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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%

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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ccrida


2.15/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First up, I've never really appreciated their style. And this one is no exception.
Appearance is orange with scattered white lace.
Sweet, herbal, malt extract smell.
Taste is big and malty. An earthy, bitter "Blast!"
Spicy heat. Herbal. Rough.
Mouthfeel is corse, slick.
Drinkability is poor, tough to power down.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 03:11:44 | More by ccrida
Photo of TheGordianKnot


2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap served into a shaker pint...

A- Orange with a finger of bright white head. Very clear.

S- A lot of pine and some citrus. Quite a malty nose to my dismay. Caramel, honey, and biscuit... Not the best aroma for a DIPA

T/M- Definitely interesting. Bitterness is all on the front end, right when it his the tongue. Again piney, not much fruit or anything else to make this complex. Malt is bready and supporting of the bitterness, not overpowering like it was in the nose. Medium body with minimal carbonation.

O- Pretty one dimensional and forgettable. Nose was way off and the taste just didn't do a lot for me- average might be generous, but i'll go with that. I don't mind a heavier DIPA but the dull carbonation made it not refreshing or easy to put down on a hot day...

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 15:56:13 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of DawnL

New York

2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a head that dissipates quickly to lace.

Very hoppy with banana and clove on the nose.

It's hops without a malt backbone. Slightly astringent. Tastes like pine. It's almost like biting into a tree.

For me, this is not terribly drinkable. It suffers from the overt pine and alcohol burn. I'm not finding this pleasant to drink. This beer would pair well with satay.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 15:14:10 | More by DawnL
Photo of kojevergas


2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the beer's current 91 rating as well as the brewery - which I really respect. 8.4% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an IPA since the description on the label's neck clearly refers to it as such.

Served cold - straight from a quick stint in the freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. Lacing coats the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but little of it sticks.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is/are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks like a pretty standard IPA. There are no obvious flaws. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramalt, biscuit malt, English pale malts, floral hop character, light herbal hop character, and a kiss of pine. This isn't the grapefruit resin explosion of most American IPAs, and I appreciate that. Lightly bready. Sweetness/bitterness balance seems en pointe.

Clean; no yeast character, alcohol, or other off notes are detectable.

A pleasant if timid aroma of average strength.

The caramalt presence intensifies as it warms.

T: English biscuit and pale malts dominate the malt profile, with some caramalt in there too. Light hints of toffee and bread. Unfortunately, there's some soapy character - indicative that the beer spent too long in primary. Hopwise, I get floral hops, light herbal character, a kiss of pine, a touch of resinous character, and some Czech-y noble hop character (think Saaz). Lime.

The flavour profile isn't all that balanced - even in terms of sweetness/bitterness, and there isn't a whole lot of hop flavour here. I respect the choice not to go with your typical American hop profile, but this doesn't offer a lot in its place. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Build lacks cohesion. It's not nuanced, complex, intricate, or subtle.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Aside from the soapiness, there are no off flavours except maybe a hint of diacetyl.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Lightly coarse and wet. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Too thick and weighty on the palate for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavours. Filling. Decent presence on the palate.

Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, the texture doesn't suit the flavour profile or style particularly well.

Dr: A very disappointing IPA from Brooklyn. Maybe it's a freshness issue? I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I plan on revisiting it because I fear I might have gotten an old bottle or something. It's not the easiest beer to drink if only because it isn't a high quality one. I've had losers from Brooklyn (e.g. Monster) but this feels off; take this review with a grain of salt.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 05:39:26 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Dirte1096


2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not gonna waste much time on this one:

A: Clear, golden

S: Not what I've come to expect from modern-day DIPAs. Tons of bready, biscuity malt notes fighting to suppress the mild, citrusy hop bouquet.

T: Very sweet/malty for a DIPA. It has a definite English malt characteristic with some citrusy, piney hops sprinkled into the finish.

M: Slick and medium-bodied. I would love the mouthfeel for the style if the carbonation was a lot higher to help accentuate the hops...very little carbonation in this one.

O: More hops, please!

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 17:16:51 | More by Dirte1096
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a tap into a 12 oz glass. Cloudy and dark golden, with a slight foam on top. No head noticeable.

S - Smells very earthy and floral with hints of berry. Quite pleasant.

T - Very earthy up front. Bitterness in the finish. Tastes slightly resiny from the hops. Floral notes also linger in the finish.

M - Medium body and a slightly resiny texture. Nothing particularly notable.

D - The earthy flavors dominate things a bit too much. One glass was interesting, but I doubt I'd go back for another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 04:32:18 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the Brooklyn Brewery's happy hour. That thing is a shitshow.

Honey colored with a fair white head. Good retention and lace. One of the better looking beers I've ever had in a plastic cup, for what that's worth.

Sharp, prickly, pineapple citrus hop aroma and corresponding taste. Thin, bready malt with a bitter, dry finish. Pretty eh.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 23:00:57 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of jmarsh123


3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Twenty Tap

Pours hazy dark straw with a soapy white head and excellent retention and lacing.

Maybe I'm just in a NY state of mind, but the aroma reminds me of a higher ABV Flower Power. Big floral presence that came out more as it warmed along with a citrus undertone with notes of grass as well.

Alas the taste isn't nearly as pleasant. The floral notes which I enjoy in small doses are way too heavy on this creating that soapy flavor. Also the grassy notes cause a slight astringency which doesn't help matters. A little citrus peaks through, but for the most part isn't nearly as prevalent as I'd like.

Medium on the mouthfeel side and a bit too much for the current heat, but not a detriment. Carbonation is moderate.

An off-balanced mess for me disappointing after the appearance and smell got my hopes up. Not horrible, but much better examples of the style are easily available so I doubt I'll go back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 16:04:05 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A thin, off-white head o'ertops briefly a clear light golden beer, and retreats to a thin ring and skimmy head.

Smell is grass and lemon zest, make that Lemon Pledge, make that lemon drops. Some yeasty tart is what changes the hop to lemon drop, with light amount of herbalish bitter along the way in the scent as I sip.

Grass, grainy sweet, lemon drops,orange zest, and a grassy, herbalistic end of sip. Alcohol heat enters the mix as it warms, not in a good way.

Nicely low carb., but too viscous, not clean, harsh finish,.

Had high hopes, dashed on the rocks of reality, another disappointing beer I cannot recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:23:32 | More by cavedave
Photo of BeerFan95

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: a golden body with a white head. Nice retention and decent lace

S: Lightly toasted and mildly sweet pilsner malts. A mild sense of citrus hops. There was also a mild minty quality to it.

T: Very well balanced. Malts had a nice toasted bread like quality. There was a subtle sweetness from it. Hops were all citrus hops.

M: Seemed very light on the palate. It was very easy to drink. The carbonation was appropriate.

O: The beer overall was good. The pilsner malts were a nice change from the caramel malts. I was happy the citrus hops were not overdone. I am not a big fan of citrus hops. It seemed really easy to drink and the alcohol was well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:29:01 | More by BeerFan95
Photo of dedrinker


3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow gold color with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemony hops and a hint of yeast. The flavor was predominantly a mild earthy, lemony hop character with some light cracker-like malt behind it. Medium body with more bittering hop finish than flavor. Pretty good drinkability, but for the category it purports to occupy, I found it a bit lackluster. The bartender consoled me thus: "It's more like a British double IPA." That would probably make Garret proud, but it tasted like a good regular American IPA from the mid 1990's, and well, if you haven't noticed - things have changed since then.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 05:47:54 | More by dedrinker
Photo of jrallen34


3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had on draft into a tulip at Local Option...Gold appearance and light white head...The aroma is blast of floral citrus, but the majority is the floral, almost too much, I need a break from the perfume...The taste is more of the same to me a floral citrus blend that I just do not care for, too strong.

Unless you love floral hops, its not for you.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 21:31:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of samie85


3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/3/11.

A-Served in a shaker pint with a very clear light amber color with no discernible head.

S-Smells of pine sap and grapefruit with some orange.

T-Juicy grapefruit upfront wit a bit of bitter pine and light caramel malt notes.

M-A little thin for what the brewery is calling a Double Pale Ale with prickly carbonation and a dry feel.

D-Not difficult to drink at all, but I was expecting a little more complexity from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 05:47:33 | More by samie85
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small hop, yet very mellow. In the taste, small pine hops and a citrus hop end, and quite malty all the way through. A small hop bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine like aftertaste. A nice hop, a bit malty, hides the alcohol, and average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 17:44:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton yesterday.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus, but there's maraschino cherry there as well. While it's attractive, it's also the first tip off as to what I'm going to get on the palate. On the palate, this is without doubt the sweetest DIPA I've ever tasted. There's considerable underlying bitterness as well, but the sweet, exotic fruitiness in this beer really dominates. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, albeit there's plenty of flavor in this beer. The considerable amount of sweetness, coupled with the alcohol, really detract from this beer's drinkability. I had a 5 ounce sample size of this beer and could barely finish that. I cannot imagine trying to drink a pint on this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 20:11:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber to copper with a thin lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is very mild - soft citrus and earthy tones with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of juicy, tropical, earthy hop tones with a strong malt backbone. It has a dry, somewhat chalky finish. It has a mild juicy hop aftertaste. Alcohol is well-covered.

It isn't as creamy and full as I expect in the style, but it is smooth.

This is a well-balanced DIPA with noticeable English character.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 18:26:19 | More by jwc215
Photo of justintcoons


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Golden amber with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity, decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Lemon, mango skin, green tea and earth.

There's a big herbal green tea quality. Grapefruit, papaya skin, lemon and Fruity Pebbles. Nice maltiness keeping the balance. Biscuit, caramel and touches of toffee.

Medium bodied, crisp and oily.

Obviously a bridge between the English and American. But who wants that? AMERICA RULES!

Oh, the beer? The beer's okay.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 18:21:46 | More by justintcoons
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, BB date of June 2014, poured into SA glass.

Vigorous pour yields one finger, white head which quickly dissipates to a thin rim. Moderate lacing coats the glass.

Subtle pine, earth, spice, malt.

Bitter hops smoothed by the scottish malts: spice predominates, leaving a slight malty bitterness.

Medium body, well carbonated.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:19:23 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a goblet on-tap at the Draught House.

A - clear amber with very little head. Unremarkable.

S - super-juniper/pine shot with the first sniff, little bit of citrus.

T - big hops up front but quickly overwhelmed by significant booziness; this tends to really dominate and never gets back under control. Sharp lingering hops bittness at the end; not much for malt balance.

M - moderate carbonation supporting the hops, but all dominated by the warming alcohol effect.

D - I couldn't get past the power of the alcohol in this one; it does live up the "blast" billing, but not quite for the right reason for me

This was ok, but I don't think I'd have it again as there are some better Imperial IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 19:40:11 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Tap Room in Warren, NJ. Poured amber into a pint glass, with one finger of white, decent head retention, and modest lacing. Smelled of citrus, mango, fig, prune, and syrup. The taste begins with mango/citrus and syrupy-sweet, and eventually progresses to a bitter finish with modest peel notes. Slight hint of the abv in the finish, and via the citrus notes. Not as thick as the syrupy flavor would suggest, and thin in fact, though nicely slick on the palate; modestly carbonated. I know a lot of people who like huge amounts of sweetness in their double ipa's, and I can see how they'd love this beer. However the syrupy sweet thing is not for me; I'd prefer a tiny bit more bitter balance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 02:53:48 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The fresh growler pours a crystal clear dark amber beer with thin, yet resilient white head. The nose is a light and malty, but not a lot of hop character for a DIPA. Very floral nose thats only better when it warms. The taste is just as malty with a slight bitterness on the back end. Overall this beer should definitely be listed as a pale and not a double. I would probably not try this beer again, but it was decent.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2012 19:43:20 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I I did not know it was double IPA until I was half way through the pint. For a double IPA, it did not wow me. But for a beer in general it is nothing to complain or write home about. The malt is balanced by a more herbal and earthy hop. I did not get much citrus in the flavor or nose. This reminds me of their regular IPA but just a bit bigger. The mouthfeel was probably the best part of this beer. It had the soft fluffy mouthfeel of a really good Belgian. For such a rare beer, I was slightly let down. This is something to try if you get the chance, but certainly nothing to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 21:41:23 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of dense white foam.

S: Aroma is intensely hoppy with bright citrus fruits and a little bit of earthiness.

T/M: Flavor follows suit with more grapefruit, lemon zest, some more piney hops, followed by bready malts and earthy grains. Some caramel sweetness and low to medium carbonation make it quite smooth. A tiny alcohol bite lingers on the finish.

A very palatable experience.


Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 00:05:28 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of chanokokoro


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the Beer Bistro, Chicago, IL

A: Thick three finger bright white head that takes several minutes to fully dissipate leaving beautiful lacing. Deep golden color with slight amber hues

S: Strong floral and citrus aromas dominate with a very. very slight note of pine here and there.

T: Opens with a flood of citrus hops, orange and lemon, grapefuit, transitions into sweetness, malt, orange, and banana notes. Finishes with continued sweet citrus, light orange juice, a very subtle touch of pine, and a bit of alcohol.

M: Well-carbonated, very noticable malt backbone, fairly hefty body for a DIPA.

O: One of the fruitiest, sweetest DIPA's I've had. In fact it was a bit too fruity and sweet for me. The smell and opening of the beer was fantastic, however I kept waiting for some hop bitterness to balance out the sweet which never came. A solid DIPA that fans of sweeter, fruiter beers will love.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:23:47 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2012 23:05:45 | More by steelerguy
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.