with a crisp mouthfeel. Though not as hoppy as expected, it still retains a fresh body good enough for a hot day (or an air-conditioned bar where this one went down). Of course, I'd try anything from Brewmeister Oliver.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and pale hops with touches of caramel and nuts.

T: The taste starts with the bitterness of pale hops and some caramel sweetness. There’s a little bit of citrus in there as well and it gets progressively more balanced as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while and one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style. I could drink a few of them but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

Photo of Homerbag
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in Ohio as part of the Brooklyn Beer Party Pack. Out of a brown bottle into my pint glass. Rich amber color with thin head that is barley there. Smell does pick up the hops in it, but it is not intimidating as some of the IPA's out there. A more flavorful IPA with some pucker too it, but not overbearing or overpowering. This is a good starter IPA. I must admit that it went very well with my plate of hot wings and blue cheese. As far as IPA's go, it's not my pick of the litter, but it's not the runt either.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before, but not since I've started reviewing beers on here. I prefer pale ales to this, but this is a good, solid brew and a solid representation of it's style.

The pour is nice - the beer had a golden shade of apricot to it and a nice, solid head to match. There could have been a bit more lacing, the but the aroma and taste more than made up for it. Yes, it's a bit metallic and soapy, but the mouthfeel is still great regardless. There's notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of pine, and of course, hops. They don't overpower but they linger quite nicely in between sips, and this doesn't have the signature hop characteristic that loosely ties the lager, pennant ale, and pilsener. There's a kick here, but not like the overhopped west coast IPA's that I'm accustomed to.

Even though the ABV is 7.00, it's not easily detected and the back of this beer stands out head and shoulders above any hints of alcohol. Yes, it's unseasonably warm out for this time of the year and I tend to skip the hoppy stuff during these spells, but this has fit in quite well tonight. Cheers to Garrett and the Brooklyn Brewery for keeping this in their portfolio of offerings!

Photo of Risser09
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - Best before September 2007 (oops)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruby and copper color with a strong vibrance of orange and red. The head tops 2 inches and is off white in color. It becomes cake-like and shows off its many craters.

Smell: Hop oil and grapefruit are strong aromas. A melange of berries is hidden in there, though and makes this beer awesome to sniff. Lemon peel, raspberry, cherry, apple and alcohol round out the aromas.

Taste: Wow. After all those great aromas I was surprised to find that there isn't much going on in the flavor department. Initial flavors are hop flowers and lavendar. Malt then becomes the victor and balances out this beer. Lemon and slight grapefruit are other contributors. Alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with an alcohol presence on the throat and the nostrils. Since flavor and sweetness are not outstanding, alcohol sort of becomes the focal point of this brew.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I hope that this was a victim of being drunk beyond the freshness date, but I doubt it. I wish a flavor would have stood out more to catch my attention. This is a good beer but it falls behind in a league of extraordinary counterparts in the market. At 7%, I'm sure a few would bring on a buzz.

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice 2 finger tall light tan head sits on top of a honey amber colored body. Bubbles leave a slight lace. Hoppy nose is very almost leafy green with very fresh hop notes. Also includes an almost dill hint with slight lime. Enters the mouth with a slight but noticeable pickled olive feel at first. Quickly turns to an even mineral bitter mouth coating. This sharply bitter mouth hue is dominant throughout. Nice carbonation levels are present. Mouthfeel is thick and a real taste bud kicker. Enjoyable.

Photo of dogboy
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA exceeded my expectations and is the best US version that I've ever tried. It was balanced to perfection to my Englishman abroad tastebuds. At 6.8% I wouldn't want to down too many, but found I was desperate for more. It is seriously drinkable. It's not extreme, but to me that is what kills too many US IPA's. Another excellent offering from Brooklyn.

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!

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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