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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 171 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998)
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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a thin head.

The smell is floral, earthy, lemony.

The taste is of oily, floral hops. It has a lemony zest. Leafy hops dominate, but controlled by an underlying grainy malt base. Well-balanced for style. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. A lemony, cedary finish gives it a long, dry finish.

It has a solid, medium body.

A nice interpretation of an English-style IPA - hoppy - English-style rather than American. Nothing over-the-top or especially unique, but a tasty, enjoyable brew.

Photo of Madmax99
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of IPA's no matter who makes them. There is something about the hoppy goodness that makes these beers beer. This IPA from B.B.C. is one of the better IPA's I had. It's really smooth on the palate. It hits you quick with hops, but then mellows out to a distinctive maltiness. Enjoy!

Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear bright orange/amber color. Head is small, but lasting... beer appears to be quite carbonated.

Beer smells slightly bitter, sweet, and sour. Aromas are a bit faint though.

Flavors are mild, yet tasty. Beer is crisp, creamy on the finish, and a bit tangy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is quite good on this one, carbonation is well done.

This would be a nice beer to drink often. I could see this being a regular in my fridge if it was available in California. Not spectacular, but a solid beer and very drinkable. Nice session beer.

Thanks for the bottle MuenchenerKindl, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head. Lacing isn't a factor with this one as it's very minimal.

The aroma is a hoppy one with citrusy orange and woody scents being the strongest. There is a hint of roasted malts that I'm getting in the background.

The flavor is all IPA with floral, fruity citrus, and pine all showing up. Some sweet malts pop up as a caramel flavor. Very nice job.

Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. East India Pale Ale goes down easy and tastes really good. Not sure why I haven't picked this one up sooner, but I will be grabbing it more often. Nice everyday kind of brew.

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

My brother-in-law is visiting from New Jersey and I asked if he could get hold of some Brooklyn Monster Ale (probably my all time favourite, if my 3-years-since memory serves me correctly) and some Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Unfortunately, the only Brooklyn product he could get in his local beer store was the East India Pale Ale. Not quite what I was wanting, but hey it's a beer I've not tried before, so life's not all bad.

I was actually pretty impressed with this one. I've dipped my toe in the water with IPAs during the past year and it's definitely been a pleasant experience and has cultivated a growing appreciation for the style.

I must admit I was surprised to see this had an abv of 7.0%, as I would have expected it to be around 5.x or so. I like beers at this strength though, because they go down really well but have a nice "thwack" to them at the same time.

I found this beer very refreshing and highly drinkable. Mr Oliver, you Sir, are a Genius.

Photo of ahking
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this to be one of the better IPA's to be bottled today. Pours a standard amber color, is very clear (as in not hazy). Aroma is hop-tastic with a classic American smell (Mt Hood?) and malty -- bready caramelness. I find the bitterness in this ale to be very upfront and happy to see me. A good sticky bitterness remains as I swallow as well, so that is where I determine this deserves to be categorized as an IPA. That said it is super drinkable even at 6.8%. A friend acquired a case of this and a few of us during a fishing weekend plowed through it quite well. In that sense, it could be easily categorized as and everyday IPA.

Photo of malcontent
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unimpressive looking beer with little head to speak of & almost no lacing atop a rather pedestrian shade of gold. Uh, oh.

An improvement over the appearance, the hop-laden nose is aided by sweet orange & alcohol scents.

There is much of what makes IPA's enjoyable here; strong hop bitterness, cirtus flavors, some herbal notes. However, the mouthfeel is so oily that it goes as far as to affect the taste even.

An extremely unbalanced beer, almost tastes as though it were hastily brewed.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste.

Photo of cameraman
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light copper color, a quater inch white head forms, with visible signs of carbonation. A strong aroma of grassy and earth scentd folowed by by a sweet citrusy fragrance. A strong malty backbone starts at first taste, which is very surprising. Then it is folowed by a tangy hop flavor, with hints of citrus at the end. A slightly watery to a light/medium feel, there is little bit of a tingle to the carbonation. This beer is a good representation of an english IPA, very drinkable, solid flavor, and excellent aroma, makes me want to fill up another glass.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The beer is a deep golden color with a short, half finger of foam that dies quickly to a light film. The clarity is well defined and the carbonation streams up in random jets from the bottom of the glass. Inhaling over the glass, I find strong vegetal hoppy aromas, almost piney, but not quite. The caramel malt base is strong, and the hop hits as a spiceyness on the end that adds a subtle pepperyness. It is interesting. Tasting it, there are notes of caramel and spicey/peppery hop that dominate, though nothing about this one is very strong. The second sip brings more toasty notes from the malt along with a mild piney to chewy resinous hop flavor. Seems that this one takes a few sips to really hit the tastebuds correctly. Pretty good. The moutfeel is on the thin side, with a very mild carbonation as well. Not quite the presence I was looking to find. I do enjoy the flavor profile here, and I appreciate how it didn't smack me too hard. I think it is well rounded and a very nice brew. I will enjoy it with the Thai food I am having for dinner.

Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear Amber, 1/2 inch head that experienced a quick fade to thin ring

S-floral and leafy hop aroma, there is a malt presence as well

T-floral hops, leafy hops (not necessarily bitter greens just leafy). Some malt is also presnece. Essentailly just like it smells except for an odd soapy finish. Not really very bitter at all

M-Nice cabonation, creamy medium body.

D-okay, I could have a few, but when I'm reaching for an IPA, I'm looking for some bittering

Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange color with large head upon pour, thins out considerably. Has a nice citrusy, pine aroma. Tastes just like it smells. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Had a slightly thin texture and finished bitter. Having tasted Stone's IPA, which I considered to be too hoppy and bitter for my tastes, this beer is just bitter enough. I’m a fan.

Photo of kernalklink
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's East IPA was very ambitious. It poured a cloudy gold with lacing that lasted the whole pint. The aroma was malty and dominated by an earthy hop presence. Taste was balanced between a sweet floral honey malt and some very spicy hop varieties; just on the verge of overwhelming bitterness, then the malts come back to save the day. Interesting combinations and balance made this a very drinkable and unique IPA.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table hazy pale golden amber with a white frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was floral and lightly piney with a bit of citrus but more of a floral character. Some caramel was present and a fairly strong fruitiness.

The flavor was quite bitter on first palate contact, but immediately offset by malt presence. The flavor was floral and piney with hops wiht a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. Fruity and citrusy, but very bright and fresh in the flavor.

The finish was dry wtih lasting piney bittering and flavor lasting very smoothly into the afteraste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy character. A nice IPA, much better on draft that some previous experiences in the bottle.

23 ounce glass at the Boone Mellow Mushroom.

Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with best before date of 02/07.
Poured a crystal clear deep amber color with moderate white creamy head.
Smell is mainly of hops with a not pleasant metallic note.
Taste also has a strong hop character with some too-sweet fruity maly also to be found.
Ending is mainly dry.
Nothing so great about this beer. Probably my least liked from Brooklyn.

Photo of AzAleC
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A Golden orange color, which was not similar to much I've seen before, beautiful certainly. The head was slightly less impressive, tight and pale - about 1/2" and diminished quickly.

S: Sharp hop aroma, citrusy and bright.

T: An average hop flavor - very northwest and citrusy, but sadly, poorly balanced with malt.

M: Crisp and well carbonated, but left an awkward hop aftertaste in the mouth.

D: Frankly, I found the beer to be another decent attempt at an IPA which fell short on the malt, and was not complex enough on the hop front.

Photo of akahn
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer, golden, but without impressive head or lace. Surprisingly lemony and soapy aroma for an English style IPA, but good nonetheless. Hoppy flavor, nicely herbal, tea-like, with a lemon note. Hop flavor lasts as some spice on the tongue, mingling with a dry grain flavor, giving this beer an authentic touch. Drinkable and fairly light, despite ample flavor and alcohol.

Photo of Cresant
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 1/07 into an IPA glass. Clear copper colored body. Minimal head appeared and left only splotchy little bits of lace.

Smell was citrus hops. Malty sweet aroma. Alcohol odor surfaced later. The hops and malts became more balanced as it warmed.

Taste was bitter with a decided lack of sweetness on the first sip. Bitterness up front. Resin. It tasted like a baby aspirin was floating in the beer. Amarillo hops were noted by the aspirin-like flavor. Alcohol was pretty well hidden. Finished long, dry and powdery.

Mouthfeel was medium, in carbonation and body. I will not seek this one out again because there are so many good IPAs availble and I am not a fan of Amarillo hops.

Photo of aluskungs
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An out of balance IPA.

Pour from the bottle leaves a good head, the color is a bit brown orange, not that good looking.

Smell is average hop alcohol IPA smell.

At first taste there is a sweetness than a smack to your head of bitterness. Like your taste bud did a complete U-turn and got whiplash. The bitterness is overwhelming, that's all I can taste. It's like chewing on a hop vine. Earthy, leafy flavors that just dominate the beer. Can't taste much of anything else.

Just another run of the mill IPA to me...no flavor only bitterness.

Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average orange/amber in color with small head and slight lace. Smell was fruity and inviting. More on the orange rhind scent than grapefruit with just a hint of malt. Mouth did everything right, foamed nice, bitter, solid aftertaste with the alcohol stong yet, just an afterthought to the flavors. Nice.

Taste was, fresh. Citrusy, this time more grapefruit but orange is noticeable, all from the hoppy bitterness, this was a very true IPA and damned if I don't wan't more Brooklyn Beers in my fridge. Great stuff.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an up front peppery hop aroma with a nice doughy background.

The taste featured a very nice biscuity grain bill with a healthy dose of resiny hop. Some mild green apple as well.

The mouthfeel was average and finished dry.

Overall a nice drinkable EIPA with an enjoyable ABV.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my pint glass. The liquid was a nice light carmel color with good carbonation. The head was 1 finger off white, a little lace stayed on

The smell was a standard high end IPA, quite good.

The taste did not disappoint, Great piney hops taste.

The mouthfeel was also quite good, nice carbonation good bite and all-around refreshing.

The drinkability is also quite good may be in the upper tier. A must try. MK

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

I really enjoy this beer. Everything about it really hits the spot. From the great copper color to the delicious hop aroma and taste. Lots of citrus come through and the spice is just right. An excellent example in my opinion and i thinkit is ver under rated versus many of the other IPA's out there.

Photo of geographie
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A :: Slightly cloudy, golden coloured ale...little lacing, light, sturdy head.

S :: little smell. A bit of floral/citrus aromas. Quite weak in this department

T :: Light, malty front. Light middle flavor, decorated with spices, albeit slightly soapy. Taste isn't daring (typical of English beers), however a fine beer to wean someone onto a hoppier (and happier) palate.

MF :: However smooth, this beer is flat on the tongue. It just doesn't hang in there, depriving my tongue of savoring its smooth flavours more thoroughly.

D :: Fine, this beer is no enigma, but excellent at parties.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale tawny orange with good clarity. Two fingered head is dense and soapy leaving lots of spotty lacing. Apple skins in the nose, with a mix of citrusy/grapefruit american hop aroma and a whiff of floral english hops. Big toasted pale malt sweetness on the first sip. This is followed by a very robust Fuggles and East Kent hop flavor, and some mild fruity esters. Aftertaste is full of herbal hops and dry, but some cidery notes still linger. Low-medium carbonation and medium in body. The lower carbonation may be appropriate for and English IPA, but it could stand some crispness to combat the apple fusels and resinous hop oils. Esters turn the finish a bit harsh. Although a little off-balance, this one will surely satisfy the hop jones.

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

I liked this IPA quite well; I didn't beleive that it needed to be releguated to an 'English' IPA. It does well as an American IPA. Besides, it doesn't have the heavy malt inspiration that I expect from an English. But, the hopping variety and rates do agree with the English recipe. Nonetheless, the beer does have a malty / caramelly base (although light) and the bready / toasty flavors and aromas play a back-up role. The hops, indeed, show an earthy bitterness (rather than the citrus flavoring espected from American IPA's) despite a light copper favor and feel. The bitter to sweet ratio is consistent with what I expect from good American IPA's. Nice stuff. I'm kinda hit or miss with Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but with the East IPA, it's a hit for me.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.