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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of cottonkoozie
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Thick fluffy head. Patchy lacing.

S - Very hoppy smell. Mostly floral and citrus hops smells, but a malty undertone.

T - Umm, what the hell. I'm in shock. With a smell that strong I expected a hop wallop, what i get is more like a bud light that saw a hop through across the floor of the brewery. My tap water has more flavor than this beer.

M - Pretty good. Nice carbonation level.

D - Would be great if it wasn't for the flavor, or lack there of.

I just don't understand this beer, looks and smells great, but has no taste. What taste it does have is kind of a metallic after taste. Maybe a bad batch, but I don't think I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of thatguy3579
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Light golden color, reasonable clarity, thick eggshell head. A little lighter than expected, but appealing.

S: Smells of pine, biscuit, and something metallic.

T: Taste is not as expected. Not especially hoppy - low for an IPA. Some pine, some lemons, and some bread, and maybe a little char. The most prevalent flavor is the metallic notes hinted by the nose. I suspect there is something wrong with this beer.

M: Average body, average carbonation. Completely adequate.

D: Mild for an IPA, which I suppose would support drinkability. The weird aluminium tastes, however, would keep me from going back to this stuff.

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Photo of Mit
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a-Pours the pretty standard dark reddish gold color of other IPAs. Minimal head.

s-some maltiness with a hoppy backbone. Well balanced.

t-A little watery, spicey bitterness that doesn't taste like other IPAs. Somewhat yeasty flavors has a smokey aftertaste. Another poster hit the nail on the head when he said it's more of a bitter than an IPA.

m-I found it a little light given that it's a 6.8 % beer. Very deceiving.

d-The bottle I used for sampling was pretty much done before I was finished the review. Very drinkable.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a light copper color with not much of a head to speak of.

Aroma is very malty with a bitter hop note on the back end. This is quite a bready IPA, with cracker notes, bread crusts, and honey.

The flavor is quite mild, with a lingering bitterness. The beer reminds me more of a bitter, actually, than a pale...or IPA. There is some sweetness in there, and a good amount of malts. Pretty basic.

There is a good amount of carbonation in the beer, despite the poor head display. It pops on the tongue and allows the beer to linger for a while.

In terms of drinkability, this beer is rather drinkable. There are no over the top flavors to knock your socks off. This is one that, due to its very mild balance, can be sipped on all evening.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my review of a bottle I had a while ago:

I liked this beer a lot. I don't drink as many ipa's as I do dipas or pale ales but this one is very good. I'm local to Brooklyn and the fresh factor was a great plus. The hops are very interesting, not too bitter but a great balance with the malt, which is fairly dark for this style.

I would recommend for any season and will be buying more very soon.


I agree with everything above. Very fresh, very hoppy, if you're local to brooklyn and you like ipa's you couldn't do much better than this.

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Photo of GBalbin
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. Well balanced IPA. Amber-golden colour. Aroma: flowers, herbal and citric. Well balanced flavor of hops, sweet malt, something toasted and salted. Bitter and sweet end. Medium doby. Not a lot of hops but it´s ok. Easy to drink!

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Photo of Reaper16
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a very amber looking color. This sort of looks like a generic beer from an advert. Oneish finger of white head dissipated fairly quickly. Meh.

Less malty than I figured it was going to be, given that it is an English IPA and all. The hop bouquet is quite assertive. Strong garden smells - pine/flowers/small vegetal character - come from the hops, along with a healthy spritz of lemon. Sort of like a salad in some ways. A light, biscuity malt profile serves as as solid backbone, but the hops are the star of the show here. This is very, very good when rating to style.

The hops prove just as assertive on the palate. The taste follows the nose exactly. No surprises. The lemon/generic citrus is probably stronger on the tongue than it smelled, which is a good thing. The malt never gets too bready. I could session this.

Mouthfeel is a shade under medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Feels good. The drinkability has to be scored highly; you caould have three or four of these no sweat and enjoy it the whole time.

Again, if rating to style this is a superb beer. Definitely an IPA; it is more aggressive in its hop flavors than the Boulevard Pale Ale I also had last night. This would make a nice gameday session beer.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had tasted this many times before, it was last night's version on tap that wowed me as it seriously complimented the Indian Food I was having at The Curry Club of East Setauket, NY.

My local beer group descended upon the restaurant to find it empty and my pint full of the Brooklyn East IPA. It's orange and hazy colors looked unusual in my glass and the aroma of light hops really was low key compared to the usual American hop-bombs that exude only hops without much else.

The taste of oranges, apricots, and grapefruit came alive with the blonde malts as we dove into one pint after another. I must have stopped around 7 pints, but it was almost magical in its taste. It certainly subdued the spicy flavors of the platters we had.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber in color into my pint glass with about one and a half fingers of head, nice tight bubbles and rather nice lacing as well.

S - Mostly sweet caramel, some toasty, and a faint pine hope aroma.

T - Earthy and grain-like. Sweet caramel malts, really missing the hops on this one...

M - Medium in body yet crisp and well balanced carbonation.

D - It was worth a try but not very exciting in the hop department.

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Photo of halo21
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I pored this golden yellow with a chunky, thin white head. Fine carbonation fed the head, that stayed for a good amount of the pint.

Smell: Citrus zest - grapefruit and orange. A bit of pale malt sweetness and some yeast esters/heat.

Taste: Drying hop bitterness, with a sweeter citrus rind and some zest - lemon and grapefruit with a small amount of orange. Yeast esters pick up a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Drying and smooth; not too heavy, but has a nice creamy feel.

Drinkability/Palitability:Medium high; one is very easy to put back, I slow a bit on the second. High for the style.

Notes: A great beer that I paired with fried perogies. I enjoyed this a lot; I also tried this out of a tulip, and it brought out way more of the aroma and flavor. Also great to be paired with tangy spicey food such as Thai.

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2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint glass. Best before date of September 2010, review from June of 2010.

A: Two fingers of foamy eggshell colored head fizzes out after below average retention. The active streamers can't quite keep the head afloat. Sudsy film. The body is very light, yellow-orange in color and exceptionally clear. Spare smatterings of sea-foam like lace stick to the glass.

S: As the name would suggest, English malt and hop qualities stand out. (American hops were also used.) Average level of toasted malts: caramel, grain, bread (dinner roll) and just a touch of toffee. Mildly hopped with aromas of pine and citrus. Lightly sweaty from the yeast.

T: Underperforming in the taste category. In addition to the nose, traces of butterscotch and paper are noticeable. Slightly vegetal. Average flavor duration with light to moderate bitterness.

M: Medium light on the tongue in terms of body. The texture is slick and the carbonation is semi fizzy. Finishes with a controlled bitterness.

D: Average. I could drink several in a sitting, but I wouldn't do it with enthusiasm.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured orange/amber into a pint glass, with a finger of white, decent retention, and decent lacing. Smelled of biscuit, toffee, apple, grass, and herbal/bitter hops; not much citrus, but then again, this is English style, not American. The taste confirmed the nose; when warmed towards room temperature, notes of apple, pear, grass, herbs, and biscuit all blend into a malty balance midpalate and then finish on a dry bitter note. Well hidden alcohol content. The feel was on the thin side, and a little too carbonated for me. Highly drinkable; a fine example of an English style known not to be as hopped as its American cousin.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz

A - Pours an orange gold with an inch or so of tight, white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Citrus, a bit of pine and some toasted malts

T&M - Medium bodied; light citric hops with just a touch heavier malt presence. A little peppery. Some toasted bread and biscuity flavors. Hops are first on the palate, then malts, and the finish is slightly bitter as the hops come back again along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Lighter flavors, but still has a few things going on. Easy to drink, but I wish the ABV were just a bit lower.

Notes - I've been very impressed by Brooklyn to this point. I've had a few "English" style IPA's, and this is my least favorite so far. I appreciate some of the flavor profile, but I think the ABV is a bit too high, and the hops/malt profile is slightly off.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this in a party pack of four different Brooklyn Beers. Interesting bottle label.

A: Golden-amber, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Spicy/Citrusy hop aromas are predominant. You can also smell a hint of malt sweetness.

T: I like IPAs truth be told. This tastes completely different though. I don't think the right hops were used to create what they were looking for if they know what an IPA is. the hop flavor which is the dominating flavor is spicy and minty not spicy and citrusy. It is not too drying like most IPAs and it does recover with a pleasant deep roasted barley malt with a moderate sweetness.

M: Not as dry as an IPA should be. the Chuck Norris hop kick just wasn't there.

D: This one was fine but I would not immediately go for another.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded snifter.

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber color with a large yet somewhat thin looking off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves lots and lots of lace behind.

Smell: A toasty aroma with nuts and a hint of pine.

Taste: Begins with a strange grainy flavor, finishing with a toasty flavor that has hints of grapefruit and an herbal/floral quality about it. Lower hop profile for its style. Spicy notes alongside apple. Leaves a slight grassy flavor in the mouth after it's swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer overall, but lacking in hops for its style. Worth a try, but not necessarily anything to get excited about.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber-golden color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops and fruits, grain, and caramel malts. Hint of spice.

t - Tastes of bitter hops, lightly of citrus. Also some bready malts and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok IPA, but nothing special. Not a lot of hops jumping out at me, but some bitterness in the taste. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden brown. Nice big head. I really like this beer. Its got the nice hop flavor of an IPA without being to bitter. the malt really shines thru and makes this beer very well balanced. The malt gives it a burnt caramel flavor that still refreshes with the nice hops behind it. Plus there is also just a hint of citrus. This has become my favorite summer brew. Just a great balance of flavors that is easy to drink and urges drinking a few.

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Photo of HosP
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of the beers I drank while making a home brew.
12oz. bottle.

A: Golden color, slight haze. Good size head.

S: Smell more malts than hops. Got some spices from the smell too.

T: Like the smell. Not a lot of hops, but more malt taste to it. A good tasting ale, nothing spectacular though.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty smooth to drink.

D: Was expecting more hops to it. Still drank pretty well. I think this may have been my first English IPA. So not sure of what should be different than an American IPA. Not bad of a drink. Thought maybe it was a little flat though.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear gold/amber with with a thin off-white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is hoppy but with a different type of bitterness than I am used to in pale ales. Has a caramel flavor like a marzen. A little hint of a doughy, biscuit flavor.

The taste is a bit like the nose but there is a to a less degree, the caramel flavor. The bitterness is there is some spicy flavors that feel a bit tart but do not have any detectable citrus flavor. It has some interesting pepper flavor with a salty feel. Quite interesting.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice light feel going down. It is pretty drinkable and is good for a warmer day such as the one I first had this on.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 6/8.

Pours a light golden color, with some copper tones. Decent head formation and retention.

Subtle hop aromas with strong malt backbone. Nice malt profile with delicate grassy and fruity flavors. Interesting play between the caramel malt toastiness and the hop character. The flavor is also similar, not a hop bomb by any means, but has a firm bitterness. Though this bitterness isn't really complemented or enhanced by the hop flavor, it's just bitter. More maltiness with some richer caramel, bready flavors in the taste. I like the weight of this beer, good ABV and body balance. I would pick it up again- it's a nice change-up from the american style ipa hop bombs.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head that leaves a coating lace. The liquid is a pleasant copper amber. Nearly clear.

Fresh hop up front. There's a metallic smell as well (iron?).

This is a well-balanced beer. Good neutral malt on the initial sip. It quickly yields to a mildly bitter hop flavor. Good body with ample carbonation. A very pleasant and drinkable offering.

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

12oz bottle, best buy stamped 10/10, poured into SA glass.
Thin white foam resides over saffron-colored liquid. Slight floral notes mixed with honey. Not much here.
Mild hop flavor crushed by malty backbone. About right for an English PA. Thin, dry, with a slight bitter aftertaste.
If you're recreating the wooden ship's route around the Cape of Good Hope I could see having a few. If not, try something with balls.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
6.9% ABV
Best Before: November 2009
I tried this beer on September 24, 2009 at 'The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a transparent golden orange with a thin white head that lasts. The aroma is citrusy with notes of pine and grain. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is grapefruity hops with some grainy notes. A very good beer.

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Photo of DioS
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light orange body. Sticky head that didn't last very long, but left quite a bit of lacing. Has an herb or spice aroma, perhaps floral is a better description. Somehow there is also a slight sourness to the smell like a frambroise, very slight. Taste is sharply bitter with a very dry mouthfeel. Aftertaste is too bitter and too dry for me. After some mulling and chewing I decided that nor was the smell the most pleasant. The extra malts supposedly used in EIPAs didn't seem to impart much tasty sweeter balance. This beer is pretty distinct and probably made with good ingredient, but the end result is just not so likable.

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Photo of berpwillie
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a crystal clear copper orange color with spare white head, spare lacing, and flat carb. bitter malty smell and piney grass hop taste. light body, thin texture, with a chalky bitter finish. short flavor duration on a really dull beer. i was not impressed by this beer at all, dissapointed if anything. would definitely not drink again.

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