Defender IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

Defender IPADefender IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #5,859
Ranked #33,282
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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Reviews by qchic:
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3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a 2" light tan tinted cream colored collar with a very fine bead. Streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass moderately fast.

S: Medium hop aromas scented with light toast, spice and a hint of citrus rise from the glass.

T: The attack starts with medium assertive fruit flavors sweetened by malt and light caramel notes. As they spread over the palate a medium bitterness takes hold. Just a trace of tea-like tannic bitterness on the finish add depth and dries things out.

F: Defender's body and carbonation are medium and the feel is creamy.

O: This is a very nicely balanced American IPA with a hint of British character especially in the tea-like bitter finish.

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Photo of flaskman
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on sale for $4.99 one month away from best enjoyed by date. Poured clear orange into a tulip glass. Decent head and good lacing. Smells like an IPA. Not overly hoppy and not overly bitter with a touch of sweetness. A well balanced brew. Very well done but not at all standoutish. I purchased a case for $20.00 and will probably buy another before they are all gone. A very solid beer at a very fair price.

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

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a flimsy moderately burnt orange/brown color. Finger’s worth of white foamy head. The smell takes in some citrus rind to balance with a tight amount of caramel malts. The flavor is mainly sweet through the combination of the malts and the citrus hops. Slight resin tries to make an effort in the flavor, but definitely the malts dryly hit the aftertaste and in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, mainly a pretty good AIPA, well balanced and an old school sort of one. I don’t mind it for me.

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

Taking clues from the current hop trends of American IPA, Brooklyn's "Comic Con" collaboration ale also has roots in British brewing tradition. But those brewing traditions have beer re-proportioned to bring it more in line with the taste, texture and aroma of domestic hop bombs.

Defender IPA pours with rolling aromatics of sweet citrus with a backdrop of tea, tobacco and herb. But once the camel-amber ale settles, its frothy white cap in place, its taste is politely toasty and woven together with caramel, biscuit, peanut and a hint of honey.

And while the malt sweetness retracts slightly, this allows for the onslaught of hops to claim their proper IPA showcase. Bright tangerine, peach and apricot lead the way with pink grapefruit, lemon and herbal sassafras playing commentary roles. As its bitterness takes hold, the taste is woodsy with pine, juniper, fresh-pulled tobacco and fresh citrus zest.

Slightly more medium-bodied than west-coast styled IPA, Defender finishes with suggestions of marmalade and tea as its otherwise dryness would lead to extended resinous bittering. Its nutty taste returns while the lingering taste is bittersweet and toasty.

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Photo of TigerSoul
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm new to this beer critique game, but I think I detected what is referred to as 'dicetyl' elements in this beer. The nose had a bit of that buttered-popcorn thing going on, and it lingered a bit through the finish. It also has a distinct "aftertaste", which although I know is "post-finish", was not a pleasant experience. After a while, the nose cleaned up a bit, even had a pine-cone quality to it, and the mouthfeel was quite dry even though the bitterness is not sky high. I'm a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but this one had me scratching my head wondering what the point was. I'll finish the six pack because this is a new release beer and the freshness is intact, but it's not worth a return visit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Neat beer made for comic con, best by date is unreadable.

Pours a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent lacing, hazy iced tea brown color.
Nose nice floral citrus hops, floral at first, touch grassy and spicy, then fruity with candied orange peel and apricot, generic fruit and bubblegum, with big sweety candy reddish candy malts.

Taste brings lots of malts out front, sweet syrupy candy reddish toasty malt, quickly into big spicy hops, grassy and earthy too, little floral flowery, chewy briny hops, into caramel sweet candy, bitter rind. Finish is mild sweet, sucky, tons of super spicy chewy briny hops like I'm still chewing on hop pellets.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little syrupy sticky sweet, decent carb.

Overall eh, a super bitter spicy briny hop like chewing on hop pellets, and super heavy sweet malt an ipa from 10 years ago and not very good by today's standards, more like throw everything we can into this beer doesn't matter how good it is.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By date of September 28, 2017. Sampled on June 9, 2017.

The pour is an attractive looking medium amber under a modest, lingering off-white head. The clarity is quite good.

I really pick up a sweet caramel malt roastiness more than hops in the aroma. Andy the hops that I get tend to lean to the earthy kind.

The body is about medium and reasonably smooth.

I think this is easy drinking with a sweet malt forward taste followed by a bitterness that is both earthy and resiny but all in all dry. This is quite traditional and is not meant to be juicy and overly hopped up. And for that, it fits the bill.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Defender IPA brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 6.70% This American IPA pours out a deep gold brown color with a nice off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this IPA, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Really liking the color of this brew. The smell is rich with hop bitterness at first. Then you pick up on some nice earthly grains and malts. So far there is a lot going on in Brooklyn Defender IPA, now for the taste. The taste is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hops, then a real nice smoothness of grains and malts. In one word great, that all I have to say. This is one smooth , easy going IPA. There is nothing overpowering about
Brooklyn Defender IPA , it has a super nice balance to it. It is also really hard to pick up on the 6.70% ABV in this IPA, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Brooklyn Defender IPA is Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Really easy drinking if you are into IPA'S. Overall I'm giving Brooklyn Defender IPA a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Brooklyn Brewery, did a super nice job with this brew.

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

Photo of Wer34truh
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown color, with a small head. Quite a but if lacing.

Smells delightfully of piney hops, with some caramel sweetness.

Carbonation is striking, and overwhelming and subdues the taste. Despite the piney hops smell, I found the malt more present in the taste. I've never been a fan of carbonation, and in the case of this, the carbonation is so present it hides whatever flavor is there. Quite disappointing by this, especially considering how much I enjoyed the smell.

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

Nice tan head. Clear light brown body with a copper hue. Very appealing.

Smell is a nice combination of pine floral rally hops with a caramel malt note with a hint a toffee.

Taste is a bit more toffee with caramel and slight roast with grapefruit and pine notes.

Body is mediumand smooth. Biting carbonation gives it a crisp texture. Dry finish.

Overall, pretty good IPA. A bit malt er than one would expect but still hoppy. Go for it.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crewfan1952
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange brown color I would call a shade or two lighter than apple cider. The head was one finger and an off white beige that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There are many hanging sheets of lacing. The smell is floral, citrus and piney with some bready malt as well. Taste is similar, but with a good bit of dankness. A slight bit of bitterness on the finish. Feel is light side of medium with good carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall a decent IPA, but certainly not worth seeking out

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

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

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Pony Bar. From notes. Reviewed 9 October 2015.
Clear copper with light head.
It smells fruity and delicious. Hint of bubble gum.
Disappointing. It plays up the 'red' (God, what a useless descriptor) by being slightly sour, metallic, and malty rich. The hops hit first, misleadingly, before fading into a humdrum/dryish amber ale.
Glad I got the souvenir glass, but I otherwise wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Defender IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 517 ratings