Eastern Standard IPA
Peekskill Brewery

Eastern Standard IPAEastern Standard IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #207
Ranked #3,273
4.13 | pDev: 7.75%
Peekskill Brewery
New York, United States
Eastern Standard IPAEastern Standard IPA
Notes: A true classic, our IPA holds nothing back. Packed with Citra and Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest and just enough malt for balance. Keep cold, drink fresh, and share with friends.
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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 06/15/18 and purchased at the brewery.
A: Pours a golden amber golden color with limited head formation leaving an quarter inch, chiffon head with patchy retention but rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, pitted fruits and mango mix with subtle grain and grassy notes.
T: Definitely citrus and resiny flavors
predominate over the light and caramel malts. Subtle fruitiness. Slightly savory but with bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate, albeit persistent carbonation. Slick on the palate.
O: This is a light, refreshing IPA, more on the “Mid-Atlantic” style, but with very strong, but balanced bitterness. Very enjoyable.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jun 30, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can received from BeerloserLI and his NBS BIF box. I think this is the last beer from it, but I thought that about the last one a couple weeks ago. Canned on February 28, 2018, so hopefully it's still holding up.

Great looking beer. Initially a clear shade of lemony gold, it took on a slight chill haze shortly thereafter. HUGE, creamy, fluffy, almost ice cream-like looking eggshell-white head. It took it's time dropping and left lots of lace.

Lemony and herbally bitter hop nose, with a whiff of cracker-like malt.

A bit more complex hop flavor in the taste than in the nose. It's still bitter and hetbal, but with a bit more citrusy depth to it. It remains pithy throughout and finishes with a dry zap.

Medium bodied with a slightly crisp yet resiny mouthfeel.

Definitely not a NE IPA, this is a bit more sharp on the palate, but I'm okay with that, as it's the type of IPA I've been drinking for a long time. More herbal than a lot of PNW IPAs, it's got enough citrus flavor to balance it out. I don't think age has been much, if any, factor with this beer and would happily drink it again. Thanks, Brian.

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woemad from Washington, Jun 17, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau ipa glass.

Look is a pale hazy yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma is a nice light lemon with a biscuit malt undertone.

Tast is an explosion of hops, huge consentration of lemon and herbs hops.


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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Valhalla in NYC.

Copper / golden apricot body with a quarter inch of white, soapy head. Resinous pine with a touch of grapefruit leads the way, followed by a robust malt body. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Solid.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jul 04, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that slowly fell to some spotty surface bubbles.

Smell: citrus and floral hops are easy to detect here.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, some pear, and a nice floral hop presence. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a very flavorful and refreshing IPA. Easy to drink, and several can be had in a long session.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Sep 03, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a growler fill from my local beer store. Not sure if it was due to the pour but this beer was average at best. Nothing memorable.... from the nose to mouth feel to taste...an average IPA. Maybe a fresh pour from the brewery would change my opinion?

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twizzard from New York, May 23, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on Tap at the 4th Ave Beer Bar & Garden. Poured into a pint glass, nice head, grapefruit aroma, amber colored. Made with Simcoe & Citra hops, 6.8% abv. First sip is all about the pine forest and citrus, followed by a refreshing bitterness. Basically, a well-executed West Coast style IPA with an East Coast name.

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rorjets from Connecticut, Jan 24, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer. Good funky tropical aromas, great hop bite. Really impressed by this beer. Loving the citrusy bite, supremely drinkable. Fantastic stuff.

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Tbub18 from New York, Jan 21, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice lacing, light orange.

Medium body and carb.

Piney but not really resinous. Mango, plenty of orange, and somehow I always get pineapple. Good florals, moderate bitterness and very well-rounded.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Had on tap in Piermont, NY

A = Light gold, crystal clear with a nice thick head and good lacing

S = A citrusy hoppy aroma to this beer. Very promising start so far

T = A flowery hoppy taste to go along with the aroma

M = Pretty smooth mouthfeel with just a slightly bitter aftertaste typical of many IPAs

O = Me likey. Need to remember this one and keep my eyes open for more

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jman42 from New Jersey, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a Captain Lawrence pint glass at Alice's Arbor in Brooklyn.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a thin layer of white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet with some nice citrusy hops; heavier on the orange than other citrusy IPAs. Quite nice.

Taste: nicely citrusy with just a little dankness. Bitterness is rather low, but that leaves room for other flavors. Hops develop a greener taste toward the end. I like the dynamic element here!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a huge creaminess for the style; something I really appreciate!

Overall: delightful and drinkable. I may have another.

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flagmantho from Washington, Jun 19, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Dutch Tavern, Saugerties, NY.

Shiny pale orange with lumpy off white froth.
Big orange wine gum nose with some flowers.
Bit of peach Danish with lots of Children's aspirin orange plus some cantaloupe.
Hard candy finish and powdery linger.
Light, round, slight chew.

Dangerous - way too light and drinkable for the strength. Very bright, fresh, and citrusy - IBUs to the rear. Subtle, and twinkly hops boost the body.

Keen to hear more about this brewery.

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StJamesGate from New York, Jun 09, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Peekskill.

Pale yellow pour, slightly hazy, with a thin white head that retained as a ringlet, lacing the glass slightly. Aroma was almost non-existent, slight notes of citrus pith, but nothing else. Not a good sign from an IPA on tap at the source. The taste was herbal, with some pithy bitterness, and largely bland, with a thin pale malt sweetness. Light-medium body, crisp mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Not a whole lot here that I found enjoyable...pretty weak for an IPA.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Jun 08, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer had a quarter finger tall fizzy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - floral the strongest followed citrus/grapefruit. There a light notes of caramel and honey sweetness to the malts.

T: The beer starts out with light flavors of sweet caramel malts with just a touch of honey that is quickly followed by the moderate to strong flavors of the hops - citrus/grapefruit and floral. There are light amounts of bitterness which do not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and has wonderful flavors and aromas from the hops without any overly aggressive amounts of bitterness. Very enjoyable and reminds me a ton of Ithaca Flower Power.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Oct 22, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Jeffrey, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy and has associated flavors of oranges and grapefruits along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very citrusy but is easy to drink because it doesn't have the strong bitterness commonly associated with other IPAs that have this type of flavor profile.

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metter98 from New York, Oct 21, 2013
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4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery.

A: A golden orange with an inch of head

S: Citrus, some floral, grapefruit orange. Hops, hops and hops. I can't believe this is brewed in NY.

T: The taste pretty much follows up the smell. A citrus delight.

M: Carbonation is moderate

O: An absolute hop bomb. Easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had. This is right up there with the best of them. It's such a hop monster it seems more like a double.

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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Clear, shiny yellow pour. 1 inch head, visible carbonation.

Smells like it was brewed with Citra. Dank citrus fruits all up in my nose.

Tastes include orange, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, slight cattiness, flowers. The flavors could be slightly more pronounced, possibly. Low bitterness.

Medium all around for the mouthfeel- medium carbonation, body, and drinkability.

A very tasty hoppy beer, but Amazeballs and Higher Standard beat it out, IMO.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 25, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at Alewife in LIC, NY.

The beer pours in a clear light orange gold color with a slight head.

The aroma is the highlight of this beer. For an IPA, it just smacks your face with so much hops. There's huge peach, floral aroma, citrus, tropical fruits. It's so amazing how this beer smells. One of the best IPA aromas.

The flavor follows with sweet tropical fruit, peach. There's some caramel malt that helps complete this beer.

Then there's a huge longing grapefruit finish.

This was a surprisingly impressive beer. Despite it being only on tap mostly in NY, I love this beer. I wish it was around more.

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dar482 from New York, Jun 16, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Shorty's, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head cthere was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical hops with a slight pininess.

The taste was an upfront in your face hop assault consisting of a resinous tropical fruit hop element that was cleaned up by a touch of pine. Nice round malts supported the hefty hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very well made hop bomb.

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plaid75 from New York, May 08, 2013
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4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

EDITED 5-28-2013

Had to come back to this review as I don't know what happened with the Grumbler fill I'd had last month, but whatever it was -- old keg, dirty tap lines, dirty grumbler, improper grumbler filling procedure, low carbonation -- this beer was not what it was supposed to be.

As an aside, it's staggering how many things can happen to a beer that are out of the brewer's hands once it leaves the brewery.

Anyway, I had Eastern Standard on tap at both Beer Authority and Rattle N Hum this past weekend, and it was phenomenal -- substantially closer to the Citra bomb I had at the Brewpub last fall. -- and also nothing like the Alpha King-style beer I thought I was drinking last month. If the keg I'd gotten my grumbler fill from was indeed old, it's pretty crazy to think that Eastern Standard goes from basically tasting like Zombie Dust when fresh to Alpha King after the intense hop aroma and flavor has muted, but that seems to be what I experienced.

All in all, I would rank this beer up there with Barrier's Money as among the top IPAs being brewed in New York State right now.

Original Review, 3.8 out of 5
Originally had Eastern Standard last October at the old PB brewpub; bought a Grumbler fill yesterday, and so it was my second time having it. Both aroma and color were substantially different than I'd remembered.

Appearance: Deep amber, very dark for an IPA. Color is almost a dead ringer for Alpha King.

Smell: Surprised to see so many note citrus flavors; I got almost none. Again, nose reminded me of Alpha King.

Taste: Not to beat a dead horse here, but if you've never had Alpha King, Peekskill's Eastern Standard is your east coast version of it. Hop flavor fairly subdued for an IPA, drinks considerably more like a hopped-up amber -- think Nugget Nectar.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied for an IPA

Overall: Just as Three Floyds purposely mislabels Alpha King an APA when it is really an IPA, I'm not sure Eastern Standard is an IPA as much as an Amber or Imperial Amber. It's a very good beer, but I wouldn't come in expecting a classic citrusy hop bomb.

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LarryK from Texas, May 01, 2013
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/15/13 notes.

a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident,

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops, citra, fruity malts, and some earthy notes. Super hoppy and fresh nose; really an awesome mix of tropical fruits and hops. Loving it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, floral hops, lightly bitter hops, herbal notes. Not too bitter; not quite as great as the nose but still really good.

m - Medium body and low ot moderate carbonation. Light bitter bite but not much at all.

o - Overall a really great IPA; nose is great and full of fresh hops and tropical fruits. Easy to drink; one of the better east coast IPA's I've had (especially not from Vermont). Have heard good things about Peekskill and their first beer impressed me a lot. Looking forward to having more of their beers.

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mdfb79 from New York, Apr 16, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden-yellow in color, you don't expect this beer to be as aromatic at first pour, but it is. This beer's hops showcase more floral notes than than citrus, and that's a pleasant change from the ordinary. While I consider it a conservative IPA, the flavor has winks of greatness, depsite being mild by today's harsh IPA standards. The finish is clean, light, and memorable when so many other 'easy-going' IPAs aren't.

It's my first experience with Peekskill, and it was a great choice amoungst a sea of hipsters drinking PBRs.

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Bauzen from New York, Apr 08, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks merc for sharing

The beer pours an orange golden color with a thin blanketing of a white head. Great grapefruit hop nose with a touch if grain and booze. The taste is considerably balanced and drinkable, hop forward, citrusy, touch of grain backbone - reminds me of daisy cutter. Great, drinkable, malty IPA with a mild, citrusy hop profile and appropriately lingering bitterness. Very tasty, very drinkable IPA that hits the spot.

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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man Peekskill Brewery really kicking it up! Great IPA that pours clear and golden - looks a lot thinner than it tastes/smells. Nose is full of floral hops right away. Taste really surprises - packed with hops from the first sip. Rides the line b/w bitterness and sweetness perfectly. Malt flavors throughout along with complex hops.

Great addition to the PB lineup - looks like they are trying for broad distribution which is great news for all us hopheads! Great addition to the burgeoning Hudson Valley beer scene

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TheJerkstore from New York, Mar 28, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Whew! This is an IPA! Strong pine and salty tones. Lots of resin. The hop bitterness just attacks your tongue. Intense, thorough, unrelenting. This is a hop head's wet dream. Carbonation is high and biting. Sip and savor this one. And FYI - the brewery doesn't wan't growlers being filled of any of their beers, apparently? At least, that is what I was told where I got this one.

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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, Mar 26, 2013
Eastern Standard IPA from Peekskill Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 295 ratings