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The Defender - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 10-12-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

aorloski, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

csmartin6, Nov 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Got to try this beer at New York Comic Con 2014. During booth setup on Wednesday they were providing free pints of this beer to anyone at the convention center. Two of the people with me were not 'beer drinkers' and they were surprised by this beer.

I thought this was a solid Red ale - very drinkable and something that would work well in 6pk if it were to distro.

Mangbus, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Mikkiicky, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint at One Mile House in LES, Manhattan, and I'm glad I did. This is an interesting red. It seemed to pair a smooth and creamy caramel with a fruity, juicy hop character that comes off with a pleasant cherry kick. It's on the more drinkable side for a 7.2% ABV, which given how tasty it, is dangerous. Give this a try.

tempest, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bieniek30, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the Bronx Ale House. Bought it over a week ago finally getting around to cracking it open. Pours a hazed dusky burnt amber. Big head with lots of lace has an off white color and it fades slowly leaving a nice covering. Some carbonation visible along the sides of the glass. Smell is sweet with a light fruitiness that carries dinner rolls and pine as well. A healthy toasted malt comes through with a bit of toffee. Taste is smooth and bready with a bit of sun dried grape tomato, ( had some earlier ). It has a light floor malt signature as well. Hops are oily and firm but not over the top. This is a skilled, artful presentation of a hop forward beer. The grapefruit is firm but never covers the malt which is caramel sweet and accented by a distinctive fruitiness. Dry clean finish leaves light hop oil and a touch of whole grain rolls. Feel is almost cask like with a low carbonation that at first seemed too low, but it grows on you and gives it almost English pub feel. Crisp with a quenching character. It goes down very quickly and with a great deal of pleasure. You could session it but the abv is quite well hidden and trouble looms after the second glass. A good solid brew and it certainly defends the home Comic-Con crowd with big flavor and thirst abatement.

scootny, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

DarkLordPsycho, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Luweezy, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New York Beer Company, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose- grapefruit and orange seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel and toasted malts from the underlying malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little chewy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the taste has a nice balance between malts and hops.

metter98, Nov 04, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into imperial pint glass at Mugs in Brooklyn. It pours a nice amber/slight brown with a good amount of head. Look is good...but the smell is FANTASTIC! This was a debatable 5 for me...just fresh hop bombards the nose. It actually smells like there is a glass of wet hops under the nose - pretty fantastic. Taste is hop bomb but very very well balanced with the malts. Very resinous fresh piney hops, sweet caramel like malts...
fantastic brew - better than Nugget Nectar for me - but not as good as Zoe.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%

kkazemi, Oct 05, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev 0%

Mersh, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

crob3888, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

tikk, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear light amber in color with some hints of orange and copper when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit/orange hops and some toasted malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted malts underneath some pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit/orange hops that contribute light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is the NYC Comic-Con beer from Brooklyn Brewery. I would call this beer an Amber IPA but as it is a hybrid, I put it in the same category as Nugget Nectar as they as similar in style. Would have enjoyed some stronger hop aromas but a quite enjoyable beer nonetheless.

dbrauneis, Oct 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

shockrocker65, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

BKBassist, Sep 21, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

GeeLVee, Wednesday at 06:29 PM
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3.01/5  rDev -24%

lawbreaker, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

The beer comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma explodes of big sweetness of juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a bit of dank sticky pine.

The flavor follows with those fruits up front. Guava, papaya, blood orange. Then onto a medium caramel sweetness. The back end offers a dank quality and leafy green. A touch of cat pee possibly.

A good showcasing of Mosaic with thick amber ale back bone. A good hoppy offering from Brooklyn Brewery.

dar482, Feb 08, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

unclejazz, Today at 01:17 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

ordinarymatt, Oct 04, 2014
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The Defender from Brooklyn Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.