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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Reviews: 973 | Ratings: 2,394
Photo of Retroman40
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a light amber with no real head but a decent lacing throughout.

S - Floral hops with malt in the background.

T - A nice combination of hops balanced with the malt.

M - Good carbonation and smooth mouth feel - very neutral finish.

O - Nothing special here. I tend to expect an IPA to be a little more on the bold side and this one was quite "mild". At its price point there are far better IPA options.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First time rating an IPA so not an expert on this but...

A-medium In color a typical IPA

S- ver grassy

T-Enjoyable, im not a giant fan of IPAs but i like it, very hoppy with a bitter finish

O-Pretty good IPA, would buy again but not before i tried other beers

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Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-Fine bubbles, 1 finger of head, dissipating slowly. Fairly light in color with a hint of golden orange.

S- Grassy, biscuit, perhaps some citrus. Not typical aroma of what I expect for an IPA.

T-Nice malt balance but lacking in hop presence/character for this style. Moderate bitterness followed by faint pine, orange.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated. Another easy drinker for the 6.9 alcohol.

O-I'd drink this if given to me, but wouldn't seek it out. It's fine for an IPA you might find in a sampler pack or a beer handed to you at a campfire. However, doesn't compete with the "big guys."

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is bright fruit: pear, pineapple and mango. Nice.
The taste is an assertive pine bitterness balanced with sweet malt layer. Good depth.
The taste is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable EIPA.

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Photo of Leviathan5
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass

A - Golden ambar color with some haziness. White head that decreases to a tiny head, but there's some lacing

S - The smells is citrusy, with a touch of pine, but there's also sweet malt presence. Quite balanced, though a little bit more on the hops side.

T - Again there's more sweet/caramel malts presence than on some other IPAs, but they are well balanced with the hops, predominant in the dry finish and the bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium-low carbonatation. It's smooth and very drinkable

O - Not too impressive, but a good beer overall. The malt base is nice, but I would have loved a bigger hops presence

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This will be a more casual review. I've had this from the bottle, on tap, from the can and poured from both the bottle and the can. My most recent experiences were pours from cans and straight from the can. For this, I did a poured can and a straight can.

The appearance and scent are the high marks here. It pours a beautiful white head and a nice amber-ish color. Scent is a nice balance of hops and malt.

The taste is typical of Brooklyn's year round beers. It's very conservative and perhaps almost too balanced of an IPA (or even an English IPA). It doesn't sing to me in any way. It's not bad to session from bottles or cans but it's not good enough to buy on draft and there are too many better IPAs and EIPAs to make this a good find. It's best asset is its availability in my region and it's appearance, be it a pour or the design of the bottle or can.

This just isn't a "must have" beer in any way, and it's kind of a bummer. I always end up having it hoping for it to be more than it is, but it never is and I always wish I picked up a different IPA or EIPA or even Pale Ale. It's even a bit strong in terms of ABV to be a session IPA.

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Photo of davidguydude
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

you won't regret it.

a- great foamy head, that settles to a bit less than a finger. follows the glass all the way down. clear, and PALE enough for me to enjoying calling it an india PALE ale

s- malty, bit of spicy hop. could be stronger, which could be due to freshness (this store does not have very much business for craft beer, things sit there for a very long time)

t- a bit of grapefruit and pine. not too bitter, but a good strong bite, and a clean finish

m- lively at first, then smooth.

o- one of my favorites. told my shop to get more when they ran out, took them about 4 months to get more, and now i'm happy again! going to have to find clone recipes.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Following on the heels of this brewery's amber lager, poured from a bottle enjoyed at a Calgary pub. A pale yellowish amber brew with a moderately large white head, nice IPA lacing left on the glass. Aroma is hops forward, smells like an admixture of British and American cones. Some pungent grapefruit and an interesting blend of herbal aromas and orange rind on both nose and palate (ever try a kumquat?), along with lemon grass, medicinal herbal tincture, sourish bramble fruit jam, green bananas, and a flinty earthiness (is there Goldings in here or is my palate playing tricks on me?). Brooklyn can sure generate some unique hop flavors ... This one is bitter but the hop flavors and aromas get center stage. What about the malts you ask? Quite nice actually, nutty brown bread and some classic old English tastes. According to the label the malts and hops are English but I taste and smell US hops as well, "fo sho". Semi-buttery mouthfeel with some diacetyl apparent, more carbonation than many English ales but the bubbles are not a nuisance element here. Interesting take on the style, a sneaky (or not so sneaky) amalgam of old and new world elements.

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Photo of Twobeards
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown, amber. 2 finger head creamy white head from an aggressive pour that slowly fades to a film. Smells of citrusy and piney hops with a slight sweetness and bread. Taste follows suit. Except the hops are much more in flavor and aroma than bitterness, which I really enjoying. A nice easy drinking hoppy beer, that is more about hop characters than bitterness, with mild malt starting and finishing with the mild bitter of the hops. Slightly creamy in the mouth. Really enjoyed this, very nice surprise.

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Photo of Redog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is maybe the best from Brooklyn Beer
it has a decent head, and my dad always said that if you see ring after ring after ring as you drink, you've got a good beer
he never said anything about smell: a pleasantly mild fruitiness
the best IPA that i'm aware of is Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, i love that beer (it's a mouthfeel/ taste thing – dad never said anything about that), and i'm thinking that i would rate the Torpedo higher, but on second thought, i'd have to do a direct comparison test to be fair and honest (this Brooklyn beer definitely has the mouthfeel/ taste thing going), which means that maybe i shouldn't even be rating it at this time – can you give me a break, i'm a newbie here, just trying to get serious about the beer i drink, even if that's maybe a joke

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden amber; effervescent; small, frothy white head after aggressive pour; decent lacing

Smell: sweet malts; citrus notes; slight biscuit; nice aroma

Taste: Juicy malt with a quick, upfront earthy hop bite; citrus in the mid; finishes slightly dry with a good hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: juicy; medium bodied

Remarks: Got this and a few other brands to see if I want to homebrew an English IPA; unfortunately, I found out this beer has a blend of US hops

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Photo of scaliasux
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-light amber. Clear. Short white head that quickly disappears.

Smell - Prominent fruity, citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit. Light pale malt.

Taste - Light pale malt. Quickly replaced by a good dose of fruity hops. Flavor isn't nearly as fruity as the nose. Sweet grapefruit and grass. A little bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - More fruity and less bitter than many IPAs. Hits a pleasant balance.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a one finger of pure white fizzy head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall. It is heaviest of an earthy smell mixed with a bit of a biscuit aroma. Along with these smells are hint of a grapefruit aroma and a small amount of a tangerine sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and cracker flavor mixed with a moderately strong earthy hop taste. Upfront there is a little bit of an orange fruit flavor which fades as the taste advances. Grapefruit flavors of the brew grow stronger as the taste advances, seemingly at the expense of the sweet orange, with more earthy and some herbal tastes also joining the taste profile. In the end, with the sweet dwindling and the onset of more hop, a semi-dry and bitter hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with the carbonation being rather average as well. The moderate nature of both the thickness and carbonation are rather nice for complimenting both the bitter and semi-dry malt flavors of the brew with a nice drinkability.

Overall – An nice IPA overall. A good, mainly bitter earthy bite that is a bit on the drier side overall.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly rusty gold with minimal head.

Biscuity/toast like malt sweetness, earthy and slightly spicy hop resins.

Very lager like with a strong biscuity toasted malt backbone, slight earthy/piney hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, light-medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall, one of the only let downs I've had from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: pours a clear golden orange color with a thin off white head that dissipates quick leaving moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, hops are very much present but do not dominate the overall aroma (surprisingly), citrus peels

T: Has a mellow flavor, fairly sweet and smooth, I abhor IPAs but this came in the pack I bought it in so I figure I'd might as well have it and it is not too bad, the hoppy character is well balanced with the other flavors and do not leave my tongue reeling in pain.

M: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation, hop character is well equalized with the other profile flavors, hops do not dominate, quite tolerable

O: This would probably be my favorite IPA, by that I mean, the only IPA I would willingly go out and buy, its very well balanced, the hoppy flavors expected from an IPA are mellow and do not kill you so I'm really liking this brew. I would recommend this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A copper-amber color, with lots of brightness and clarity, this IPA grows a nearly white head that's tight, creamy and foam at about a finger in height. Retention is good, and it shows structure and stick as it leaves behind heavy patching and some good ringing as well.
I've had an American IPA or two today that seemed to have the character of some English hops and/or malts; this beer leaves no doubt. The trademark herbal, earthy and lightly metallic notes are present in its bitterness, and it shows a strong balance from malts. There's a touch of spiciness on the end and a leafy finish in the flavor. A hint of mint leaf sneaks in and out of both the smell and the taste.
Semi-dry, as the malts give balance the feel with a bit of smoothness and raise the body to medium, this beer focuses on crispness and a nice, bright mouthfeel.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: July 28, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: celebrating twelve years of marriage to my only love and my best friend... APPEARANCE: handsome burnt orange body with consistent carbonation; thick/cloudy proud white head--solid... AROMA: crisp floral hops with caramel malts as a base; a bit of pine resin, but overall a relaxed, balanced IPA ... PALATE: medium-to-full bodied, with a strong presence throughout the mouth reasonable aftertaste...TASTE: a nice balance of sweet malts and bitter hops--not really pushing either aspect, to the point where this could be considered a straight pale by flavor... OVERALL: Having had many Brooklyns in the past, it was high time I rate some; the fourth in a series of IPAs this weekend, this brew doesn't stun or disappoint--it fulfills its duty and eases one into the evening with a sessionable sensibility...

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Photo of TheCondor
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As noted in the review of Local 1, this beer was obtained in Memphis because you cannot get Brooklyn products in KC. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a clear, amber color with a decent sized, one finger head which lingers for about a quarter of the drink and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - A little bit of breads, some earthy hop notes, a little fruit. Just like I expected from the style, it is like a toned-down American IPA, with a little more breads and less hop whallop.

Taste - Much like the smell, although the malts were a little pronounced. It is balanced quite well, in that the hops didn't take your breath away and you could actually taste malts and breads, something which many of the AIPA's cannot claim. Nuttiness is also present at the end of the drink as well, rounding out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and clean, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - I really like what Brooklyn has done here, using the English version of the IPA to introduce something that is more than just a hops orgy. As discussed in this month's version of BA magazine, so many brewers have an IPA or 12 in their lineup that the flavor diversity and profiles are getting pretty slim and repetitive. It is nice to see something a little off the well-beaten path.

While I am not entirely familiar with the English IPA style, I may take a closer look at it and drink a few more variations, because it is much more agreeable to my palate than the hops destruction that is wrought by AIPA's and DIPA's.

Condor recommended and approved, just know going in that this beer is nothing like Stone Ruination or Green Flash IPA or anything like that.

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Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.