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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 schatzs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Nice copper color, clear
S: Nothing jumps out, hint of citrus
T: Mild taste, some sweetness, mildly bitter
M: Smooth, low carbonation
O: Easy to drink, fairly mild for an IPA

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber producing a small and short lived head.
Small nose.

Flavor comes off to me as monochromatic-- lots of citrus or maybe on a stretch grapefruit tang with lemon zest thrown in fluffed with some malt. But regardless of the flavor complexities this beer seems to me to occupy the category of "thirst quencher" usually in my beer opinion the realm of the American adjuncts. I like the East India Pale Ale served refrigerator cold. But in that "thirst quencher" realm-- it's more flavorful and more complex yet still not a beer that demands to be savored-- so I don't mind quaffing a pint.

I consider this beer to be on the other side of the spectrum occupied by Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout.

During the summer months I generally have a bottle or two chilled in the fridge.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice english IPA of a hazy orange/ocher color that goes to a yellowish tone in the corners of the glass. Foam is ok.
Smell and taste are full of citrus, specially lemon, orange and grapefruit. Pear and apple tones also appear and that makes this beer quite juicy. Maltiness, bitterness and hoppines are at an ok level but could be higher, specially maltiness.
Body is ok too. Didn't enjoy the mouthfeel too much because of the acidity that comes in corners of the lips.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice little hazy golden color.
The smell is not overly strong to be an IPA but of course with plenty of flowers and hops.
The taste is like any really good IPA. This beer's only drawback is the excessive ABV becuase there are hints of booze in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dlish33
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice orange color with a very thin head that goes away almost immediately. I drank it from a TeKu glass which always accentuates the smell, nice floral and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is very thin And finishes quick. Unlike most Americans IPAs don't tend to be my favorite although I really liked this one as it focused on balance rather than the classic "mo hops, mo better" philosophy that many American brewers shoot for.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Crystal clear deep golden color with a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Aromas of bread caramel and earthy hops. English inspired yeasty esters as well as just a touch of butterscotch. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet bready caramel malt with enough earthy hop to balance. Light fruity notes and a touch of butterscotch round this out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent English inspired beer with a bit more hop bite than its true English counterparts. I prefer an Americanized version honestly.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very carbonated, very citrus/floral, sweet and tart with a thin mouthfeel, and light on the hops. Easy to drink and refreshing but not a lot going on here. I prefer IPAs that pack more of a hop punch and/or have a more complex taste profile. I love Brooklyn Brewery but this beer is definitely not a classic, like Brooklyn Lager, or particularly flavorful/interesting, like Local 1 and 2 or Brooklyn Blast.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a light amber with no real head but a decent lacing throughout.

S - Floral hops with malt in the background.

T - A nice combination of hops balanced with the malt.

M - Good carbonation and smooth mouth feel - very neutral finish.

O - Nothing special here. I tend to expect an IPA to be a little more on the bold side and this one was quite "mild". At its price point there are far better IPA options.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First time rating an IPA so not an expert on this but...

A-medium In color a typical IPA

S- ver grassy

T-Enjoyable, im not a giant fan of IPAs but i like it, very hoppy with a bitter finish

O-Pretty good IPA, would buy again but not before i tried other beers

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Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-Fine bubbles, 1 finger of head, dissipating slowly. Fairly light in color with a hint of golden orange.

S- Grassy, biscuit, perhaps some citrus. Not typical aroma of what I expect for an IPA.

T-Nice malt balance but lacking in hop presence/character for this style. Moderate bitterness followed by faint pine, orange.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated. Another easy drinker for the 6.9 alcohol.

O-I'd drink this if given to me, but wouldn't seek it out. It's fine for an IPA you might find in a sampler pack or a beer handed to you at a campfire. However, doesn't compete with the "big guys."

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is bright fruit: pear, pineapple and mango. Nice.
The taste is an assertive pine bitterness balanced with sweet malt layer. Good depth.
The taste is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable EIPA.

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Photo of Leviathan5
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass

A - Golden ambar color with some haziness. White head that decreases to a tiny head, but there's some lacing

S - The smells is citrusy, with a touch of pine, but there's also sweet malt presence. Quite balanced, though a little bit more on the hops side.

T - Again there's more sweet/caramel malts presence than on some other IPAs, but they are well balanced with the hops, predominant in the dry finish and the bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium-low carbonatation. It's smooth and very drinkable

O - Not too impressive, but a good beer overall. The malt base is nice, but I would have loved a bigger hops presence

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This will be a more casual review. I've had this from the bottle, on tap, from the can and poured from both the bottle and the can. My most recent experiences were pours from cans and straight from the can. For this, I did a poured can and a straight can.

The appearance and scent are the high marks here. It pours a beautiful white head and a nice amber-ish color. Scent is a nice balance of hops and malt.

The taste is typical of Brooklyn's year round beers. It's very conservative and perhaps almost too balanced of an IPA (or even an English IPA). It doesn't sing to me in any way. It's not bad to session from bottles or cans but it's not good enough to buy on draft and there are too many better IPAs and EIPAs to make this a good find. It's best asset is its availability in my region and it's appearance, be it a pour or the design of the bottle or can.

This just isn't a "must have" beer in any way, and it's kind of a bummer. I always end up having it hoping for it to be more than it is, but it never is and I always wish I picked up a different IPA or EIPA or even Pale Ale. It's even a bit strong in terms of ABV to be a session IPA.

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Photo of davidguydude
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

you won't regret it.

a- great foamy head, that settles to a bit less than a finger. follows the glass all the way down. clear, and PALE enough for me to enjoying calling it an india PALE ale

s- malty, bit of spicy hop. could be stronger, which could be due to freshness (this store does not have very much business for craft beer, things sit there for a very long time)

t- a bit of grapefruit and pine. not too bitter, but a good strong bite, and a clean finish

m- lively at first, then smooth.

o- one of my favorites. told my shop to get more when they ran out, took them about 4 months to get more, and now i'm happy again! going to have to find clone recipes.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Following on the heels of this brewery's amber lager, poured from a bottle enjoyed at a Calgary pub. A pale yellowish amber brew with a moderately large white head, nice IPA lacing left on the glass. Aroma is hops forward, smells like an admixture of British and American cones. Some pungent grapefruit and an interesting blend of herbal aromas and orange rind on both nose and palate (ever try a kumquat?), along with lemon grass, medicinal herbal tincture, sourish bramble fruit jam, green bananas, and a flinty earthiness (is there Goldings in here or is my palate playing tricks on me?). Brooklyn can sure generate some unique hop flavors ... This one is bitter but the hop flavors and aromas get center stage. What about the malts you ask? Quite nice actually, nutty brown bread and some classic old English tastes. According to the label the malts and hops are English but I taste and smell US hops as well, "fo sho". Semi-buttery mouthfeel with some diacetyl apparent, more carbonation than many English ales but the bubbles are not a nuisance element here. Interesting take on the style, a sneaky (or not so sneaky) amalgam of old and new world elements.

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Photo of Twobeards
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown, amber. 2 finger head creamy white head from an aggressive pour that slowly fades to a film. Smells of citrusy and piney hops with a slight sweetness and bread. Taste follows suit. Except the hops are much more in flavor and aroma than bitterness, which I really enjoying. A nice easy drinking hoppy beer, that is more about hop characters than bitterness, with mild malt starting and finishing with the mild bitter of the hops. Slightly creamy in the mouth. Really enjoyed this, very nice surprise.

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Photo of Redog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is maybe the best from Brooklyn Beer
it has a decent head, and my dad always said that if you see ring after ring after ring as you drink, you've got a good beer
he never said anything about smell: a pleasantly mild fruitiness
the best IPA that i'm aware of is Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, i love that beer (it's a mouthfeel/ taste thing – dad never said anything about that), and i'm thinking that i would rate the Torpedo higher, but on second thought, i'd have to do a direct comparison test to be fair and honest (this Brooklyn beer definitely has the mouthfeel/ taste thing going), which means that maybe i shouldn't even be rating it at this time – can you give me a break, i'm a newbie here, just trying to get serious about the beer i drink, even if that's maybe a joke

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden amber; effervescent; small, frothy white head after aggressive pour; decent lacing

Smell: sweet malts; citrus notes; slight biscuit; nice aroma

Taste: Juicy malt with a quick, upfront earthy hop bite; citrus in the mid; finishes slightly dry with a good hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: juicy; medium bodied

Remarks: Got this and a few other brands to see if I want to homebrew an English IPA; unfortunately, I found out this beer has a blend of US hops

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Photo of scaliasux
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-light amber. Clear. Short white head that quickly disappears.

Smell - Prominent fruity, citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit. Light pale malt.

Taste - Light pale malt. Quickly replaced by a good dose of fruity hops. Flavor isn't nearly as fruity as the nose. Sweet grapefruit and grass. A little bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - More fruity and less bitter than many IPAs. Hits a pleasant balance.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a one finger of pure white fizzy head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall. It is heaviest of an earthy smell mixed with a bit of a biscuit aroma. Along with these smells are hint of a grapefruit aroma and a small amount of a tangerine sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and cracker flavor mixed with a moderately strong earthy hop taste. Upfront there is a little bit of an orange fruit flavor which fades as the taste advances. Grapefruit flavors of the brew grow stronger as the taste advances, seemingly at the expense of the sweet orange, with more earthy and some herbal tastes also joining the taste profile. In the end, with the sweet dwindling and the onset of more hop, a semi-dry and bitter hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with the carbonation being rather average as well. The moderate nature of both the thickness and carbonation are rather nice for complimenting both the bitter and semi-dry malt flavors of the brew with a nice drinkability.

Overall – An nice IPA overall. A good, mainly bitter earthy bite that is a bit on the drier side overall.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly rusty gold with minimal head.

Biscuity/toast like malt sweetness, earthy and slightly spicy hop resins.

Very lager like with a strong biscuity toasted malt backbone, slight earthy/piney hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, light-medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall, one of the only let downs I've had from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: pours a clear golden orange color with a thin off white head that dissipates quick leaving moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, hops are very much present but do not dominate the overall aroma (surprisingly), citrus peels

T: Has a mellow flavor, fairly sweet and smooth, I abhor IPAs but this came in the pack I bought it in so I figure I'd might as well have it and it is not too bad, the hoppy character is well balanced with the other flavors and do not leave my tongue reeling in pain.

M: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation, hop character is well equalized with the other profile flavors, hops do not dominate, quite tolerable

O: This would probably be my favorite IPA, by that I mean, the only IPA I would willingly go out and buy, its very well balanced, the hoppy flavors expected from an IPA are mellow and do not kill you so I'm really liking this brew. I would recommend this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A copper-amber color, with lots of brightness and clarity, this IPA grows a nearly white head that's tight, creamy and foam at about a finger in height. Retention is good, and it shows structure and stick as it leaves behind heavy patching and some good ringing as well.
I've had an American IPA or two today that seemed to have the character of some English hops and/or malts; this beer leaves no doubt. The trademark herbal, earthy and lightly metallic notes are present in its bitterness, and it shows a strong balance from malts. There's a touch of spiciness on the end and a leafy finish in the flavor. A hint of mint leaf sneaks in and out of both the smell and the taste.
Semi-dry, as the malts give balance the feel with a bit of smoothness and raise the body to medium, this beer focuses on crispness and a nice, bright mouthfeel.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: July 28, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: celebrating twelve years of marriage to my only love and my best friend... APPEARANCE: handsome burnt orange body with consistent carbonation; thick/cloudy proud white head--solid... AROMA: crisp floral hops with caramel malts as a base; a bit of pine resin, but overall a relaxed, balanced IPA ... PALATE: medium-to-full bodied, with a strong presence throughout the mouth reasonable aftertaste...TASTE: a nice balance of sweet malts and bitter hops--not really pushing either aspect, to the point where this could be considered a straight pale by flavor... OVERALL: Having had many Brooklyns in the past, it was high time I rate some; the fourth in a series of IPAs this weekend, this brew doesn't stun or disappoint--it fulfills its duty and eases one into the evening with a sessionable sensibility...

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Photo of TheCondor
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As noted in the review of Local 1, this beer was obtained in Memphis because you cannot get Brooklyn products in KC. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a clear, amber color with a decent sized, one finger head which lingers for about a quarter of the drink and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - A little bit of breads, some earthy hop notes, a little fruit. Just like I expected from the style, it is like a toned-down American IPA, with a little more breads and less hop whallop.

Taste - Much like the smell, although the malts were a little pronounced. It is balanced quite well, in that the hops didn't take your breath away and you could actually taste malts and breads, something which many of the AIPA's cannot claim. Nuttiness is also present at the end of the drink as well, rounding out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and clean, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - I really like what Brooklyn has done here, using the English version of the IPA to introduce something that is more than just a hops orgy. As discussed in this month's version of BA magazine, so many brewers have an IPA or 12 in their lineup that the flavor diversity and profiles are getting pretty slim and repetitive. It is nice to see something a little off the well-beaten path.

While I am not entirely familiar with the English IPA style, I may take a closer look at it and drink a few more variations, because it is much more agreeable to my palate than the hops destruction that is wrought by AIPA's and DIPA's.

Condor recommended and approved, just know going in that this beer is nothing like Stone Ruination or Green Flash IPA or anything like that.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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