Blatant IPA
Blatant Brewery

Blatant IPABlatant IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,574
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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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Reviews by hudsonvalleyslim:
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 darthmiles
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Pahn
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 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 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 Hautacam
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tightly bubbles foamy bright white head grows to about a finger thick. The beer is a hazy dull gold color. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is a cross between lemon and grapefruit. Lots of citrus and some of that chalky and green aroma you get at times. Nice. You can tell it’s fresh.

Very fruity flavor. Almost some peach notes, a touch of lemon and the overall citrus as noted above. Light malt bill that just beyond doughy and lightly toasted. Somewhat bready. A touch of green freshness. Perhaps just a touch of butter here. (light diacetyl?)

Just a scant touch of carbonation. Again almost buttery on the tongue.

In the end, I like this beer. Not classic or epic, but if I have to drink this fresh, I am very happy.

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

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this.

Appearance- Hazy orange, beautiful white head. Good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Crisp, orange hard candy smell. 4/5

Taste- Lots of sweet orange flavors. Good bitterness. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. It is a little thicker than I typically like but I am ok with it. My mouth turns gummy after the sip. 4/5

Overall- Good IPA. If this was available near me I would buy it on those days that I need a break from the piney, dry IPAs I love. 4/5

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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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Photo of amasow
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a decent head. Some lace.

Nice floral note in the nose. Some decent malt up front as well.

Nice bitter hops and some nice malt to balance it. Bitter brew for sure, but with character. Finishes with a nice malt and bitter balance.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

I liked this. Nice and drinkable with character.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle marked 051413. Whether this is a bottling date or an expiration date I do not know but I sampled on July 29, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a cloudiness either from the heavy hops or chilled out. Big white fuzzy head that fades.

Loads of character on the nose including earthy or pjney hops but also a modest biscuit or barley grain maltiness.

The body is about medium.

The taste emulates IPA's in a good way by being much more hop forward the the aroma might suggest. There is also a biscuit malty character but that is devastated by the hop character. Those hops linger to the end.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy golden body with a little of a finger's worth of a tightly packed white head that shows good retention and leaves some very nice sticky rings of lace.

S- Wow, reminds me of Sculpin. Mango, grapefruit, slight yeastiness, slight lemon. Very nice.

T- A little bit less intense the aroma, but still showing good crisp hop flavors (citrusy), more lemon, and a good bitter backing. Slight metallicness in there as well.

MF- A little lighter than I would've liked, but still a moderate body, crisp flavors, and a good amount of carbonation.

O- I wasn't expecting much when I picked this up, but, wow! Very pleased with this one. Very good aroma and the only thing I could say"bad" about it is that the flavors seem slightly muted, but still very good.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

@ World's End, Plymouth MA

Very cloudy swamp water gold. Dense head holds its own all the way to glass bottom and hangs a few lacy curtains.

Floral and citrus hop with caramel malt depth. Tastes pretty similar. Very full, unflitered mouthfeel.

I wondered what Matt was up to. He was making some IPA.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of silentjay
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden color with a sizable pure white head that sticks at two fingers height for a while and laces in chunks.

not very aromatic. sweet honey/crackery malts with a citrus and tropical fruit hop punch.

again, sweet malts sit behind a citrus and tropical hop bite, that adds some pine and a decent bitterness.

medium bodied with lively carbonation with a bit of a resiny finish.

I had it on tap months ago and really enjoyed it. In bottles this one kinda falls into the "me too" category. not bland, but not special.

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Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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