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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Bf-wsf
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a local pub - it was served from the tap in a pint glass.

L: The beer had a nice copper color; there was a small head on the beer but that is ok with me.

S: fruity, citrus aromas however it was faint.

T: not a strong, bitter taste. I did not detect much of hops in taste. My impression is that it tasted more like an amber ale

F: Smooth drinking, not a lot of carbonation

Overall, it had a good taste and refreshing. However, I would probably opt for another beer when looking for an IPA

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L: Yellow-gold, thin head that lasted for pretty much the whole glass. Nice lacing.
S: Typical hoppy IPA, but very subdued -- a bit on the clean side, although not bland. I smelled something like butter, but it was a bit faint.
T: Mostly sweet malts, although you can feel the hops. Somewhat spicy too, with a nice bitterness.
F: Very light carbonation, almost flat, smooth but not too thin.
O: A very nice IPA.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is another hop beer that I wanted to try to expand my taste experience. Brooklyn has a couple others I am also going to try.

While this IPA, IMHO, is better than the other one I tried (Sweetwater 420 and its medicinal taste), it still isnt my taste. I prefer the maltiness of a full-flavored German beer, not the bitterness of USA overhopped beers. Octoberfest? Cant wait for it.

This beer has a decent, more full taste, but the hops is just too much for me. My gosh folks, there are more ingredients needed in beer than just hops. I cant stand the hops bitterness, but I understand some is needed.

Some. Not all. American "craft" brewers add 100% hops to give their beers 15 years of shelf life. Yuck.

IMHO, try German Krombacher or Weihenstephaner for a fuller taste that includes some - SOME - hops flavor which adds a great extra flavor that enhances the beer. I love those two beers, even with the hops. There, I said it. I plead no contest. Beer does better with hops. Agreed.

Just not 100 % hops, please. I will not buy this one again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
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.
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.

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

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of teddibrewski
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, with a nice body, this is a good English style IPA a little stronger than the typical English Version, and a milder hop flavor than american ipa. Kind of a cross between an English IPA and an American IPA

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decent beer with a smooth finish. Poured a bottle into a New Belgium snifter and immediately noticed the pretty color. Smelled like candy of some sort. Nice lacing and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall I would recommend trying the beer because it is different than most beers on the market. Does not taste like a typical 6.9% ABV.

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Photo of Roby923
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting interpretation of the IPA with an East coast theme. These east Kent golding hops are very easy to take and don't punch the taste buds as the mosaic would on the other side of the hop spectrum (IBU of a listed 47 could be too generous). A good beer, but prefer the Brooklyn Defender IPA.

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Photo of Beginner2
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!"

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Photo of moodenba
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice balanced IPA (labeled) from Brooklyn Brewery. I tasted this just before having a Saranac Legacy IPA. Both were brewed in the Matt's brewery, and they are pretty alike.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light orange color, not much aroma to speak of, pretty bland as far as BA IpA's are concerned, no aftertaste and light on the hoppiness, not one of my Faves. I am getting no citrus, little to no pineyness, no afterburn or taste. Drinkable yes, but so is budweiser.

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Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber, one finger foa.
At the smell a pleasant fresh hop, citrus notes.
In the taste a light note of mat, then a fresh abd citrussy hopping. A bit of resin.
Light caramel.
Light body, god drinkability, thanks to the bitter aftertaste, too.
Not a masterpiece, but a good beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bttl in tulip
L- dark gold, nice bubbly white head, dissipates into bubbly lacing around the glass
S- tropical fruit mango more piney and resinous as it warms
T- hits the tongue subtly sweet, reminiscent of a sweet roll, lingers real nice and fruity, with a floral bitter finsih
F- light bodied, slightly watery
O- real nice balanced beer, as the label warns won't knock your socks off w/ hops but real pleasant bitterness, also hides 6.9% abv really well, the one knock is slightly watery mouthfeel

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Photo of hopsputin
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

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: clear, amber. Foam pretty big, yellowish, sadly short-lived. Quite ugly cracks.
Aroma: mainly sweet tropical fruit, a little citrus with a clear pomelos.
Taste: sweet tropics again, caramel, later polelo, grapefruit, some oranges.
Gentian grapefruit, thumping over the sweetness of the tropics, sets the tone.
Saturation: average alcohol perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of GrumD
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small and dissipating head with some fine lacing. The nose has a well balanced mix of fruit and malt, not overpowering like some OTT hoppy beers. The initial taste is also well balanced and the finish relatively short but not too bitter. A lovely beer that I would go back to again and again.

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on Tap today. Not very heavy on the hops, nice fruit and malt qualities. Very different than all the hop forward IPA's that are out there today. Light refreshing and enjoyable. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of J30wang
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid party sipping beer. It's refreshing and not overly hoppy like all the ipa's are trending right now. Orange (deepish) and clear. Smell's not too bad and totally drinkable.

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Photo of Taeran7
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, really nice to see served on the glass. Not that pale.
S: Sweet, strong in my opinion. You can feel the hops.
T: Tastes like it smells. A little bit on the bitter side, but really drinkable. Tasty, strong, you can feel all the flavors.
M: Not heavy, not light. On the point, and goes down easily.
O: Good experience. Will definitely try it again, and is available on the store.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presently surprised how tasty this was.
Curtis floral notes. Very drinkable. Great all around ipa.
Looking forward to having more. Nice golden color, nice head.smooth finish. .not crazy on the hops.. could have had more hop flavor.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good IPA. Very clear and fizzy, one finger head, light on smell of pine and hops. Taste was much like a modern IPA with some malts but not much. Mouthfeel was thicker then expected which was nice. Well worth a shot

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

Like their Pilsner, in my humble not very beer educated opinion this is just a perfect take on the subject at hand. I go for local Pa beers first to support my brothers, but this Brooklyn ale comes home often.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold color. Biscuit and fruit aroma...apricot or peach maybe. Very nice balanced taste, a little bready with the amount of hop flavor and bitterness you'd expect, maybe a bit assertive but definitely not excessive for this style. I can tell there are American hops in there, but it remains very British in character. Super drinkable and balanced.
I can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. I had to chuckle a little when I read the Alström Bros.' review from 1998 that said the hoppiness was "overkill", because it seems pretty much spot-on for an English IPA. Maybe the recipe has changed or something, because this one is a winner. It's a good example of a traditional English IPA. People who are bashing it for not being a hop bomb might be confusing this style with an American IPA. As a matter of fact, I recently had a bottle of White Shield and this one holds its own against it. Not necessarily better, but in the same class.
Remember, Beer Advocates: "Subtle" is not a 4 letter word. There's a whole world of excellent beers out there that don't destroy your taste buds. Underrated, and highly recommended.

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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Nov. 2015 best by date printed on bottle neck)

L: amber/copper, beautiful clarity; beige/tan head, percolates up to about 3/4-inch tall, almost an inch, really thick looking but dissipates quickly, just a little sticking; keeps a nice looking collar of tan foam; very little activity in the glass, only a bubble here and there rising to the top -- yet it still keeps a good collar, not huge but creamy looking; only little bits of lacing here and there, but a pretty beer nonetheless

S: very fruity to begin with, a bit of the peach/apricot end of the English pale ale spectrum; bread malt is sweetened up a lot, reaching fruitcake range; gets even sweeter as it opens up

T: follows the nose with just a bit more bitterness added to the fruity flavor, very malty -- good bread malt that's mixing real quick with some earthy hops; a toasted sweetness, almost a piece of buttered toast with a pinch of cinnamon on it; the hops really help give this beer some complexity; tart finish, very dry for an English ale

F: fantastic ... nothing overboard in any direction, almost an elegant lightweight quaff filled out nicely by the carbonation

O: love it ... it's not as bread malty as most English imports, but there's no denying the big malt presence, and the IPA hop portion is both restrained yet potent, giving the beer a perfect amount of bitterness. the piney quality is very sweet by most American pale ale standards, fitting for the style. a beer that I will seek out again and again, and another fine addition to Brooklyn's impressive portfolio of Old World facsimiles with just that tiny hint of New World flavor.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber color.

The beer is very soft compared to other beers and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather, the smell seems to fit the profile for the beer style. The smell has a pretty nice fruity note and dominates the weaker pine note. The two make a nice pair since the fruit softens the pine a bit while the pine gives some nice needed bite. In addition to the fruitiness, the beer also happens to have a nice sweet malt backbone to it.

The beer taste has the same notes as the smell but with a stronger pine hop bite to it. The fruitier hops are there but they are not as strong as they are in the smell. The beer also has more of a light caramel malt backbone to soften the hops.

The mouthfeel is much lighter than expected. Even though the beer is still medium bodied . Light, tickling carbonation gives the beer some nice fluffy texture.

Overall, a very good and underrated English IPA. The beer might not be as malty as one would like but it still manages to please the drinker. Recommend.

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