Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,464 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

draft, served in a regular pint glass.

appears golden copper in color, clear, with white head. very hoppy aroma - pine, floral, citrus. taste is hope forward as well, not much malt body. thin to medium, medium carbonation.

overall - an average IPA.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of matjack85
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.49. The neck label has a short blurb about the beer on it and it also says " best before the freshness date indicated". The only problem is there is no date or notching indicated anywhere on the bottle. So much for the freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy brass color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Only a trace amount of spotty lacing could be seen on the glass.

Smells like candied fruit, citrus fruits, pine, a little lemongrass, and a trace of alcohol.

This one doesn't have the big hop bite of most IPAs. Pale malt sweetness with a mild citrus hop kick. Some grassy hop bitterness and alcohol at the end make for a dry finish. Decent flavor, but I miss the lack of prominent hop assertiveness for an IPA.

Between light and medium in body with medum carbonation.

Interesting that a New York brewery chose to use all English ingredients for this one. Just wish they used more of them so the hops could assert themselves, or else use a more alpha variety hop to add more hop bitterness to make it more reflective of an IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, lighter around the bottom than near the cap. A solid white sheet with decent lacing. Nose is sprightly orange with a musty British yeast. 

Smooth and creamy with a somewhat assertive hop profile. Orange glo cleaner mixed with lemongrass. Rounded by a toasted malt note and a dose of caramel. Toffee and slightly buttery directly follow. 

Good British style IPA, worthy of grabbing a bottle to try out. Attenuation and overall quality of brewing are apparent, while your tastes may lean one way or the other on the assertive hops in an English brew or the English hopping in an American IPA. 

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Photo of mooseo
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Semi hazy copper brown with a decent white head.

S - Subtle aroma, mostly biscuity malt with some floral and citrus hops.

T - Bready malt up front, followed by a pleasant citrus zest. The hops take over at the end and really balance out the sweetness. There is a lingering grassy flavor.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O - I was quite impressed by this brew, it's very balanced and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of nitro0292
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2012. I have had this on tap but this is the first time from the bottle.

Very ample frothy head sits stands atop a clear bronze-gold body. Great retention and lacing- very inviting.

Not much aroma. Biscuit malts and faint English hops. I recall the on-tap version having auch stronger citrus hop aroma. Not bad, but a little disappointed.

Taste is well balanced, to be expected from an EIPA. Finishes dry with biscuity malts and herbal hops throughout. Not bitter. Very drinkable, which historically seems what Englishmen in a hot Indian climate would have needed.

Mouthfeel is solid, with the right amount of carbonation. Not watery and something you would not tire of.

Overall this is a good beer, a solid reflection o an English-style brew. I remember the tap version having much more of a hop character, which would place it on our side of the pond, the bottles version is sosmething different, but still good.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Parramatta Road, Camperdown Cellars. Finally pouring a Brooklyn beer into their tulip. This one listed at 6.9% ABV.

Golden appearance, nice white head of foam on top that retained well and provided spotty lacing.

Smell is not massive, but good nonetheless. Perfume-citrus with a bready malt base to it. A little bit of candied lemon on top of a largely orange and grapefruit smell.

Taste falls flat. Some bread and caramel, not a lot of hop definition until a bit of citrus comes at the finish.

Mouthfeel has minimal bitterness, evenly spread throughout. The body is about right and no booze gets through, but the bitterness falls well short.

Could be a lot better, lacks the punch in the flavour and bitterness to make it a real winner. OK to drink, but does leave you feeling a little wanting especially when you consider that this wasn't a grey import and had 10 months left on the Best Before date.

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3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich amber/orange color with nice head.
The smell is pretty bready/malty and sweet, less hop scent than most IPAs.
Interesting taste, can't decide if I like it or not.
The maltiness is strong, there is a dry sweet flavor, and just a bit of hoppiness.
Overall, it's a nice departure from many of the more hoppy beers I usually drink...not a favorite...but solid.

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3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful and crisp sunset orange with 2 fingers of off white head.

Faint pine hops and some floral notes... not a whole lot goin on with the aroma.

Taste follows the nose but with a slight citrus kick on it. The english malt shines through in the middle and this one finishes up with piney hops.

Light to mediium in body, easy drinking for sure. Definitely on the higher side of carbonation but not overkill by any means. Slightly drying hop aftertaste.

Overall, this is just a very average IPA in my opinion. Not too much going on, nothing other than the nose to complain about but definitely nothing that is wowing me.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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