Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.16/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary, last beer of the afternoon (hey man, I'm on holidays!). First off, look this beer up and feed your head. The hop bill is gigantic, looks like a hop growers' global convention, and the malts are Scottish and German ... The intent seems to be to create more of an English-style IPA base and then turn this sucker into an American flavor hops war zone after the fact. Does it work? Well, I've tried a great many IPAs and IPA variants, and finding something truly unique is tricky. Sure, you can train the palate to taste different hop varietals and IPAs DO differ from one another with regards to this factor but also malts used as well ... Not to mention yeast used, fermentation temperature ... Many variables contribute to the diversity of IPAs. But this one, ladies and gentlemen, tastes truly unique to me. It looks mundane enough, standard double IPA hue like darkish golden honey with a nice dollop of white froth on top. The smell, however ... I get tons of dank, rank tropical fruit: Fermenting pineapple mainly, but also some other more sweet/floral perfume elements like guava, pina colada, even a little banana. On the tongue, the malts yield mellow caramel and sweet/sour gummy candy effects. And the hops? A whole fucking fruit bowl really. The tropical flavors on the nose predominate, but I also get all kinds of other influences. Poached pears, peaches, strawberry creme, pink grapefruit, pineapple skin, green bananas, unripe plums, gooseberry ... And oh look, there's some honeysuckle floral perfume, cantaloupe, tomato leaf musky notes, woody twigs, black pepper, holy shit, the different flavors cycle though like some mad brewer's codex on speed. Maybe I'm delusional here but the number of different hops used could yield this sort of cornucopia. At the bottom there are some earthy and woody flavors ... Curiously enough though? There's not a lot of pine! This one is skewed towards hop flavor rather than bitterness, and it avoids the massive pine attack that shows up in many other DIPAs. This brew is sweet and tropical but not cloyingly so thanks to some earthy, woody influences to provide balance. Maybe they could have worked a little more pine in there somewhere. But damn. Do try this field guide to hops in beverage form.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2013 18:25:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best By June 2014. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent burnt golden with great clarity. The white head was pretty small and faded quick leaving nice retention and decent lacing. Great color. The aromas have a ton of sweet sticky grapefruit. Some pineapple in the mix. Some berries. Pine needles. Soapy. There's a subtle amount of caramel. The flavors are very sharp and bitter. Very crisp and dry. Lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Very earthy. Floral. Fresh grass. Hints of lime zest. Some black pepper giving it a very subtle spiciness. Maybe even some rye? The mouthfeel is nice. The carbonation is active and spritzy, but smooth. The body is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very fun to drink.
This definitely has an English influence to it. It's somewhat unique. Well crafted. It's nice to see they finally decided to bottle this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 00:20:44 | More by BB1313
4.13/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Deep orange. Big head. Head lasts well. Good lacing
S: Pungent. Not citrus hoppy, more fruity and sweet. I get berries, pineapple, a little bit of grassyness.
T: A real blast! Lots of different interesting flavors. Blueberries, raspberries, honey. A very sweet ipa. Some Pine and grapefruit. Mostly sweet tropical fruits. Maybe kiwi's I dunno, I dont eat those kinds of fruits. I also get some sugar candy notes too. Gummy bears, lifesavers, ect. Not very bitter.
M: Syrupy and kinda heavy. High ish carbonation. Not a session beer but I could have 2 back to back.
O: I'm glad I got this. Its really unique/interesting. Very sweet. Not a hop head fix, but thats OK. Everyone should try it once. I'll come back to it at some point, would love to try it on tap.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 02:38:10 | More by BigCheese
4.21/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A Clear medium gold body, several lazy bubbles moving up through the beer; a coupla fingers of ivory foam off the pour remained as a slim fuzzy cover throughout the drink. Some brief lace.
S: Grassy and herbal, floral and mild, some suggestion of citric fruit
T: Big bitter blast right up front. Turned solventy briefly and then smoothed out its flavors and feel. English and Pacific US hops helped produce flavors reminiscent of grapefruit pith and mango skin; fresh malt grain backbone had just a trace of honey-grain sweetness
M: Medium body, smooth despite the bittering effect, not too drying, crisp and bitter across the tongue
O: A real nice DIPA, leans toward the bitter/drier end of the spectrum; real emphasis on bitter hop action. For a moment, I thought it was average, but the rugged character of the flavors and feel really developed nicely.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 20:50:05 | More by Greywulfken
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