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 barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

2 months past the bb date. Aroma is floral and lightly resiny, with nutty caramel malt and perfumey, herbal hops adding complexity. Flavor reveals a strong caramel malt backbone, fairly sweet, which is contrasted by moderately bitter hops at the finish. Herbal hops provide a bridge mid palate and resurface in the aftertaste. The herbal hop character isn't my favorite, and bitterness is more than I'd prefer in the finish. Malt is a bit overly sweet.

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Photo of M_C304
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance - Clear and pale gold in color. Developed approximately a 1-1/2", off-white head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - Very mellow, floral hop notes. Biscuity malt aroma as well in the background.
Taste - As with the smell, a very mellow hop character with a balanced malt backbone. Not a ton of depth in the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - Medium weight on the mouthfeel but refreshing.
Overall - It's a decent beer. Would prefer something with a little more complexity but I could see me reaching for one of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark golden body with a foamy head.
aroma is of hops and some malt.
The taste has a little bitter hops taste and is balanced by the malt
overall it is tasty

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Photo of Ngntjp
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Looking for a freshness date after half the bottle and I can't find one. Could the hops have died down THAT much? Well where's the date?! Could this bottle be THAT old? Well, again, where's the god damn date?! I have no idea, but the hops are just not there at all. This is more malt than anything to me and I have a feeling I just have an old, old, bottle but nonetheless. This was a pretty disappointing offering from Brooklyn for me. I'll only be seeking this out again to find out if this is a truly disappointing beer or if I got a bad bottle. Bummed for sure at the moment though.

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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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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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