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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,295 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,295
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 62
Gots: 113 | 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.

Sammy, May 04, 2007
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

djrn2, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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.

metter98, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Texasfan549, Jul 05, 2012
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

brentk56, Aug 23, 2014
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 05, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19%

ygtbsm94, Apr 22, 2014
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 12, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 10, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 11, 2013
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.

oberon, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 04, 2013
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.

emerge077, Apr 27, 2012
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.

biboergosum, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery with Andy, Garrett, and someone from another brewery (I think Sixpoint) while discussing the new 750ml cork & cage bottling line. It was my first beer of the night, although in the end I had two large glasses.

It poured a perfectly clear golden-orange-amber beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of white that held tenaciously and left remarkable walls of lace about the fresh, previously un-used, gold-rimmed stemware.

The aroma offered a soft but dizzying combination of sweetish and bready malt, yeasty fruitiness, grassy/leafy and floral and citrusy hops, and snappy alcohol.

In the mouth it was medium-bodied with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that almost appeared as if it'd been naturally carbonated... perhaps most of the carbonation came from spunding the tank.

At first sip I was confused as to what it was. I'd never heard of "Blast", and I'd overheard lots of talk of "Local 1"; and the richness of the bready, lightly sweet, and toasty/biscuity malt combined with the apple-like and subtly berry-ish fruitiness had me thinking it was Belgian. There were lots of hops there, but it wasn't raspy bitter - and I'd just been talking to Chris from La Chouffe about Houblon which had me in a hoppy-Belgian kind of mindset. When Andy told me it was Blast, and that it was a double IPA, I was incredibly impressed. It was so smooth and round and supple - not at all what I think about as a Double IPA. Where were the resins? Where was the raspy bitterness? Instead, it offered a very nice balance between softly sweet caramelish and toasty malt and hops with a grassy, leafy, herbal, gently piney and mildly citrusy character. In fact, it seemed to embrace the whole of the hop-gamut with European, English, and American hops coming together as one. The bitterness was omni-present, and always just a slight-edge beyond balancing, but never blunt or oppressive. It was remarkably round, well-balanced, and smooth from start to finish; ending in a surprisingly short-lived, lingering, and mainly dry finish.

Brilliant, all in all, and excessively drinkable despite the fact that it will sneak up on you and take you down in the end. Kudos for one of my best beers of the year!

NeroFiddled, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goldish orange copper hue with a nearly white head head, fine bubbled even laced looking brew in my chalice. Aroma has earthy citric hop bursts, vegetables, hints of onion mild garlic all out hop assault with candied malts in the backend. Flavor comes off citric hops, grassy herbal earthiness with a mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness that works with each sip. Mild blast of hops floral notes, herbal German hops, even bodied hop oils, and a blast of holiday bread sweetness. Wow, it's a weird mix in the finish semi sweet malts with spicy bittering hops...mouthfeel is dry finish lingering bittering hops and dry yeast notes in the finish. Overall a decent DIPA that's hard to translate into beer on the American beer front with hops from America and England and malts from England and Germany it's a hybrid piece of work.

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - strong tropical fruit aroma with pineapple and mango.

T - fruity hops and some sweet malt up front. More pineapple in the middle with a note of clove. Finishes with sweet malt, toffee, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a very nice, pungent hop aroma, though the flavor isn't quite as robust. a nice beer overall.

nickfl, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 6/22/10 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character up front and sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and the beer maintains an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a whole evening especially if you want a 2IPA that doesn't try to go too extreme.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 24, 2010
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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.