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Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

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Reviews: 355 | Ratings: 1,700
Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and unfiltered looking orange color with a thin lacing which unfortunately left a thin lace that soon disappeared entirely. The orange color was kind of neat though.
A nice juicy and tropical smelling brew. Mango predominated for me. Also, apricots, orange, sweet honey malt and semi pungent earthy hops.
As with the aroma, juicy and fruity sweetness was evident. However, the hops flavor also hits you like sharp pine, the bitterness moderate but biting and evident in the aftertaste. There is also some peppery spiciness and mild tartness.
Medium bodied and low carbonated. Although easy to drink, there is a fullness in the mouth that makes it slightly chewy.
A pretty good DIPA from B.B.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium-thick, white foamy head. Lacing is low, with minor head retention. Wonderful pine, and citrus hops with a zip of lemon in the aroma. Taste is near identical to the aroma, but with a smooth malt bass tone. Mouth feel leaned moderately heavy, and yet is easy to drink. Overall, a great Imperial IPA. Just solid all the way across the board.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vert balanced brew. I can feel the Sorachi Ace. Refreshing and really drinkable for it's high abv. Once again a really good brew from the Brooklyn brewery

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before Sep 2015, served in a Tulip glass. I could not see the date stamp in the store, but the bottle wasn't dusty. When home, I could see the date stamp on the label of the neck of the beer.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with an initial 1/4" white head that died back to ring at the edge and a few floating islands. Fine islands and a few thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Fruity and herbal - a combination of juicy fresh cut citrus, tropical fruit, and something sweet - almost honey like. Maybe pears?

Taste: For something past its best by date - full of flavor, and an unusual hop and malt flavor combination. Hops cover the range of flavors from fresh cut tropical fruit to pineapple, mango, woody, and end with some tea-like leafy bitterness. There is some lemony character to the bitterness as well. Malt sweetness takes on some honey-like taste that blends with all the hops.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, but a bit sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation. Some lingering spiciness that blooms a bit on the palate.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder how this would be fresh, but for an old bottle it held up rather well and was indeed a blast of flavor. A sipping beer and just one per evening with me for this one, but I think I will revisit when I can get it fresh for comparison. Overall I expected a typical American-style DIPA, and instead I get a hybrid between an American IPA and an English IPA, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. So I think I'll just state it is a full-flavored DIPA with an atypical hop profile and worth trying out to expand my taste horizons.

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Photo of narddawg314
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't remember the specifics, but I really enjoyed this beer while in New Orleans, and have been trying to track it down ever since. Excellent example of an IPA.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with almost no head. Aroma has just some dank hops but nothing much going on. Taste is also hoppy, kind of earthy, also some alcohol. Body is medium with crisp carbonation. Nothing much going on with this beer.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle BB Jan 2016. Poured into a pint glass. Almost clear golden orange with a small half inch white head. Not much lacing. Smell is mango, orange, and some biscuit. Very similar taste with some pineapple and grapefruit. Slick feel, not much carb. Another really good beer from Brooklyn. Cheers!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do so like this brewery.
Sweet, musty, herby, spicey aroma with just enough heaviness and some fruit rolling around in there too.
Pale hay colored and rather cloudy. Smaller white head than many.
So smooth in flavor and feel. Plenty of hops, largely resembling the aroma. A real subtle fruitiness up front starts the drink off nicely. This holds a touch of malt sweetness to it as well. A mildly heavy bitterness, but not tongue ripping and a rather shorter life in finish. The firmness of the pale malts rounds this off nicely.
Moderately to more in feel. Moderate carbonation.
This is neither a hair raiser or trend setter. Just a beer done to style, which is what I appreciate so much about this brewery.

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Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wicked ground breaking here as we have a golden and clear beer with a foamy white head, offering slight lacing. Nose is a little lackluster as only faint pine and a little sweetness come through. Taste is a magnified version of the nose but a touch cloying on finish in an otherwise mid-full bodied feel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazy golden colour with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma passionfruit, sweet citrus, tropical fruit. Taste similar to aroma, tropical fruits etc. lovely.

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Photo of drpimento
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Seems like kind of an odd duck - like there was something more going on here, but the show's over. Aroma is oxidized hop, woodsy, caramel. Flavor's like nose, overly sweet. Overall ok

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Deep Amber body with an OK head but persistent visible carbonation.

Bready and hoppy aroma.

The flavor has a subdued citrus hop blast; subdued by the very generous load of sweet and medium roasted malts. Unusually sweet for style, although the bitterness is more pronounced.in the finish.

Lightly syrupy, medium+ body. Medium-low carbonation.

O: very flavorful but surprisingly sweet for style. An attempt at a Brooklyn Hopslam?

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden amber color with off-white head. Pine, herbal notes, floral notes, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice stickiness for a DIPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three-fingered white head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops and some caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the bat I will tell you that this does not taste like a double ipa, which isn't a bad thing. The name Blast is pretty appropriate for this one. First sip if very fizzy and citrus filled, then you get light hit if bitterness and lemon, then to finish off you get a full taste of bread/cracker. A great IPA for hot weather. Very crisp.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $10.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 8, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of frothy, white head. Good foamy layered lacing on the sides. Great retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled wet Cascade, Citra, orange rind, pine, pineapple, tropical and soapy notes. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted Citra, tropical, nectarine juice, pineapple, mango and pine. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a pretty good IIPA. The next three will be nice to have as well. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Very excited to run into the brew again. Hand it to Brooklyn Brewery for this big IPA that is like no other. A perfect blend of American and English hops with a solid malt backbone that holds up all the way to the end. Within the balance is a dangerous drinkability … thankfully, the warmth from the alcohol is a reminder of its strength.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 8.4%

LOOK: Pale golden hue, perfect clarity, thin lacing

SMELL: Earthy hop, leafy, apple peel, faint evergreen, ripe pears, herbal, clean alcohol

TASTE: Mild crispness, medium bodied, juicy, spicy, woodsy, melon, estery, earthy, dried bready tone, orangey, peppery, mild hop resin, fallen apple, dried hay, warming; drying, hoppy finish

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Photo of KidDoc
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal head, retention, and lacing. Nice medium honey color with a slight haze. Nice, well balanced aroma with light clean piney aroma. Nice well-balanced flavor which follows the nose. Slight lingering bitterness. Overall a very nice example.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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.


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Photo of Beertsipper
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very small head when poured into my snifter. A burnt orange color. Very nice. Smell is wonderful. Floral, citrusy, bready, some pine, grapefruit. Tastes of tangerine, orange pith, grapefruit, pineapple, a little honey, virtually no malt. Booze on the back end. Finishes a little dry. Great DIPA. Would love to try this on draft.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense citrus notes with light bitter flavors. Taste is dominated by intense citrus hops flavors with light piney notes and some residual sugar. Some bitterness is discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but doesn’t really stands out from the pack and a bit too much bitterness for my taste.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it's good for another three months. Poured at about 55 degrees into a pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal clear amber with about an inch of off-white head that falls after a bit and leaves good cling on the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Not much of a bouquet on this one. There's some pine and citrus hop notes present, along with some of the caramel malt underside.

T: Very smooth and well-rounded flavors on this one--it's no hop bomb. The malts and hops have an equal say at the front. The hops are somewhat earthy, but not overtly piney, citrusy, or funky. Of those three, this one leans toward the pine. The middle is smooth, with the malts continuing to have a say. Clear alcohol begins to emerge in the middle and carries over into the back. The end is decidedly hop bitter, resinous but not quite sticky. It finishes without any syrupy quality, but the bitter does linger for a bit.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit creamy. The middle and back brighten things up, and the close is warming alcohol and bitter.

O: This is a nice, balanced DIPA that doesn't want to simply overwhelm with the hops. There's definitely good hop flavor to be had, but the malts don't take a back seat here. I tend to enjoy DIPAs with bigger, bolder flavors, so that certainly colors my rating a bit. But this is definitely one I would try to get a hold of if you can--I would certainly revisit it.

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Photo of mobere
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L - Pours a clear light orange/straw with a small head that fades quickly.
S - Faint malty aroma.
T - Alcohol burn, slight maltiness and no hops.
F - Medium-ish.
O - It's like a homebrew misfire. I'm a fan of BB so this is a big disappointment. I'll chalk it up to a bad batch (best by Sept 2015)

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. enjoy by SEPT 2015.

A: pours a very clear slightly tinted golden body.

S: malty and hoppy. heavy on the pine.

T: the flavor drinks more like an American barleywine than a DIPA. a mild caramel malt flavor, minor booze heat, pine hop flavor. nothing is too over the top, making it a pretty easy drinking, balanced DIPA.

M: average on a very full body.

D: overall this is a full bodied, well balanced brew. no frills, but nothing wrong with that. wouldn't expect less from Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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