Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,467 Ratings
Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before August 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: golden orange body that leaves a small lumpy white one finger head that dies within twenty seconds. The body was transparent enough to see streamy carbonated bubbles rising. Minimal lacing was left.

S: malts, citrus/floral hops

T: bittersweet through the malts which were then followed by the citrus/floral hops.

M: medium with slight harshness on the tongue. It was slightly creamy and smooth in my mouth.

O: I would say I would have this again. I liked it enough to have it again.

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

Pours a tawny, slightly coppery pale color, with a near white two finger of fluffy head, excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was rather bready, almost nutty, and biscuity, but not without a good array of spicy noble, earthy, floral and grassy hops. The taste was more bready and hoppy, but had a nice little bitter finish on the tongue. Feel was nice and creamy, with a slight bit of crispness and good carbonation.

As woodychandler said, American IPA's tend to make it hard to fully appreciate the English counterparts from which they were inspired, but this is a pleasant one to enjoy.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says "best before date printed on bottle", but there's no date printed on the bottle. No worries, though; I'm sure it's fine.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a lazy effervescence and a mild haze. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Good!

Smell: very in-your-face floral aroma (due to hops, maybe?) right up front followed by a rich malt underneath. It is more in the English style, which is appropriate, but I think the floral/perfume character is just a bit too strong for me. Otherwise, not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with more of those floral, perfumey overtones. Underneath this is a graininess which works OK here. Bitterness is spot-on for the style and nicely balanced. Still, the perfumey character is just way too much for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly robust carbonation, considering the low level of apparent effervescence. Creaminess is quite good, especially for an IPA. Dig it.

Overall: I have a hard time placing this beer on my want-to-drink-it-more scale. It is stylistically good and has an interesting flavor, but it's just got too much perfume to it. It tastes and smells like Canadian floral gum candy -- simply not my favorite.

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

The CANQuest (TM) rolls on, thanks to an end of fest donation to the cause from the 2012 Pints for Pets in Altoona!

From the CAN: "East India Pale Ale is our version of the sturdy ale made by the British brewer George Hodgson in the 1820's to survive the voyage from London around the Cape of Good Hope to Calcutta. East India Pale Ale is brewed from English malt and hops and will taste best before the freshness date indicated. For information about special events and tours at our New York City facility, check or write The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249."

The Crack & Glug produced two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Nose had an earthy hop quality to it, not minty or pine, but more like freshly picked vegetal matter. As the head slowly fell, dense, sticky lacing remained in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep orangish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a combination of grassy hops and honey-like sweetness on the tongue. I was reminded of tea at one point. Finish was equally mellow and certainly not indicative of the 6.9% ABV noted on the CAN. Man, I felt like I could easily quaff several of these without any problem. I remember the first time I tried an English IPA after many months of steady AmeriCAN IPAs and feeling disappointed. Not so in this case! Put some in a cooler and head to the beach!

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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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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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