Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold/amber color with a decent white head.

S: Some mild hops and a decent malt base. Slightly sweet.

T: Very mild hops. Too mild even for an EIPA.

M: Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

D: Nothing particularly great about it, but nothing particularly bad either. It's decent.

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Photo of mothman
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A small, white head on a clear, golden amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves a nice ring of lace in its wake.

S - Spicy, citrus hops, grapefruit and ornage. Medium malty body with some toasted notes and caramel.

T - Citrus hops up front with mouth-coating bitterness balanced quickly by light toasty malt. The bitterness asserts itself in the finish along with more grapefruit flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - Quite drinkable with enough hop attitude to fit the style. The hop balance favors bitterness over aroma and flavor which makes it a little less appealing to me, but overall it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with a medium rocky head that leaves no lacing,aroma is hoppy but with a nice caramel malt background.Taste begins a little sweet but the the hoppy dryeness kicks in during mid-swallow a definent dry finish,I do like the malt backbone to this beer.This beer has a good reputation and I can see why.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale amber with a good off-white head that has very good retention.

Aroma is the weak point of this otherwise very good beer. Earthy hops and medium malt are present, but so is a slight mustiness and too much in the way of effects of the modesty high ABV.

These minor defects more or less disappear in the excellent taste. Not only is an excellent sweet/bitter balance (a bit sweeter than normal) achieved, but some nice citrus flavor comes through along with some hop earthiness.

O - exceptionally enjoyable, and notably sweet and fruity version of an English IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of robust soapy head. This retains with a thick frothy finger which soaps the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lace. The aroma has a bright smelling fruity push to it, with notes of lemon, sweeter orange, and bitter zest that are wrapped up some leafy herbal accents. Malt sweetens up the edges of this, mostly sticking to that tropical orange flavor here in the nose.

The hops are a fruity force on the palate as well, with a zesty grapefruit bitterness that is rounded out by notes of tart lemon, sweet juicy orange, and underlying ripe herbal tones. The malts here do a decent job of balancing this as well but do have a bit of a grainy push to them as they rise up underneath those hop flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively crispness on the tongue and then more of a slick creaminess that fills out the rest of the mouth. The overall feel has a nice evenness to it that alternates between crisp and smooth and keeps this pretty drinkable.

This was decent. It certainly has a good bit of fresh juicy tropical flavor to it for those that like that in their IPAs. I personally would have like a touch more aggressiveness here but this is definitely pretty accessible for the style and a good one to introduce to those not overly familiar with the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and pale hops with touches of caramel and nuts.

T: The taste starts with the bitterness of pale hops and some caramel sweetness. There’s a little bit of citrus in there as well and it gets progressively more balanced as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while and one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style. I could drink a few of them but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear light amber in the Duvel tulip. An average head but very spritzy on the tongue. Light bodied. Not much fragrance, and an earthy nose.

Warm and hoppy at the same time. Some of the fruity English style of hopping, but more bitter than you'd expect. A hint of orange flavor with some woodiness, maybe a touch of dried apricot, and a quinine bitterness. Drinkable enough if you like the English Bitter style, though not as aromatic as I would hope for. The bitter aftertaste becomes more pronounced after some sipping. From the 12 oz bottle in a seasonal 12 pack from the supermarket.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, carbonated copper body with a fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh biscuits with a touch of caramel and hints of flowers.

Taste: Dry, flakey biscuit maltiness with only a thin dose of sweetness. There's a moderate citric bitterness that slowly builds along with distinct mint-like flavor. Finishes bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, fairly easy-going IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-influenced golden amber; no murkiness at all. The head is bone white, soft, average in size and leaves a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace in ragged sheets. Smells more like an APA than an IPA; the hops aren't as prominent in the nose as they should be. Sweetish, slightly grainy malt is present as well.

I'm not impressed by the flavor. The hops make a brave attempt when the beer first hits my tastebuds, but they're quickly overwhelmed by malt and by a bitterness that seems to have nothing whatsoever to do with hop flavor. Amazingly, I can also easily appreciate alcohol. My only other experience with Brooklyn is Black Chocolate Stout and that too had a rampant alcohol flavor. These guys need some serious masking lessons.

The medium length finish is so bitter and dry that it borders on astringent. I love hoppy beer, but as I said above, this bitterness doesn't seem to be hop-related. It's just annoying and unpleasant. The body is okay, no real complaints.

I love IPAs and it doesn't usually take much for me to find one that I enjoy. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale doesn't do it for me though. I usually try to suggest ways in which the brewer could improve things or could at least bring the beer in line with my preferences (after all, that's what's really important, isn't it?). Here though, I'd say start over.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in late July, BBD of Oct 07

Poured peach tea/amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Piney hops & breadyness

T: Hop tea, earthy hops, grapefruit & breadyness up front. Fruittyness follows as this warms. Finishes with a nice crisp hop tea snap, dryness & more fruitty notes

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice EIPA!

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small beige head on top, not much retention and minimal lacing.

S: Some faint grassy hops with much more of a caramel, grainy malt aroma going on.

T: I bit more hoppy than the aroma with some faint citrus and a hint of pine, but still a good bit of caramel maltiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but nothing really special. Pretty much what I think about most Brooklyn offerings.

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