Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,782
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,534
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 10.72%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
510
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Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 510
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

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

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

Taste/Finish/Body:
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.

Overall:
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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Photo of beeragent
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

L - Pours a clear medium straw, forming a thin white head, with light lace. Medium carbonation.

S - Strong aroma of crystal malts with only a hint of citrusy hops.

T - Caramel malts coat the palate, with very light fruity and floral hops balancing out the finish. Low bitterness for an IPA.

F - Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation, and clean.

O - Malts and hops are pretty well balanced in this one, neither outshining the other. Having said that, I would expect an American IPA to be tipped more in favor of the hops and to showcase a more citrusy/fruity presence.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus and toasted caramel. Nice citrusy bitterness with a toasted caramel backbone.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one off the single shelf at Giant Eagle just down the street. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had bitter grapefruit flare. The taste was bitter through with citrus being the driver. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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

A - Medium gold colored pour with beautiful clarity and a very sticky white lacing ring.

S - Bright citrus with with a distinct spicy/peppery/citrus aroma.

T - A little bit of crackery malt pokes through but the rest of this beer is about the hops. Citrus, pepper, spice, citrus rind, and pronounced spicy citrus resin in character. The spicy citrus hop resin builds momentum.

M - Medium body and dry.

O - This is a solid IPA that's easy drinking and better than the current score of 3.71. I grow centennials in my back yard and this reminds me of that Centennial intensity that's amped up by the Amarillo. I could see myself drinking more of this beer, especially at 5.9%. Nice job Brooklyn!!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours pale, almost yellow, and mostly headless into my pint glass. Nose is mostly nondescript but the flavor itself is juicy and lined with citrus. This isn't really a bitter IPA but is flavorful and very easy to drink for 6.7% abv. It honestly almost seems like a session ale. This is only okay in a crowded market of IPA, but you could do much worse.

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Defender IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 510 ratings