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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 greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Excellent lacing, half a finger of light cream colored head that stays for a while, nice light amber color

S - Floral hops and a light malt signature.

T - Nothing too exciting, Hops aren't too strong. Surprised by a light biscuit flavor at the end. Malts show up more as it warms, bringing that biscuit flavor. Flavor lingers for ages.

M - Perhaps a little thin, but crisp. Neither a strength nor a weakness of this beer.

D - Very drinkable for the ABV. Fun to drink and not too harsh. Alcohol bites ever so slightly but is mostly well hidden.

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Photo of Poppleton
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear, fizzy golden with thin head. Minimal head retention.

S- Flowery, grassy. Limited bouquet.

T- Spicy with moderate bitterness. A little metallic.

M- Crisp, clean. Not cloying at all.

D- I'm a fan. Not an overly complex beer but I could down a few of these on a hot day.

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

Poured into a snifter. The liquid is orange-light brown. The nose has strong, bready malts and dried fruits. Not as much hops as i had expected. The liquid is very still, almost no bubbles at all.

The taste is ok, not very exiting. Much malt here too and a little hint of alcohol. It's very lean to drink, and it leaves a long aftertaste.

An ok beer, no more no less. I wonder if it maybe is a little bit "tired", because i certainly had expected more hops and bubbely action than this.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by February 2011, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Brooklyn EIPA pours a hazy rich tangerine color. A thin, one finger, white cap forms (disappointing), but lacing is decent. The nose is bready malts and spicy/herbal hops. It's decent but nothing super impressive, and it's a little weak to be honest. Flavor is better, the malt backbone is a little more assertive. The appearance of bitterness from the hops is noticeable, but brisk and not in any way harsh. The classic English hop flavors as in the nose close things out (I'd say more flowery than spicy). Body is surprisingly light given the ABV, and that's not a bad thing. Carbonation is solid, it really opens up on my tongue. This beer drinks quite well, thanks in part to the restrained bitterness. I was surprised while typing this review to look up and see that the ABV is 6.8%, I wouldn't have guessed any more than 5.5% or so. I know English IPAs aren't in vogue here in the US, but for what it's trying to be this Brooklyn beer does its job admirably and is a refreshing change from the citrus hop bombs that most brewers seem enamored with.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of different hop components. Among them are orange citrus, earth, grass, pine and perfume-like hops. The flavor is not as good as the aroma, but is still pretty nice. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, along with some grassy and earthy hops. The beer also tastes a little bit like iced tea. As the beer warms, I get some more pine notes in the flavor. Low bitterness, medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers a friend brought back from a recent trip to New York at my request. I was excited to try some of Brooklyn's beers for the first time.
Pours a clear orange color with good amount of head. You can tell it is pretty carbonated right off the bat.
The aromas are very mild from most IPA's I'm used to. Mild amount of yeast and resinous hop aromas.
The East IPA tastes a bit sweet up front with a very mild and light floral hop finish.
Seems it has a pretty strong amount of carbonation, in combination with the mild hop presence makes this beer very drinkable.
Overall nice flavors but way too mild for me. Probably the lightest IPA ive had yet.

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Photo of cbutova
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a light red with a creamy white cap. Head retention is pretty good, a thick pillow floats atop the beer. Good amount of spotty lace.

S- Not the best strength, really have to give it a good whiff. Hops are all I can get. Some fruit, floral and pine notes. Fades very fast.

T- For some reason it just feels light. There is a bit of caramel malt. The hops aren't even that prevalent, they lend fruit and pine notes but not in very big amounts. It basically just fades to slight alcohol and caramel malt. Floral comes through as it warms.

MF- Light somewhat creamy body. High carbonation stings the palate. A fair amount of bitterness.

DB- The thing that blows my mind here is the lack of flavor and aroma. There are no off flavors but wow, where did the hops and malt go, ghost beer. I'll try to find a newer bottle but this one is before the freshness date.

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Photo of bmillen22
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up when visiting my relatives house in the Hamptons. No where near as good as the brooklyn lager, but here we go.

A- Poured into my Hoegarden grand crew tulip. Made a nice white head, but dissapaited quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S- Almost non existant for this type of beer...dissapointing.

T- Hoppy and bitter like a IPA should be, but I don't taste the citrus and pine that I normally like. It also is not balanced with malt at all. High carbonation as well.

M and D- pretty standard MF for this type of beer. Very drinkable. I would say this is an IPA session beer, but I don't like the taste enough. It is just a so/so IPA. I was hoping for more from BB.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- nice dark amber color, nice fat mildly creamy head, decent duration on head and nice lacing
s- i love the smell of this beer, nice floral/hop/citrus balance
t- nice citrusy hops with a hint of floral
m- more of a mouthdrying beer than a mouthoiling beer like some IPAs but nothing to bitch about
d- i enjoyed this a lot more than the long hammer ipa i had earlier, fair priced IPA with a good amount of hops ,but if youre looking for a beer with an oily texture and a creamy head, this isnt your beer

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Photo of BaronRVH
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on draft in a shaker. The head was 3/4 to 1 inch.

Aroma is nice and balanced. Appearance is a pale, bright yellowish gold and very clear.

Taste is clean upfront, a nice mid-palate and a small burst of hops, some understated maltiness, citrus and bitterness. Finish is very clean with some effervescence to cleanse the palate and leaves you wanting more.

Lacing is good.

It is interesting how different fresh on-tap beer can be compared to bottled. This is a great food beer with excellent balance. It has the pop you want in an IPA without too big of a complexity. I love the DIPA's but sometimes they are too malty. Try it with burgers, fried oysters and grilled chicken.

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

A: Deep translucent gold with a one-finger fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: A good biscuit malt backbone with piney hops overlaid. A hint of citrus.

T/M: I've had this on several occasions, and freshness matters for this. Fresh, it's an excellent IPA (in the English rather than the American mold), with a smooth session feel to it. There is some bitterness to balance the malt, but this is more a northern English malt-forward than a hop bomb. (Not fresh, this is a lifeless ale. Check those freshness dates, boys and girls.)

D: It all hinges on the freshness.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours an amber copper color thin white head with good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt and floral hops.
Tastes of earthy hops, has hints of citrus and pine with a sweet aftertaste followed by a lingering bitterness.
Feels medium bodied, bubblu, and it's a bit warming.
A good IPA, not outstanding but still solid.

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Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma here is mostly of floral hoppiness...but there's also a definite sweet malt presence there as well.

Upfront taste is definitely of somewhat aggressive floral hoppiness, perhaps even more so than I had expected (since it's an English IPA rather than American). This hoppiness is the dominant force throughout the body of the beer. In the finish, there's a fair amount of sweet, caramel-like malt that comes through and provides finishing balance. Like an English Pale Ale reallly, except hoppier. Fairly simple.

It's so-so, I suppose. It isn't offensive nor is it spectacular. I find it difficult to get too excited about this beer.

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Photo of climax
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was quite pale, good clarity. The two fingers of off-white head, atop the golden straw hue, faded quite quickly to large bubbles on a thin film.

The nose had good interesting complexity. Pilsner-like diacetyl buttery flavors and a noble hop aroma kept me smelling to try and figure it out. Warming malt and ripe fruit added the final touch.

The flavor was equally as interesting, bridging the gap between IPA and a good solid pilsner. Pine resin and grapefruit qualities were evident, yet balanced and challenged by spice and buttery flavors which kept things interesting. Fresh leaf and floral touches finished it out.

The medium body had a good viscous feel. The carbonation was not to distract, but spot on for crispness and spunk. The finish was dry and very clean, leaving only a slight hop residue in the mouth. Very drinkable IPA, interesting as well.

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Photo of johnwarne
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Unfortunate ale;
Leave this bad boy in Brooklyn!
Currently shell shocked...."

Um...not sure what just happened: this had to be a bad batch or single bottle that I picked up. Looked and smelled good: taste? Oy vey! For a world class brewer--from whom I have never had anything less than a delightful experience--this one literally "pales". If I hadn't had another of their products prior, I would boycott all Brooklyn offerings. Thankfully, that is not the case. I can not recommend this one, though, at all.


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Photo of soju6
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Clean light grain and citrus aroma.

T: Nice malt & light sweetness. Bitter finish that lingers a bit. Interesting.

M: Medium body. Not an overpowering IPA.

D: Good IPA, easy drinker. Could do 2-3 of these without really trying.

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Photo of mwa423
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful golden brown color with a thin and quickly disappearing head. This would have been an easy "4" it it would have had some better head and retention.

S - Very piney but also lots of noble hops rounding out a distinct maltiness.

T - An excellent English IPA, the malt and hops are both very distinct and up front. The english hops are as strong as I have ever had in the style. The smooth maltiness comes out in the aftertaste with lots of toffee.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thick, rich and has enough of a bite to leave a wanting in your mouth for the next sip. About the most drinkable English IPA I have ever had that has all the great hoppy IBU's (not necessarily flavor) of a west coast IPA and all the rich maltiness and balance of a Brooklyn beer.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow color, with a slightly off white foam head.

S: A decent amount of floral and citrus hops, but nothing too overpowering. There is a slight malt presence, maybe bread but not really distinguishable.

T: A little better than the smell but not much. Although it is not a bad taste as the malt and hops blend nicely, there is not the hop presence I expected.

M: Leaves a decent bitter taste on the palate.

D: Certainly not a bad beer for an English IPA. The milder ABV makes this a worthy try.

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Photo of AEK
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

335ml brown bottle BBE Aug 2010, poured into a Young's branded pint pot.

A. Orange coloured beer with an ever so off white head that had good retention.

S. Citrus notes, malty, good hop aroma.

T. Malty, a good hop bite throughout, some caramel notes along with a hint of cough candy sweet.

M. Medium bodied, a little chewy.

D. A relatively good IPA from Brooklyn, good alcohol strength but lacks a certain something that other IPA's I have had. I imagine the draught version will be quite tasty.

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Photo of gcpxavier
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great appearance, perfect for an india pale ale, the smell isn't so good but the taste is very particular and is bitter in the right way.

The mouthfeel is very interesting, the carbonation and the white collar are good enough.

The drinkability is not quite special but is a beer to drink once in a while.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn EIPA pours a crystal clear apple juice color with tons of carbonation running up the glass into a weak white head that isn't really fluffy but more along the lines of carbonation stacked upon more carbonation. The head didn't last long at all, the one finger height diminished to nothing within 20 seconds. A small amount of lacing hangs around the outside of the glass as you drink.

The nose isn't stellar by any means. Not much in the way of hop presence at all, the aroma mainly flaunts a grainy, malty character that has a slightly metallic tinge to it. A little hoppiness towards the end (grassy, more than anything) but it's fleeting.

Again, nothing that stands out in the taste department. A little hoppiness up front, mainly a grassy, slightly fruity flavor, followed immediately by a flat and pretty unenthusiastic maltiness, again with a slight metallic flavor added in. Maybe a little alcohol for a split second at the end of the sip, too.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of the beer. I think it could actually use a tiny bit more body (right now it's a few notches below medium), but I like the amount of carbonation and I think it would work better with a bit more flavor backing it up in the taste department.

Overall, this is a pretty average IPA. I've had much better, and I've probably had worse. Definitely not a drain pour and it's definitely more drinkable than a lot of mass-produced beers out there, but it needs more work to be a respectable IPA, in my opinion. I probably won't be buying this again, at least until I hear better things.

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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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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,507 ratings