The Defender | Brooklyn Brewery

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The DefenderThe Defender

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Defender is constantly vigilant, standing guard over all those who dare to create, to dream, and to drink great beer. This bright, juicy, West Coast-style IPA takes on a reddish twist from a dash of roasted malt. Bold, fruity hop bitterness and an intensely resinous nose lead the way into a dry finish that blazes the trail for your next sip.
Who is this masked hero? The Defender emerged in an era when gloomy walls and bland beer held our city in a stranglehold. Slowly, murals began to brighten the landscape and flavorful beer flooded the taps. Today the city is alive with fiery art and delicious beer. The Defender maintains constant vigilance to battle back the blandness lurking around the edges. Ours is a world of light and fury and song. This is its Defender.
Brooklyn Defender IPA was forged in collaboration with our sidekicks at New York Comic Con as the official beer of the convention.

Added by dbrauneis on 10-12-2012

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Photo of dsa7783
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Pours a hazy, copper hue with moderate frothing. Mild aroma of pine and hops with a slight grapefruit backbone. Similar flavor profile with hints of lemon zest and pine. Not bad.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber with a frothy khaki head.

Smell is dank cat pee and rug.

Taste is grapefruit candy and pine.

Dry and frothy mouthfeel, spicy and boozy overall.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. I guess they brewed and bottled this for Comic Con. Now it is labelled as an IPA. Its a copper color. I was expecting malty on the nose but boy is it hoppy. Stinging hoppiness. Sort of a unique hop profile. Lots of grapefruit and herbal or medicinal hops. The flavor was super tangy and abrasive along with a sort of eucalyptus flavored hoppiness. Caramel malt and such. Medium bodied. Very bitter. Pretty cool. Unique flavor. I thought it was memorable. Label was neat as well.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Got to try this beer at New York Comic Con 2014. During booth setup on Wednesday they were providing free pints of this beer to anyone at the convention center. Two of the people with me were not 'beer drinkers' and they were surprised by this beer.

I thought this was a solid Red ale - very drinkable and something that would work well in 6pk if it were to distro.

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Photo of JGam115
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous, piercing amber color that it incredibly clear. Almost crystalline-like shine on that amber.

S: Subdued nose of clean grass which hits you first. Then on come the hops which are definitely apparent, but not in excess.

T: Very light and crisp. Thirst quenching, even. Very flavorful.

M: Not as aggressive as other Imperial Pales, but has a good amount of bitterness that works well with the malts.

O: I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this. Maybe they'll be a redux of this in the coming years under a different name.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma explodes of big sweetness of juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a bit of dank sticky pine.

The flavor follows with those fruits up front. Guava, papaya, blood orange. Then onto a medium caramel sweetness. The back end offers a dank quality and leafy green. A touch of cat pee possibly.

A good showcasing of Mosaic with thick amber ale back bone. A good hoppy offering from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint at One Mile House in LES, Manhattan, and I'm glad I did. This is an interesting red. It seemed to pair a smooth and creamy caramel with a fruity, juicy hop character that comes off with a pleasant cherry kick. It's on the more drinkable side for a 7.2% ABV, which given how tasty it, is dangerous. Give this a try.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into imperial pint glass at Mugs in Brooklyn. It pours a nice amber/slight brown with a good amount of head. Look is good...but the smell is FANTASTIC! This was a debatable 5 for me...just fresh hop bombards the nose. It actually smells like there is a glass of wet hops under the nose - pretty fantastic. Taste is hop bomb but very very well balanced with the malts. Very resinous fresh piney hops, sweet caramel like malts...
fantastic brew - better than Nugget Nectar for me - but not as good as Zoe.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New York Beer Company, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose- grapefruit and orange seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel and toasted malts from the underlying malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little chewy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the taste has a nice balance between malts and hops.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the Bronx Ale House. Bought it over a week ago finally getting around to cracking it open. Pours a hazed dusky burnt amber. Big head with lots of lace has an off white color and it fades slowly leaving a nice covering. Some carbonation visible along the sides of the glass. Smell is sweet with a light fruitiness that carries dinner rolls and pine as well. A healthy toasted malt comes through with a bit of toffee. Taste is smooth and bready with a bit of sun dried grape tomato, ( had some earlier ). It has a light floor malt signature as well. Hops are oily and firm but not over the top. This is a skilled, artful presentation of a hop forward beer. The grapefruit is firm but never covers the malt which is caramel sweet and accented by a distinctive fruitiness. Dry clean finish leaves light hop oil and a touch of whole grain rolls. Feel is almost cask like with a low carbonation that at first seemed too low, but it grows on you and gives it almost English pub feel. Crisp with a quenching character. It goes down very quickly and with a great deal of pleasure. You could session it but the abv is quite well hidden and trouble looms after the second glass. A good solid brew and it certainly defends the home Comic-Con crowd with big flavor and thirst abatement.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes. This is the beer they brewed for the 2012 NYC Comic-Con.

a - Pours a clear medium orange-amber color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of off white head to it. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pine hops, bready malts, and toasy malts. Pretty nice and some definite hops to the nose; I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, and light grapefruit. Taste is maltier and fruitier than the nose, with less grapefruit and hops.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness to it, and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice hoppy amber ale, though I would have liked more hops in the taste. Definitely didn't feel like 7.2% ABV, and would certainly have it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear light amber in color with some hints of orange and copper when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit/orange hops and some toasted malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted malts underneath some pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit/orange hops that contribute light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is the NYC Comic-Con beer from Brooklyn Brewery. I would call this beer an Amber IPA but as it is a hybrid, I put it in the same category as Nugget Nectar as they as similar in style. Would have enjoyed some stronger hop aromas but a quite enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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