Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,200
Ranked #23,605
3.71 | pDev: 10.51%
Oct 13, 2023
Oct 01, 2015
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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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bought in a small grocery in Paris. This beer isn't too bad but nothing really great either. Classic aroma, a little skunky on the finish of the taste. Fairly typical ipa that was an easy drink but unlikely to get it again.
Oct 13, 2023
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Rated by BillyNoonan from Ireland

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours like a good lager, great carbonation. Notes of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste follows nose, with a dry, pleasing finish. Very refreshing.
Jul 08, 2023
Rated: 4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Aug 16, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by kkazemi from North Carolina

May 08, 2022
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Rated by Danzifer from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Got in a police chase, totaled my car, almost died, but it's a pretty good beer. Unforgettable.
Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by DOCRW from Kentucky

Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Clear golden colour, moderate white head. The aroma has hints of dust, malts, herbs, caramel and a little fruit. Lagerish mouthfeel and flavour. The flavour has the same elements as the aroma, it is quite dry, and has moderate bittering hops.
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Clear light golden colour, lots of head, good lacing
S: Lime, lemon, zestiness, coconut, grapefruit
T: Syrup, zestiness
F: Not overly complex, but well-bodied and refreshing

O: 4
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours golden yellow with a 1 1/2 inch white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma of pine, mango, peach.

Taste is mango, orange zest, peach.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Less citrus flavor than I was expecting but good.
Apr 15, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Man it’s been ages since I last had an IPA so I was really looking forward to this one - and it turns out to be oh-so-not-so-good...
Okay, I must admit that once the beer warmed up enough, I started getting the aroma and the flavor, but until then there were times I thought it was dead. The aroma is kind of nice though, piney I think what would describe it the best but the flavor could not go that far, even at best it felt a bit diluted. I think it was my bad because I expected something more decent from Brooklyn Beers, although I don’t remember their trademark IPAs either (although the Sorachi was nice.)
Anyway, the beer was not that much of a letdown, it was rather a dry, reserved IPA, East Coast style, I think I should have been more grateful for having one again. Still, I got no superheroes there, guess it’s more like a “Bruce Banner” but not a “Hulk” kinda thing...
Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Dec 24, 2020
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Reviewed by hk117 from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap - a lighter American IPA in both alcohol content and taste, strong citrusy smell with a hoppy flavour and bitter finish. Quite sessionable and easy to drink.
Aug 14, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by tottel from Netherlands

Aug 03, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by Timfromthemainland from New York

Jul 24, 2020
Defender IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
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