Saturday, December 26, 2009

179a. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn’s in the house, what’cha gonna do? We’re finally back to Brooklyn—our last selection from Brooklyn Brewing was Pennant Ale ’55, a delightful and delicious beer in its own right. I need to head back to check out the Brooklyn Brewery again, now that I’ve got my intel correct...

East India Pale Ale sits a crystal clear copper color in the glass, sporting a thin white head. With a bready malty nose that also has some biscuit, and piney and floral hop aromas, the beer smells fresh, bright, and very British. Beginning with biscuit malt and sweetness at the start, East India Pale Ale moves to fruitiness in the middle, which could be from either hops or esters (or maybe a combination of both). The finish is piney and resiny accompanied by some dry malt and a slightly astringent hop bitterness. There is only slight to moderate bitterness at the end, with a very clean finish and an understated malt profile. Lively and fresh on the palate; there are some slight slick sensations, and a good bite from the carbonation. A good, drinkable beer

From the Brooklyn website: “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.”

Garret Oliver is the man
ABV: 6.9%
OG: 17 P
Malts: British Pale Ale
Hops: Kent Golding, Willamette, Northdown, Centennial, & Amarillo


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