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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,900 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 23
Gots: 86 | 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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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've quaffed a few IPA's and this one is good.

It poured a golden amber, much like a medium-strength iced tea, with an average head (which was quick to dissolve). The aroma, although not overly pronounced, was typical of most IPAs, sharp and citrusy. The taste was nicely hoppy, with a hint of malt. Mouthfeel: crisp and dry with a pleasant burn. It finishes spicy citrus.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 12:28:54 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark gold color. Medium head. Aroma is very floral and grassy. A medium bodied IPA. Somewhere between the big hoppy West Coast IPAs and the mellower maltier British IPAs. Definite grapefruit flavor as well as a malty sweetness and hop spiciness. A very drinkable IPA. Sort of a middle of the road. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 00:16:30 | More by beerguy101
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with a medium rocky head that leaves no lacing,aroma is hoppy but with a nice caramel malt background.Taste begins a little sweet but the the hoppy dryeness kicks in during mid-swallow a definent dry finish,I do like the malt backbone to this beer.This beer has a good reputation and I can see why.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 01:52:27 | More by oberon
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love amber-colored beer and this is one of the best I've seen. Made m'damn mouth water.

It smelled great, I just thought it could have been a little stronger. Sweet, flowery, maybe a little malty.

Tasted nicely bitter, but for some reason it doesn't seem like it's coming from the hops. A glassy flavor was the first thing I noticed but it didn't last long.

Brooklyns are pretty expensive so I don't know how often I'll get the East India pale ale. Not to mention there's like a billion other worthy IPA's at the beer store. I don't look forward to the day I go to the store and realize I've tried them all. That's what separates the men from the boys... deciding between two beers you've already had. It's gonna be pandemonium, I can tell.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 21:19:07 | More by 86MonteSS
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a nice white head that fades to a pretty lace. The nose is of floral hops and malt complexity. It's a very refreshing smell. The taste is much the same. The hopping is noticable, but not overpowering. The malts stand out and create a unique balance that is not often displayed in most IPA's. The mouthfeel I found to be a bit heavy, but this can be expected with such a malty character. Not something I look for though when I'm throwing back a pale beer. It was a good drinking beer. I've been enjoying this brew for a few years now.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2003 05:53:49 | More by WesWes
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IPA reviewing standards have been set pretty high with the quality available today. This one from Brooklyn doesn't stand with the best of them but is still a quality drink.

What you see is a bright orange nectar with a decent white head. You smell citrus (lemon) with some earthy hops too. It is a smooth brew, medium bodied holding complex hop flavors (earthy and floral) it's balanced with a slightly sweet malt but definitely a milder rendition of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 07:35:05 | More by jeffboo
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nomad

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent pale orange, with some carbonation rising up in it. Had a thin foamy head and some nice wisps of stain.

Smelled of aromatic hops, a little bit of fruit and some florals. I could also smell the wheat malt they admit to using. In general, though, a bit too quiet on my nose as compared to many other great IPAs.

Taste was a solid balance of malt and hops. Tasted like bits of fruit wrapped in a tad of sour but more of a tasty bitterness, a little bit like a grapefruit flavor. A very good malt underneath it all, as it seemed like a strong mix of hearty and pale malt flavors. Occasionally I could taste a little bit of the wheat as well as some tastes of hop oil. More like the original British recipe. Did I mention the great grapefruit tasting burp?

Great clean finish, not cloying or film leaving, an attribute hard to find in many huge hop IPAs. Had an oily mouthfeel too that wrapped up my tongue and aided the hop flavoring. But, it was almost too oily. Good, different from Stone or Three Floyd style IPAs, and that's not a bad thing. Much easier to drink a couple of these than, say, a HopDevil.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 08:52:12 | More by nomad
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear as a bell. Head comes, head goes (you know how it is). Pass the smell in anticipation of the first sip. Fruity and ebullient, with a good smack of that burnt, rye flavor in there. Hop bitterness doesn't register (based on my latest frenzies), but is definitely there to hold up the fort. Mid taste is sweet and lager-y smooth, while toasted (presumably) oak flavors leave a gloriously sticky fog of hop aromas in the air.

Definitely a Top 10 on the A-IPA scale.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 19:58:58 | More by DarthMalt
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Wildman

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color and formed white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and hops was present. A flavor of malt and hops with some caramel present. A touch of hop bitterness was present in the finish. Not a bad IPA, but not the best offering from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 17:57:47 | More by Wildman
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

This delightful IPA pours a dark amber with a nice frothy beige head and some sticky webs of lace. A great floral hoppy aroma dominates a light malty smell. The medium caramel malt body is slightly sweet. Highly hopped with a sharp grapefruit bitterness and light piney taste with some noticeable alcohol kick. Improves with each gulp.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 19:19:45 | More by BeerResearcher
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The beer poured an amber color with slight head retention. The smell was a good balance of malts and hops, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, and seemed properly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, I certainly would grab another sample, and I think that this could session fairly well.

I grabbed this one because the festival was about to stop serving the first session, but I was surprised by the quality. This wasn't quite as over the top as some of the other American IPAs, and still refreshed the hophead in me nonetheless!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 07:57:21 | More by beergeek279
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored beer with amber highlights, topped by a thin off-white head. It shows a good, hoppy aroma with a touch of malt and fruit sweetness pushing through. The initial taste is all hops up front, but subsequent quaffs reveal more and more of the supporting malt and allow a touch more sweetness to tease the tongue occasionally. It finishes with a bitter kick, and the bitterness lingers pleasantly. A surprisingly creamy mouthfeel with great carbonation that rebuilds the head when swirled. The drinkability is also good. Overall, a surprisingly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2003 21:33:28 | More by aaronh
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden-amber hue, smallish thick white head, healthy retention, minimal lace. Inviting nose, prickly citrus hops, leafy, hints of caramel malts. The palate seems to boast an equally malty and bitter taste upfront but as you swallow the bitterness grows, prickly citrus, whisper of pine… hoppy goodness! Leafy finish, dry… refreshing & appetizing. Medium bodied… very interesting mouthfeel, smooth & soothing yet roughly carbonated, a lovely dichotomy. The abv is ideal, hidden in the taste but nowhere else. Tasty! This was a quality beer; try one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 12:51:13 | More by bditty187
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Stingray5

New York

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

My first stab at a Brooklyn beer. Poured a clear amber/yellow, thin head that dissipated quickly(could've been my pour). A nice lace remained throughout.

Smell was pungent with hints of mint and leaves.

Mouthful was nice, the taste was nice and hoppy. Bitter with a dry, chewy, slight alcohol finish.

Drinkability was good, it went down nicely and was quite satisfying. Great session beer. I liked the price ($6/6 pack) and the abv. I will definitely come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 20:16:11 | More by Stingray5
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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

I am a big fan of IPAs and was not overly impressed by what Brooklyn is offering. They seem to make some great brews, but this was not one of them that had me crying out for more. It poured a relatively light golden color for an IPA, and for maybe ten seconds there was something resembling a head. After that it was like looking at amber water, which in itself was a little disconcerting. The smell was a tad sweet, with some apple flavors and some hops. Upon sipping it felt that the hops flavor tasted artificial. There was not an overly complex body with just a little bit of citrus flavor and some mellowed malts. Overall a decent brew, but like I said if I am looking for a Brooklyn beer I will stick with the Lager or the Pennant Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 23:02:05 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a slight lingering head with decent lacing. There is a nice hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic at the outset, and the flavor is very strong, but not intensely hoppy. Very well balanced with hops and malts. A nice, full mouthfeel as it finishes, despite a bit of a heavy carbonation. There is also a tangy hoppy aftertaste. Not your typical IPA, but a damn good beer. Love it out of the bottle or out of the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2003 20:07:49 | More by far333
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Brent

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer from this brewery that is a beauty to behold in the glass, crystaline bronze and glowing. Moderately sweet malt flavors - hops were slightly floral. As an IPA, this beer was a little lackluster in the hops department, and seemed watered-down in the hops flavoring. Taken as a hoppy pale ale, it is quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 09:11:29 | More by Brent
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WaltTrombone

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this IPA at the renowned Lazy Boy Saloon, in White Plains, NY. Don't know how this beer is in a bottle, but it was pretty durn good on tap! A lovely copper body, with a creamy tan head that didn't quit, lots of lacy rings on the glass as I sipped. Just like a beer-drinkers version of Victoria's Secret! Not too much aroma, just some dry hoppiness. Taste was just a hint of sweet malt, caramel, with some dry hoppiness troweled on thick over the sweetness. The finish was, once again, DRY HOPS, that came on strong, but fades fast. Quite pleasant, actually. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. My first Brooklyn, and it won't be my last, either!

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2003 07:09:33 | More by WaltTrombone
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Morris729

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper amber color with a creamy and very sticky white head that fades into a heavy lace. Nose is floral hops and some notes of dried grass. Medium in body with a crisp and drying texture. Lots of raw hop leaf flavor in the taste without being overly bitter balanced by some slightly fruity notes. Finish is very dry with some notes of citrus rind. The 7% abv in this beer is well hidden. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 21:38:24 | More by Morris729
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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

The taste of this IPA is just a bit too over the top on the use of the hops. Though the hops should predominate, the hops here seem to lay over the malt base rather to balance it. There is a strong hop aroma early, but this fades with the moderate goldish tan head. The head fades somewhat quickly but leaves a slight layer that laces. A nice golden amber look that is slightly hazed. A pine and citurs sense in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 20:25:29 | More by AtLagerHeads
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goz

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a medium clear golden, with a medium white head, diminishing to leave a good lacing. Aroma is a smackdown of hops - lot's of pine, citrus, and floral smells pouring from the glass. Flavor starts lightly sweet with mostly caramel coming through, finishes with a fairly strong hop bitterness. Medium body, medium on the carbonation. A yummy IPA, better than many, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 16:07:17 | More by goz
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mzwolinski

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is buttressed by an underlying caramel malt, with mild citric and floral hop highlights. The appearance is clear copper, with almost no head at all. Flavor starts off malty and finishes with a rather harsh piney, lemony bitter finish. Grape and orange flavors stand out about mid-palate. This is a very acidic beer, probably too much so. Alcohol spiciness contributes to the problem, especially as the beer warms. There's just too many clashing assertive flavors here for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 06:25:18 | More by mzwolinski
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porter17

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very happily surprised to find that Brooklyn did the style justice. A very nice hop aroma and a good appearance set the stage. The beer didn't disappoint. Very hoppy and strong, with a solid but not overpowering 7% ABV. Not much to the mouthfeel but nothing really negative either. Goes down well but there is a limit to the number of these you can drink ina session. I would certainly drink again, even though I've had better. Overall, a good but not stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 06:22:52 | More by porter17
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this IPA...The east Kent Golding hops are evident in a big way and they are one of my favorite hop varieties..The nose is excellent...leafy juicy hops calling my name...."Zap....Zap...Zap.."the taste doesn't disappoint...a real fresh, almost sweetish hop flavor...juicy and tasty...not a hugely bitter beer, but a real fresh tasty English hop flavored IPA that slides down very easily....If you want a huge citrus flavored IPA this is not for you...but the fresh, floral, juicy, sweet hopping is wonderful....Unique and close to outstanding in my book...Malt nicely complements the hops...

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 21:48:45 | More by ZAP
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avylover

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying brooklyn's black chocolate stout, I did'nt hesitate to pick this one up when I felt like an IPA.This beer pours a nice clean amber color with very little head. Very clear and easy to see through. Not a huge scent, but crisp and clean. Hops lend to a pine smell.Taste is not as hoppy/bitter as I expected, but not bad at all. Some alcohol detetcted at first, but after a few sips it's gone. Feels nice and clean in the mouth and goes down smooth. in a word...CLEAN. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 17:05:21 | More by avylover
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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