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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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955 Reviews
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Reviews: 955
Hads: 2,284
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 340 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Reviews: 955 | Hads: 2,284
Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber with a two finger thick white head which declined to surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Slight fruit.

t: Nicely balanced malt and hop, a mild IPA with minimal hop bite, in fact even less hoppy than many pale ales are these days. Perhaps the brewer was shooting for a more traditional IPA, which I can appreciate.

m: Light to moderate, smooth.

o: A fine dinner or session brew, although at almost 7% ABV perhaps a bit strong for a longer session. Even less hoppy than many pale ales are these days, but not as malty as many of the more traditional pales. (638 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A: Pours a light copper color with a slight cloudiness. The head is a one finger white shade. While it doesn't retain that well, it leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Disappointingly mild. Herbal and earthy tones come from the hops, but they're too mild here. As is the caramel-laden malt backbone. Luckily, it becomes a bit more expressive when it warms up - still, this kind of IPA isn't to my liking.

T: I'll start by saying what I'm not a huge fan of: it's 'balanced' for all the wrong reasons. In layman's terms, it's too malty. Even if the hop profile isn't citrusy/fruity, I still don't think they have enough oomph to compete with the strong caramel and toffee notes the malt provides. There's a bit of nuttiness on the back end, as well.

M: Probably the best part of the brew. The back end is very clean and crisp, which helps to keep its over-malted nature in check. Despite the slight syrupy linger on the palate, this is very easy to drink.

O: It's not fantastic, but it's plenty drinkable. Even for an English-style IPA, it doesn't quite hit the mark in my opinion. Still, this is an okay beer, and a good IPA for beginners. (1,188 characters)

Photo of ghengisflan
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear amber with a thin white head and a little lacing.

Smell - Earthy hops predominate. Not much of anything else.

Taste - A fairly strong lager taste.

Mouthfeel - Not too thick, not too thin.

Overall - Pretty average for the style. (258 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cooper color with mild carbonationcand decent head. Honey aroma--almost a sweetness in addition to the floral hops. Spicy, floral notes and a balanced taste. Almost a honey nutty finish. Refreshing to have an IPA that is kind of scaled back from what can sometimes be an aggressive hop taste. (292 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked BB July 2013. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

It pours a chill-hazed medium amber-copper with a lasting white head. Good carbonation.

The hops on the nose are more muted and with a floral distinction along with a bit of bread and biscuit.

The body is medium with a bit of astringency.

The hops are far more evident in the flavor as their floral bitterness kicks in and supersedes the brief pale biscuit malt start. (447 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful clear orange colour. Giant dense off white head. Tons of Lacing.
S: Nice hop stink. A tiny bit of bready malt.
T: Very firm but clean bitterness. Lovely bit of pine. A bit of marmalade and citrus. A little bit of malt sweetness. Nice balance towards hop bitterness.
M: Good carbonation. Nice crisp finish.
O: There is something awesome about craft from a can. (381 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into McDonald's collector's glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Crystal clear effervescent gold with a medium white head that fades into a disc of fizzy foam. Smell is crisp and clean, some herbal and skunkier hops with some clean malt behind it. Taste follows just about the same; crackery malt with herbal grassy hops, a good amount of bitterness but not unbalanced. It's funny, an English IPA on the lower end of hoppiness is almost the same as an APA on the higher end of hoppiness. This beer is great for the style, crisp and refreshing, even a bit dry. (581 characters)

Photo of Pinepoint
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper-amber, with a short lived half finger head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and spice note.

Taste: Initial hit of toffee / caramel mellows into a dry, short lived finish.

Notes: Unusually high toffee note and overly sweet character. Tasty, but leaning towards a dessert beer. (287 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a nice golden color and had a decent head when poured. From the can it was okay, but better poured. It had a nice citrus smell and was decently hopped. When I had some crackers and Irish white cheese it complemented it well. I would drink it again. If you're not ready for the bitter flavor to stay on the aftertaste, then this is not for you. (356 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to September 2013.

Strong scent of very citrusy hops followed by bread.
Poured clear orange with very foamy but short lasting white head. No appreciable lacing on glass. Taste is hop forward, citrus/orange and bitter. Bitey aftertaste lingers a touch too long. (304 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A dull but clear copper body with a chunky head.

S: Orange marmalade.

T: Very hop forward. Orange marmalade and resinous qualities. Has a harsh bitter snap. Burned toast is the malt character. It's quite harsh – not for sissies!

O: While not a bad beer it's a bit too agressive and not complex enough.

EDIT: It's listed as an English IPA but tastes extremely American to me. (383 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle to the glass a golden amber color with a 2nch head.

a: Golden amber color with a 2 finger head
s: Lemon/grapefruit aroma
t: Lemon/grapefruit taste with a significant malt presence
m: Medium body with smooth taste
o: Very good IPA, very smooth, would recommend this brew

Glad I purchased a 6 pack. Will buy more in the future. (343 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear more orange than amber color with a one finger off white head. Once the head dissipates it really doesn't look as special.

Smells of brown bread with a touch of honey and some herbal hop notes.

Taste is of a spicy nutty malt note with that earthy peppery herbal dry hop bitterness leading the charge. There's a malt sweetness in there that helps out the herbal slightly piney hop notes.

Mouthfeel is fairly sharp yet dry. It definitely makes me want to take another sip immediately.

Overall, this does remind me of some english ipa's as far as the malts notes go. There's a little bit of fighting for taste between the hop and malts. But a nice and distinct ipa that I would try again for sure. (713 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear dark copper/orange color. Small white head.
S: Sweet malts (caramel and some spiciness) mixed with some piney/floral hops. A bit of citrus.
T: Sweet honey flavor at first. Some spiciness comes into play as you drink more, followed by caramel and biscuit. This spiciness is strange, I can't say I love it. Orange and pine bitterness to finish it off nicely though.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Moderate, but pleasant bitterness.
O: This is a solid English IPA. Generally not my favorites but this one has a nice touch. (547 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a amber honey color a little cloudy with a white head that dissipates in a couple seconds leaving a lace on the glass.

S: A sweet floral with hop aroma spread in the air when the bottle is opened, delightful.

T: A floral refreshing flavour that become bitter in the end. Despite its bitterness Brooklyn East IPA cannot be compared with other IPAS, especially another US IPA, because its hops aren't so extremes as expected of american IPAS, that said, this beer have a very good flavor in my opinion.

M: While not so strong in bitterness as other IPAS, this beer still leaves a bitter feel on the mouth, with some freshness of its malts and carbonation.

O: A great beer, but not so extreme as some would expecting, still a great experience that deserve one shot! (775 characters)

Photo of adkrogue
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: light copper, thin off white head. Moderate retention. Moderate lacing.
S: light hop aroma. Floral,grassy. Malt aroma. Lots of Bready malts.
T: balanced bitterness, balanced hop flavors of grass, a little herbal, a little spice. Great malt backbone here. Bready, malt deliciousness. But really well balanced.
M: crisp, dry, it's a deceiving medium body. Light to moderate carbonation (not a bitter level carbonation, but not too heavy either).

Ive had this beer possibly hundreds of times In the last 15 years and never thought mich of it. I'm brewing an English ipa this week and have been "researching". I had Low expectations based on other reviews and my own history, but I think this has changed my mind. It's a great English ipa, not west coast and if that is what you look for you will be disappointed. (815 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear light amber in the Duvel tulip. An average head but very spritzy on the tongue. Light bodied. Not much fragrance, and an earthy nose.

Warm and hoppy at the same time. Some of the fruity English style of hopping, but more bitter than you'd expect. A hint of orange flavor with some woodiness, maybe a touch of dried apricot, and a quinine bitterness. Drinkable enough if you like the English Bitter style, though not as aromatic as I would hope for. The bitter aftertaste becomes more pronounced after some sipping. From the 12 oz bottle in a seasonal 12 pack from the supermarket. (587 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated September 2012 into a pilsener glass

Appearance - hazy tangerine color with white head and particulates floating in the liquid

Smell - Pineapple, mango, orange, lemon

Taste - citrus and pine upfront, caramel, orange rind

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, bitterness is moderate upfront and on the finish

Overall - this can was a bit beyond its prime, but based on what I drank, this was a refreshing, easy drinking beer. I'd like to revisit a fresh can/bottle of this.

Price Point - $.83/ single 12 oz can (545 characters)

Photo of Mischhack
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Light amber, thin layer of foam - quickly fading. Slightly hazy.
S: Caramelly, bready malt tones. Lacking citrus/ tropical fruit character
T: Sharp increasing bitterness. Slightly fruity. Slightly puckering/astringent.
M: Medium body. Slightly sticky, i.e. not completely dry.
O: Not a very good IPA. Lacking the aroma and hop taste. Stickiness could be due to that as well. Bottle bought in Sweden, maybe too old. Can't find the filling date. (490 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently, there has been a large influx of Brooklyn Beers to France and so far, it's been very well received and quite frankly is rad for me as an expat.

While living in the US, I never gave this beer much thought/credit, I always went for Brooklyn Lager given the choice; now, I'm gonna have to go with the Ipa.

It's much more aromatic and hoppy than I remember, with the bitterness as well as alcohol being very subdued for it's strength. It could be that I am just on a bit of an English ale kick right now, not really sure.

While I do consider it somewhere between the two (British side being the malts and majority of hops) and the (American Side being the Centennial dry-hopping and higher abv) I hope everyone is judging this beer more on the side of British IPA than American IPA. (793 characters)

Photo of Starlings
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly cloudy, with a color like orange pekoe tea. Average head retention and lacing. It's identifiable as an English style IPA immediately upon first smell, malty with perhaps with a little bit more hops than normal. The first taste is hoppy as is expected, with notes of licorice. Nice bitter hops aftertaste. Below average carbonation, which I find to be pleasant.

Overall a very nice representative of the style! (425 characters)

Photo of tonton
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden honey color with a lingering fluffy white head. Nice lacing on the glass as you drink.

The smell hits you right away. What is that? I'm saying it's pear. Nice, anyway, and unexpected for an American IPA. Oh, no wonder. It's categorized as an English IPA.

More of that pear flavor on the tongue, but not quite as tasty as the aroma. Still, this is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is average. Aftertaste is average.

I'll choose this over many others if its available. (485 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours copper with an amber hue. Small bubbly head that fades fast. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Sweet malt and hops, honey overtones or something sweet about the malts that resembles honey.

Taste - Snappy bitter malt and hops, almost like honey.

Mouthfeel - Hops rest gently on the sides. Light but bitter, decent drinkability.

Overall - Decent but not amazing. Somewhat one-dimensional (sorry for cliche but it's true). This brew was on my bucket list so I gave it a shot, would recommend but not rave about. (600 characters)

Photo of RyanTeeter
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: A nice pour with a nice light head that lasted roughly 2 minutes before dissipating. Color is a copper amber color that is clear however not transparent. All of the features that I would expect out of an India Pale Ale.

s: Smell is a nice hoppy peach. Great scent that is powerful enough to engulf the nostrils while drinking.

t: Taste was less impressive than the features thus far. A nice hop flavor enters the mouth however little of the Citrix notes come through. My personal opinion is those notes really allow me to take in the bitterness however I did not get those flavors as much as I would have liked too. Please note that it was not 'bad' but rather not where my palate wanted it to be based on the smell that was paired with it.

m: Light, not as heavy as I was expecting. Bitterness lasts through each sip however I seek out "the tingles" when I drink an IPA. "The Tingles" is the feeling your mouth experiences when a solid, heavy, full flavor IPA rushes your mouth and the flavor makes your mouth almost feel like it's tingling.

o: Overall this East IPA gets a lower mark than what it stated with. Taste and mouthfeel are most important to me and those two traits were lacking against my palate. For someone that enjoys hoppines without the interference of additional flavors would enjoy this IPA (1,317 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It comes in a cloudy amber color. Great nose for IPA with pine and fruity hops.

There's a bit of a citrus and hop in the front and then it comes with a bit of pin. It's extremely drinkable and reminded a bit of an American IPA, but still with the huge maltiness of English styles. The balance of this beer is what stands out with its maltiness.

Overall, I'm extremely surprised. I generally don't like Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but this one stands out for me along with the Double Chocolate stout. I would recommend getting it fresh because the hops disappear super fast. This is a wholly different beer when fresh and not. When it isn't, it gets mild and boring with flat malt flavors. (688 characters)

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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