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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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 negroobserver

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9%

Brooklyn Brewery's "BLAST" - 9% ABV - Served in a 12oz glass from a tap at BROOKLYN BREWERY's location in Brooklyn, NY. 02/12/2011.

COLOR: Clear golden color similar to a Heineken style lager. Visible carbonation. Served with about one inch of head, which lingers and dissipates in about three or four minutes.

SMELL: Hoppy. Remeniscent of a pilsner.

TASTE: Hops are definitely the star here. Light spicy sting in the middle. Strong bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp. Carbonation is a little high. The beer itself has a smooth texture and depth similar to a lager.

DRINKABILITY: The crisp quality is very refreshing. The beer has good boday. Overall, I think that the beer is very drinkable if you're not bothered by the overwhelming hoppyness of the beer.


02-13-2011 00:09:06 | More by negroobserver
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

Enjoyed in a goblet on-tap at the Draught House.

A - clear amber with very little head. Unremarkable.

S - super-juniper/pine shot with the first sniff, little bit of citrus.

T - big hops up front but quickly overwhelmed by significant booziness; this tends to really dominate and never gets back under control. Sharp lingering hops bittness at the end; not much for malt balance.

M - moderate carbonation supporting the hops, but all dominated by the warming alcohol effect.

D - I couldn't get past the power of the alcohol in this one; it does live up the "blast" billing, but not quite for the right reason for me

This was ok, but I don't think I'd have it again as there are some better Imperial IPAs out there.

01-16-2011 19:40:11 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of imagese


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap at Ave Pub in NOLA

A- cloudy dark orange with minimal head. Left no lacing

S- great citrus kick with the slightest hint of sweet malt

T- very dry citrus hop up front with a great pine finish on the back end.

M- very strong dry hop feel, but the dryness clears off the tongue quick. Still leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue

D- very easy to drink. Low ABV for a DIPA, so keep 'em coming

01-01-2011 02:52:52 | More by imagese
Photo of kylers

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

Had this on tap at Questlove's DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl last night and was pleasantly surprised. I first had this Halloween night when we "snuck" in to the Brooklyn Brewery's staff party but I was too drunk to remember it.

A: Copper/orange colored with quite a bit of cloudiness. Strong initial head dissapates quickly.
S: Grapefruit and orange peel right up front with subtle fresh cut grass and herbs. Delicious.
T: Malt sweetness with strong round bitterness. Bitterness is in no way harsh. Citrus from the nose follows into your mouth, great for sipping and allowing the flavors to mingle in your mouth.
M: Relatively dry with a fair amount of sweetness. Carbonation was perfect.
D: Love that the hop flavor is more prominent than the bitterness. Probably not the best choice for dancing. I would dance a bit, take a chug and realize that I needed to slow down with it. Great sipper in my opinion. I would love to try this next to Pliny and see how it really stacks up.

11-05-2010 17:02:38 | More by kylers
Photo of champ103


4.25/5  rDev +6%

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston. Enjoyed a few with armock.

A: Pours a relatively clear copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big floral, grassy, and herbal hops up front that I love. Some citrus and I even get a distinct pineapple aroma. Some light malty sweetness lingers. Though a great hop aroma that is not just bitterness.
T: Follows the nose perfectly. Floral and grassy hops. Passion fruits of pineapple and citrus. Again, a really big hop flavor, but not the over barring bitterness that I cannot stand. Not much sweetness here, just a great dry hop flavor. There is a bit of alcohol though.
M/D: A medium to full body. A great crisp and dry feeling that I love for the style. Smooth at the same time. Very Textured. There is plenty of alcohol that makes for a slow sipping IPA. Though it is not overwhelming. A nice sipper.

I am not a fan of Brooklyn Brewery at all (just look at my other reviews). Though this is great. There is a ton of hop flavor, not just bitterness, which I love. I really enjoyed it, and something I would highly recommend.

10-26-2010 06:22:46 | More by champ103
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

i had this on tap at the Blind Tiger a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it -
i'm working on a growler i just picked up at Yorktown beer of their newly installed fill station-
pours a nice amber/orange and almost clear with a 1 1/2 finger head that has devolved into a ring around the edges with spotty lacing -
smells of fresh resin-y hops up front with a bit of sweet stuff
tastes follows the nose with a citrus, pine hop bite balanced out by a sweet malt and caramel finish -
a little sticky on the palate, in a good way
drinkability is good, but watch out, i was a little brooklyn blasted when i left the blind tiger!

10-25-2010 18:42:40 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a light to medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grapefruit, white pepper, light caramel and a touch of dried apricot.

The taste was peppery with a diluted citric hop, medium doughiness and a good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very user friendly DIPA with a nice lingering bitterness.

10-18-2010 16:55:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

10-10-2010 19:25:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of weeare138


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Appears a brilliant orange with a head of white fluff that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered bits of lacing are draped around the glass.
Smell is of caramel and biscuits, alomg with hoppy goodness with pine, citrus, and resin being the standouts here.
Taste is nice with lots of balance between the fuity punch of the yeast, sweet malt, and citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation running along the palate. This is one that I can keep coming back to on any given night.

09-29-2010 16:50:38 | More by weeare138
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropois in Atlanta - I'd had the cask version of this in NY and after not being terribly impressed wanted to give it another shot.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit hops and lighter amounts of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors that are more robust than the nose intimates kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors darken a bit with the addition of pine. Very slight hints of vanilla flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the hops shone much more in the tap version than they did in the cask version, likely a result of a good deal of yeast flavors in the cask. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

09-27-2010 23:08:14 | More by glid02
Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing.

S_Pretty faint for an IPA. Grassy/floral hops.

T_Floral hops upfront. Grassy,earthy hops as well with a hint of citrus and pine. Honey. Very smooth and well balanced flavor.

M_Full bodied and sticky. Not too heavy at all though.

D_Refreshing brew. Very drinkable.

09-26-2010 01:38:45 | More by nickadams2
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap at the Cock & Bull Pub.

A bright golden color with a tight head of sticky foam.

Great aroma of hops, hops and more hops. Loving it.

Taste is bitter, but not as bitter as you would expect. There's a dryness to this beer that I haven't noticed in other double IPAs. It doesn't have the malt sweetness typical to the style, either. Noticeable fusel alcohol flavors.

Glassy body.

Overall this is an interesting take on the strong IPA style. Worth having, especially because it's not like every other double IPA.

09-18-2010 06:09:20 | More by Shaw
Photo of Brysky


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

ST- On-tap and poured very nice

A- nice golden color with a frothy head

S- smells of a nice hops

T- excellent hops taste as it goes down but yet very smooth.

M- sits well in the mouth but nothing to special in this aspect

D- can be a nice session as it goes down so smooth.

Very excellent beer overall.

09-07-2010 15:26:25 | More by Brysky
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

this was one of my favorite beers at the buffalo brewfest, definatly the most memorable.

about a 4 oz. pour from the tap. pours a deep golden amber with some nice white sticky head.

smells of some really big hops. the aroma is mostly pellet hops and perfume.

wonderful flavors of pellet hops, perfume, citrus, pine, and herbal hops. a little caramel like malt, but mostly hop forward. definatly very resinous on the palate.

definatly some unique hop flavors going on, goes down easy, i would love to get my hands on some more of this, but i cant see that happening any time soon. a great ipa, get it if you can

08-07-2010 13:30:29 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of jrallen34


3.33/5  rDev -17%

I had on draft into a tulip at Local Option...Gold appearance and light white head...The aroma is blast of floral citrus, but the majority is the floral, almost too much, I need a break from the perfume...The taste is more of the same to me a floral citrus blend that I just do not care for, too strong.

Unless you love floral hops, its not for you.

08-04-2010 21:31:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

At the Tap Room in Warren, NJ. Poured amber into a pint glass, with one finger of white, decent head retention, and modest lacing. Smelled of citrus, mango, fig, prune, and syrup. The taste begins with mango/citrus and syrupy-sweet, and eventually progresses to a bitter finish with modest peel notes. Slight hint of the abv in the finish, and via the citrus notes. Not as thick as the syrupy flavor would suggest, and thin in fact, though nicely slick on the palate; modestly carbonated. I know a lot of people who like huge amounts of sweetness in their double ipa's, and I can see how they'd love this beer. However the syrupy sweet thing is not for me; I'd prefer a tiny bit more bitter balance.

07-22-2010 02:53:48 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Brad007


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

Pours a mild copper color with a thin head into my glass. Good presentation thus far.

Aroma is full of citrus from the hops followed by just a hint of malt underneath.

Taste is full of citrusy hops that coat the mouth as well as buttery malt. Quite a kick of hops here. Tasty. Decadent.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and slight buttery malt. Very nice mix here. Tasty.

Very well done by Brooklyn. They normally don't brew beers like this but when they do, they knock your socks off. Brilliant.

07-19-2010 22:37:06 | More by Brad007
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale | on tap | 8.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Pint glass

It poured a perfectly clear golden-orange-amber beneath a frothy head of snowy lace that grip the glass and left remarkable walls of lace.

Soft bready malt, yeasty fruitiness, grassy/leafy and floral and citrusy hops, and a bite of alcohol.

A smooth, silky and supple take on the double IPA. No raspy bitterness, instead a careful balance between softly sweet caramel malts and hops with a grassy, leafy, herbal, piney and mildly citrusy character. Ended in a surprisingly short-lived, lingering, and mainly dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Excellent flavor harmony.

Would I get it again?:

07-18-2010 19:16:14 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of regspeir


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Draft at Pinocchio's into a tulip
Poured a hazy gold with small pure white head which became a coating but lasted throughout. Lacing was spotty white. Nose was citrus, especially orange, grapefruit and pineapple, with pine and floral notes. Taste is citrus hops - mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit - with some piney and grassy bitter end and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with light to medium carbonation. This was awesome. As soon as I think I know something about beer, something or someone proves I am an idiot. I didn't think I liked ANY Brroklyn beers but I LOVED this. If you were like me, TRY THIS!

07-14-2010 00:54:35 | More by regspeir
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear gold with slight foamy white head and a slmall amount of lacing.

The smell is citrus fruit right upfront. Some tangerine and grapefruit pop in the nose with some floral feel and a nice malt finish

The taste is hoppy with more citrus flavor and some pine that I somehow missed in the aroma. The malty flavor comes in at the end with a bit of spiciness toward the end.

The beer has a nice light body to it with a nice smooth feel going down and is pretty refreshing.

07-07-2010 16:37:46 | More by Duhast500
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

Had this on tap at The White Horse during the American Beer Fest over 4th of July weekend. Poured a clear orange and had a lightly frothy head that turned into delicate lacing thoughout the drink. This smelled of everything I love about a great Dipa. Well balanced, sweet smelling but still holds a heavy kick of hop presence. then to top it off, a outdoorsy sweet flower, citrus zest and pine aroma that is what sets it apart from other ipa's. The flavor is full of Citrus, floral, and sweet yeast which comes through nicely and mingles with the sticky pine and hop flavors that perfectly define the style. The feel is close to perfect with it's mild carbonation (almost like a cask ale) and medium body. As with any DIpa, I usually have them towards the end of the night as they can wreck the palette and this one being 8% I can't say that I could drink it all night . . . but I would certainly try to.

07-04-2010 19:38:14 | More by thepeter
Photo of jampics2


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Thrilled to have the chance to drink this, especially since we had a private party going on at the back of the patio.

Looks great, nice copper colored beer with a small white head.

Smells of citrus hops and some sweet malt. Not too expressive, but I get a distinct mandarin orange smell, along with some nectarines. Nice but subdued.

Taste is really quite nice. This isn't a "frying pan over the head" hoppy beer; instead, it has layers of flavor complimented with a nice malt base. Malt is caramel and a touch of biscuit with a nice sweetness. Hops are all orange and a few other citrus flavors. No residual dank bitterness, which is appreciated, but this is hoppy and bitter nonetheless. Touch of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp. Nice and perfect compliment to the taste.

Overall, I liked, no, loved this. I had a few pours and enjoyed each. Great special keg, Kev and the Lizard crew!

07-02-2010 20:55:00 | More by jampics2
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

06-24-2010 03:05:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

A nice golden colour with thin white head. Citrus hop smell, with some sweetness. Flavour is lots of citrus hops, not too much balance though. I either want a bigger hop kick or more malt presence, but this gets into a middle ground and it seems it is missing something to be a great beer. Seems very boozy for only 8% abv, but still drinks nicely. Quite smooth and tasty.

06-21-2010 02:56:25 | More by kwjd
Photo of beerman207


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Found this on growler at Party Town in Florence, KY.
A: Orange and cloudy with a decent head and lacing
S: Grapefruit hops and malt, bread
T: Wow - lots of hops and malt - bitter comes throguh in the front but doesn't last too long - mellows out quickly with a nice malt backbone.
M: A little thin but it makes it easier to drink
D: Could drink this all night - very good offering.

06-20-2010 23:07:33 | More by beerman207
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