Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ommegangpbr on 09-15-2005

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Love the color on this one. It is a clear orange color with a thin, off-white head. Carbonation can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma and Taste - Earthy, tropical fruits, grapefruit, along with some caramel sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with slight carbonation on the tongue. There is a bitterness and stickiness to the beer but it is not overpowering or long lasting.

Overall - Wasn't quite sure how I felt about this brew. It wasn't bad, but not great. Just an above average IPA.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear dark golden color with two fingers worth of white head

S-piney and citrus hops dominate the smell with light pale malt and even a bit of fruity sweetness

T-taste is how I would have expected based on the smell. Bitter pine and citrus hops with a pale malt backbone and some caramel sweetness

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable beer, hop heavy but with a nice balance of malt sweetness

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looks like it could be interesting, blend of Pacific American hops and U.K. hops. There is a code on the bottle but no legible date, but picked it up a couple weeks ago when I first noticed it.

Pours a creamy but fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, or attempts to as many bubbles stream up to reinforce it, and leaves a mild spotty lacing, a crystal clear tan apple juice brown colored beer.

Nose is quite fruity, but not like I expected, some apple and pear juice at first, with apricot and generic stone fruit, before a mild citrus component comes through, more like a candied orange peel citrus though, and a big sweet coppery malt base with little caramel and candy and a hint of booze in there somewhere. Also a mild earthy spicy hop hides in the background, juicy hop character though.

Taste starts off with hops, but that herbal earthy kind, big time black tea leaves and grassy earthy hop flavors, moss, forest, touch of pine tree, tobacco, leather, chewy hops with fair bitterness. Then comes a sweet malt, copper malts and a little toasty with some sweetness and a little caramel like malt but not really caramel, hint candy like, little toasty caramel biscuit thing. In the background are hints at fruits, apple pear like as well, with just a touch of citrus in the background, candied orange peel like citrus again. Again a hint of booze warming the palate and bringing a hint of ester profile. Finish is still a bit sticky sweet, bringing some bitterness with more of the grassy tea herbal hop profile, little candied orange peel, and mild candy malts.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall not a big fan, the American hops didn't come through much, and the U.K. ones brought some interesting flavors but they didn't seem to do it for me, a nice balance, and well executed aside from lack of American hops, but just not quite my style.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant surprise to see this in bottles. Have had it on tap one or two times over the years and enjoyed it then.

A- Poured into a chalice from the 12oz bottle with a clear golden-orange body. Small white head forms with a frothy texture and decent retention eventually falling to a ring and some islands atop the brew. Lacing is pretty hard to come by with only a few small spots.

S- Fresh hop blast off the top with an emphasis on tropical fruits like mango and tangerine. Citrus and floral notes help make it a rounded hop profile with just a hint of malts on the back end.

T- Hops lead the taste with a similar feel to the nose with perhaps just a bit of pine, orange zest and some more floral coming out beneath the mango, tangerine and peachy stone fruits. Malts are light with hints of cracked wheat, cereal grains and biscuits providing just enough flavor to balance the hops (more like support them).

MF- Just below moderately thick body with a silky smooth and slightly creamy texture overall. Carbonation at a medium level with a nice bit to help deliver the hop flavors and a clean bitterness.

The fresh stone fruit hop flavor in here is clean and juicy and this is yet another example of a good IPA. I gotta give them some credit as it is 8.4% and as clean, if not cleaner than many sub 7% IPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in downtown Calgary, last beer of the afternoon (hey man, I'm on holidays!). First off, look this beer up and feed your head. The hop bill is gigantic, looks like a hop growers' global convention, and the malts are Scottish and German ... The intent seems to be to create more of an English-style IPA base and then turn this sucker into an American flavor hops war zone after the fact. Does it work? Well, I've tried a great many IPAs and IPA variants, and finding something truly unique is tricky. Sure, you can train the palate to taste different hop varietals and IPAs DO differ from one another with regards to this factor but also malts used as well ... Not to mention yeast used, fermentation temperature ... Many variables contribute to the diversity of IPAs. But this one, ladies and gentlemen, tastes truly unique to me. It looks mundane enough, standard double IPA hue like darkish golden honey with a nice dollop of white froth on top. The smell, however ... I get tons of dank, rank tropical fruit: Fermenting pineapple mainly, but also some other more sweet/floral perfume elements like guava, pina colada, even a little banana. On the tongue, the malts yield mellow caramel and sweet/sour gummy candy effects. And the hops? A whole fucking fruit bowl really. The tropical flavors on the nose predominate, but I also get all kinds of other influences. Poached pears, peaches, strawberry creme, pink grapefruit, pineapple skin, green bananas, unripe plums, gooseberry ... And oh look, there's some honeysuckle floral perfume, cantaloupe, tomato leaf musky notes, woody twigs, black pepper, holy shit, the different flavors cycle though like some mad brewer's codex on speed. Maybe I'm delusional here but the number of different hops used could yield this sort of cornucopia. At the bottom there are some earthy and woody flavors ... Curiously enough though? There's not a lot of pine! This one is skewed towards hop flavor rather than bitterness, and it avoids the massive pine attack that shows up in many other DIPAs. This brew is sweet and tropical but not cloyingly so thanks to some earthy, woody influences to provide balance. Maybe they could have worked a little more pine in there somewhere. But damn. Do try this field guide to hops in beverage form.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By June 2014. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent burnt golden with great clarity. The white head was pretty small and faded quick leaving nice retention and decent lacing. Great color. The aromas have a ton of sweet sticky grapefruit. Some pineapple in the mix. Some berries. Pine needles. Soapy. There's a subtle amount of caramel. The flavors are very sharp and bitter. Very crisp and dry. Lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Very earthy. Floral. Fresh grass. Hints of lime zest. Some black pepper giving it a very subtle spiciness. Maybe even some rye? The mouthfeel is nice. The carbonation is active and spritzy, but smooth. The body is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very fun to drink.

This definitely has an English influence to it. It's somewhat unique. Well crafted. It's nice to see they finally decided to bottle this one.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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