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Brooklyn East IPA

August, 2015
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
33 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

Nearly all of the IPAs in the market today are American-style, with huge expressions of a wide range of different hops in the aroma and flavor of the brew. In many cases, the hop character overwhelms the base malt backbone. Brooklyn East IPA is certainly not one of those. It is somewhat refreshing to indulge in the more subdued hop character and more interesting malt character of an English-style IPA. This clear, golden-colored brew has a moderate woody hop aroma along with subtle esters typical of English yeast strains. The fine, bubbly head lingers for an acceptable time. The flavor is a nearly 50:50 balance of caramel malt and hop expression (flavor and bitterness), with a malt sweetness that lingers into the finish and is accentuated by a rather low carbonation level. Even for an English-style IPA, the hop notes are simply too subtle in this brew.