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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Carrboro, with peetoteeto. Presented in a Brooklyn snifter.
Fluffy off-white head.
Aroma-floral hops,smelled very fresh,pine and citrus aromas with neither dominating, just a full-on geneal hop essence.
Mouthfeel-oh man is this good! The hops are abundant and thickly layered without being astringent. The malt profile is a touch sweet and gives some balance. Finishes thick and hoppy and I am very impressed with this one! I did not get much alcohol warmth being this one is 8%, must be wonderfully hidden! I could probably quaff a couple of these as they are very tasty.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And then there was the "other" offering at the Brooklyn Launch Party at Barley's Taproom...

Deep and rich, almost amber in colour with a head that appeared sturdy, and left a lingering lace throughout the pint glass. Almost murky in appearance. Gigantic hop aromas in the nose - fresh orange peel, piney hop essence - both in all their robust glory. The malt really talked to me on the palate, much more prevalent than I would have thought, but not overly so. Good hop notes on the palate with a nice level of bitterness. Well hopped, almost dry and lovely malty all at the same time.

Very well done for a brew that most folks will not get to try. Very limited supply on both this and the Abbey Singel, so ig you are fortunate enough to live near an establishment that offers either of these, get there and get there soon!

Zum wohl!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well well well, I see we have reached the pinnacle of our Brooklyn release party down at Barleys tonight. After just finsihing off some more of the Abbey Single and having my dinner of pizza long gone, it was about time to get to the heart of the real resaon I made it down there this night. The decribtion on the bar placard decribing insane hops and rediculous IBU's with an 8+% abv had me curious to say the least. Comes at me in a pint glass, very dark amber, actually more of a hazelnut brown color with a two inch thick off white head that was dripping with lace and visibly sticky. I could not get over how dark this looked, really had a cloudy thick appearence to it and looked like it meant business to say the least.

So I go in for a whiff, just to try and see what I may be up against here in the next couple of minutes. Wow, big hop explosion in my nose, that sounds funny but it was how it felt. It was like oine sap dripping out of a tree, into a glass or orange juice, that was splashed against your face, intense was an understatement. It just smelled thick. Nice sweetness balancing it out as well as it warmed up and a notable presence of perhaps some burnt caramel? Something else in the back was thicking it up but I never could put my finger on it. Now for the taste, chewey, in a word very chewey, I thought there were whole hops in there it was that chewey. The feel was honestly a little thin to me at first, but as it went on, really started to gow on me and I really think that it was more of a slickness due to the large amounts of resin than a thinness that I was detecting. Naturally there was a huge hop presence in this, so no need to elaborate any more on that other that to say it made my mouth sticky it was so resinated, damn it was yummy. There was a little more to it though, and a caramel or sugary side was obvious as was almost a nuttiness. This seemed more to me like a rediculously dry hopped brown ale, and an absolutly superb one at that. Very robust and very pleased that I came down for this, took me a good long while to get through it that is for sure.

Overall superb and by far the best brew I had during the evening. Hopped to heaven and full of malted goodness. This actually was more than what I had thought it would be and I had very hight expectations going in for some called BLAST!. Needless to say if you are one of the few lucky establishments in the country that get a keg of this, try it, you must it is simply superb. But be careful, the alcohol could sneak up as it is in. But the blast is definatly worth head, damn fine job on this one from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Sammy
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. I thought it was very good, exceedingly hoppy, and very crisp. This beer had a fiarly dull copper gold color, limited head with large bubbles, a very dryly bitter aroma and lots of hop bitterness. I didn’t detect a lot of fruitiness; flavor was quite crisp and good. Mouthfeel was exceedingly smooth.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery with Andy, Garrett, and someone from another brewery (I think Sixpoint) while discussing the new 750ml cork & cage bottling line. It was my first beer of the night, although in the end I had two large glasses.

It poured a perfectly clear golden-orange-amber beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of white that held tenaciously and left remarkable walls of lace about the fresh, previously un-used, gold-rimmed stemware.

The aroma offered a soft but dizzying combination of sweetish and bready malt, yeasty fruitiness, grassy/leafy and floral and citrusy hops, and snappy alcohol.

In the mouth it was medium-bodied with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that almost appeared as if it'd been naturally carbonated... perhaps most of the carbonation came from spunding the tank.

At first sip I was confused as to what it was. I'd never heard of "Blast", and I'd overheard lots of talk of "Local 1"; and the richness of the bready, lightly sweet, and toasty/biscuity malt combined with the apple-like and subtly berry-ish fruitiness had me thinking it was Belgian. There were lots of hops there, but it wasn't raspy bitter - and I'd just been talking to Chris from La Chouffe about Houblon which had me in a hoppy-Belgian kind of mindset. When Andy told me it was Blast, and that it was a double IPA, I was incredibly impressed. It was so smooth and round and supple - not at all what I think about as a Double IPA. Where were the resins? Where was the raspy bitterness? Instead, it offered a very nice balance between softly sweet caramelish and toasty malt and hops with a grassy, leafy, herbal, gently piney and mildly citrusy character. In fact, it seemed to embrace the whole of the hop-gamut with European, English, and American hops coming together as one. The bitterness was omni-present, and always just a slight-edge beyond balancing, but never blunt or oppressive. It was remarkably round, well-balanced, and smooth from start to finish; ending in a surprisingly short-lived, lingering, and mainly dry finish.

Brilliant, all in all, and excessively drinkable despite the fact that it will sneak up on you and take you down in the end. Kudos for one of my best beers of the year!

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Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a decent beer. Not fantastic but a good attempt at the SD 2XIPA. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is similar, not too much depth. the hops are there not but not really in your face. This is a good session beer. Tasty, not the best 2XIPA ive had but pretty good and a treat compared to what you could get on the east coats

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Photo of dherling
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a cask fest at brazen head:

Poured out a clear golden amber color, with a thick white head settling into a fine film. The nose was hops, floral and spicy, some alcohol, and citrus notes as well. The taste was even hoppier, but now there was a good amount of malt fighting back for balance. Was pretty easy drinking, but a bitter finish and low carbonation led to a bit too long of a resiny aftertaste for me.

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Photo of orfeu
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glossy brass with a short-lived butterfat-yellow head and consistent streams of carbonation. Very mild aromas of spruce, with some slight citrus candy and floral scents. Sweet crystal malt-like candy flavors support a subdued pine and citrus hop presence. It's hardly a "blast" of hoppiness but pleasant nonetheless. Moderately slick mouthfeel with an almost oily quality. I certainly appreciate that it's not heavy or syrupy -- a quality I've come to dread in many DIPAs. Likely Brooklyn's hoppiest beer, this is still a rung or fifteen lower than most big IPAs on the hop scale. For this reason I've been wanting to dub it an English Double India Pale Ale -- a name I'm certain Mr. Oliver would recoil at. In any case, Blast is still a quaffable, higher abv hoppy beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three cheers to the Blue Tusk for getting a barrel of this. Not an amazing beer, but a cool novelty to try. Smells of sweet floral and grassy hops and taste it too. There's also a bit of belgian candi in there, but mostly sweet European hops, no syrupy, but not quite to my taste. Again, a cool beer to try.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Bukowski’s Boston—22oz. mug.

A: Pours a peachish amber color with a pillow like frothy one finger white head. Excellent retention and line forming horizontal lace down the glass.
S: Aromas of pine and grapefruit hops with a nice toasted grain background. A bit of sweet malt also is noticeable.
T/M: True to the name—a blast of hops up front mostly grapefruit, lemon, and pine flavors. Grassy twang after the initial hop blast. Slight toasted grain background also. Creamy and smooth through the mouth with an excellent dose of bitterness. A bit buttery after the wonderful bitterness.
D: Definitely a highly drinkable dipa. High abv goes unnoticed. Brooklyn has some good offerings and this is one of the better one’s I’ve tried. I wouldn’t hesitate to get this on draft again!

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer last Friday at the Brooklyn brewery. It was one of their beers that they have during their Friday night "tasting" night.

I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I saw the "Blast" written on the wooden sign hanging above the bar, but I figured that anything that was a blast, couldn't be half bad.

The beer came in a very fancy (kidding) clear plastic cup. Had a solid aroma of hops, but not what you would expect from a double IPA. Considering the views of Garrett Oliver, it's actually not surprising that this DIPA wasn't as fragrent as some of the offerings from West Coast breweries such as Stone or Rogue.

The taste of the beer was right along with with smell, but the delicate hop flavors definitly came through. There was just a slight hint of bitterness, but it was welcomed and quite pleasent.

The overall drinability of their beer is high as the alcohol is well hidden, and the flavors aren't overblown. I enjoyed this beer and would order it again if given the chance, especially at the Brewery where it's only $3 for a 16oz glass... whew... talk about tippsy.

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4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap tonight at Hop Devil...served in a goblet.
A- Nice amber color with a 1./4inch white head that only lasted a couple minutes...nice lacing around glass.
S- Many different fruity notes....I picked up apricot, peach, cherry, and com hopy well as some clean grassy hops.
T- Big hopy citrus on the tip on the tongue....peach flavors in the body...these things are pretty common=, but the finish is like no other...there is a nice pick up on the hops right before the finish,but it finishes very clean and crisp with a very leafy/grassy feeling...that is only slightly bitter.
M-Bubbly for the style...medium bodied....excelent...I really hop that they bring this into their line up at least as a is too good.
D- I could drink this all night, or until I passed out...Great beer for fall...the grass and leafy aromas and tastes make me feel like I am in the season.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo ha, glad to find this one on tap at the Hop Devil in NYC's, Lower east side...this East coast style DIPA arrived in all it's Brooklyn glory, slightly cloudy light amber, tiny bubble near white head, leaving fine sheeting and nice wispy lacing. Grainy hop nose. This is a pleasant East coast hop bomb. plenty of citrusy hops, lemon/lime/grapefruit goodness. Another Brooklyn Brewery Home run, this is one tasty DIPA. Love the style and love this latest offering from the BKLYN crew. Hop lovers rejoice and go get some.

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Photo of box299
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer... I am a huge fan of IPA so I always go in that direction but this beer is fantastic. The color is that of a classic IPA... Brownish red... Nice head and a really fresh taste... Great in your mouth without the aftertaste that many IPAs have. From what I understand there are only two places in NYC that have it on tap. Get some!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Eli Cannon's as part of their Brooklyn tasting night on 09/19/06.
Perfectly clear golden orange, topped with a dollop of white head that begrudgingly recedes as you near the halfway point of the snifter. Heady, boozy hop aroma. Citrusy hops vandalize my olfactory glands, leaving little left for anything else. The flavor opens up surprisingly mild, for a big-ass IPA. Toasty malt presents lasting, if meek, sweetness, with punchy, bright citrus and apple fruitiness. The finish is entirely taken up with bold, vivid hop bitterness. The complexity lies in the hop profile, which runs the gamut between herbal, tealike and earthy english varieties, to resin filled pacific northwest pine sap. For its drinkability, you'd never gues its strength. It drinks more like a regular IPA, with a surprisingly crisp texture. Well attenuated. Maybe not the most complex 2xIPA out there, but certainly a study in hop flavor. Drinkability? I went for seconds on a weeknight, with full knowledge of the ABV, then came back the next evening for another glass. It just goes down so smooth, with great balance. Leave it to Mr. Oliver to add some finesse to a ham-fisted style. Get it if you see it. So when are you planning on bottling this, Garrett?

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Photo of HimerMan
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewery back a couple months ago.

I can remember the taste of pine needles and hops and the smell of Christmas and beer blend together with this beer. I don't remember them referring to this as an American Double IPA - but it is an excellent beer.

Though it was served in a plastic cup, after the tour, it had a great rich head and a sticky almost like tree sap flavor too it - with a nice cut of bitterness and strong hop finish.

Hops comes through very well in this, not overpowering, but the clear champion of this beer.

High alcohol content not a factor in this as it is easy to drink with a much better than average taste (at least for me in this style).

If they have it again, I would have it more.


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Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger- and a good choice, if I do say so myself. Overall I'd say it was bitter, wheaty, and a bit dry at the end. And oh yeah, hoppy. Quite hoppy. Teetering on the edge of an IPA.

Chewy, but smooth. Easy to drink. A well balanced brew, one I'd get again- and look for in bottle format. Come on Brooklyn, bottle it! Please?

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


i was told at the brewery that this is a triple IPA. not sure its that, but definitely more than a pale ale.

appearance: clear golden orange, thick with slow bubbles. hazy patches on the surface. slowly cascading then suddenly frozen thin lace on a clear plastic keg cup.

aroma: sweet hop aroma. piney and resinous with a serious sweet twang. sugary. underripe, super-bitter citrus. yuzu? fresh and an overall mid-level sensual assault.

taste: floral and herbal, spicy candy meets bitter oily hop resin. very strong passing aftertaste of orange blossom. busy yet refreshing.

mouthfeel: not as thick as it looks and thank god for that. still substantial. bitterness carries this uniquely sweet character but twists the cheeks up nevertheless. maybe a tad hot in the end but doesn't warm you up which is a relief.

triple ipa? is it hoppiness beyond normal levels of lower acid hops? i dont know though, cascade is readily detectable here. the creation of a crisp, estery, super-botanical session beer has been incorrectly named. either way, a terrific hop monster and ill take some more ASA i can get it.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery specifically to try this beer. According to Garrett Oliver, BLAST! is named after his first batch of homebrew. It is a brewery only release of about 25-30 kegs. I see one keg made it to the BT, though.

Pours a clear golden amber hue with a white, tense and sticky dence head. Minimal lacing - probably due to the plastic cup. Settles into a small layer of foam throughout the glass.

Smell/aroma and taste of floral, pine and citrus flavors. Very hoppy indeed, but backed with enough malt so it is not too bitter. This medium to full-bodies beer definitely has an alcohol-warming effect. Very drinkable for an 8% beer. It reminded me a lot of DFH's 90 Minute IPA in alot of aspects. Ahtanum, Cascade, East Kent Golding, Northdown, and Palisade hops among others were used. I heard 7 varieties in all were used.

This was the second weekend it was served at the brewery, including their block party last week, so I do not know how many kegs are left.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
I was tempted to swear that this was an IPA but the bar said it was a pale ale so I feel the need to comply.
Very very hoppy for a pale ale.
Vibrant and tasty, both in color and flavor. Vibrant taste, tasty color, and vice versa everywhere.
Blast-worthy, indeed.
I can see where this is a hair short from an IPA... but it's a very flirty hair.
I'd probably prefer this as a regular recipe as opposed to their East India Pale Ale.
I hope I find this again.

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