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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 148 | 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is well balance between sweet and floral malt and citrus hops. Taste is a combination of smooth floral and sweet malt with a medium bitter finish. Body is creamy and quite full. Overall, without being an extreme example of the style, this is well crafted and would do very well as a session beer.

Phyl21ca, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark gold with a small white head. Smells sweet, nutty, and bristly. Taste is like a pale ale: toasty at first and slightly bitter at the end. Finishes metallic. Dry, grassy, thin on the tongue - this one has the water and the hops, but it needs malt and yeast. Soulless.

I am starting to notice a trend that Brooklyn's bottled beers are disappointing.

waughbrew, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - Amber in color with a white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell - Nice hop aroma, I am used to much more of an aroma when drinking an IPA, but from the name of this beer I figure this is English IPA in style so not a huge surprise.

Taste - English hoppiness with a balancing amount of maltiness. Very balanced between the two and pretty typical of the english IPA's I have had.

Mouthfeel - light to medium in body, with plenty of carbination crispness. refreshing.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, I was surprised to see the alcohol content on this one being 7%.

tattooedtolley, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty orange leaving a thick frothy white head that leaves a lace that is sticky and frothy. The smell is honey, spices, hop citrus with a strange nutty background. The taste starts with a bitter bite followed by a citrus rind bitterness that helps balance out the malty caramel flavors found within. The finish again takes you to a grapefruit background but is kind of watery and lacking that super sharp hop bitterness but is typical of an English style pale ale.

Franchise, May 25, 2006
Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into standard pint glass, clear orange/amber hue, virtually no head developed.

Smell - Definite hop aroma, however somewhat subdued overall.

Taste - Initial splash of English hops, but quickly balanced with malty sweetness. Not very complex, but very balanced making it very drinkable.

Overall - Very good drinkability and at 7%, one must be careful. Compared to a standard American IPA, much more balanced and perhaps a bit more drinkable, although not quite as bit a thirst quencher. (You'll have to forgive me, this was my first English styple IPA, so I'm not well versed in the style.) I enjoyed this beer and would have again, although I didn't find it overally complex.

MtnBikingandBeer, May 19, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out with a brilliant amber color and a medium creamy dense white head. Good lacing sheets sorround the glass. Aroma is herbal with some earthy grassy scents. A bit of caramel, nuts, and butter seem to also be in here. Taste is decent at best. Malts seem a bit weak in backbone and the hop flavors don't come out at all. What's left is more of an alcohol and bitter twang than anything else. Surprisingly this went down fairly fast. Maybe I was thirsty but I think the body and carbonation saved this beer. Decent but really not the kind of beer I would search for.

granger10, May 18, 2006
Photo of edchicma
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK IPA..I'm just spoiled by their Black Chocolate Stout! Pours a medium gold, but with a minimal head. Smell is light, with a hint of fruity hops. Taste starts with a bit of malt...mild hop presence..light hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel but with a "catch" on teh back of the palate. Drinkability suffers beacause of the "catchy" quality.

edchicma, May 17, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold-amber beer with a rather thin white head but nice lacing.
Pleasant Cascade hop smell with a little hay and grain.

Taste is good but not quite my idea of an IPA. Good bitterness but a little light on the malt backing. Can't taste the 7.0% alcohol. It hides well.

Very drinkable and a nice textured ale.

joedon, May 09, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This thing pours a brilliantly clear shade of copper capped with a decent head of dusky white. Random splatters of lace can be observed. The beverage is amply carbonated with plump floats. The nose is a touch weak. Vegetal hopiness. The whole dirty, raw, earthy, bark and roots deal is coming to mind again. These English IPA's are so primitive feeling. Unadulterated beer. Ale. No filler. You gotta admire the thing even if it doesn't necessarily blow your hair back. The taste is darkly bitter and dry. Nary a trace of fuitiness or floral characteristics. Spot on for this historical work. Mouthfeel light to mid. Drinkability is fine. Leaning toward indifference. A decent representation of the style.

SupaCelt, May 09, 2006
Photo of Luigi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color with a small white head. Has a good retention though.

The aroma is not a strong as I would like. Has hints of spicy herbal hop and caramel maltiness. It is all there just not very strong.

The flavor is not as strong as I expected as well. Herbal hops, come citrus flavor, and caramel malt. Nothing is overpowering.

Has a light body for an IPA.

Brooklyn IPA wasn't as big as I expected. Still a good ale just kind on the lighter side.

Luigi, May 06, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber pour, with some sustaining white head.

Sweet citrus notes in the nose. Caramel sweetness as well.

Blood oranges up front. Sweet maltiness carries the beer through to a pleasant bitternee at the back of the tongue.

Rounded carbonation with a medium body, a tasty offering.

nortmand, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan ($1.89)
pours a bright copper color with a slight head.
the aroma is malty, citrus, hopsack.
the flavor is malty, bitter, resinous, piney, rich, lingers with a pleasent after taste.
the mouthfeel is a little thick.
good ipa.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 10, 2006
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
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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