Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

343 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 1,559
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 82
Gots: 253 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jaquool
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. (315 characters)

Photo of DapperGrowler
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... (544 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Hazy peach colored

S-Bursting with aroma...a lot of tropical fruits up front...mango, papaya, pineapple. Also strong notes of limes and lemons....

T-Lives up to the aroma...nice sweet fruitiness...same as the aroma but now add in some citrus (mandarin oranges, tangerines, light grapefruit) as well...malt gives off a sweeter honey like flavor....

F-Right on the mark for a DIPA...Perfect body for this beer. Not particularly hot or boozy, about what you'd expect for the style.

O-This is a top tier DIPA in my book. Reminds me of Hopslam from a few years back. Love the multitude of fruit flavors and aromas and the sweeter honeyed malt dimension. Great beer! (674 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of kthoag
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer that straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, big ABV and hops without being entirely hop-based. Malts balance things out. Nose is all kinds of hoppy, big citrus and pine. Mouth is chewy, not dry, very drinkable. Amazing beer from one of my absolute favorite breweries. (282 characters)

Photo of RicoBrew
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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 (703 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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! (1,146 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (385 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: February 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: pre-meniscus surgery drinking... APPEARANCE: swiftly thinning off-white head suggests heavy alcohol; misty, peach amber body that shows little vibrancy; spotty ... AROMA: goodness--an alluring powder keg of hops that range from strong orange peel and melon, to resin and fragrant flowers, to some metallic pilsener elements and apple late; each breath evokes a separate scent, almost impossible for a beer to accomplish ... PALATE: a soft, smooth, West Coast feel, with a lingering, palpable mouthfeel--not rambunctious at all, come to think of it; dry at the end...TASTE: complex mix of vanilla, orange peel, and bubblegum; pixey stick-like sugars cloak the 8.4% ABV to dubiousness; ...OVERALL: from its attractive label to its pleasantly sippable intensity, a beer that snuck up on me once before; by the drink's end, an amicable warmth pervades; disappointing this only comes in four-packs that steep a price, but on tap at a happy-hour price, quite a steal ... (1,043 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 1FH, light, foamy, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, bubbly, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz draft. OK.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quaffable. (282 characters)

Photo of mobere
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a sipper to be savored. Let it roll to sides of tongue, you get orange. I like the slight alcohol bite so it warns you where you are headed. Aroma got me onboard to begin with, pineapple. Wish I knew the hops and when added. Brooklyn can malt/hop balance a beer and did it again. Can't think of anything I don't like about it. From a bottle. Hope to find on tap. (371 characters)

Photo of Chas58
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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! (1,370 characters)

Photo of vermilyea
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of LeoPanna
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. (601 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
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! (2,263 characters)

Photo of box299
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (346 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
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! (799 characters)

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