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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at The Grille Room in Portland, Maine I was told it was a Brookly IPA, not East India Pale Ale, and I have to say this was a much more enjoyable IPA than what I recall of the East India version I tried previously from the bottle. So I'm not sure if I have the wrong variety here but I don't see any other IPA choices under the Brooklyn flag and this did not seem anything like an imperial IPA, so...this brew is a clear pale gold color with a whispy white film on top and moderate rings of lacing. The aroma offers citrus biscuit, firm but polite. The flavor is bright grapefruit/lemon and tangy orange rye bread, medium light bodied with a fairly crisp feel. This is a tasty and highly drinkable ipa with a mellow base and bright highlights. What a nice balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a thin head. Very nice sweet bready malt with muted pine hops aroma. Taste starts off piney then to grapefruit to grapefruit zest that lingers clean on the palate. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Smell is better than taste, but could have more than one.

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Photo of vapodge
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - nice rich yellow with an amber hue; good head but dissipates quickly but lacing certainly holds up

S - hops and malt -- definitely not the nose of an American IPA -- this smells decidedly British

T - malty and flat -- been awhile since I had an "original" style IPA, but this is what I remember; not overly complex, but brings back fond memories of pints in the UK

M - smooth with just a bit of carbonation

D - very easy to drink -- with the balance, could drink a few without pummeling the palate

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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 donkeyrunner
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by 5/11. Light copper color with a thin white head. Lots of fast moving bubbles ascending the glass. No lace but a'ight retention.

Aroma is oxidized pear and apricot (as if you leave a pear slice out to long, not that the beer itself is oxidized) like a skunky tripel. Little bit of pepper. Has an Orange Citrus Listerine alcoholic solvency that is egregiously unattractive. Needs, um hops?

Fruity green apple malt like a hop-less ESB. Has a cheap champagne dry alcohol solvent taste that makes me cringe. Fizzy.

WTF Brooklyn?

I trust Brooklyn to brew exceptional beer so this is a huge letdown. Maybe they were going for a historical IPA that is reminiscent of when it reached India, rather than prior to?

Not a fan.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Huge head on this one, takes up half the glass after a normal pour. Beer is a darkish golden color with some amber sneaking through. Really good

S: Different, not what I was expecting. Some piney notes seem to dominate, perhaps from the hops? I'm not getting much else here, maybe some floral notes.

T: Hops really dominate the flavor. Piney throughout, complex hops flavor that really kinda takes over. After drinking and warming up a bit, maltness can be found in the beginning of the taste, but it's very short.

M/D: I'm not sure what this beer is trying to be IPA? East IPA, thought this was supposed to be more on the malty side but i'm not seeing it. I've had better IPAs, this is decent, but not my goto

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Photo of Shrews629
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice, partially hazy orange color. Some faint yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. Off white head that was somewhat small and not much retention. Settled to a decent ring and left some ok lacing.

Smell - Touches of grapefruit and orange citrus on the nose. Some mild floral and perfumy notes. A bit of alcohol is detected along with a bready characteristic. I also got hints of a nuttiness and maybe some resinous flavors.

Taste - The taste had some fruitiness accompanied by splashes of pine. I swear I think I'm tasting hickory nut or something. Something is different for sure.

Mouthfeel - Medium and dry. A touch of alcohol warmth. Leaves a bit on the palate. Smooth and mostly refreshing. Not bad.

Drinkability - This is an ok beer. Nothing horrible. I could set back a couple during one setting. Worth a try. Maybe not the best IPA I've ever had, but solid none the less. The citrus aromas seem to be pushed to the backgound, which I think is a bit unusual for an IPA.

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Photo of sdsurfer217
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper color. A little bit white head that didn't hang around. Pretty clear.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, little bit of orange. Citrus dominates the smell

Taste: Slightly sweet taste on the front of my tongue, not overly bitter. Citrus aroma delivers taste and tons of grapefruit, orange and little bit of lime. Piney aftertaste lets me know there are plenty of hops in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Has a light, smooth feeling to it. Almost a little watery but has good amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink. A good sessionable IPA. I would recommend this beer to people who don't normally like IPA as it is not a hop bomb like people think of IPA's.

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Photo of zimm421
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a nice orange color with some golden hints. Has a small to decent head that left very little lacing.

The smells is probably the best aspect of this beer. The aroma is full of pine and citrus with a slight hint of sweetness in the background. The taste is not overly impressive. The aroma doesn't transfer to the taste well as something just seems off. There is some decent malt balance, but the hops just don't seem right.

The mouthfeel has slightly above-average carbonation and a medium body. This beer would be very drinkable except for the 'off' tastes I get from the hops. Other than that, it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of patriot76
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Amber in color, clear with a 1 finger size head that is not as dense as you might expect in an IPA. Almost no lacing.

S- The main smell is of english malt and floral hops. The malt seems to come through more than in other IPA's.

T- The taste starts out with a mix of english malt and bitter citrus hoppiness. It then quickly recedes into a thin bitter finish. It drinks almost like an English bitter with floral citrusy hops at the end. The ending has a bit of alcohol present and I must say there is somewhat of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel is very thin from the middle on. Finishes very thin.

D- Drinkability is not the best with this one. Overall, I have to say that I'm a bit dissapointed with this offering from Brooklyn. They are one of my favorite brewers, but I just don't think this one measure up.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taco Mac Prado GA, BOTTLE poured into a pint glass

A: Dark orange in color with very little head and almost no lacing at all.

S: Citrus notes, very earthy, hints of grapefruit as well

T: Taste of caramel up front with strong grassy notes and booze at the end.

M: Bitter, medium bodied slight carbonation

D: Not to impressed with this IPA.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, copper golden, medium sized bubbles a white uneven head, good lacing.

The smell is sweet, orange and has an egg yolk nuance in my brain. Smells a bit like an egg toddy on orange juice.

Starting with caramel, sweet brown bread, then orange pekoe marmalade and bitter tea at the end.

Medium high carbonation, a slightly foamy feeling from small intense bubbles, a good body and a nice long dry feeling.

Well, this was an all good beer. Will dare to drink it more times.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear copper color. It has a 1 1/2-finer off-white fuzzy head. The head left little lacing on the glass as it fell. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles visible.

S - This smells of citrusy and fruity hops. It also has a breadiness to it and some caramel sweetness.

T - It tastes of english malts, caramel sweetness, and citrusy hops up front. The finish has a nice hop bitterness. The alcohol presence is well hidden, and this beer actually tastes a bit light.

M - It has a medium-light body with high prickly carbonation. There is a decent amount of bitterness here. Also, it's pretty smooth, and has a bit of creaminess to it.

D - The drinkability is decent on this one. This is a pretty good IPA, but it's certainly not the best I've had. I like this beer though, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber (golden notes to the liquid). White head with lacings.

S: Malty with caramel notes, fruity, some strange "spices" which can be some notes of an old bottle.

T: Malty and sweet, hops. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some fruitiness. Bitterness is medium for an IPA, probably because of the EIPA style.

Overall: Decent beer. The aroma is this one's weakness.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery. Another one I think is lost in the land of mislabeled this is NOT an English IPA, whether that is where it began its life when first brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, this beer is clearly now at best a hybrid but very American IPA leaning.

Poured from draft into a tap room tasting cup, hard to discern head retention, the cups in the taproom are plastic, but it is a very bright, orange hued beer with a snow white colored head.

Aromas were fantastic and having had the bottle version of this beer it is simply night and day. Very fruity, pineapple and grapefruit, some minty almost cilantro character, lemon zest and orange rind. Malt is there but plays second fiddle to the really bright hop tones. I don't care that this beer is listed as an English, the aroma on draft is just fantastic.

Taste follows the nose, very fruity, more pineapple and mango less citrus very hard to pick up earthy minty english character I would have anticipated, some slight nods to mint or spearmint, some bready malt tones and touch of caramel, but the hop flavor really is dominating the palate. Juicy fruit gum also comes to mind.

Medium light bodied, finish is semi-dry could have a more balanced bitter tone, not cloying but hops present very late addition and even a touch leafy.

The things that I might ding this beer on as needing style points, whether English IPA or American IPA, pale in comparison to the very delicious fruity character presented by the hops. Extremely inviting on draft. Juicy and hop forward.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Hints of a sweet orangey-toffee. Nothing particularly pungent however. A stale bread taste too.
T - Starts with a bit of citrus, then progresses to a cardboardy malt- slightly bitter finish. Not a huge fan of the flavor.
MF - Prickly carbonation, somewhat syrupy but not excessively.
Edit for clarification: actually starts out quite watery and light feeling - but leaves a somewhat syrupy residue.
D - No hint of alcohol, could have a few.

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Photo of pdeepak
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited for a minute when they poured this out into my glass and what appeared to be a thick white head formed. It was gone in seconds, leaving behind a slightly different take on the standard IPA.

I did enjoy it with my meal and was amazed to find something from Brooklyn of all places in the south India, though given that it is an IPA, thats less odd now that I think about it.

The smell was the best part of this beer, as far as I'm concerned and it translated a little bit into the flavor, but not nearly enough to matter.


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Photo of MNJR
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit too thick and syrupy, tending to clog your gullet. The taste is OK, but the hops are stale tasting and the good flavors (rye, mint) are overshadowed by a cardboard flavor and the goopy mouthfeel. Not much of an IPA my standards. The smell is not noteworthy, just dry/stale hops on top of normal adjunct beer. Not a winner, but OK. I can pull out some good flavors of grapefruit and smell some nice meadow smells, but I have to make an effort. Skip this one.

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Photo of biteme398
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost an amber color with a sizeable head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Nose is of pine and flowers mostly, although a bit of sweetness shines through. Bitterness dominates the taste buds but not in an overwhelming way. I say this because other flavors, including a mellow sweetness, give it a good, complex taste. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, as per usual in the style. Drinkibility is fairly high; I could drink several more if I wanted.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass:
-best by Feb '11

A: Pours golden yellow, clear, 1/2 inch bubble head that dissipates to a thin bubbly "froth"

S: Pine hop, some citrus, caramel malt, a little earthy esters.

T: Hops are there and not overpowering but aren't exactly "pine", more earthy and grainy than just pine. Just a little citrus flavors. Pretty grainy with a healthy helping of caramel malt, but just enough sweetness to balance out the hops. Not sure if it's the yeast or hops, but it reminds me of a lot of Sam Adam's "taste".

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, on the cusp of what I'd call "crisp", chewy. Finishes grainy/earthy with a little sweetness and pine hop bitterness. Has a little alcohol taste/warm in the finish.

D: Drinks pretty easily, nothing unpleasant or overpowering, aftertaste is pleasant enough.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Had this one a couple months ago. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with nice white head and decent lacing. This IPA definitely focuses on the pine. Strong scents of fruity bittersweet hops. Lots of orange/tangerine and resin. Well carbonated, pretty smooth on the palate, finishes somewhat dry. Drinkability is alright. The English influence wasn't too noticeable, but present.

This might be a little one note, but still a nice beer.. wasn't wowed, but I wouldn't pass on one in the future. It's really not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is Brroklyn's cursive B rendered in green, white, and red. Label says best before date printed on bottle, but the number printed on the bottle is no date that I can make out.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles to a thin, uneven coating of foam, leaving behind very nice lacing. The beer itself is a deep amber, perfectly clear, and shows a moderate amount of activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Mild aroma of citrusy hops and semi sweet bready caramel malt.

Taste: A fabulous blend of slightly spicy hops and toffee malt backbone. Hops are citrusy with hints of herbaceous grassiness and a medium bitterness. Malt is substantial and the two are perfectly blended. Bitterness lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level and an amazing body; thick and viscous with a follow on slick feeling.

Drinkability: Love this one. Great well balanced example of the style.

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Photo of mjurney
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-golden color, slight hazy. Some good carbonation. Very thin head.

Bready malts, mild citrus hops. Not much of aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Bready malts up front, slight caramelly. Hop character is very mild for it style, but I get citrus-orange. Body is medium with sharp carbonation.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Slight citrus finish with touch of bitterness.

Overall Impressions:
Very mild for an Engish IPA, but the drinkability is good.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden amber color. Slight head. Minimal lace on the glass.

S - One of the best features of this beer. Very hoppy. Pine, citrus.

T - Bitter. Caramel and hops dominate.

M - Light bodied.

D - Very good. The alcohol is masked for the most part, so I could have several of these.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/19/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet fruits, hop oils, pale English malts, bready malt. Flavor of pale malts, bready malts, floral hops, citrus. Nice English pale ale although the palate is a little on the sweet side. Great session beer!

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,479 ratings
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