Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with a nice one finger head that dissipated quickly.
Fantastic fruity, perfume like aroma. Apricots, grains, sweet fruity esters, some citrus and definite malt in the nose.
Taste is predominantly malty with hints of bitterness bursting through. Clean, crisp finish with just a little lingering bitterness.
Probably the best use of English hops in an IPA brewed in the US.
Easy to drink and delightfully flavorful.
To reiterate, one of the best English IPA's around, and if you like the style, this is an absolute 'must-try'.
Paired very well with spicy Indian food.

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

Pours a dark amber into a lead heavy four-cornered whiskey tumbler. Not much of a head but it’s bright white. No retention what so ever and no lacings.

Smell The aroma escapes me somehow, could be the tumbler not being the optimal choice here but I’ve also read that people experience the same thing. What I do gather is oranges, bitter oranges and spices a very malty background. There’s also but aromatic hops present that balances pretty well with the malt.

Taste The recurrence of citrus fruits, mostly orange, bitter orange, bitter almonds and lots of spices, I’d say cloves. Hints of not too well-hidden alcohol too. A medium bitterness (that of a pink grapefruit) stays on but the other flavors disperse fast. There’s also flavoring hops but it’s easily overtaken by the spiciness. A musty and earthy brew, which takes me back to 1995 and my first brewery visit in Prague, walking by the open-top foam-topped fermentation vats at the Staropramen Brewery.

Mouthfeel A lightish medium body with a watery liquid carbonated with lots of small and coarse bubbles.

In conclusion No I wouldn’t call it you’re regular IPA. EIPA’s is a spicer version of you’re average IPA. It’s a good IPA, it’s an agreeable, it’s session IPA, but it’s not your usual IPA.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy caramel-copper colour with a fantastic frothy head.

The aroma is brown bread and caramel with some light hoppy spiciness.

The flavour has a lot of aromatic hops up front that quickly fades into a nice caramel maltyness. Slight sweetness and a nice flourish of hops finishes it out. Very nice. The carbonation is very fine. There is very high drinkability for this beer.

Overall, this beer is very well balanced. It's a nice IPA for the occasions where you want all the flavour without all the alcohol and intensity of a DIPA.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of malts. Very sweet. Some orange. Some piney bitter hop, but nothing overly bitter.

Appearance: Gold, just a bit cloudy. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Tall white head, dissipates leaving a thin layer and a decent amount of lacing.

Flavor: Just as the smell indicated, a heavy dose of sweet lighter malts. Some bitter hops at the end. Very smooth and clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very oily, some tingling on the tongue from the hops. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Nice British version of the IPA. On the malty side with the nice mild and slightly bitter tastes that comes with the British malts and hops. Super easy drinking. Decent balance of sweet and bitter, nothing overpowering on either side, just barely on the sweet side.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep gold, with a off white head building a creamy finger high.
The smell has some citrus flavors, malt and earthy flavors.
Tasting the beer, the fruity flavors like citrus and peach will come through first. In the middle a earthy pine like flavor gives good balance while the end of the beer allows some of the malts and sugars to prepare for more.
A well crafted brew, very drinkable, glad I bought it.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a very generous light yellow head. Nose is pretty tame as to be expected, light earthy happiness along with a tiny bit of caramel malt.

Taste is well balanced, a bit of iron but not so much that it kills it. The hops provide quite a bitter bite without much of a fruity or foral flavor at all. Mouthfeel is decent but the carbonation is a bit high in the bottle and I think it would be awesome on cask.

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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 NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hub51
Reviewed from notes dated 14 September 2011

Crystal clear amber color with a solid one-finger white head. Lot of spicy twang in the nose: minty-fresh and somewhat medicinal hops, citrus. Solid malt backbone. Taste follows the nose: citrusy, herbal, piney hops and clean malts. Refreshing! Medium-bodied mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Crisp, dry finish. A nicely balanced IPA that doesn't go overboard on the hops while still packing quite a lot of flavor.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, ABV: 6.9%.
355 ml bottle, 22.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The colour is golden to amber. The head is slightly off-white. The retention is good.

S: Fruity hops on the nose, with notes of dried apricots, mandarins, lemons, peaches, butterscotch, cress and different herbs.

T: Tastes are all over the place. Here are fruity hops and grainy malt, with doughy bread, butter, peach, grapes, citrus, zest, toffee, honey and herbs. The bitterness is medium to large.

M: A good body (medium to large) and a rather sharp finish.

O: Overall this is a nice and tasty IPA, but to me it's somewhat hard to get a grip on. Perhaps the hops have become a bit tired.

(Notes from 14/9.)

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Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A really nice copper orange and clear colored amber body and fairly clear too. Head is kind of small forming simple white and falls slowly with a light clumpy character but hardly any lacing.

I really dig the nose on this. Classic English herbal tea like sense of black and oolong, with a small sugar sweet malt. No doubt the sweetness is coming from a high alcohol.

Taste is a wet bodied texture slightly with all the flavor coming in the aftertaste. Finish is a lingering mild pine, and a hint of orange citrus and sugar. Subsequent sips bring some more malt but the hops start taking pleasantly.

Overall this is kind of like a slow moving ipa. Fairly enjoyable and the high abv seems to be hidden pretty well too.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into glass- looks nice golden/cloudy. The smell is very hoppy with caramel and piney citrus. The flavor is a really good ipa-ish citrus with pine accents, yet this beer has a nice sweetness to it, that combines for a total package. This is full flavored beverage, not for the week of heart. I feel like if you are a beer lover than this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head that linger but no lacing.

S-Some citrus and grapefruit flavor, hops and some earthy tones.

T-A disappointment when compared to the nose. Some citrus and floral hops, not many though. Not much bitterness either.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation

O-The nose was great but the taste did not stack up, just a little more in the way of either citrus or earth tones and it would have been a B+, A- beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Oct 2011, bottled April 13, 2011. Not exactly super fresh but has held up quite well. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a nice white head that leaves tons of rings and webs of lacing and holds a good cap. Nice lookin’ beer!

Aroma is lemon and orange citrus with a bit of grapefruit, rather floral and grassy, touch of pine and mint, with a bready malt backbone. Good strength.

Flavor is lemon citrus, some orange and grapefruit, hop oils, sweet bread and caramel malt in the middle and finishes with decent bitterness. Alcohol content is well hidden...doesn’t drink like it is almost 7% ABV!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit creamy, good carbonation. Goes down really easy.

Color me impressed. Really nice IPA despite being almost 5 months old. Will certainly seek out a fresh sample in the future!

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Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. One finger head, dark copper colour. Slightly cloudy. Very pronounced Goldings and Fuggles hop smell. Very fruity taste, I got a lot of apple with some pear. Well balanced, bitter but not in the extreme. Ok on the palate. Well produced English IPA.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an orrange hue, finger of bright white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Very earthy, with some cedar notes coming through. A touch of citrus, but dominated by the caramel malts.

T - The earthiness dominates and the finish is quite bitter and dry. The hops are subdued and muttled by the caramel malts. A bready flavour lingers alongside a sour citrus.

M - Medium bodied, but finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - A tasty IPA but could be a bit more sweet IMO. I wouldn't turn one down, but there's certainly some better IPA's out there.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a clean golden/yellow color. White, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Fine lacy retention that hangs around as you drink the beer.

S: A great malt profile is very prevalent. The hop character is light and wistful.

T: There's no strong tannic bite that you would expect from an IPA. Citrus and a tinge of pine. It's a rather mellow IPA. The malt body is bready and slightly caramel, and very Pale Ale-like.

M: Easily palatable and smooth for an IPA. It's not hard on the taste buds, which means you could enjoy the taste of another beer after drinking this one.

D: I enjoy this beer. Though it's 6.8% abv, this could be a good session beer, if not a great summer chilling at a ball game beer.

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Photo of clint1019
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep gold color with a thin, crisp, white head and some minimal lacing.

S - A fresh, crisp malt aroma with a light floral hop aroma and a slight fruityness.

T - Has a light malt flavor that is slightly nutty and is followed by a strong floral hop flavor.

M - Light bodied and very dry.

O - A very nice IPA. Would like to have more nose to it, but the flavor is nice and overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Star80
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by Nov 2011, thought I would give it a shot. Pours out a pale copper color with a somewhat creamy looking head. Some faint lacing on the glass. Smells like earthy, spicey hops and some biscuity malts, with some vinous aromas in there as well. Taste has a nice citric twang, with some more sweet pale malts to balance it, some acetaldehyde, and a bittersweet aftertaste. To me it seems more of an English style IPA than anything, no piney hops that I can detect, and it reminds me more of a English style bitter than an American IPA. There is more character from the pale malts than your typical IPA, and has that faint earthy, peaty flavor perhaps from the combination of the European hops and malts. It is decent beer, but personally I think Brooklyn's beers are decidedly English, which makes sense given the history of America. Moutfeel is pretty smooth, nothing to remark about. Overall this is a pretty drinkable pale ale, more English style in that the hops play a nice bittering effect rather than a highly aromatic and flavoring one. I like an IPA that I can get more from the hops than just the bittering effect. Anyway, a good beer probably more authentic to the original style than most, just I have grown to love the big dank, resinous, smack you in the face with hops, American-style IPA.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with bottle dated 4/2011 – consumed 4/2011

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale poured an orange gold color that produced a 1” dense off-white head that held well leaving behind generous lacing. The aroma was very floral and a little lemony and piney. The flavor begins with a touch of citrus then becomes piney and floral ending in a light bitter finish. East India Pale Ale has a light-medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. Mouth feel is crisp and clean with a slight oily hop texture left on the tongue.

East India Pale Ale is a good representation of the English IPA style – so, if you like the style “give-it-a-go”.

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Photo of roodie
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: pours clear amber dark orange with 1 finger of off white head. Low retention. Little lacing.

S: malty caramel and bread with a hint of hops. Pleasant but not expected given the east India IPA designation

T: bready malty and caramel all start the flavor profile but subtle mellow hops round out the end with a mild bitterness

M: sweet malt lingers, meh

O: good not great but an enjoyable sessionable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Shiny brass, impressive head.

Smell: Spicy citric hop battles the buttery component, hops prevail. Biscuity malt, ripe fruit, citric rind.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a semi-dry medium body. Pungent hop, faint buttery diacetyl, grassy grain and light fruity alcoholic esters. Balanced and drinkable, on the dry side.

Overall: Brewers have a deft hand on bring this beer forward with lots of flavor, balance and keeping it very drinkable. English-style ales rarely get hyped though this one is a must.

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Photo of fx20736
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic.

Rough pour yielded a 1 finger offwhite head. Beer is a gorgeous apricot-orange with a crazy amount of carbonation. Plumes and Rorschach blots of Lacing decorate the half drank glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: very full. Prickly carbonation dances around the mouth.

Taste: a bready maltiness starts out the profile, followed by a grapefruit and orange acidity and then a mild herbal bitterness. Finish is a little thick, with a fruit and bread aftertaste, like orange marmalade on wheat bread.

Notes: A great interpretation of the style, immensely enjoyable and a standout beer. This is now the 3rd Brooklyn beer I have reviewed and they have all been great beers. Brooklyn is now a clear number 2 among my favorite American Breweries (Great Lakes being #1). I really am happy to have these beers available and affordable here in Upstate NY.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber gold, with a rich foam off-white bubbles. Fair lacing.

Aroma is balanced...I get some spicy, herbal hops, and some sweet malts.

Flavor is citrus, with a hint of pine. Again, there's a malty counterbalance there, undercutting the pungency of the hops infusion.

Solid, and a well-done IPA, but not outstanding.

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Photo of fsvan
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best buy August 2011 date. Consumed end of July.

A- Not too bright golden color. A finger of white head.

S- A unique hop smell up front. Citrus-y, but there is something else to it that I can't put my finger on. It isn't awful, but not great either. Some bready malts keep this relatively balanced as one would expect from the English take on the style.

T- Nice hoppy bitterness. Not overpowering, but nice. That flavor in the smell that I can't nail down shows up again. Decent malt backbone. Exactly in line with the nose.

M- Nice medium bodied IPA.

O- 3.5 overall. This isn't bad, but isn't a great either. Just a good solid beer, similar to many from Brooklyn, in my opinion.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: golden orange color with puffy 2 inch head, moderate lacing.

S: subdued hop aroma with earthy notes.

T: same as aroma, with more of a bready malt flavor present.

M: quite drinkable, crisp and sessionable.

O: had this years ago and thought it tasted much better than this, but i am reviewing the beer i'm currently drinking and not the one i had back in 2007. i am definitely going to re-review another batch of this beer in the future.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 2,467 ratings.
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