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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

344 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,578
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 83
Gots: 271 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Heads pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with moderate visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head with average retention.

S: Bright citrus hops, biscuit malts, and some resinous hops in the background. This isn't one of those DIPAs that hits your nose while you're pouring it, but a nice aroma nevertheless.

T: Citrus (orange, less grapefruit) hops, with some tropical fruit and pine flavors as well; chewy biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, some hints of oxidation unfortunately. Some melon and pineapple hop character shows up as it warms a bit. Citrus rind bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium-bodied, with a creamier mouthfeel than expected but still reasonably well-carbonated. The alcohol presence is well-hidden in the flavor, though I get a bit of warmth that lets you know it's there.

O: I found this quite drinkable for a DIPA, though the ABV rather toes the line between IPA and the double form. Citrus hops dominate the sizeable malt backbone. Not the best DIPA out there, but a good one in a convenient 12-oz. bottle. (1,104 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "BDAU82014" - I assume a best buy date?

pours a hazy orange golden color, with bright white head. good retention and lacing. hop aroma is a bit on the citrus and floral side. taste is nicely balanced, with some slightly sweet malt taste to hold up the hop flavor. medium body, softer carbonation. (311 characters)

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

Decent head, but minimal lace--a couple of spots. Greenish, dark gold color. A bit hazy.

Dry caramel and floral hop are the predominate aromas.

Dryish pale malt start. The biting hop and the warming alcohol come on quickly when swallowing. Long lasting aftertaste with good balance. Smooth, rich body with a dampened level of bubbles. I'd love to try this one in a flight of excellent DIPAs. I think this one would do well. (426 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a small white head.

S-Nose is citrus and pine. Quite lovely, really.

T-Taste is citrus, pine and hops.

M-Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O-Overall a great east coast DIPA (254 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow-orange hue with a faint hint of white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Pine and citrus hops, mild caramel malt, and toasted grains.
T: Pine and sweet citrus hops (much better here than in the aroma), moderate caramel malt background, and mild toasted grains.
M: Light-medium body (drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest). Mildly sweet. Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly bitter finish.
D: Overall, a solid--but not outstanding--DIPA. A nice brew to enjoy in the humid summer. (554 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scaling the fence of high-gravity India pale ale, Brooklyn crawls over with a delicious ale that's squarely concentrated on hop aroma, flavor and smooth bitterness; but also with a candied and jammy balance.

Its vivid copper-stained orange hues, give a glimmer into the caramel coat that the ale lays on the palate along with those bright tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. Its powerful taste seems slightly honeyed with a boost of fructose.

Bursting with fruit sweetness, the beer's underbelly of biscuit sweetness is both bready and sweet, resisting much of any fade while hop complexities pile on. Red grapefruit, blood orange, peach, mango, pineapple and apricot all bridge the gap between exotic hops and natural fruit esters.

Fading into a verbena-type herbal presence, the malty-sweet finish turns mildly grassy, resinous but still smoothly bitter. Tangy lemon and gooseberry come to mind while the medium-bodied sweetness reluctantly dissolves. Its spicy and somewhat solventy alcohol heat tucks in nicely behind the bitter sweetness for an eloquent disguise. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.
Pours a cloudy light amber golden with a sudsy white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of rich malts like caramel and honey with fruity floral hops. Citrus, pineapple, and fresh pine in the hop profile.

Tastes of honey and biscuit malt mixed with citrus and piney fresh hops. Not overly bitter.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really nice stronger ale with great flavor and aroma, and a beautiful pour. It falls short a bit in the feel for me, but is otherwise top notch and up to Brooklyn's high standards. (558 characters)

Photo of rhino110
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA. Bold, crisp, great balanced flavor. Classic amber color. Dry with a medium hop and not too heavy of a mouthfeel ... but relatively strong at 8.4% abv. No real head or lacings but outstanding flavor with perfect carbonation. Highly recommend. (256 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This dipa pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a short lived white head that leaves very nice lacing. The nose is dominated by sweet pale malts and floral hops. Being from an American brewery this was unexpected. The mouthfeel is very near full and nicely sticky and coating. Carbonation is a bit light but fitting. The flavor is a bit sweet for a dipa. Lots of palr European malts and floral hops with bitter tropical fruit and citrus hops present only as a side note. This is a good dipa and worth trying but there are far better examples of the style readily available. (581 characters)

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with almost no head, the little head quickly receded into islands. Nice nose, lots of malt a little hops. Its says a robust Ipa and i guess it is. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Nice beer, but not great and not worth the $9 four pack. There are lots of other Ipas out there. (290 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. The head is two fingers high with a shade that's barely off-white. It retains fairly well, leaving behind a bit of lacing as it fades.

S: This has a surprising English character to it. I'm getting very strong notes of orange marmalade and apricot from the hops, and the malts almost seem like Maris Otter. An earthy note builds up after warming up a little. I like the nose - it's nicely English-style, but just 'Murican enough to make me happy.

T: This has a very defined malt backbone - definitely not Crystal (thank cripes), more like Maris Otter seemingly. The hop flavor is very orange-forward, with auxillary flavors of peach, pineapple, and apricot beneath it. There are also some back end notes of earth, herbs, and black pepper. There's no bitterness to speak of. Normally, I'm not a fan of sweet and sugary DIPAs, but there's an inherent luxuriousness to the malt notes that redeems it.

M: It starts off fairly crisp, but keep in mind: this is a sweet DIPA. It is NOT spectacularly easy to drink. Instead, it's something to savor semi-slowly. While I'm not a fan of syrupy and full DIPA palates, I like that this knows it's rich instead of fooling the palate with an initial lightness (looking at you, Double Jack...) Not much carbonation, fitting well with its big feel.

O: I could complain about wanting more prevalent hoppiness...BUT, the malt backbone is nice enough to make me overlook that. Don't go into this expecting a bitter yet drinkable DIPA. Rather, treat it like the big, heavy sipper that it is. Fans of 90 Minute IPA will love this. (1,625 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by July. Poured May 29th. $2.79 single.

Appearance: Aggressive pour filled the pint glass perfectly. Creamy off-white head with a slight tan hue. The beer is slightly hazy with a deep golden/light amber color. Pretty much a wall of lacing down the glass. Awesome.

Smell: One interesting thing I pick up right away are what seem to be some sort of pale malt that I don't get too often in this style. There's also a pine hop aroma with citrus underneath that. I also get a funky sort of smell to it that maybe isn't supposed to be there (though I've had it in some beers where it was there on purpose), and it's almost like a sweaty sock or old cheese. Is that the yeast? That smell is probably a reach as it's there very slightly, but I'm picking it up, and it's intriguing me a little bit, but at the same time putting me off... I mean, who wants those smells with the rest of the aromas?

Taste/feel: Interesting and distinct -- in a world full of DIPAs, a lot of them have very similar flavor profiles, but Blast! has something unique about it, and I'm not too sure what it is. Firstly, I feel like they use a malt not-so-commonly-used in a DIPA -- a really pale, sweet malt... almost like crystal? There's also a huge piney hop profile that's accentuated by citrus and maybe some mango/papaya with a tea sort of ester. Finish is sweet and juicy, but at the same time semi-dry and spicy. Awhile after the sip there's a mild lingering bitterness, but overall, this is a pretty sweet DIPA. This beer has a medium/full body with about a moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Again, if you're craving a sweet, malty, but still pleasantly hoppy DIPA, this ought to be right in your wheelhouse.

I'm drinking this one down fast -- it's drinkable as hell, and quite unique, like I said. $2.79 for a single bottle may seem a bit high, but considering the prices of some other DIPAs out there that I find less successful, it's not too bad. The bottle says "strangely quaffable and oddly compelling", and that's exactly what I thought before even reading that on the label. (2,083 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to my beer guru's house for a snobbery session and he brought this one out. I tend to like Brooklyn beers so was optimistic. It did not have the bang of some IPA's but also did not have to much bitter. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer that I would have again. (268 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a blast. Strong citrus and a slightly pine hop flavor that goes down smoooth. Very easy to drink--strong but not aggressive flavor, and the hop bitterness is well balanced by the citrusy sweetness (that does not cross into tartness). Barely noticeable (to me at least) malt backbone. Gentle, mild carbonation serves only to complement the hops in a very much supporting role. Mouthfeel is well-balanced--both smooth/silky and gently carbonated, as noted. A winner of an IPA. (487 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; clear golden orange with lots of visible carbonation, and a clear white head, about two fingers, that falls after a bit into a dense, chunky ring.
Smells of hops; pine, earth, citrus rind. For my money, it could use more fruit to it.
Taste is interesting; very crackery but solid malt backbone supports a load of hops. Pine, earthy, citrus rind, and some smoother flavors in between.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and clean for a double IPA.
Overall, a tasty IPA. I don't really taste a big difference from the supposedly unique hop bill, but what makes this one good for me is how clean and drinkable it is for the %abv. (662 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Burley Oak snifter (BB: September 2014, 0774 11:33)

A: Minimal head that is a lightly tan shade, that diminishes rapidly. Light copper color that is transparent.

S: Fruity, with citrus and floral notes. Not much pine or earthiness. A bit of almost peppery/yeasty Belgian to it though, but very faint.

T: Great flavor that has a great taste of citrus hops, that are complemented by a light, but firm malt base that highlights and supports those flavors from the hops. This is a great beer that is full of flavor. Really, I can't stress enough how much citrus in here, mostly in the form of oranges for me. It really comes across as if it was spiked with OJ or at least someone put an orange slice in my beer (a la Shock Top, but in a good way and without the actual orange slice).

M: Prickly with light coarse carbonation rubbing against your tongue and palate. Quite rough and just a bit aggressive.

O: It just hit MD, so this is quite fresh. This beer is a blast in itself. Seriously, what a great beer. I was super excited to see it out of the corner of my eye all by itself, just a single bottle in the mix six section. If this is really a year-round beer, then this will definitely be a keeper. (1,225 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A celebration of hops while maintaining balance. The color was a nice yellow with a good amount of head that trails the glass. The smell was very full, with lots of citrus and almost a banana bread aroma. The taste was great with a lot of crisp hop flavors that co-mingle. HIghly enjoyable. (290 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Blast has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a rather hazy, somewhat bubbly, orange-gold appearance, and a few scattered lacing rings left on the glass. The aroma is of bursting, fruity, and bold sweet malt and hop oils, and the flavor is the same, with a pleasant and not harsh, but present and strong bitterness to balance the sweetness. No alcohol notes with this one. Brooklyn Blast! has a medium-to-heavy and slick mouthfeel, and it finishes on the puckering side and more drinkable than one would expect for the style.

RJT (538 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange/gold colour with a hint of haze and a thin cap of eggshell foam that reduced quickly to a collar. Sweet and fruity aroma, grapefruit and orange, slightly tropical, caramel. Fruity sweetness dominates the flavour, moderate bitterness with a bit of warmth, oranges and tangerines, less grapefruit than in the aroma, mild biscuit and caramel. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid offering, more east coast than west coast in character. (459 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger white foamy head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of tropical fruits and floral hops.

T - Sweet malts and citrus upfront. The sweetness fades into purfumey/floral hops. The finish is crisp with an earl grey tea like taste.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp dry mouthfeel.

O - This is a decent DIPA. Nothing really stands out, but nothing is bad either. Very drinkable. (427 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper with a half finger of head. The body is slightly heavier than the average DIPA, but it is a far cry from the brewer's claim of "decidedly robust."

The flavor profile is malt forward and slightly bitter. The finish is dry and bitter, but the hop presence is not on par with the best DIPAs out there. The alcohol presence lingers and becomes ever so slightly disruptive. This is surprising since the ABV is on the low end of the DIPA spectrum. (469 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (Best by Sept 2014) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a very clear pale amber color with a short cap of white foam that results mainly in a solid collar of foam around the edge of the glass with mild lacing.

S - Floral/perfumey and fruity up front with orangey citrus, light grapefruit and some mild pine hops also. Soft malty sweet base, a bit bready/yeasty.

T - Citrus hops up front - orangey and grapefruity. Not especially intense however. Bitterness is rather mild also, but crisp and clean in character. Light malt base, dry and grainy - a bit biscuit, low level maltose sweetness, just enough to be picked up.

M - Medium body with a firm, higher level intensity carbonation level. Very prickly and tingly on the tongue.

O - Not bad, not great...really just kind of blends in with many other examples within the style. Difficult to stand out in this style with so many great offerings out there, but this one is decidedly non-descript. (967 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a lightly hazy apricot with a thin head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. The malt aroma is light, like that of a blonde ale. Very interesting flavor for an IPA of this size. The hops lean towards Euro hops (earthy, herbal, floral) with a hint of citrus American hops in the finish. A bit sweet for my tastes, but the flavors are solid. Malts are of the very pale variety, with a touch of toast. Mouthfeel is a bit full, with a carbonation that is between creamy and bubbly. Solid and interesting take on a DIPA. (523 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy copper-gold with decent head.

Smell: Tea, biscuit and citrus. Muted aroma and fairly malt heavy.

Taste: Very malty with tea, biscuit, caramel and toasted notes. The hops seem to be a mix of English and American, with floral, spicy notes blending with citrus and lemon notes. The hops seem a little bit too light, as if the blend deadened all the individual components. But, the blend is still oddly enticing. Not much bitterness at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. More medium bodied that full. Somewhat drying finish. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

Overall: While the taste, and especially the aroma, are a little too subtle for the style, this is also ridiculously drinkable. Not really a DIPA in my opinion, but certainly enjoyable. (800 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (611 characters)

Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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