Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery
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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
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
On-tap at the Brick Store Pub, and what a nice surprise this was! Pours with a nice orange color, good clarity, and a nice head. On first whiff, you get a blast of summit hops that keeps on going. Lovely citrus, dill, and savory herbal notes. The taste is similar- lots of summit hops with a spicy blast of herbs and citrus along with some tangy yogurt notes from the hops. Somewhat one-note, but what a note!
06-20-2010 16:14:56 | More by Georgiabeer
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-09-2010 22:42:38 | More by StJamesGate
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Brooklyn: BLAST Double India Pale Ale (Growler filled at Bierkraft 05/28/10) (Tasted 06/02/10)
64 oz. growler, poured into a cervoise goblet.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden color with a petite, flat head of off-white bubbles, decent retention, decent lacing.
Odor: Bouquet of citrus aromas, orange, tangerine and rich white grapefruit, floral background, hints of bread. Not as resinous or intense as expected, that is not to say there is something missing, it is still very full and pleasant.
Consistency: Medium end of light bodied, with a firm carbonation that massages the palate and promotes a cracker-y, dry malt-driven feel underneath the hops.
Flavor: Oh hey, balance, neat-o. Even waves of dry Saltine cracker malt flavor and citrus hop flavor running from bitter orange rind to sweet grapefruit, exist on a relatively even playing field, hops only a few steps higher than the malt. Bitterness is firm, but by no means obnoxious or coarse. Hops vanquish malt, leaving a very light coating of bitter hop resin on the tongue after the dry finish.
Some folks might say that the balanced nature of this beer is off-style. I am not one of those people. Brooklyn BLAST is the epitome of a drinkable DIPA, hop flavor forward, with a mild, slightly overbalancing bitterness. I would love to see this come out once a year in bottles!
06-02-2010 22:36:01 | More by Walken
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-29-2010 04:37:20 | More by Mora2000
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah on 5/20/10
A - Golden in color, minimal head quickly dissipates. Hazy.
S - Sweet. Orange juice and pineapple.
T - Follows the nose with orange and pineapple with a bit of caramel
M - Medium body. Very crisp and quenching.
D - Very drinkable, alcohol is certainly hidden. A nice change of pace from Brooklyn for me, been living off of Cookie Jar Porter lately. Surprising.
05-28-2010 00:21:48 | More by jsanford
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Pours a clear toasted straw color with a pillowy off-white head that quickly disipates into a light cap. The aroma is citrusy with grapefruit forefront. There are some hints of malty sweetness but nothing cloying. The taste is big on grapefruit with some other citrus flavors. There is also some asprin like bitterness towards the backend but this is very light. The malt is there to balance out the hops but does add some honey like sweetness. Nice hop aromas but nothing crazy for a DIPA. The malt sweetness is in nice balance, nothing cloying at all. A sturdy feel with tingly carbonation, very well balanced, very drinkable. Not the most hop crazy DIPA out there, not even close really but what you have is a very drinkable beer. The ABV is well hidden.
05-25-2010 02:48:06 | More by Gmann
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Sampled at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a thin short-lasting fizzy head. Nice floral hops introduce themselves to me with the aroma but it was tempered and mild in tone and left a good first impression. It follows the meeting with a great hoppy, full-bodied taste. It is well-balanced and not overdone. There's a creaminess in the texture. A fine brew.
05-22-2010 23:02:53 | More by puboflyons
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap poured into an 8oz wine glass.
Pours a nice hazy pale amber with a thin creamy white head. Nose is light fresh and hoppy.
Taste is really hoppy and floral but not overly bitter. Very drinkable and smooth. Carbonation is very nice light so it's super drinkable. Very tasty.
05-18-2010 23:33:39 | More by kingcrowing
4/5 rDev -0.2%
on tap -> 12 oz snifter
Arrives a clear pale yellowed orange with a small sudsy head that leave small patches of lace. Carbonation appears minimal.
Nose: Pineapple, orange, all citrus. Very nice
A nice caramel malt presense that lends some nuttiness before behind smacked by West Coast hops! Tons of pineapple and sour citrus on the finish, along with a mellow lingering bitterness. Some alcohol seeps through towards the end.
A very good DIPA, huge hop presence. Hope to see the around more often
05-17-2010 02:35:04 | More by beerphan
3.65/5 rDev -9%
On tap at the brewery, unfortunately in a 12 oz. plastic cup.
A-Very light golden and clear. Minimal head.
S-Extremely fruity and floral. Strong hoppy smell is a welcome departure from the normal Brooklyn IPA.
T-Pineapple-y with a lot of citrus hop flavor up front and a strong bitter finish. Very nice overall flavor, if fairly standard for the genre.
M-Disappointing lack of body. It resembles homebrewed IPAs before bottle conditioning.
D-Nice flavor and very easy to drink several at the brewery's Friday happy hour (so perhaps also a bit dangerous given the rated alcohol content). I would definitely prefer more body and a longer flavor profile in a beer of this style.
05-16-2010 18:05:10 | More by jealousmonk
4.33/5 rDev +8%
12oz pour, served in a mini snifter
A - served crystal clear, bright golden colored. not much foam on top when served but left some sticky webbed lacing down the glass.
S - fruity! loads upon loads of mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit...slightly grassy and piney bittering. mouth-watering and enticing.
T - taste following the nose with an impressive display of tropical fruits: sugared grapefruit, mango, candied pineapple. very sweet yet still packs a decent bitter punch.
M - medium bodied, very slick and goes down easy. carbonation is light which works well with the slightly syrupy body.
D - really nice, and a bit unique. reminds me much of Sculpin, and rivals its exotic fruit profiles. the few people i was with who werent huge hop heads even liked it.
05-13-2010 16:59:53 | More by Stigs
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
On-tap at bocktown this evening. Served in a 12 oz snifter.
A-Body is a nearly transparent light, somewhat faded amber hue. Served with a 1/2 finger soapy white head that has good retention at a thick collar. Minimal traces of lacing left behind in the glass.
S- Awesome. A big dose of citrus-full of bright white grapefruit and orange arise first. A slight earthy/mustiness is also noticeable with a thin but still presence sweet caramel and pale malt backbone.
T-Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Lots of grapefruit and citrus upfront-though not quite as bright as the nose...and a slightly sweet malt backbone. The mustiness isn't in the flavor as it was in the nose. The finish has a touch of pine and herbal hops but is mostly the citrus intensifying with a mild kick of spiciness. What lingers is a mild citrus rind bitterness...which doesn't really last that long.
M- Medium tingly carbonation and a fairly light and drinkable body. Not really oily but certainly not thin.
D- This is a very good DIPA. The hop profile reminds me ever so slightly of the brooklyn-schneider hopfen weisse. I really like the brooklyn special release/seasonal brews (BCS, Local 1, local 2,..the collaborations with schneider)...and this one is just as good as those...much mroe impressive then their regular lineup.
05-13-2010 02:59:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Very nice golden color. perfectly clear, with a small white head when poured. Since there was not much head there wasnt really any lacing, but the color of this one was perfect
S: Tropical fruit up front with mango papaya and peach notes followed by a nice bitter piney and grapfruit note. Some sugary sweetness is also present in the nose.
T: A bit more sweetness comes through than i like in my DIPAs, but there is still a very pleasant citrus hoppiness going on that is very enjoyable.
M: Very smooth, with no real harshness to speak of. I liked how the body was on the lighter side but a bit more creaminess would have been nice
M: Nice easy drinking DIPA. Hop forward but not insanely so making this very easy to quaff
05-10-2010 18:15:01 | More by mikey711
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
32 ounce growler filled @ DeCiccos in NY. $8.99.
A- Pale pale golden yellow, absolutely pristine white head, moderate lacing.
S- Intense pine hops.. really strong.
T- Insane bitterness. I haven't had a DIPA that has been this bitter in a while. Intense octane/resiny hop note as well. There's a fruity mango note that comes out afterwards. Very good. Really bitter... all those reviews that call this balanced make me scratch my head. This is a tongue-smasher.
M- A bit thin, light-bodied, and not much malt, which is kind of nice considering the hops. A real showcase. Not what I usually go for, but it works.
D- 32oz no problem. A real surprise from Brooklyn- if you can find it on tap it's a nice treat.
05-10-2010 00:34:45 | More by ShogoKawada
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-16-2010 13:58:04 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Had this on tap at the brewery.
It poured into my beautiful plastic cup, an orange honey yellow. It smelled like citrus, pineapple, floral and a little malty. It tasted like cereal malts at first, then piney citrus hops then a bitter and dry finish. It was a bit on the thin side but definitely a good one to drink on a rainy day.
03-25-2010 20:11:49 | More by femALEist
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton yesterday.
The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus, but there's maraschino cherry there as well. While it's attractive, it's also the first tip off as to what I'm going to get on the palate. On the palate, this is without doubt the sweetest DIPA I've ever tasted. There's considerable underlying bitterness as well, but the sweet, exotic fruitiness in this beer really dominates. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, albeit there's plenty of flavor in this beer. The considerable amount of sweetness, coupled with the alcohol, really detract from this beer's drinkability. I had a 5 ounce sample size of this beer and could barely finish that. I cannot imagine trying to drink a pint on this.
03-14-2010 20:11:12 | More by John_M
4.72/5 rDev +17.7%
Had on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery on 3/6/2010. Served in a plastic Brooklyn Brewery cup.
Appearance: Deep gold color, with an amber hue and a small white head that never really dissipates and leaves heavy lacing.
Smell: Lots of nutty and earthy hops with a sweet malt background.
Taste: Bready beginning, finishing very hoppy, yet well-rounded.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a very dry finish.
Drinkability: Great overall, and something I would love to have again. However, it's possible that the fact that I had it on-tap at the source has an influence on my impressions of the beer.
03-08-2010 21:09:52 | More by Mosstrooper
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours orange with a small off white head; smells of orange peel, floral hops, sweet malt and light alcohol - it smells sweet and good overall.
Tastes of orange peel, floral and piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus and light carbonation. Smooth feel that goes down easy, and while this is a very nice and balanced beer, it just didn't have explosive flavor. A good beer, not a great beer that hid the ABV well.
7/26/13-(on tap at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY) Nice lemony flavor, with herbs, mint, coriander, grapefruit, tea leaf, caramel, wheat bread and citrus and piney hop notes; much better than the last time I had it and it was quite refreshing, with a clean slightly bitter finish. Can't sense the 9% ABV one bit, this went down smooth and easy. This is what I expected from a Brooklyn beer, a completely different and much better experience then the last time I drank this beer. Review/Rating adjusted up after this brew.
03-08-2010 04:12:03 | More by CHickman
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
03-04-2010 01:30:54 | More by Proteus93
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Everyone was having such a hype just ordering the blast (written "Blast!" on their chalkboard last night) that i had to join the blast-ing experience.
Red-to-brown translucent hue, carbonation visible within, a dark white (is this possible?) head, considerable lacing.
Smwell is the best of it, much like grabbing on to a pine tree and rubbing it on your face. very, very strong hoppy notes i'd like to think take after (or preceded?) DFH 120min.
The taste is equally strong, very sweet and pugnant in its alcohol, with a hefty bitter feel all along, definetly along the lines of the dipa, and certainly as expected; the malts are rugged and the hops are everywhere, it's frenetic yet tasty yet hard to deal with.
Still, for a night that seemed to be of sessionable characteristics, this was too strong for me. good beer, wrong night. i'll re-review accordingly.
02-27-2010 17:21:57 | More by Andreji
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
From notes, had this on 2/19/10 at the Brooklyn Brewery.
a - Poured a very nice looking golden color with about an inch of white head. Nice retention, little carbonation evident. Looks great.
s - Smells strongly of citrus and piney hops.
t - Hops, citrus, pine. Sweeter than I was expecting. No traces of alcohol at all. Very enjoyable.
m - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.
d - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The taste was a little sweeter than I was expecting and it was not quite as hoppy as I thought it would be for a DIPA...I thought it would be more bitter. did not taste the 8% ABV at all. Worth checking out if your'e at the Brewery.
02-20-2010 20:02:13 | More by mdfb79
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