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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange - gold; big fluffy off white head, solid retention and lacing. Nearly clear. Aroma is well balanced, floral and piney hops mingle with bready, caramel malts.

Flavor is quite close to the aroma; the malts come on first, followed by a pleasant, somewhat restrained hoppiness exhibiting pine, floral, and fruity notes. Dry finish with a lightly lingering bitterness.

Medium body, medium carbonation, just a touch of creamy smoothness, good drinkability. This is an underrated beer in my estimation and I'm not generally a fan of English style IPAs. Simply put, this is balanced, flavorful, and easy to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear amber copper color with a white half inch head, which lasted a few minutes.

S: Aroma of a rich english yeast with some caramel and a mild spicy hop profile. The hop aroma is mostly pine and a catty hop mix.

T: The yeast is very familiar with some of Brooklyns other offerings. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as I enjoy the Brown ale particularly, which the malt base is eerily similar to without the brown malt flavors. The taste is very dry, slightly mouth sandpapering with dryness and having no aftertaste of hop twang. It is primarily flavored in the light pines and mild citrus.

M: High levels of carbonation and a light to medium body that is dry. About right for the style.

O: Overall this is a decent English IPA . A sessionable IPA if you will which many on the other side of the pond would clearly argue with. In fact now that I am looking at the abv, I was stunned to see it is listed at 6.9% abv. This is clearly not a sessionable IPA at this abv, but I never would have known it was that high until I bothered to check. Simply put, this is not overpoweringly bitter, nor overpoweringly sweet which clearly mislead me on this. Definitely a good malt forward English IPA. I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

English-style IPAs are quickly becoming some of my favorite session ales. Here’s one that I’m hoping goes right with my palate.

Just a couple of weeks until this beer is too old to be considered good (“BB NOV 2012” printed on the neck of the bottle).

A: Gorgeous, shining amber-gold body pours smoothly from the bottle, showing a bubbly complexion marked mainly by a half-inch white head. There’s only a short bit of retention – paper-thin, really – though some sticky lacing.

S: No, this one doesn’t smell too fresh: big, musty malts with caramel underpinnings. You can still make out the English aromas of nutty warmth and rich toffee, but they’ve succumbed to an overbearing note of old apple. Hops are still there, though: a peach-forward, lemony zest. I wish I had a fresher bottle…

T: Those hops ARE still there – thankfully, they’re the main taste of the palate. Lost of bright lemon and herbal lime and leaf, tasting like a mouthful of the actual hop plant; it’s a green, grassy flavor with only moderate bitterness. Biscuity, buttery malts with a familiar toffee and peat flavor, though augmented with a more American sweetness of pineapple juice and caramel. Interesting flavor combination, making this one an enjoyable, drinkable ale. Finishes a tad dry, but mild overall.

M: Prickly and light, it shows more in common with a pale ale that an india pale ale. Again, it’s drinkable, and leaving my glass rather quickly.

O: Even for a bottle that’s almost past its prime, this was a good drink. It’s not going to rip you out of your chair and put you in an old English pub with every sip (like some American beers of this style), but you won’t be disappointed if you grab a pint. I certainly wasn’t.

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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

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,489 ratings
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