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Blatant IPA - Blatant Brewery

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Blatant IPABlatant IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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 jmarsh123:
Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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
3.9/5  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 & 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

Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +3.9%
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 dankjohn
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of marchnlv
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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 doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Hopglow
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 alamode
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of erikcx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of blknikon
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Larrydoherty
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of heystevec
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of GmAn613
2.04/5  rDev -47%

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Blatant IPA from Blatant Brewery
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