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Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 190 | FT: 2
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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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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, light caramel, light honey, bread, light pine, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hops and moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, light caramel, light honey, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt sweetness; with nearly balanced malt/hop flavors and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly sticky, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hop and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a perfectly clear amber color with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Not much for retention though it does leave some thin strands of lace.

Nose is herbal and grassy, old world hop influence for sure. It does a nice job of still smelling bright and dank, unlike most IPAs that dont use newer, citrus-forward hop varietals. Malts are toasty but surprisingly light.

Taste is crisp and tasty with a completely different hop flavor than any other IPA I have had. Malts do a good job of giving it some toasty biscuit complimentary flavors but manage to let the hops do most of the talking. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but I wouldnt want it any heftier really for this particular beer - the way it is now makes you want another sip with the quickness. Alcohol is well integrated and if offered the over/under on 8.4 I would have taken the under all day. Good stuff, I am impressed...I hope to see this again as a fresh release.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes: On-Tap at Bocktown Monaca 10-20-13

A - Cloudy orange color half a finger of white head, some medium lacing
S - Big caramel sweetness, some tart orange, citrus juice.
T - Lots of sweet caramel malts, orange marmalade, some spicy hope bite, a little grapefruit.
M - A bit soapy but good body and well carbonated.
O - Very good double IPA, potent and flavorful.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the beer's current 91 rating as well as the brewery - which I really respect. 8.4% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an IPA since the description on the label's neck clearly refers to it as such.

Served cold - straight from a quick stint in the freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. Lacing coats the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but little of it sticks.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is/are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks like a pretty standard IPA. There are no obvious flaws. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramalt, biscuit malt, English pale malts, floral hop character, light herbal hop character, and a kiss of pine. This isn't the grapefruit resin explosion of most American IPAs, and I appreciate that. Lightly bready. Sweetness/bitterness balance seems en pointe.

Clean; no yeast character, alcohol, or other off notes are detectable.

A pleasant if timid aroma of average strength.

The caramalt presence intensifies as it warms.

T: English biscuit and pale malts dominate the malt profile, with some caramalt in there too. Light hints of toffee and bread. Unfortunately, there's some soapy character - indicative that the beer spent too long in primary. Hopwise, I get floral hops, light herbal character, a kiss of pine, a touch of resinous character, and some Czech-y noble hop character (think Saaz). Lime.

The flavour profile isn't all that balanced - even in terms of sweetness/bitterness, and there isn't a whole lot of hop flavour here. I respect the choice not to go with your typical American hop profile, but this doesn't offer a lot in its place. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Build lacks cohesion. It's not nuanced, complex, intricate, or subtle.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Aside from the soapiness, there are no off flavours except maybe a hint of diacetyl.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Lightly coarse and wet. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Too thick and weighty on the palate for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavours. Filling. Decent presence on the palate.

Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, the texture doesn't suit the flavour profile or style particularly well.

Dr: A very disappointing IPA from Brooklyn. Maybe it's a freshness issue? I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I plan on revisiting it because I fear I might have gotten an old bottle or something. It's not the easiest beer to drink if only because it isn't a high quality one. I've had losers from Brooklyn (e.g. Monster) but this feels off; take this review with a grain of salt.


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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a clear light copper color with a one finger head of a fizzy white foam. The head has a light level retention fading moderately quickly and leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A nice mix of tropical fruit sweetness and hops are the bulk of the aroma. The tropical fruits are a blend of pineapple, mango and tangerine with the hop being largest of a pine aroma but also containing a rather strong and balancing grapefruit and earthy hop smell as well. With a little bit of caramel and a bready aroma rounding out the smell, a very balanced and pleasant sweeter double IPA aroma is created.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready and sweet with some flavors of tropical fruits. The tropical fruit flavors are heaviest of a tangerine and mango flavor with some hints of a caramel sweetness present within there as well. Right at the start, the hops are on the lighter side being mostly of a pine and earthy flavor. As the taste advances however, the fruit flavors and the caramel begin losing ground with a grapefruit and lemon hop taking their place and becoming more and more potent as the taste moves to its end. Along with the grapefruit growing more intense, so too does the pine and earth hop tastes, which in the end, leave a slightly drier and moderately hopped and balanced bitter-sweet, crisper taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for an 8.4 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. While the average carbonation was rather nice for making the beer rather refreshing and for complimenting the drier flavors of the brew encountered at the end of the taste, a slightly thicker body would have likely been nicer for the blend of hop flavors present throughout the taste. All in all however, the feel was decent.

Overall – A rather pleasant drinking double IPA with a fairly nice blend of hop flavors. One well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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