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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,980 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 26
Gots: 118 | 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 ski271
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange-amber beer with a small, white, creamy head that diminishes rather quickly to a partial, thin covering. Decent lacing.

Smell: More malty than I expect from an IPA. Light citrus, herbs, spruce, and a light sweetness like butterscotch.

Taste: Nothing really all that special here. There’s a few interesting flavors, like banana, peach and spruce in there, but overall I feel it could use more balance. The finish is fairly long in duration, but the flavor goes stale along the way.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery yet slightly creamy texture, a little metallic on the finish.

Drinkability: So-so. Crisp and refreshing enough, but nothing that called out to me to have another.

It’s a decent beer, but not one of Brooklyn’s better offerings.

ski271, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of nvsblman
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Light golden color. The aroma is full of biscuit and malt. Has some floral hops going on too. The taste is a little hoppier than I expected from the aroma. Not overpowering, but crisp and clean. Nice malt balance, expecially noted in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation, very refreshing. Has very good drinkability, would love to be able to get this on a regular basis!

nvsblman, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always nice to go to Columbus and pick up some beers that I can't get in Indiana, this beer being no exception. Poured a light copper with a frothy head which eventually settled down and left a nice lacing all the way down the pint. Nice fruity hop aroma is not nearly as aggressive as some other American versions. In fact a nice bready malt aroma was easily distinguishable and balanced nicely with the hops. Taste starts off with floral notes then a bready malt base takes over revealing just a touch of alcohol. Very nice beer and quite different from all of the IPA's which I have been enjoying lately. I wish Brooklyn would distribute to IN.

soper2000, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange wiht a full, soft head.

Bitter-sweet fruit aroma, a faint alcohol flashes along with a touch of citrus.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation. A rich bitterness and alcohol flavor shows first combined with a fruity hop flavor. Bitterness turns slightly citrus then leads to a dry, bitter finish.

Pretty flavor heavy English IPA. I wouldn't mind the alcohol being toned down a bit.

Southernbrew, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, I have been drinking this for about 10 years! This was one of the first IPAs I ever had and it still makes its way into my rotation.

This is one IPA that is actually pale, almost yellow in color, with pure white head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring, leaving sparse lace.

Served room temperature, it has a bready, malty aroma with a good deal of soft, floral hops in the bouquet. There's an underlying sense of citrus and spicey pine.

Taste is clean hops followed by a well balanced malt back. Unfortunately, this bottle has a slightly metallic aftertaste. A uniquely "English" hop profile lend a more subtle hop character than American style IPAs. Always a good choice!

AlexJ, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks nearly identical to the Michelob All Malt Lager I just reviewed, however the appearance reviews are much higher for the Brooklyn... Frothy white head and good copper color.
The smell is uniquely english with sweet malt and aromatic hops. The smell is more malty than hoppy, which is definatley different from American style IPA's. Taste is very well balanced with sweet biscuity malt and earthy hops. This is not a hop bomb so if thats what your looking for you won't find it here. But, this is a delicious beer with great taste and a refreshing hop aroma and flavor. I would definately try this one out.

yeagerbm, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly off white head with a light orange, caramel color. Head formed and disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the top surface.

Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of citrus. There is a touch of sweet bread smell to this one. Overall this one is balanced in flavor, not overdone in the hops department and coupled well with the malts. The initial mouth splashing was a bit sharp. For the hops I picked up some grapefruit flavors, not what I was expecting from the English version of this brew. After warming a touch, the other hop flavors begin to step up a bit and are not near as citrus and lend a resin flavor to this beer, which is more along the lines of my expectations.

Mouthfeel is okay, not very oily like some IPAs and borders on the thin side of things. Drinkability is good for this brew and one of its high marks. Good hit of hops but very well balanced.

blitz134, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Total Wine in Northern Virginia in early November. Didn't notice the expiration date of October 04 until after I dragged the bottle all the way back to Moscow. Doh! No concrete ingredient information, just that the malt and hops are British. Pleasant green and red label.

Poured clear slightly orange gold under a one finger white head that fades slowly to chunky film but leaves precious little lace. There is lots of sweet flowery hops in the nose, with a touch of barley. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. Lots of flavor going on here, from barley solid to flowery sweet, with a nice backbone of crisp dry bitterness. Neither pine nor espresso, the flavor, which emerges in the finish, is more like tar, but diluted and not unpleasant. Sweet fruitiness caps the finish, leaving an aftertaste both dry and fruity. This is a good mainstream IPA.

Globetrotter, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber gold with a finger thick head white head that leaves a trace of lacing.

Smell is odd in that along with the fruity lemony hops I get a good dose of dried sweet basil. Odd. Doesn't altogether smell like I would expect an IPA to smell. A nice amount of more light caramel-like hops offsets the herbal hops. Sorta complex, but also sorta weird.

Mouthfeel is nice with scrubbing bubbles with a hint of bite. Feels thick without being creamy.

This is a nice beer. The basil smell in it makes me wonder if I should pair it with Thai food. Too late. I drank the last one I had.

silenius, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House. Just hit me right with hop presentation. Nice foam, right serving of carbonation. Crisp and fresh, fruity, sweet on malts and also spice. balanced, smooth, quafable. floral citrus from hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Had on cask two years later here, and good bitterness.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
best before Feb. 05

Appearance- yellow/ orange with a fizzy white head.
Smell- citrus and hops. light on the hops.
Taste- fizzy like soda with a hint of citrus. (Lemon, orange, grapefruit) Very weak on the hops.
Mouthfeel- watery and carbonated. Slight bitterness in the end.

Overall- what a letdown. Thought this would have some cajones'.Its drinkable it is weak!!

NJpadreFan, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" white head that fades to a thin sheet after a moment. Thin and condensed lacing with slightly above average strength. Clear, light copper in color.

Lemon, bubblegum, some floral hops, and a big hop-perfume nose. A bit of an astringent aroma as well.

Bubblegum, a bit of apricot/peach, and some faint hop oils at first. At mid-sip there's a wave of an astringent, intoxicating hop-perfume flavor. This perfume aroma and flavor is very bold and IMO not pleasant. A very minor bitterness followed by an apricot and perfume-like aftertaste.

Slightly thick on the palate for the style, but is understandable given the 7% abv. A bit syrupy and dry.

For an English IPA, its overwhelming perfume aromatics and flavor make it tough for me to have more than a few pints. A unique tasting version of the style (especially considering its high abv%), but not one I'll be going back to.

NEhophead, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. This brew is a dark amber colour with a nice off-white head of foam to boot. The aromas are of fresh leafy hops, and bready malts. The taste follows suit. Raw and leafy up front with some nice bready malt characteristics in the middle and a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is pretty good as well. Damn nice stuff.

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep amber color with a thin and rocky light beige head. Very thin lacing. Citrus and piney hops aroma. Medium-bodied, with a rather disparate flavor profile. The bitter hops, citrus, pine and caramel malt simply do not seem to blend well together. Not as crisp as the aroma would lead you to believe it is. Hovering in limbo between an IPA and Double IPA with the alcohol level could be contributing to the off feel. The finish is not overly bitter, with a mild hoppiness and a bit of malt. I like a lot of Brooklyn’s beers but this one is a bit of a letdown.

Dogbrick, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. There is a freshness date clearly notched on the side of the bottle for January 2005.

Aroma of biscuits and hops. Sharp and snappy hops take over my scent. Floral.

Appearance is a vibrant orange. Head starts out fluffy, but doesn't sustain. Rocky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Taste blends a beautiful mix of a sweet, bready biscuit and hops....resiny pine and peach. A snap of hops up front on the palate with an orange or grapefruit finish. Juicy mouthfeell.

This beer becomes more enjoyable as it warms up a little bit. A personal favorite English style IPA for many years now. A solid 7.0% ABV India Pale Ale that rarely disappoints.

Hibernator, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was anxious to try this for some reason - probably most I have been pleased with all of the other offerings from Brooklyn Brewery. This pours out orangish-yellow with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing. The aroma is very pleasant with a clean, floral character to it. Nice, smooth taste although a hint of alcohol is detectable. It leaves your mouth feeling a little dry, but is easily drinkable. Two of these knocked me on my ass and I wasn't surprised to find it listed at 7% ABV. An above average brew and a respectable representation of an IPA.

Jacobob10, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer came is a 12 oz. brown bottle, with simple yet elegant, red and green labeling. The pale golden body was crystal clear and developed a tall cream colored head that faded while leaving a good deal of lace. The aroma very hoppy with a refreshing mix of pine resin, fresh cut hay, and grapefruit rind. There was a faint funk in the nose that was not immediately apparent until I took my first sip. The initial taste was hop laden piney cascades, but behind the hops was a solid backbone of caramel malt and a salty buttery tone imparted by Ringwood yeast. The Ringwood induced characteristics were the funk I smelled before. The 7% ABV is pretty apparent in its warmth felt down in the belly. Dense and chewy mouthfeel, but very little bitterness was present in the aftertaste despite the aggressive hopping.

This beer clearly treads the line between a Double IPA and a Single IPA in terms of strength, but lacks the sticky sweet maltyness needed for a Double. The choice of hops is a mix of English and American hops. The piney Cascade character gives it an American feel, but the lack of bitterness suggests otherwise. I guess they were trying to make everyone happy. I think they ended up making a solid, but unspectacular IPA instead. I am glad they are entering Georgia though.

rajendra82, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by month & year notched on label.

Dull golden-orange colour. Creamy looking off white head retains well, & leaves some spotty lace behind.

Light grapefruit aromas, mix with a seabreeze note.

Sweet caramel, biscuity malt. Sharp hoppy bitterness leads to a dry finish, with notes of orange & lemon left to linger. Medium bodied, smooth. Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn's East India Ale is an IPA that is pretty much average in all aspects. I'm not that experienced with the style and I'm not a full blown hophead (yet) but this seemed to be a reasonably hoppy and drinkable brew to me, yet would probably pose no challenge whatsoever to the members of the Cult of the Hop.

This brew pours a golden color with an orange/amber hue to it. A 1 and 1/2 finger foam forms and lasts for around a minute. The smell does indeed contain those "classic" citrus and floral aromas to it. Spicy, crisp, and refreshing to the nose. A moderate amount of carbonation was detected, par for the style yet unspectacular. This IPA had a decent caramel malt backbone to it and added a hint of some sweetness to it, but the hops were indeed the focal point. Citric/grapefruit, floralness, and pine like qualities were the center of attention here. They presented a good spicy/bitter quality in the beer, but weren't "extreme." The finish had a lingering dryness and the citric quality stuck with me for quite some time. The brew concluded with some alcoholic warmth.

I'm sure as I come to drink and appreciate more IPAs, I could thoroughly go into detail the pros and cons of this particular one, but right now this is a decent beer which really didn't excite me too much.

Beastdog75, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of jed
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a 12 oz brown bottle with bright orange/red and green label art. Small blurb on the neck of the bottle with a brief explanation of the IPA style. Not sure when this beer is supposed to be consumed by — the freshness label of the area has March notched, but no year. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, amber color, much lighter than a normal IPA. About one finger of grayish head, with average head retention.

Smell: Very dry, floral hop nose with some citrus. The smell has some strange, very astringent notes as well.

Taste: Almost sour hop notes dominate the nose of this beer, with less of the strong bitterness I'd expect from an IPA. The flavor is very dry, with some subtle tea-like taste in the middle. Unfortunately, it doesn't really come together — this is too sour and dry, without the bitterness or balancing citrus flavors that make a good IPA. Finish leaves some lingering hops.

Mouthfeel: A little too thin for my taste, with mild carbonation. Slightly above average, but nothing amazing.

Drinkability: This beer isn't very heavy compared to some of the newer, more extreme IPA and double IPAs, but would make a decent session beer if you enjoyed the flavor.

As a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery's beers, I came at this with big expectations. Unfortunately, this beer's flavor was disappointing. I've never picked up a bad bottle from Beltway, but it's possible that this sample was past its prime. Alternatively, this could be an example of Brooklyn sticking to a more British style, as with the Monster Ale. Either way, this one has a slightly off flavor which makes it hard to recommend. Not a terrible beer by any standards, but my first disappointment from the Brooklyn Brewery.

jed, Sep 04, 2004
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A different appearance than most IPA's. Gold tone, deep gold leaning towards amber but not quite IPA color.
Smelled a genorous portion of hops, citrus fruits, and malt.
Tasted the hops right off the bat. Very interesting flavor, not very bitter like most would expect from an IPA. Smooth sweet hops with a bit of lemon and mild malt. A good mix, they played well but like I said not what I would expect from the style.
Mouthfeel and drinkability: Smooth, not bitter, almost a sweet sensation. I'll have this again, no problem.

Ahhdball, Sep 01, 2004
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2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light orange-gold color with slight haze. Head is fairly thick, with a good mixture of different sized bubbles. On the nose were aromas of citrus, then a fairly herbal punch and overall very earthy. Ever smell raw EKG hop pellets?, it reminded me of that.

Taste is initially malty sweet, somewhat honeyed malt, very fruity (peach), lightly toasted grains, very clean malt. Strong mid pallette shows some more of the herbal hop character, a pretty strong alcohol taste and a real zesty kick Finishes smooth and a bit creamy, tingling bitterness, slightly drying with a clean and slightly hoppy. Hops use in this ale is strange. Kind of a rough, leafy effect that I thinks hurts the brew in the long run Overall - I don't know what it is about this beer that I don't like. It may be what I detect as an intense earthiness that puts me off. Not sure how to describe it. It's probably the only beer I have ever had where I seem to like its component parts better then the beer as a whole. Sounds weird? It is. I don't get it either.

bmills1608, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Bukowski's in Boston.

Pours a light golden color with slight amber hues. A nice white fluffy head appears and nicely laces the glass for what seemed like forever. Aromas are of citrus and floral hops, with a nice malt background. Initially this beer hits quite sweet with citrusy hops leading the way, but they definetly are not as pronounced as the bottle version of this beer. All sorts of malts show up after the initial hop burst, showing off some nice biscuity, dough, and bread like flavors. There's also a slight sweet caramel that fits in nicely to the picture. This beer finishes with a zinging hop bitterness and an oily almost juicy aftertaste that just sticks on the tongue. This beer is light bodied but super creamy and super smooth from the conditioning of the cask. Overall I like this beer way way better on cask than in the bottle, maybe this is the proper way that this beer should be served..

bigbeerdrinka, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer for a hot summer day. Had one at the brewery--can not get fresher than that. Burnt orange in color with no head after the pour. The hops are strong, but the bitters become sweet after the initial taste. There are also flavors of orange or lemon, slightly citrus. All in all, I enjoyed the crisp nature of this beer and hope I can find it when I get back to RI.

MuddyFeet, Jul 18, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kegerator, Jul 16, 2004
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.