Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - American
Ranked #6,135
Ranked #36,682
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.
Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 542 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund from Norway

3.02/5  rDev -19%
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
Photo of James94
James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Photo of Peach63
Peach63 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of monkist
monkist from Hungary

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Photo of hk117
hk117 from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of pym9
pym9 from California

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall impression: This is an excellent, well-balanced, highly drinkable, Anglo/American IPA, with subtle nuances that are likely to be under appreciated in this late hop heavy, lactose-laden era of excessively milky and tropical-aroma NEIPAs. (I love a good NEIPA like Julius, Alien Church, and even Tired Hands’ original Milkshake IPA, but I am sick of the overly lactosed beers in vogue now.)

In terms of malt profile, ABV, and overall bitterness, it resembles an English IPA. It is straw-colored and crystal clear, with medium body for an IPA. It is breadier and fuller than a simple domestic US 2-row, and it doesn’t give the impression of any crystal malt character. Perhaps they used a Pale Ale base malt (instead of Pale) or used some specialty malts to add a breadier character to a base of Pale malt. The bitterness is more restrained than typical American IPAs and well in balance with the malt and 5.5% ABV.

In terms of hop character, it is much more a classic American IPA, dominated by Cascade and Simcoe but with tropical and fruity notes that blend well.

Compared to a watery, heavily late-hopped “Session IPA” this “Golden IPA” is much more balanced between the malt, hops, bitterness, and alcohol. Flavorful and satisfying at 5.5%, it is neither an American Pale Ale, Session IPA, NEIPA, or classic American IPA, which are typically 6-7% ABV.

Jun 02, 2020
Photo of MikeWard
MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/2020, so just under the wire here.

Slightly hazy deep golden yellow body. Small white head persists throughout leaving a little lacing. Well carbonated.

Dull faintly fruity aroma. Very faint.

On tasting, any hop taste has faded, a little soapy, very light fruit notes.

Mouth around medium. There is a bit of a sour malty aftertaste.

Overall, lightweight ipa, likely was much better a month or two ago.

Apr 30, 2020
Photo of hman43
hman43 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a strong tropical fruit aroma that features guava and papaya. There is sweetness to it overall with a low amount of perfume notes.

Taste: It has tropical flavor in the forefront with guava and papaya. It is sweet with fruity esters as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate bitterness.

Overall, it certainly has a tropical burst of flavors to is, but it is a bit sweet as well.

Apr 04, 2020
Photo of vinicole
vinicole from England

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.

Feb 08, 2020
Photo of Ant777uk
Ant777uk from England

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.

Dec 30, 2019
Photo of Darkmagus82
Darkmagus82 from Texas

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.

Nov 22, 2019
Photo of 3Vandoo
3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

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

Nov 03, 2019
Photo of Bouleboubier
Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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)

Sep 30, 2019
Photo of NiceTaps
NiceTaps from New Jersey

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.

Sep 14, 2019
Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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.

Aug 25, 2019
Photo of Mdog
Mdog from Minnesota

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.

Jun 30, 2019
Photo of flyingpig
flyingpig from Scotland

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.

May 09, 2019
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

May 08, 2019
Photo of EmperorBevis
EmperorBevis from England

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

Apr 03, 2019
Photo of JamFuel
JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Mar 16, 2019
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78 from Illinois

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!

Dec 07, 2018
Photo of dbl_delta
dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 02, 2018
Photo of FLima
FLima from Brazil

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.

Oct 27, 2018
Photo of VoxRationis
VoxRationis from New York

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.

Oct 21, 2018
Photo of Harrison8
Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Sep 19, 2018
Defender IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 542 ratings