Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
Review Date 8/5/2006 Last Updated 5/24/2014
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale pours to a bright orange amber color with a creamy head formation and a spicy hop nose with a hint of caramel malt aroma. Upon sipping, I get a more of that caramel malt flavor, hinting at cotton candy and accented with notes of spicy citric and piney hops.
After swallowing, you’ll notice the once again spicy, citric hops as they progress through the beer. Slightly aromatic, they’re fruity and only moderately bitter as they linger ever so lightly on the tongue. To be sure, there be hops here, but this is certainly not as aggressively hopped a beer as most domestic IPAs.
And I think that, at least for this beer, that’s a good thing. Once in a while it’s nice to enjoy a more mellow brew that knows how to handle its hops but not overdo them, thank you very much. Try a glass with a juicy garden tomato on a hot day. Now that’s living.
Update May 24, 2014: Enjoyed a mug of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale with Taco Mac signature wings today. I just love this IPA and have since the 90s, grassy and citric hops in the nose, bready malt, all that in the palate too and some chewy caramel, a hint of pine, and grassy herbal EKG aroma. Lovely bitterness at the end is perfect with the wings. Has the beer been tweaked since I last took notes on it? Gone is the reference to Amarillo hops on the Brooklyn website. Alcohol content is ever so slightly different, too, now listed as 6.9% )Taco Mac had it at 7% ABV). $5.75 for my 20 ounce draft is a bargain, too.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.