As with most Broolyn beers I liked this. This is not my favorite IPA or even at the top of the list. However this is just a nice beer to drink.
The beer poured amber with a luxuriously thick head.
Aroma as expected was all about the hops. Compared to other American IPA, this was not especially floral or fruity. The hops were very "grown up". At first it was fruity than transitioned into fresh cut wood.
As for my first impression; this is one smooth IPA.
I found this beer not to be bitter or over hoped and more along the English style IPA.
I could definitely taste the alcohol, as the ABV is 6.8% at first but that mellowed as did the hop aroma as the beer had a chance to breathe.
When I exhaled after taking a drink, I could taste more of the berry fruitiness and there was also some woodiness that gave the beer more depth. There was just a bit of sweetness at the finish and than the flavor fell off the edge of cliff into nothing.
The flavor was also somewhat on the watery as this was something you really could not sink your teeth in.
The carbonation was on the lighter side, which I though helped smooth this beer out.
To me a traditional IPA is a lot harsher and bitter to drink (in a good way). Not this. This was subtle, clean and crips.
In any case Brooklyn has never let me down. The drinkability is just about perfect when looking for a good beer to drink.