Brooklyn Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
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4.01 | pDev: 10.47%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, as Brooklyn Blast! (Ghost bottle), at an exclusive tasting with Garrett Oliver. ABV is 8.2%, 65 IBU. Brewed with "half-and-half" American and English hops. Orange colour, moderate white head. Both aroma and flavour are dominated by American hops, but not too extreme. Also notes of crystal malts, some sweetness. Decent beer.

Apr 20, 2021
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Lincoln fill station.
Pours a near clear gold color with a white head that fades quickly.
Aroma: Sharp acidic hops, herbal hops, alcohol.
Taste: orange citrus, hop resin peppery, bready some toasted bread.
Feel: dry, hoppy finish and warming from high ABV.

Jun 04, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft hazy bronzed orange color with a soft level off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about twenty seconds. The smell started off with some fresh melon, light sweet lemon, and glosses over light notes of sweet fresh cut grass. The taste was mainly sweet having a light bitterness coming about to balance. Sweet melon aftertaste leads to a semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and it has a light creaminess running over my tongue. Overall, decent DIPA, I could see myself coming back to.

Jun 20, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traditional rich golden color with strong head. Aroma is a mixture of dry tropical notes (tangerine, nectarine) but some must hope cone. Taste is good, follows suit from the nose, not super-bitter for a double but it is there in a grapefruit rind sense. Other flavors of nectarine, biscuity malt and grass. In a sea of IPAs you might be hard-pressed to remember it but it is an overall solid offering.

Apr 02, 2017
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Shanex from France

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz into a teku glass.

Smells appel peels, some herbal notes.

Taste good! A real blast! To the palate.

You can safely purchase this good product from Brooklyn.

Mar 15, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This might be my favorite Brooklyn beer, definitely my fave they put into 12 oz bottles for sure. Pours an orange and light amber color, 3/4" off white head. Nicest hop aroma from Brooklyn, something they've been below average at usually. Some malt sweetness, good amount of Chinook hops I think.

Taste, more of that slight sweetness, hoppiness stays leaning towards bitter pine, not a metric ton of crystal/caramel like malt heaviness. This is pretty much the standard west coast ipa from a decade ago, with a little bit more sweetness instead of being as dry as that substyle. Brooklyn don't make shit that ain't stouts that ever resonated with me, but this one is a keeper.

Feb 23, 2017
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MoohMooh from France

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper/amber, two finger head. Light lacing.

Smells of orange/citrus, caramel, bread.

Taste is bitter; orange/citrus, cocoa, caramel, bread, like the smell.

Medium body, carbonation is light.

Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Feb 23, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap, poured a slightly hazy golden color with a one inch poorly retained white head that left little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, honey and some malts. Well carbonated, medium bodied and a mouth feel that is a little thick especially for an IPA. Easily drinkable, goes down smoothly.

Dec 30, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Best before 9/20/14"; drank 6/28/14 so I'm guessing it's about 3 months old.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque pineapple color.

Noisy bright white head; nice lace.

Pine & mango nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cold, this had a metallic character that melded with citrus notes to create an odd menthol taste; once warm, the metal disappeared, revealing mango & pine flavors. Sadly, so did an intensely bitter finish. Bold, certainly, but messy & not much fun.

Dec 19, 2016
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brought back from my visit to NYC earlier this year. Pours a hazy amber colour with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, honey & hops. Tastes of citrus, pine, passion fruit, honey and a slightly sweet malt with an almond touch as well as some flora & bread with a nice sharp citrus bitterness at the end. Throughout the high alcohol is well hidden. A bottle I'd very happily have a second off, and my favourite so far from Brooklyn.

Sep 09, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at TGI Fridays. Pours a hazy, golden hue with minimal frothing. Moderate pine nuances on the nose and tongue. Easily drinkable and quite thirst quenching. Subtle hints of grapefruit and lemon zest. Not bad.

Aug 30, 2016
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kinzo12 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, hoppy IPA. It goes down smooth with plenty of flavor. Definitely a beer you want to take your time with as the consistency is thick but enjoyable.

Jul 14, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and unfiltered looking orange color with a thin lacing which unfortunately left a thin lace that soon disappeared entirely. The orange color was kind of neat though.
A nice juicy and tropical smelling brew. Mango predominated for me. Also, apricots, orange, sweet honey malt and semi pungent earthy hops.
As with the aroma, juicy and fruity sweetness was evident. However, the hops flavor also hits you like sharp pine, the bitterness moderate but biting and evident in the aftertaste. There is also some peppery spiciness and mild tartness.
Medium bodied and low carbonated. Although easy to drink, there is a fullness in the mouth that makes it slightly chewy.
A pretty good DIPA from B.B.

May 19, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium-thick, white foamy head. Lacing is low, with minor head retention. Wonderful pine, and citrus hops with a zip of lemon in the aroma. Taste is near identical to the aroma, but with a smooth malt bass tone. Mouth feel leaned moderately heavy, and yet is easy to drink. Overall, a great Imperial IPA. Just solid all the way across the board.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Apr 08, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vert balanced brew. I can feel the Sorachi Ace. Refreshing and really drinkable for it's high abv. Once again a really good brew from the Brooklyn brewery

Mar 19, 2016
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before Sep 2015, served in a Tulip glass. I could not see the date stamp in the store, but the bottle wasn't dusty. When home, I could see the date stamp on the label of the neck of the beer.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with an initial 1/4" white head that died back to ring at the edge and a few floating islands. Fine islands and a few thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Fruity and herbal - a combination of juicy fresh cut citrus, tropical fruit, and something sweet - almost honey like. Maybe pears?

Taste: For something past its best by date - full of flavor, and an unusual hop and malt flavor combination. Hops cover the range of flavors from fresh cut tropical fruit to pineapple, mango, woody, and end with some tea-like leafy bitterness. There is some lemony character to the bitterness as well. Malt sweetness takes on some honey-like taste that blends with all the hops.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, but a bit sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation. Some lingering spiciness that blooms a bit on the palate.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder how this would be fresh, but for an old bottle it held up rather well and was indeed a blast of flavor. A sipping beer and just one per evening with me for this one, but I think I will revisit when I can get it fresh for comparison. Overall I expected a typical American-style DIPA, and instead I get a hybrid between an American IPA and an English IPA, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. So I think I'll just state it is a full-flavored DIPA with an atypical hop profile and worth trying out to expand my taste horizons.

Feb 21, 2016
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narddawg314 from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't remember the specifics, but I really enjoyed this beer while in New Orleans, and have been trying to track it down ever since. Excellent example of an IPA.

Feb 09, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with almost no head. Aroma has just some dank hops but nothing much going on. Taste is also hoppy, kind of earthy, also some alcohol. Body is medium with crisp carbonation. Nothing much going on with this beer.

Dec 05, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has pine and citrus hints
The taste follows the nose with a pine and citrus flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great IIPA

Oct 05, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle BB Jan 2016. Poured into a pint glass. Almost clear golden orange with a small half inch white head. Not much lacing. Smell is mango, orange, and some biscuit. Very similar taste with some pineapple and grapefruit. Slick feel, not much carb. Another really good beer from Brooklyn. Cheers!

Oct 02, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do so like this brewery.
Sweet, musty, herby, spicey aroma with just enough heaviness and some fruit rolling around in there too.
Pale hay colored and rather cloudy. Smaller white head than many.
So smooth in flavor and feel. Plenty of hops, largely resembling the aroma. A real subtle fruitiness up front starts the drink off nicely. This holds a touch of malt sweetness to it as well. A mildly heavy bitterness, but not tongue ripping and a rather shorter life in finish. The firmness of the pale malts rounds this off nicely.
Moderately to more in feel. Moderate carbonation.
This is neither a hair raiser or trend setter. Just a beer done to style, which is what I appreciate so much about this brewery.

Sep 26, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wicked ground breaking here as we have a golden and clear beer with a foamy white head, offering slight lacing. Nose is a little lackluster as only faint pine and a little sweetness come through. Taste is a magnified version of the nose but a touch cloying on finish in an otherwise mid-full bodied feel.

Sep 19, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazy golden colour with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma passionfruit, sweet citrus, tropical fruit. Taste similar to aroma, tropical fruits etc. lovely.

Sep 19, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Seems like kind of an odd duck - like there was something more going on here, but the show's over. Aroma is oxidized hop, woodsy, caramel. Flavor's like nose, overly sweet. Overall ok

Sep 13, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Deep Amber body with an OK head but persistent visible carbonation.

Bready and hoppy aroma.

The flavor has a subdued citrus hop blast; subdued by the very generous load of sweet and medium roasted malts. Unusually sweet for style, although the bitterness is more the finish.

Lightly syrupy, medium+ body. Medium-low carbonation.

O: very flavorful but surprisingly sweet for style. An attempt at a Brooklyn Hopslam?

Sep 05, 2015
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