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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,128 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005)
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Ryandey


1/5  rDev -75.1%

08-30-2012 07:55:10 | More by Ryandey
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Beerlover

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

05-10-2014 22:41:14 | More by Beerlover
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Deivos


2/5  rDev -50.1%

11-11-2012 20:23:03 | More by Deivos
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keenan41

New York

2/5  rDev -50.1%

06-17-2012 17:13:55 | More by keenan41
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ccrida

Oregon

2.15/5  rDev -46.4%
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
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

06-29-2014 18:05:46 | More by Odysseyalien
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

11-17-2013 15:06:21 | More by Dcunicelli
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

02-19-2013 01:41:28 | More by mmsimmons
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Druss157

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

11-18-2013 10:58:11 | More by Druss157
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Zraly

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light burnt orange with a thin, leggy head. Malt comes heavier than hops.

Candy flavored malts with earthy hops. Bready and hints of caramel. Some citrus is present that plays nicely off of the malts. The hops are subdued to me -- maybe I am drinking this well beyond the best Drink By date. From what I can decipher from the bottle, it was bottle at some point in February -- so about two months ago. With that in mind, it might not be the freshest sample but at the same time, the IBUs should carry this a bit farther than it is has currently traveled.

At any rate, there is a tea-like quality buried amongst the earth. The citrus note is more of an orange peel flavor. It's okay, but a bit muddled. I'm fine with the English hops but the bitterness is clashing somewhere with the malts and the malt is overpowering. Unbalanced. Medium-full bodied.

I felt like this drank like a light, English barleywine rather than a DIPA, and a not-so-good barleywine at that. I didn't care for this at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 23:51:33 | More by Zraly
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
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
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cornpone

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

12-29-2013 02:45:30 | More by cornpone
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

02-08-2014 04:09:31 | More by JohnnyK
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lupercmda

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

01-18-2013 04:33:54 | More by lupercmda
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

10-10-2013 23:36:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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bellb

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

01-26-2013 00:23:42 | More by bellb
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DawnL

New York

2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

C

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
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
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prototypic

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.2%

03-08-2014 02:19:17 | More by prototypic
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spokeydonkey

New York

3/5  rDev -25.2%
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
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -25.2%

06-26-2014 13:00:13 | More by BuckTuckian
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melissab318

Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.2%

02-17-2012 21:33:53 | More by melissab318
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -25.2%

01-06-2014 17:32:51 | More by ThatsThatDude
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.2%

03-05-2013 22:01:27 | More by PieOhMy
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.