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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,303
Ranked #5,898
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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Photo of jadpsu
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of MoohMooh
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.

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Photo of EMH73
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
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.

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Photo of kinzo12
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of narddawg314
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
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!

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Photo of garymuchow
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.

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Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
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.

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Photo of drpimento
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

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Photo of chinchill
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?

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden amber color with off-white head. Pine, herbal notes, floral notes, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice stickiness for a DIPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three-fingered white head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops and some caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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