Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 69
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of neurobot01
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated best by Sep. 2014 into a pint glass.

Look: orangey goldenrod. Very little head.

Smell: not much at first; as it warms, some grass, mango, malt sweetness.

Taste: strangely hard to tease apart. Citrus, but not overwhelmingly; some stone fruits, a bit of grass on the backend. Starts tangy, then bitter, finishing sweet. Just the right amount of malts for me (that is, less malt presence than hops).

Feel: pretty good mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick for abv, but well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Overall: this is something of a strange beast, but I enjoy it. Almost hews more to a West Coast style.

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some thoughts:
- Brooklyn Blast is a bit deceiving. Based on the labeling you would think that this a big hop monster, but no such case. The "blast" comes from the hop bursting technique they used.
- I would not classify this as a Double IPA, the iBUs are too low.
- The selection of hops for the hop burst does not seem to have a theme. Why the Sorachi Ace?
- The taste of this beer, leads one to think they should of made used wheat and flipped this into a wheat IPA with all the higher carbonation and banana yeast flavors. Not sure why they chose bready, biscuit English malts for this.
- There is potential for a real blast, but this "IPA" is no Saturn V.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Zraly
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light burnt orange with a thin, leggy head. Malt comes heavier than hops.

Candy flavored malts with earthy hops. Bready and hints of caramel. Some citrus is present that plays nicely off of the malts. The hops are subdued to me -- maybe I am drinking this well beyond the best Drink By date. From what I can decipher from the bottle, it was bottle at some point in February -- so about two months ago. With that in mind, it might not be the freshest sample but at the same time, the IBUs should carry this a bit farther than it is has currently traveled.

At any rate, there is a tea-like quality buried amongst the earth. The citrus note is more of an orange peel flavor. It's okay, but a bit muddled. I'm fine with the English hops but the bitterness is clashing somewhere with the malts and the malt is overpowering. Unbalanced. Medium-full bodied.

I felt like this drank like a light, English barleywine rather than a DIPA, and a not-so-good barleywine at that. I didn't care for this at all.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and very hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, straw, yeast, and biscuit. Slight honey like sweet hints as well. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, juicy, and earthy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus fruits and grassy hops. Juicy upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, pineapple, lemon, mango, and tangerine. Herbal, earthy, and floral hops with some notes of grass and pine. Soft bready malt background with some notes of cracker, straw, grains, biscuit, and yeast along with a slight note of honey. A very good and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat oily and chewy. Finishes dry with a little alcohol heat being noticeable.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial IPA. Good mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors with a nice pils malt background.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange body with golden highlights. Three fingers of level white foam, quickly decaying. Thorough coat of lace.

Cornucopia of fruit in the nose, and some bready and herbal notes too. Aroma really stays in the glass, you get it as soon as you pick it up.

Soft sweet malt beginning. Quickly gives way to a ...Blast...of fruit. Mild bitter snap. Fruity and earthy finish.

Big smooth full mouthfeel.

A really good IIPA carving out its own three coastal niche.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange/Copper, 1" head that quickly settles and leaves some decent lace. Looks inviting!

S: Wow! Much more here than I expected. Grapefruit, sweet oranges, pineapple, white grapes. Big alcohol at first whiff but that disappears shortly after. Its got some warmth though.

T The citrus and sweet tropical fruit is there but its more subdued than in the smell. The caramel comes in as well as some of the earthy/spicy notes. Its very good.

M: Light to medium body. Light carbonation. Medium oil/resin.

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Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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