Blatant IPA | Blatant Brewery

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Blatant IPABlatant IPA

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Blatant Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by DrDogbeer on 11-04-2011

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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by Stidge77:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +6.6%
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 darthmiles
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Better than I remember when it was bomber only. Now that it's available in RI I will make it a regular. Now if only it were in cans....

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Photo of Hautacam
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Moan and Dove.
The lighting at M and D is a bit dim , so I can't tell how deeply amber the color is, but OK, nice head and a bit of lace as it drops.
Smells great..lot of citrus and some pine.
The taste is much like the smell. There's a good backdrop of malt, just enough..a hint of dough that softens the hop bite at first, but the hops kick in and take over. Bright and sharp slap of hoppiness is taking no prisoners...but it's not that overwhelming punch that some hop bombs deliver. This is a grownup's IPA. It's kind of west coast but maybe not as aggressive by my taste..? I'm liking this a lot.
The body is great for this style...not thin at all but not anywhere near cloying. There's a nice dry finish and a lingering hop bitterness that just sets you up for the next sip.
I had a pint of this, then a Racer 5, and then I went right back to Blatant...and it was good.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Pahn
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness info, but the store just got this shipment in and the brewery is rather new.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, frothy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours a hazy yellow and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Lemon and lime like citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, moderately pungent. Suggestion of fresh grain underneath. Pretty good.

Taste: From the first sip, this hits me as a beautifully put together beer. Starts with citrusy hops and lightly toasted grain up front, with some big, slightly sweet tangerine flavor in the middle. Rather clean finish with a mild grain and citrus aftertaste. Just enough carbonation and bitterness, with an excellent mouthfeel.

In my recent review of DFH's Hellhound On My Ale, I complained that the flavor wasn't clean enough. Blatant IPA is the opposite: the clarity of these flavors is crystal, and they're very thoughtfully put together. The balance of malt to hop influence is just right, with pungent, complex, citrusy hops acting as the star, supported by a fresh grain malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Perfect carbonation and bitterness, presenting as a sort of soft and creamy (but not slick) feel. Only thing keeping it from a 5.0 is that I like IPAs to be just a touch dryer than this.

Overall: Expertly crafted beer. I hope they start putting freshness info on their bottles, because beer this finely balanced needs to be drank fresh. Looking forward to trying anything else Blatant puts out.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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 SunDevilBeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap @ Atwoods recently. Full pint @a reasonable price (for the Boston area at least).

This is the closest New England-made IPA to approach the "west coast" style I prefer.

Pretty hop forward in both the scent & taste. Bit of pine & grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. Very balanced & drink many actually.

Falls a bit short of matching some of my west coast fave IPAs like Green Flash, Lagunitas, SN Torpedo, & Racer 5 (with the caveat if these WC beers are fresh here in the northeast, either on draft or bottles). Not enough hop "ooomph" to make me really excited.

That said, Blatant IPA could become a staple if I see it around enough & is always fresh.l

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Yankee Spirits in good ole Sturbridge, MA. ($5 and change, nice price for quality brew)

Pour is cloudy dull golden, under a slowly fading off white head, leaves nice thicker sheeting and well developed fine lace.

Orange dominates the citric nose.

Tasty and enjoyable IPA, tastes quite fresh and has a nice citrus snap. Carbonation on point, medium bodied and all together yummy.
Went great with some grilled jerk chicken, and Caribean style rice and beans

Nice new addition to the Mass. and perhaps/hopefully one day, other states beer scene.

Looking forward to trying more of Captain Matt's creations.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blantant pint glass at New World Tavern:

Appearance: minimal head, low carbonation, bright gold in color, clear

Smell: big citrus-orange, lemon, maybe pineapple

Taste: The big citrus flavors burst in the beginning followed by a sharp hoppy bite that last until the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a big bitter body and end, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Very enjoyable. Love how the citrus just bursts out of this one. The bitterness is pronounced but never overbearing, reminding me that this is indeed an ipa. I like the session ale a bit more, but this is a very good offering from Blatant that I would get on tap again.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of marchnlv
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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 juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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 doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of geoffpm
1.72/5  rDev -54.5%
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 richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopglow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

This was a good beer. Be extra careful when pouring as yeast sediment easily got stirred up.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Salty Pig in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass the beer is a slightly hazy pale orange/yellow color with a small white head on top. Decent retention and moderate lacing, but very thin and it didn't last very long.

S: Mostly citrus with some grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Hints of pine and a little bit of caramel and grainy malt.

T: Not as citrus forward as the aroma, and weaker than expected in terms of the hop presence. More grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. A little bit of caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not overly bitter at all.

O: After reading some of the other reviews, I am bit perplexed. The pint I had was definitely not a hop bomb, or filled with citrus. Want to give it another shot when I can.

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Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of erikcx
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Blatant IPA from Blatant Brewery
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