Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

341 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 1,552
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 82
Gots: 249 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.88 overall rating is accurate.

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 - 3.88)

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 - 3.88)

3.88 | 87 | B+ (860 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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 (783 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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. (247 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Beertsipper
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of mobere
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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 BastardFromABasket
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
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) (296 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the growler a clear amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head - not impressive, but never judge a book by its cover. Aroma is very strong and very hoppy with a firm grapefruit note and a hint of orange. Very hoppy flavor has little bitterness but plenty of sour citrus, mainly grapefruit and some orange. Lively texture has about average body and firm fizz. Have a blast! (384 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is overwhelmingly carbonated, hazy golden in color, and produces a massive white head. Piny-sweet aroma, like a Belgian IPA / strong pale ale or even a barleywine. Flavor is solidly DIPA with a considerable malt backbone, which leaves the finish decidedly off-dry. This is extremely drinkable for a brew with an 8.4% punch and a good load of IBUs. The malt flavor is not so distinct, just caramelly sweet. Delicious as this is, I'm afraid it's probably a ticking hangover bomb. I love Brooklyn but this new (to me) offering lacks the finesse of other American craft brewers' takes on this style. (641 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,quickly dissipating off-white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
huge mango,pineapple,passionfruit,pine resin and slight grapefruit notes
T:
follows the nose with pine resin taking the dominant role plus some honey notes creeping in and a very toasty finish
F:
-medium carbonation,no alcohol detectable
O:
As a DIPA its very good,i just cant really get into this style (419 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold draft pour with white head. Grapefruit and pine aromas. Grapefruit, pine and grass hop flavors balance with semi sweet malt foundation. Medium mouthfeel, resinous tongue coating. Very enjoyable east coast style. (216 characters)

Photo of tedho21
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer just didn't do it for me. Lots of malt sweetness and not a lot of hop smell or taste. Even for an East Coast IIPA, just not on par with others in the style. (168 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.80):
This was a beer that started out really well for me, there was a lot of tropical fruits on the nose and plenty of hops too but when it came to the taste I felt it was all over the place with too much sourness and the hops being overpowered by the apricot and citrus flavours. The beer still remained drinkable but it was a real let down after smelling the beer, the balance seemingly off a little and a body that felt over-carbonated into the bargain. (504 characters)

Photo of Nctide
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with an orange hue. Apricot is the main aroma I picked up. This one seemed promising enough at first, but on each successive sip a bit of a cloying tartness builds. The taste reminds me of the dried whole apricots from the grocery store that have a dry and slightly chalky aftertaste.
This is a strange one. The IPA label seems to be a misnomer but it's not a bad beer. (379 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: A touch of chill haze swirls in the distance of this otherwise very clear brew. The body, which hosts a marathon of crackling bubbles, is a true gold. The snow white head is thick and creamy, and leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell: An feminine perfume--floral hops and notes of honey and dried apricot are given prominence by the pale malt background. Rich earthiness and a pinch of white pepper reveal themselves not long after the initial pour, adding appreciated layers of complexity. It is an elegant, yet strong bouquet--the scent lasts long enough to contribute greatly from the first sip, to the last.

Taste: A unique tangy character, which gives a confident nod to the dried apricot scent, morphs into Ritz cracker maltiness, but continues to hang around the roof of the mouth in the finish. The hops bring moderate bitterness and a subdued, herbal flavor. While the hop presence cannot be ignored, it remains mild for an Imperial IPA. The simple tastes of sweet, sour, and bitter are somehow unable to come into the full bloom required to identify more specific flavors. It's as if these surface level elements, however basic, manage to have enough strength to trap their complex components beneath an almost airtight surface. The result is a beer that keeps promising something special, but never quite gives it up. And yet, the ghost of that deliciousness is still to be appreciated, and the overall taste is still perfectly good.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively sessionable: The 8.4% ABV is prepared to sneak up on people due to the beer's dry, crisp character, and the additional lightness provided by a healthy amount of carbonation. The underlying mouthfeel is of moderate viscosity, but the overall character in this sense is thirst quenchingly refreshing. This quality compliments the beer's citrusy elements perfectly; sometimes it feels good to be deceived.

Overall: In terms of complexity and style-dictated hop strength, Brooklyn Blast doesn't quite deliver. And yet, it boasts some unique and tasty qualities which make it ultimately worth coming back to. There is a wealth of promise here--a few tweaks could unleash a real jewel.as it stands now, I would be more impressed with this beer if it was a pale ale. (2,238 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy orangy-amber with a short-lived white head. The head leaves some good lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with nice tropical fruit and citrus notes. The taste is a little bit of mixed bag. There are those hop characteristics but it also has a bit of an aftertaste I can't place. But it's not particularly enjoyable. The body has a nice weight and feeling, with a little bit of a bitter bite on the finish. (418 characters)

Photo of VanBeer
2.14/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was disappointed with this offering. Quite surprising. I'm not getting the citrusy american hops they are touting at all. Its not a bad beer but it doesn't quite add up to a double IPA. (190 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: pine;

T: balanced up front; all pine from mid-palate through the finish; low to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little too much pine for my taste, but well done; (316 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big double IPA is always up my alley and I figured I'd give this one a shot.

A - Nice DIPA orange color. Hazy dry hop opaque and has a white head with minor lacing.

S - Great hop fragrance with citrus, light pine, dank, and a full fruity character.

T - Same as the smell with fruity citrus character predominant with all of the typical DIPA flavors. The hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There is a very light malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with light carbonation. Pretty balanced between sweet and bitter and is softer on the palate.

Overall, a great DIPA. Even though it isn't as heavy or malty as some DIPAs I would definitely get this again. If you like the strip your teeth bitterness and boozy character that comes with some DIPAs this isn't one for you but if you want an IPA with some more kick in the ABV and flavor department then this one is a great choice.

Glass- Perfect Pint (996 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. There was a good amount of white head, great lacing. The color was a hazy orange-copper, inviting. The nose is full of fruit and hops. Expected more citrus, but it was more sweet, maybe passion fruit, unique for a dipa. Really enjoyed this, not too boozy. Give it a shot. (306 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My favorite from this brewer. A top DIPA, very original.

A: In contrast to other reviews, my bottle pours a cloudy, apricot cider body, topped by a vigorous 1 finger head that lasts, but laces only a little.

S: Bright, jammy tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. A kind of brandied seriousness, sweet, yet balanced with herb and pine.

T: Follows the smell but very powerful. Leaps at you. Honeyed, and full fruit. A marmalade of mixed fruit, overlaid on fresh baked biscuit, and topped with sprigs of thyme and mint. Very well balanced and flavorful. Rich.

F: Finishes grassy and herbal. Great body, great resolution.

Must try. Best of Brooklyn? (657 characters)

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