Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,716
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
364
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. The beer arrived in a tapered pint glass, and glowed a muddy golden amber. It held a one finger white head, showing nice retention. Sheets and legs of lacing were left around the glass as it disappeared, and a film, with small aggregates of bubbles were left across the top of the liquid. The beer was certainly hazy, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma rose with fruity, citric hops, rind, pear, and apricot. A soft cotton candy sweetness helped to sweeten things up further, while pale malts, fusel booze, and spicy clovey phenols pulled us more towards the bitter side of life. Our first impression was that the hops were spicy, and the flavoring was nice throughout. As we sipped, sweet syrupy hops, pale malt bitterness, and sweet esters started things off. Caramel and buttery sweetness pulled us to the middle to sit at the peak, with more earthy, sweeter hops. The finish was of more esters, wet wheaty grain, and spicy booziness. The aftertaste breathed of hollow grain, citric hops that were still more sweet than bitter, and drying tannin-like tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was huge, prickling the tongue, all the way to the stomach. This enlivens the palate. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth, and a steely dryness was left around the mouth. The latter was due to the booziness, which sucked the cheeks dry. Still, the mouth was slightly more wet feeling than bone dry. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice inclusions of spice and phenols throughout the nose and the aroma. While the beer smelled sweeter than it tasted, the citric hops stuck a nice, sweeter note than expected. This added an additional layer of freshness, making for a very refreshing beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Brooklyn Blast

Aroma: Pungent combination of lemon zest and pine tar up front. Light honey notes and orange blossom floral notes abound. Clean fermentation character. A caramel base asserts as the beer warms and is agitated.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber pour with hazy golden edging. Moderate off white head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Firm pine-like bitterness up front. A honey malt character is noted and well-knit with lemon and pine hop flavors. A crystal malt presence is noted but it dries quickly and is beat back by the pine and earthy bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is long with a powdery resin-like hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight warming alcohol presence noted. No hop astringency. No oiliness or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A well-crafted double IPA. A bit heavy handed on the malt which blurs the line between American Barleywine or American Strong Ale but it’s firmly in range of a double IPA. A nice change but not sure I’d put this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Very excited to run into the brew again. Hand it to Brooklyn Brewery for this big IPA that is like no other. A perfect blend of American and English hops with a solid malt backbone that holds up all the way to the end. Within the balance is a dangerous drinkability … thankfully, the warmth from the alcohol is a reminder of its strength.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 8.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale golden hue, perfect clarity, thin lacing

SMELL: Earthy hop, leafy, apple peel, faint evergreen, ripe pears, herbal, clean alcohol

TASTE: Mild crispness, medium bodied, juicy, spicy, woodsy, melon, estery, earthy, dried bready tone, orangey, peppery, mild hop resin, fallen apple, dried hay, warming; drying, hoppy finish

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense citrus notes with light bitter flavors. Taste is dominated by intense citrus hops flavors with light piney notes and some residual sugar. Some bitterness is discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but doesn’t really stands out from the pack and a bit too much bitterness for my taste.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles,poured a deep burnt orange with a tight fluffy one finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass leaving at least three nice rings of lace.Big fruity esters in the aroma along with some pine resin and citrus a light caramel sweet malt base is noticable,juicy fruity flavors up front along with a touch of caramel sweetness a big resiny piney hop flavor bowls over everything into a dryer resiny finsih that lingers inducing some nice piney burps.A bold DIPA with a definent malt profile but the hops are the show a dryer resiny "big" beer here.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ricksrealm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Served in a Brooklyn tulip glass, the brew was a pale yellow in color with a rather abundant white head of perhaps 2-3 fingers. It was hard to judge in the lighting of the restaurant but it seemed just a touch hazy.

Lots of citrus hops on the nose, very floral and fragrant, but it didn't seem to sting the nostrils like some heavy hitting IPAs. It was more even and light. Very nice.

The flavors of this were not as I expected for an Imperial IPA. Light clean maltiness made up the backbone of the brew but it was the wonderful mix of hops that brought it together. There was plenty of hop flavors without that intense hop bite that is so common. The finish was clean and crisp with just a nice delicate hop linger. Very good! The mouthfeel was perfect for the brew - light persistent carbonation helped to keep everything light on the tongue.

Very enjoyable. If you like hops you would probably like this but don't expect that hard bite. Nice and enjoyable. This should be a standard product for Brooklyn!!

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Photo of steelerguy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear golden color with a tall white head. Typical low carbonation from my Whole Foods, but head still lasted awhile and left some lacing.

S - Hop dominated with some citrus, pine, and flowers.

T - The hops are upfront and a bit strange. The floral hops really come through along with a good bit of malt sweetness. Gives it a strange flavor profile, not bad, but not great.

M - A little heavy and coating, the alcohol helps but I think a bit drier would be nice.

O - Glad I got it, but not my favorite IIPA.

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Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of nickadams2
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing.

S_Pretty faint for an IPA. Grassy/floral hops.

T_Floral hops upfront. Grassy,earthy hops as well with a hint of citrus and pine. Honey. Very smooth and well balanced flavor.

M_Full bodied and sticky. Not too heavy at all though.

D_Refreshing brew. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of narddawg314
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pigs Fly.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Mostly citrus aroma, some herbal hops. Sweet malt.

A lot of grapefruit in the taste. A little bit of a piney taste. Biscuity background.

Crisp, nicely hopped.

Very drinkable, went well with my pizza.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of gmartinez1981
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of eddiestep
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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