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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 871
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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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005)
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Photo of mltobin


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Real Ale festival in New Haven last weekend.

Appearance is a cloudy amber tone with a finger of white head. Its` nose contains grapefruit, pine and hops. Taking a sip of it and I taste peach, more grapefruit, hops, malts and some spices. Mouthfeel is medium, dry finish. A nice dipa from Brooklyn that I had been aware of for some time, but not yet tried until now. It is another solid beer from the folks at Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: cask

02-05-2012 01:32:40 | More by mltobin
Photo of socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with a cloudy sediment. Looks like it will be much heavier than mist IPA's

S - Notes of citrus, pine, and hops. Strong on the orange and lemon scents.

T - Very hoppy and the citrus flavors balance this well. Not much different form most DIPA's, but it is a dominant taste. This is not a shy beer.

M - Extremenly smooth. I was impressed with how drinkable this one is. For a power packed IPA you don't feel stressed to drink this.

O - Was glad to try this on cask. Wonder if Brooklyn will put out more of this.

Serving type: cask

04-10-2011 00:41:00 | More by socon67
Photo of DIM


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: I'm being generous here because I liked the beer and I don't think looks are all that important. This looked like a hefe. It was even cloudier than a lot of hefes. It was served to me with a large soapy head.

s: Nice blast of fresh citrus, lots of grapefruit, lemon, and even a little orange. The malts were kind of grainy and not very sweet.

t: Here as well the fresh citrus dominates without much bitterness. The grainy sediment floating around probably masks the sweetness giving this a "husky" quality. This is pretty different in that way but I like it.

m: Gently creamy cask body was pretty spot on.

d: I'm guessing we got the end of the cask, but the hop aromas and flavors were beautiful.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2011 18:20:35 | More by DIM
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the East v West Coast IPA Challenge, Rattle N Hum, NYC.

Pours cherry red with tracers of foam. Barrel funk nose with citrus blend sourness. Fruit pie malts with crushing red grapefruit hop with sour and sweet citrus. Vinous finish. Creamy, full, round.

Fruity hops but the malts are there, too. Not a heavy when it comes to IBUs; I'd love to know how much of that fruit is coming from the cask.

Serving type: cask

06-09-2010 22:42:38 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Mora2000


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of the Draught House 's firkin Fridays in early May 2010.

Poured from a firkin on top of the bar. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and orange hops. The flavor is a great mix of citrus, resin and pine hops. All of the flavors meld nicely with none of them really standing out and dominating the others. Very soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2010 04:37:20 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Proteus93


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a bit of a haze to it. Creamy white head tops it and lasts forever, maintaining a rich fullness. Lacing is patchy and a little sparse, but there is some.

S: Leafy and herbal, though I pick up on something almost perfume-like... somewhat spicy, woody. I could almost swear I am detecting juniper in it. Not sure what that would be, or what I would be confusing it with, but it's an interesting aroma that I had to come back to a number of times trying to figure out.

T: A clean hop profile... citrus, somewhat woody, and some intense pine and leafiness. Nice and bitter lingering notes left behind, with some little alcohol spiciness.

M + D : Moderate body, though minimal carbonation in the firkin. Following numerous swirls to shake up the aromatics, I managed to knock the last of the CO2 out of it, effectively flattening it. Some pleasant and rather pronounced alcohol warmth on the finish that took me back a little considering it is not all that ridiculously high in alcohol as far as the style goes.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2010 01:30:54 | More by Proteus93
Photo of capra12

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed @ Rattle N Hum on 9/11/09 with speedwayjim.

Appearance: golden and amber.little head.

Smell: grapefruit hop

Taste: Opens with sweet grapefruit hop. Malts come into play from the middle to end leaving a malty and mildy mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, slightly coarse and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: cask

09-11-2009 21:20:49 | More by capra12
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the Sunset Grill in Boston. I wouldn't have guessed it was a DIPA, but it was really tasty regardless of style. It was slightly hazy and dark yellow color with a surprisingly thick head for a cask ale. The aroma was sweet and a little toasty, kind of like an English pale ale. The taste was nicely hopped and biscuity, with a smooth mouthfeel from the cask. Very good and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2008 02:44:44 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Blind Tiger, this was a top-performing double IPA. Not extreme hop flavour, but certainly ramped up from a regular IPA. Good fruitiness, orange and grapefruit. Very smooth bitterness. Hop aroma, light colour. Soft carbonation. I could drink a growler of this without problems.

Serving type: cask

05-04-2007 22:47:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. I thought it was very good, exceedingly hoppy, and very crisp. This beer had a fiarly dull copper gold color, limited head with large bubbles, a very dryly bitter aroma and lots of hop bitterness. I didn’t detect a lot of fruitiness; flavor was quite crisp and good. Mouthfeel was exceedingly smooth.

Serving type: cask

05-04-2007 17:20:09 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a cask fest at brazen head:

Poured out a clear golden amber color, with a thick white head settling into a fine film. The nose was hops, floral and spicy, some alcohol, and citrus notes as well. The taste was even hoppier, but now there was a good amount of malt fighting back for balance. Was pretty easy drinking, but a bitter finish and low carbonation led to a bit too long of a resiny aftertaste for me.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2006 17:10:14 | More by dherling
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty massive head on an easy pour, tons of wilding through the environs of the glass, bright golden straw color and lots of clarity, the head has good staying power and the lacing is also very good, a nice looking beer

definite musty-earthy hops, slight mango/citrus underneath, bready sweet malts hold this up, a well balanced mongrel, I personally would prefer a bit more kick from the hops in the aroma

taste etc...
fairly weighty in the mouth, very hefty and syrupy, more sweetness than bitter here, there is a mere twinge of bitterness that does linger in the background for some time which makes this drinkable considering the sweetness level, however it is definitely more of a malt peep show here (and I am out of quarters), this is a very smooth brew, the carbonation almost reminds me of german wheat beers for some reason, it drinks very light but yet the body is so deceptive, it also certainly packs a nice punch

a tasty brew, not the love of my life but I wouldn't kick it out of bed, well crafted but a little lax in the hop department for my personal tastes

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:50:44 | More by Ego
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with tannish hues and pretty clear, not a whole lot of head or lace,l but it was a careful pour into a smaller that I usually use glass (due to location), so I won't ding it too much on that.

I'm a little conflicted on this one. This is my fourth of a four pack, and I've been noting what I think of it but waited till the last one to actually rate it. it's hoppy, and bitter, but in some ways it seems more pale ale like than DIPA like, and I actually had to do a double-take on it when I saw the classification and the ABV. ABV is pretty well hidden when it's cold. I didn't have a clue it was over 8% till I looked it up. It became a bit more evident as it warmed.

However, my beer-angst shouldn't be cause for a low rating of a tasty beer. Maybe my pallet just isn't as perfect as it should be. This is a tasty one, and I'm in no way disappointed with one of my favorite breweries, Brooklyn brewery.

Overall it's got a pretty clean hoppiness, with a little perfume and some piney notes, but no single hop type standing out individually, relatively high bitterness, and a solid malt backbone.

I'd say that lovers of over-hopped abominations probably won't go gaga over this, but given its categorization, I expect the ratings will be quite high anyway (they always are for anything IIPA or high ABV stout).

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:31:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

this one is actually very nice and clean. getting a lot of fresh pineapple , orange peel and lemon zest notes. slightly dry and bitter but mostly wet and palate coating, spice. quick bite of intensity into a rather mellow finish. good drink, lot of intense flavors

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:27:52 | More by dank203
Photo of keithmurray

New York

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

Appearance - dark, hazy bronze color with white head

smell - nectarine, mango, pine

Taste - mango, nectarine, pine, resin

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness from the citrus upfront, bitterness in the back but it is balanced, sticky

Overall - solid DIPA, Worth a try

Price point - $3.50/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 17:01:03 | More by keithmurray
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 scotorum


3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date info anywhere that I can see, but this is likely a recent product, bought in a mixed six just last Wednesday at a store that I'm pretty certain did not have it the last time I was there in January.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber with a figer thick white head which receded slowly to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate resin

t: Indeterminate fruit up front followed by moderate hop bite. Oil in the aftertaste early on and slight vinegar towards the end. Does not have much lasting hop oomph.

m: Medium. Considerable carbonation tingle somewhat makes up for the lack of hop bite.

o: Not a bad brew, but the hops fall short on blast, and the taste, which is mild but almost approaches Belgian yeast fruitiness, is curious. Based on this sample bottle I would not be looking for more unless it was cheap.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 06:20:54 | More by scotorum
Photo of jmw4437


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale amber rust color. Thin white head dissipates to a thin coating over the entirety of the pour and lasts through the majority of a pint.

S: The aroma of this beer speaks strongly of citrus and pine but also hints at malt.

T: This beer unlike what I have come to expect from other Double IPA's is fairly well balanced. The strong hoppy notes are present but not off-puttingly stong while also being complimented with a malty flavor that is somewhat pronounced and not completely lost as with many other similar beers.

M: The carbonation of this brew seems very fine, there is that initial nip at the tongue but that is all. After swallowing the beer leaves the mouth fresh with no off after taste.

O: Overall a good beer, especially for those looking to appreciate a more balanced representation of the the Double IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:54:18 | More by jmw4437
Photo of brurevu


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts also give this brew a unique flavor profile from all the Double IPAs around. The beer poured a clear golden amber with a significant white head. The nose leans more on the American hops with a dank citrusy aroma with just a hint of the grassy undertones. The taste starts with a grassy hops that immediately heads into the citrus tropical hops and ends with a piney resinous finish. It’s quite a Blast of flavors that all seem to complement each other. The bready malt body exerts itself more on the finish and the German Pilsner and British Maris Otter malts begin to shine. The Blast is a well done Double IPA that superbly intermingles the traditional English hops and new American varieties to great success.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 19:03:50 | More by brurevu
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, light caramel, light honey, bread, light pine, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hops and moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, light caramel, light honey, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt sweetness; with nearly balanced malt/hop flavors and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly sticky, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hop and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:05:08 | More by superspak
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a perfectly clear amber color with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Not much for retention though it does leave some thin strands of lace.

Nose is herbal and grassy, old world hop influence for sure. It does a nice job of still smelling bright and dank, unlike most IPAs that dont use newer, citrus-forward hop varietals. Malts are toasty but surprisingly light.

Taste is crisp and tasty with a completely different hop flavor than any other IPA I have had. Malts do a good job of giving it some toasty biscuit complimentary flavors but manage to let the hops do most of the talking. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but I wouldnt want it any heftier really for this particular beer - the way it is now makes you want another sip with the quickness. Alcohol is well integrated and if offered the over/under on 8.4 I would have taken the under all day. Good stuff, I am impressed...I hope to see this again as a fresh release.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:26:13 | More by twiggamortis420
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 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
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.