Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of RexBanner
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Served in a pint glass at Miller's ale house.
A. Citrusy with just a hint of pine.
T. Typical IPA taste of citrus, piney melon flavors melding together.
M. Not too bubbly, which is welcomed. Full bodied yet light (if that makes any sense).

For a DIPA it isn't very "hoppy" as one might expect. I found it to be enjoyable. Lightly floral, lightly citrusy ale that goes down very easy despite its 8+ abv. Definitely not for "hop heads" but highly recommended for those who enjoy milder IPA's.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap and Best by date of Sept 2014 poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops and orange zest with a little underlying malt

Taste: A whole lot of hop flavor up front and very complex; citrus up front with more earthy notes in the middle and finishes lemony and clean with some biscuit

Mouthfeel: More than moderate carbonation; feeling a little aerated

Overall: This is a very complex double IPA with hop flavors from all over the spectrum. I would imagine the wide variety of hops lends to good consistency between batches. This good example of the double IPA style and would pair excellently with any spicy or full-flavored dish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

- sampled in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: (3.5) Solid rush of macro-effervesce within a glowing orange body with a generally good clarity. Slight, milky film, oatmeal toned head has a moderate rate of retention. Fairly consistent cap coverage, speckled and spotted lacing.

S: (3.25) Nose of fresh wet pine needles, with a slight sour twang of tangerine spiciness an citrus of light to moderate proportion.

T: (3.75) Spicy orange citrus hopping, with a flowery edginess. Grassy notes with a smooth crystal malting sweetness, bready, while finishing with a orange-grassy hop leave.

M: (3.75) Crisp mouthful, tight, turning frothy with a full body on the hold. Spicy warm orange-grapefruit and alcohol glow.

O: (3.75) Overall a nice drinking ipa, crisp, bright flavor with some sweet crystal moment giving way to a lingering grassy hoppiness fade. The hopping continues to pick up deeper in the drinking experience.

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Photo of kthoag
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer that straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, big ABV and hops without being entirely hop-based. Malts balance things out. Nose is all kinds of hoppy, big citrus and pine. Mouth is chewy, not dry, very drinkable. Amazing beer from one of my absolute favorite breweries.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gary's
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw color with a decent sized creamy bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of orange, earth. pine, and resin with a solid light sweet sugary maltiness to back it up. The flavor is quite sweet like the aroma suggested with sweet sugar covered oranges and apricots. The earthy pine is less prevalent in the flavor as is the bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Its got some nice flavors and I'm guessing most of the fruit flavors might be hop derived. Needs more attenuation and more bitterness.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This reveiw is based on a draft enjoyed on my birthday at Max's in Baltimore. It has an average appearance: light amber body crowned by a thin head. It offers a caramel nose and a mildy sweet molasses bite with a quick hoppy finish at the end.

Nice balance with moderate carbonation - and suprisingly smooth for a beer of this caliber. Sometime next year I gotta get up to Brooklyn and visit this place, one of America's finest craft breweries. Nuff said. Forgeddaboutit!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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