HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid English style IPA. Pours a golden amber color with foamy head. Aroma is piney hops. Flavor is well balanced with some sweet malts that help to smooth the bitter hops producing an ale that is smooth, slightly sweet and has a dry bitter finish that lasts. Nicely done IPA.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark golden pour with decent white head, this IPA has a pronounced hop presence but it not ridiculously bitter like so many American IPAs.
The commercial description mentions that Brooklyn uses English hops and malts..they must also know how to make it better. Nice beer.
Cybercat (5170) - Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy honey-golden, barely translucent, with a thick, cream-white head - very appetizing. Aroma is strongly hoppy with an evergreen hint. Flavor is very hoppy, rather but not fiercely bitter, with a whisper of fruit or perhaps spice, quite smooth.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice hop flavor caramel notes a little on the hopppy side of balnce but a nice beer overall
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
More bitter then I expected. Crisp mouthfeel with lingering bitterness. Citeus undertones. On tap at the brewery.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was surprised with this, one of Brooklyn’s stronger offerings to date. Good hop flavor and enough backbone without trying to become somethiing it cant. Only problem was the funky smell. Thats what is pulling it down - its like a wet dog or something. Maybe fresh on tap would solve that, but here in chicago ive got to deal with the funk.
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice pale bronze with a very nice head of white foam. Smells of floral hoppy goodness. A little malt. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I really like this. I am not normally an IPA fanatic, but this one is great. A bit of caramel to go along with the hops and floral notes. Try one.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper colored pour with thin off white head. Fruity aroma, mild spice from the hops, mild citrus, some roastiness. Overall it seems overly sweet on the nose. Flavor starts with mildly roasty sweet malt character, hops contribute a somewhat spicey herbal bitter, no citrus whatsoever. Bitterness is a bit astringent for me. Like many of their beers I am getting a bubblegum ester which seems totally out of place. Body is medium to light. I’m getting a touch of metallic notes on the finish with mild bitterness and more esters. Meh... not my kind of IPA.
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is how I like IPAs. Copper color, small initial taste with heavy carbonation then a heavy hop aftertaste kicks in and lingers. Nothing complex about it just good hops and very good. I would not get sick of drinking this beer.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAY 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured orangey amber with a modest white head. I was expecting a piney aroma but I got an earthy hop and malty aroma with a sour, medicinal touch and some honey sweetness. I didnt detect that much citrus. The mouthfeel is good, very english carbonation. It’s straw malty with the earthy hops and a tangy, puckering dry finish with the alcohol making itself known.