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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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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bierkraft growler into a Burgundy tumbler.

A: Clear orange with a large, thick head that lasts. Decent lacing.

S: Initially the hops come through, then cloves, banana/bubblegum and other fruit. There's some breadiness in there too.

T: The banana, clove and other effects of the Belgian yeast are strong. Some more spiciness (although I can't identify the spices) comes through on the tongue. The malt is pretty subdued. The finish has a touch of cleansing hop bitterness.

M: A bit thin. Crisp, somewhat dry. Nicely heavy carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink but still interesting. I would love to be able to get this by the six-pack in the summer. A growler is not the best container for this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back story: Over the past 3 or 4 weeks, seems I’ve tried this one at my local beer spots at least 3 times. Each time I had a hard time coming to adjectives to describe, as well as difficulty figuring out if I liked it.
This time it was flowing for growler pours in Westchester county NY.

Look: H’mmm lets see what we got here………pours chestnut amber, dull orange hue, clouded. Nice early head, sticks around for a spell, loose and frothy, then a tiny bubble film, thin collar and nice high and mid level copious and very fine strands of lace left on the glass.

Sniff: Biscuity base to the nose with some floral notes in the rear, also some hints of phenols floating around in there somewhere.

Taste: Malty base, biscuits come to mind. Some ripe dark fruits, pepper, moderate yeast/nutty note, drying gritty hops in the finish. Subtle yet complex, doesn’t scream Belgian, so much as it says quality creation in brewing…

Overall: an enigma in a bottle. Interesting, different and worthy brew. Dangerously sessionable…keep it coming Brooklyn Brewery

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Photo of Mora2000
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
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 dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler filled at orchard park consumers. around fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass.

pours out a clearish reddish orange color, bordering on brown. decent head of the pour that faded to some thin retention. light lacing.

mostly yeasty phenolics. dark fruits

a very clean tasting and simple belgian. phenolic yeast is mostly noticable with a little spice. fruits, almost grape like, a little dark fruits. just a slight hop finish.

good feeling carbonation with a medium body.

great drinkability, something you can sit at the bar and have a few of. a growler is an easy kill.

overall: simple, but they got most of the basics right. when i was drinking this i took it for a belgian dubbel, later to find out that it is actually a belgian pale. this is a pretty good bar and is worth atleast a pint, but there are so many top notch belgians out there that i prolly wont be buying this again.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just put on tap at The Ginger Man, NYC. Georgous peachy colour with three-eights of an inch head. Yasty aroma, like a dubbel. A gentle yeasty Belgian taste, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish, lace sheet as I drain it. Some fruit, and a little astringent. Drinkable though not greatly drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a large snifter at Beer Table in Brooklyn. I wasn't sure at first, but once this beer warmed up I was a big fan. Up front there were bready malt and Belgian spice with subtle vanilla and cherry notes following up. Basically this was a great, very drinkable Belgian pale ale. It's hard to find lower alcohol (relatively speaking) Belgian ales that have such a rich but fun beer. There's a lot to enjoy, but also a complex Belgian character.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at TJ Finleys. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a wispy white head.

The aroma is of a peppery Belgian yeast with some grassy hop aroma. Solid Belgian aromas but nothing outstanding.

The flavor is of light clove and bubblegum along some pepper. There is a floral honey flavor as well a general fruitiness. There is a noticeable hop presence mainly grassy with a bitter bite. Good flavors, quite peppery and grassy.

The feel is light to moderate with spritzy carbonation. Drinks light and crisp finishes with a hoppy bitterness.

A good BPA, its light so you can drink a few of these in a sitting. Not the best BPA but has enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of AnavelGato
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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 blackie
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: snifter glass, served with a thin coating of off-white carbonation, the beer itself a hazed deep golden in color

s: fairly simple setup here - grainy pale malts, slightly sweet fruits, yeasty phenols and a grassy hop aroma, a little dank or musty

m: carbonation just around moderate with a light-medium body

t: flavorful pale malts, sweet grain, some yeasty clove and such, light fruits, hops grassy with a balancing bitter to finish, this is good - but I prefer my bpa's a little brighter and with a more peppery spice

d: a nice, safe Belgian pale, not as unique as some of the other Brooklyn special releases, but still solidly crafted, drinks well

draft at Paradiso, Georgetown

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Photo of Amalak
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 metter98
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and poured with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and wispy patterns in the center.
S: There are light aromas of pale malts, herbs and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very well balanced and has flavors of fruits, herbs, spices and yeast. There are hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered as sessionable. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 fmccormi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Frisco Taphouse.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a half finger of white head. A layer of carbonation remains at the edge of the glass.

Smell: First I pick up a mild sweetness. There is a lot of banana and spice along with some malt and fruity notes.

Taste: Not nearly as fruity as the smell. There is some bitterness that I didn't pick up in the nose, but it's not a hoppy beer at all. It's more in the background, but I'm still picking up banana and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation. The best way I can describe the finish is slick. I'm not a huge fan of the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall: I liked the flavor alright, but this still isn't my favorite beer. I was pretty turned off by the mouthfeel, it could have used more carbonation. I don't think I'm going to come back to this again.

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Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bar I most frequently go to has a regular Brooklyn Lager tap as well as a brooklyn rotating tap. I'm amazed at how many new and unique beers brooklyn is able to come up with. Like Sam Adams, to me their beers are all great but not outstanding. Unlike Sam Adams, however, Brooklyn offers new styles that have never been introduced before. More experimental in terms of style. This beer was good but a little uninteresting.

The color was a little deeper than what I'd expect from a belgian pale but not totally out of style.

Aroma was very yeasty with a nice bready aroma that follows. A very good smelling beer if it's served in the right glass.

Flavor was a little less interesting than I had hoped. I could have been more sweet, more yeasty or more hoppy/bright but where it was happened to pretty much in between everything.

Overall a very good drinking beer but maybe a little less interesting than what I'd hoped for.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mrbeery
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as all things brooklyn solid as a rock.nice to look at with a decent curtain hanging on the glass. started with it ice cold and sunday morning after my bloody mary so i needed a second taste to get to know it better.very a great after taste and long hang time and alot of different great things happen after it warms up.good bitters but not as belgium"y" as you would think.all-in-all somthing of session an worth having while it lasts

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Phistlabs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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