Brooklyn Brewery East IPA
What the brewers say
“East IPA is a clean, drinkable IPA that’s packed with flavor and offers a bold balance, not a smack in the head. American hops soar in the bright piney aroma, while East Kent Goldings hops bring the taste of stone fruits and firm bitterness from IPA’s ancestral British home.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Earthy spice, some mint, with a touch of orange and lemon. Some biscuit malt sweetness. A little caramel. Lightly toasted malt plays second fiddle to the hops. The aroma seems very Belgian.”
Flavor: “Smooth and refreshing for an IPA. Malt sweetness of biscuit and a little caramel. Some fruity notes of orange, a little grapefruit with some mild bitterness, and some mint. There is a earthy, nutty character to the flavor as well. The beer dries out through the taste and the hops bitterness carries through the finish. There’s a touch of apricot in the retronasal that brings complexity to the palate.”
Overall: “Given the minty character, I’m assuming Northern Brewer hops. The rest of the beer is pretty standard IPA, but the mint is interesting and slightly confusing. Reminds me of Lagunitas Lemon Drop. Light. Fairly refreshing.”
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