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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,007 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 132 | 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 Naes
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is golden brown with orange hues. Its head is a small white layer of bubbles that provides little to no lacing.
The aroma is not much to speak of, but has a trace of hops and a faint amount of malt.
Its flavor is of grassy hops but also has a strong caramel malt base. The bitterness is strongest near the finish, though it is not an in your face bitter beer.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A good beer, but there are countless other IPA’s that I would rather have.

Naes, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty amber with a 1 finger head, faded rather quickly, and good lace. Good aromas of grassy hops with some citrus and caramel malt flavors mixed in. Good grssy hop flavors. Sharp and bitter, just as an IPA should be. Nice amount of caramel malt mixed in as well. Citrusy and somewhat yeasty. I am not a huge hophead so I scored it a bit low on the drinkability, but a well made and good IPA.

sabrills70, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a amber color, somewhat light color with a smallish off white head that broke down quickly but did leave affair amount of lacing at the top of the glass. Noticeable is the floral hop in the aroma, what you would expect but also seems to have a nice sweet scent that goes well with it, somewhat pedestrian compared to other IPA’s. The taste is good, more exciting that the aroma. Nice sweet malt start that breaks quickly to a nice hop taste, not over barring. I really think that this is a nice tasting brew, one that I could drink during any occasion. Surprised at the 7.0% ABV, does not feel like it!

Stimack, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack. I drank it in a goblet. Date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a clear orange/amber with just a coating and a ring of off-white bubbles for a head. Head soon falls to just a ring, with no lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks slow.

Aroma is clean, grassy hops, some nice biscuity malt, fruity, with notes of golden raisins and apples, and a very slight solventy alcohol at the end.

First flavor is grassy hops, big and in your face, followed by biscuity toffee malt. There is a pretty strong hop bitterness. It's fairly dry and slightly mineraly in the aftertaste. I like IPA's like this, with the grassy hop flavor. Kent Goldings? I can taste alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry to medium, with soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent.

This is a crisp and refreshing IPA. Clean, well made, damn poundable, with a good alcohol kick. I'd drink this anytime. It's a little more than what you expect from an English IPA, which is good, IMO.

jakester, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated best-before October 2005.

Poured a pale, clear, golden yellow with a tiny head and light lace. Smells of flowery and leafy hops on medium-toasted biscuit malt. Chewy sweet biscuit malts backed with leafy hops and a dry bitter finish. Light and easy-drinking with lots of carbonation. A somewhat timid IPA that's nice, but not stellar.

dgallina, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle that I found for only $1.50, so I thought I just might give it a try.

It poured a golden orange with a small head of white foam that quickly dissipated and left no rings or lace in the glass. The aroma is that of loads of hops with just a little bit of fruit in the background. The taste had lots of hops, some citrus fruits, and very little malt. The hoppy bitterness over ran all the other flavors. After you drank a couple of sips, a strong hoppy aftertaste lingered around on the roof of your mouth. Overall, this was an average IPA and would make a good choice if you really like bitter beers.

AltBock, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
4.78/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle from Total Wine for $1.75. Poured a nice staw clear color and average head, instant hop smell, citrus and piney. I was not disapointed, a great smooth taste with a killer hop and oak finish. The higher alcohol is hiden, this one could sneak up on me, the oak really stands out, a great ipa from Brooklyn!

buckiflyer, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a very modest head that does throw some lacing here and there

Smell: A floral nose with a bit of a "well water" character

Taste: Underpinned by caramel malt, the beer is bittered with an earthy and fruity hop character tha maintains a steady level of bitterness into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant English style IPA; not so "in your face" but challenging enough to be interesting

brentk56, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was never a huge fan of this in the bottle but I enjoyed it on tap at Ortino's Northside.
Appears a light amber with a 1 finger head that lasts for over a minute. Some scattered lacing is collected on the glass.
Smell is of florally hops with perhaps a touch of citrus, along with some herbal tea aromas.
Taste is of an Brit IPA that's been kicked up with a slight American influence. Nice maltiness complimenting the steadiness of subtle hops.
Mouthfeel is decent. Decent carbonation entices the tastebuds with the bitters and maltiness.

weeare138, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Hop2it
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut brown with a perfect head and good lacing. Smells of piney hops. In my opinion of IPAs, there are three options: balls to the walls hops, supermalt powerhouses, or a nice happy balance between either. This is very much in the latter category.

I don't believe this is 7% abv. Can't taste it, doesn't seem to have enough body to hide it, but what the heck, it does it well. Overall this is not an IPA for the extremist, but just a darn good version of a well represented style.

Hop2it, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-copper color topped by a small, bright white head. Aroma of light sweet malt, a bit of floral hops, a touch of treacle, and a whiff of alcohol. The light aroma belies the palate. A nice, slightly spicy hop backbone is tempered by some sweet malt and a bit of a biscuity character. Finish is nice and smooth. All around, a tasty beer.

ElGordo, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Boston by a friend on a business trip. Poured a dark golden colour into the glass with a relatively thin head. Aroma was slightly spicy and fruity. Good balance between the hops and malt flavours. Clean dry finish. Another great drinkable beer that I'm unable to purchase in my area.

Xadoor, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a frothy white head...nice looking beer. The aroma is enticing, very nice blend of english hop aroms; citrus, resin, spicy and mint aromas from the hops and a lightly toasted, bready malt aroma. The flavor is very interesting and definately not your typical IPA, not very bitter (at least in the realm of IPA's) but with a big hop flavor, i guess it was all those low Alpha Acid hops they used. Taste begins with a citrusy(grapefruit and orange peel), spicy, minty, and slight pine resin like hops flavor followed by a barely noticeable toasted malt flavor that doesnt balance as much as it should. Overall a very interesting IPA, bit lacks the appropraite balance (especially for an English IPA).

silver0rlead, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce bottle. Best of New York Deli on Water Street, NYC. Drank on SeaStreak Ferry going home to NJ.

Pours a light gold color with thin white head. No lace on the glass as I drink this.

Smell is citrusy, orange peel and floral hops. I like the smell very much. It is one of this beers strong points.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with smooth, medium carbonation. Taste is very refreshing with grapefruit pith bitterness and orange peel. Shortlived-refreshing bitter aftertaste some biscuit malt notes. This is a balanced brew.

A very drinkable beer. It is milder than most, nothing like the over the top overly hopped IPA's I'm used to sampling.

Citadel82, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orangeish color with white head and lacing that sticks around for a while. Looks like a sunset, very pretty. Smells hoppy and citrusy with light fruit smells in the background. It's quite subtle, I had to practically submerge my nose in the brew to get anything. I vaguely smell a hint of apple, I think.

Taste is hoppy with some light bitterness that balances out alright. Very slight roasted/burntness, which disappears after you swallow, leaving only a slightly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is bubbley and light, with a touch of chewyness. Drinkable, surely. Light, a good beer for the summertime. A good EIPA, but I found myself wanting more from it. I'd have it again, but I'd look for other things first.

scooter231, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich gold with a thin white head. floral hop aroma with pale malt aromas beneath it. nice flavored with a good balance of hops and malt. bready, slightly grainy caramel with floral herbal hops. a little dry and medium bodied with prickly carbonation. good drinkability, as it is easy to put down a few. deceptively high alcohol. i would never have guessed 7% abv. nothing special but a solid IPA, of the non american style variety.

kmo1030, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

standard IPA look: light amber with a tall head. nice to have an english IPA to remind me that 100 IBUs of some hop that starts with "C" and an OG of 1.100 is not standard for an IPA. it still measures strong at 7%, but it remains a damn nice brew

i really like the rich crystal aroma. strength makes drinkability pay, but still tasty

bruachan, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Beervis
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with thin white head. No lace on the glass as I drink this.

Smell is very fruity with cirtus, orange peel and floral hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with smooth, medium carbonation. Taste is very welcoming with light bitterness and citrusy orange peel. Moderately bitter aftertaste with the orange peel still lingering around. This is very balanced.

This is a very drinkable beer. As far as IPA's go, I believe that this is probably pretty true to style for the British version, but it's nothing like the American IPA's I'm used to. This is fine, because this is what's intended!

Beervis, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hand delivered by Rapopoda, the bottle had been in NYC only 24 hours earlier...

The beer pours a medium straw yellow with a rather thinnish head - it dies down to a ring pretty quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

The smell was quite nice - a strong hop aroma but not the piny or citrus American hop. This is most certainly an English IPA and the floral notes are a good reminder.

Taste is good but nothing outstanding. It's a bit thin on the malt flavors with only a bit of sweetness and no grain or roasted notes to be found. The hopping is appropriate for the style and again, a very "British" taste. The website claims besides EKG and Northdown it's also got Centennial which is quite surprising - I didn't notice any notes as I was drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good - what was lacking in the head was lurking in the body. There was a small but effective amount of effervescence that left the tongue clean after each sip.

Overall an okay beer, nothing spectacular. It was very instructive as an illustration between American IPAs all full of pine or citrus hops and the more refined British IPA with a floral, almost herb-like character.

RedwoodGeorge, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label dated Sept. 05

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber with a one finger lingering head.

Aroma is a really solid blend of hops and caramel. The hops have a spicy/resiny/floral quality while there are some tropical fruits and maybe cling peaches in the background. Some alcohol shows as well.

Flavor is of bready malt and caramel. The fruits are there too, but subdued. The alcohol comes on late and lingers along with a substantial clean bitterness. It is very well put together and, when fresh, there is nothing harsh about it.

I have been enjoying this beer since it was introduced and, based on this last sample, it has gotten to the point where it just flat out kicks ass in a number of ways- just beware of the alcohol that may sneak up on you.

TongoRad, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woahhh Powerful stuff. The packaging rocks as always. Crazy pink and green. The head is small but nice and it pours a nice light amber. The aroma is insane and florally with a hint of mint hop aroma(which i wouldn't have really been able to point out if it wasn't for previous reviews but it is certainly there). Awesome spiceyness. The taste is along the same lines, great hop flavor. I don't think the hoppiness is overkill. It is a tad dry but still has that sticky brooklyn mouthfeel. fairly drinkable too.

kbnooshay, May 21, 2005
Photo of ecoboy
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to review, after many samples over the years, as part of a side-by-side with Sierra Nevada's IPA. Yes it may color the results, but it will also help the west-coasters with the comparisons.

Overall, closer to what I would label a "pale" than an IPA. Then again, that places it closer to what the Brits would call an IPA. This is no hop monster. It's not any kind of monster, really: less malt presence, less hoppy flavor, lighter color than its west coast counterpart.

However, it excells in the crisp and tangy hop aroma: maybe that leads to this suggestion of its best use: if you want the hoppy experience (found in the nose,) but do not want to fry your palate, this might be your IPA. It certainly rests in the "refreshing" experience category for the style.

Might be dangerous, at 7% alcohol, to be quite so refreshing, but I'll leave that to the quaffer's wisdom.

ecoboy, May 03, 2005
Photo of anders36
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep golden colour into the glass. The head is about an inch thick and white. Disappears quickly though. The beer has a fruity and hoppy aroma with hints from the alcohol. Has a nice hoppy taste and also hints of citrus in the taste. Has a medium mouthfeel and a quite long bitter aftertaste. Also a warming mouthfeel from the alcohol. This is a pretty good IPA on the British side of IPA's.

anders36, May 01, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is full of a juicey citrus hop character with a hint of tea in the background.The bittersweetness of the hops start out the flavor. Which is slowly won over by an earthy maltiness. The finish is lightly bitter on the back of your tongue.

ybnorml, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clear, rust colored beer poured into a pint glass...very thin white head w/ faint lacing.
The smell is roasted malts up front w/ a faint floral hops...nothing real exciting at this point.
Taste is what I would expect from a English IPA....very bitter and not overly hoppy.
The taste is very clean, mouthfeel not too thin and drinkability is decent.
This is one I'm glad I picked up...and would enjoy on tap, but doubt I'd be picking up any more at my local.

warriorsoul, Mar 31, 2005
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.