Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
4.16/5 rDev +3.7%
Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary, last beer of the afternoon (hey man, I'm on holidays!). First off, look this beer up and feed your head. The hop bill is gigantic, looks like a hop growers' global convention, and the malts are Scottish and German ... The intent seems to be to create more of an English-style IPA base and then turn this sucker into an American flavor hops war zone after the fact. Does it work? Well, I've tried a great many IPAs and IPA variants, and finding something truly unique is tricky. Sure, you can train the palate to taste different hop varietals and IPAs DO differ from one another with regards to this factor but also malts used as well ... Not to mention yeast used, fermentation temperature ... Many variables contribute to the diversity of IPAs. But this one, ladies and gentlemen, tastes truly unique to me. It looks mundane enough, standard double IPA hue like darkish golden honey with a nice dollop of white froth on top. The smell, however ... I get tons of dank, rank tropical fruit: Fermenting pineapple mainly, but also some other more sweet/floral perfume elements like guava, pina colada, even a little banana. On the tongue, the malts yield mellow caramel and sweet/sour gummy candy effects. And the hops? A whole fucking fruit bowl really. The tropical flavors on the nose predominate, but I also get all kinds of other influences. Poached pears, peaches, strawberry creme, pink grapefruit, pineapple skin, green bananas, unripe plums, gooseberry ... And oh look, there's some honeysuckle floral perfume, cantaloupe, tomato leaf musky notes, woody twigs, black pepper, holy shit, the different flavors cycle though like some mad brewer's codex on speed. Maybe I'm delusional here but the number of different hops used could yield this sort of cornucopia. At the bottom there are some earthy and woody flavors ... Curiously enough though? There's not a lot of pine! This one is skewed towards hop flavor rather than bitterness, and it avoids the massive pine attack that shows up in many other DIPAs. This brew is sweet and tropical but not cloyingly so thanks to some earthy, woody influences to provide balance. Maybe they could have worked a little more pine in there somewhere. But damn. Do try this field guide to hops in beverage form.
12-31-2013 18:25:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap at Coles,poured a deep burnt orange with a tight fluffy one finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass leaving at least three nice rings of lace.Big fruity esters in the aroma along with some pine resin and citrus a light caramel sweet malt base is noticable,juicy fruity flavors up front along with a touch of caramel sweetness a big resiny piney hop flavor bowls over everything into a dryer resiny finsih that lingers inducing some nice piney burps.A bold DIPA with a definent malt profile but the hops are the show a dryer resiny "big" beer here.
10-24-2006 02:50:00 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +8%
I enjoyed this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.
Served in a Brooklyn tulip glass, the brew was a pale yellow in color with a rather abundant white head of perhaps 2-3 fingers. It was hard to judge in the lighting of the restaurant but it seemed just a touch hazy.
Lots of citrus hops on the nose, very floral and fragrant, but it didn't seem to sting the nostrils like some heavy hitting IPAs. It was more even and light. Very nice.
The flavors of this were not as I expected for an Imperial IPA. Light clean maltiness made up the backbone of the brew but it was the wonderful mix of hops that brought it together. There was plenty of hop flavors without that intense hop bite that is so common. The finish was clean and crisp with just a nice delicate hop linger. Very good! The mouthfeel was perfect for the brew - light persistent carbonation helped to keep everything light on the tongue.
Very enjoyable. If you like hops you would probably like this but don't expect that hard bite. Nice and enjoyable. This should be a standard product for Brooklyn!!
11-04-2008 19:32:46 | More by SIRIUS2
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
A - Pours clear golden color with a tall white head. Typical low carbonation from my Whole Foods, but head still lasted awhile and left some lacing.
S - Hop dominated with some citrus, pine, and flowers.
T - The hops are upfront and a bit strange. The floral hops really come through along with a good bit of malt sweetness. Gives it a strange flavor profile, not bad, but not great.
M - A little heavy and coating, the alcohol helps but I think a bit drier would be nice.
O - Glad I got it, but not my favorite IIPA.
03-31-2012 23:05:45 | More by steelerguy
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.
A_Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing.
S_Pretty faint for an IPA. Grassy/floral hops.
T_Floral hops upfront. Grassy,earthy hops as well with a hint of citrus and pine. Honey. Very smooth and well balanced flavor.
M_Full bodied and sticky. Not too heavy at all though.
D_Refreshing brew. Very drinkable.
09-26-2010 01:38:45 | More by nickadams2
4/5 rDev -0.2%
On tap at Pigs Fly.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.
Mostly citrus aroma, some herbal hops. Sweet malt.
A lot of grapefruit in the taste. A little bit of a piney taste. Biscuity background.
Crisp, nicely hopped.
Very drinkable, went well with my pizza.
01-25-2012 13:08:03 | More by lordofthewiens
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
- Brooklyn Blast is a bit deceiving. Based on the labeling you would think that this a big hop monster, but no such case. The "blast" comes from the hop bursting technique they used.
- I would not classify this as a Double IPA, the iBUs are too low.
- The selection of hops for the hop burst does not seem to have a theme. Why the Sorachi Ace?
- The taste of this beer, leads one to think they should of made used wheat and flipped this into a wheat IPA with all the higher carbonation and banana yeast flavors. Not sure why they chose bready, biscuit English malts for this.
- There is potential for a real blast, but this "IPA" is no Saturn V.
04-26-2014 20:48:47 | More by Fcip78
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Hoo ha, glad to find this one on tap at the Hop Devil in NYC's, Lower east side...this East coast style DIPA arrived in all it's Brooklyn glory, slightly cloudy light amber, tiny bubble near white head, leaving fine sheeting and nice wispy lacing. Grainy hop nose. This is a pleasant East coast hop bomb. plenty of citrusy hops, lemon/lime/grapefruit goodness. Another Brooklyn Brewery Home run, this is one tasty DIPA. Love the style and love this latest offering from the BKLYN crew. Hop lovers rejoice and go get some.
09-28-2006 21:55:20 | More by Billolick
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