Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
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Photo of Taeran7
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, really nice to see served on the glass. Not that pale.
S: Sweet, strong in my opinion. You can feel the hops.
T: Tastes like it smells. A little bit on the bitter side, but really drinkable. Tasty, strong, you can feel all the flavors.
M: Not heavy, not light. On the point, and goes down easily.
O: Good experience. Will definitely try it again, and is available on the store.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presently surprised how tasty this was.
Curtis floral notes. Very drinkable. Great all around ipa.
Looking forward to having more. Nice golden color, nice head.smooth finish. .not crazy on the hops.. could have had more hop flavor.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good IPA. Very clear and fizzy, one finger head, light on smell of pine and hops. Taste was much like a modern IPA with some malts but not much. Mouthfeel was thicker then expected which was nice. Well worth a shot

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Photo of HawkGP
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like their Pilsner, in my humble not very beer educated opinion this is just a perfect take on the subject at hand. I go for local Pa beers first to support my brothers, but this Brooklyn ale comes home often.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold color. Biscuit and fruit aroma...apricot or peach maybe. Very nice balanced taste, a little bready with the amount of hop flavor and bitterness you'd expect, maybe a bit assertive but definitely not excessive for this style. I can tell there are American hops in there, but it remains very British in character. Super drinkable and balanced.
I can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. I had to chuckle a little when I read the Alström Bros.' review from 1998 that said the hoppiness was "overkill", because it seems pretty much spot-on for an English IPA. Maybe the recipe has changed or something, because this one is a winner. It's a good example of a traditional English IPA. People who are bashing it for not being a hop bomb might be confusing this style with an American IPA. As a matter of fact, I recently had a bottle of White Shield and this one holds its own against it. Not necessarily better, but in the same class.
Remember, Beer Advocates: "Subtle" is not a 4 letter word. There's a whole world of excellent beers out there that don't destroy your taste buds. Underrated, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Nov. 2015 best by date printed on bottle neck)

L: amber/copper, beautiful clarity; beige/tan head, percolates up to about 3/4-inch tall, almost an inch, really thick looking but dissipates quickly, just a little sticking; keeps a nice looking collar of tan foam; very little activity in the glass, only a bubble here and there rising to the top -- yet it still keeps a good collar, not huge but creamy looking; only little bits of lacing here and there, but a pretty beer nonetheless

S: very fruity to begin with, a bit of the peach/apricot end of the English pale ale spectrum; bread malt is sweetened up a lot, reaching fruitcake range; gets even sweeter as it opens up

T: follows the nose with just a bit more bitterness added to the fruity flavor, very malty -- good bread malt that's mixing real quick with some earthy hops; a toasted sweetness, almost a piece of buttered toast with a pinch of cinnamon on it; the hops really help give this beer some complexity; tart finish, very dry for an English ale

F: fantastic ... nothing overboard in any direction, almost an elegant lightweight quaff filled out nicely by the carbonation

O: love it ... it's not as bread malty as most English imports, but there's no denying the big malt presence, and the IPA hop portion is both restrained yet potent, giving the beer a perfect amount of bitterness. the piney quality is very sweet by most American pale ale standards, fitting for the style. a beer that I will seek out again and again, and another fine addition to Brooklyn's impressive portfolio of Old World facsimiles with just that tiny hint of New World flavor.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber color.

The beer is very soft compared to other beers and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather, the smell seems to fit the profile for the beer style. The smell has a pretty nice fruity note and dominates the weaker pine note. The two make a nice pair since the fruit softens the pine a bit while the pine gives some nice needed bite. In addition to the fruitiness, the beer also happens to have a nice sweet malt backbone to it.

The beer taste has the same notes as the smell but with a stronger pine hop bite to it. The fruitier hops are there but they are not as strong as they are in the smell. The beer also has more of a light caramel malt backbone to soften the hops.

The mouthfeel is much lighter than expected. Even though the beer is still medium bodied . Light, tickling carbonation gives the beer some nice fluffy texture.

Overall, a very good and underrated English IPA. The beer might not be as malty as one would like but it still manages to please the drinker. Recommend.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle bought from cool wines, Small bubbly white head. Amber body. Smells citrus, grass, pear, caramel. Tastes citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Albert Heijn. They be pumping out the craft brews recently.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 June 2016

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear burnt umber in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy wisp. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy and grassy initially. Some floral aromas and melon notes as well. Touches of toffee underneath as well. Pretty mild and forgettable.

TASTE: Grassy up front with toffee and floral hop notes as well. Grassy hops at the swallow with a medium but lingering finish of grainy malts, grassy notes, piney hops and some hop bitterness. Touches of toffee.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Decent feel.

OVERALL: Well executed, but pretty pedestrian. Grainy and very grassy in the hop department. Definitely not a flavor bomb, though it certainly doesn't claim to be. I'm afraid that in the age of flavorful and challenging IPA's, this one is just too mild, mundane and, well, rather boring to get noticed. Perhaps some people like that, but for me, I'd rather something with more character. Pass.

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

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Dark amber/coppery red with an off-white/ivory head that settles back to a foam ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and quite fruity, so far more malt-forward than usual - it lacks the citrus and resin hop aromas that a lot of American IPAs have, which leads me to think this owes more to the English IPA style. There's a slight floral sweetness but otherwise quite malty.

Taste: Quite a rich, malty flavour with an undercurrent of hops - for an American beer this is a bit of a mind-screw as you'd expect it to be the other way around. The hop character is nicely subdued, all other things being considered. The finish is fairly dry and hoppy, but again lacking the aggressive hopiness of other American IPAs.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation. Fairly undemanding and quite drinkable.

Overall: If you're expecting a 'proper' American IPA then you're going to be disappointed - I'd describe this as an American interpretation of an English IPA - fairly high in alcohol and highly hopped, at least by British standards. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact this is a surprisingly drinkable beer even if it wasn't what I was expecting. If you fancy an American spin on a British style then this is well worth a look.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an English style IPA and won't smell or taste the same as an American style IPA made with hops from the U.S. If you expect it to be like most U.S. IPAs you'll be disappointed. But that's not the beer at fault.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear copper/amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a layer and island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing with a few legs here and there.

The aroma is mostly malt with a floral character from the hops but seems a bit muted.

The flavors emphasize a rich but not cloying sweetness from the caramel malt, with the floral, fruity, lightly bitter and earthy hops playing in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation light but persistent. The finish is moderate in length and basically involves the sweetness receding to leave some modest hop bitterness persisting into the dryness at the end.

On the whole a nicely drinkable, refreshing beer that's worth having again. When I'm in the mood for an English style IPA and can't find the local Yards version this one will do nicely in its place.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a straight up good IPA. Pours clear and orange. Cream colored head that lasted well. Leaves sheets of shimmering lace. Nose candied orange peel with a splash of lemon. A malt that is not too sweet on the nose. As succulent as this is I amnot seeing the nose run all over the place and I like that. Taste follows the nose except for a permeating herbal from hop that is a perfect counter point to the sweetness of the orange peel. Hop bitterness underlies the drink rather than comes out over the top of it. Bitterness is firm but not sharp,clean and does not linger. This shows off a creamy biscuit with a faint caramel in the aftertaste. Lovely.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking IPA;the feel reminded me of a session IPA despite the 6.9% ABV. This one is not a hops bomb; instead it opts for balance. I've grown accustomed to big flavored American style IPAs and am not as used to subtle examples such as this one. However, I suppose that's the point of English IPAs. Overall I liked this one and will get again as well as other English IPAs.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA. Not participating in the bitterness pissing contest that is American-brewed IPAs. Fresh, grassy scent. Kind of astringent taste and mouthfeel mitigated by a slightly malty finish. Decent.

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Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-notes of pine,grapefruit,oranges,mandarines
-mild hop bitterniss
-relatively mild bitterniss,grapefruit,oranges on the back-end
A lot more tame,than other IPAs but nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Very good one.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several bottles of this that have been over the hill - check the bottle date. Fresh ones are good releasing bready malt aromas seasoned mildly with hops. It pours brilliant amber under a persistent 2" foam cap. On the palate it has a creamy malty attack with a pleasant hop accent and a dry finish. It is an easy drinking medium bodied beer with slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, this one I really enjoyed. Forgot it was 6.9% as I drank it, so alcohol is well hidden. And not too over powering on the hops front. Could easy have had a second, so will buy again next time I see it.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amber colouration with light flowing CO2. Brilliant shaving foam cream head that dies to a ring of lace cover after 5 minutes. This lace sticks lightly to the edges of the glass

Smell – Instant Lemon Geranium aroma that is best described as citrusy and piney. This is an aroma I have come to expect from many modern IPAs. There is only light evidence of sweeter malts in here but they are evident in the aroma which is an improvement on Brew Dog offerings.

Taste – Actually very well balanced. This beer is definitely hop forward but the malts also make a good showing for themselves giving a great base to the citrus fruit and pine hop. The fruits in here range from grapefruit and blood orange to mandarin sweetness. Although there is some sweet elements in here by and large this beer sticks to the bitter sour end of things and it does it pretty well.

MF – Pretty smooth but also slightly thinner than I had hoped for. This beer despite some great flavour does not boast a good linger and it is not drying or cloying so that you wonder did you drink anything at all. I would probably be best describing this beer as crisp but a little pedestrian.

Overall – Great balance in the flavour compared to some modern IPAs I have had. The only drawback to this beer as I can see it is the mouth feel that does not provide much to chew on so to speak but it is still a very fine beer.

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Photo of KegJeff
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went all in with this beer, buying a half keg for the kegerator as my first taste (a bit pricey as craft beer kegs go). I must say I'm happy with my choice. A little tricky getting the foam under control in the keg, but has a nice slow pour, 2-3 finger head out of the tap, dissipates quickly though. Seeing some other reviews, I have to think it's a different experience out of the keg. Nicely balanced hoppy/floral aroma, and the taste follows suit with satisfying carbonation as well. If you have not had this out of the tap, I would recommend it.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light tea color in a Brooklyn Brewhouse glass with a 2F head.Good lacing.

Nice floral aroma with raisin, hops, and malt.

Light carbonation to the mouth feel- not overdone like a lot of other IPAs I have been drinking lately.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: spicy, fruity, raisin, malty, followed by a lightly bitter hoppy finish.

Overall: I really like this beer. Very drinkable, and it has a good balance of hops, fruit, malt, and carbonation. The thick well designed Brooklyn Brewhouse glass works well for this beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance, with a small head. Quite a clear look as well

Smells of caramel-laden malts, and hops. A quite sweet smell, but definitely enjoyable.

Quite strong and bitter taste for an English IPA. Besides the bitterness of the hops, I felt quite a bit of sweetness. Not necessarily as caramel-laden as the smell, as it was more towards the red apple-direction. Feel is light, and quite drinkable.

This is a compelling beer. A good combination between complexity, drinkability, and balance . Furthermore, it is a beer which holds quite a bit of nostalgic value to me, as it was one of the brews which introduced me to craft beer. As such, even though it's not my highest rated beer on BeerAdvocate, this would be at the top of my list of beers which I would recommend to someone who never had anything besides big macro-lagers.

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Photo of JNisher
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The orange and green label is both inviting and festive. Although the initial taste can be bitter and frightening, we learn that the overall feeling is of a quite essential alcoholic necessity. In conclusion, the alcohol percentage was a plus, as well as the foreign aspects of the beer itself. George Hodgson should be proud.

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Photo of fank2788
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A bright but clear copper orange in the glass topped by a finger or so of off white head that falls quickly with some lace. The smell is lemon citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit grain. There is a bit of a metallic character in there as well to round it out near the end. The taste is much like the smell with the lemon floral hops hitting up front and carrying a moderate amount of bitterness throughout. The metallic flavor is there as well but it isn't bad as the malt comes through too but it doesn't quite do enough to balance the hops. Crisp and clean at the finish and lively in the mouth due to a good dose of carbonation and the spiciness of the hops. Overall this is pretty nice as the English IPA is often overlooked and quite different from the more popular American style. The subtle hops combine nicely with the malt to provide a different but satisfying IPA experience.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear, light copper color. Brief, off white head with lively carbonation and little lacing.

Smell: Honey-sweet maltiness followed by earthy, spicy hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Mellow caramel malt base with lemon citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with visible but soft carbonation.

Overall: A nicely hopped, balanced and drinkable take on Old World IPA.

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

12 oz. bottle, with best by FEB 2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from the Brooklyn Brewery, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy orange body with about a finger of khaki head that subsides rather quick. Thin spotty lacing on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated, with some slow-rising bubble action. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is malty and coppery. Earthy & grassy, with some fruity fermented apple / cider sort of notes present. Subtle notes of pine and grapefruit make an appearance, but the metallic notes pervade. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter & lightly piney with some grapefruit / apple / cider notes apparent. Earthy, herbal, and grassy, but malty / metallic notes are again pervasive.

M - The feel is good, crisp and clean, lightly bready, malty, and metallic on the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style from Brooklyn Brewery. Perhaps not a beer I would have again often, but appropriate on many levels for the style, especially since they are going for that old-world recreation of an 1820s IPA. Worth a try, for sure.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale -----3.5/5

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 2,455 ratings.
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