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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%

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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: a slight hazy darker good with heavy bubbles on the body creating a 1/4" inch head off the body.

Smell: A real mellow floral scent, slight lightness to it...like always I'm always hoping for more.

Taste: a nice bitter smooth hop, bitter but not too much it's slightly offset that feels like a sweet red grapefruit a hope dose of piney bark.

Mouth: medium bodied, with a lemon finish believe me or not.

Overall: Very good brew coming from Brooklyn brewery, and probably the first IPA I have had from them. Would I buy again, hell yea I'm already drinking my second. Hope you all enjoy as much as me....Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 01:07:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Griffon. Served in a shaker pint...

A: Orange amber, with a thin off white head.

S: Pine, orange, white grapefruit, lemon peel.

T: Herby and citrusy with a piney foundation; light caramel malt background.

M: Medium feel and carbonaton.

O: A really nice Double IPA - had it once before at the Ballpark Festival of Beers. A nice brew from Brooklyn!

From notes - circa Charleston Beer Week

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 23:21:40 | More by jpro
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, floral, tropical fruit, malt, pine

T-caramel malt, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, slightly herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a nice DIPA with good flavor and balance

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 23:44:33 | More by MDDMD
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours orange with long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma with noticeable alcohol. Finish is long and dry. This brew will not be among my favorable DIPA’s.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 13:56:01 | More by mikeg67
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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy white head with high retention on a clear, light copper/gold body. Soapy and sticky lacing. Aroma is bursting with citrusy and piney hop juices. Quite lovely. Taste is nicely bittered with some malt sweetness in the background. Citrus dominates the hop profile, alcohol is well masked. Bitterness is there in flavor but not so biting that it's hard to drink. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 04:16:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing unusual to this IPA when it comes to appearance; copper color with a silky thick head.

The scent is rather tame without any big fruity aromas or over the top floral hints. Pine, floral hoppiness, a little lemon nice but not huge.

The taste follows suit without huge flavors. Still nice, easy to drink, piney flavors with some lemon, malt and syrupy sweetness.

Overall, I liked this but simply would not rank this.amongst my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:03:30 | More by KYGunner
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No no no. This is not an American Double, Imperial IPA (hopefully that will be corrected). This is an American Double Pale Ale. Well done and genre defining, I may add.

What an interesting ale. It comes out, full and strong with a pale ale aroma. It definitely looks a bit IPA in the glass, and the aftertaste (burp) is a big hoppy IPA, but the taste is pure pale ale. That's what makes this beer worth drinking and man, I can drink as much of the growler as I like and finish the rest tomorrow, so I am really all set with this exceptional beer.

That was more like social networking than a review! Gotta go drink some Blast. Bye.

Serving type: growler

04-20-2013 21:58:52 | More by schoolboy
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Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz chalice at The Underground's tap takeover for this brewery. Called 'Blast!' by the powers that be around here.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers (on a small glass? weak sauce, guys) of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a beautiful pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of a fairly prominent grapefruit, lemon, and pine needle bitterness, bready caramel malt, a sharp herbal tincture essence, and a soft booze warming. The taste is restrained in its bitterness, with grapefruit rind, lemon juice, and pine resin sort of swaddled up together, and thus not allowed to get into trouble; green herbal alcohol, semi-sweet caramel malt, and a further leafy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average to low in effect, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes off-dry, the whipped-up fruitiness sort of shedding its bitter qualities.

A decently pepped-up DIPA, but the typical English bent of this brewery cannot be denied, apparently. I'm just not getting that palate fear that comes with the best examples of the style. Now, if it's balance and safety you're looking for, this is for you, no judgment at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 02:11:47 | More by biboergosum
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New York

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

The beer pours out in a light copper color.

The aroma has a bit of citrus and pine, but also tons of sweet caramel malt. Not a huge aroma.

The flavor follows with lemon, citrus, pine, grass, but just tons and tons of smooth caramel malt and syrup sweetness. Then with a gentle bitterness on the end.

The beer actually goes down quite easy, which disguises the alcohol extremely well. The beer is a bit blunted, while still being a bit hoppy. Without the strong malt bill, one may be tricked by this being a 9% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 22:52:39 | More by dar482
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a whisp of white suds. Standing tall in a shaker pint.

Pine, orange, white grapefruit, lemon peel. Herby and citrusy with a piney foundation. Malts are almost English in style, like an Imperial English IPA. Some booze.

Pine and booze first, with an orange-y citrus middle. Finishes with leafy hops and some malt sweetness. Green and herbal toward the end, but not grassy. Packs a punch with the alcohol where it is.

Medium-bodied. Feels lighter with crackles of carb. Almost unravels in the mouth.

This one's pretty good, and I'd totally have it again, but it just doesn't stand apart from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 01:38:55 | More by thecheapies
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a light golden amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a lot of citrusy hops with some malt as well. The taste is sweet malt up front with a lot of bitter citrusy hops and warmth from the alcohol lingering well into the finish. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 00:13:59 | More by cjgator3
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I remember trying a sample of this down at McGee's almost a year ago and not being all that impressed, but I figured I'd give it a full shot while I'm here at Firkin. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, light lemon peel, and a backbone of light toffee. Everything is bright and happy and expressive. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a few flowers tossed in for good measure. Now everything comes through a touch rindier than before, but not by very much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty little DIPA, one that doesn't overdo the hops, creating a generally pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 13:58:32 | More by TMoney2591
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

A murky apricot and brown body color, some lemon hues towards the bottom. Head is light soapy prsented with a finger tall size. Carbonation rises slowly and very pin head small. Faint streaky lacing whioe drinking.

Nose is malt sweet and thick juicy. Hop angle gives a thick mushy fruit tropical with a mild sweetness. A little bit of spritzy character hides in the back. Very nice.

Light bodied and a real nice lingering hop finish. Soft orange fruits and tropical juices finish on the end. Quick lingering pine needles in the mid palate. Stomach warming but without a boozy taste. Good carbonation on this also, malts show up with a warming mix of bread and honey after some time. Pineapple really seems to come out after some time.

Real solid brew, glad to be having it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 17:22:13 | More by smakawhat
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 32oz screw-top growler to a Belgian Independence Day tulip; filled the same day at the Party Source beer store in Syracuse, NY.

Appearance (4.25): Two solid fingers of bone-white, extremely tight head forms on top of a crystal-clear, orange-golden body. It shows only moderate retention, but leaves some really fantastic collars and webs of lace with broad swaths marking each point the beer sat, and streamers of lace trailing down to the next. Also, there’s a steady stream of very fine bubbles making their way to the surface the entire time. Very good-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): This has a wonderful array of scents: some juicy pineapple fruitiness, some resinous, dank tones, some very subtle noble-type hop spiciness underneath, some herbal qualities like lavender and lemon verbena, and some sweet, oily, candied orange peel kinda stuff happening here. Great hop character in the nose.

Taste (4.25): Definitely one of those (D)IPAs with very little bitterness and all kinds of hop flavor: some more of that spicy-type hop character blends with some resinous, weedy tones for a slightly skunky finish, while some light, citrusy, floral tones play out on top of everything. There’s some moderately sweet, sugary malt underneath, like sugar cookies topped with lemon zest icing. Very pale in flavor, almost nothing toasted, roasted, or caramel about it. Still, there’s a good citrus zest bitterness on the mid-palate that helps it to finish dry, with only a hint of alcohol. Where the hell is the ABV? More than anything, this acts as a vehicle for some sweet, floral hop character with a modestly resinous core.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Relatively subdued carbonation in the feel, with a soft foaming action and only a slight tingle. Doesn’t quite feel like a cask beer, but it’s still pretty good. The body is medium-weight, maybe a little thicker, and finishes somewhat dry, probably thanks to the ABV (it’s almost weird how well-hidden it is) and some hop oils.

Overall (4.25): Personally, I always enjoy this beer. It’s one of those (D)IPAs that prefers not to show its teeth, hiding any alcohol and hop load surprisingly well. I’d be very curious to see a calculation of the theoretical IBUs on this beer, because it’s very hoppy but hardly bitter at all. Always psyched to see Blast! on tap, because it’s always a winner.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2013 04:14:11 | More by fmccormi
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New Jersey

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

64 oz growler filled at Food Cellar & Co. in Long Island City, NY.

Gold to amber in color and clear with a moderate white head that leaves a ring clinging to the edges of the glass and a thin film on the surface. Sparse lacing on the glass. Soft carbonation but the head is easily revitalized with a few swirls of the glass.

Tons of pine in the aroma with some alcohol present. Biscuit and hay from the malt. Citrus comes through in the flavor but the alcohol is still noticeable and make it a bit "hot" on the tongue. Medium bodied and surprisingly drinkable given its ABV.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2013 02:48:26 | More by Jacobob10
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Hey there, Brooklyn. Upping your game, it seems. Nice happy hour treat here. Hazy, golden-amber pour into a snifter, topped with a solid white head; nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma of citrus hops and tropical fruits, sweet malt base in the background. Similar taste, lots of good hops, citrus zest, tropical fruit, pine needles, bready malt background noise. Not the freshest IPA in the world, but still crisp and tasty; good work for this brewery. Medium body, easily drinkable for the style, higher alcohol well-hidden. No problem ordering more than one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 01:50:44 | More by Rifugium
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas.

A: Golden orange with a fluffy, frothy, white head that hangs around for a while. Great lace and retention. As a double IPA should look...but sexier.

S: Holy citrus! Now this is how a Double IPA should be! An Imperial in my opinion is boozier but this is crazy hopped as expected. Fruit, bubblegum, and citrus are there.

T: Whoa. WTF just happened? Still super hoppy and delicious but chili pepper snuck in there. I imagine that's intentional because it's very noticeable. Not strong but the chipotle pepper spice is there. Dry and flavorful but surprisingly spicy. The heat never overpowers.

M: Awesomely smooth and flavorful with great citrus hops and proper carbonation. Dry and bitter.

O: This is a chili IPA. It has to be. Chipotle adobo spice with hops and bitterness. Well done. Big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 03:37:01 | More by Gatch
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap.

Arrived a hazy dark gold topped by a thick white head with amazing retention and great lacing.

Aroma has a nearly perfect balance between hops and malt. Tons of tropical citrus, pineapple and mango along with a light bready malt that reminded me of some pilsners. Just a huge, huge aroma.

This great aroma carries over into the flavor. Tons of citrus once again: mango, orange, and pineapple. There is a definite tropical characteristic to this. The malt is quite prominent as well but it is light and bready, not much caramel in this at all. Bitterness is moderate with a full, smooth mouthfeel. A slight touch of alcohol towards the finish.

Overall, a perfect example of what a fresh IIPA can be. Perfect balance of malt and hop with a full, but not sweet or sticky, mouthfeel. Really wish I could get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 20:09:09 | More by rangerred
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from Joe Canal's Iselin into my Brooklyn Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: this pours a beautiful light orange/ burnt yellow with a very nice inch high head, that does dissipate and leaves some lacing. The head persists on top of the beer throughout the session. The lacing is just beautiful. The color has a hazy character to it.

Smell: I love DIPAs and the aroma from this just consumes me and makes me weak in the knees. A beautiful hoppy aroma that has a nice floral and citrusy front, but a deep resiny aroma exits underneath and is just so pleasant. I want to keep my nose in my glass, beautiful.

Taste: This is oh so tasty. The floral and citrusy aroma follow this into the taste, and create a wonderful beer. This is a very smooth beer, and I am want to find the alcohol in this. If I had not known the ABV level, I would have suspected 6.5%. This is so balanced in the hop resin and the lightness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: a really tight carbonation with a very nice resiny feel, and a really good hoppy back taste. So incredibly silky smooth

Overall: If you can find this, do so. It is an incredible DIPA. This has a great aroma, great mouthfeel and great taste. I find nothing wrong with this beer. I am only sad that the growler is empty. I am making a special trip to refill before this disappears. Brooklyn, please keep producing this!

Serving type: growler

12-18-2012 01:16:18 | More by Chas58
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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber in color with two fingers of white head. The majority of the head does not linger for very long but a small cap of foam remains throughout.

S: Fruity, earthy, and spicy hops. Along with a hint of alcohol which contributes to the spiciness. They definitely put a lot of different hops in this beer.

T: Quite Sweet, almost too sweet. A healthy amount of hop flavor but not enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The hop flavors are similar to the nose, perhaps a bit more spicy than earthy though.

M: My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel. I would not guess that this was 8% abv. It is smooth and the flavor does not stick around in your mouth for very long.

O: I don't know what to think about this beer, its obviously hop bursted with a ton of hops because it has a lot of hop flavors and aromas but its just too far on the sweet side for my liking..

Serving type: growler

12-07-2012 03:10:27 | More by random846
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New York

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

A: Appears a hazed golden orange color with a big, sticky white head that clings to the side and leaves alot of lacing.

S: Stupidly hoppy, with a ton of citrus, pine and herbs. Some malt sweetness and warming alcohol in the background.

T: Similar to the nose, with a ton of resinous citrus, pine, earth and rosemary flavors from the combination of hops building upon the initial sweetness. Finishes a bit dry and coats the mouth with residuals. Alcohol can definitely be felt in the throat and the chest on the way down.

M: Full bodied with a gentle, creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden but still persistent and warming.

O: Delicious DIPA. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 21:37:46 | More by Sharkophile
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. The beer arrived in a tapered pint glass, and glowed a muddy golden amber. It held a one finger white head, showing nice retention. Sheets and legs of lacing were left around the glass as it disappeared, and a film, with small aggregates of bubbles were left across the top of the liquid. The beer was certainly hazy, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma rose with fruity, citric hops, rind, pear, and apricot. A soft cotton candy sweetness helped to sweeten things up further, while pale malts, fusel booze, and spicy clovey phenols pulled us more towards the bitter side of life. Our first impression was that the hops were spicy, and the flavoring was nice throughout. As we sipped, sweet syrupy hops, pale malt bitterness, and sweet esters started things off. Caramel and buttery sweetness pulled us to the middle to sit at the peak, with more earthy, sweeter hops. The finish was of more esters, wet wheaty grain, and spicy booziness. The aftertaste breathed of hollow grain, citric hops that were still more sweet than bitter, and drying tannin-like tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was huge, prickling the tongue, all the way to the stomach. This enlivens the palate. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth, and a steely dryness was left around the mouth. The latter was due to the booziness, which sucked the cheeks dry. Still, the mouth was slightly more wet feeling than bone dry. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice inclusions of spice and phenols throughout the nose and the aroma. While the beer smelled sweeter than it tasted, the citric hops stuck a nice, sweeter note than expected. This added an additional layer of freshness, making for a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 21:25:59 | More by TheBrewo
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden amber body. Citrus and floral hop aroma which is mild overall. Flavor is more malt forward with toasted malts mosty. Hops provide earty and mild citrus notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is almost like a double pale ale. Sort of weak on the hops for an imperial IPA. Overall though it's good tasting and drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 00:25:42 | More by kylehay2004
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the Black Market Garrett Oliver dinner. Paired with a great Indian chickpea Scotch egg.

Appearance is a pretty standard auburn, double IPA look. Maybe a bit more reddish than average. Very nice look. The aroma was really great on this one. Best part, I think. A unique smell dominated by English hops (Fuggles? EKG?) and alcohol, but with some American citrus notes too. The flavor really is nicely balanced and smooth. Hoppy but not too bitter. Hides the alcohol quite well. Could have been more bitter, really. Mouthfeel was nice. Not too thick or syrupy. Overall a great beer that I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 23:43:51 | More by AaronHomoya
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a vibrant orange hue with a big, bubbly head. Head retains pretty well too and it leaves thick, consistent sheets of lace. Body is bright but also translucent. Good looker.

S-Big whiff of citrus flesh hops at first. Pine is also well stated but it plays second fiddle to the citrusy hop aroma. Citrus is very focused upon oranges. Lighter maltiness shaves down the hop attack but not much. Smells bright, lively and very well hopped.

T-I enjoyed the nose a tad bit more but that tastes great still. Concentrated orange juice hoppiness. More orange than grapefruit. Pine is still a secondary aspect of the flavor. Maltiness is set quite well. This happens to be a very tasty DIPA.

M-Feels great. Lighter than some of the same ABV and easy to imbibe. Carbonation is tickling. Lightly resinous.

O/D-A pretty nice DIPA that doesn't really set itself apart of break the mold, but I truly enjoyed it more than I have given it credit for in this review. Brooklyn Blast is one standard deviation above a 'good' DIPA. Not 'great' but exceptionally tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 21:37:33 | More by VelvetExtract
Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.