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Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House. Just hit me right with hop presentation. Nice foam, right serving of carbonation. Crisp and fresh, fruity, sweet on malts and also spice. balanced, smooth, quafable. floral citrus from hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Had on cask two years later here, and good bitterness.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good ipa, fruity hops and a nice medium body, sessionable and tasty. the pours has a little redish hue to it, with lots of bubbles rising up and a short white head. the nose has got some great fruit to it, pineapple or something else tropical, bitter too, over a nice caramely malt profile. the taste is bitter all the way through, with a lot less fruit being present. the malt is delicate, but still sturdy enough to counterbalance the hops. clean finish, real bitter. this beer tastes very fresh and is one of my favorite brooklyn year round beers. i could drink this all day.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a slightly hazy yellow colored brew with a good sized head on it. The head doesn't leave much lacing. The smell has a good amount of hops that carry over into the taste of the beer. The other flavors that pop up are mostly malts and a slight tingle of citrus. The mouthfeel is very drinkable allowing this to be a beer that could end up being 2 or 3 by the end of the night.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the mixed 12 I got from Brooklyn who woulda thought their IPA would be my least favorite? Well it certainly was, a very below average IPA to me. Almost no hops detectable in the nose or in the taste and I felt the alcohol taste was overwhelming. Made for an unpleasant experience and really did not like this beer at all.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light coppery orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubble around the edge of the glass and lacing in the center.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style, especially considering its relatively high alcohol content.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some decent layered streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet floral hops, bitter orange and white grapefruit citrus, and bready caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, bready, and moderately biscuity English malt, earthy, fruity, and floral hops, some soft hay and wet grass notes, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite laid back, just a wee frothiness here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit edgy in its plain smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess of the malt predominating amongst a lingering perfumed floral bitterness.

A very easy to drink old-world version of the style, as it seems like more of a bitter pale ale by Yankee standards. Anyways, flavourful, and nicely warming, as that near 7 points of booze starts to creep up on you.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this IPA quite well; I didn't beleive that it needed to be releguated to an 'English' IPA. It does well as an American IPA. Besides, it doesn't have the heavy malt inspiration that I expect from an English. But, the hopping variety and rates do agree with the English recipe. Nonetheless, the beer does have a malty / caramelly base (although light) and the bready / toasty flavors and aromas play a back-up role. The hops, indeed, show an earthy bitterness (rather than the citrus flavoring espected from American IPA's) despite a light copper favor and feel. The bitter to sweet ratio is consistent with what I expect from good American IPA's. Nice stuff. I'm kinda hit or miss with Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but with the East IPA, it's a hit for me.

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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee and grains.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel. Bready with a grassy bitterness. Like a big English IPA.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA.

O - This is good. I'm glad I finally picked one up.

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3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a very modest head that does throw some lacing here and there

Smell: A floral nose with a bit of a "well water" character

Taste: Underpinned by caramel malt, the beer is bittered with an earthy and fruity hop character tha maintains a steady level of bitterness into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant English style IPA; not so "in your face" but challenging enough to be interesting

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before March 2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, pine, bread, citrus rind, floral, light caramel, and piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; a bit too piney. Taste of orange, citrus zest, bread, pine, floral, citrus rind, light caramel, and light piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, citrus rind, bread, light caramel, floral, and light piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor balance and malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Very nice hop and malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is well balance between sweet and floral malt and citrus hops. Taste is a combination of smooth floral and sweet malt with a medium bitter finish. Body is creamy and quite full. Overall, without being an extreme example of the style, this is well crafted and would do very well as a session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mothman
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a finger of beige head. Left some sticky lacing down the glass. Color is a clear golden amber.

Aroma: Bready and biscuity malts. Fairly faint hop aroma for an ipa. Grassy and earthy. Definitely can tell that it is an English IPA.

Taste: It starts out with a faint touch of citrus. Then becomes bready and hoppy. Biscuit flavored. Pale malts. Grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with hops.

Overall, I was hoping for this to be an IPA like the label suggested. It definitely tastes English though. It was fine, but not something I was a big fan of.

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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden orange to copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Starts with hints of caramel malt sweetness but is quickly joined by the light grassy and citrus hops. Finally, the aroma is dominated by the floral hops with some very bold rose hints.

T: There is a very pleasant caramel malt sweetness upfront for this beer. Then the hops really take over with the grassy and citrus hops appearing first followed by the floral hops. There is a moderate bitterness to the beer and it lingers for quite a while. Some very light spice notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sightly creamy that kind of coats the inside of your mouth.

O: Overall a very easy to drink, very refreshing, and very enjoyable beer. I could easily have a couple of these in a session. I enjoy the aroma the most, the floral hops notes were very complex and interesting. Definitely a good everyday beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, golden amber body capped by a 1/2" solid off-white head that's surprisingly creamy and holds well. The head leaves some very good lace as well. The aroma offers a nice grassy hop and soft fruitiness alongside some firm, bready and caramel malt notes. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level, and it's fairly creamy in the mouth. The flavors reflect what the aroma indicates: some very nice hop flavor and gently caramel malt well balanced by an assertive bitterness. A great example of the style with great balance.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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