Friday, November 12, 2010

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Here is what the Brewer Says:
Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice of East Kent Golding Variety. It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops, lemongrass, pine and citrus fruit, and has a robust bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish. 

Malts: British Pale Ale Malts from East Anglia
Hops: Kent Golding, Willamette, Northdown, Centennial, Amarillo
6.8% ABV

My Thoughts: Brooklyn Brewery really hit the nail on the head with that they were trying to do.  The East India Pale Ale starts by poring a clear deep gold in color as they described.  There is a slight head that remained almost the whole time I was drinking the beer.  The picture below was taken about halfway done to show you the head remained pretty consistent.  The smell to me was hoppy and sweet at the same time...very balanced.  I smelled the sweetness first and then pine hops to me were the most predominant.  In tasting, The hops are bold in presence up front.   The middle of the drink is sweet and there is a warm, tasty quality to the malt they used.  Finally the beer finishes crisp and hoppy, but not as hoppy as it was at first.  The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs but not to its detriment.  Carbonation is also medium.  This IPA does a good job blending the sweet with the bitter and would be a good starter IPA for anyone looking to get into the hop world of craftbeer.  I found this very drinkable and could easily drink a bunch of these while kicking back and watching a Browns game!

Serving Type: Bottle

My Rating: Overall 84.75/100
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.25

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