Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 81
Gots: 239 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 356
Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This dipa pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a short lived white head that leaves very nice lacing. The nose is dominated by sweet pale malts and floral hops. Being from an American brewery this was unexpected. The mouthfeel is very near full and nicely sticky and coating. Carbonation is a bit light but fitting. The flavor is a bit sweet for a dipa. Lots of palr European malts and floral hops with bitter tropical fruit and citrus hops present only as a side note. This is a good dipa and worth trying but there are far better examples of the style readily available.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Brooklyn Blast

Aroma: Pungent combination of lemon zest and pine tar up front. Light honey notes and orange blossom floral notes abound. Clean fermentation character. A caramel base asserts as the beer warms and is agitated.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber pour with hazy golden edging. Moderate off white head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Firm pine-like bitterness up front. A honey malt character is noted and well-knit with lemon and pine hop flavors. A crystal malt presence is noted but it dries quickly and is beat back by the pine and earthy bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is long with a powdery resin-like hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight warming alcohol presence noted. No hop astringency. No oiliness or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A well-crafted double IPA. A bit heavy handed on the malt which blurs the line between American Barleywine or American Strong Ale but it’s firmly in range of a double IPA. A nice change but not sure I’d put this in my regular rotation.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Very excited to run into the brew again. Hand it to Brooklyn Brewery for this big IPA that is like no other. A perfect blend of American and English hops with a solid malt backbone that holds up all the way to the end. Within the balance is a dangerous drinkability … thankfully, the warmth from the alcohol is a reminder of its strength.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 8.4%

LOOK: Pale golden hue, perfect clarity, thin lacing

SMELL: Earthy hop, leafy, apple peel, faint evergreen, ripe pears, herbal, clean alcohol

TASTE: Mild crispness, medium bodied, juicy, spicy, woodsy, melon, estery, earthy, dried bready tone, orangey, peppery, mild hop resin, fallen apple, dried hay, warming; drying, hoppy finish

Photo of steelerguy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some thoughts:
- 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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of the Draught House 's firkin Fridays in early May 2010.

Poured from a firkin on top of the bar. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and orange hops. The flavor is a great mix of citrus, resin and pine hops. All of the flavors meld nicely with none of them really standing out and dominating the others. Very soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy copper-gold with decent head.

Smell: Tea, biscuit and citrus. Muted aroma and fairly malt heavy.

Taste: Very malty with tea, biscuit, caramel and toasted notes. The hops seem to be a mix of English and American, with floral, spicy notes blending with citrus and lemon notes. The hops seem a little bit too light, as if the blend deadened all the individual components. But, the blend is still oddly enticing. Not much bitterness at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. More medium bodied that full. Somewhat drying finish. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

Overall: While the taste, and especially the aroma, are a little too subtle for the style, this is also ridiculously drinkable. Not really a DIPA in my opinion, but certainly enjoyable.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into an 8oz wine glass.

Pours a nice hazy pale amber with a thin creamy white head. Nose is light fresh and hoppy.

Taste is really hoppy and floral but not overly bitter. Very drinkable and smooth. Carbonation is very nice light so it's super drinkable. Very tasty.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was one of my favorite beers at the buffalo brewfest, definatly the most memorable.

about a 4 oz. pour from the tap. pours a deep golden amber with some nice white sticky head.

smells of some really big hops. the aroma is mostly pellet hops and perfume.

wonderful flavors of pellet hops, perfume, citrus, pine, and herbal hops. a little caramel like malt, but mostly hop forward. definatly very resinous on the palate.

definatly some unique hop flavors going on, goes down easy, i would love to get my hands on some more of this, but i cant see that happening any time soon. a great ipa, get it if you can

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and very hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, straw, yeast, and biscuit. Slight honey like sweet hints as well. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, juicy, and earthy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus fruits and grassy hops. Juicy upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, pineapple, lemon, mango, and tangerine. Herbal, earthy, and floral hops with some notes of grass and pine. Soft bready malt background with some notes of cracker, straw, grains, biscuit, and yeast along with a slight note of honey. A very good and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat oily and chewy. Finishes dry with a little alcohol heat being noticeable.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial IPA. Good mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors with a nice pils malt background.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; clear golden orange with lots of visible carbonation, and a clear white head, about two fingers, that falls after a bit into a dense, chunky ring.
Smells of hops; pine, earth, citrus rind. For my money, it could use more fruit to it.
Taste is interesting; very crackery but solid malt backbone supports a load of hops. Pine, earthy, citrus rind, and some smoother flavors in between.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and clean for a double IPA.
Overall, a tasty IPA. I don't really taste a big difference from the supposedly unique hop bill, but what makes this one good for me is how clean and drinkable it is for the %abv.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goldish orange copper hue with a nearly white head head, fine bubbled even laced looking brew in my chalice. Aroma has earthy citric hop bursts, vegetables, hints of onion mild garlic all out hop assault with candied malts in the backend. Flavor comes off citric hops, grassy herbal earthiness with a mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness that works with each sip. Mild blast of hops floral notes, herbal German hops, even bodied hop oils, and a blast of holiday bread sweetness. Wow, it's a weird mix in the finish semi sweet malts with spicy bittering hops...mouthfeel is dry finish lingering bittering hops and dry yeast notes in the finish. Overall a decent DIPA that's hard to translate into beer on the American beer front with hops from America and England and malts from England and Germany it's a hybrid piece of work.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Carrboro, with peetoteeto. Presented in a Brooklyn snifter.
Fluffy off-white head.
Aroma-floral hops,smelled very fresh,pine and citrus aromas with neither dominating, just a full-on geneal hop essence.
Mouthfeel-oh man is this good! The hops are abundant and thickly layered without being astringent. The malt profile is a touch sweet and gives some balance. Finishes thick and hoppy and I am very impressed with this one! I did not get much alcohol warmth being this one is 8%, must be wonderfully hidden! I could probably quaff a couple of these as they are very tasty.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropois in Atlanta - I'd had the cask version of this in NY and after not being terribly impressed wanted to give it another shot.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit hops and lighter amounts of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors that are more robust than the nose intimates kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors darken a bit with the addition of pine. Very slight hints of vanilla flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the hops shone much more in the tap version than they did in the cask version, likely a result of a good deal of yeast flavors in the cask. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of kylers
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Questlove's DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl last night and was pleasantly surprised. I first had this Halloween night when we "snuck" in to the Brooklyn Brewery's staff party but I was too drunk to remember it.

A: Copper/orange colored with quite a bit of cloudiness. Strong initial head dissapates quickly.
S: Grapefruit and orange peel right up front with subtle fresh cut grass and herbs. Delicious.
T: Malt sweetness with strong round bitterness. Bitterness is in no way harsh. Citrus from the nose follows into your mouth, great for sipping and allowing the flavors to mingle in your mouth.
M: Relatively dry with a fair amount of sweetness. Carbonation was perfect.
D: Love that the hop flavor is more prominent than the bitterness. Probably not the best choice for dancing. I would dance a bit, take a chug and realize that I needed to slow down with it. Great sipper in my opinion. I would love to try this next to Pliny and see how it really stacks up.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -0.2%

This one is a thick orange color that is actually quite clear but for the darkness of it. There's just a bit of head lingering, the same of which could be said for the very light lacing it achieves.
The first thing that hits me is that this is one of the juiciest beers I've ever had. It's extremely jammy, like certain red wines but more of a tropical and citrus fruit jam. It's like marmalade a but less sugary and more zesty, not exactly tart. The fruits bring all kinds of bitterness but almost seem somehow to balance themselves, though there is enough malt to round it out.
The body is medium, even leaning close to full, and the jasmines translates to the feel. It's plenty crisp and has a smooth flow even as it's body keeps even between sweet and dry.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by May 2014.

A: Pours a cloudy golden brown with an ample white head on top. Nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Nice fruity hop right off the bat, letting you know this is going to be an IPA. Bit of a piney aroma along with a light toasted malt.

T: Complementing hop and malt flavors here. Neither one overpowers which is an accomplishment considering the amount of hop bitterness. Could have a bit more fresh hop flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Doesn't leave your mouth as dry as most IPA's. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Overall its certainly not a bad double IPA but is up against some stiff competition. Well rounded flavor and a great mouthfeel are where this brew shine.

Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one. The pour was brilliant, crystal clear in the glass with an appropriate but not long lasting head.
The nose was typical of an IPA, but it was not overwhelming. There was also a nice floral nose to this that had to come from hops other than our normal American West Coast and East Coast Cascade and Centennial.
The bitterness was present with the first taste with a very crisp and satisfying total mouthful.
This is not an over hoppy beer, nor a simple beer. Very enjoyable, one that someone starting out with craft beers should enjoy.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a Duvel Tulip at Manchester Tavern in Manhattan.
Beautiful looking DIPA. Yellow, orange, light brown with a 2 finger head, eventually simmers down to one, then an even thin layer. Light lacing, the beer wants to stay together, not too much sticking to the glass.

Great smell... hops, pine and lemon.. wish i knew more about specific hops and strains so i could review IPA's it bit more in depth. Smells great

Incredible taste, smooth as hell.... a unique dark wood undertone separates this from some other DIPA's. It's right on.

Overall a great IPA, I could drink this all night.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz chalice at The Underground's tap takeover for this brewery. Called 'Blast!' by the powers that be around here.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers (on a small glass? weak sauce, guys) of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a beautiful pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of a fairly prominent grapefruit, lemon, and pine needle bitterness, bready caramel malt, a sharp herbal tincture essence, and a soft booze warming. The taste is restrained in its bitterness, with grapefruit rind, lemon juice, and pine resin sort of swaddled up together, and thus not allowed to get into trouble; green herbal alcohol, semi-sweet caramel malt, and a further leafy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average to low in effect, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes off-dry, the whipped-up fruitiness sort of shedding its bitter qualities.

A decently pepped-up DIPA, but the typical English bent of this brewery cannot be denied, apparently. I'm just not getting that palate fear that comes with the best examples of the style. Now, if it's balance and safety you're looking for, this is for you, no judgment at all.

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