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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,956 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 109 | 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.

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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

quite a nice offering.
this one poured out a hazy yellow wth minimal head.
smell was citrus hops, as you swirl it then take a sniff you definitnely pick up some caramel maltiness.
taste was all citrusy hop up front then finished with very slight maltiness
this was a very crisp, slightly dry beer. as you took a sip and held it in your mouth it tingled the toungue a lot and the entire mouth as you drank it, I found this to be quite enjoyable.
all in all not the best IPA i've had and not the worst. quite drinkable and refreshing.

07-16-2004 13:23:08 | More by kegerator
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

app: very nice dark amber with very minimal head.

Smell: the scent is very big on both malt and hops. The hops are spicy and the malt smells like fruitcake, baby.

Taste: This beer tastes the same from the start to the finish: Hoppy. The malt character is also present, but beaten into submission like a red headed step child by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick like an IPA should be. There is a perefect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Best when taken with some solid Cliff Burton anesthesia.

07-13-2004 03:15:03 | More by thinkbreakfast
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -8%

Worshipped false idols with this one on 4/18/2004 at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Served in the typical 16-ounce pint glass. Hazy, golden, heathery hue. No head to speak of, just a light, scudding cloudiness at the top. Yep, holy hoppiness with lemon notes and some coriander flitting about in there somewhere. Very nice and clean tasting with hops that although the main presence, somehow not overly done. Could drink quite a few of these on a spring or summer day before the Sox go in to their September swoon.

07-10-2004 22:31:21 | More by Truh
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3.73/5  rDev +3%

Appearance is a light copper color with an amberish tint. Head blew up at first but settled down quickly.
Aroma is full of hop zestiness. Lots of floral and piney hop aroma. Slight hints of carmel malt along with some pale malt.
Taste is very malty at first with tastes of carmel, bread, and small hints of diacetyl. An almost grainy flavor is mixed in. This slowly mixes in with some hop bitterness but it never gets very powerful. Aftertaste has some alcohol spices and a yeasty flavor.
Mouthfeel is sharp on the toungue at first but as the beer warms it flattens out.

07-10-2004 01:26:14 | More by Bruiser81
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Light amber. Pours with a decent head, but quickly fades into a thin lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the background.

Taste: A very leafy, oily, herbal hop flavor dominates this beer. Any malt present is nearly undetectable.

Overall: This is one strange IPA. Whereas most IPA's are spicy in their hop character, this is overtly leafy and herb-like. This is not a beer for hopheads by any means, but is a decent offering from a rather decent brewery nevertheless.

06-26-2004 04:49:19 | More by TagoMago
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a clear orange color with a white 1" head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is nice as malt, citrus, and floral tones are all easily recognizable. The flavor follows the aroma, as malt, citrus, and a biting bitterness are nicely married. The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is long and biting in the bitterness. This was a medium bodied brew and carbonation seemed a little light. Nicely drinkable.

06-22-2004 12:09:08 | More by Gavage
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

This IPA pours a clear amber color with a decent white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. A sweet citrusy hop scent dominates the aroma with traces of malt coming through. Taste was spicy and hoppy over a balancing malt backbone. A bitter aftertaste and dry finish also complement the flavor. I didn’t realize it till after I drank the bottle but at 7% there was no trace of alcohol in the nose or the taste. It has a good body and goes down smoothly, a pretty damn good IPA.

06-17-2004 17:45:35 | More by meathookjones
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

The Brooklyn East India IPA pours a clear light copper color with a medium bodied fizzy head that dissolves to a nice thick ring around the surface. Some spots and patches of lace are left on the sides as the glass empties.

The aroma is a sweet oak smell with hints of citrus and pine. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and delicious. The flavor begins with an oak sweetness which almost tastes like butterscotch. Some hop bitterness soon blends in giving it flavors of citrus and pine. It finishes slightly bitter leaving a mild hop flavor on the palate.

This is a tasty IPA which doesn't over power you with hop bitterness like other beers in this category. I though the sweet oak flavor was well balanced which gave this beer its unique character.

06-13-2004 23:07:07 | More by WanderingFool
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours an amber color. Clear character, thin clingy white head with a trace lacing on the glass.
S: Different from most of the IPA's I've had, this one has a rather mellow nose that has a nice balance between a moderate hoppy aroma and a pleasant burnt biscuit aroma. Had to knock off a half point for a strange sort of medicinal aroma that is hiding in the background.
T: Not a run of the mill IPA, for sure. There are hops, to be sure, but they aren't overpowering, just very robust and attention getting. Malt character is low, more of a brake to the hops than an actual taste of their own. Finish is a lingering sharp bitterness.
M: Medium bodied, definitely on the dry side. Levels of carbonation and ETOH are nice.
D&N: A good beer, but not a great IPA. I would definitely drink this one again, but only if I couldn't get a HopDevil. If you haven't tried this one yet, I'd say to go for it.

06-13-2004 20:50:23 | More by JackTheRipper
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3.73/5  rDev +3%

I had this brew at Eli Canon's during a Brooklyn tasting event. Got to keep the fluted Brooklyn Brewery glass!
Beer is on tap and chilled.
SFot tightly packed white fluffy head present on arrival. The beer is a clear orange/gold color.
Aroma is hops witha mix of floral notes and citrusy grapefruit hits coming through.
First sip reveals a beer with average body and rolling carbonation.
Flavor is again hops, with a nice mix of citrus notes mixed with some pine flavors. Very smooth and easy to drink, but a little one dimensional I think.

06-13-2004 14:01:20 | More by sulldaddy
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from the bottle a nice medium golen with a scent of perfume and hops. Little to no head retention. It kind of seemed likt it was trying... it wanted to hold onto the head, but it just could not do it... lots of lacing though. The first taste hits you with a bit of bite, nice and spicey, hoppy and peppery. Not too strong, just enough strength. Maybe not a session beer for me, but very, very yummy.

05-31-2004 17:55:45 | More by shapudding
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Clear apricot hues with slight beading under a wafer thin spotty bubbled egg shell cap into me DFH pint from a bottle. Lace slides down fast and leaves no trace at the scene of the crime.

Citrous scents are detectable, but not overpowering.

First swigs: Malts and hops are in check. Malt cereal up front met by dry slightly lemon banana hops. Woody with slight vegetal notes. Maybe some fuggle and chinook? (Wrong. Looked it up. East kent, Cascade, Willamette)

Crisp bite. Well rounded, but not an all nighter.

Last swigs: An American meets British style IPA. Tech-nixsly this is English styled. Less bright grapefruits than local Yards IPA, but perfectly balanced.

Beer is good. Happy NY beering.

05-28-2004 05:16:22 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

12 oz bottle.

This ale poured a clear, amber color with creamy, off-white foam that coated the glass well. There was a good, sustained carbonation. The smell was fruity, floral hops on top of some maltiness. The taste was malty with a good hoppiness to balance. There was a bit of oakiness in the taste as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and relatively clean with medium body and medium carbonation. The finish was dry and a bit astringent. This was a nice and easy to drink ale.

05-23-2004 21:21:25 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Had this on-tap at the Outback Steakhouse out of all places. They got this in just 2 weeks ago so I was dying to try some of this stuff. Came to us in a nice big tall mug with a huge head on these beers. Nice orange color to this brew with a nice head on this beer. Smell was hops, citrus, piney and some peach and orange hints in there as well. Taste started out with some hops, but it wasn't overdone. Blended in with some orange and peach flavors along with some piney/wood taste. Reminded me a little of Dogfish Head's IPA's. But the wood taste wasn't overdone unlike Dogfish's IPA's. Nice hop aftertaste but it was just a little oily at the finish, but it didn't kill this brew. Decent verison.

05-10-2004 02:02:34 | More by necoadam
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

A pale orange, slightly cloudy looking IPA with a pretty high level of carbonation. Initial taste is sweet fruit, then a bit of caramel, & some mild earthy hops. Finished with more fruit & a seemingly high level of alcohol. I'll give this brew unique, but I had hoped for more from this fine brewery.

05-01-2004 17:19:25 | More by garthwaite
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

appearance- very light copper. normal head with slightly above average head retention. healthy carbonation, quite healthy!

smell- sugar coated flowers, sprinkled with hops

taste- burst of minty floral tastes. peach, rose, and a sweet maltiness, followed up by an odd IPA hop taste. the hoppiness of this IPA is especially different, its not the bitter and powerful that comes at the end of most IPA's....instead the hop flavor comes towards the middle-end of the IPA and its kinda sweet. weird, but definitly not bad. very good

mouthfeel- sweet, fruity, and pleasant but strong hops. very well done.

drinkability- 7.0% alcohol? what? no way. doesnt taste like it. goes down like a summer brew with winter alcohol content. goes down all too easy. the fruity flavor mixed with the awesome easy going hops makes this brew all too drinkable. unusual for an IPA but still quality

04-29-2004 03:49:40 | More by maek228
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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured a coppery gold, well carbonted with a two finger white head, that quickly dissipated to a film, left thin partial lacing.
Strong citrus, floral, grassy hop aroma. Toasted biscuit undertone to the aroma.
Citrus takes a backseat in the taste, and the other flavor notes come forward.
More of a British style than American, good balance between the malt and hop.

04-23-2004 20:43:13 | More by mschofield
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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