East India Pale Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

East India Pale AleEast India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #118
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,757
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Reviews:
1,005
Ratings:
2,552
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Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
East India Pale AleEast India Pale Ale
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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ghawener from El Salvador

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Jul 09, 2013
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KegJeff from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went all in with this beer, buying a half keg for the kegerator as my first taste (a bit pricey as craft beer kegs go). I must say I'm happy with my choice. A little tricky getting the foam under control in the keg, but has a nice slow pour, 2-3 finger head out of the tap, dissipates quickly though. Seeing some other reviews, I have to think it's a different experience out of the keg. Nicely balanced hoppy/floral aroma, and the taste follows suit with satisfying carbonation as well. If you have not had this out of the tap, I would recommend it.

Feb 11, 2015
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an English style IPA and won't smell or taste the same as an American style IPA made with hops from the U.S. If you expect it to be like most U.S. IPAs you'll be disappointed. But that's not the beer at fault.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear copper/amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a layer and island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing with a few legs here and there.

The aroma is mostly malt with a floral character from the hops but seems a bit muted.

The flavors emphasize a rich but not cloying sweetness from the caramel malt, with the floral, fruity, lightly bitter and earthy hops playing in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation light but persistent. The finish is moderate in length and basically involves the sweetness receding to leave some modest hop bitterness persisting into the dryness at the end.

On the whole a nicely drinkable, refreshing beer that's worth having again. When I'm in the mood for an English style IPA and can't find the local Yards version this one will do nicely in its place.

Jun 01, 2015
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Arinthos from New York

1.92/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Really ??? This is not an Ipa by any standard I'm sorry the apperance is good a amber color but the taste is literally like someone took wet leaves and fermented them and the aftertaste is a bit like a chili pepper I guess as others have said but nowhere do I get a bitter hop profile or nose. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated as far as drinking goes by all means if someone wants a trade please feel free I won't drink this anytime soon. PLease brooklyn go back to the drawing board.

Mar 02, 2011
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wmtxbb from Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Sad looking lacing on top of a amber-gold brew. Very light levels of carbonation.

Smell: Yard work, literally smells like yard work: leaves and sweet grass, maybe a bit of tea.

Taste: very low levels of bitterness for an EIPA. The IBUs on this brew must be fairly low. Weird leafy flavor, has this flavor I've tasted before in food. Seems out of place, but I can't put my finger on it; not a fan. It is almost like Brooklyn added chili peppers to accent the flavor. After almost finishing the beer... I figured it out. This tastes just like cream of mushroom soup, with leaves.

Drinkability: Why Brooklyn Brewery? Why? Dear god, why? If I had brewed this I would have thrown it out. I bought a 12 mix pack of Brooklyn's brews and luckily there is only 2 of these in the pack. It seems like Brooklyn might have added this EIPA to the pack to get rid of them. Even the mouthfeel is off.

Feb 24, 2011
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brooklyn (New York's second city) is home to one of the truly great second generation brewers. (I count only a handful of 1st generation of craft brewers, the pioneers.) The 2nd Gen made brewing an urban phenomenon and into an industry that powerfully expanded America's notion of taste.

Brooklyn's celebrated brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, is one of the 2nd Gen's key minds. Disciplined in a sometimes wild industry, he wrote/edited "The Oxford Companion to Beer" that I referred to several times a week for about about two years after it came out. (It sits on a back-shelf as I have since moved-on from beer geekdom... as that is not proper for senior citizens.)

Then last year, I bought Mr. Oliver's "The Brewmasters' Table" which came out in 2003. More than anything else, the book has helped me get over my beer biases (mostly too much hops) by helping me understand that hoppy beers have a role with spicy (which I actually prefer, being a vegetarian.)

I could go on, but this is a beer review. Right?

I don't know Garrett's influence on this recipe, but since he started in 1994 it is fair to assume his influence was strong.

And it is a good American rendition that stays pretty close to what the style was and, frankly, now should be. Balanced hops and malts that finishes dryish (instead the common bitter.)
Actually had it with India food. A great complement that repeats itself with Mexican spices and particularly with southeast Asian (reflecting the lemon-grass).

MJ's 1999 edition gave this 3 stars of 4 and said :is extremely dry with the aroma of a hop-pocket and flavors reminiscent of lemon-grass.
Roger Protz gave it a very thoughtful review in "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!"

Feb 27, 2016
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johnwarne from Florida

2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Unfortunate ale;
Leave this bad boy in Brooklyn!
Currently shell shocked...."

Um...not sure what just happened: this had to be a bad batch or single bottle that I picked up. Looked and smelled good: taste? Oy vey! For a world class brewer--from whom I have never had anything less than a delightful experience--this one literally "pales". If I hadn't had another of their products prior, I would boycott all Brooklyn offerings. Thankfully, that is not the case. I can not recommend this one, though, at all.

Cheers!

Sep 08, 2010
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AgentMunky from New York

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang tasting glass. Best before September 2016.
3.5/3.75/4/3.75/4
A: Very clear yellow with light effervescence and a half finger of white head that quickly subsides.
S: Smells like buttery, coppery malts and juicy, citrusy hops.
T/M: Yum. Softer, fruitier hops are the main accent, with a crisp, earthier backbone buttressed by malt. Hint of lemon peel and metal. English-ish. Boring, but tasty. Hefty, quenching mouthfeel.
O: I dunno if this will be winning awards, but it's a solid English-style IPA with American flair.

Notes
Malts: British Pale, British Crystal
Hops: East Kent Golding, Willamette, Cascade
Alcohol by Volume: 6.9%
Original Gravity: 15.4 Plato

Jun 02, 2016
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: its a crystal clear golden amber color, with a slightly darker grainy/wheaty color. head is white, slightly rocky. it pours large, but settles at around 1/2 finger

s: tea leaf-like bitterness in the aroma right away. following that is some slightly fruity/berry notes and sweet caramel malt. there is a bready & slightly yeasty background in here as well. smells sweet and refreshing

t: the malts are dominant upfront here. sweet caramel. perhaps a touch of starwberry; i know that sounds crazy. that smoothly gives way to a tea leaf bitterness which is very mild. sweet citrus zest, and a little pepper. there is a faint touch of sweet tropical fruit - mango - here as well. very subtle, but adds a nice layer of sweetness and bitter

m: solid, medium mouthfeel. though the head doesn't stick around, it has a nice carbonation level

o: this is a nice beer to drink. its not overly-complicated, but uses the flavors it has well. its balanced (for the style) and easy to drink. you don't have to think about it too hard while drinking

Jan 04, 2016
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.04/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by 5/11. Light copper color with a thin white head. Lots of fast moving bubbles ascending the glass. No lace but a'ight retention.

Aroma is oxidized pear and apricot (as if you leave a pear slice out to long, not that the beer itself is oxidized) like a skunky tripel. Little bit of pepper. Has an Orange Citrus Listerine alcoholic solvency that is egregiously unattractive. Needs, um hops?

Fruity green apple malt like a hop-less ESB. Has a cheap champagne dry alcohol solvent taste that makes me cringe. Fizzy.

WTF Brooklyn?

I trust Brooklyn to brew exceptional beer so this is a huge letdown. Maybe they were going for a historical IPA that is reminiscent of when it reached India, rather than prior to?

Not a fan.

Feb 06, 2011
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale copper with a solid foamy head. The aroma start with notes of peach and apricot, as well as a solid dose of pine. The flavor begins with fairly soft pine notes, bright resin, as well as fruit notes of candied pineapple. The bitterness is present but moderate. The mouthfeel is light and frothy, not overwhelming at all. Overall this is a very balanced beer, with solid bitterness.

May 05, 2016
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chOAKbarrell from Maryland

2.01/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I sure have had a lot of IPAs that are better than this. I want to like it, if for no other reason than Brooklyn brewery's reputation, but this is just NOT good.

The appearance is normal IPA color - shining & bright & golden. Everything else is downhill from here.

No blast of hops in the nose. More like yard clippings.

Biggest disappointment of this beer = the taste. Um, this is just rank. No large hop flavors. It tastes even more like grass than the smell. Not a lot of carbonation. Nasty cardboard/packing materials aftertaste coupled with a rather offensive pungent bitterness. Foul.

I have now had two very-less-than-satisfying beers from Brooklyn brewery. My opinion of them has fallen greatly, and I dont know if I really want to spend the money to drink anything else they've put out.

Oct 06, 2005
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Amalak from New York

2.11/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Rust brown color. Clear and bubbly. Excellent bubbly head with excellent lacing.
S- Decent spice smell followed by a slight metallic scent.
T- Ugh. That just tastes too dry with no flavor except for a mild sourness. This might be skunked but it almost has an American Macro Lager taste, instead of a spicy pale ale.

Sep 09, 2009
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xgrigorix from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by month & year notched on label.

Dull golden-orange colour. Creamy looking off white head retains well, & leaves some spotty lace behind.

Light grapefruit aromas, mix with a seabreeze note.

Sweet caramel, biscuity malt. Sharp hoppy bitterness leads to a dry finish, with notes of orange & lemon left to linger. Medium bodied, smooth. Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation.

Oct 15, 2004
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Dual45s from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

May 22, 2012
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rsant from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Feb 02, 2012
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biteme398 from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost an amber color with a sizeable head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Nose is of pine and flowers mostly, although a bit of sweetness shines through. Bitterness dominates the taste buds but not in an overwhelming way. I say this because other flavors, including a mellow sweetness, give it a good, complex taste. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, as per usual in the style. Drinkibility is fairly high; I could drink several more if I wanted.

Jan 05, 2011
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

BB JAN 2013

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head

S: Get some lemon, pine, and citrus notes as well as a solid malt backbone. Hint of alcohol

T: Light citrus and pine hops with some malts. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good English IPA that packs solid hop flavors and aromas. Definitely true to English style rather than hopping the crap out of it. Solid choice for an American brewed English IPA

Oct 14, 2012
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foulhooked from New York

2/5  rDev -45.2%

Nov 30, 2011
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Artjsantos from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

May 10, 2013
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heytomcat from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Sep 03, 2013
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TheWiredDJ from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Aug 20, 2014
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yanks9669 from Connecticut

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

Aug 22, 2015
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The beer poured an amber color with slight head retention. The smell was a good balance of malts and hops, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, and seemed properly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, I certainly would grab another sample, and I think that this could session fairly well.

I grabbed this one because the festival was about to stop serving the first session, but I was surprised by the quality. This wasn't quite as over the top as some of the other American IPAs, and still refreshed the hophead in me nonetheless!

Jun 08, 2003
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MSchae1017 from Georgia

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

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a light orange in color that is very transparent. There is a small white head that does not hold well. The smell is mainly sweet and citrusy. The taste is primarily of hops and citrus. The hops though could use a bit more bitterness however. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation but the beer could be a little thicker. Overall, it is a better than average IPA but could be better

Feb 02, 2006
East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2552 ratings