Blatant IPA - Blatant Brewery

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Blatant IPABlatant IPA

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 11-04-2011

Blatant IPA is reminiscent of those hoppy beers brewed by our West Coast friends, but represents the enormous pride we have in our East Coast roots. Full of hops and a subtle cereal grain backbone, this definitively BLATANT brew will demand the attention of the senses: the aroma, the flavor, the finish. Don’t look any further, this is the IPA you’re looking for.

65 IBU
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Reviews by Brandegee:
Photo of Brandegee
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, light yellow straw color. Clearly an unfiltered example, with lots of sediment floating about. Healthy head, more than two fingers worth. Strong and foamy throughout the tasting.

S: Grapefruit, some other citrus overtones there as well, mostly lemon. Maybe orange as well?

T: Think IPA fresca. The fruit is quite strong with this beer, and I don't detect much of the "darker" flavors like pine. The hops impart a lot of astringency to this beer. It's not unpleasant, but certainly can't be described as optimally balanced. A nice drinking IPA, but I might not seek it out again.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit like the Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing. Quite smooth, but thick from sediment.

O: This reminds me of a well-done unfiltered homebrew IPA. Nothing against Blatant, it's quite good, but it's a less refined type of IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of darthmiles
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Better than I remember when it was bomber only. Now that it's available in RI I will make it a regular. Now if only it were in cans....

Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

A - Crystal clear pale blonde body with bubbly white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Strong lemon citrus hop

T - Hops are citrus and slightly floral but fall kind of flat for me. Malts are balanced nicely and more pronounced than I expected. Overall the flavor comes off soapy to me.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O - This was good but not great. The flavors are a bit one note, and my taste buds were not craving a second bottle.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap @ Atwoods recently. Full pint @a reasonable price (for the Boston area at least).

This is the closest New England-made IPA to approach the "west coast" style I prefer.

Pretty hop forward in both the scent & taste. Bit of pine & grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. Very balanced & drink many actually.

Falls a bit short of matching some of my west coast fave IPAs like Green Flash, Lagunitas, SN Torpedo, & Racer 5 (with the caveat if these WC beers are fresh here in the northeast, either on draft or bottles). Not enough hop "ooomph" to make me really excited.

That said, Blatant IPA could become a staple if I see it around enough & is always fresh.l

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Yankee Spirits in good ole Sturbridge, MA. ($5 and change, nice price for quality brew)

Pour is cloudy dull golden, under a slowly fading off white head, leaves nice thicker sheeting and well developed fine lace.

Orange dominates the citric nose.

Tasty and enjoyable IPA, tastes quite fresh and has a nice citrus snap. Carbonation on point, medium bodied and all together yummy.
Went great with some grilled jerk chicken, and Caribean style rice and beans

Nice new addition to the Mass. and perhaps/hopefully one day, other states beer scene.

Looking forward to trying more of Captain Matt's creations.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blantant pint glass at New World Tavern:

Appearance: minimal head, low carbonation, bright gold in color, clear

Smell: big citrus-orange, lemon, maybe pineapple

Taste: The big citrus flavors burst in the beginning followed by a sharp hoppy bite that last until the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a big bitter body and end, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Very enjoyable. Love how the citrus just bursts out of this one. The bitterness is pronounced but never overbearing, reminding me that this is indeed an ipa. I like the session ale a bit more, but this is a very good offering from Blatant that I would get on tap again.

Photo of jondeelee
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blatant IPA opens to a bright citrusy hop shock of pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and sugary rosewater, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind, pine, and a smidgen of anise and dandelion stem for a bit of bitterness. The geared-sweet hops mesh nicely with huge fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and even a hint of crisp apple, the fruity sugars almost outweighing the hops in potency. Light brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla add further sweetness, but the beer is very crisp and refreshing, with not a lot of heavy notes—even in the sugars—to weigh it down. This continues into the bready malts, which add biscuit and Grape Nuts cereal. The emphasis is heavily on sugars and sugary hops, and the overall effect is very nice, and quite appealing, the fruity bouquet reminiscent of a lightly alcoholic fruit spritzer with a touch of brown sugar.

On the tongue, the opening salvo is a quick shot of orange and apricot, but this is joined almost immediately and overwhelmed by a strong nutty flavor, pecans and toasted brown breads adding huge earthiness, joined by fresh wheat. The hops come in next, with a good blend of dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and pine resin that meshes nicely with the pecans and brown breads, emphasizing the earthy notes. A layer of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as light caramel and brown sugar, add more flavor, but are nowhere near as present in quantity as they were on the nose. In subsequent sips a good bit of the nuance of the initial mouthful is lost, the beer still having heavy nut and brown bread notes, and the hops continuing to add rind and resin, but the flavors become muddled and hard to pick apart. The aftertaste is resin and rind hops, with lingering bits of sugar and brown bread, the latter fading quickly, but the bitter hops lasting for a while longer, matching pace with the continuing pecans. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are many good flavors in here, but the beer feels like it simply needed to be turned up a notch or two, the low 6.5% ABV resulting in flavors that don’t carry over well from mouthful to mouthful, and the sugars especially unable to keep pace. The beer is still quite tasty, and very drinkable—not at all the blatant blast the label would have you expect—but slightly weak.

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orangey apricot, hazy and full of particulate matter. Orangey beige head of thick lumpy froth that lingers long, leaving large bubbles and lace up the glass.

Aroma of ripe fruit, cotton candy, and bubble gum. Flavors of honey malt, fruit, toffee, punctuated by firm bitterness, flavors full of orange rind and grapefruit, some piney notes emerging in the finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Decent beer, but would like more depth and hops.

Photo of Hopglow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This was a good beer. Be extra careful when pouring as yeast sediment easily got stirred up.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Salty Pig in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass the beer is a slightly hazy pale orange/yellow color with a small white head on top. Decent retention and moderate lacing, but very thin and it didn't last very long.

S: Mostly citrus with some grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Hints of pine and a little bit of caramel and grainy malt.

T: Not as citrus forward as the aroma, and weaker than expected in terms of the hop presence. More grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. A little bit of caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not overly bitter at all.

O: After reading some of the other reviews, I am bit perplexed. The pint I had was definitely not a hop bomb, or filled with citrus. Want to give it another shot when I can.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle marked 051413. Whether this is a bottling date or an expiration date I do not know but I sampled on July 29, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a cloudiness either from the heavy hops or chilled out. Big white fuzzy head that fades.

Loads of character on the nose including earthy or pjney hops but also a modest biscuit or barley grain maltiness.

The body is about medium.

The taste emulates IPA's in a good way by being much more hop forward the the aroma might suggest. There is also a biscuit malty character but that is devastated by the hop character. Those hops linger to the end.

Photo of TWStandley
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

Appeared a hazy golden/orange color.

Smelled of some malts with a decent hop profile. Somewhat light in scent.

Taste was good. Would have liked some more hop bitterness, but overall it was pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel was a bit light and too carbonated for my liking.

Overall this was a good IPA, and at $4.99 for a 22 oz bottle, you can't go wrong. I'd be interested in trying some other offerings from Blatant.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for the nice extra!

Pours cloudy yellow with a big head receding to about 1.5 fingers and great lacing.

Smells of citrus times 11. Some doughy malt and earthy hops also. Very interesting unique smell.

Loads of grapefruit in the flavor. Some really grainy malt at the front end along with the grapefruit. A soapy floral flavor is left lingering on the back of the tongue. Not a ton of malt in this one. Very hop forward and bitter.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with good carbonation levels.

This brewery wasn't even on my radar until I opened the box. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to having their other beer as well. I love a good grapefruit flavor in my IPA's.

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed on-tap at the pour farm in new bedford ma.

a: clear golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks for a while. well done.

s: amazingly strong citrus and floral hop aroma. can't wait to take a sip, but i can already tell this is gonna be a delicious citrus hop mess....

t: ....and an delicious citrus hop mess this is, but still has some floral and a faint pine bitterness. not overly bitter at all and very drinkable, but i would definitely get the infamous hop fatigue after a few.

m: smooth mouthfeel

what a top notch IPA. very well done and worth seeking out. glad to see another great west-coast style IPA readily available on the east coast. keep it up!

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy straw yellow. Aggressive pour but not much oh a head. Wonderful lacing throughout.

S - Lemon, can't get past that.

T - Light malt, more bitterness from hops than flavor. Bottled date was blank, so not sure how old it is.

M - Medium body, the bitterness lightens the body.

O - Not bad, but not something I would need to go out of my way for. I'd like to try one on tap or a bottle that I can be assured is less than 6 months old.

Photo of NinjaJesus
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Piney with a nice west coast bitter feel to it this was not as citrus heavy as I was expecting. I don't know why they say light malts because this tastes very malty to me. Nice caramel sweetness but a little heavy handed. For an east coast beer this tastes like it had a hard time in high school and wanted to be west coast but just ended up feeling last in its 20s.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ World's End, Plymouth MA

Very cloudy swamp water gold. Dense head holds its own all the way to glass bottom and hangs a few lacy curtains.

Floral and citrus hop with caramel malt depth. Tastes pretty similar. Very full, unflitered mouthfeel.

I wondered what Matt was up to. He was making some IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a sweet burst of citrus fruits and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with lasting coating lace. Aroma is piney hops with an malty backbone.

Taste is sweet pale to start, citrus bite in the middle, and pine bitterness comes on through the close. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is great. Good stuff.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with nice lacing, over chill hazed orange-yellow golden colored beer.

nose is a definite east coast IPA, a nice hop addition, with light pine, some citrus, a candy hop with hint of hop oils and resin but not much, with that comes an aromatic sweet malt base, not caramel malts but plenty of sweet malts to balance.

Taste starts with some hops again, light citrus and almost orange peel like, then hint of hop oils and resins, hint of pine and earthy hops, with a decent bitter kick. malts balance it well, a light sweetness but nice toasty like malt, again no caramel all light malts, but a nice balance and good taste. bitterness ramps as it moves towards the fairly dry finish, hops and bitterness ramps for quite a while, and ends with a hint of more citrus, tangerine, orange zest, etc.

mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

overall not bad, a cross between east and west coast IPAs, a decent malt base to balance but no crystal or malts that took any roasting at all so just malty flavors to balance the nice hops, with a decent bitter kick.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short one-finger head, but it has staying power, leaving plenty of ring lace with substantial spots in between. The broth is light gold with a strong chill haze.

Strong grapefruit styled hop aroma. Slightly floral; nearly no malt nose.

Solid pale malt start, but this is a tale of the bittering hop. Strong pepper flavor is enhanced by the higher level of carbonation. The aftertaste is spicy and long lasting.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy golden body with a little of a finger's worth of a tightly packed white head that shows good retention and leaves some very nice sticky rings of lace.

S- Wow, reminds me of Sculpin. Mango, grapefruit, slight yeastiness, slight lemon. Very nice.

T- A little bit less intense the aroma, but still showing good crisp hop flavors (citrusy), more lemon, and a good bitter backing. Slight metallicness in there as well.

MF- A little lighter than I would've liked, but still a moderate body, crisp flavors, and a good amount of carbonation.

O- I wasn't expecting much when I picked this up, but, wow! Very pleased with this one. Very good aroma and the only thing I could say"bad" about it is that the flavors seem slightly muted, but still very good.

Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased from Yankee Spirits Sturbridge. No bottle on date, but I know this can't be more than a month old. Served in a shaped pint glass.

A - A lot lighter than I was expecting. Pours an opaque straw/amber body with a lasting soapy white head. Almost looks like a wheat ale. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Grapefruit, pine, and some grassy and earthy notes. A bit of biscuity malts in the finish. Smells very fresh and crisp.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts off with some grapefruit and pine notes. The finish is grassy and malty. Really clean and refreshing with a lightly bitter finish. Medium mouth feel with lively carbonation.

O - A really well crafted local IPA. Very clean tasting with all the elements I expect from an IPA. Low bitterness also allows for high drinkability. Worth the $4.99 price tag. Looks like these may be dated sometime in the future so I will be picking up some more.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a big 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and orange citrus and a hearty hop presence is easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: citrus-centric IPA here as there is a blast of grapefruit and orange throughout. Some pears, caramel, and a hearty sharp bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish, with a long dryness lasting on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall: a very enjoyable citrusy IPA that has enough bite to keep it interesting until the pint glass is empty. Good enough I enjoyed a second pint in my session.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. FRESH! Pale orange with a decent sized white head. Tons of citrus hop aroma right off the bat. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but not too overpowering. Good bitter, clean finish. Very west-coasty. Fantastic start for this brewery.

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