East IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

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IPA - English
Ranked #119
Ranked #42,828
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
East IPAEast IPA
Notes: Plenty of IPAs will promise you the moon and the stars, looking to seduce you with words of smashing bitterness and hops everlasting. Actually, we're not here to "blow you away with a lupulin cannon," or "peel the enamel off your teeth." East IPA is a clean, drinkable IPA that's packed with flavor and offers a bold balance, not a smack in the head. American hops soar in the bright piney aroma, while East Kent Goldings hops bring the taste of stone fruits and firm bitterness from IPA's ancestral British home. Give our East IPA a try with some rich crab cakes or salmon, strike up a conversation with farmhouse cheddars, and find harmony alongside spicy dishes. East IPA's blend of tradition and exuberance sets the standard for hop-driven deliciousness.
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression from a 12 fl oz pull-tab can:

Dried citrus peels, orange marmalade, tea-like hop flavour. Showcases Goldings hops nicely, even if it is a bit simplistic and shallow for my taste.


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Greywulfken from New York

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

Clear medium amber beer with a coupla fingers of tan foam on top... 6.9% abv English IPA - has that woody, dry shellac; malty, but with appreciable bitterness and a scrubbing of pine, both dry and dark citrus, and a tacky finish on the palate...

Feb 13, 2021
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Andrew_NYC from New York

3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden brown with a very thin head.

Smell is yeasty with a little hop presence. It's almost pilsner-y but with a little extra juiciness.

Pretty good taste. There's a little bit of apple juicy flavors that come through with a little bitter piney-ness as well. It's easy to drink fast.

Feel is a bit thin and watery but with decent carbonation that helps the flavor pop a little bit.

This tastes like what you drink at the dive bar with your friends because it's the only IPA they have. Not great but not bad either. It'd be pretty easy to drink about 4 of these over the course of a few hours if you're out with friends.

Jan 29, 2021
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review: 355ml bottle of Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale: 6.9% vol.

Bottle, can, or, if you are lucky enough, draft.

On pour it looks fantastic, a good sized frothy head, some nice carbonation and a lovely dark golden colour, very appetizing, game on! Very good lacing.

Get a typical IPA aroma, nice and lovely on the nose, fresh.

Has a lagery smell, malty and citrus, also pine and floral notes, and a hint of spice, a bit of everything really, but it works.

Onto the taste, nice and crispy on the tongue, good start, hoppy enough but on the light level.

A very relaxing beer to down, easy to drink and easy to enjoy. Nice creamy tastes, caramel also noted.

Not extraordinary but does the business and I think that’s the whole point of this brew, an IPA for the everyman drinker to enjoy as well as the craft beer nerd.

Overall I like it, its nice, clean and well balanced, very drinkable, and has a little bite to it which I always like, of course! A 6.9% ABV. that is well hidden!

Recommended and I will be buying again. I knew Brooklyn Brewery wouldn’t let me down…….

Dec 21, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Brooklyn's distribution deal with Carlsberg, had East IPA at himmel & hav Brasseri & Bar, Terminal 2, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, poured from 355 ml. bottle, stamped apparently best before "21/02/18," into Carlsberg logo pilstulpe.

I thought it a surprisingly easy-drinking IPA, before realizing it's a mid-Atlantic IPA, amber in color, with a fruity, malty aroma, a mild malt body and a moderately bitter finish.

Jul 12, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy amber hue. Very little head that flats out pretty quickly, thick body. Aroma is floral with some esters. Nutty malts, quite bitter floral hops with phenols, a bit perfumey but balanced and smooth. Didn't like it at first but I like it now, quite a distinctive taste and one that stands out amongst IPAs as quite original, to me anyway.

Jul 05, 2020
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UnevenSurface from Hong Kong

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been drinking this occasionally in 355ml bottles, but was in Oslo at the weekend and couldn't find a decent beer anywhere - until I found two restaurants right next to each other both selling this on draft. Ridiculously expensive, but I couldn't resist the 75cl option. The draft is far maltier than the bottled version, and while not at all the usual 'tropical' hopped West Coast IPA, nor is it truly an English one. The body is far too heavy for that. In fact I can't think of another brew that really matches it, in order to propose the right category, but it was very pleasant to sip on sitting outside in decent weather.

Aug 13, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average beer. This is a different take on your American IPA. English malts are on the front. Nice refresher on a hot summers night. Goes down easy. $9.99 for a sixer. I buy this beer occasionally when I see it available locally, but not a beer I'd seek out.

Jul 20, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 8/19. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours a brassy copper with one finger of off-white head that fades to a foamy island in the middle. No lacing.

S: not much in the way of aroma. Some faint malt, some fruity English esters. Mellow. Should treat it like s real English ale and let it get to room temp.

T: arrives dry, malty; herbaceous and floral hops take over in the middle, lingering light, herbaceous, green, stemmy hops.

M: lighter side of medium weight; active carbonation. Crisp finish for a 6.9% IPA. Probably the highlight of this beer.

O: it is what it says it is: an easy-drinking English style IPA. I had this eight years ago, and thought it was very middle of the road. I bought six, and kind of wish I hadn’t, but nostalgia got the better of me, and I couldn’t find singles of this anywhere.

Apr 26, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured yellowish/orange, somewhat cloudy, with a small head that dissipated quickly. Mild hoppy aroma. Very mild hoppy taste overshadowed by strong bitterness. An average/sub-average IPA IMO.

Apr 20, 2019
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L4 Classic amber good head
T4 Sweet start, hoppy finish
O4 Nicely balanced, not overpowering despite 6.9%. Solid 4 across the board. Personally prefer some of the hoppier alternatives at this ABV, but still very nice.

Mar 25, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Light amber in color, transparent, nice two-finger head with good retention and lacing.
Smell - pine and floral notes, more of the former, less of the latter. a hint of spiciness, some malts as well detectable.
Taste - hop-forward in flavor, almost immediately followed by the balance of malts. clean finish, with a little bit of lingering hoppy bitteness.
Feel - light to medium body, average carbonation, and alcohol is well masked at 6.9%.
Overall - as the description suggests, this beer doesn't blow anyone away. It is a clean, balanced, and very drinkable IPA that is nice for any occasion, packing just an extra little kick in booze content. I like this one quite a bit.

Mar 05, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice alternative to over-hopped IPAs. Pours coppery orange and clean with good carbonation. Head is thin and quick to dissipate. Light malt and citrus aroma. Flavor is really well-balanced with more maltiness than you expect. Grains, peach, almond, with a malty slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink, yet strong. Drank along with Torpedo Extra IPA, which was a nice match, another more traditional IPA.

Jan 24, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden body with a thick, rocky, fluffy white head. Mild spicy hop aroma. Peppermint and pine resin flavor riding atop a light cereal grain base; clean. Medium body; prickly and resinous; dull sweetness but with a decidedly dry finish.

A pretty solid IPA that lacks a bit in the aroma but otherwise delivers a tasty and fairly memorable IPA experience.

Jan 10, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden to orange, decent head which faded pretty quickly.
Smell: Fruity hops (peach), also some grassy and resinous notes. Sweet malty aromas, giving a peach pie or candy-like aroma.
Taste: Aromatic hops, but no bitterness punch. Fruity flavours come first and leave a grassy aftertaste (nice in its way). Malt is definitely there with bread-like notes.
Feel: juicy, rich, and smooth, almost bordering on the oily/chewy. Not a beer to drink on a too full stomach. Quite strongly carbonated with a prickly sensation
Overall: juicy, smooth, aromatic... a true NEIPA, not the best I've had but overall good. A bit less body would help in my humble opinion.

Nov 02, 2018
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Spike from England

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can.
L: Clear, caramel colour, couple of bubbles rising to a thin, soapy head.
S: Light malt, clean.
T: Solid, lightly sweet, malt base with bitter, autumn fruit & pine hops.
F: Best bit of this beer is the smooth mouthfeel. Medium body, rich coating on tongue, dry finish.
O: An American IPA with an English personality. Despite being very dry, it’s not a hop bomb. It’s rich and fruity. Beware the well hidden 6.9% ABV.

Sep 02, 2018
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L. Mid-amber, crystal clear, pours with 1cm white head, slowly clearing to lacing.
S. Fresh with some citrus/conifer
T. Wow, takes an age to get beyond the initial impact. A wall of deep flavour. Deep resinous conifer, leaving dry aromatic 'zings' on the tongue and in the throat.
F. Much richer and more muscular than the three other Brooklyn beers I've had today. This one really leaves a clear and zinging alcohol singe-trail in my mouth. That's ok, I prefer some body and presence rather than glass after glass of anodyne over-hopped under-weight alternatives.
O. I don't think this is a thing of restrained elegant beauty to gently sip, it's a solid no nonsense very good beer to appreciate but get stuck into. Would make a nice 1st beer when off duty for the week, as part of a session.
Bought as part of an 8-pack of 4 types of Brooklyn beers, from Waitrose London.

Aug 11, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; best by November 2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear, orange amber color with a half inch, white head, low retention and little or no lacing.
S: Floral bouquet. Aromas of caramel and apple with a spicy note.
T: Palate largely follows the nose. Maybe a little corn sugar. Light bitterness leading to a refreshing finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.
O: An enjoyable, balanced American-made version of the English Pale Ale style.

Jul 10, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through and golden with lots of bubbles and a thin white head. IPA scent of citric hops mixed with slight malt. Simple hops in the citrus area with some malt on the finish and some bite to the flavor. Decent carbonation but maybe a bit watery on the flavor.

Jun 24, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 3. More close to an american amber than an english IPA, has a delicious malty profile, with biscuity and resinous notes and perfect bitterness

Jun 23, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear, brass color with a copious all white foamy head that has some decent retention.

Aroma: good balance, spicy citric hops, rind along with bread malts.

Taste: Good drying hop flavor. Hops are mild for the style but they are definitely present, and at a level I personally prefer.
Nice, refreshing and easy to drink IPA.

Mar 12, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Crystal clear golden liquid w/thin white head

Aroma- flora and spicy hops, crackery malt

Taste- Follows nose- bright floral and spicy hops and a nice and crisp crackery malt flavor

Feel- light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

Overall- very refreshing, brightly hoppy IPA

Mar 01, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks about a 12 on the SRM color index. Smells like tropical fruits, candied malt, fresh baked sour dough. Taste is hoppy and tangy with a quick caramel malt fade. As they state it is not a west coast style hop bomb. Comes together very well. Almost has a quality in it's finish like a lager.Refreshing,good carbonation. I would drink this again. Tastes like a high quality beer.

Jan 29, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excuse making aside, lets get into this East Coast/English IPA. Right away it comes out looking malty, looks like an amber ale with 1/2" off white head. Aroma is a slight EKG feel which is barely anything. Cool old world hops bro.

Taste, malty and slightly bitter. Your grandpa would probably check this out. Malty amber ale alert. Caramel for days. Grandpa's beer and grandma's candy. A slight amount of Cascade hopping peaks out giving it a little help in the bitterness and brings some grapefruit with it.

While the style is not my cup of tea (or anyone really other than hipster's hipsters) I also think its even tough to give a glowing review for it acknowledging even that.

Jan 15, 2018
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Yoann from France

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Clear gold on the dark side with a thin white head
S - Grapefruit hops of course but not exaggerated
T - Grapefruit still but tastes natural
M - Correctly carbonated
O - A good English IPA, nothing out of the ordinary

Sep 13, 2017
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