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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,377
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 69
Gots: 139 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is clear golden yellow. Not much carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate level of very hoppy aromas. Cascade hops seem to stand out in the aroma; overall the hops smell very floral and citrusy.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very hoppy but well balanced by malts so it's not overwhelming. The hops taste a little piney and there's also some dryness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This is highly drinkable for a beer that packs a lot of punch with hops.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Pours crystal clear, amber with a golden tinge; two fingers of foam retain well and leave the foundations for a wall of lace

Smell: Caramel and biscuit tones from the malts; the hop tones are rather restrained, though there is an earthy bitterness, a herbal element and a hint of pine

Taste: The hops jut forward, bringing orange marmalade, a touch of green herbs and a resinous pine character while the malts build, underneath; in the middle, the caramel and biscuit continue to develop, though the finish is surprisingly bitter and quite resinous

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interest twist on the style, bringing British and German malts as well as British and American hops; unfortunately, I can't honestly say that the continental merge creates any synergies that would warrant another look at this one

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scaling the fence of high-gravity India pale ale, Brooklyn crawls over with a delicious ale that's squarely concentrated on hop aroma, flavor and smooth bitterness; but also with a candied and jammy balance.

Its vivid copper-stained orange hues, give a glimmer into the caramel coat that the ale lays on the palate along with those bright tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. Its powerful taste seems slightly honeyed with a boost of fructose.

Bursting with fruit sweetness, the beer's underbelly of biscuit sweetness is both bready and sweet, resisting much of any fade while hop complexities pile on. Red grapefruit, blood orange, peach, mango, pineapple and apricot all bridge the gap between exotic hops and natural fruit esters.

Fading into a verbena-type herbal presence, the malty-sweet finish turns mildly grassy, resinous but still smoothly bitter. Tangy lemon and gooseberry come to mind while the medium-bodied sweetness reluctantly dissolves. Its spicy and somewhat solventy alcohol heat tucks in nicely behind the bitter sweetness for an eloquent disguise.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden amber body. Citrus and floral hop aroma which is mild overall. Flavor is more malt forward with toasted malts mosty. Hops provide earty and mild citrus notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is almost like a double pale ale. Sort of weak on the hops for an imperial IPA. Overall though it's good tasting and drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of jaydoc
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well well well, I see we have reached the pinnacle of our Brooklyn release party down at Barleys tonight. After just finsihing off some more of the Abbey Single and having my dinner of pizza long gone, it was about time to get to the heart of the real resaon I made it down there this night. The decribtion on the bar placard decribing insane hops and rediculous IBU's with an 8+% abv had me curious to say the least. Comes at me in a pint glass, very dark amber, actually more of a hazelnut brown color with a two inch thick off white head that was dripping with lace and visibly sticky. I could not get over how dark this looked, really had a cloudy thick appearence to it and looked like it meant business to say the least.

So I go in for a whiff, just to try and see what I may be up against here in the next couple of minutes. Wow, big hop explosion in my nose, that sounds funny but it was how it felt. It was like oine sap dripping out of a tree, into a glass or orange juice, that was splashed against your face, intense was an understatement. It just smelled thick. Nice sweetness balancing it out as well as it warmed up and a notable presence of perhaps some burnt caramel? Something else in the back was thicking it up but I never could put my finger on it. Now for the taste, chewey, in a word very chewey, I thought there were whole hops in there it was that chewey. The feel was honestly a little thin to me at first, but as it went on, really started to gow on me and I really think that it was more of a slickness due to the large amounts of resin than a thinness that I was detecting. Naturally there was a huge hop presence in this, so no need to elaborate any more on that other that to say it made my mouth sticky it was so resinated, damn it was yummy. There was a little more to it though, and a caramel or sugary side was obvious as was almost a nuttiness. This seemed more to me like a rediculously dry hopped brown ale, and an absolutly superb one at that. Very robust and very pleased that I came down for this, took me a good long while to get through it that is for sure.

Overall superb and by far the best brew I had during the evening. Hopped to heaven and full of malted goodness. This actually was more than what I had thought it would be and I had very hight expectations going in for some called BLAST!. Needless to say if you are one of the few lucky establishments in the country that get a keg of this, try it, you must it is simply superb. But be careful, the alcohol could sneak up as it is in. But the blast is definatly worth head, damn fine job on this one from Brooklyn.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try Blast at the Tap & Table a while back, it poured out as a bright looking orange yellow color with a half inch white head on top. The head settles and leave a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer is very citrusy on the nose, some pine and malt in there too. The taste of the beer gives off plenty of hoppy goodness. Have a really nice bitter sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a good tingle to it and leaves the mouth dry. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I wish they'd bottle it so I could get more.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dingy gold body with a half inch of whitish foam on top.

Smell: Predominately hop-centric nose with emboldened notes of pithy citrus peelings, evergreen sap and ground spices along with dehydrated flowers and meadow grasses. Underneath is a scent of basic, bready malted barley.

Taste: Opens with an ample bready malt backbone and even a fair degree of sweetness, though the malts are second to the main feature of hops rushing in with a big, resinous presence and tastes of citrus, spice, spruce tips, and dried herbs. Firmly bitter, but not harshly so. Stronger taste of white grapefruit on the back half. Dry, bitter finish with a lingering flavor of citrus pith.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, interesting brew with the blend of heavy-handed doses of American and English hops coming together nicely.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles,poured a deep burnt orange with a tight fluffy one finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass leaving at least three nice rings of lace.Big fruity esters in the aroma along with some pine resin and citrus a light caramel sweet malt base is noticable,juicy fruity flavors up front along with a touch of caramel sweetness a big resiny piney hop flavor bowls over everything into a dryer resiny finsih that lingers inducing some nice piney burps.A bold DIPA with a definent malt profile but the hops are the show a dryer resiny "big" beer here.

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fischman's Liquors. It's about time Chicago got this...

Looked to be a 10-12 oz. pour in a fluted tulip glass. It arrived with a sizable head of creamy off white foam. Brightly clear saturated orange color with visible carbonation trails rising. It leaves concentric rings of lace in the glass.

Pungent orange citrus aroma, fresh and slightly sweet.

Flavors of fruity hops and light grassy bitterness, fairly medium to light bodied for a double IPA. Grapefruit peel and a light tropical element, though not well defined. Light to medium bitterness level in the dry aftertaste. Well balanced and very drinkable. Would try this again.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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