Brooklyn Blast! - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-21-2012 21:25:59 | More by TheBrewo
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-12-2012 00:25:42 | More by kylehay2004
4.23/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-24-2012 23:43:51 | More by AaronHomoya
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-16-2012 21:37:33 | More by VelvetExtract
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light amounts of malt body in the aroma with caramel malts taking the main stage but the dominant aroma is the huge presence of citrus hops (grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel). There is also a lighter presence of floral hops.
T: The taste of this beer is a very similar to the smell, with a light malt body that has some amount of caramel malt sweetness. That malt body is then overtaken by the hops flavors including grapefruit/lemon/citrus with some hints of floral and pine. Light amounts of bitterness.
M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very slight amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.
O: This is very nice DIPA with a very good flavor and aroma. The beer is very enjoyable and the alcohol is pretty well hidden which makes this beer very drinkable.
07-12-2012 01:13:57 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
64oz growler. Fresh filled from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY
A- Crystal clear dark copper pour with a half finger white head and decent lacing.
S- Pungent floral hops, slight pine with some citrus. Sweet malt backing.
T- Musty floral hops with some pine and citrus finish. Juicy up front, dry and bitter in the middle finishes slightly sweet. As it warms further the hops really brighten and shine through. Mandarin oranges, slight grapefruit and a little lemon rind.
M- Light bodied, good carbonation.
O- It is good, I don't find the wow with this. It was a great price IMO ($16.99 for 64oz) and I will enjoy finishing this. But it just isn't as spectacular as the ratings show.
Beginning of second glass the beer had warmed to the point where everything had opened up and I was enjoying it more and more.
07-08-2012 19:03:29 | More by korguy123
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head with good lacing
S: Aroma of dank fresh hops, floral bouquet from fresh hopping, a light caramelized sugar presence.
T: Wow, hop bomb without the caramel flavors to balance it out. Light and refreshing and I enjoyed the refreshing mixture of hops on pale ale flavor. I have no idea where they hid the booze in here, because it tasted like a 5% beer to me, which is a good thing. Citrus and earthy grass hop flavors mostly.
M: Light crisp and refreshing. Not a ton of body, good for an American IPA.
O: Glad to have tried this. I had two of them after work and thought they went down quite well. Refreshing and light for a nice summer beverage.
07-04-2012 15:15:10 | More by alpinebryant
Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery
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