Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,470 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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Photo of patriot76
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -10.4%
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 +9.6%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.9%
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 +15.6%
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 -10.7%
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 -5.2%
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 -17%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +15.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +14.8%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden, one finger of head dissipated quickly to a thin covering
S - very perfumy hops with grainy malt, somewhat grassy
T - overwhelming perfume taste, light malt with a black licorice finish, strange....
M - thin with a carbonation kick, finishing dry
D - i was excited about this and thoroughly disappointed, the combination of perfume and black licorice taste is not pleasant, there is some redeeming tasty hop quality but you have to dig for it, not what I expected from this brewery

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Photo of SnowGoon99
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours an amber to dark amber color with orange hues. Pours with a thick white head that stays the whole way down the glass. Aroma is of a typical English beer. Earthy, grassy hops (EKG or Fuggles) dominate with only slight hints of caramel.

Taste is great. Hops carry through into the finished beer. Alcohol is not apparent at all even though it's almost 7%. Caramel is more apparent in the flavor. Body is not great though but it's possible that wasn't intended. Feel like it should've had a bit more body. Still a drinkable beer.

Overall pretty much a dead on representation of an English IPA. This is probably what those IPAs tasted like when they got to India. It's not for everyone but a great representation of the style.

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

I had this with strawberry pop rocks poured in it. Crazy Holiday Partiers! So I had a second bottle before I reviewed.

It's got a great head on the pour, and an light amber hazy appearance. Piney hops poke through in the nose, but nothing about the aroma is strong. Tastes like a standard IPA that doesn't stick out for good or bad. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer that's as drinkable as it is tasty.

Which is a great relationship, except it's really not too tasty. Still, I got to take a cool picture with it. So there's that.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, feint white head rims the top but dissipates quickly and clings the glass. Color is an effervescent light copper.

Smell is mild malt with hints of piney citrusy hops, with a stronger malt finish.

Taste is clean malt front, with notes of piney hops and hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is about right for the english ipa, nice and bitter on the tongue but malt sweetness to finish it up.

Drinkability is average, a well done version of this style.

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Photo of weller1js
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear, healthy copper color, with moderate carbonation, yet quickly dissipating foam and nearly no lacing.

smell: light scent of fresh hops is predominant, slightly dry with a piney undertone.

taste: begins clean, progressing into a moderately dry hop taste; as the scent indicates, there is a note of piney taste that is part of the dryness of the hops, finishes with a slight dryness that yields clean.

drinkability: prime example of the style, well hopped, abv is adequate, and the fresh and clean taste only enhance its drinkability.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a nice size creamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and the lacing is above average. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, floral notes, grapefruit, tangerine, breads/grains, and caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue and the beer is slightly watery yet creamy. The most noticeable flavours are hops, malts, and caramel. There are also notes of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and breads/grains. The beer finishes with a woody and bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Although this is an above average beer, it is nothing spectacular. Worth a try, but there are better IPA's out there.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber thick initial head which dissipates to the side of the glass.

The aroma is earthy reminds me of wild hops I found there are also large crystal malt aromas backing it all.

The taste starts with a malty carbonation, it builds into a mix of earthy hops and crystal malts it ends with a bitter hop flavor that lingers. It is a unique hop flavor

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Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has no head, carbonation low, no lacing, amber and mostly clear. Served in a pint glass.

Beer smells mildly malty, minimal hops.

Beer is medium bodied and malty up front with an almost toffee sweetness and a moderate to mild bitterness at the back. this is a hugely bland IPA, even for an English IPA.

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Photo of briman
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of washed-out golden amber color, with tiny off-white head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma is built upon a foundation of pale malt, but the hop profile is a bit muddled. No dominant component, but earthy notes mix in with floral and citrus elements.

Flavor is muddled as well. It's not bad, but it's hard to really put a finger on any really distinctive flavor component. If anything, yet another element in the form of a grassy hop flavor pokes its head out towards the back. Finishes dry, with a moderate hop bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with fairly brisk carbonation. Reasonably crisp, but overall hard to be a fan with what feels like a mish-mash of competing flavors.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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