Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,539
Ranked #24,561
3.71 | pDev: 10.51%
May 08, 2022
Oct 01, 2015
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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3.52 by kkazemi from New York on May 08, 2022
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
by Danzifer from Ohio

Got in a police chase, totaled my car, almost died, but it's a pretty good beer. Unforgettable.

Mar 18, 2022
3.73 by DOCRW from Washington on Dec 08, 2021
3.59 by samEBC from Belgium on Aug 26, 2021
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3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

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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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by James94 from England

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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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

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
3.74 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Jan 16, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by monkist from Hungary

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
4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hk117 from Hong Kong

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
4.1 by tottel from Netherlands on Aug 03, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 31, 2020
3.94 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Jul 24, 2020
2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jul 19, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by pym9 from California

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
4.06 by funku2 from Colorado on May 22, 2020
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3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
3.95 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Apr 29, 2020
4 by Robertas from Lithuania on Apr 06, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

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
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Apr 01, 2020
3.75 by InfernoBoss from California on Mar 24, 2020
3.58 by Edy-Cantarero from New York on Feb 15, 2020
4.16 by delmarkchicago from Illinois on Feb 08, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by vinicole from England

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
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3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Ant777uk from England

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
3.35 by artf from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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
3.37 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Nov 20, 2019
4.03 by Blcookies from Nevada on Nov 15, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

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
3.89 by markallmon from Tennessee on Oct 26, 2019
3.54 by gefinley from California on Oct 06, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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
3.75 by shigg85 from Japan on Sep 16, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

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
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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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
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