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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JizackFH on 02-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. into a Brooklyn pint glass.

pours a dark copper with a big head. tad of citrus on the nose. good crisp taste, with a hint of banana on the aftertaste. a tad yeasty too. very easy drinking. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a good easy drinking Belgian pale. you won't regret it.

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Photo of Burt
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Dark amber that is hazy, white head was thin because is was filled all the way to the top. It thinned out pretty quick and left some light lacing.

Smell is like unripe bananas, yeasty spiciness, clove and bubblegum.

Taste is similar to smell, has a creamy smooth finish.

I ordered this beer not knowing what it was and I thought it tasted like a Hefeweizen, was surprised it was a Belgium Pale Ale. Nice beer that went down nice and smooth.

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Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Light brown and hazy with a fluffy off white head that remains thick and fluffy through out the entire time.

Aroma: Slightly fruity and citrusy with sweet caramel notes. Lots of fruity esters coming from the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste: Yeasty and fruity with citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body yet surprisingly creamy, almost like it was from a nitrogen tap.

Overall: It was good and I had been looking forward to trying it for while, but it was not mind altering or anything like that. If I found it again, sure I would order it again.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into Brooklyn Tulip, Growler filled yesterday ~24hrs ago. A nice reassuring "pop" comes from the growler after I open it (swing top). a nice hazy fog comes off the beer. Still nice and carbonated. Sweet. Smell- cloves, herbs, spices, some breadiness. Overall, nice aroma. Taste- nice breadiness, some definite bitterness from the hops, some cloves, spices. there is a nice highly drinkable session quality to this one. Just a nice overall summer beer.

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Photo of AnavelGato
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip glass at The Flying Saucer in Austin, Texas.

Appearance: Hazy gold bordering on burnt orange. Beautiful color, poured with about a finger of head that dissipated quickly

Aroma: Fruity smell highlighted by stronger notes of yeast. Somewhat faint scent, really had to make it a point to smell anything at all.

Taste: Malty on first sip, definitely a mellow brew. The malt character is more buiscuity than roasty. Complemented nicely by a hops end note, mostly earthy and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, refreshing and crisp, exactly what I want on a warm day.

Overall: a good example of a nice Belgian ale, very mellow in flavor and aroma and a good all around beer. Not Brooklyn’s finest but by no means is it bad.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a tulip at Bodega on 4/6/11

Deep amber color. Cloudy; perhaps unfiltered? Obscures anything through the glass. Not much of a head was poured. As such, there's no lace or retention.

Bubblegum notes at the fore of the aroma. Spiciness is minimized. Fruit, too - banana, apple and pear. Soft hops; floral and a touch herbal. Kind of juicy. While the aroma is roust, the taste is thinner and brief, at least at first. The fruit notions are similar but toned down. Instead, tea leaf hops with an herbal bent and a spot of pepper take over. Lots of tea leaves. The hops are dry. Bitterness is maybe a bit much for the style, hitting on the back and lingering long. Light side of medium body. Prickly carbonation serves to ramp up the dryness; it's a bit much for me. Beyond crisp, even.

Not bad, but I don't find it too great. I like it better as it warms, though it never seems to come together fully.

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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber in color, this Belgian pale ale has appreciable notes of citrus fruit, particularly banana, complimented by Belgian yeast, honey, and earthy hops with a hint of peppery spices at the end. A truly refreshing and velvety smooth offering from Brooklyn.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color - Aroma is sweet biscuity malts with some fruitiness and spicy notes. Taste is sweet, biscuity malts and some spiciness with faint grass hoppiness detected as well. Not as good as some of their other brews, but a nice lower end offering from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the Belgian yeast with a little bit of floral and pineapple notes. The flavor is not that great. I get some pineapple and orange notes, as well as some Belgian yeast. There is also an off flavor that reminds me of hairspray. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In my opinion, this beer is not up to Brooklyn's usual standards.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance - Amber body and slightly cloudy. Off white head.

Smell - Banana and a bit of slight hop. Lots of banana.

Taste - Pretty mild alcohol and hop.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark amber color ith a copius off-white head. Good lace remains.
Smell is malty with a goodly note of raspberry and hops also present. Decent balance.
Taste is malt, hops, raspberry and a hint of citrus. Good balance.
Medium body, lightish effervescence, slightly dry finish. A little vinegary in the aftertaste. A pretty good brew overall.

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Photo of codsmith
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden red with a nice finger thick white foam head

Very light and mellow Belgian yeast smell. Some hint of fruit in the background

Very mellow tasting. Has hints of fruit, but not overt in any flavor regard. It almost lacks a true flavor if anything. Close to a light ale w/ hint of fruit.

Very light on the mouth, but maybe a touch over carbonated

Good for a hot summer day, but really lacks flavor and taste character

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Photo of nschueller
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle il

A: a dark singel but that's cool. Not much of a head with below avg retention but that's cool too

S: traditional belgian yeast atoms with lots of flower and fruit esters. Strong isoamyl acetate presence. Strong

T: more of the belgian yeast flavor. Like tasting a tasty cake. Isoamyl acetate. Sweet and fruity. Full earthy hops to balance

M: not as carbonated as I expected but thats cool too. Light.

O: pleasant. Obvious goal in the belgian yeast aroma and taste. Good example of a surprisingly rare style. Possibly artificial color added to appeal to those who like darker belgians but that's col.

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler my friend got over in NY.

Appearance is a nice amber tone with an off-white had. Main Engine has coriander, orange, some belgian yeast in its` smell. The taste has some hops, caramel, and a bit of earthiness. MF is medium, some carbonation. Alright BPA, but I was hoping this was going to be a little more impressive.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a yellish color with a pretty good looking head on it. The lacing wasn't too bad either. The smell of the beer had some light fruity aromas mixed with the belgian yeast and floral elements on the nose. The taste of the beer followed through with some of the same things, there was a nice yeasty flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little bubbly but still had a bit of softness to it. My overall on this beer is that I felt like it was a little too light. I expected it to be just a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured a deep burnt orange with a substantial head that was gone pretty quickly.Fruit and clove-like phenolic spice are the main components to the aroma,phenols are big.Flavors are alot like the nose with phenols playing a huge role with hefty spice,fruity are nice and linger in the finish.Its not bad just a little to heavy handed with the yeasty flavors for me.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: a little dark for a BPA, but that's just fine. Clear, amber body with a thin, white head that has good retention and good lacing. Looks good.

Smell: big, Belgian yeast inspired esters, bready malt and a little herbal and grassy hop aromas. Smells good.

Taste: bready, fruity, Belgian yeast spiciness, a bit of caramel malt, and some earthy, grassy hops. Not great but still pretty good.

Feel: medium bodied, dry finish, easy to drink and could conceivably be sessioned.

Overall: decent, but not great. It doesn't stand up to the best American made Belgians, or even Brooklyn's other Belgian beers, but its still decent and worth a try if you see it on tap but I wouldn't seek it out. Cheers!

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy pale golden with 1-finger of off-white frothy head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The aromas are Belgian yeast with some clove and phenol and bready, doughy pale maltiness. Hops don't fingure in with much more than some grassy, herbal notes.

T: The beer was a big letdown, although I think tasting it the day after trying Gnomegang did it no favors. Granted they are different beers in different styles, but Main Engine Start just starts and doesn't finish. The maltiness starts strong but runs out of gas and ends very flat with an abrupt, cardboard flavor at the end. The hoppiness is too mild and could use more variety and more citrus. The yeast flavor is brief and fleeting.

M: The body is light-medium with a fairly smooth but well-carbonated body. The malt dropping out at the end hurts the feel though.

O: Pretty disappointing to be frank -- I will not be buying this again and it doesn't instill much hope for other Belgian singles out there.

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Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A bubbly white head forms, and recedes to nothing. Light lace is left behind.
S: Floral, grassy hops up front. Some spice and light fruity esters. A strange bitterness lingers that I can not put my finger on.
T: Follows the nose with plenty of hops. Spicy with some light yeast character. Grainy malt with some sweetness. Though again, a really strange bitterness lingers that does not mesh well for me.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. A slick and oily feel as well. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Just kind of ho hum for me. I am not sure what the sharp bitterness is that I am getting, but it just feels odd to me. Not all that bad, but a one and done.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 3/24/11, on tap at DBGB's; pours clear amber gold with a small off white head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, light yeast, faint hops, light caramel, clove or pepper and some light fruit; a very soft nose that is sweet and airy with a little funky aroma.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, funky yeast, faint citrus hops, coriander, light caramel, clove, pepper, light fruit like pear and sour apple, grapefruit and a little brown sugar. Light hops balance the sweetness and make this complex and really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp; it's airy and watery with high carbonation, a smooth feel on the tongue and a dry finish that washes down clean. A very refreshing beer that goes well with food and would also make a great session beer. Another very nice venture from Brooklyn.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured peppery esters, earhy hops and a light sweetness.

The taste consisted of a vibrant ester, fresh herbalnhop and grainy sweetness. Good residual fruitiness.

The moutfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an easy drinking Belgian pale. Nice li
Tied release from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Amalak
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at the keg and lantern in greenpoint Brooklyn.
a. Beautiful orange color with a solid foamy head and lacing. Completely opaque.
s. Fruity scent. Orange?
t. Has a hefeweizen taste to it mixed with an ale. Taste like a orange slice was in there. Malty with a slight bitterness. Carbonated. Certainly a nice spring beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/29/11 notes. Had on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago on the eve of DLD.

a - Pours a clear dark orange-amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of mint, hops, biscuit malts, bananas, cloves, and pepper.

t - Tastes of cloves, spices, pepper, bready and biscuit malts, like yeast, and light mint.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation in the body.

o - Overall a nice Belgian pale ale from Brooklyn. While not my favorite beer from them I found it above average and if not for the slight mintiness, it could have been ever better. Would give another shot sometime.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the office. A surprisingly good reproduction of a classic European style. I was impressed with this depiction. Great stuff; easily downable; satisfying and refreshing with hints of cloves, honey, and orange peel. Aroma complemented the taste. Overall, great stuff. Recommended...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes had on tap at Timothy's Taphouse:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: wheat, spices, clove, banana,

taste: wheat, spices, clove, banana,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a nice summer beer.


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