Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #5,892
Ranked #33,838
3.73 | pDev: 10.46%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Defender IPADefender IPA
Notes: Also known as Brooklyn Defender Golden IPA.

Defend Beer with Brooklyn Defender IPA, our heroically hopped golden IPA featuring strong notes of tropical fruit, well-muscled hop bitterness, and an incredibly dry finish. Cape not required. #DefendBeer

Brooklyn Defender IPA is proud to be the official beer of New York Comic Con.
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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a thin frothy head.
Citrus aroma. Orange.
Pithy citrus favour. Biscuit malt now present.
Mid range carbonation and feel.
Old style AIPA.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden IPA, seems to be brewed in Sweden...not sure I have had a Swedish beer sounds like they are trying to make it sound American...

Definitely golden, beautiful head, refreshing peach lemonade aroma.

Tastes like sherbert a bit. Kind of funky and unique. Quite a lot of interesting flavours happening on the tongue after swallowing. I don't love it, but I definitely like it! Great can too, kind of looks like Sunkist or Fanta.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a caramel sweet doughy smell that is mixed with some aromas of tropical fruits. Along with these aromas comes some grapefruit hop smells as well as a touch of pine.
Taste – The taste begins with as may have been anticipated form the nose, with a decently caramel flavor mixed with some tropical fruits and a decent bit of breadiness. Upfront there is a hit of grapefruit hops, with very little other hop presence. While the grapefruit lessen a tad in intensity as the taste moves forward it is replaced by some pine and herb to leave one with a modestly hopped and somewhat sweeter malted taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the mix of flavors the feel is good and makes for a nice easy sipper.
Overall – A decent and fairly easy drinking brew overall.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet golden color with no head at all but just a swirling who is dancing.

Smell is caramel at first and toffee followed by hops.

In mouth it is sweet maltiness with a hoppy ensemble

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can, BBDEC19, brewed in San Leandro, CA?!; purchased single off shelf... poured into Belhaven pub pint)

L: brilliant, polished-clear, pale amber liquid; ugly, exploded sponge of off-white foam, cratered... the head looked terrible; nearly no lace

S: spicy citrus upon tab pop; grapefruit, pineapple, vinyl pool liner; lightly-toasted light caramel in the background... moderate-plus overall potency; kinda smells like a session IPA (weak malt/alcohol)

T: grapefruit pith, orange skin finish; very exposed crystal/caramel malt character, dry; lightly toasty and spicy in the finish... clean (but stripped) residual hop resins and malt definition through the finish... spicy-floral bitter aftertaste slowly emerges, might be the best part of it

F: quick, slick flow; soft sizzle front-to-back; delicate warmth builds as it goes... extremely easy drinking, mindless

O: I bought this in NJ, why was it brewed in CA? - are they (still) in transition (or limbo) moving out of Utica?... this ain't a bad beer, but I would much rather try a less-filtered version (1532)

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore.

Golden copper color with a 1/2 F white cap. Generous lacing.

Modest hop and caramelized malt aromas. Some citrus and pine.

English malt and hops. Citrus and earthy in moderation.

Caramel malt carries the medium bodied brew. Slightly bitter with a palate friendly finish.

It measures up to the old timey IPA style. I liked it.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold with shorter head. The nose is soft tropical and citrus with some earth, dankness, cattiness, herb, grass, berry, pine. Full smell, malt is fairly prominent. The herb/grass/pine is stronger in the flavor, where it practically dominates. Medium to medium full mouthfeel, good balancing bitterness. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Mdog
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit.

Taste: Moderate bitterness, balanced, some citrus throughout.

Overall: Picked up a six pack since it was $8. Old school IPA, leans a little to the English side with its balance but the citrus keeps it as an American IPA. Not bruisingly bitter, not particularly fruity, just balanced and a little to the hoppy side.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

330ml Can from Tesco supermarket (£1.80):
This one is a fairly clear & medium amber coloured beer with a two centimetre tall head that's very foamy & white in colour. The nose is one of subdued hops & biscuit malts with a few floral touches & a tiny bit of citrus but it's definitely not pronounced; I did some grassy notes & couple pale malts rounding things off though. The taste is a little stronger but nothing too in your face either, a few faint grapefruit hops open proceedings with a biscuit base underneath & some floral touches around the middle. I got some grassy hops & a little hay nearer the end but it's got a basic feel to it. The body is light medium, the carbonation around the same but overall it seems light, bland & a little weak for the style sadly, it's not for me I'm afraid.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.18/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L- Clear, decidely on the orange side of gold, pours with 3mm white head clearing to lacing. (It has a bright orange can too... oh-oh!).
S- Ah, an unmistable orange scent, tangerine perhaps, and perfume, lychee. I'm not too optimisitic so far.
T- Dry, hoppy, somewhat sour, citrus, with the strong perfumed orange flavour into the finish.
F- Quite rich, perfumed, with a dry/orange finish.
O- Too unlike beer for me, with too much going on. It tastes more like a meaty perfumed alco-orangade to me. Shame, but I do wonder who likes this kind of style. Not one I'd repeat.
Bought from Waitrose in London this afternoon. £1.52/330ml can. BB: 15-Mar-2020. It was one of those days, I quickly check the beer aisle each time I visit the supermarket (say twice a week), and rarely find anything I haven't had before. And then - bingo! - I hit the jackpot. Today at Waitrose I found 5(!) beers new to me, 3 of which aren't yet listed here on BA! This seems to be how it goes, months of drought followed by a deluge of new stuff.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned in hopefully a crafty craft can, bought from Tesco as a new addition to their craft range
Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
Aroma is orange sherbet and battery acid lemonade
Flavour isn’t far off

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Photo of JamFuel
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with fine foam.

Smell is citrusy with hints of pine. Crisp and clean.

Taste is clean and refreshing with about equal notes of citrus and pine and sturdy bitterness. Very drinkable.

Mothfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a solid, old school IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB JAN 03 2019. Copper colored body with a foamy ivory head. Earthy pine, citrus, and herbal hops with some bready caramel malt for aroma. Balanced flavors of citrus, mango, earthy pine, caramel, and toasty grain. Medium body, ample carbonation, moderate bitter finish with pine and citrus zest lingering. This is an incredibly balanced IPA with good flavors and is very easy to drink. It's been years since I had a Brooklyn beer; glad to come across this one!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/3/16 (making it a bit over 2 years old) into pint glass. Pours a clear gold-amber with a persistent white head. Initial impression is bready malts, subdued citrus and a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is refreshing; carbonatio has a nice bite to it. Finish is dry and bitter.
Not bad, considering its age. I'd guess the hop flavors would be more pronounced with a younger bottle.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with apparent carbonation and a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, oranges and mild caramel.
Flavor with potent notes of grapefruit, pine, clearer bread malt and oranges. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent. This makes me “beer sick” of the traditional hopped American IPAs, though this has a clearer malt profile. This is better than their regular IPA.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; best by March 12, 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light amber color with an dark golden hue on illumination, a three quarter inch foamy white head, big bubbles at times but solid retention, and rings and rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and light pine and a little juniper. Mineral component evident as it warms.
T: The palate largely follows the nose, but caramel and mineral notes become evident during consumption. Light bitterness leads to a crisp clean finish.
M: Light bodied with solid effervescence.
O: A delicious, well made, light IPA. Surprised I had not had it before and certainly will not hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange with a slight fog to it. Head is a finger in height and white in color. Aroma is orange, papaya, pine, and resin. The citrus notes are light while the pine and resin stand out more. Flavor profile is orange, pine, and resin hops with a biscuit, caramel, and nutted malt mix underneath. Great blending of hops and malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a slightly chalky texture. Overall, good blending of malts and hops keep this one drinking balanced and delightful. Chalky feel is a little off putting though.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold, clear. Medium rising bubbles. Frothy head. Moderate head retention. Leaves a fairly nice lacing behind.

Citrus, herbal, minty. Sweet malts, slight caramel.

Medium-high hop bitterness, citrus, herbal, minty, slight woody. Bready malt background, slight caramel/honey-like. Bitter-dry finish that lingers very well. Medium bodied, slight sticky, moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

It's a solid American IPA.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Lemon yellow in color, one finger head with some lacing retention.
Smell - strong floral hops with some citrus notes. A really fragrant and pleasant scent, with a hint of sweetness.
Taste - a hop forward beer with a good balance of malts, resulting a nice malty finish.
Feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, and average ABV at 5.9%.
Overall - a good American IPA, though not a standout given the numerous IPAs on the market these days. Still an easily drinkable and very good beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a slight haze that lifted as this warmed a bit leaving great clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium high spicy hop aromas with notes of fresh mint leaves. Medium malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light, creamy smooth feel through the middle with light warmth near the end. Flavors are similar to aromas. Solid malt flavor throughout with earthy, spicy and minty hop flavors. Mellow spicy hop bitterness through the middle followed minty and spicy hop flavors to the end. Finished semi-dryly with lingering spicy and pine hop bitterness. Well balanced with the malt backbone tempering the hop character just enough. Pleasant, creamy feel and good appearance. Bitterness at the finish isn't over powering and doesn't linger too long making this very drinkable. The average BA score at the time of this review doesn't do this one justice.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting almost orange candy taste. Not too bitter. Looks decent light amber with a thick white head. Aroma is subtle hoppy. Feel is okay, not much on lingering effects. Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 2" white sudsy head leaves no lacing. Color is light golden with moderate carbonation. Aroma of grapefruit and white bread dough. Flavor follows the aroma. A very good, standard American IPA.

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Photo of Lucular
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this and it is a nice solid traditional American IPA. Good balance between hops and malt. Light caramel undertones with citrus and a slight earthiness.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant slightly cloudy orange yellow with a pillow of a white head that recedes gradually leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is " Fruit Loops" citrus, with a touch of vinegar in the background. The flavor is citrus and just a touch of pine. The feel is crisp and well carbonated. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale straw yellow with an abundant head, that has solid retention that leaves rings of lace down the glass.
Aroma: Pungent hops and citrusy and slightly dank.

Taste: Hop bitterness, citrus fruit, balance hops and malts. Dry bready malt ton smooth and tart at the same time. Good balance easy to drink with lots of flavor to process.

Close in style to the FULL SAIL 8 pound freah hop Ale.

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Defender IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 522 ratings