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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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349 Reviews
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Reviews: 349
Hads: 1,611
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 299 | 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

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Photo of Nctide
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with an orange hue. Apricot is the main aroma I picked up. This one seemed promising enough at first, but on each successive sip a bit of a cloying tartness builds. The taste reminds me of the dried whole apricots from the grocery store that have a dry and slightly chalky aftertaste.
This is a strange one. The IPA label seems to be a misnomer but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: February 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: pre-meniscus surgery drinking... APPEARANCE: swiftly thinning off-white head suggests heavy alcohol; misty, peach amber body that shows little vibrancy; spotty ... AROMA: goodness--an alluring powder keg of hops that range from strong orange peel and melon, to resin and fragrant flowers, to some metallic pilsener elements and apple late; each breath evokes a separate scent, almost impossible for a beer to accomplish ... PALATE: a soft, smooth, West Coast feel, with a lingering, palpable mouthfeel--not rambunctious at all, come to think of it; dry at the end...TASTE: complex mix of vanilla, orange peel, and bubblegum; pixey stick-like sugars cloak the 8.4% ABV to dubiousness; ...OVERALL: from its attractive label to its pleasantly sippable intensity, a beer that snuck up on me once before; by the drink's end, an amicable warmth pervades; disappointing this only comes in four-packs that steep a price, but on tap at a happy-hour price, quite a steal ...

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Photo of BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: A touch of chill haze swirls in the distance of this otherwise very clear brew. The body, which hosts a marathon of crackling bubbles, is a true gold. The snow white head is thick and creamy, and leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell: An feminine perfume--floral hops and notes of honey and dried apricot are given prominence by the pale malt background. Rich earthiness and a pinch of white pepper reveal themselves not long after the initial pour, adding appreciated layers of complexity. It is an elegant, yet strong bouquet--the scent lasts long enough to contribute greatly from the first sip, to the last.

Taste: A unique tangy character, which gives a confident nod to the dried apricot scent, morphs into Ritz cracker maltiness, but continues to hang around the roof of the mouth in the finish. The hops bring moderate bitterness and a subdued, herbal flavor. While the hop presence cannot be ignored, it remains mild for an Imperial IPA. The simple tastes of sweet, sour, and bitter are somehow unable to come into the full bloom required to identify more specific flavors. It's as if these surface level elements, however basic, manage to have enough strength to trap their complex components beneath an almost airtight surface. The result is a beer that keeps promising something special, but never quite gives it up. And yet, the ghost of that deliciousness is still to be appreciated, and the overall taste is still perfectly good.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively sessionable: The 8.4% ABV is prepared to sneak up on people due to the beer's dry, crisp character, and the additional lightness provided by a healthy amount of carbonation. The underlying mouthfeel is of moderate viscosity, but the overall character in this sense is thirst quenchingly refreshing. This quality compliments the beer's citrusy elements perfectly; sometimes it feels good to be deceived.

Overall: In terms of complexity and style-dictated hop strength, Brooklyn Blast doesn't quite deliver. And yet, it boasts some unique and tasty qualities which make it ultimately worth coming back to. There is a wealth of promise here--a few tweaks could unleash a real jewel.as it stands now, I would be more impressed with this beer if it was a pale ale.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy orangy-amber with a short-lived white head. The head leaves some good lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with nice tropical fruit and citrus notes. The taste is a little bit of mixed bag. There are those hop characteristics but it also has a bit of an aftertaste I can't place. But it's not particularly enjoyable. The body has a nice weight and feeling, with a little bit of a bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of VanBeer
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was disappointed with this offering. Quite surprising. I'm not getting the citrusy american hops they are touting at all. Its not a bad beer but it doesn't quite add up to a double IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: pine;

T: balanced up front; all pine from mid-palate through the finish; low to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little too much pine for my taste, but well done;

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big double IPA is always up my alley and I figured I'd give this one a shot.

A - Nice DIPA orange color. Hazy dry hop opaque and has a white head with minor lacing.

S - Great hop fragrance with citrus, light pine, dank, and a full fruity character.

T - Same as the smell with fruity citrus character predominant with all of the typical DIPA flavors. The hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There is a very light malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with light carbonation. Pretty balanced between sweet and bitter and is softer on the palate.

Overall, a great DIPA. Even though it isn't as heavy or malty as some DIPAs I would definitely get this again. If you like the strip your teeth bitterness and boozy character that comes with some DIPAs this isn't one for you but if you want an IPA with some more kick in the ABV and flavor department then this one is a great choice.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. There was a good amount of white head, great lacing. The color was a hazy orange-copper, inviting. The nose is full of fruit and hops. Expected more citrus, but it was more sweet, maybe passion fruit, unique for a dipa. Really enjoyed this, not too boozy. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My favorite from this brewer. A top DIPA, very original.

A: In contrast to other reviews, my bottle pours a cloudy, apricot cider body, topped by a vigorous 1 finger head that lasts, but laces only a little.

S: Bright, jammy tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. A kind of brandied seriousness, sweet, yet balanced with herb and pine.

T: Follows the smell but very powerful. Leaps at you. Honeyed, and full fruit. A marmalade of mixed fruit, overlaid on fresh baked biscuit, and topped with sprigs of thyme and mint. Very well balanced and flavorful. Rich.

F: Finishes grassy and herbal. Great body, great resolution.

Must try. Best of Brooklyn?

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep hazy amber orange colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... no carbonation at all... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), light tobacco, some cardboard traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Big blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples, bananas), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins), warming alcohol, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, lightly toasted malt loaf, some butterscotch, medicinal traces, soapy...

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little oiliness... full bodied... fairly drinkable for 8.4%

Overall - A very good DIPA if maybe a little rough round the edges... definitely worth a try though...

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Photo of Antc2382
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Not overly hoppy but I could definitely taste the alcohol. By no means the best IPA I've had yet, but it was an enjoyable, tasty brew with food.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hazy orange, nice compact half finger white head that slowly recedes to a sticky lace.
Really cool hoppy smell, fruity with lots of citrus (tangerine, lime, pink grapefruit), bit of mango, faint melon, faint berry, but also herbal, some pine, peppermint, grass. Caramel malt to hold it down.
A really mixed, chaotic hoppy start, with stale fermenting peach and tangerine, mint liqueur, floral notes, lime juice, bitter grass. Grapefruit, lychee, kumquat/yuzu as it settles, with a bit of mango too. A bit of honeyed malt, but not much, quickly pummeled by pine resin, mint, faint dill and bitter leafy hops. Big fruity-herbal mix up.
Aftertaste is really hoppy, an agglomeration of English and American hops, leafy, spicy, earthy and dry at the same time. A fermenting fruitiness (alcohol a bit too present), with oranges dominating some other tropical and peach notes.
It deserves the name, truly a "blast" of hops, but not one that seems tailored before-hand, just simply.. thrown in there. Still quite good, and i'm not really a fan of Brooklyn brews.

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Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Hazy peach colored

S-Bursting with aroma...a lot of tropical fruits up front...mango, papaya, pineapple. Also strong notes of limes and lemons....

T-Lives up to the aroma...nice sweet fruitiness...same as the aroma but now add in some citrus (mandarin oranges, tangerines, light grapefruit) as well...malt gives off a sweeter honey like flavor....

F-Right on the mark for a DIPA...Perfect body for this beer. Not particularly hot or boozy, about what you'd expect for the style.

O-This is a top tier DIPA in my book. Reminds me of Hopslam from a few years back. Love the multitude of fruit flavors and aromas and the sweeter honeyed malt dimension. Great beer!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours an off color, almost orangish small bubbly head that dissipates immediately. The beer itself is a cloudy dark orange note that resemble the color of a grapefruit.

The smell is very pleasing and tropical. The smell has hop notes that resemble grapefruits, and a bit of pineapple as well. The malt sweetness also comes out and balances the hoppiness a little bit by giving it a a very sweet caramel backbone for the hops to ride on.

The taste is even more hoppy and tropical than the smell. The hop notes are orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of pineapple that comes up in the aftertaste. The beer also has a strong honey note that sweetens the rest of the beer and slightly overwhelms the hops in the brew. The malts also make an appearance as a caramel sweet flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with very little carbonation. The beer feels incredibly light for a DIPA even though it is medium bodied.

Overall, a decent beer and worth getting at least once to try, but I wasn't very impressed. Especially when there are better offerings.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange with a big off white foam head. A little murky. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

Strong citrus hops and pine. I'm getting a bit of funk as well. Floral hops. A little bit of lemon, orange and grapefruit. Alcohol comes through a bit upon agitation.

Taste has more of the citrus, a little muted, with notes of orange, peach, pineapple, mango. Subtle caramel. Strong pine resin. And heavy hops. Fruity burst grows in strength as the beer warms. One of those beers that really improves as it warms.

Some pleasant pine notes give it a nice stickiness going down.
One of the more subdued DIPAs, but masterfully balanced, and very tasty. Easy to drink despite the bit of stickiness. Not much alcohol is evident. Overall, this would be a very good beer to start with for someone not ready to take on the most intense of DIPAs. Gives you a good sense of what flavors you'll be seeing, and the hops aren't gonna put you on your butt. Overall a solid and easy drinker.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color with a one-finger head
S: Burnt orange, tropical fruit and toffee
T: Matches the nose. A touch on the sweet side
M: Medium-bodied, a touch thick from the sweetness
O: A solid, well-made IPA though I prefer a bit drier style

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Photo of BWED
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

A- Hazy orange-copper. White head is a little bubbly, and retention isn't great.

S- Pine, earth, and some citrus. Can definitely get the mix of English and American hops. Malt character is a bit sweet. Caramel and honey

T- Strikes a balance between this honey-sweet malt, and some citrus and pineapple hop. Just a slight, earthy hop presence.

M- Smooth, sweet. Finish is an interesting mix of juicy and bittersweet earth.

O- I really like the mix of hops here. However, for how the beer tastes and feels, I don't know how or why the ABV is so high. Very deceiving. I wish this one was a little lower.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by January 2015

Pours cloudy deep yellow with generous white head. Good lacing and okay carbonation.

Aroma is of floral hops.

Mouth is medium, not very strong on the hops. A different take on an american ipa.

Overall, a decent drink. wouldn't turm it down, but likely wont seek it out either.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Brooklyn Blast

Aroma: Pungent combination of lemon zest and pine tar up front. Light honey notes and orange blossom floral notes abound. Clean fermentation character. A caramel base asserts as the beer warms and is agitated.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber pour with hazy golden edging. Moderate off white head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Firm pine-like bitterness up front. A honey malt character is noted and well-knit with lemon and pine hop flavors. A crystal malt presence is noted but it dries quickly and is beat back by the pine and earthy bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is long with a powdery resin-like hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight warming alcohol presence noted. No hop astringency. No oiliness or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A well-crafted double IPA. A bit heavy handed on the malt which blurs the line between American Barleywine or American Strong Ale but it’s firmly in range of a double IPA. A nice change but not sure I’d put this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, sugary alcohol notes, yeast, mild citrus. Taste same as aroma with some mild bitterness. Palate is a med to full body, mild carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange notes, mild herbal earthy hops bitterness, slightly dry ending with sweet alcohol. Overall seems a bit subdued on the hops but still a good drinking and easy on the palate brew.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy gold. Tall, dense and lasting white head with good lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet caramel with earthy layers, citrus and pine.

Taste: Full and malty, sweet caramel and molasses; balanced by plenty of resinous hop character, but without overt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, slightly oily feel, and good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A full bodied DIPA with nice balance between earthier Old World hops and malt and brighter West Coast hops.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This one is a thick orange color that is actually quite clear but for the darkness of it. There's just a bit of head lingering, the same of which could be said for the very light lacing it achieves.
The first thing that hits me is that this is one of the juiciest beers I've ever had. It's extremely jammy, like certain red wines but more of a tropical and citrus fruit jam. It's like marmalade a but less sugary and more zesty, not exactly tart. The fruits bring all kinds of bitterness but almost seem somehow to balance themselves, though there is enough malt to round it out.
The body is medium, even leaning close to full, and the jasmines translates to the feel. It's plenty crisp and has a smooth flow even as it's body keeps even between sweet and dry.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Blast! last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I've been hitting the Fall seasonals pretty hard lately and I thought I would take a break from them with a DIPA that i haven't had before, I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very murky golden orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty higher amount of medium sweetness that has a nice candied like aroma to it with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity hops aroma with a nice citrus rind aroma sticking out the most, but there's also some floral and light green onion like hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a caramel malt, sweet malt, caramel and light toffee like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I could have gone without the light green onion like aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart a much lighter version of how they showed up in the aroma and this time no single aspect sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are at about the same level, but this time there's a light grainy flavors.. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that doesn't really linger and it has a sweet malt, citrus rind and light green onion like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting DIPA, but it wasn't as intense as it lead me to believe.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, a little watery, alcohol was well hidden, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The beer had a nice mouthfeel, but it would be a little better if it didn't feel a little watery.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and I thought it was a slightly above average example of the style, it was going gong the direction of a pretty good DIPA, but when I got to the taste, things started to lighten up a little and it just wasn't as intense as I hoped it would be. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, a little watery, alcohol was well hidden, it wasn't too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me, there's nothing that makes me want to come right back for more. What I like the most about this beer was aroma the and appearance, they were both pretty nice and what I would expect from the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were both just a little lighter than I would want. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I would recommend it as a great DIPA, but it's worth trying to see how you feel about it. All in all I'm glad I tried this beer, but it didn't blow me away by any means and in most aspects it seemed to be fairly average for the style. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery and it's far from being a favorite DIPA. I appreciate the effort, but i think with just a little work this could be a pretty good DIPA, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle, the date is smudged, so not sure of age:
Pours a hazy dirty-yellow with a bit of orange. The pour had decent medium bubble head than fades to a gossamer film. Nose is toffee notes with a biscuity malt and some sweet fruit scents. I also get a wet blanket kinda smell, making me wonder about age-it's not bad and could be intended (to a degree), but not sure.

Taste starts with just a bit of grapefruit on top of the malt flavors that match the nose. The new taste evolves to an even lighter pine feel. The beer feels slightly flat compared to the visible head. I got a hint of alcohol when the beer is cold, not really any with a little warmth.

While there isn't anything wrong with this beer, it doesn't really excite me either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -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

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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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