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Review of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

For today’s craft beer review I thought I would try the East India Pale Ale produced by the Brooklyn Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York.

It’s been quite some time since I last had this brew, so I’m a little fuzzy as to how I interpreted it back then.

Let’s get to website, brooklynbrewery.com, for a commercial description of this brew.

Available all year round.  Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is inspired by the original East India Pale Ales brewed in England in the early 1800s for the troops in India.

Everyday English ales were spoiling during shipment from London, around Africas Cape of Good Hope, to Calcutta.  Using extra malt and hops, British brewer George Hodgson developed an ale with the bitterness and strength to endure the long sea voyage, giving rise to a great beer style.  Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice East Kent Golding variety.  It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops, lemongrass, pine and citrus fruit, and has a robust bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish.  We think Hodgson would be rather pleased. 

Let’s pour.  

This brew came in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.9%.

It poured a clear, dark orange to amber color.  Some burnt orange highlights were present at the bottom and around the edges of the glass.  It showed a big, billowy, smooth, soft, eggshell colored head that had good retention and adequate lacing.

The nose began with a nice waft of citrus in the form of peaches.  It was both piny and earthy also.  I started to notice quite a bit of grain as it warmed actually.  It seemed somewhat toasted and some notable caramel sweetness was mixed with a touch of butter to give it a bit more complexity.   

Within the taste, I was getting, again, more of that grainy component.  Hmm.  The flavor did bring forth some earthy hop bite and bitterness, but not near as much as I was hoping.  Some of that caramel sweetness and toasted breads provided a little more to ponder as I worked my way down the glass.  Overall, I thought the taste was lacking some of the punch and kick that normally accompanies a great IPA.

The mouthfeel was medium, smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It was both dry and slightly chewy.  It left an ok amount of flavor behind on the palate.  Not too bad with this aspect of the beer.

Well.  We have a pretty good beer here.  It’s nothing outstanding or overly complicated, however it’s “ok.”  This brew is very easy to drink and I would have no problem having a few of these at one time.  I will say that I don’t think it quite stacks up to some of the other beers I’ve had of this style.  However, I think the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale would be a great introductory beer for someone interested in exploring this type of brew, so give it a go if you have not tried it.  Be sure to let me know your thoughts of it also.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I really appreciate it.  Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  3.4 out of 5
Grade:  B- 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA

 

Review of Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Hello again guys.  Today’s craft beer review will be focusing on another Fall seasonal.  This time it’s from the Brooklyn Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York and it’s called the Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

I think this is the last of the pumpkin beers I have in my possession, so I better go ahead and review this before all of the Christmas beers start showing up on the shelves.

From the website, brooklynbrewery.com, we find this description.

Available from August through November.  Early American Colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious.

Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient.  Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition.  Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish. 

Let’s see how it is.


The Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 5.0% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a clear, deep orange to amber color with some burnt orange highlights shimmering around the edges.  The head was off white, creamy and smooth.  It was very nicely sized with some good retention, however the lacing was not quite as attractive as some other beers that I have seen from Brooklyn.

Sugars and spices seemed to characterize this aroma more so than the pumpkin.  Don’t get me wrong, the pumpkin is present, however it was just not as forthcoming as I thought it might be. The spices consisted of nutmeg and allspice with just a tinge of brown sugar.  The fragrance also presented some earthy hops along with a little bit of grain.  A decent amount of roasted malt and wheat bread odors finished the overall bouquet.

The taste brought about some pumpkin, however, like the aroma, the spices seemed to overshadow it.  Again, allspice and nutmeg with just a very slight touch of cinnamon.  The sugars seemed very relaxed in the taste.  It wasn’t all that sweet to tell the truth.  A smidgen of bitterness was felt along the sides of the tongue, but it was quickly counterbalanced by some toasted grain.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  It was crisp, smooth and mostly thirst quenching.  It finished a tad watery and it left only a little bit of flavor behind on the palate.

This beer was just ok for me.  It’s a pretty nice representation of style, although I would have loved to have a bit more pumpkin in the flavor and aroma.  Personally, this is not my favorite effort from Brooklyn, but it would be worth a try if you are looking into sampling all of the various pumpkin beers out there I guess.  It’s an easy drink, very sessionable and fits the season nicely.  So, grab one and try it before they are all removed from the shelves and let me know what you think of it.

Thanks for everything guys.  The support, the comments and the encouragement.  It’s gratefully appreciated.

Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  3.35 out of 5
Grade:  B-   

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA

 

Review of Brooklyn Oktoberfest

For today’s craft beer review I thought I would try my second Oktoberfest of the season.  The one I chose for this session is the Brooklyn Oktoberfest brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York.

This is one Oktoberfest that I have had numerous times, so I shouldn’t be too surprised by anything I find here. 

Let’s take a look at the description from the website, brooklynbrewery.com.

Available from August through October.  When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would do…. He threw a beer festival.  Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest.  Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.  

Sounds good enough.  Let’s give it a try.

This Oktoberfest came in a 12 oz. bottle and had an ABV of 5.5%.

This Brooklyn effort poured a nice, clear, copper color with some burnt orange highlights showing through around the edges.  When poured slowly, a smooth, creamy, off white, eggnog colored head was formed that had good size and decent retention. The head settled to a slick, fine film after a few moments and in the process left some nice lacing in its wake. 

The nose consisted of some light caramel malts with some “leafy” undertones.  Some graininess was noticed that smelled a combination of musty and toasty.  Light hints of spice circled my nostrils, but they were very relaxed and only served as a complimentary fragrance I thought.  The aroma wasn’t overly complicated or very strong, but it did seem to be fitting of the style. 

Taste-wise, it was a very clean savor of toasted nuttiness combined with a minute caramel sweetness.  I even found a smidgen of dark fruit along the lines of dried raisins.  Other flavors of bread and a faint graininess gave the profile an “earthy” quality that helped set the mood even further.  Very little bitterness or bite was noticed and the taste, like the aroma, was very relaxed and slighted.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin, dry, smooth and somewhat crisp and clean.  It went down the throat with ease, however it took all of the flavor with it.  The palate was left with very little after the swallow.

Well, this is a decent Oktoberfest I guess.  I seem to remember it being a little more forthcoming in the aroma and flavor department in years past though.  There’s nothing horrible here.  As a matter of fact, I think this would be a great session brew for the season.  It’s easily drinkable with a very smooth finish and I believe it would be a great way for craft beer and non-craft beer drinkers alike to share in the season.  The flavor did seem to be a bit more grainy that I typically like, although that didn’t stop me from drinking it.  Sure, I would drink this again with pleasure if it was offered at a Fall cookout.

Have you guys ever tried the Brooklyn Oktoberfest?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading everyone.  Have a great day.

Cheers!!!

Score:  3.35 out of 5
Grade:  B-

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA

 
 
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