Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
4.16/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2013 18:25:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This reveiw is based on a draft enjoyed on my birthday at Max's in Baltimore. It has an average appearance: light amber body crowned by a thin head. It offers a caramel nose and a mildy sweet molasses bite with a quick hoppy finish at the end.
Nice balance with moderate carbonation - and suprisingly smooth for a beer of this caliber. Sometime next year I gotta get up to Brooklyn and visit this place, one of America's finest craft breweries. Nuff said. Forgeddaboutit!
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 00:34:55 | More by jjboesen
Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.