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Brooklyn East India Pale AleBrooklyn East India Pale Ale
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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:
Plenty of IPAs will promise you the moon and the stars, looking to seduce you with words of smashing bitterness and hops everlasting. Actually, we're not here to "blow you away with a lupulin cannon," or "peel the enamel off your teeth." East IPA is a clean, drinkable IPA that's packed with flavor and offers a bold balance, not a smack in the head. American hops soar in the bright piney aroma, while East Kent Goldings hops bring the taste of stone fruits and firm bitterness from IPA's ancestral British home. Give our East IPA a try with some rich crab cakes or salmon, strike up a conversation with farmhouse cheddars, and find harmony alongside spicy dishes. East IPA's blend of tradition and exuberance sets the standard for hop-driven deliciousness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is good if you are looking for malt but balanced easy drinking English IPA. This beer is amber with nice head and lacing a solid brew. sweet malt smell balance by hops quite pleasant goes well with food. a bit too simple but overall the complexity of the beer stands out dry but effervescent hoppy yet malt a true changer at different temperatures. can be quite dry on a hot day. Mineral water and nice smooth yeast gives a nice mouthfeel lingering and changing taste wise longer than most IPA.
Overall proving that EIPAs aren't joke and over hopping isn't just a problem with homebrews this is a beer to have a nice meal with and maybe comeback for seconds or thirds :3

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint.
Best Before: 5/2011

Aroma: Citrus from hops, supported by caramel, brown sugar, and whole wheat bread. A very slight sulfur note.

Appearance: One finger of off-white head settles to a thin foam cap that remains. Slightly hazy deep gold body.

Flavor: Flavor from hops is reminiscent of apricot. Toasted cereal grain malt provides excellent balance. Nice mineral note at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & medium carbonation. Bittering hop presence is not drying as is the case with other IPAs.

Drinkability: Pleasantly bitter & skillfully balanced. I found this beer to go very well w/ food. (I tried it last night w/ BBQ pork chops.). Very highly sessionable English IPA w/ malty balance. I highly recommend!

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Photo of claminat420
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- bottle says best before july 2011. pours a transparent amber color with the slightest off white tannish colored head. nice bit of lacing.

S- prolly the worst thing from this beer. just a biscuity malt with a candiness maybe from the hops.

T- alcohol is a tad noticable for my liking. not much but a watery malt with the candy like hops comin at ya. nothing great but not that bad either.

M- solid medium bodied. the beer has some sort of a silkiness to it. good carbonation.

Drinkability- being a hop head and a ipa fan this is definitely different from the ipa's i'm use to. i wouldn't mind pickin up another 6 down the road but not for awhile.

Overall- well if anyone did their homework true ipa's from which they were conceived where pretty much high 7 to 8 abv beers with just a [email protected] ton of east kent golding hops thrown into it to preserve the beer. i don't know how english ipa's today are weak but everyone's retarded for this classification bs. this beer is close to that. tho not my true favorite ipa i love (piney, citrusy, bitterbomb,) this brew has it's own stance. not bad at all. just different.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a bright orange color with a finger of white head that doesn't last and doesn't lace very well either.

S: Sweet berries, apricot, doughy biscuit, and some English hoppiness (fuggles, goldings).

T: Lots of sweet berries, toast, caramel, black tea, and a late lemon twist.

M: The body is medium-light with a juicy, clean finish.

O: This is terrific and is very quaffable.

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

This beer pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of floral hops, and mandarin oranges. The taste is similar to the aroma. Very floral, with some orange and a hint of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale amber body. Small white lace.

Smell - Banana and malt.

Taste - Sweet and bitter with a sharp acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with a medium bodied texture.

Overall Drinkability - Overbearing and complex without a focal point.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, copper colored brew. Very active small bubbles for a while form a little white head. Scent is more of an english IPA than american, which i now notice is the style... so that makes sense. Malty, floral scent. Sweet caramel malt front, a bit of bittering but mostly floral hops. Reminds me of what I used to think an IPA would taste like, pre-hop explosion thats taken place over the last 5 years or so. Mouth is thin to medium, pretty sharp. I certainly have no complaints about this one.

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Photo of gatornation
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 0z bottle best by 08/2011

A- pours a clear copper color with a quick receding 1 finger head to a fresh collar and good lacing

S- is malts first and very faint hops ,baked bread and toffee this an ipa?

T- was just malts same as smell a little bitter citrus peel and some baked bread

M- was carbonated and filled the palate but not with flavors that i like in an IPA

O- not alot of taste just malts..not recommended 1 and done for me

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

Poured into my Surly pint glass, looks slightly hazy orange in color. The aroma is lightly peppered citrus with a nice bready character. The flavor is nicely bitter with zesty citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very light, great session ipa. I could easily knock a few of these back. Welcome to MN Brooklyn!

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Photo of gratefuld
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Kinda weak head. No pop to it.

S: Can't really tell what I smell here. Not what I thought I would get from this beer.

T: A little malty at the end. Not something I liked in the beer.

M: Dark bitter and dry.

O: Just not a beer for me. I tried it, didn't like it and will move on to something else.

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Photo of Blanco
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light brown/amber clor with solid white head. head sits steady and holds for a while. excellent lacing. Very nice looking brew. Smell is faintly of tropical fruit hoppiness, but not strong. taste is malt forward, bready and almost like a slightly hopped version of Brooklyn's pale. mouthfeel is medium bodied. overall this is a decent throw-in EIPA in the brooklyn variety pack. I wouldn't seek this out, but don't mind it in the variety pakc.

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Photo of Beatnik4913
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager was the first lager I enjoyed drinking since Sam Adams Boston Lager, so with that in mind I was eager to try out their IPA.

I feel like alot of people forget that there is a third ingredient to beer brewing that gets overlooked, and that's the grains. Untill a couple of months ago I myself overlooked this important flavor inducing igredient and passed it off as an odd flavor. However, grains are Brooklyns strengths, it's what gives their Lager it's refreshingly simple pre-prohibition taste, and their EIPA it's distinct flavor.

The smell is fruity, but covers the lingering smell of the grain. The taste is also fruity, but covers the long grainy after taste that lingers after a sip. The mouth feel is hardly watery but isn't sticky like other IPA's can get.

Overall Brooklyn EIPA plays to the strengths of grains that many brewers try to cover up, and it shines through. The drink-ability might not be there, but when you take the time to consider the complexity that grains can impart on a beer, don't overlook Brooklyn EIPA, the brewers certainly haven't.

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Photo of CrumpledFish
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottle date best before July 2011.

A - Nice medium amber color. Slightly hazy with some minor carbonation. Head was about finger and a half immediately after pour but only lasted about a minute.

S - Not what I expected from an IPA. Virtually no hop smell. This is my first experience with Brooklyn Brand and I'm a little worried.

T - Decent bitter/hops aftertaste but the initial taste is almost watery to me.

M - Despite my issues with the taste, it has a very smooth feel in my mouth.

O - I don't think this is a bad beer. However, it just doesn't smell or taste like an IPA to me. I doubt I would buy it again.

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

I'm on the fence on this. It is unique, yet similar. To me it tastes like Bass made with Brooklyn brewery's water. I taste that same water (not really a good taste, but not bad - but a signature for sure) in several of their beers.

It has a dry bitter darkness that I think is right for the style. I think this brew deserves a serious multi-beer session. I will try to do that (some other time, though).

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Photo of gabedivision
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A- Nice amber gold with a thin white head.

S- Smells fruity, grassy and candy/gumballish. Heavy on the malt with Faint floral hops and bready. It smells fairly good, just doesn't smell anything like an IPA to me.

T- Malty and piny with a strong bittering on the end.

M- Medium bodied and very bitter and dry.

D- This is certainly a beer that goes down smooth and is drinkable, BUT im failing to find the hops in this beer. This has got the malty taste of a EIPA but im hop-less right now, and wishing i weren't.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, Best Before date of July/2011.

Pours a light golden copper, barely hazy, with a thin white cap that fades very quickly. Nice streams of bubbles flowing up.

Nose is nice - orange marmalade, caramel hiding underneath, toasted bread, and a light layer of spicy pine on top. Nicely balanced, refreshing to see an American take on a British style that doesn't load itself down with American hops.

Taste is nice - subtle blend of toasty, orangey malt underneath, bready, and a nice, soft layer of spicy, earthy hops hinting at pine. Moderate lingering bitterness. Bit of butter, slick, not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is nice as well - soft prickle, slick, full bodied, mellow. Lovely.

Drinkable is an understatement - mellow and flavorful, really enjoyable beer. Balanced and, above all, tasty.

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Photo of erikwibaeus
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Yet again the mighty eastcoast strikes again upon the EIPA society. As most of the brews from Brooklyn i say this has a great balance. True true mild yet hoppy sensation makes the tastdrones go nuts. Sugar can be discovered once you stick your nose in. I would say that biscuits is also i player on this field. The best part about this brew is that it contains so much taste for a bargain price of pretty much nothing compared to other in the same style.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated best by Mar 2011.
Pours a nice egg shell white two and half finger head of tight bubbles, this fades to a solid bubbly cap with big lacing clinging to the glass. Initially I get a big floral nose, some fruit, sweet malts, some alcohol as well but in a good way which accentuates the other smells. Tastes sweet and malty at first, some earthy hops, piney, some crystal malts, woodiness, quite nice for an english ipa. A good bit of lingering bitterness, some coating oilyness, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. I enjoyed this one to the end, another good beer from brooklyn. $1.50 a single from whole foods bargin bin.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with a thick yellowish white head and a bit of lacing. Smells of earthy and piny hops and a little biscuit. Tastes of earthy hops, sweet malts, and a bit of grain. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium and there is a medium carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: light amber with a 1½ finger off white head

Smell: grassy, earthy, malts, mild floral hops

Taste: malts melded well with floral hops, bitter/dry finish, but does not linger

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, well balanced

Drinkability: lighter than expected, not bad, but the dryness at the backend is off-putting


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Photo of Arinthos
1.92/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Really ??? This is not an Ipa by any standard I'm sorry the apperance is good a amber color but the taste is literally like someone took wet leaves and fermented them and the aftertaste is a bit like a chili pepper I guess as others have said but nowhere do I get a bitter hop profile or nose. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated as far as drinking goes by all means if someone wants a trade please feel free I won't drink this anytime soon. PLease brooklyn go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of marshall8840
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to find some Brooklyn E.I.P.A. for awhile. finally found it, no idea why it took so long. taste is pretty good. not too hoppy, wish it had a bit more hop to it. Color is good. drank it straight from bottle. very good. would recommend to drink if opportunity arises.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Sad looking lacing on top of a amber-gold brew. Very light levels of carbonation.

Smell: Yard work, literally smells like yard work: leaves and sweet grass, maybe a bit of tea.

Taste: very low levels of bitterness for an EIPA. The IBUs on this brew must be fairly low. Weird leafy flavor, has this flavor I've tasted before in food. Seems out of place, but I can't put my finger on it; not a fan. It is almost like Brooklyn added chili peppers to accent the flavor. After almost finishing the beer... I figured it out. This tastes just like cream of mushroom soup, with leaves.

Drinkability: Why Brooklyn Brewery? Why? Dear god, why? If I had brewed this I would have thrown it out. I bought a 12 mix pack of Brooklyn's brews and luckily there is only 2 of these in the pack. It seems like Brooklyn might have added this EIPA to the pack to get rid of them. Even the mouthfeel is off.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a light amber hue that's pretty transparent, with a big, thick frothy head that leaves some sticky, bubbly lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Lazy lines of carbonation rise up from the bottom. Smell has a subdued floral hoppiness, with sweetish malts being the overriding scent. Little bit of citrus on the back end. Not quite a forward with the hops as I'm used to with IPAs.

Bit of a malty kick to start things off. Nuances of caramel and a biscuity crispness follow that up. Hops make an appearance on the back end, but are subdued as in the nose. They mingle with the malts to create a taste that's just slightly skewed towards sweetness. Aftertaste is lightly bitter, but doesn't linger at all. Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Not quite watery, but lighter than I was expecting. Mild carbonation provides fleeting effervescence.

Pretty easy drinking, all things considered. Would have liked a bit more balance and a bit more punch from the hops, but I can live with it. Maybe my palate is evolving?

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

Best before May 2011

A - light amber with hints of redness. Small off white head goes away fast. typical.

S - Mostly malt in the nose, backed by some bitter hops. hint of peppery spice.

T - Nice malt sweetness to balance the bitter hops. light and crisp citrus taste is the front of it, which is altogether a mild tasting beer. develops some real funky flavors as it warms

M - light and smooth.

D - pretty drinkable, the bitter and dryness of it is a bit off putting but it's nothing terrible.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,505 ratings