mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A well-made beer, but a bit too hoppy and bitter for my taste. Pours a golden color with little head off the tap. Strong hops flavor. Not an easy one to down after a night of drinking.
cheap (4425) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Many thanks to 3 Sons and dogs in Wexford tonight for providing the 2 and 3 oz free samples of Brooklynís various beers. Iím not sure if 3 ounces of beer is really enough to provide a rating, I like to chug 12 oz bottles. Anyway, here it goes. This Brooklyn East India Pale ale medium orange but not tenebrous. Head is a whitish froth. As far as the flavor goes; not what I expected in IPA. I was thinking this would have more gerontophilia! However, since I donít care for IPA this is going to be one of the ones I like the most. The Brooklyn lager veinna had as much bite as this. It has a unique flavor that sets it apart from the other IPAs - more well behaved - and I bet this automatically gives it a low rating on this website among IPA lovers. It has a frottage of leathery appeal about it. After a few sips the alky begins to show, now it is revealing its true IPA feathers. This is far from the medicine like negativeness of most IPA. Tho a mild to medium lingering bitter finish, it is not terribly cantankerous. Probably one of the better tasting IPA Iíve had. As good as East End Big Hop.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light amber color with a white head. Aroma is of light malt and grassy citrus hops. Flavor has very little malt with bitter hop finish.
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear straw color with good head and great lacing. Grass and spice in the nose. Deliciously hopped, full bodied IPA with aromatic notes of pineapple and flowers; nice fruity sweetness initially, wih a slightly medicinal, dry finish.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Garret came into my store the other day, looked around rather unapprovingly and seemed disinterested in making eye contact. Perhaps it was because I only carry four of the Brooklyn beers, two of those being the winter seasonals. My response to his luke warm reception? Brew better beers. By and large they come across as...eeeh. Take this íun here for example. Looks tasty. Good abv for an IPA (not that I am hunting for a quick buzz; the better IPAs do tend to exhibit a more aggressive level of liquid depressant). Here is where things go by the wayside. Not much aroma, just a light citric rye waft. Medium bodied introduction on the mouth ends with a slightly unpleasant finish of what tastes to me like wet wool. The hops never make much use for themselves, sort of like the extra buttons on the inside of dress shirts down at the bottom. Technicaly they are there when you need them, but most of the time they just get caught in your zipper. Yes that is a bad metaphor, but the beer isnít much better.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle (thanks to the epeeist) poured a clear golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma had a bit of a hop spice along with some citrus and caramel malt. Taste had a light bitterness with weak malt backing and a slight tin flavor in the finish. Overall a decent IPA yet nothing like the west coast version.
DuffMan (7470) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber orange, lots of resinous hop aroma, quite sharp. Very bitter finish, not as much malt as I usually like when dealing with such bitter hops. Good though.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a gold/orange with little to no head. Aroma is of hops with slight citrus and a little spice. Finishes nice and crisp. Very quaffable. Not over the top like so many IPAís out there.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. pours golden with not too much head. great earthy and cirtusy hop smell. medium body and nice dry hoppy finish as well. a good ipa, worth having but not over the top noticable.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with a notched best before date along the right side of label, June/2007, also what appears to be a coded freshness date/lot number on the shoulder of bottle.
Poured a clear bright amber with a small foamy head that settled into a fine, slightly sudsy lacing.
Aromas of toasted grains, bready and citric, minty hops.
Medium carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of toasted grains, bready, a light citrus fruitiness, mint tea-like hops that have a soft, but lingering bitterness, a little earthiness as well, and a dry grainy, earthy, leafy, hoppy finish.
Not a bad English IPA, smooth, quaffable drinkability, Iím glad this is finally available in Illinois.