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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!

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890 Ratings
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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%

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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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Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body, somewhat clear and orangish, along with two finger head and minor lace patches and a aroma that is very hoppy, citric and possible grape but mostly earthy and somewhat fresh smelling. Smooth, light to medium bodied, the hops aren't overkill in this beer but are just very hoppy and have enough caramel/bread malt to offer balance and a touch of sweetness and overall just a good sipping "DIPA".

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 22:37:59 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at City Tap House PtY event, poured into a tulip)

A: light, bright orange hue, a touch hazy... some white foam at the start, but not much retention or lace

S: piney and citrus sugar aromas.... slight medicinal background... touch of toasty, bready malt... the aromas are fairly delicate and restrained

T: the "blast" is in the first sip - a popping, bitter sting.... mild showing of malt flavor - sort of a graham cracker sans cinnamon .... could swear I taste Sorachi Ace in there - really? 11 different hops used in this?! the Sorachi certainly stands out in what is otherwise a flat, static fuzz of perfumy, citrusy hops

M: very dry... medicinal, parching booze bordering on hot.... quaffable but a bit too desiccating

O: tasty enough, though I wouldn't crave another... a little too mellow/neutral on flavor, too dried-out

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 01:07:03 | More by Bouleboubier
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 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 Omnium


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes: On-Tap at Bocktown Monaca 10-20-13

A - Cloudy orange color half a finger of white head, some medium lacing
S - Big caramel sweetness, some tart orange, citrus juice.
T - Lots of sweet caramel malts, orange marmalade, some spicy hope bite, a little grapefruit.
M - A bit soapy but good body and well carbonated.
O - Very good double IPA, potent and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 15:58:09 | More by Omnium
Photo of homebrew311


4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy gold with almost no head and a little lacing. Nose has bright fruity hops with a nice malty background. Hops present in the form of candied apricot, orange and tangerine. The taste has a thick malty body paired with the bright tropical hops. Notes of honey and bread support the heavy hop character. Mouthfeel is moderate with low carbonation for the style. Overall, decent dipa here, not something I would necessarily return to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 01:09:09 | More by homebrew311
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary, last beer of the afternoon (hey man, I'm on holidays!). First off, look this beer up and feed your head. The hop bill is gigantic, looks like a hop growers' global convention, and the malts are Scottish and German ... The intent seems to be to create more of an English-style IPA base and then turn this sucker into an American flavor hops war zone after the fact. Does it work? Well, I've tried a great many IPAs and IPA variants, and finding something truly unique is tricky. Sure, you can train the palate to taste different hop varietals and IPAs DO differ from one another with regards to this factor but also malts used as well ... Not to mention yeast used, fermentation temperature ... Many variables contribute to the diversity of IPAs. But this one, ladies and gentlemen, tastes truly unique to me. It looks mundane enough, standard double IPA hue like darkish golden honey with a nice dollop of white froth on top. The smell, however ... I get tons of dank, rank tropical fruit: Fermenting pineapple mainly, but also some other more sweet/floral perfume elements like guava, pina colada, even a little banana. On the tongue, the malts yield mellow caramel and sweet/sour gummy candy effects. And the hops? A whole fucking fruit bowl really. The tropical flavors on the nose predominate, but I also get all kinds of other influences. Poached pears, peaches, strawberry creme, pink grapefruit, pineapple skin, green bananas, unripe plums, gooseberry ... And oh look, there's some honeysuckle floral perfume, cantaloupe, tomato leaf musky notes, woody twigs, black pepper, holy shit, the different flavors cycle though like some mad brewer's codex on speed. Maybe I'm delusional here but the number of different hops used could yield this sort of cornucopia. At the bottom there are some earthy and woody flavors ... Curiously enough though? There's not a lot of pine! This one is skewed towards hop flavor rather than bitterness, and it avoids the massive pine attack that shows up in many other DIPAs. This brew is sweet and tropical but not cloyingly so thanks to some earthy, woody influences to provide balance. Maybe they could have worked a little more pine in there somewhere. But damn. Do try this field guide to hops in beverage form.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 18:25:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
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 Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: caramel, lemon citrus, and a hop presence is easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, a bit of grapefruit, some pine tones, and a mellow grassiness creates a nice flavor profile. Bitterness is moderate and not overpowering. Alcohol is definitely warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and somewhat dry at the finish. Long lasting afterataste.

Overall: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. A good DIPA that is slower sipping but nicely refreshing for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 12:11:46 | More by Gavage
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
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: a slight hazy darker good with heavy bubbles on the body creating a 1/4" inch head off the body.

Smell: A real mellow floral scent, slight lightness to it...like always I'm always hoping for more.

Taste: a nice bitter smooth hop, bitter but not too much it's slightly offset that feels like a sweet red grapefruit a hope dose of piney bark.

Mouth: medium bodied, with a lemon finish believe me or not.

Overall: Very good brew coming from Brooklyn brewery, and probably the first IPA I have had from them. Would I buy again, hell yea I'm already drinking my second. Hope you all enjoy as much as me....Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 01:07:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Griffon. Served in a shaker pint...

A: Orange amber, with a thin off white head.

S: Pine, orange, white grapefruit, lemon peel.

T: Herby and citrusy with a piney foundation; light caramel malt background.

M: Medium feel and carbonaton.

O: A really nice Double IPA - had it once before at the Ballpark Festival of Beers. A nice brew from Brooklyn!

From notes - circa Charleston Beer Week

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 23:21:40 | More by jpro
Photo of MDDMD


4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, floral, tropical fruit, malt, pine

T-caramel malt, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, slightly herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a nice DIPA with good flavor and balance

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 23:44:33 | More by MDDMD
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours orange with long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma with noticeable alcohol. Finish is long and dry. This brew will not be among my favorable DIPA’s.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 13:56:01 | More by mikeg67
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy white head with high retention on a clear, light copper/gold body. Soapy and sticky lacing. Aroma is bursting with citrusy and piney hop juices. Quite lovely. Taste is nicely bittered with some malt sweetness in the background. Citrus dominates the hop profile, alcohol is well masked. Bitterness is there in flavor but not so biting that it's hard to drink. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 04:16:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of KYGunner


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing unusual to this IPA when it comes to appearance; copper color with a silky thick head.

The scent is rather tame without any big fruity aromas or over the top floral hints. Pine, floral hoppiness, a little lemon nice but not huge.

The taste follows suit without huge flavors. Still nice, easy to drink, piney flavors with some lemon, malt and syrupy sweetness.

Overall, I liked this but simply would not rank this.amongst my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:03:30 | More by KYGunner
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 02:11:47 | More by biboergosum
Photo of dar482

New York

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out in a light copper color.

The aroma has a bit of citrus and pine, but also tons of sweet caramel malt. Not a huge aroma.

The flavor follows with lemon, citrus, pine, grass, but just tons and tons of smooth caramel malt and syrup sweetness. Then with a gentle bitterness on the end.

The beer actually goes down quite easy, which disguises the alcohol extremely well. The beer is a bit blunted, while still being a bit hoppy. Without the strong malt bill, one may be tricked by this being a 9% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 22:52:39 | More by dar482
Photo of thecheapies


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a whisp of white suds. Standing tall in a shaker pint.

Pine, orange, white grapefruit, lemon peel. Herby and citrusy with a piney foundation. Malts are almost English in style, like an Imperial English IPA. Some booze.

Pine and booze first, with an orange-y citrus middle. Finishes with leafy hops and some malt sweetness. Green and herbal toward the end, but not grassy. Packs a punch with the alcohol where it is.

Medium-bodied. Feels lighter with crackles of carb. Almost unravels in the mouth.

This one's pretty good, and I'd totally have it again, but it just doesn't stand apart from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 01:38:55 | More by thecheapies
Photo of cjgator3


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a light golden amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a lot of citrusy hops with some malt as well. The taste is sweet malt up front with a lot of bitter citrusy hops and warmth from the alcohol lingering well into the finish. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 00:13:59 | More by cjgator3
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I remember trying a sample of this down at McGee's almost a year ago and not being all that impressed, but I figured I'd give it a full shot while I'm here at Firkin. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, light lemon peel, and a backbone of light toffee. Everything is bright and happy and expressive. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a few flowers tossed in for good measure. Now everything comes through a touch rindier than before, but not by very much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty little DIPA, one that doesn't overdo the hops, creating a generally pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 13:58:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of smakawhat


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

A murky apricot and brown body color, some lemon hues towards the bottom. Head is light soapy prsented with a finger tall size. Carbonation rises slowly and very pin head small. Faint streaky lacing whioe drinking.

Nose is malt sweet and thick juicy. Hop angle gives a thick mushy fruit tropical with a mild sweetness. A little bit of spritzy character hides in the back. Very nice.

Light bodied and a real nice lingering hop finish. Soft orange fruits and tropical juices finish on the end. Quick lingering pine needles in the mid palate. Stomach warming but without a boozy taste. Good carbonation on this also, malts show up with a warming mix of bread and honey after some time. Pineapple really seems to come out after some time.

Real solid brew, glad to be having it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 17:22:13 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Hey there, Brooklyn. Upping your game, it seems. Nice happy hour treat here. Hazy, golden-amber pour into a snifter, topped with a solid white head; nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma of citrus hops and tropical fruits, sweet malt base in the background. Similar taste, lots of good hops, citrus zest, tropical fruit, pine needles, bready malt background noise. Not the freshest IPA in the world, but still crisp and tasty; good work for this brewery. Medium body, easily drinkable for the style, higher alcohol well-hidden. No problem ordering more than one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 01:50:44 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Gatch


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas.

A: Golden orange with a fluffy, frothy, white head that hangs around for a while. Great lace and retention. As a double IPA should look...but sexier.

S: Holy citrus! Now this is how a Double IPA should be! An Imperial in my opinion is boozier but this is crazy hopped as expected. Fruit, bubblegum, and citrus are there.

T: Whoa. WTF just happened? Still super hoppy and delicious but chili pepper snuck in there. I imagine that's intentional because it's very noticeable. Not strong but the chipotle pepper spice is there. Dry and flavorful but surprisingly spicy. The heat never overpowers.

M: Awesomely smooth and flavorful with great citrus hops and proper carbonation. Dry and bitter.

O: This is a chili IPA. It has to be. Chipotle adobo spice with hops and bitterness. Well done. Big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 03:37:01 | More by Gatch
Photo of rangerred


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap.

Arrived a hazy dark gold topped by a thick white head with amazing retention and great lacing.

Aroma has a nearly perfect balance between hops and malt. Tons of tropical citrus, pineapple and mango along with a light bready malt that reminded me of some pilsners. Just a huge, huge aroma.

This great aroma carries over into the flavor. Tons of citrus once again: mango, orange, and pineapple. There is a definite tropical characteristic to this. The malt is quite prominent as well but it is light and bready, not much caramel in this at all. Bitterness is moderate with a full, smooth mouthfeel. A slight touch of alcohol towards the finish.

Overall, a perfect example of what a fresh IIPA can be. Perfect balance of malt and hop with a full, but not sweet or sticky, mouthfeel. Really wish I could get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 20:09:09 | More by rangerred
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.