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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,006 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 131 | 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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've got me a fresher version this time around! The place I got it from also refridgerates all its bottles so I'm sure this is in good shape.
Pours an IPA (read golden orange) color with some good lacing.
This batch of Brooklyn's EIPA is good stuff. Despite being quite true to style, this also gives lovers of American IPAs something to chew on.
Very smooth drinkin. On the sweeter side of the spectrum. Orange rind comes to mind in the flavor, maybe tangerine rind and tangerine juice. The hops are not aggressive but they are present. A very juicy IPA. There's just enough carbonation to let you know that it's beer but not so much as to make you think you just opened a Pepsi.
I'm not sure if this would be appealing to the uninitiated... but those that like a juicy IPA will enjoy this one. A quite classy example of the style.

ommegangpbr, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden. One finger head, and a good amount of lace.Smell is of hops, with a hint of malt and spice. Smell is light. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Taste is bitter hops up front with a smooth finish. I found this beer, refreshing, though on the light side.

riversider76, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of jdmorgan
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer from a bottle in a chilled glass. It had a nice amber color with a very quickly dissipating head. The aroma was light with a slight hoppy bitterness to it and the malted grain could just barely be noted. The initial taste had full body and a good bitterness to it that carried through into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with average carbonation. This beer had an average drinkability simply because I'm not an IPA man. However, for those who enjoy them regularly, I felt that this was a good IPA and definately a good beer to try regardless of it's style.

jdmorgan, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange with a thin creamy white head. Nice, lively hop aroma - citrusy sweet with just a slight hint of alcohol...very fresh. A little floral and bready too with some fruit esters. Fresh, hoppy taste - citrus rind and floral - not tremendously malty but tasty all the same. Heavy medium mouthfeel with a lingering warm dry finish.

This was a fresh bottle and it showed. Maybe not the best example of an English IPA - a little over the top - but it is something I like to enjoy now and then.

wedge, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm suprised by all the sub par reviews this gets, as It may just be on of my favorite East India Pale Ales. I've had it many many times but I figure I'll finally write up a review of the pint I had at Brooklyn Fish Camp last night.

The apperance is really only a little above average. Pouring a hazy golden orange, with a finger thick foamy head. This beer is super sticky and leaves viscus and syrupy trails on the sides of the glass.

The aroma's given off by this beer are citrusy (somewhat spicy) hops with a subtle scent of bready malts. I notice the citrus most though... This is a very fragrent beer with a slightly grassy or floral quality on the nose as well

The tase it an absolute hop explosion, and the citrus flavors kick in big time here. The taste really follows suit of the what the nose leads you to believe. Starts off with the killer hops and finishes crisp and some what dry. Very floral and slightly complex. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...the active carbonation is a combo with the kick in the pants hop flavor.

This is one of my old stand-by's... along with Brooklyn's Lager it's the type of beer I could drink anywhere and anytime.... perhaps not the most earth shatteringly unique beer, but none the less a tasty SOLID and VERY Drinkable brew

DaggerEyes, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a good orange/copper color with a medium white head. The aroma was of a definite hoppy kick with some citrus notes to round things out. The taste is hoppy as expected but with a good balance of the citrus and some sweet notes to boot. There is a good mouthful to this beer and with a medium body and a good mix of hops and malt, this is a fairly drinkable beer.

ggaughan, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've found with Brooklyn beers that I've either really liked them or disliked them, so I approached this IPA with some trepidation.

Poured a bottle from a Brooklyn Variety pack into a tulip glass.

It was a pretty copper tan color, not much head and it dissipated quickly with little lacing.

The aroma was quite flowery, but not overpowering. Some light grapefruit, very refreshing smell, almost like cut grass on a spring day.

As I got ready to taste, I was afraid I'd find another overly hopped up disappointment, but to my surprise and relief I thought the beer had a great flavor. A slight bitterness and nice clean finish.

Very well balanced beer, what I was expecting from an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer and was pleasantly surprised. I'd drink this again.


doppelmeup, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a nice cooper color. The head was descent, if not long lasting. The smell leaves no doubt to the hops contained within. The taste is hoppy but other than that not noteworthy. While worth giving a try for your own palate. I can't recommend searching this beer out given the numerous excellent IPAs out there.

BadBadger, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is on the weaker side of American IPAs, hopwise, but I still like it. It's actually balanced, which is more than can be said for a lot of IPAs our there.

EIPA pours a bright, golden amber with a creamy white head. Orange highlights come out when held up to a direct light. The aroma is full of citrusy hops with an underlying mustiness. Taste is much more citrusy than musty, with a substantial, but light, malt character to back it up. This is all done very lightly; this isn't a syrupy, thick IPA. The mouthfeel is effervescent and bright, with the citrus character imparting a sweet/sour character on the tongue. The lightness of the beer provides for more drinkabililty than the average IPA, at least in my opinion.

Overall, a slight IPA but a good one.

geexploitation, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a huge fan of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate and the Pennant Ale (is that the name?), I decided to branch out. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the IPA, unfortunately.

Pouts a clear orangy-amber with a small head. Smell is typical American IPA -- grapefruit, pine, and grass. However, element of pepper and even hot, spicy peppers is a bit concerning, and becomes moreso upon tasting.

Taste is very hoppy (of course), with a sweet malt undertone that's somewhat interesting. Strong bitter citrus aftertaste. Flavour is sour orange and pine. However, what really brings the grade down for me is the ear-warming up-front alcohol. Definitely not appropriate in this style, and a real detractor in my opinion. Needs to be toned down a lot and integrated into the other flavours. Still going to keep trying Brooklyn brews though, of course!

crwills, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA gives the sweet malt taste a role as big as that of the hops, which are as noticeable for a citrus edge as for their sharp bite and bitterness. I was surprised that the label identified the hops as English--the citrus-y hops flavor made me think of Pacific northwest hops.

The malt character is terrific, and all the flavors blend well. This is a really under-rated IPA. There are hints of fruits (cherries and some citrus fruits) that are distinct yet never cloying or over-powering. The mouthfeel is a little light/soft yet not at all thin (there's a big difference between these qualities)--a nice texture for an IPA.

Absolutely give this one a shot.

(7%--We have come to take your children.)

GnomeKing, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of longarm
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Brooklyn Brewery tasting.

Appearance: Dingy, somewhat cloudy amber ale. Decent carbonation.

Aroma: Solid english malt backbone. Light, flowery hops smell fresh and a little narcotic (if that counts as an aroma). One of the greatest smelling beers I've ever experienced.

Flavor: Wonderful malt/hop balance. Seems a bit light on the hop bitterness for an
IPA, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel : Medium body coats well with lightly lingering bitterness generating a clean finish.

Drinkablility: Simple yet subtlely complex. Smooth, yet edgy enough to avoid boring. An excellent example of the style, but unique in its interpretation. Well done!

longarm, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why, but I hadn't had this one in years...anyway:

It pours a fairly nice copper/amber colour with a medium sized head that is quick to dissolve but leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is primarily sweet and hoppy, but is balanced nicely with a malt biscuit blend. There are also hints of butter here and there as well.

The flavour is a subdued, more traditional IPA with, as was the case in the aroma, a nice balance between hop and malt. There' a touch of juicy sweetness intermingled in the flavours. The finish is fairly dry. There is also a surprising amount of alcohol noticeable here. It's not offensive, just a bit more apparent than it probably should be, making the mouthfeel overly warm at times.

This is a pretty good brew overall. Some tweaks here and there would make it much more appealing (ie with the alcohol), but it's still fairly solid overall. Again, this is a basic IPA but it gets the job done.

SixpointJMH, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a light orange in color that is very transparent. There is a small white head that does not hold well. The smell is mainly sweet and citrusy. The taste is primarily of hops and citrus. The hops though could use a bit more bitterness however. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation but the beer could be a little thicker. Overall, it is a better than average IPA but could be better

MSchae1017, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear amber with minimal head. Head soon becomes a foam ring.

S - Aroma like mown hay with some piney accents

T - Taste is wondrously hoppy. The subtle sweetness first greets the tongue only to be washed away in gentle rain of hops. May be more subdued than other hoppy IPA’s but it makes for a very pleasant balance that goes well with food.

M - Feels mildly acidic and somewhat viscous. Not overly carbonated but very cleansing to the palate.

D - I like this beer. It seems to have somewhat mixed reviews but I would drink it again and again. It is a very clean and refreshing beer and is not terribly expensive.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of bultrey
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic session IPA here, if you like a big malt backbone to your IPAs. The color is burnt orange with a typical head that receded to just a bit of lacing. Smell is oranges and herbs, with a little bit of toasted sugar in the background. A very sweet orange-marmalade maltiness hits you up front, but is kept in check by a nice mineral-lime dry hoppiness. Here it's the hops keeping the malt in check, not the other way around. Smooth mouthfeel, and as previously mentioned, very high drinkability. Hopheads won't be blown away, but this is a solid beer.

bultrey, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a nice golden amber with small head. There is very little lacing. The aroma is nice, with hints of citrus and a good deal of hops. The mouth feel is somewhat spiced but leaves a nice smooth finish. The beer is very drinkable and I often forget how much I do like it, going months with out having it. This is probably one of my favourite IPA's, very true to the tradition.

Freshie, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish golden color with a large foamy head.The smell has a citrus scent along with a decent amount of hops.The taste is a bitter hop flavor with some citrus,grapefruit?,nothing really exciting.This isn't bad,but nothing great.The m/f is light and the flavors are well balanced,it's pretty drinkable.This is a pretty good beer,there are better IPA's out there,but you can never go wrong with a Brooklyn beer.

jmz62565, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The East IPA from Brooklyn poured a copper color with a nice white head. I noticed something while pouring this beer, Chinook hops! Not visible in the beer but the smell wafted to my nose even during the pour. The taste followed the smell, a great IPA level of hop bitterness with a pleasant citrus taste most likely from the ample Chinook hops I smelled in the aroma. This beer was also very smooth but finished crisp and clean with no funny aftertastes. This one is worth a try if you are an IPA fan!

DevilDogBeer, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of findlayfan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with Jan. '06 "Best Before" date.

Pours with 3/4" white head which lingers a bit.

Orange/amber body with lots of carbonation.

Hoppy/spicy/fruity nose.

Very slight lacing on the glass.

Modest hops in the taste (especially for an IPA) with a bit of malt. Hops more noticible in the aftertaste than initially. Nice balance of bitterness and maltiness - but not really what I'd expect in an IPA.

Even so, quite drinkable in its own right.

findlayfan, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the Winter pack, my first time trying this IPA. Pours a light clear copper with a finger of off-white head that fades a little too quickly, some moderate lacing on the glass. Fairly strong floral hops on the nose overlaying a light bready malt. Taste is more of the big flowery and grassy hops but with the nice slightly butterscotchy biscuit malts here balancing wonderfully. Medium bodied with a good carbonation level and a crisp finish. This is a really nice IPA, a good change of pace from the American hopbombs I love, a great balanced session beer. It's a shame that I always passed up these 6 packs in exchange for more extreme IPAs--I've learned my lesson.

cubedbee, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper color that pours up a 1 finger cream colored head is quick to dissappear. No lacing.

S - Pine and floral notes. Not a trace of malt detected in the odor.

T - A delightfully pungent pine hop flavor that is meshed with a fainter rose flavor. A sweet bitterness rounds out the aftertaste beautifully. Delightful.

M - Refreshing, nice texture, there is nothing to complain about.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It has far more depth to the flavor than the average hop juice that many brewers are spitting out. This beer is not a good session beer and it would not be that good with food, largely because the flavor can hold its own so well that a pairing with any food would be almost foolish.

mrasskicktastic, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, brassy orange with a short, off-white head. Excellent lacing as the foam recedes a bit. A bit of biscuity malt in the nose, with plenty of hop aroma (floral, light citrus). Fruity bitterness up front, this fades towards the finish when orange sweetness and floral hops come forward. Balanced, lingering finish. Medium dry, medium/light body with crisp carbonation. Quite a good IPA, a nice change from the big west coast offerings I've had lately.

DrJay, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second review from the Brooklyn Party Pack and my most sentimental. This was the first IPA I can remember having and one of the first truly complex beers I can remember liking and still the standard I hold new IPAs to.
We start with a standard golden color leaning towards orange and a brief head before it retreats to a mere wispy white lid. Lots of bubbles, but independent floaters as oppossed to the streams you see in lesser beers. The nose is owned by brisk hops.
The taste is balanced, with more malt than I remember. The hops blast is subdued but lengthy, joined by some malty sweetness and completing with a dry bitterness and smooth, crisp finish.
This is an old favorite and even if it's not really a winter beer it gets a big thumbs up from this IPA nut.

daliandragon, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is golden brown with orange hues. Its head is a small white layer of bubbles that provides little to no lacing.
The aroma is not much to speak of, but has a trace of hops and a faint amount of malt.
Its flavor is of grassy hops but also has a strong caramel malt base. The bitterness is strongest near the finish, though it is not an in your face bitter beer.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A good beer, but there are countless other IPA’s that I would rather have.

Naes, Dec 16, 2005
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,006 ratings.