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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005)
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was truly a Blast! to taste. I really enjoyed this beer, one of the best IPA's I have had to date.

A: the beer was a light golden color with a decent head retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: this beer had a bold floral hops smell along with a nice balance of citrus.

T: This beer had a great balance between floral and bittering hops. In addition to a floral, hoppy smell there was also a pleasant citrus taste.

M: this beer was very well balanced. Quite carbonated.

O: This is a great beer. Nothing more to say...

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 04:25:41 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of Jaquool

New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly fantastic double IPA. This beer is deceptively smooth. This is something we started serving at my bar starting in January '12 and honestly, it needs to be restricted to three in one sitting otherwise shenanigans will ensue. I absolutely love the piney after taste. This is one of my top three beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 20:19:43 | More by Jaquool
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South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove!

A: Slightly hazy amber/gold. Nice white, fluffy head with moderate lacing.

S: Hops, heavy pine, and mild spiciness.

T&M: Some sweetness and spiciness up front. Then the hops pop in all the way through. Piney, piney, piney. Medium bodied and finishes dry.

This stuff is awesome. Very similar to Gubna or Lenny's R.I.P.A., but much more drinkable due to the lower abv and lighter body. Blast is not quite as thick as most DIPA's, probably fewer malts. This almost has a slight spicy and peppery flavor like a good pilsner. Excellent !!! Definitely will be looking for this again in the future.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2011 21:38:42 | More by cdizinno
Photo of Brad007


4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild copper color with a thin head into my glass. Good presentation thus far.

Aroma is full of citrus from the hops followed by just a hint of malt underneath.

Taste is full of citrusy hops that coat the mouth as well as buttery malt. Quite a kick of hops here. Tasty. Decadent.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and slight buttery malt. Very nice mix here. Tasty.

Very well done by Brooklyn. They normally don't brew beers like this but when they do, they knock your socks off. Brilliant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 22:37:06 | More by Brad007
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Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 6/22/10 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character up front and sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and the beer maintains an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a whole evening especially if you want a 2IPA that doesn't try to go too extreme.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 03:05:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap tonight at Hop Devil...served in a goblet.
A- Nice amber color with a 1./4inch white head that only lasted a couple minutes...nice lacing around glass.
S- Many different fruity notes....I picked up apricot, peach, cherry, and com hopy citrus...as well as some clean grassy hops.
T- Big hopy citrus on the tip on the tongue....peach flavors in the body...these things are pretty common=, but the finish is like no other...there is a nice pick up on the hops right before the finish,but it finishes very clean and crisp with a very leafy/grassy feeling...that is only slightly bitter.
M-Bubbly for the style...medium bodied....excelent...I really hop that they bring this into their line up at least as a seasonal....it is too good.
D- I could drink this all night, or until I passed out...Great beer for fall...the grass and leafy aromas and tastes make me feel like I am in the season.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 06:43:20 | More by jameaterblues
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap the other night at the Brooklyn Brewery during Happy Hour. Never tried it and I didn't know anything about it beforehand but one whiff of this beer and I knew that it was going to be the best that I ever had from Brooklyn. Sure enough, that was confirmed upon tasting!

Good pour to this, to the point where I thought this was an American Amber before looking this beer up on here. The hue was a nice glowing red and the head wasn't bad either. I could smell this from a good distance and there was lots of grapefruit, mango, and an overall wet-hopped feel to this. That was repeated in the taste and mouthfeel as this beer was nicely balanced and had the perfect amount of carbonation. No burning or "skunky weed" for this IPA, but just a fruity and filling offering that goes down easily.

Heck, maybe *too* easily, as I couldn't even taste the alcohol in this. No doubt that this was the best beer available on tap the night I went an a feather in Brooklyn's cap. Any fan of IPA's, subtly warming beers, or the Troegs Nugget Nectar owes it to him or herself to seek this out and give it a go. It would be well worth the effort!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 17:44:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of RicoBrew


4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I helped pour this beer at the 2008 GABF. It definitely doesn't fit the mold of what you would think of a DIPA.

A- Pale copper in color, very clear and with a nice rich head.

S- Simply outstanding. You can tell they dry-hopped this beer more so than the average DIPA. It's a combination of the grassy, grapefruit, and floral notes we all associate with good DIPA's. It's like they crushed up a bunch of Cascade/Centennial/other NW hops and put it in a cup and shoved it under your nose. It wasn't overpowering, but definitely present.

T- After the smell, I thought that the bitterness would be extremely high, but it wasn't. It was extremely pleasant. Just enough bitterness to say it's a pale ale, but it wasn't cloying nor metallic. Just extremely pleasant.

M- The mouthfeel surprised me the most about this beer. I was expecting something very heavy and viscous. It turned out light and wonderful. It felt like drinking a nice, light pils, but with the hop character and flavor of a DIPA. If nothing else, try this beer to get surprised about how light it is on the tongue.

D- Highly drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. This is definitely a beer I would love to have for a Thai dinner or chili.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 18:50:30 | More by RicoBrew
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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery on 3/6/2010. Served in a plastic Brooklyn Brewery cup.

Appearance: Deep gold color, with an amber hue and a small white head that never really dissipates and leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Lots of nutty and earthy hops with a sweet malt background.

Taste: Bready beginning, finishing very hoppy, yet well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Great overall, and something I would love to have again. However, it's possible that the fact that I had it on-tap at the source has an influence on my impressions of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 21:09:52 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Stoneman78


4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue, white creamy head mostly retains, lacing all over
S- Nose is an elegant bouquet of sweet, sugary malts and modest pine/grass/grapefruit hops, nice helping of vanilla, spices, and brown sugar, amazing aromas!
T- Initial taste is super bitter hops with a mostly citrus character, transitions to sweet bread malts, finishes with a mix of sugary molasses and dry bitter hops
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation
D- Wonderfully balanced DIPA, the hops and malts work together nicely, I was completely sold on the aroma and could drink this gem all night long, definitely the best beer at Delaney's

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 18:51:56 | More by Stoneman78
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New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clean golden color pour with a finger of head which dissipated slowly and caused some great lacing.%0AThe aroma is a wonderful bouquet of hops.. Floral%2C piney goodness with a touch of bready caramel.%0AThe flavor is as wonderful as the aroma. A very nice complex grain bill - nutty%2C bready%2C caramel. The hops are deliciously placed - floral%2C grapefruit citrus%2C tropical mango. Just excellent.%0AA medium body beer with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for the abv.%0AThis is by far one of the best Brooklyn beers%2C and one of my favorite dipa's. Couldn't be happier they're finally bottling this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 07:24:03 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of box299


4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer... I am a huge fan of IPA so I always go in that direction but this beer is fantastic. The color is that of a classic IPA... Brownish red... Nice head and a really fresh taste... Great in your mouth without the aftertaste that many IPAs have. From what I understand there are only two places in NYC that have it on tap. Get some!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 01:06:12 | More by box299
Photo of Douglas14


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler a rich golden color with a nice, somewhat fluffy, head that left good amounts of lace as it disappeared. Immediate intense hoppy aroma hits your nose. The taste is very hoppy, but still delicate with a full body mouthfeel. I also taste somewhat toasted hints. Overall, awesome beer and extremely drinnkable

Serving type: growler

09-30-2007 23:02:17 | More by Douglas14
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap at the blind tiger ale house in new york city, as the bartender (whose new haircut was incredibly cute, no matter what she thought) claimed it was her favorite beer produced by brooklyn brewery.

good enough for me.

the nose isn't just hoppy, it's beautifully floral and citrusy and eyelash curling in it's hops aroma. as a homebrewer, it smells like a package of cascade hops freshly opened.

but the taste is something else. as it rises to your mouth, that aroma floods the nose, but as the brew hits the tongue that beautiful hop aroma gives way to something much different, much more interesting and unexpected for an american pale ale: a bready malty character, thick and sweet. it then finishes clean and smooth with very little, if any, citrus residue that usually finishes an india pale ale.

for insane hopheads who need everything to be over-the-top, this beer may disappoint.

but for someone looking to try something new in the dipa category, something a little less played than the trend of hops, hops and more hops, (don't get me wrong, hops, hops and more hops can make a grand drink), this ale may be for you.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 03:08:27 | More by vermilyea
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from Joe Canal's Iselin into my Brooklyn Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: this pours a beautiful light orange/ burnt yellow with a very nice inch high head, that does dissipate and leaves some lacing. The head persists on top of the beer throughout the session. The lacing is just beautiful. The color has a hazy character to it.

Smell: I love DIPAs and the aroma from this just consumes me and makes me weak in the knees. A beautiful hoppy aroma that has a nice floral and citrusy front, but a deep resiny aroma exits underneath and is just so pleasant. I want to keep my nose in my glass, beautiful.

Taste: This is oh so tasty. The floral and citrusy aroma follow this into the taste, and create a wonderful beer. This is a very smooth beer, and I am want to find the alcohol in this. If I had not known the ABV level, I would have suspected 6.5%. This is so balanced in the hop resin and the lightness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: a really tight carbonation with a very nice resiny feel, and a really good hoppy back taste. So incredibly silky smooth

Overall: If you can find this, do so. It is an incredible DIPA. This has a great aroma, great mouthfeel and great taste. I find nothing wrong with this beer. I am only sad that the growler is empty. I am making a special trip to refill before this disappears. Brooklyn, please keep producing this!

Serving type: growler

12-18-2012 01:16:18 | More by Chas58
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows dried fruits, honey, figs, apricots and sweet clean malt.
Sweet flavours, with a fair bit of clean malt alongside fruity hops, honey and a custard/dill-like sorachi note. Lovely.
Nice moderately high carbonation and slight syrupy body works perfectly.
Delicious stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 06:36:04 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Bukowski’s Boston—22oz. mug.

A: Pours a peachish amber color with a pillow like frothy one finger white head. Excellent retention and line forming horizontal lace down the glass.
S: Aromas of pine and grapefruit hops with a nice toasted grain background. A bit of sweet malt also is noticeable.
T/M: True to the name—a blast of hops up front mostly grapefruit, lemon, and pine flavors. Grassy twang after the initial hop blast. Slight toasted grain background also. Creamy and smooth through the mouth with an excellent dose of bitterness. A bit buttery after the wonderful bitterness.
D: Definitely a highly drinkable dipa. High abv goes unnoticed. Brooklyn has some good offerings and this is one of the better one’s I’ve tried. I wouldn’t hesitate to get this on draft again!

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 18:28:27 | More by bjohnson
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery with Andy, Garrett, and someone from another brewery (I think Sixpoint) while discussing the new 750ml cork & cage bottling line. It was my first beer of the night, although in the end I had two large glasses.

It poured a perfectly clear golden-orange-amber beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of white that held tenaciously and left remarkable walls of lace about the fresh, previously un-used, gold-rimmed stemware.

The aroma offered a soft but dizzying combination of sweetish and bready malt, yeasty fruitiness, grassy/leafy and floral and citrusy hops, and snappy alcohol.

In the mouth it was medium-bodied with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that almost appeared as if it'd been naturally carbonated... perhaps most of the carbonation came from spunding the tank.

At first sip I was confused as to what it was. I'd never heard of "Blast", and I'd overheard lots of talk of "Local 1"; and the richness of the bready, lightly sweet, and toasty/biscuity malt combined with the apple-like and subtly berry-ish fruitiness had me thinking it was Belgian. There were lots of hops there, but it wasn't raspy bitter - and I'd just been talking to Chris from La Chouffe about Houblon which had me in a hoppy-Belgian kind of mindset. When Andy told me it was Blast, and that it was a double IPA, I was incredibly impressed. It was so smooth and round and supple - not at all what I think about as a Double IPA. Where were the resins? Where was the raspy bitterness? Instead, it offered a very nice balance between softly sweet caramelish and toasty malt and hops with a grassy, leafy, herbal, gently piney and mildly citrusy character. In fact, it seemed to embrace the whole of the hop-gamut with European, English, and American hops coming together as one. The bitterness was omni-present, and always just a slight-edge beyond balancing, but never blunt or oppressive. It was remarkably round, well-balanced, and smooth from start to finish; ending in a surprisingly short-lived, lingering, and mainly dry finish.

Brilliant, all in all, and excessively drinkable despite the fact that it will sneak up on you and take you down in the end. Kudos for one of my best beers of the year!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 17:58:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice white, fluffy head. Beer is the color of the treated pine bar I'm drinking it off of. Nice lacing.

A - Pine. A ton of pine with some citrus.

T - Good bitterness throughout. Not overwhelming. Malt comes through on the back end in a bready, not necessarily sweet, way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 02:38:49 | More by toddhett
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep amber, kinda of reddish, nice head retention

smell: subltle citrus and more floralness

taste: a nicely hopped ale, tint of grapefruit and citrus flavor from the hops, not really a dipa to me. compares to Torpedo oe slightly less in terms of hop presence.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, balanced

drinkability: solid IPA, not DIPA. just not as powerful as I would like.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 04:56:38 | More by CampusCrew
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 19:32:44 | More by LeoPanna
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as delicious as they get, Brooklyn's Blast exhibits all the halmark qualities that are asked of IPAs and then some.

Blast opens with a burst of vivid mild copper nad bright orange colors while carrying a typical dry-hopped haze. A froathy yet terse white head caps the beer and laces gently with intricate pattern while retaining reat staying power unitl the last sip.

Bold and juicy scent of ruby red grapefruit, oranze zest, tangerine, and toprical mango or pineapple- all arise from the hop aromas. Only a supportive and supple caramel scent that gives a glimpse of sweetness to accomapny the fruity hop notes. Alcoholic with the scent of nail polish remover, the beer's aroma proves strong and inviting.

Flavors follow similarly, except with the show of mild caramel sweetness that rises just before the citrusy and tropical flavor from hops. The turn to grapefruit pulp, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and appricots leaves the malty sweetness behind and develops into a clean and pleasant bitter taste that lingers long into finish. Alcoholic bite further reinforces the taste of nail polish remover.

Creamy and airy to start, the beer's initial carbonation releases at a quickly arriving mid palate where the sweetness fades and the dry malt character and lingering bitterness leads to a pleasant warmth and ultimate dryness. Only a linger of resiny bitterness and citrusy memeory lasts long into aftertaste.

Not only does this IPA deliver on all that's expected of the style, it excells at a few of the characteristis that's even beyond what the style perscribes. If it's not on par with Dreadnaught, Pliny, or Ruination, then Blast isn't far behind.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 06:02:35 | More by BEERchitect
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, transparent; head is off white and bright white intermingled, fine bubbles and froth that present 1/2 inch thick, then dissipate to a top and ring with some banded lacing on the glass.

Smell is where this beer brings you in, even cold its got a kick, hops are earthy then powerfully floral with some citrus, pine is intermingled; malt sweetness is subtle and clean in the nose.

Taste is definitely a great malt - hop interplay: hops commence at first, kicking the earthy, pine flavors then overtaken by the floral and light citrus flavors; malt is clean, not sweet, not cloying, nice touch of caramel is noted, providing some backbone to the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is really well done for an ale of this strength,, again the malt-hop interplay works so well together, mild sweetness compensates the big bitter bites, nice dry finish with flavors sitting throughout the mouth.

Overall, a great ale, great hop/malt balance and flavor, one of my favorites that I was very excited to find in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:02:53 | More by mvanaskie13
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No no no. This is not an American Double, Imperial IPA (hopefully that will be corrected). This is an American Double Pale Ale. Well done and genre defining, I may add.

What an interesting ale. It comes out, full and strong with a pale ale aroma. It definitely looks a bit IPA in the glass, and the aftertaste (burp) is a big hoppy IPA, but the taste is pure pale ale. That's what makes this beer worth drinking and man, I can drink as much of the growler as I like and finish the rest tomorrow, so I am really all set with this exceptional beer.

That was more like social networking than a review! Gotta go drink some Blast. Bye.

Serving type: growler

04-20-2013 21:58:52 | More by schoolboy
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Nice hazy IPA. Decent lacing, not very long lasting frothy head.

Smell: Very citrusy and effervescent. Pungent but not over the top. Elevates each sip.

Taste: Dank, heavy grapefruit citrus along with distinctly flavorful East Kent Goldings hops (or something very much like EKG). Really refined, well put together beer. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Dry but I want it even dryer. Above average, but not top tier.

Overall: Sooo glad this beer is no longer tap and festival only. Always loved finding it around NYC or at fests. Beautiful marriage of a West Coast IPA and top quality British hops.

Advice to anyone who likes IPAs or well put together beers (like geeky homebrewers) is: buy this beer super fresh and love it. Greater than the sum of its parts; masterful work.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 04:56:29 | More by Pahn
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.