Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
63 Blade Chainsaw
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is an India Pale Ale brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery which serves this selection on tap at their Brooklyn, New York headqarters and bottles it at their Utica, New York location. Reviewing the bottled selection, their websiteclaims it is constructed of British Pale Ale Malts from East Anglia and spiced with Kent Goldings, Willamette, Northdown, Centennial and Amarillo Hops. Though I can’t find its IBU stats, savoring alone puts it right around 40 IBUs, though they do list the alcohol content as 6.9% ABV over an original gravity of 1068.
I’m glad to have recently visited the Brooklyn location and had a chance to savor the delicious beer on tap. From the brewery, I’ve also purchased their locally brewed Local 1 and Local 2, and am cold conditioning it in my private reserves fridge in the master bedroom. I can’t say enough good things about the brewery in Brooklyn, but it’s important to understand the key distinction between beer brewed in Brooklyn and beer Brewed Upstate New York – New York City tap water!
Onto The Method
8.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Pours moderately light bronze with healthy and ambitious carbonation forming a good two finger off-white head.
1.5 – Aroma – The bitterness rises into the air with a subtlety that inhibits its substantial strength. Pine and citrus fragrances compliment a faint fruit and grassy undertone.
2.0 – Taste – A complex and interesting bouquet of hop flavors excites the senses with its omnipotent yet delicate strength. It is an unusual flavor for an IPA, but that distinction is overwhelmed by its bold, interesting and overall delicious flavors.
1.5 – Palate – The great flavors invite an easy and smooth drink over a textured body and clean hoppy finish.
2.0 – Overall – All elements of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale work well together to form what is its absolute best offering – its magnificent flavor. Its hop construction is really more of a bouquet that offers interesting and complex characteristics while being aromatic and not overwhelmingly bitter. While it looks, smells and tastes like an IPA, its profile is unique and quite possibly in its own category.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – A heavy and robust tool at 6.9% ABV offers solid strength while providing actual complimentary elements to the flavor.
4.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The knife is seemingly sharp through the third, but only because its good flavors and easy body make it easy to pound this monstrous elixir with unjust indignation. But that quick devour hides the dullness of this blade and heaviness of its ingredients, making for an uncomfortable and filling sensation in the system at thecommencement of the fourth.
8.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – A quick and powerful rush begins to climb into my consciousness right as the end of the first drink approaches. These good sensations continue with the second serve, and I begin to feel regret that there are only four bottles left.
4.5/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – The spiders offer a great and controllable lift, but the dull knife makes for an uncomfortably full feeling that makes me regret opening the fourth and finally abandoning it before commencing with the fifth. I took a few moments to collect myself with some fresh water and fresh mountain air, then continued my evening with a good quality IPA I had in stock.
30.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is a monstrously delicious beer that brings together a rich and complex bouquet of hops over a solid malt base. The high alcohol content adds to the flavor as well as the good sensations, and the ingredients and formula that make up this beer are absolutely top-notch. The good flavors and smooth drink inspires a pounding on these bastards that ultimatelycatches up to the system. It’s the beer’s own fault for being so delicious!
After that full feeling caught up with me, I drank some water and went outside to enjoy the crisp post-rain mountain air and enjoy a change in perspective.
I came back inside and had to abandon the brew for a stronger IPA that was better at balancing ingredients with experience and drinkability.
But that only made me think about Brooklyn East India Pale Ale more. Looking at the bottle, its expiration date in the near future is out of character with the original intent of the long journeyed 1880’s English IPAs. And while all of the elements were in place; the right ingredients, the proper methods and masterful techniques, there were two elements that appeared to me to seem missing in Brooklyn East India Pale Ale’s perfection. First, it’s Upstate New York water must be very different at the foundation and unable to compete with its New York City tap water counterpart. And second, its robotic production lacks the real love that its makers give to the Brooklyn location.