Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Brooklyn East IPA (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 12/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 12C English IPA; 21A American IPA)

AROMA: Moderately-strong piney hop aroma, though a noticeable honey/lemon oxidation note is also present. Slightly perfume-like character. No distinctive malt aroma. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Amber-orange hue (5-7 SRM). Clear body. Large eggshell froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate hop flavor and bitterness throughout. Piney at first with a peppercorn/white oak taste on the finish. Oxidation imparts a sweet honey/lemon character. There isn't much actual malt flavor or sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and slightly distracting. Aftertaste is an odd combination of peppery hops and honey. Interesting choice of malts and hops, which may work when fresh, but diminish with age. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture. Slightly astringent but tolerable aftertaste. No alcohol warmth for 6.9% ABV, but it feels like a lighter brew. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Marketed as an American/English IPA hybrid, but wouldn't score well as either style. Pasteurization and age doesn't help, either. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 29/50

NOTE: See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2008/10/brooklyn-east-india-pale-ale-ipa-chadz.html