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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 31
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of markaberrant
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a clear orange, with thin white head that recedes to ring. No lacing.

Aroma is strong - fruity english yeast, spicy/piney hop and some malt; all are rather non-descript, but a very pleasant bouquet.

Taste is robust toasty malt, more fruity yeast, a balanced hop presence (citrus hops show up, which are missing in the aroma) and a touch of alcohol. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and carbonation is low, both of which suit the style just fine.

Drinkability is above average. Nothing unpleasant, full flavoured and the alcohol is not harsh. Hopping is not over the top or excessively bitter; which isn't necessarily good or bad, but it does make it easier to drink more than 1 in a sitting.

It's nice to see a commercial IPA rooted in the English style, although american hops are also included in the mix. If anything, this makes it all the more distinct, as I find the overall combination melds into a finely balanced IPA.

Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-16-07
Best before 3-07

Pours a very clear and very light amber, with little to no head.

Smell is slightly malty, slightly hoppy, kind of metallic.

Taste is decent, subtle malt sweetness with a good amount of earthy hop flavor. No real bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not very good, way too much carbonation. Like a macro.

Drinkability is average, the super-carbonation is really a turn-off.

Overall an average beer. In the style of an English IPA, but not much to write home about.

Photo of EPICAC
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale a few days ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits to have something to drink on nights that I don't feel like reviewing. I let this warm a bit and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades to a sudsy layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly grassy, leafy, herbal and resiny hops. There are light pepper and even lighter citrus notes. Toasty and malty aromas come out upon swirling.

Taste: Upfront there's a toasty maltiness the becomes sweeter as it moves to the center, where peppery and citrus flavors appear. The finish has a mildly bitter, but flavorful resiny hop character, which is nice, but could have been stronger.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, but it somehow still manages to feel a little thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, definitely something you could make a session of.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Drink by date notched for April of 2007.

Appearance was a very clear copper hue with a thin off-white head. Lacing was minimal throughout entire tasting. Smell was quite citrusy with a good pine punch. Taste is quite lemony/grapefruit that is pretty sharp on the tongue. There is a good bite to this beer that remains in the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium throughout. This beer is fairly well balanced although the "bam!" seems to stick out from the hops. Pretty good IPA overall but definitely not my top choice.

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

poured into a pint glass. has peach/ orange yet clear appearance, quickly diminishing head, not much lacing. very hoppy(cascade) smell and taste. strong hints of lemon-citrus. flowery presence, medium carbonation. defenitly the best offerings from brooklyn i've ever had.one of my favorites. could easily drink a 6 pack.

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

Presentation - 11oz bottle in a classic pint glass

One thing about IPAs is that they usually all smell good. Nice citrus quality (orange), a little oily, of course hops, hint of anise, and call me crazy but maybe some milk chocolate tones and wet summer pavement?

Visually a nice, clear, bright brassy-orange honey amber with a slow cascade of bubbles rising up through it. Head was a solid 2 fingers of mixed to thick warm ivory foam, very sticky, lots of side retention and lacing as it slowly settles to a nice covering.

Its a little sharp initially, the malts rising after the initial hop punch, a thin oily quality on the tongue, litely citrused with orange, maybe a hint of some spices. The hop bitters yield to a surprising creamy quality on the pallete (rather unexpected yet a nice change of gears) as it dulls as it warms in preparation for the...zing!....nice little hop bitter kick as you swallow. There is a little "recoil" in that hop shot, perhaps a bit sharp, but hey its an EAIP. The aftertaste & throat feel are nicely coated, somewhat chewy with a little sweetness (ironic) playing off against that little hop shot....nice. Its a little filmy but that goes with the style, I guess.

A well balanced IPA. I usually enjoy this genre with hot deli sandwiches, and right now I might do something a little stupid to get my hands on a Reuben and fries!! Could also see this keeping up with anything made out of a very sharp cheddar, like a soup, as well as some pizza with good, spicy toppings.

While not my favorite genre, this was good and a nice change of gears. I'll have to make sure to pair it with something (ooohhhh, that spicy pizza is sounding damn good with this right now!) in the future. Well done, and recommended.

Photo of Shadman
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was shocked to see this on the shelves of a Brooks Alberta liquor store so I just had to try it..

Clear amber-copper color that had some very neat pine-floral-citrus aroma going on.

Having tried (but not reviewed) Tree's HopHead IPA I was expecting an overwelming blast of hop...this was more complex IMO. Fruit sweetness followed by the aforementioned hop kick follow by a nice sweet carmel maltiness.

Left a bit too much of a sweet aftertaste to rate a higher mouthfeel rating from me..but then that's nit-picking

Not sure if I'm ready to join the ranks of the 'hop Heads' yet..but this was very drinkable for me

there was some Brooklyn brown ale at the same store so next week I'll be trying some of that...Cheers!

Photo of lehows
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head. Head fades considerably but leaves some lacing. Nose is of typical IPA, citrus hops and some pine. Flavor is piney, citrus (grapefruit), mild dough, and earthy. Not as hoppy as other IPA's, but thats ok. There is a mildy sour aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant. Not very impressed by this offering when compared to all the other Brooklyn brews.

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

This IPA pours a cloudy amber color with not too much head. The aroma is classic IPA; piney, floral, and citric, with a hint of syrupy sweetness.

The taste is very piney and grass-like. That is the overwhelming hop character here; not citrus like many IPAs. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't seem to have the depth of some other IPAs. The malt takes a backseat, and there's a dry, bready finish. Overall this is still a very drinkable IPA. And Brooklyn certainly hopped the hell out of it. Give it wa try, see if it's for you.

Photo of JDK
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a one finger head.
Nice citrus smell with a little bit of a wood scent
No lacing to speak of
Light to medium mouthfeel with a nice citrus aftertaste
Alcohol cannot be tasted even at almost 7% which is nice
Very nice overall IPA that is definately worth a try if you haven't already

Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly Bells left Chicago, but in turn we gained Brooklyn, I thought it necessary to try the new comer. Purchased at local liquor store chilled and poured into nonic. Nice reddish amber color warm and translucent looks very clean. Head is gray, it has faded and lingers a centimeter off the surface leaving lacing. Smell is a mix of fresh citrus and subtle yet light malts, very clean and refreshing, there is grapefruit, lemon and more. I really like the hop choice on this a round bold character with a sharper slightly more aggressive hop scent in the center, making for a fruity fresh hop character. Some body who reviewed this early said it was like tea with lemon and now that’s all I can think about good stuff. Taste is similar very fresh, clean and crisp, alcohol is not present in the taste either, but provides slow kind warmth, I am into it. Opens with balanced mild sweet slightly bitter crisp taste. Really mellow bitterness that makes this a really drinkable IPA could really quench a thirst.
I’d buy this again for sure.

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

From Beverage Barn in Augusta. pours a nice orange amber color. Smells a bit piney with citrus. Wonderful flavor in this beer of citrus, some pine flavors, sweet malt and nice bitterness that works really well together. Overall I really like this. the Brooklyn Lager is easy to find nearby but the ales seem to be oh so far away. More trips to Augusta I can see.

Photo of Maestro
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange/anber with a very light, bubbly head. There is a substantial lacing left on the glass.

Smell: bread, lemons and tea.

Taste: tastes like standard liton tea with lemons and a bit of alcohol.and carbonation.

Mouthfeel: somehow this tastes very light. I'm not sure how they have managed to mask the 7% alcohol.

Drinkability: I would go for this one again. I think it would make for a nice "go to" draft beer if it were served at my local.

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

Pours a dark golden with a short white head and no lacing. Light aromas of floral hops, some bready malt, and a touch of apple. The taste is very well balanced between hops and malt, with citrus, piney hops, and bready malt again. Well balanced mouthfeel with decent crispness, medium body, and a perfect levelof carbonation. A great session beer, but slightly stronger than one would expect from a standard ipa. A little amltier than some, but a delight.

Photo of TheSarge
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours with a good amount of CO2, but doesn't produce too much of a head. What is present, is a thin light white cranuim no more than a milimeter thick. It quickly dissipates to decent lacing.

East IPA gives off mild hops aromas, and has a bit more malt presence than I'm used to for an IPA. It does taste a bit more on the sweet malt side in my opinion, it's not loaded with hops like I appreciate in my impression of a good IPA. It does taste pretty good all around, but doesn't seem to totally float my boat.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an enjoyable beer from Brooklyn. It was definately more subdued than many other IPA's in terms of hop profile. I suppose that is to be expected from an English IPA. I found it to be a little sweet with not enough hoppy bitterness. It seemd sticky with a thick malty mouthfeel. I never drank more than one at a time out my 6-pack. Needless to say it lasted me a good 2 months. Overall, this is not a hop bomb like many on the West coast are probably used to with breweries like Stone or Pyramid. Enjoyable, just not necessarily as hoppy as I like my IPA's.

Photo of StarSAELS
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife often wonders what the heck I'm doing when I stop into Line Creek Liquors once a month or so and stay in there for a good 10-15 minutes. Today, since we didn't have the kids, I urged her to come in and see. For a total non-beer-drinker, she was impressed by the selection in such a small store. After much consideration and racking of my brain trying to remember BA ratings and ABVs for all the beers, I settled on this one. The bottles were dusty and the best before date is this month, but I consider that "aging". And this one ages well.

I like to hear a nice "ffftt" upon opening the bottle, and this one was loud and crisp. The ghostly wisps of volatiles swirling out of the neck told me I was about to drink a damn good IPA with a lot of aroma, and this one does not disappoint. Those wisps are quite a potent sample of the aroma, so I sniffed those right up the ol' schnoz.

The piney hops hit you first, followed by something malty, and there's an elusive... mmm.... caramel (??) scent in there, too.

I poured this one into a 0.3 L gold-rimmed crystal flute from the Brauerie Herrenhauser in Hannover, Germany. Why? I wanted to capture the aroma. Brooklyn IPA pours a silky, translucent orangey-amber color. To me, this is what a beer should look like. The light, off-white head consists of lots of itty-bitty bubbles that quickly climbed the fluted glass. I had to stop pouring with about 1/3 of the bottle full. It took a few minutes for the three-finger head to dissipate, leaving a little lacing on the glass, and a quick swirl reinvigorated the head.

After all that foreplay, you're probably drooling by now... and this IPA will give you what you need. The hops are SMACK! right there, pummeling your tongue and palate with their bitterness. There's just a touch of dryness from the alcohol, and maybe that's what made me think "average" for the mouthfeel. Finish is bitter hops all the way, and they tuck themselves up in your cheeks for a while after you coat your throat with the brew.

All in all, I'd say this is a damn fine beer, and well worth the price. Pour me another one!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a copper penny colored crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin film of off-white head sitting on top.

S- This beer has a soft fresh pale malt aroma with a pine green hop nose. The hops have a slight honeycomb note to them that was very pleasant.

T- This beer has a dry pale malt flavor with a faint toasted malt taste in the background. The spicy hop flavor with a pine bittern finish lingers as a grapefruit note. There is a light caramel note to the hops that comes through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a light fizz finish that boost the hop bitterness in the finish.

D- This beer has a good balance of malt supporting a big hop flavor with a good depth but not a punishing bitterness. This beer has a nice sweetness with the hops making it a nice session beer.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a tasting glass right from the fridge. I had this once before, when my tastes weren't anywhere near the level they are at now, so I'm looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a reddish copper with a slightly orange tint. Creamy off-white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass; melts to a thin ring after a short while.

S - Piney hops with a fruity backdrop. Some malt lingers in the aroma...

T - Not overly hoppy, but more of a balance between the hops and fruity malt. This is to be expected with an English IPA...the signature Brooklyn flavor accompanies the beer, which is a nice touch. The taste is almost there for me...just needs a little more hoppiness and I'll be on board.

M - Medium-to-thinner body, but a crisp, bubbly finish. Nice aftertaste of hoppy goodness. Alcohol lingers in the background for awhile.

D - I hated this a year ago, but now it was much more enjoyable...goes to show how time changes things. I've been trying more English IPAs lately, and while they take some getting used to, they are complex in their own nature...while higher-ABV American IPAs are hoppy with the alcohol boost, these have a less-hoppy aftertaste with more of a warming sensation. All in all, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a deep orange to light copper colour and quite clear. A medium sized head of ivory foam sat on top, and fades relatively quickly to a thin cap. Sticky lacing is left all around.

It smells English. Dominating is a herbal hop aroma, but the malt backbone is notable as a faint caramel. Not strong in aroma, but pleasant enough.

Malt flavour up front is a sort of honey-caramel mix, which is relatively light. The hops are quite bitter to my palate, and dominate overall. A light alcohol burn and a fair hit of bitter tea-like hop flavour make up the most of this beers taste. Not exciting me really, but not bad.

There is just a hint of stickyness to this beer, and it has more than enough body for the style. Carbonation is lively, and altogether mouthfeel is a strong point.

This one just doesn't do it for me. The taste just doesn't push the right buttons in my opinion.

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

Picked a 6 of this up at the local Co-op liquor store (Garden Market dowtown Cowtown), a nice surprise find. Abv. listed on the label is 6.8%.

Pours out a brilliant clear polished copper, mild carbonation with a tall bubbly off-white head that eventually receded to a thin sticky cap.

Nicely balanced aroma between chewy bready malt and reined in Cascade hops, neither is overpowering or trying to overwhelm the other.

The balance transfers over into the flavour as well. The caramel malt has a backbone to stand up to the assertive hopping, doing some tight Latin dancing with one another, and keeping pace. Some fine craftsmanship here, it denotes control, every sip is an equal blend.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, becoming quite full on the finish, not sticky or oily from the hops. Like baby bear's porridge.

A fantastically balanced IPA, well worth the clams forked out for it and I shall be going back for more. A new staple bear, and I hope it continues to be carried on local shelves for a long time to come. A total session IPA.

Photo of theformula
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasty brew.

A: deep copper, rich honey. Small head w/ soapy bubbles, but lacking retention.

S: The Cascade et al hops are obvious a mile away. Typical grapefruit, biscuit aromas. Very piney scent that doesn't hide its true intentions. Malts don't hide either, with a honey sweet richness.

M: Ultra smooth, light to medium body w/ an oily texture. Nice carbonation bite in the middle.

T: The pine and hops hit hard, but not too hard. There's a nice sugar- cane, honey malt presence that balances the beer pretty well. Citrus/grapefruit abound, w/ pepper and spice as well.

D: Good beer. Nothing outstanding, but it's a very drinkable, hoppy brew w/ good balance between hops and malts.

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

Amber, slightly red body with little head to speak of. Smells very hoppy, both bitter and citrus. Hops dominate the flavor, though there's a fair bit of malt there to support it. On the upper side of medium bodied, with hints of syruppyness... Not sure what to make of this one. Pretty tasty and non-offensive. Actually pretty good, IMO. I'd get this again.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a thin head.

The smell is floral, earthy, lemony.

The taste is of oily, floral hops. It has a lemony zest. Leafy hops dominate, but controlled by an underlying grainy malt base. Well-balanced for style. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. A lemony, cedary finish gives it a long, dry finish.

It has a solid, medium body.

A nice interpretation of an English-style IPA - hoppy - English-style rather than American. Nothing over-the-top or especially unique, but a tasty, enjoyable brew.

Photo of Madmax99
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of IPA's no matter who makes them. There is something about the hoppy goodness that makes these beers beer. This IPA from B.B.C. is one of the better IPA's I had. It's really smooth on the palate. It hits you quick with hops, but then mellows out to a distinctive maltiness. Enjoy!

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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