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Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale
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BA SCORE
86
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gmann on 05-23-2010)
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Manoftyr

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A little backstory before I review this, I love mead, in fact I am perhaps a mead lover before I am even a beer lover; I truly love fermented honey and when I heard Brooklyn Brewery was brewing a braggot I practically leapt for joy.

When I first read about it I was actually disinclined to get my hopes up about it, can't say for sure why but something about the way Brooklyn Brewery described it gave me the impression that the honey was something of an afterthought to add ferment-able sugars for the Belgian yeast they used.

However, today when it came up on growler tap over at my distributer I picked it up on the off chance I was mistaken in my assumption; so let's dig into this review.

Poured from growler into chimay chalice.

Appearance-Pours a lovely Tripel-esque golden color with a light ring of white head that quickly recedes, a nice ring is left around the rim.

Aroma-Sweet, Belgian yeast mingling with lemony honey and perhaps a bit of hops; smells good so far.

Taste-Belgian yeast followed by the same honey notes as found in the aroma; the honey really takes center stage in the brew without being mead-sweet. It's like the Belgian yeast and light malt/hop presence provides a base for the honey to demonstrate the full range of its flavors and character without becoming too sweet, which is exactly how I feel a braggot is supposed to taste. The alcohol is literally *NOWHERE* to be detected, it's concealed amazingly well.

Mouthfeel-Light, slick, carbonated and refreshing; perfect for the flavor.

Drinkability-This, is the most drinkable 8% beer I've ever had; it drinks like it's freaking 4%, it's truly amazing how well the alcohol is hidden.

Notes-Well, I'm glad to say I was wrong about this beer; if you're at all a mead lover like me or, hell, a lover of Belgian yeast with a penchant for honey or lemony notes you should love this. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2010 22:16:03 | More by Manoftyr
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honey colored amber with no head and no lace. The color on this was simply gourgeous, I had not seen anything this shade before, quite stunning actually.

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Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.