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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,054 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,054
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The beer is a deep golden color with a short, half finger of foam that dies quickly to a light film. The clarity is well defined and the carbonation streams up in random jets from the bottom of the glass. Inhaling over the glass, I find strong vegetal hoppy aromas, almost piney, but not quite. The caramel malt base is strong, and the hop hits as a spiceyness on the end that adds a subtle pepperyness. It is interesting. Tasting it, there are notes of caramel and spicey/peppery hop that dominate, though nothing about this one is very strong. The second sip brings more toasty notes from the malt along with a mild piney to chewy resinous hop flavor. Seems that this one takes a few sips to really hit the tastebuds correctly. Pretty good. The moutfeel is on the thin side, with a very mild carbonation as well. Not quite the presence I was looking to find. I do enjoy the flavor profile here, and I appreciate how it didn't smack me too hard. I think it is well rounded and a very nice brew. I will enjoy it with the Thai food I am having for dinner.

kmpitz2, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear Amber, 1/2 inch head that experienced a quick fade to thin ring

S-floral and leafy hop aroma, there is a malt presence as well

T-floral hops, leafy hops (not necessarily bitter greens just leafy). Some malt is also presnece. Essentailly just like it smells except for an odd soapy finish. Not really very bitter at all

M-Nice cabonation, creamy medium body.

D-okay, I could have a few, but when I'm reaching for an IPA, I'm looking for some bittering

jackorain, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange color with large head upon pour, thins out considerably. Has a nice citrusy, pine aroma. Tastes just like it smells. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Had a slightly thin texture and finished bitter. Having tasted Stone's IPA, which I considered to be too hoppy and bitter for my tastes, this beer is just bitter enough. I’m a fan.

MaxxDaddy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's East IPA was very ambitious. It poured a cloudy gold with lacing that lasted the whole pint. The aroma was malty and dominated by an earthy hop presence. Taste was balanced between a sweet floral honey malt and some very spicy hop varieties; just on the verge of overwhelming bitterness, then the malts come back to save the day. Interesting combinations and balance made this a very drinkable and unique IPA.

kernalklink, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table hazy pale golden amber with a white frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was floral and lightly piney with a bit of citrus but more of a floral character. Some caramel was present and a fairly strong fruitiness.

The flavor was quite bitter on first palate contact, but immediately offset by malt presence. The flavor was floral and piney with hops wiht a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. Fruity and citrusy, but very bright and fresh in the flavor.

The finish was dry wtih lasting piney bittering and flavor lasting very smoothly into the afteraste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy character. A nice IPA, much better on draft that some previous experiences in the bottle.

23 ounce glass at the Boone Mellow Mushroom.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with best before date of 02/07.
Poured a crystal clear deep amber color with moderate white creamy head.
Smell is mainly of hops with a not pleasant metallic note.
Taste also has a strong hop character with some too-sweet fruity maly also to be found.
Ending is mainly dry.
Nothing so great about this beer. Probably my least liked from Brooklyn.

tgbljb, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of AzAleC
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A Golden orange color, which was not similar to much I've seen before, beautiful certainly. The head was slightly less impressive, tight and pale - about 1/2" and diminished quickly.

S: Sharp hop aroma, citrusy and bright.

T: An average hop flavor - very northwest and citrusy, but sadly, poorly balanced with malt.

M: Crisp and well carbonated, but left an awkward hop aftertaste in the mouth.

D: Frankly, I found the beer to be another decent attempt at an IPA which fell short on the malt, and was not complex enough on the hop front.

AzAleC, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer, golden, but without impressive head or lace. Surprisingly lemony and soapy aroma for an English style IPA, but good nonetheless. Hoppy flavor, nicely herbal, tea-like, with a lemon note. Hop flavor lasts as some spice on the tongue, mingling with a dry grain flavor, giving this beer an authentic touch. Drinkable and fairly light, despite ample flavor and alcohol.

akahn, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 1/07 into an IPA glass. Clear copper colored body. Minimal head appeared and left only splotchy little bits of lace.

Smell was citrus hops. Malty sweet aroma. Alcohol odor surfaced later. The hops and malts became more balanced as it warmed.

Taste was bitter with a decided lack of sweetness on the first sip. Bitterness up front. Resin. It tasted like a baby aspirin was floating in the beer. Amarillo hops were noted by the aspirin-like flavor. Alcohol was pretty well hidden. Finished long, dry and powdery.

Mouthfeel was medium, in carbonation and body. I will not seek this one out again because there are so many good IPAs availble and I am not a fan of Amarillo hops.

Cresant, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of aluskungs
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An out of balance IPA.

Pour from the bottle leaves a good head, the color is a bit brown orange, not that good looking.

Smell is average hop alcohol IPA smell.

At first taste there is a sweetness than a smack to your head of bitterness. Like your taste bud did a complete U-turn and got whiplash. The bitterness is overwhelming, that's all I can taste. It's like chewing on a hop vine. Earthy, leafy flavors that just dominate the beer. Can't taste much of anything else.

Just another run of the mill IPA to me...no flavor only bitterness.

aluskungs, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average orange/amber in color with small head and slight lace. Smell was fruity and inviting. More on the orange rhind scent than grapefruit with just a hint of malt. Mouth did everything right, foamed nice, bitter, solid aftertaste with the alcohol stong yet, just an afterthought to the flavors. Nice.

Taste was, fresh. Citrusy, this time more grapefruit but orange is noticeable, all from the hoppy bitterness, this was a very true IPA and damned if I don't wan't more Brooklyn Beers in my fridge. Great stuff.

Ricochet, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an up front peppery hop aroma with a nice doughy background.

The taste featured a very nice biscuity grain bill with a healthy dose of resiny hop. Some mild green apple as well.

The mouthfeel was average and finished dry.

Overall a nice drinkable EIPA with an enjoyable ABV.

plaid75, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my pint glass. The liquid was a nice light carmel color with good carbonation. The head was 1 finger off white, a little lace stayed on

The smell was a standard high end IPA, quite good.

The taste did not disappoint, Great piney hops taste.

The mouthfeel was also quite good, nice carbonation good bite and all-around refreshing.

The drinkability is also quite good may be in the upper tier. A must try. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of joeack
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. Everything about it really hits the spot. From the great copper color to the delicious hop aroma and taste. Lots of citrus come through and the spice is just right. An excellent example in my opinion and i thinkit is ver under rated versus many of the other IPA's out there.

joeack, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of geographie
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A :: Slightly cloudy, golden coloured ale...little lacing, light, sturdy head.

S :: little smell. A bit of floral/citrus aromas. Quite weak in this department

T :: Light, malty front. Light middle flavor, decorated with spices, albeit slightly soapy. Taste isn't daring (typical of English beers), however a fine beer to wean someone onto a hoppier (and happier) palate.

MF :: However smooth, this beer is flat on the tongue. It just doesn't hang in there, depriving my tongue of savoring its smooth flavours more thoroughly.

D :: Fine, this beer is no enigma, but excellent at parties.

geographie, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale tawny orange with good clarity. Two fingered head is dense and soapy leaving lots of spotty lacing. Apple skins in the nose, with a mix of citrusy/grapefruit american hop aroma and a whiff of floral english hops. Big toasted pale malt sweetness on the first sip. This is followed by a very robust Fuggles and East Kent hop flavor, and some mild fruity esters. Aftertaste is full of herbal hops and dry, but some cidery notes still linger. Low-medium carbonation and medium in body. The lower carbonation may be appropriate for and English IPA, but it could stand some crispness to combat the apple fusels and resinous hop oils. Esters turn the finish a bit harsh. Although a little off-balance, this one will surely satisfy the hop jones.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this IPA quite well; I didn't beleive that it needed to be releguated to an 'English' IPA. It does well as an American IPA. Besides, it doesn't have the heavy malt inspiration that I expect from an English. But, the hopping variety and rates do agree with the English recipe. Nonetheless, the beer does have a malty / caramelly base (although light) and the bready / toasty flavors and aromas play a back-up role. The hops, indeed, show an earthy bitterness (rather than the citrus flavoring espected from American IPA's) despite a light copper favor and feel. The bitter to sweet ratio is consistent with what I expect from good American IPA's. Nice stuff. I'm kinda hit or miss with Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but with the East IPA, it's a hit for me.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz dated best before Sept 06 purchased at Oadies on Clippert in East Lansing and poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper under a couple cm of white that slowly fades into a veiled ring.

Flowery hops backed by just enough malty sweetness. The hops are very aromatic and at times spicy. Suggestion of wood towards the back.

The taste is very much like the nose with the hops coming across as very spicy with some wood and bicuity malts that show a slight caramel flavor. This is one of the most spicy IPAs I've ever had.

Medium moth that is right in line with the style guidelines. A very english IPA that I have to revisit with some spicy food.

ypsifly, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color. Was unsure if this would taste just like a IPA and it did. has a great overall smell to it with a smooth white head. Kind of lingers around in your mouth for a little more than I like in an IPA but otherwise very good. Would have definelty liked to try this with some steak but had it was some emxican and it was still very good.

TrickKnee, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Freshness date notched on label.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a decent head, fades to a thick lacing.

Smell: Thick piney aroma - just a hint of sweetness.

Taste: A bit strange - hop flavor, but without the bitterness I would expect.

Overall impression: Something doesn't sit quite right with me about this one .. I think it needs a bit more bitterness to go along with the hop flavor.

rowew, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Fluffy white head. The body is pale copper orange with lively tiny bubbles of carbonation. Head does not retain well.

Smell - Some malty sweetness balanced out with some floral hops.

Taste - Heavy rich malts up front, perfect for the style. This is followed by hops that range from woody and piney to faint lemon citrus. Hint of spice at the end.

Mouthfeel - A little rough around the edges, but generally smooth. Full in the mouth.

Drinkability - I know this term is overused, but its a great session beer. Easy to drink, tasty and easy ABV.

akajimmyd, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super-impressed with this, partly because of the surprise/originality factor. Some people seem to expect this to go into the red of the IBU meter, and they're disappointed. But I'm not sure a hops onslaught is its intended purpose. What I do know is this scores big because it very capably walks the fine line between stylistic exactness and unique personality.

It looks like your standard IPA, ruby-tinted copper, and the head starts out beautifully soapy but becomes disappointingly thin rather quickly. The carbonation is active and consistent.

Fresh, airy hops come to the nose, as does a robust candy-like malt essence. A lingering sweetness makes me anxious to put this one where it counts...

And this scores on all fronts: hoppy of course, leaning more toward citrus than pine, and a full malt presence backing it up. No one-dimensional hop-bomb this. Then the candi sugar essence creeps in, as does a spicy alcoholic nip. At various depths its grassy, floral, fruity. Interestingly the finish morphs the hops into a pine-y flavor. The mouthfeel achieves a balance between buttery creaminess and pointy effervescence. A slight warming sensation carries the sip on a long way until the next time mouth meets glass.

At the right temperature (warmer than fridge temp, but not exactly room temp), this feels and drinks like a "big" beer, probably because of the high malt presence and the 7% ABV pushing it along. Easy to like, easy to drink, simple but with plenty of depth...lots of ways to experience this one. Easily one of the best in Brooklyn's line.

(NP: Saint Vitus - "Burial At Sea" -- now that's great beer-drinking music.)

Metalmonk, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with a lacy head this beer is a little like the Beacon IPA from Lighthouse in that it has the hop nose but really the key is the smoothness of the hop/malt blend. More English than American in style , this beer tastes but refined. I could have had more crispness on the finish but I still like this beer and would buy it again.

canucklehead, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer I have liked for some time, now to sit down and actually rate... I suppose I don't rate many brooklyn beers as I find them on tap all over the place here (not a bad thing). and the people I have met from the brewery have all been really into the craft beer scene. A few weeks ago I was at a store in the bronx and the beer distro guy had on a brooklyn hat, shirt and various apparell, I started up a conversation (just thinking he was a beer distro guy, this was a supermarket)... and it turns out to be the apparell director for brooklyn brewery.. who gives me his card and says "cmon on out too the brewery on fridays (6pm I think)"... just generally good people... anyway, with my brooklyn love fest out of the way...

one finger of just off white head resting on light orange hue, good carbonation feeds the head in a consistent manner, the head does dissapate however so retention is just "OK". lacing is decent... I would probably grade this a 3.25 here but I would lean towards "average". nothing bad but nothing eye popping.. but hell.. I aint gonna be looking at it all night...

a nice fresh hoppy over the topness almost killing the caramel malt tones (not a complaint from me), there is a slight astringency though (the alcohol?), nice and hoppy but not west coast USA hoppy, there is also a slight biscuit odor in the mix as well, better than average.

taste etc...
good medium body and the hop oils coat the mouth nicely, not overly bitter, in this regard it is subdued but the hop oils are all over the flavour... perhaps a pretty true interpretation of the style ? were the original IPAs super bitter or were the hops just used to preserve the beer? I better get Young Beer Drinking Sherlock Holmes on it (after he beats up all those bald egyptian dudes)... well, whatever, I like the flavor of this ALOT, I find it just out of balance enough to work, while it tingles with hops it is not a hop bomb... or uber bitter. no flavor of alcohol detected. could this be like sierra neveda except with british hops ? tastes like it to me... and sierra is hella drinkable.

ah, already one of my go to beers when I am not in beer spelunker mode, local and tasty, it agrees with me. kudos mr. oliver.

Ego, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber color. Very little carbonation, head was half a finger that lasted 30 seconds. I get worried that I have flat beer when that happens. Turned the glass around and saw one lonely line of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Surprisingly, hops aren't at the front of the nose. The malt is, as the first sniff is sweet and caramel-like. Has a zesty citrus aroma at the end. I've been having a lot of piney IPAs lately, so this is a nice change of pace.

T: A maltier IPA. Sweet at the front; there are hops present, but the Brooklyn Lager is almost hoppier than this beer. Dry finish that's lightly hoppy. It balances more as it warms, but it still tastes more like a bitter/citrusy lager than an IPA. I docked it points in the "Taste" category above -- it's not that the beer tastes bad, but it just doesn't really taste like an IPA.

M: It wasn't flat, but it's a thin, watery mouthfeel.

D: It's OK, but if I'm at a store craving an IPA, I'll reach for several other beers (several non-IPAs, even) if I want something hoppy. It's smotth, easy to drink, but more of a pale ale than an IPA. I could easily see non-IPA drinkers gravitating to this to explore hops in a safe environment.

rarevos, Aug 17, 2006
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.