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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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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 TurdFurgison


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 dmk139

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at my visit to the Brooklyn Brewery. While I was less than impressed with the actual tour of the facility, the beer, Blast in particular, made the trip a memorable experience. A bitter feel with that sharp floral taste that one would expect to find in many of Brooklyn's brews. The 8.5 ABV is the clincher for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 04:36:36 | More by dmk139
Photo of erosier


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a darker amber color with a nice sized and thick tan colored head that laces nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts and then nice citrisy and some floral hops at the end of the nose.
T: Taste is good as it follows the nose and makes the experience better. Tastes of sweet roasted malts under a much bigger citrisy an floral hoppy taste. This is nice because it seems to have a low AAU but with alot of flavor.
M: Very crisp and refreshing even though it's such a large beer.
D: Very drinkable and I would recommend it if you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 10:54:14 | More by erosier
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a nice head that retains a good lacing.
The smell is an incredible aroma of wild hops,floral notes and sweet fruits. I was at the Brooklyn Brewery when I tried this and for me it was my best beer of the night.
The taste is hops,malts,fruity,slightly yeasty with alcohol notes and a bitterness that suits the brew just fine.
The overall feel is slightly bitter with well balanced hops and medium carbonation. The brew is just so smooth,yet so daring.
High ABV,you would not guess it. Possibly session for hop lovers.

Notes: What I liked was the balance of the beer. The hops seemed just right. looking forward to my next Blast!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 03:32:25 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Slatetank


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at New Albanian Brewing Company in IN.
A - Golden and clear w/ 2 inches of foam, the lace sticks well. The stickage of lace is thick and does rings around the glass, Very nice clarity w/ plenty of visible effervesence.

S - Fruity hops are noticeable right off w/ ale esters. The aroma is slightly beefy w/ a subtle floral aspect like peach or another sweet stone fruit. Hints of apricot, much like a Cali-common w/ the esters. Pleasant fruity nose w/ floral and sweet hop dominance

M - A nice sweet yet spicy feel, very light bodied for the abv yet nice bitterness. In accordance w/ this mellow semi-dry malt influence backed by full carbonation.

T - Very crisp w/ nice noble hop and smooth malts w/ German dry pils notes and slight fruitiness of ale yeast. The flavors are clean w/ a nice finish that behaves like a big ale but doesn't assault the palate with hops either. The flavor is simple yet very well done w/ tart notes that are similar to cherry w/ a hint of warming alcohol in the flavor. This is impressive in the realm of high gravity pale ales w/ a very tasty sweet by dry finish.

D - Very flavorful, Well Done Brooklyn - a nice surprise a Blast! even. I consider this one of the better IPA's I have had recently. It doesn't seem to fit the IPA style, more of strong and golden but w/ hidden 8% abv that might be part of it. Very drinkable the flavor is above most. The craftsmanship of this is top notch

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 17:42:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of toddhett

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice white, fluffy head. Beer is the color of the treated pine bar I'm drinking it off of. Nice lacing.

A - Pine. A ton of pine with some citrus.

T - Good bitterness throughout. Not overwhelming. Malt comes through on the back end in a bready, not necessarily sweet, way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 02:38:49 | More by toddhett
Photo of lightindarkness


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep golden orange with a white head that fades to some full lacing and film. Smells of fresh green hops - citrus and resin. Nice, perhaps a bit weak on the nose. Some well rounded malt scents beneath. Taste is of soft rounded malt that yields to sticky hop citrus flavors. Dries out with some resin at the finish. Maintains decent malt balance throughout. Medium, somewhat lighter bodied, this IIPA has a crispness to it as it dries up at the finish leaving only a slight stickiness. Ample carbonation. Pleasantly drinkable. Not too big, but very good. Decent balance of flavor. Love the fresh hops.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 06:48:46 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of sharlaon


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

A - Deep amber with 1cm of frothy head.

S - This takes the cake. Fresh, ripe even, dank hoppy goodness. Extremely impressive.

T - The hoppy flavors meld with a strong, wide malt profile. Both flavors last well into aftertaste, and tango it out there.

M - Medium body, with the sugars washing clean.

D - The heavy load on the nasal palate slows you down somewhat.

Some beers you enjoy, one serving after another after another. Others are best enjoyed in small quantities, and the extreme nature of this beer places it into the latter category. But it is not so rich as to demand only a half-pint (compared to, say, Victory's Hop Wallop), and that showing of restraint wins it points, in my counting.

All around, a remarkable and delicious brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 19:58:12 | More by sharlaon
Photo of vermilyea


4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap at the blind tiger ale house in new york city, as the bartender (whose new haircut was incredibly cute, no matter what she thought) claimed it was her favorite beer produced by brooklyn brewery.

good enough for me.

the nose isn't just hoppy, it's beautifully floral and citrusy and eyelash curling in it's hops aroma. as a homebrewer, it smells like a package of cascade hops freshly opened.

but the taste is something else. as it rises to your mouth, that aroma floods the nose, but as the brew hits the tongue that beautiful hop aroma gives way to something much different, much more interesting and unexpected for an american pale ale: a bready malty character, thick and sweet. it then finishes clean and smooth with very little, if any, citrus residue that usually finishes an india pale ale.

for insane hopheads who need everything to be over-the-top, this beer may disappoint.

but for someone looking to try something new in the dipa category, something a little less played than the trend of hops, hops and more hops, (don't get me wrong, hops, hops and more hops can make a grand drink), this ale may be for you.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 03:08:27 | More by vermilyea
Photo of dedrinker


3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow gold color with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemony hops and a hint of yeast. The flavor was predominantly a mild earthy, lemony hop character with some light cracker-like malt behind it. Medium body with more bittering hop finish than flavor. Pretty good drinkability, but for the category it purports to occupy, I found it a bit lackluster. The bartender consoled me thus: "It's more like a British double IPA." That would probably make Garret proud, but it tasted like a good regular American IPA from the mid 1990's, and well, if you haven't noticed - things have changed since then.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 05:47:54 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Stoneman78


4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue, white creamy head mostly retains, lacing all over
S- Nose is an elegant bouquet of sweet, sugary malts and modest pine/grass/grapefruit hops, nice helping of vanilla, spices, and brown sugar, amazing aromas!
T- Initial taste is super bitter hops with a mostly citrus character, transitions to sweet bread malts, finishes with a mix of sugary molasses and dry bitter hops
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation
D- Wonderfully balanced DIPA, the hops and malts work together nicely, I was completely sold on the aroma and could drink this gem all night long, definitely the best beer at Delaney's

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 18:51:56 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of CrescentLake

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, this tasty brew tap special is beyond hoppy.... It has EIGHT DIFFERENT HOPS which equates to such a loud beer that I think it f@#%ed up my innner ear... I mean, I walked out of the brewery swaying, I had lost my equilbrium (ok, maybe I was a wee bit tanked).Seriously though, this is a hard review because it is unlike anything you have encountered. It's bold and beautiful, but brief (in terms of drinkability). Something this unique is a once and a while thing. So approach with caution. AND BEWARE OF HOPS.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 01:23:24 | More by CrescentLake
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with very little head. Nose is hopped, but I wouldn't say overly powerful. Flavor is hopped, yes. You get the pine tones and that syrup like flavor quality to it. But is stays smooth and even and never goes over the line. Feel is thick on liquid and good on the bubble. Overall a very smooth DIPA and well worth trying. If you want an insane hop bomb, this is not the one. If you want smooth and even and well crafted, this is more your style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 05:32:20 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mogul37

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer!!! Drank it on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery in a plastic cup (yeah, I know, but it's what you get). Dark amber color with an off-white, half-inch head. Nice hop aroma that could stand to be a little stronger (they use a lot of hops per batch, but I'd like some more finishing hops). Excellent imperial IPA taste. Only complaint is that the flavor dies a little fast. So does the carbonation, which is why I gave it a four on mouthfeel. Still, these are minor complaints, and overall it's one of my favorite beers and compares very well with Dogfish's 90 Minute IPA. Will definitely go back to Brooklyn for this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 04:22:02 | More by mogul37
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, I was hoping for a snifter, but I guess the pint glass I was given gives me a little more beer. The beer was a hazy light orange with a decent head that left spotty lacing. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops. The taste was a wonderful blend of earthy almost floral citrus hops and flavorful sweet malts. The beer was slightly heavy and just a bit sticky. This was a very enjoyable beer that I would love to see in bottles, if even only as a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 04:34:51 | More by atsprings
Photo of bonbright7


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

tap/Hop Devil, NYC. After crawling through traffic in New York City, I found this at the fabled Hop Devil, which was fairly empty on a week night. The aroma of hops from the cloudy pint told me I was in for a super hops-laden ale. the following taste was easier than expected and the light to medium body of it had an interesting malt character to it, which reminded me of a Sixpoint ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 14:36:52 | More by bonbright7
Photo of Douglas14


4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler a rich golden color with a nice, somewhat fluffy, head that left good amounts of lace as it disappeared. Immediate intense hoppy aroma hits your nose. The taste is very hoppy, but still delicate with a full body mouthfeel. I also taste somewhat toasted hints. Overall, awesome beer and extremely drinnkable

Serving type: growler

09-30-2007 23:02:17 | More by Douglas14
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Carrboro, with peetoteeto. Presented in a Brooklyn snifter.
Fluffy off-white head.
Aroma-floral hops,smelled very fresh,pine and citrus aromas with neither dominating, just a full-on geneal hop essence.
Mouthfeel-oh man is this good! The hops are abundant and thickly layered without being astringent. The malt profile is a touch sweet and gives some balance. Finishes thick and hoppy and I am very impressed with this one! I did not get much alcohol warmth being this one is 8%, must be wonderfully hidden! I could probably quaff a couple of these as they are very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 14:05:44 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of goindownsouth


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And then there was the "other" offering at the Brooklyn Launch Party at Barley's Taproom...

Deep and rich, almost amber in colour with a head that appeared sturdy, and left a lingering lace throughout the pint glass. Almost murky in appearance. Gigantic hop aromas in the nose - fresh orange peel, piney hop essence - both in all their robust glory. The malt really talked to me on the palate, much more prevalent than I would have thought, but not overly so. Good hop notes on the palate with a nice level of bitterness. Well hopped, almost dry and lovely malty all at the same time.

Very well done for a brew that most folks will not get to try. Very limited supply on both this and the Abbey Singel, so ig you are fortunate enough to live near an establishment that offers either of these, get there and get there soon!

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 01:30:29 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 01:15:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: cask

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


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 17:58:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a decent beer. Not fantastic but a good attempt at the SD 2XIPA. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is similar, not too much depth. the hops are there not but not really in your face. This is a good session beer. Tasty, not the best 2XIPA ive had but pretty good and a treat compared to what you could get on the east coats

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2007 01:52:33 | More by sleazo
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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
Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.