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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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 jackndan


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale: Nice amber color, pours perfectly clear. At least a half an inch head, thick and creamy. Nice hoppy aroma, very floral, with hints of pine. The taste is unusual, the hop taste is there but it is missing the snappy freshness I had expected. In addition, there is a fairly bready malt flavor as well. Unfortunately, the hops and the malts do not mix as well as I had hoped. Long lasting stale hops aftertaste, which is somewhat metallic. A bit of alcohol works it way through as well. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat creamy, but the beer over all is not one I can recommend.

04-14-2004 02:52:45 | More by jackndan
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Orange-influenced golden amber; no murkiness at all. The head is bone white, soft, average in size and leaves a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace in ragged sheets. Smells more like an APA than an IPA; the hops aren't as prominent in the nose as they should be. Sweetish, slightly grainy malt is present as well.

I'm not impressed by the flavor. The hops make a brave attempt when the beer first hits my tastebuds, but they're quickly overwhelmed by malt and by a bitterness that seems to have nothing whatsoever to do with hop flavor. Amazingly, I can also easily appreciate alcohol. My only other experience with Brooklyn is Black Chocolate Stout and that too had a rampant alcohol flavor. These guys need some serious masking lessons.

The medium length finish is so bitter and dry that it borders on astringent. I love hoppy beer, but as I said above, this bitterness doesn't seem to be hop-related. It's just annoying and unpleasant. The body is okay, no real complaints.

I love IPAs and it doesn't usually take much for me to find one that I enjoy. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale doesn't do it for me though. I usually try to suggest ways in which the brewer could improve things or could at least bring the beer in line with my preferences (after all, that's what's really important, isn't it?). Here though, I'd say start over.

04-13-2004 22:10:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bierguy5


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

First note that this bottle has passed the "Best by" date. Pours a copper, slightly hazy color with a white foamy head. The head disappeared rather quickly. Smells somewhat flowery and fruity with a hint of spices. The taste was toasty, with almost a peppery note, followed by a fruity pear-like finish. It tasted slightly sour and was somewhat dry. Seemed to be medium body, with a bit too much carbonation. As far as drinkability, decent. I will need to find a fresher bottle and give it another shot I believe.

04-05-2004 01:58:51 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of tavernjef


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Strange color of slightly rusted brown, dark golden yellow with a thin but firm off-white head that sits briefly. Lacing in inky thin blobs and a collar remains present til about mid glass.

Aroma is highly floral and crisp, quite unique with lime skin notes at first but other citrus rinds of lemon and orange begin to combine over some passion fruit, apple, and pineapple with strong spicey grasses and resiny sweet laden hoppyness. Quite an interesting nose, changes from time to time and levels out as it warms keeping a solid citrusy hop nose and light dry malt backing. Elaborately attractive in the smell!

Taste is nice and clean with a highly floral tone to the hops at first but that gets pushed aside to let in citrusy things that dance around all the way through to the finish. A nice dry malt backing keeps the balance in check. Nice complexing little finish thats dry, crisp and hoppy with a resin spiced citrus lime-like tone that bitters calmly yet with a good lingering strength that mixes some with the dry malt backing. Intriguing flavors to say the least. Not overly hopped or monsterous but complexing and spicey with a favorable bittering little floral bite.

Feel is pretty close to full, sweet and citrusy full of bittering lime-like bite. Finishes well with dry spicey hop character that lingers in good length. One of the more interestingly citrusy IPA's I've had in awhile, I really liked the floral/citrus character this has. A keeper for sure eh!
Thanks to mikeys01 for the samples!

04-04-2004 00:54:10 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Gasp100


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Grabbed a 1/6 barrel of this my last trip out. Man, I'm surprise this doesn't have a better overall rating. This is my second keg of Brooklyn beer (the first was lager) and I am once again very, very impressed. This won't be the IPA that blows your mind or hurts your tastebuds but it is clean, fresh, appealing and easy drinking through and through. I keep thinking "grapes" when drinking this beer. I guess it's the slight fruity over tones but I love it ---- very happy with this purchase and I will continue to work the Brooklyn line. I feel like they keep things simple, clean and very solid at all times in all their brews. This is something that may be missing from a lot of the other micro's out there...

04-02-2004 01:58:35 | More by Gasp100
Photo of merlin48


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz bottle pours a good looking, clean, clear golden color, with an unimpressive, white head that falls quickly. Very minimal lace.
Nice aroma, highlighted by pine and citrusy hops atop a caramel malt spine.
Mouthfeel has a nice hop bite and feels medium bodied and well carbonated.
Taste is well balanced between a solid caramel malt presence, and the excellent use of hops which lend a creative, spruce pine tint to the tasty, pear and apple fruitiness.
A very fine example of an American, East Coast IPA. Alcohol is well hidden by fruity and pine hops, and a nice malt backbone. Very nice IPA.

04-01-2004 03:44:05 | More by merlin48
Photo of ppoitras


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

German-style refillable growler filled at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY on 3/27/04, enjoyed on 3/28/04.

First imperial pint glass pours with a white 3/4" head, which was fluffy and big-bubbled, similar to what you see on cask-conditioned ale presentations. Head mostly disappated after a couple of minutes, leaving excellent heavy lace where it had been. Clear and deep gold in color, with maybe a hint of orange. First impression of the aroma is of light malts, quickly followed by hops and citrus notes. Taste is stronger of hops than indicated by the nose, with the bitterness being dominant, but it rounds out nicely with the malt. Slight citrus character is present in the mouth as well. Nice representative of the style.

03-28-2004 19:07:57 | More by ppoitras
Photo of budsboy


3.33/5  rDev -8%

The best before date part of the label was not notched.
Pours a cloudy tan-amber with a bubbly white head that disappeared quickly.

Spicy hops nose with hints of carmel.

Hop flavor is sedated for an IPA, more malty carmel flavor come through.

Carbonation seems right for the style, and there is only a slightly oily feel. Pleasant enough to drink, but I expected more hoppy kick.

I could very well have gotten an old bottle, since no date was indicated. By reputation, I'll give Brooklyn another shot, no doubt.

03-27-2004 14:50:07 | More by budsboy
Photo of Quaffer


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

Appearance: This IPA was a light, golden amber color with just a hint of haze to it. The white head rose up to one finger and dissipated very quickly. In almost no time, there was nothing but a thin layer of foam left floating on top of the brew. A few small patches of bubbles remained throughout the entire drink, thanks to a persistent bead. There was just a minor freckling of lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell was very nice, though there was very little hops present for an IPA. They could just barely be detected if the glass was agitated. There was a solid presence of sweet and roasted malt that made up the backbone of the aroma. Bread, crackers, and hints of vanilla intertwined above the glass. There was a citrus component to the aroma, but not the grapefruit that is typical for this style. It was more like orange cream, or Mandarin oranges. This came across as rather sweet and almost candy-like at times.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied in the front of the mouth. As it progressed back to the throat, it thined out and eventually feltdry. There was a little roughness from carbonation in the back of the mouth, but it was not excessive.

Taste: At first, the flavor was rather harsh and cutting. There was a base of roasted and sweet malt that continued from start to finish. The sweetness began to dominate in the aftertaste. The hops that kicked in full force in the middle were brash and striking. The had a harsh bitterness to them, but didn't add any positive flavor to the beer. I don't know if I got used to this beer as I was drinking it or what, but towards the end of the pint, the overall flavor seemed to mellow out and was less cutting as it was earlier.

A little rough around the edges, in my opinion. Even after the flavor mellowed out, the hops stiIl seemed harsh and the malty sweetness was a bit much. Any more, and it would classify as cloying in my book. I would choose many other IPAs over this one.

Thanks WesWes and noclueaboutbeer for providing me two samples of this brew which is otherwise not available here in Kansas.

03-21-2004 21:44:46 | More by Quaffer
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +16%

This is not the best IPA that I have ever had, but the hop content makes it worthwhile drinking. It pours a clear golden color with a large head that dissipates rather quickly. There is considerable lacing, however. The aroma is all hops and alcohol. I detect nothing else. The taste is quite flavorful with a real hops flavor but less bitterness than normally associated with an IPA. The hops taste runs throughout the drink. In the mouth, there is the feel of effervescence and graininess. A very drinkable IPA that lead me to a second, and, oh my god, where did the six-pack go.

03-21-2004 00:09:32 | More by rdrummer
Photo of Stubbie1


4/5  rDev +10.5%

This IPA pours a light orange color. A nice tight off white head comes to the top of my glass. The aroma is of citrus and pine. There is a slight sweet scent mixed in there. The taste is what a good IPA should be…hops! A nice hop front with a malt middle and a nice hop finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel has this IPA very drinkable and enjoyable.

03-15-2004 02:46:27 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of pheurton


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

golden orange with an ivory head that disappears rather quickly. east coast style herbal hop aroma in the nose, touch of fruitiness and alcohol also. ample carbonation, sturdy medium body. hop flavors are unique....they start herbal and almost minty and finish with a touch of lemony citrus notes. bitterness is subdued. malt character is in the background but holds this beer together. a nice change of pace IPA that is quite quaffable. leans more towards flavor than bitterness, which is what i'm in the mood for some times. definitely worth a shot.

03-13-2004 23:39:48 | More by pheurton
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

This so-called "East India Pale Ale" poured a a clear amber with a modest pale head that receded quickly but left a slight lace on the side of the pint glass. The first aromas to hit me were of sweet yeasty malts balanced with some evanescent hops. The taste was a bit metallic at first, but it lingered just enough to make me think of some strange things: sausage, cough syrup, paint (I have no clue about this last one). But the funny thing is that it is rather tasty, though you might not expect it with such a bizarre combination. Anyhow, I kept going, and it settled a bit. I have not really figured this ale out.

03-12-2004 00:45:42 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of FranklinPCombs


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

The look of this is relatively run of the mill. Crystal clear, light dull golden, with a relatively big-bubble head that leaves small traces of lace, and bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass like champagne. The smell is very interesting, and I was very pleased by it. Its not your typical IPA smell. There are mild buttery spice smells, with a hint of chocolate and coffee, and the roasted malt backbone, but there are also definately hops present, just not so in your face. The taste is nice, with a mix of citrusy tartness, spicy bitterness, and a nice aftertaste of hops. The mouthfeel is very nice. It bites at the back of the tongue in the throat, and the smooth carbonation fills out the feel. This is a very warming beer, and I would imagine it would be great to drink in a dark corner bistro with a nice hamburger.

03-09-2004 23:24:01 | More by FranklinPCombs
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with two fingers of head. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of citrus and piney hops. A crisp refreshing smell. The taste starts a little malty, but then the hops really come through. Not too much though, a really good balance. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick. The drinkability is fairly good too. A good solid IPA.

03-09-2004 15:38:48 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of TinusTime


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Had this off the hand pump and wow what a different beer. Pours a nice golden colour with a small creamy head that fades into what looks to be a science experiment on top of the beer. Smell is a bit buttery with just a slight wiff of floral hops. Taste is a bit of butterschotch. I dont know if the cask was a bit past its prime, but there were no real hops to talk about. Well, there were enough to dry out the finish, but not enough to pucker your mouth. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy smooth. Drinkability was very high. I could have sucked these back all night. If not for the hop fade this would have gotten higher marks.

03-02-2004 15:31:37 | More by TinusTime
Photo of pezoids


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured a pale golden color with a thin creamy head. Sweet fruity hop aroma of sweet cherries and ripe lychee. Medium body of fruity sweet malts. This beer has a sharp hop bite, but also is pleasantly fruity. The two match well together. This seems to thin out and become a bit watery as the beer warms up. This is a very drinkable version of an IPA. Overall, Light and full of pleasant and interesting flavors. Looking forward to having this again in the future.

02-17-2004 13:35:48 | More by pezoids
Photo of PatandDavid


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Very pleasant surprise with this one. Color was a cloudy tangerine when served, low head. Nice grapefruit aroma. The mouthfeel was very pleasant and well-rounded. Crisp carbonation, and a grassy hop bite. Much better than I anticipated, I would definitely get this one again.

02-08-2004 17:19:28 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of PartyHatjo


4.55/5  rDev +25.7%

I bought this originally on a whim, and it's now one of my favorite IPAs. It pours a golden amber color, with a tall cream colored head. There is a good citrusy hop aroma. Taste is quite bready, to me, almost like a hopped up cornbread (I don't know why I taste corn when I drink this, perhaps there is flaked maize in it?). The breadiness is balanced nicely with hops to yield a tremendously smooth beer for a 7% ABV IPA. Despite the high alcohol, I found it easy to tilt back several...

01-27-2004 15:17:00 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

"best before date" of March 2004. This is brewed in Utica... Solid IPA, Off white head, hops in the nose. Hops dominate here, but there is some nice malty balance going on. Resin, grapefruit, floral notes characterize a respectable hop jolt, not overpowering however. A good quality drinkable brew. Another respectable job turned in by BKLYN.

01-25-2004 21:14:26 | More by Billolick
Photo of knoopie

New York

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

Upon first tasting of the EIPA, I knew i had found a favorite. Served in a pint, it formed a frothy head with tight bubbles. Its color is deceiving. Not as dark as its taste would imply. A reminder... "Taste with your tongue, not with your eyes!" EIPA has a summery ale quality; citrus-like. Rather hoppy, and mild/heavy malt provides a nice roll off the tongue. Hits the back of the palate with a rounded bite. Easy to drink if you are an IPA fan who can take a bit higher gravity.I know most of us can!

01-23-2004 07:12:11 | More by knoopie
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3.73/5  rDev +3%

Tall off white head of frothy bubbles. Clear golden amber in color with some bubbles rising to the surface. Nice citrusy, somewhat grapefruity, hop aroma with some slight caramel maltiness on the nose. Light medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. The head lasts a very long time and slowly bcomes a thin lace that sticks to the sides of the glass. Mild malty start with a slight caramel and breadiness to it that creates a nice backbone. Hops follow rather quickly. Seems like there might be a couple different hops here, but I’m not all that proficient at identifying different types. A touch citrusy with grapefruit notes in the end. The malt backbone is present throughout though and stands out a bit more as the beer warms. The hops last a long time into the aftertaste. Quite good, worth looking for again, yet fairly tame.

01-14-2004 11:56:25 | More by byrd
Photo of shippos

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

honey orangy body with a good white head packed with thick dense bubbles. sweet malty toffeeish aroma with a slight floral hop aroma, not as intese as I was expecting for an IPA. good mouthfeel with not an overpowering hoppy bitterness taste but hey are still there if not restrained a little. still an excellent beer though.

12-05-2003 15:35:50 | More by shippos
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

It pours deep golden with a slight haze into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Thin white head which fades quickly, but leaves some decent lacing. Floral and lemongrass aroma. Orangey fruit, too. This beer is medium-bodied has a good malt backbone balancing the hops, but finishes with a nice crisp, citrusy finish. Hopheads may not love this beer too much, but this was brewed in the original English stlye and succeeds in being a fine beer.

11-21-2003 03:55:14 | More by BeerFan
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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%

Appearance: pale orange in color, highly carbonated, blessed with a huge, though swiftly settling, white head.
Aroma: fresh and fruity (peach, apricot, orange)
Taste: treacly sweet, and overly citric at first, and then, just too sweet, and bland. Rather thin-bodied, surprisingly so, with a lackluster finish, Hell, a lackluster everything. For an IPA, this possessed no POP, no POW, no ZING!, no nothing, it just sat and swam in the mouth, not offering further enticements from flavor, just more of the same bloated sugary droppings. A remarkably meager IPA, this shouldn't even be granted that name, it's a weak, pale, not-even-nearly hoppy offering. Hops have nothing to do here, and the flavor gets sickeningly sweet later on... I keep thinking "I'm getting the pale in this ale, but where's the India??" Eh, f'geddaboudit!!
My least favorite Brooklyn beer to date, and I'm saddened, for I was sure that they could do an IPA right. Oh, well...

11-18-2003 09:48:16 | More by feloniousmonk
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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