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Blatant IPA - Blatant Brewery

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Blatant IPABlatant IPA

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blatant Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 11-04-2011)
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Reviews by LtCracker20:
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3.9/5  rDev +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.

LtCracker20, Mar 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 & drinkable...to 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

SunDevilBeer, Jan 19, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Doomcifer, Oct 26, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Billolick, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

tigg924, Jun 06, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

dankjohn, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

marchnlv, May 04, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

juicebox, May 19, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

far333, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

doremite, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Trashcat, Wednesday at 08:16 PM
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Blatant IPA from Blatant Brewery
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