Blatant IPA
Blatant Brewery

Blatant IPABlatant IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,591
Ranked #24,030
3.81 | pDev: 13.39%
Blatant Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Blatant IPABlatant IPA
Notes: Blatant IPA is reminiscent of those hoppy beers brewed by our West Coast friends, but represents the enormous pride we have in our East Coast roots. Full of hops and a subtle cereal grain backbone, this definitively BLATANT brew will demand the attention of the senses: the aroma, the flavor, the finish. Don’t look any further, this is the IPA you’re looking for.

65 IBU
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Photo of Jvanpotter
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just tried the first can of a six pack. At first, I thought it had gone bad, it was so not to my liking. I'll reserve judgement until I've tried another can. But it's not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is it a great IPA? No. Would I turn it down? No. It's fine. It's light bodied, not super hoppy, and it's got a kind a peppery kick to it. I got a twelver of it for relatively cheap at Total Wine, but would not make that kind of investment again.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can into a pint glass at Bukowski's Tavern in Boston.

Pours a murky yellow, with quite a bit of foam.

The smell is very floral, with a bit of pineaple, and a rubbery hint.

The raw hop rubberyness is a bit too strong in the flavor. Still good, I drank the whole thing, but it disturbs the balance quite a bit.

The liquid starts of a bit harsch, but mellows a bit as it warns a little.

Overall, a decent IPA, but the rubber flavor kinda irks me.

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Photo of LarryV
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a terribly exciting IPA. Pours a pale, hazy gold color with a fluffy head. Aroma is grapefruit and the taste pretty much follows suit. Not much of a malt backbone to balance things out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an unfiltered beer. It's not a terrible beer but there's many better IPA's to be had. Oddly enough, there's no mention of this beer on their website at all. I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of Brentsdad
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Perhaps I got a dud can? No head. Almost flat. Flavor fine but 'thin'. Not in same league as Ballast Point Sculpin or Firestone Union Jack IPA. At least it's cheap for a craft beer.

Clearly something wrong with the first can. Others were fine. Small head and normal carbonation. Still think it a bit 'light'. But taste is overall very nice.

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Photo of mpedara429
2.37/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

This is one confused IPA. I'm catching a light Pilsner like malt with some floral and earthy hops. The strangest part is the yeast that has a slight Belgian spice to it. Mouthfeel is somewhat light and crisp. It is actually very drinkable but feels mislabeled as an IPA. Hoppy pils or Belgian pale seems more appropriate.

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Photo of geoffpm
1.72/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Total Drain Pour !

Some haze from a fresh can. No appreciable nose and a flat bitterness with no malt backbone or any redeeming features.

Could not finish. One of the worst New England IPAs I have tasted.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one hazy-ass beer. They said unfiltered and they mean it. Nice one finger head and a fair amount of lacing at the start.

Aroma is all grapefruit hops, with a hint at yeast thrown in. Can't get any malts out of it.

Taste starts out with a big bitter hit, then a wash of pine flavors and a long bitter finish. Strangely it isn't harsh. It's kind of nice, actually. No yeast in the taste though.

Mouthfeel is smooth and really creamy. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall a good solid IPA and one worth trying.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitter, Herbal, Balanced, Hay

All of the bells, whistles, dance, and walk of a West Coast IPA but there is some East Coast balance within. On the lighter spectrum for an American IPA though this does not reflect the where the malt backbone stands. Peppery, harsh black tea, and citrus rind is what the hoppiness shows for flavor. Bitterness sticks to the palate throughout, mild oily resin with cracker-like maltiness for the most part.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heavy, lasting foam with lots of lacing sits atop a hazy light gold. Aroma is fantasic - loaded with pine. Hops hit pretty hard initially, then some malt smooths things out mid-sip. Finishes a bit bitter, but wanting more. Not bad, but a little boring other than the great smell.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz into cold pint glass.

Nice hoppy aroma to this unfiltered IPA. Great color and good amount of taste/bitterness. I would say an above average East Coast IPA.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yet bright and vibrant burnt orange, and a strong off-white head with great retention.

Smells like super sweet pineapple, guava, and grapefruit juice with a slight touch of spicy, grassy pine.

Taste follows the nose quite closely, and though it maintains its sweetness there is a balance throughout which lays on the drier and grapefruit side of things (especially on the finish). This has a pretty piney finish, so be warned.

Feels quite smooth and well bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish that is balanced by a light, yet sweet and roasty whole grain bread flavour.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Piney with a nice west coast bitter feel to it this was not as citrus heavy as I was expecting. I don't know why they say light malts because this tastes very malty to me. Nice caramel sweetness but a little heavy handed. For an east coast beer this tastes like it had a hard time in high school and wanted to be west coast but just ended up feeling last in its 20s.

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Photo of rorjets
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an unfiltered IPA poured from a bottle. Nice big frothy white head, with excellent lacing as the beer is consumed. Sweet pine aroma that draws you in. The first sip was all about the citrusy spruce flavor of the hops, followed quickly by the bitterness that is expected. Slight bitter residue on the tongue at the finish, but overall a very fine example of this style that I will purchase again - it's now available in six packs, and reasonable priced to boot!

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta give some love to Blatant. This is a fine hoppy ale. The brewer is Matthew Steinberg, who I've met several times through the years. Good regular guy. He brewed at Offshore on Martha's Vineyard and pretty much made Mayflower the local power that it is, in my opinion. A local hero.

I've had this IPA in bottle and on draft tonight at the British Beer Company, and it stands with the East Coast's finest. ('Course it's designed, according to the website, as a West Coast IPA.) And, being a blue-collar guy, I'm thankful Blatant has kept this brew affordable: $4/pint at BBC. 6ers maybe a buck cheaper than even Sam Adams. As opposed to breweries that add a few bucks to the six as a business strategy. (See: Wine, Pretty Things, Dogfish Head.)

(April 1, 2017) UPDATE: No foolin', got a 6er at Murrays in Newton, and it is super-fine. The cans say WBB Hookset NH. Can't really compare after 3 years, but by the quality of the brew, it could be Steinberg's recipe.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A - Crystal clear pale blonde body with bubbly white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Strong lemon citrus hop

T - Hops are citrus and slightly floral but fall kind of flat for me. Malts are balanced nicely and more pronounced than I expected. Overall the flavor comes off soapy to me.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O - This was good but not great. The flavors are a bit one note, and my taste buds were not craving a second bottle.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Acquired this from a trade a week ago. Poured very cloudy, No sure it was supposed to or not since the bottle itself was 9 months old. Seems like the hops lost a little bit due to age but overall not bad. Glad to try it since its really only a NE local.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

a coo and really cheap bomber of ipa, I just want more information. this is the most minimalist packaging I have ever seen. no info about where its made or anything, weird marketing strategy, but the beer in the bottle is nice. yellowy and cloudy with a ton of yeast sediment and a tall white head, it looks mucky and murky and a little raw, but the nose is a nice light bright citrusy hop display and the flavor boasts a ton of bitterness and a long lasting finish. based on its price and packaging, I would guess the goal here is to get flavorful craft beer in the consumers hands as cheap as possible, and I think that's a successful mission with this ipa. I don't think its a top level product, one that could contend with the heavy hitters in the ipa game, but its a nice mix of east and west coast styles with some detectable yeast character in there for good measure. a little chewy texturally, in need of a little cleaning up, but a cool project should my assumptions be even half right. I have never seen their stuff before I picked this up at Winooski beverage warehouse this week. would probably buy again for 4 or 5 bucks, and am now curious to try their their offerings.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Arrived at the table with a thin head. The color is a bright straw yellow. Not really typical for an IPA. Quite hazy in color and with nice lacing, but the extreme lightness in color made me wonder whether I was, in fact, looking at an IPA.

S - Nice strength. I am immediately wondering what hops are used in this beer, because it's all citrus. No pine. No tropical. All lemon. Still wondering if I'm looking at an IPA.

T - And there's the lemon. There is something else buried in the lemon that I've had before, but can't define. It's a bit of an off flavor. Really light cereal/crackery type malt. Mild bitterness.

M - On the light side of medium-bodied. Refreshing. I like a bit more substance out of my IPAs.

O - Blatant may have put together an IPA that is accessible to a broader summer market. It's not the IPA that I was looking for, but I could see how some people would like it. The lemon really was shockingly present to me and I'm surprised that only one of the recent reviewers described it as such.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orangey apricot, hazy and full of particulate matter. Orangey beige head of thick lumpy froth that lingers long, leaving large bubbles and lace up the glass.

Aroma of ripe fruit, cotton candy, and bubble gum. Flavors of honey malt, fruit, toffee, punctuated by firm bitterness, flavors full of orange rind and grapefruit, some piney notes emerging in the finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Decent beer, but would like more depth and hops.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, light yellow straw color. Clearly an unfiltered example, with lots of sediment floating about. Healthy head, more than two fingers worth. Strong and foamy throughout the tasting.

S: Grapefruit, some other citrus overtones there as well, mostly lemon. Maybe orange as well?

T: Think IPA fresca. The fruit is quite strong with this beer, and I don't detect much of the "darker" flavors like pine. The hops impart a lot of astringency to this beer. It's not unpleasant, but certainly can't be described as optimally balanced. A nice drinking IPA, but I might not seek it out again.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit like the Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing. Quite smooth, but thick from sediment.

O: This reminds me of a well-done unfiltered homebrew IPA. Nothing against Blatant, it's quite good, but it's a less refined type of IPA.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy straw yellow. Aggressive pour but not much oh a head. Wonderful lacing throughout.

S - Lemon, can't get past that.

T - Light malt, more bitterness from hops than flavor. Bottled date was blank, so not sure how old it is.

M - Medium body, the bitterness lightens the body.

O - Not bad, but not something I would need to go out of my way for. I'd like to try one on tap or a bottle that I can be assured is less than 6 months old.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an Allagash tulip.

Pour: Straw yellow, not entirely clear, two fingers worth of a lingering off-white head.

Aroma: Big citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and some flowery notes. You can also find some sweet grain notes.

Taste: Malt first, but with a lot of supporting hops. Honestly reminds me a bit of freeze-dried ice cream up front. That soon changes into a nice hop first flavor. Bitter and prickly on the tongue, grapefruit again dominating the flavor. There is some malt presence to give it that sweetness, and to keep the beer a bit balanced.

Overall: It’s a good beer, with a great hop character, but can be a bit overly harsh at the back of the throat at times. A nice citrus hop bomb, definitely worth picking up, but leaves something to be desired. I might like this a bit better when the temperature cools. I think it’d be worth a second try.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blatant IPA opens to a bright citrusy hop shock of pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and sugary rosewater, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind, pine, and a smidgen of anise and dandelion stem for a bit of bitterness. The geared-sweet hops mesh nicely with huge fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and even a hint of crisp apple, the fruity sugars almost outweighing the hops in potency. Light brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla add further sweetness, but the beer is very crisp and refreshing, with not a lot of heavy notes—even in the sugars—to weigh it down. This continues into the bready malts, which add biscuit and Grape Nuts cereal. The emphasis is heavily on sugars and sugary hops, and the overall effect is very nice, and quite appealing, the fruity bouquet reminiscent of a lightly alcoholic fruit spritzer with a touch of brown sugar.

On the tongue, the opening salvo is a quick shot of orange and apricot, but this is joined almost immediately and overwhelmed by a strong nutty flavor, pecans and toasted brown breads adding huge earthiness, joined by fresh wheat. The hops come in next, with a good blend of dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and pine resin that meshes nicely with the pecans and brown breads, emphasizing the earthy notes. A layer of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as light caramel and brown sugar, add more flavor, but are nowhere near as present in quantity as they were on the nose. In subsequent sips a good bit of the nuance of the initial mouthful is lost, the beer still having heavy nut and brown bread notes, and the hops continuing to add rind and resin, but the flavors become muddled and hard to pick apart. The aftertaste is resin and rind hops, with lingering bits of sugar and brown bread, the latter fading quickly, but the bitter hops lasting for a while longer, matching pace with the continuing pecans. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are many good flavors in here, but the beer feels like it simply needed to be turned up a notch or two, the low 6.5% ABV resulting in flavors that don’t carry over well from mouthful to mouthful, and the sugars especially unable to keep pace. The beer is still quite tasty, and very drinkable—not at all the blatant blast the label would have you expect—but slightly weak.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow with 2 fingers of creamy white head. The head lasts throughout the enjoyment of this beer leaving thick lacing at first where the big head was and smaller lacing as it goes down. Very good looking ipa.

S: Strong grapefruit in the nose. No other aromas, just the grapefruit hoppy goodness.

T: More of the same grapefruit hops with a citrus sweetness. Not very complex malt backbone. More about the hops than anything else. Slight buttery bread taste in the finish that balances the tart punchy hops. Good bitter hop punch to this one that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Very creamy beer. Nice velvet mouthfeel, quite a bit of creamy carbonation in this one and I like that quality in this ipa.

O: Very good hoppy ipa. Could be more complex on the back end malt department and in the finish, but very good hop flavor. Good bitter punch and up front hop display.

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