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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I I did not know it was double IPA until I was half way through the pint. For a double IPA, it did not wow me. But for a beer in general it is nothing to complain or write home about. The malt is balanced by a more herbal and earthy hop. I did not get much citrus in the flavor or nose. This reminds me of their regular IPA but just a bit bigger. The mouthfeel was probably the best part of this beer. It had the soft fluffy mouthfeel of a really good Belgian. For such a rare beer, I was slightly let down. This is something to try if you get the chance, but certainly nothing to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 21:41:23 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of CrellMoset


3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Blast, on tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, and served into a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a slightly hazy, bright, radiant orange bodied brew with a one-finger white foamy head of admirable retention, leaving some nice sheets of delicate white lace as it fades. Carbonation is faint but fine. A solid start.

Aroma: Very spicy and minty, with flourishes of fruits - pineapple, slight grapefruit, perhaps - in a honey sweet backbone, though hints of roast do make their way through. Some definite lemon and "higher up" citrusy notes emerge upon agitation, and the whole thing becomes more reminiscent of juniper or spruce berry as it warms.

Taste: Very vegetal, minty, and leafy, way more so than in the nose, with a moderate level of bitterness - all in all a step down from the aroma, in my opinion. It's not bad, but it does turn me off just a little. Brooklyn has a unique way of doing hops, in my opinion - their East India Pale Ale being an example - and they just don't always sit right with me.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and moderately to moderately-well carbonated, for a pleasant, fairly even, and slightly fluffy mouth - just a nice feeling DIPA.

Drinkability: Nothing too wrong with this one except the aforementioned overreliance on light, leafy, spicy hops, which just isn't my favorite combination of notes. Everything else was very solid though, and if you like the more herbal hops, this one might be right up your alley across the board. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 19:07:23 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the growler a hazy golden color with a shiny white hat of head. Small bubbles and great retention.
Very floral and citrusy scents, a delicate hop aroma, very nice.
The hop taste is a bit understated for the strength of the malt, but very nice hop profile.
Crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation and a big body.
This beer goes down way too easy for 8 percent. I could get in trouble with this...a growler is such a big serving.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2009 20:08:44 | More by grayburn
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A citrusy, hop-laden aroma.

T: A nicely complex taste of pine, citrus, hops and other light fruits. Very zesty and punchy.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable east coast version of a west coast IPA. It's well made and easy going down.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2009 22:06:13 | More by avalon07
Photo of baggio


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Golden orange with a huge, creamy, head. Very little lacing.

S: Pine, Citric notes, Caramel, Fruit and some malt.

T: Exotic fruits, Caramel, Pine, Citric notes (lots!) and plenty of hops!

M: Very drinkable with a nice balanced bitterness for a DIPA. Any presence of alcohol is not detected.

A very fruit and balanced DIPA from Brooklyn. Definitely the best beer i've had from this brewery so far. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 16:39:27 | More by baggio
Photo of tmoneyba


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Dilly Deli.

Poured cloudy copper with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate complex citrus hop and sweet malt aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bitter finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 21:58:14 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Hmm...a Brooklyn Double IPA...something is wrong here.

Pours a hazy straw color that just looks like a high gravity, very flavorful beer. Rather small, thin white head on the top.

Smell is ridiculously strong citrus (grapefruit and orange) as well as pineapple. Tons of fresh PNW hops dominate the nose, god damn this smells like heaven. Wow! This is a Brooklyn beer?

Holy crap! Taste is like alcoholic orangeade but in a good way. So citrusy, hoppy and altogether delicious for a dIPA. Man I love this stuff. Waaay to easy to drink, maybe way too easy! 8%? Says who? This is one hell of an imperial IPA.

Brooklyn? Really? Good on ya!

Everyone at the bar was talking about how kick ass this stuff is and it lived up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 00:18:23 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a tap into a 12 oz glass. Cloudy and dark golden, with a slight foam on top. No head noticeable.

S - Smells very earthy and floral with hints of berry. Quite pleasant.

T - Very earthy up front. Bitterness in the finish. Tastes slightly resiny from the hops. Floral notes also linger in the finish.

M - Medium body and a slightly resiny texture. Nothing particularly notable.

D - The earthy flavors dominate things a bit too much. One glass was interesting, but I doubt I'd go back for another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 04:32:18 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of scootny

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery Saturday 1/3/2009. From notes:

Pale, very light copper, almost gold with light head and decent retention. Good lacing for a plastic cup..

Smell is a pine forest,them sweet light malt. Light funkiness toffee yeasty esters and citrus.

Taste is a one two pine and grapefruit BAM! Malted sweetnes followed by toffee and biscuity bread. Fruity esters of white raisin and dates. finish is grapefruits hoppy, quick and dry with lingering citrus caramel and biscuits. High abv is nowhere to be found.

Lightly effervescent mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess.

Drinkability is very good. Smooth with no trace of alcohol. Quenching and refreshing.

Would probably score higher in appearance in a glass versus a plastic cup. A great DIPA. Hope it gets bottled sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 16:14:53 | More by scootny
Photo of HeyItsChili


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

A - Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head with good retention.

S - Very complex. Citrus, pine, resin.

T - Dried orange peels, sweet marijuana smoke, hops, alcohol.

M - Thin bodied, low carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. It's a complicated beer but if it's up your alley you'll love it.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2008 01:31:13 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewery 12-26-08

I had sampled this once @ a beerfest and finally got a chance to have a full serving of it. This is excellent, balanced Imperial IPA. I like it a lot more than the EIPA from Brooklyn. Has a nice crisp hop attack, balanced with just the right amount of maltness. Would love to see this be a regular in Brooklyn's lineup or at least bottled once a year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 23:02:29 | More by bonbini26
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Comet. Pours a dark gold in color with a very nice inch of head. Smell is very piney hops. Taste is more of the hops with a bit of malt and citrus. Very smooth and easy drinking. Not the palate number that I expect from my Imperial and Double IPAs. It has a very pine sol like nose. Good but not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 23:52:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of RicoBrew


4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I helped pour this beer at the 2008 GABF. It definitely doesn't fit the mold of what you would think of a DIPA.

A- Pale copper in color, very clear and with a nice rich head.

S- Simply outstanding. You can tell they dry-hopped this beer more so than the average DIPA. It's a combination of the grassy, grapefruit, and floral notes we all associate with good DIPA's. It's like they crushed up a bunch of Cascade/Centennial/other NW hops and put it in a cup and shoved it under your nose. It wasn't overpowering, but definitely present.

T- After the smell, I thought that the bitterness would be extremely high, but it wasn't. It was extremely pleasant. Just enough bitterness to say it's a pale ale, but it wasn't cloying nor metallic. Just extremely pleasant.

M- The mouthfeel surprised me the most about this beer. I was expecting something very heavy and viscous. It turned out light and wonderful. It felt like drinking a nice, light pils, but with the hop character and flavor of a DIPA. If nothing else, try this beer to get surprised about how light it is on the tongue.

D- Highly drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. This is definitely a beer I would love to have for a Thai dinner or chili.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 18:50:30 | More by RicoBrew
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

I enjoyed this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Served in a Brooklyn tulip glass, the brew was a pale yellow in color with a rather abundant white head of perhaps 2-3 fingers. It was hard to judge in the lighting of the restaurant but it seemed just a touch hazy.

Lots of citrus hops on the nose, very floral and fragrant, but it didn't seem to sting the nostrils like some heavy hitting IPAs. It was more even and light. Very nice.

The flavors of this were not as I expected for an Imperial IPA. Light clean maltiness made up the backbone of the brew but it was the wonderful mix of hops that brought it together. There was plenty of hop flavors without that intense hop bite that is so common. The finish was clean and crisp with just a nice delicate hop linger. Very good! The mouthfeel was perfect for the brew - light persistent carbonation helped to keep everything light on the tongue.

Very enjoyable. If you like hops you would probably like this but don't expect that hard bite. Nice and enjoyable. This should be a standard product for Brooklyn!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 19:32:46 | More by SIRIUS2
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
Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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