Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,739 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,739
Reviews:
365
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
375
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Blind Tiger, this was a top-performing double IPA. Not extreme hop flavour, but certainly ramped up from a regular IPA. Good fruitiness, orange and grapefruit. Very smooth bitterness. Hop aroma, light colour. Soft carbonation. I could drink a growler of this without problems.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden amber body. Citrus and floral hop aroma which is mild overall. Flavor is more malt forward with toasted malts mosty. Hops provide earty and mild citrus notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is almost like a double pale ale. Sort of weak on the hops for an imperial IPA. Overall though it's good tasting and drinkable for the ABV.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try Blast at the Tap & Table a while back, it poured out as a bright looking orange yellow color with a half inch white head on top. The head settles and leave a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer is very citrusy on the nose, some pine and malt in there too. The taste of the beer gives off plenty of hoppy goodness. Have a really nice bitter sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a good tingle to it and leaves the mouth dry. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I wish they'd bottle it so I could get more.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is clear golden yellow. Not much carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate level of very hoppy aromas. Cascade hops seem to stand out in the aroma; overall the hops smell very floral and citrusy.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very hoppy but well balanced by malts so it's not overwhelming. The hops taste a little piney and there's also some dryness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This is highly drinkable for a beer that packs a lot of punch with hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scaling the fence of high-gravity India pale ale, Brooklyn crawls over with a delicious ale that's squarely concentrated on hop aroma, flavor and smooth bitterness; but also with a candied and jammy balance.

Its vivid copper-stained orange hues, give a glimmer into the caramel coat that the ale lays on the palate along with those bright tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. Its powerful taste seems slightly honeyed with a boost of fructose.

Bursting with fruit sweetness, the beer's underbelly of biscuit sweetness is both bready and sweet, resisting much of any fade while hop complexities pile on. Red grapefruit, blood orange, peach, mango, pineapple and apricot all bridge the gap between exotic hops and natural fruit esters.

Fading into a verbena-type herbal presence, the malty-sweet finish turns mildly grassy, resinous but still smoothly bitter. Tangy lemon and gooseberry come to mind while the medium-bodied sweetness reluctantly dissolves. Its spicy and somewhat solventy alcohol heat tucks in nicely behind the bitter sweetness for an eloquent disguise.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz chalice at The Underground's tap takeover for this brewery. Called 'Blast!' by the powers that be around here.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers (on a small glass? weak sauce, guys) of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a beautiful pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of a fairly prominent grapefruit, lemon, and pine needle bitterness, bready caramel malt, a sharp herbal tincture essence, and a soft booze warming. The taste is restrained in its bitterness, with grapefruit rind, lemon juice, and pine resin sort of swaddled up together, and thus not allowed to get into trouble; green herbal alcohol, semi-sweet caramel malt, and a further leafy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average to low in effect, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes off-dry, the whipped-up fruitiness sort of shedding its bitter qualities.

A decently pepped-up DIPA, but the typical English bent of this brewery cannot be denied, apparently. I'm just not getting that palate fear that comes with the best examples of the style. Now, if it's balance and safety you're looking for, this is for you, no judgment at all.

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2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the beer's current 91 rating as well as the brewery - which I really respect. 8.4% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an IPA since the description on the label's neck clearly refers to it as such.

Served cold - straight from a quick stint in the freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. Lacing coats the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but little of it sticks.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is/are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks like a pretty standard IPA. There are no obvious flaws. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramalt, biscuit malt, English pale malts, floral hop character, light herbal hop character, and a kiss of pine. This isn't the grapefruit resin explosion of most American IPAs, and I appreciate that. Lightly bready. Sweetness/bitterness balance seems en pointe.

Clean; no yeast character, alcohol, or other off notes are detectable.

A pleasant if timid aroma of average strength.

The caramalt presence intensifies as it warms.

T: English biscuit and pale malts dominate the malt profile, with some caramalt in there too. Light hints of toffee and bread. Unfortunately, there's some soapy character - indicative that the beer spent too long in primary. Hopwise, I get floral hops, light herbal character, a kiss of pine, a touch of resinous character, and some Czech-y noble hop character (think Saaz). Lime.

The flavour profile isn't all that balanced - even in terms of sweetness/bitterness, and there isn't a whole lot of hop flavour here. I respect the choice not to go with your typical American hop profile, but this doesn't offer a lot in its place. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Build lacks cohesion. It's not nuanced, complex, intricate, or subtle.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Aside from the soapiness, there are no off flavours except maybe a hint of diacetyl.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Lightly coarse and wet. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Too thick and weighty on the palate for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavours. Filling. Decent presence on the palate.

Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, the texture doesn't suit the flavour profile or style particularly well.

Dr: A very disappointing IPA from Brooklyn. Maybe it's a freshness issue? I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I plan on revisiting it because I fear I might have gotten an old bottle or something. It's not the easiest beer to drink if only because it isn't a high quality one. I've had losers from Brooklyn (e.g. Monster) but this feels off; take this review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: Pours crystal clear, amber with a golden tinge; two fingers of foam retain well and leave the foundations for a wall of lace

Smell: Caramel and biscuit tones from the malts; the hop tones are rather restrained, though there is an earthy bitterness, a herbal element and a hint of pine

Taste: The hops jut forward, bringing orange marmalade, a touch of green herbs and a resinous pine character while the malts build, underneath; in the middle, the caramel and biscuit continue to develop, though the finish is surprisingly bitter and quite resinous

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interest twist on the style, bringing British and German malts as well as British and American hops; unfortunately, I can't honestly say that the continental merge creates any synergies that would warrant another look at this one

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fischman's Liquors. It's about time Chicago got this...

Looked to be a 10-12 oz. pour in a fluted tulip glass. It arrived with a sizable head of creamy off white foam. Brightly clear saturated orange color with visible carbonation trails rising. It leaves concentric rings of lace in the glass.

Pungent orange citrus aroma, fresh and slightly sweet.

Flavors of fruity hops and light grassy bitterness, fairly medium to light bodied for a double IPA. Grapefruit peel and a light tropical element, though not well defined. Light to medium bitterness level in the dry aftertaste. Well balanced and very drinkable. Would try this again.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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