Brooklyn Scorcher #366 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Session IPA

Added by Jason on 05-16-2013

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Photo of da_beers
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark copper with nice 1.5 fingers of head. Good carbonation. Crystal clear.

S - hops off the bat, great auroma. Not so sweet malts. Has a citrus hidden in there, maybe grapefruit.

T - taste is great. Has a nice hop note, but not bitter for the Sake of being bitter. Has a great malt undertone. The biggest thing is balance here, it's perfect.

M - medium body, good carbonation. Coates the mouth with flavor but not in a buttery way.

O - favorite Brooklyn beer so far. This is a great IPA, not to mention hops are from Yakima Valley!

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Beer notes from 6/15/13; on tap at the Gramercy Tavernin NYC: pours slightly hazy amber gold color with a foamy 2 finger white head that faded slowly and left good lacing and as it went down.

Smells like a tangerine, orange peel and piney hops, mixed with light grains, caramel, earthy notes and grass; very light smelling, like a nice summer beer.

Tastes like an IPA and pilsner were mixed together, with piney hops, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, mild grapefruit, grass, hints of caramel, light bready notes and an overall beer crispness like a fresh German pilsner had some West Coast hops dropped in it for near perfect balance. The low ABV made it dangerously easy to drink and I downed two pints in about a half hour before dinner.

Mouthfeel was very light and crisp, with mild carbonation, a light body and outstanding drinkability; this is a definite session beer that has everything I look for in a quality beer on tap, especially when it's hot out. This was perfect for trying a new beer with flavor while standing at the bar waiting to be seated and engaging in conversation.

Overall I thought that this was great and I hope that someone from Brooklyn Brewery reads this review and keeps this beer in the year-round rotation and not just a one off Brewmaster’s Reserve experiment. This beer was excellent and deserves an encore.

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Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A couple of fingers worth of off-white head on a clear, golden body. The foam fades slowly and leaves nice lace. Pine and tropical fruit in the aroma with sweet malt, notes of lychee and mango. The flavor starts out similar to the aroma with exotic fruit notes and a touch of fruity acidity, but it quickly fades to a light maltiness and lingering berry notes. Clean bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation and a fairly balanced finish. Quite drinkable, the aroma is very nice, the hop character reminds me of Mosaic. The flavor is much flatter than the aroma, but still enjoyable, and the beer is unusually well balanced for what is basically a "session IPA" as it avoids the excessive, harsh toasty dryness that sometimes shows up in low alcohol hop forward American IPAs.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn scorcher - served on tap at The Office in Morristown NJ.

Pours medium dark amber bronze. Thick white foam. Bright pine nose. Citrus and flowery too. Taste is light citrus malt woven with a minor hop. Quite Lemony. Crisp finish. Very tasty summer beer, most enjoyable. Good hop to be noticed, but not overwhelmning. 4 4 425 375 4

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Hoptron Brewtique, Patchogue, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was giid retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft caramel and a grassy hop spice.

The taste consisted of light clean caramel malts with a pleasant herbal hop kiss.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and refreshing APA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whitish straw color. Moderate head. Modest spots.

Light caramel with a touch of floral hop. Soft and attractive.

The taste is far more harsh. The malt flavor is dry and short lived. The hop is sharp but not strong. The aftertaste is relatively short, considering. The body and bubbles are in the middle of the range.

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pleasing amber-orange with reasonably healthy 1/2 finger of off-white head with a few scraps of lacing.

S: Nice citrus and herbal, grassy hops aromas and a substantial but not overwhelming amount of caramel maltiness

T: The flavor is classic APA but not with a lot of originiality. Nice orange and lemon sitrus hops aith honeysuckle and herbal hoppiness as well. The hops component grows in grassiness, but not in a bad way, as it warms. The malt side is pretty bready with a nice kiss of caramel sweetness but not too much. There are some crackery notes as well.

M: Smooth and moderate in carbonation leading to lightly creamy feel with still plenty of dryness. LIght-to-medium bodied.

O: A nice APA that is low in gravity and ABV and a pretty enjoyable summer beer. Would I rather drink Peak Organic Summer Seasonal -- yes -- but this does a pretty nice job of delivering a good balance of bready and caramel maltiness with citrus and herbal hoppiness.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a dirty dishwater brownish orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is fruity, with some tropical fruits and citrus hops. Some floral notes as well. Taste is nice bitter tropical fruits with some grapefruit rind. Floral hops near the finish with some sweet malts. Light mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable with a good amount of hops. Overall, solid lighter IPA that works well for the summer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Soft head dies off to nearly nothing. Very mild lacing.

S-Hop #366 displays and interesting nose. The experimental hop gives off an aroma of lemon zest and musty herb. Orange and grapefruit is also prevalent but I get more floral, zest, herb than fruit.

T-The flavor is different than the nose. Its less herby and more concentrated on the citrus element found in the nose. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and some stemmy florals. Sweet cracker malt. Not as intense as the nose.

M-Light and sessionable. Light, lingering bitterness.

O/D-I actually enjoyed this beer's uniqueness. I thought the difference between the nose and flavor was interesting. Could stand to bulk up on the flavor intensity but it is a session IPA. #366 has some potential.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Celebrating what's best about experimental hop #366, Brooklyn employs the driest possible malt base and low influence from complexity, strength, and sweetness in order to promote the true flavor of this up and coming spice. I can't wait to learn its name and to explore its citrusy flavor more.

Like a lot of light-bodied ales, Scorcher pours with such a terse amber color that it's easily mistaken for lager. Much like Summer Ale, its golden body is mildly hazed as it releases a creamy and slightly off-white head to cap the the beer with a fluffy blanket of foam. Moderately laced, the ale's foam clings to the glass with broken and organic patterns.

Its remarkable aroma hinges on ripe white grapefruit, slightly under-ripened oranges, and a tinge of lemon and juniper. Sharp and citrusy in its aroma profile- a slim honey and bread aroma only supports hops and never brings attention to themselves.

And to taste, the beer fares very similarly- bright citrus overtones govern the early palate with a burst of citrus and mild tartness. Mild pineapple and apricot come and go in brief glimpses as the beer fades into a sharp and gripping bitterness of citrus pith, fleeting grain, and firm mineral salts.

Light in body, the beer is further lessoned by the zesty carbonation that pushes the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick and fast-fleeting malt sweetness that only allows an echo of hops to dry the beer in finish but linger with sharp and citrusy astringency. Alcohol warmth is never felt- yet the scrubbing power of carbonation and brewing salts close the session with crispness and slim harshness.

Following the trend of IPA flavor is a dry pale body- the beer seems to capture well the taste of summer 2013. With a boastful citrus note, captivating citrus taste but only balanced bitterness and dryness- Brooklyn employs this newfound technique with the hop that only has a number- #366

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done with HBC #366 hops which is very high in aromatic components.
Amber color with a thin head.
Delicious intense aroma of grapefruits.
Flavor is much thinner once it was intended for high consumption, but still very pleasant. Notes of slightly toasted malts and grapefruit. Perfect sweetness level.
An American IPA under 5% ABV, perfect for long sessions on a hot summer.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy straw with a finger of head that dissipated quickly leaving a film of foam across the top of the beer. The nose is interesting - citrus and pine for sure. Not much maltiness in the body - this offering is light (but not necessarily what I would call crisp). The hops on the finish leave a pleasant tingling on the tongue.

Another attempt at brewing a sessionable IPA. Certainly a respectable effort, but that's about it.

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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another session "style" IPA out there,had on tap at Sessions.Poured a slightly hazed apricot color with a tight formed half finger white head that sat for a longtime.Aromas of juicy citrus fruits,orange and not overly bitter grapefruit,a firm not overly sweet biscuit malt base is on par with the hops.Thinner feel and kinda slick doesn't lend itself well to the flavor profile.Light citric hops along with some herbal notes up against a biscuit malt base.No frills and a little thin in the feel but not horrible by any means.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Manayunk Tavern. Served a slightly hazy orangey/amber color with a nice white foamy head that stuck around a good while. Smell of spicy and citric peel with some musty herbal aroma and a dry grainy and slightly nutty malt profile. Easy to drink with the balance slightly toward the bitter and drying hops. Nice light alcohol to have a few without a hard hit of alcohol warmth. It is not quite the blend of hops for me and it seemed to be not as fresh tasting as some ipa's I have had recently. Not one to pass up though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 06/28/13 notes. Had this on tap at ABC Beer Company in NYC. 16oz pour into a chalice.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with one inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, pine hops, grapefriut, floral hops, wheat, and bready malts. Nice fruit and some hops to the nose, pretty nice.

t - Tastes very lightly of citrus hops, light fruity malts, wheat, toasted malts, and some bready malts. Much less fruit and hops; much lighter. Slightly above average, big step down from the nose.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Would be easy to drink if the carbonation dropped a bit...overcarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty average IPA, and a bit disappointing. Nose is nice, but the taste is very light and doesn't have a lot of hops or flavor to it, and it was over carbonated. They also had Sorachi Ace on tap and would definitely rather have that beer; probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of gopens44
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I marked this a little higher than I would have if it were a higher abv, but it's sessionability makes it fairly worthwhile. Nothing over the top with the appearance, just straight up blonde with fizzy head and subtle lacing. Smell is nearly nonexistent, so nothing there. Taste perked me up, as it was tasty yet unassuming with more of an ESB presence than IPA. Finish is actually a bit tart with hints of grapefruit that lingers just a bit on the front of the tongue.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bleh. Nice nose. Kind of an almost odd flavor profile on this as a whole. Grainy tang with just a load of odd going on. It's consistent. But unfortunately it's consistently lame. This is a poor attempt from Brooklyn. They can and should be doing better than this.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale deep golden color. Aroma of lightly toasted malt and lemony citrus. In the taste, lemony citrus and a firm semi-toasty malt profile. Dark bread and lemon. Light and a bit earthy. Light bodied feel but not watery. Overall, this is a decent session brew, but not a standout within that genre.

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Photo of mattbk
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

a - Hazy, medium head, I don't love the color actually, but the haze is kind of nice.
s - very, very nice nose. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, a little pine, maybe some tropical fruit as well. Maybe even a litle grape.
t - oh. oh. this went wrong really fast. I have NEVER had an IPA that smelled so good and tasted so different. Very little hop flavor, bitterness, malt flavor. Very watery. A bit of diacetyl, maybe even vegetal/DMSey. This is a weak IPA. Very disappointing. I might not have rated it this low, except the aroma was so exciting. What happened here? Not even sure how this happened. It is from a keg, and assumed to be fresh.
m - Watery. Low carbonation. Not good.
o - Amazing aroma. What happened? Is it possible this is old, even out of the keg? But why did it smell so good? Really confused.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked up a mini 12oz growler earlier today. enjoyed from a brooklyn snifter.

brew poured a murky but transparent yellow orange with hardly any head. spotty oily lacing and hard to build up any action in the glass. nose is fairly piney and soft fruit. clean and soapy. taste is also soft fruit, piney hop and soapy clean. body is under carbed...could be from the growler? very watery with soft soda like fizziness. overall, a bit too sessionable for me. dial back the abv, but don't dial back the flavor and punch. not bad, just too watery for me...pretty much a watered down ipa.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.8/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: sunny yellow, slight haze, mostly transparent though, with a near bone white head. Looks decent.

Aroma: lightly lemony, faint citrus, and the buck stops there.

Taste: light lemon/citrus, nearly nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: I know the ABV is low, but this is Michelob Ultra watery.

Overall: sad, sad beer. I had a Green Flash Surfs up before this and thought it was sort of average...I appreciate it a lot more after this.

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Photo of Mikecap
1.66/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at the Barley Oak, reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Clear gold with one finger of white head, not much lacing on the sides of a standard pint glass.

Smell: A bit of citrus, maybe a hint of grass and earth. Yet this is labeled an American IPA?

Taste: LIke the smell, not much at all. Carbonation is my best explanation maybe a hint of citrus, but I don't know..

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied and more carbonated than I'd like. If it were really really hot maybe this would be refreshing.

Overall: A waste of $6, bartender told me it was an IPA from Brooklyn so I figured, why not? Don't try this beer.

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Brooklyn Scorcher #366 from Brooklyn Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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