Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!
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
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
1,728
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
371
For Trade:
2
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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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it's good for another three months. Poured at about 55 degrees into a pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal clear amber with about an inch of off-white head that falls after a bit and leaves good cling on the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Not much of a bouquet on this one. There's some pine and citrus hop notes present, along with some of the caramel malt underside.

T: Very smooth and well-rounded flavors on this one--it's no hop bomb. The malts and hops have an equal say at the front. The hops are somewhat earthy, but not overtly piney, citrusy, or funky. Of those three, this one leans toward the pine. The middle is smooth, with the malts continuing to have a say. Clear alcohol begins to emerge in the middle and carries over into the back. The end is decidedly hop bitter, resinous but not quite sticky. It finishes without any syrupy quality, but the bitter does linger for a bit.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit creamy. The middle and back brighten things up, and the close is warming alcohol and bitter.

O: This is a nice, balanced DIPA that doesn't want to simply overwhelm with the hops. There's definitely good hop flavor to be had, but the malts don't take a back seat here. I tend to enjoy DIPAs with bigger, bolder flavors, so that certainly colors my rating a bit. But this is definitely one I would try to get a hold of if you can--I would certainly revisit it.

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Photo of mobere
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a sipper to be savored. Let it roll to sides of tongue, you get orange. I like the slight alcohol bite so it warns you where you are headed. Aroma got me onboard to begin with, pineapple. Wish I knew the hops and when added. Brooklyn can malt/hop balance a beer and did it again. Can't think of anything I don't like about it. From a bottle. Hope to find on tap.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L - Pours a clear light orange/straw with a small head that fades quickly.
S - Faint malty aroma.
T - Alcohol burn, slight maltiness and no hops.
F - Medium-ish.
O - It's like a homebrew misfire. I'm a fan of BB so this is a big disappointment. I'll chalk it up to a bad batch (best by Sept 2015)

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. enjoy by SEPT 2015.

A: pours a very clear slightly tinted golden body.

S: malty and hoppy. heavy on the pine.

T: the flavor drinks more like an American barleywine than a DIPA. a mild caramel malt flavor, minor booze heat, pine hop flavor. nothing is too over the top, making it a pretty easy drinking, balanced DIPA.

M: average on a very full body.

D: overall this is a full bodied, well balanced brew. no frills, but nothing wrong with that. wouldn't expect less from Brooklyn.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the growler a clear amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head - not impressive, but never judge a book by its cover. Aroma is very strong and very hoppy with a firm grapefruit note and a hint of orange. Very hoppy flavor has little bitterness but plenty of sour citrus, mainly grapefruit and some orange. Lively texture has about average body and firm fizz. Have a blast!

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Photo of hreb
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is overwhelmingly carbonated, hazy golden in color, and produces a massive white head. Piny-sweet aroma, like a Belgian IPA / strong pale ale or even a barleywine. Flavor is solidly DIPA with a considerable malt backbone, which leaves the finish decidedly off-dry. This is extremely drinkable for a brew with an 8.4% punch and a good load of IBUs. The malt flavor is not so distinct, just caramelly sweet. Delicious as this is, I'm afraid it's probably a ticking hangover bomb. I love Brooklyn but this new (to me) offering lacks the finesse of other American craft brewers' takes on this style.

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Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,quickly dissipating off-white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
huge mango,pineapple,passionfruit,pine resin and slight grapefruit notes
T:
follows the nose with pine resin taking the dominant role plus some honey notes creeping in and a very toasty finish
F:
-medium carbonation,no alcohol detectable
O:
As a DIPA its very good,i just cant really get into this style

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold draft pour with white head. Grapefruit and pine aromas. Grapefruit, pine and grass hop flavors balance with semi sweet malt foundation. Medium mouthfeel, resinous tongue coating. Very enjoyable east coast style.

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Photo of tedho21
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer just didn't do it for me. Lots of malt sweetness and not a lot of hop smell or taste. Even for an East Coast IIPA, just not on par with others in the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.80):
This was a beer that started out really well for me, there was a lot of tropical fruits on the nose and plenty of hops too but when it came to the taste I felt it was all over the place with too much sourness and the hops being overpowered by the apricot and citrus flavours. The beer still remained drinkable but it was a real let down after smelling the beer, the balance seemingly off a little and a body that felt over-carbonated into the bargain.

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Photo of Nctide
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with an orange hue. Apricot is the main aroma I picked up. This one seemed promising enough at first, but on each successive sip a bit of a cloying tartness builds. The taste reminds me of the dried whole apricots from the grocery store that have a dry and slightly chalky aftertaste.
This is a strange one. The IPA label seems to be a misnomer but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: February 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: pre-meniscus surgery drinking... APPEARANCE: swiftly thinning off-white head suggests heavy alcohol; misty, peach amber body that shows little vibrancy; spotty ... AROMA: goodness--an alluring powder keg of hops that range from strong orange peel and melon, to resin and fragrant flowers, to some metallic pilsener elements and apple late; each breath evokes a separate scent, almost impossible for a beer to accomplish ... PALATE: a soft, smooth, West Coast feel, with a lingering, palpable mouthfeel--not rambunctious at all, come to think of it; dry at the end...TASTE: complex mix of vanilla, orange peel, and bubblegum; pixey stick-like sugars cloak the 8.4% ABV to dubiousness; ...OVERALL: from its attractive label to its pleasantly sippable intensity, a beer that snuck up on me once before; by the drink's end, an amicable warmth pervades; disappointing this only comes in four-packs that steep a price, but on tap at a happy-hour price, quite a steal ...

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Photo of BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: A touch of chill haze swirls in the distance of this otherwise very clear brew. The body, which hosts a marathon of crackling bubbles, is a true gold. The snow white head is thick and creamy, and leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell: An feminine perfume--floral hops and notes of honey and dried apricot are given prominence by the pale malt background. Rich earthiness and a pinch of white pepper reveal themselves not long after the initial pour, adding appreciated layers of complexity. It is an elegant, yet strong bouquet--the scent lasts long enough to contribute greatly from the first sip, to the last.

Taste: A unique tangy character, which gives a confident nod to the dried apricot scent, morphs into Ritz cracker maltiness, but continues to hang around the roof of the mouth in the finish. The hops bring moderate bitterness and a subdued, herbal flavor. While the hop presence cannot be ignored, it remains mild for an Imperial IPA. The simple tastes of sweet, sour, and bitter are somehow unable to come into the full bloom required to identify more specific flavors. It's as if these surface level elements, however basic, manage to have enough strength to trap their complex components beneath an almost airtight surface. The result is a beer that keeps promising something special, but never quite gives it up. And yet, the ghost of that deliciousness is still to be appreciated, and the overall taste is still perfectly good.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively sessionable: The 8.4% ABV is prepared to sneak up on people due to the beer's dry, crisp character, and the additional lightness provided by a healthy amount of carbonation. The underlying mouthfeel is of moderate viscosity, but the overall character in this sense is thirst quenchingly refreshing. This quality compliments the beer's citrusy elements perfectly; sometimes it feels good to be deceived.

Overall: In terms of complexity and style-dictated hop strength, Brooklyn Blast doesn't quite deliver. And yet, it boasts some unique and tasty qualities which make it ultimately worth coming back to. There is a wealth of promise here--a few tweaks could unleash a real jewel.as it stands now, I would be more impressed with this beer if it was a pale ale.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy orangy-amber with a short-lived white head. The head leaves some good lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with nice tropical fruit and citrus notes. The taste is a little bit of mixed bag. There are those hop characteristics but it also has a bit of an aftertaste I can't place. But it's not particularly enjoyable. The body has a nice weight and feeling, with a little bit of a bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of VanBeer
2.14/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was disappointed with this offering. Quite surprising. I'm not getting the citrusy american hops they are touting at all. Its not a bad beer but it doesn't quite add up to a double IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: pine;

T: balanced up front; all pine from mid-palate through the finish; low to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little too much pine for my taste, but well done;

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

A big double IPA is always up my alley and I figured I'd give this one a shot.

A - Nice DIPA orange color. Hazy dry hop opaque and has a white head with minor lacing.

S - Great hop fragrance with citrus, light pine, dank, and a full fruity character.

T - Same as the smell with fruity citrus character predominant with all of the typical DIPA flavors. The hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There is a very light malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with light carbonation. Pretty balanced between sweet and bitter and is softer on the palate.

Overall, a great DIPA. Even though it isn't as heavy or malty as some DIPAs I would definitely get this again. If you like the strip your teeth bitterness and boozy character that comes with some DIPAs this isn't one for you but if you want an IPA with some more kick in the ABV and flavor department then this one is a great choice.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. There was a good amount of white head, great lacing. The color was a hazy orange-copper, inviting. The nose is full of fruit and hops. Expected more citrus, but it was more sweet, maybe passion fruit, unique for a dipa. Really enjoyed this, not too boozy. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My favorite from this brewer. A top DIPA, very original.

A: In contrast to other reviews, my bottle pours a cloudy, apricot cider body, topped by a vigorous 1 finger head that lasts, but laces only a little.

S: Bright, jammy tangerine, nectarine and apricot aromas. A kind of brandied seriousness, sweet, yet balanced with herb and pine.

T: Follows the smell but very powerful. Leaps at you. Honeyed, and full fruit. A marmalade of mixed fruit, overlaid on fresh baked biscuit, and topped with sprigs of thyme and mint. Very well balanced and flavorful. Rich.

F: Finishes grassy and herbal. Great body, great resolution.

Must try. Best of Brooklyn?

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep hazy amber orange colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... no carbonation at all... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), light tobacco, some cardboard traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Big blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples, bananas), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins), warming alcohol, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, lightly toasted malt loaf, some butterscotch, medicinal traces, soapy...

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little oiliness... full bodied... fairly drinkable for 8.4%

Overall - A very good DIPA if maybe a little rough round the edges... definitely worth a try though...

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Photo of Antc2382
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Not overly hoppy but I could definitely taste the alcohol. By no means the best IPA I've had yet, but it was an enjoyable, tasty brew with food.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hazy orange, nice compact half finger white head that slowly recedes to a sticky lace.
Really cool hoppy smell, fruity with lots of citrus (tangerine, lime, pink grapefruit), bit of mango, faint melon, faint berry, but also herbal, some pine, peppermint, grass. Caramel malt to hold it down.
A really mixed, chaotic hoppy start, with stale fermenting peach and tangerine, mint liqueur, floral notes, lime juice, bitter grass. Grapefruit, lychee, kumquat/yuzu as it settles, with a bit of mango too. A bit of honeyed malt, but not much, quickly pummeled by pine resin, mint, faint dill and bitter leafy hops. Big fruity-herbal mix up.
Aftertaste is really hoppy, an agglomeration of English and American hops, leafy, spicy, earthy and dry at the same time. A fermenting fruitiness (alcohol a bit too present), with oranges dominating some other tropical and peach notes.
It deserves the name, truly a "blast" of hops, but not one that seems tailored before-hand, just simply.. thrown in there. Still quite good, and i'm not really a fan of Brooklyn brews.

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Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Hazy peach colored

S-Bursting with aroma...a lot of tropical fruits up front...mango, papaya, pineapple. Also strong notes of limes and lemons....

T-Lives up to the aroma...nice sweet fruitiness...same as the aroma but now add in some citrus (mandarin oranges, tangerines, light grapefruit) as well...malt gives off a sweeter honey like flavor....

F-Right on the mark for a DIPA...Perfect body for this beer. Not particularly hot or boozy, about what you'd expect for the style.

O-This is a top tier DIPA in my book. Reminds me of Hopslam from a few years back. Love the multitude of fruit flavors and aromas and the sweeter honeyed malt dimension. Great beer!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours an off color, almost orangish small bubbly head that dissipates immediately. The beer itself is a cloudy dark orange note that resemble the color of a grapefruit.

The smell is very pleasing and tropical. The smell has hop notes that resemble grapefruits, and a bit of pineapple as well. The malt sweetness also comes out and balances the hoppiness a little bit by giving it a a very sweet caramel backbone for the hops to ride on.

The taste is even more hoppy and tropical than the smell. The hop notes are orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of pineapple that comes up in the aftertaste. The beer also has a strong honey note that sweetens the rest of the beer and slightly overwhelms the hops in the brew. The malts also make an appearance as a caramel sweet flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with very little carbonation. The beer feels incredibly light for a DIPA even though it is medium bodied.

Overall, a decent beer and worth getting at least once to try, but I wasn't very impressed. Especially when there are better offerings.

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