Brooklyn Blast! | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Blast!Brooklyn Blast!

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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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, 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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Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange with a big off white foam head. A little murky. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

Strong citrus hops and pine. I'm getting a bit of funk as well. Floral hops. A little bit of lemon, orange and grapefruit. Alcohol comes through a bit upon agitation.

Taste has more of the citrus, a little muted, with notes of orange, peach, pineapple, mango. Subtle caramel. Strong pine resin. And heavy hops. Fruity burst grows in strength as the beer warms. One of those beers that really improves as it warms.

Some pleasant pine notes give it a nice stickiness going down.
One of the more subdued DIPAs, but masterfully balanced, and very tasty. Easy to drink despite the bit of stickiness. Not much alcohol is evident. Overall, this would be a very good beer to start with for someone not ready to take on the most intense of DIPAs. Gives you a good sense of what flavors you'll be seeing, and the hops aren't gonna put you on your butt. Overall a solid and easy drinker.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color with a one-finger head
S: Burnt orange, tropical fruit and toffee
T: Matches the nose. A touch on the sweet side
M: Medium-bodied, a touch thick from the sweetness
O: A solid, well-made IPA though I prefer a bit drier style

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Photo of BWED
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

A- Hazy orange-copper. White head is a little bubbly, and retention isn't great.

S- Pine, earth, and some citrus. Can definitely get the mix of English and American hops. Malt character is a bit sweet. Caramel and honey

T- Strikes a balance between this honey-sweet malt, and some citrus and pineapple hop. Just a slight, earthy hop presence.

M- Smooth, sweet. Finish is an interesting mix of juicy and bittersweet earth.

O- I really like the mix of hops here. However, for how the beer tastes and feels, I don't know how or why the ABV is so high. Very deceiving. I wish this one was a little lower.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by January 2015

Pours cloudy deep yellow with generous white head. Good lacing and okay carbonation.

Aroma is of floral hops.

Mouth is medium, not very strong on the hops. A different take on an american ipa.

Overall, a decent drink. wouldn't turm it down, but likely wont seek it out either.

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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 Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, sugary alcohol notes, yeast, mild citrus. Taste same as aroma with some mild bitterness. Palate is a med to full body, mild carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange notes, mild herbal earthy hops bitterness, slightly dry ending with sweet alcohol. Overall seems a bit subdued on the hops but still a good drinking and easy on the palate brew.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy gold. Tall, dense and lasting white head with good lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet caramel with earthy layers, citrus and pine.

Taste: Full and malty, sweet caramel and molasses; balanced by plenty of resinous hop character, but without overt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, slightly oily feel, and good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A full bodied DIPA with nice balance between earthier Old World hops and malt and brighter West Coast hops.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -0.5%

This one is a thick orange color that is actually quite clear but for the darkness of it. There's just a bit of head lingering, the same of which could be said for the very light lacing it achieves.
The first thing that hits me is that this is one of the juiciest beers I've ever had. It's extremely jammy, like certain red wines but more of a tropical and citrus fruit jam. It's like marmalade a but less sugary and more zesty, not exactly tart. The fruits bring all kinds of bitterness but almost seem somehow to balance themselves, though there is enough malt to round it out.
The body is medium, even leaning close to full, and the jasmines translates to the feel. It's plenty crisp and has a smooth flow even as it's body keeps even between sweet and dry.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Blast! last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I've been hitting the Fall seasonals pretty hard lately and I thought I would take a break from them with a DIPA that i haven't had before, I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very murky golden orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty higher amount of medium sweetness that has a nice candied like aroma to it with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity hops aroma with a nice citrus rind aroma sticking out the most, but there's also some floral and light green onion like hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a caramel malt, sweet malt, caramel and light toffee like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I could have gone without the light green onion like aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart a much lighter version of how they showed up in the aroma and this time no single aspect sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are at about the same level, but this time there's a light grainy flavors.. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that doesn't really linger and it has a sweet malt, citrus rind and light green onion like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting DIPA, but it wasn't as intense as it lead me to believe.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, a little watery, alcohol was well hidden, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The beer had a nice mouthfeel, but it would be a little better if it didn't feel a little watery.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and I thought it was a slightly above average example of the style, it was going gong the direction of a pretty good DIPA, but when I got to the taste, things started to lighten up a little and it just wasn't as intense as I hoped it would be. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, a little watery, alcohol was well hidden, it wasn't too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me, there's nothing that makes me want to come right back for more. What I like the most about this beer was aroma the and appearance, they were both pretty nice and what I would expect from the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were both just a little lighter than I would want. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I would recommend it as a great DIPA, but it's worth trying to see how you feel about it. All in all I'm glad I tried this beer, but it didn't blow me away by any means and in most aspects it seemed to be fairly average for the style. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery and it's far from being a favorite DIPA. I appreciate the effort, but i think with just a little work this could be a pretty good DIPA, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle, the date is smudged, so not sure of age:
Pours a hazy dirty-yellow with a bit of orange. The pour had decent medium bubble head than fades to a gossamer film. Nose is toffee notes with a biscuity malt and some sweet fruit scents. I also get a wet blanket kinda smell, making me wonder about age-it's not bad and could be intended (to a degree), but not sure.

Taste starts with just a bit of grapefruit on top of the malt flavors that match the nose. The new taste evolves to an even lighter pine feel. The beer feels slightly flat compared to the visible head. I got a hint of alcohol when the beer is cold, not really any with a little warmth.

While there isn't anything wrong with this beer, it doesn't really excite me either.

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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 RexBanner
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Served in a pint glass at Miller's ale house.
A. Citrusy with just a hint of pine.
T. Typical IPA taste of citrus, piney melon flavors melding together.
M. Not too bubbly, which is welcomed. Full bodied yet light (if that makes any sense).

For a DIPA it isn't very "hoppy" as one might expect. I found it to be enjoyable. Lightly floral, lightly citrusy ale that goes down very easy despite its 8+ abv. Definitely not for "hop heads" but highly recommended for those who enjoy milder IPA's.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap and Best by date of Sept 2014 poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops and orange zest with a little underlying malt

Taste: A whole lot of hop flavor up front and very complex; citrus up front with more earthy notes in the middle and finishes lemony and clean with some biscuit

Mouthfeel: More than moderate carbonation; feeling a little aerated

Overall: This is a very complex double IPA with hop flavors from all over the spectrum. I would imagine the wide variety of hops lends to good consistency between batches. This good example of the double IPA style and would pair excellently with any spicy or full-flavored dish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

- sampled in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: (3.5) Solid rush of macro-effervesce within a glowing orange body with a generally good clarity. Slight, milky film, oatmeal toned head has a moderate rate of retention. Fairly consistent cap coverage, speckled and spotted lacing.

S: (3.25) Nose of fresh wet pine needles, with a slight sour twang of tangerine spiciness an citrus of light to moderate proportion.

T: (3.75) Spicy orange citrus hopping, with a flowery edginess. Grassy notes with a smooth crystal malting sweetness, bready, while finishing with a orange-grassy hop leave.

M: (3.75) Crisp mouthful, tight, turning frothy with a full body on the hold. Spicy warm orange-grapefruit and alcohol glow.

O: (3.75) Overall a nice drinking ipa, crisp, bright flavor with some sweet crystal moment giving way to a lingering grassy hoppiness fade. The hopping continues to pick up deeper in the drinking experience.

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Photo of kthoag
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer that straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, big ABV and hops without being entirely hop-based. Malts balance things out. Nose is all kinds of hoppy, big citrus and pine. Mouth is chewy, not dry, very drinkable. Amazing beer from one of my absolute favorite breweries.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gary's
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw color with a decent sized creamy bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of orange, earth. pine, and resin with a solid light sweet sugary maltiness to back it up. The flavor is quite sweet like the aroma suggested with sweet sugar covered oranges and apricots. The earthy pine is less prevalent in the flavor as is the bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Its got some nice flavors and I'm guessing most of the fruit flavors might be hop derived. Needs more attenuation and more bitterness.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This reveiw is based on a draft enjoyed on my birthday at Max's in Baltimore. It has an average appearance: light amber body crowned by a thin head. It offers a caramel nose and a mildy sweet molasses bite with a quick hoppy finish at the end.

Nice balance with moderate carbonation - and suprisingly smooth for a beer of this caliber. Sometime next year I gotta get up to Brooklyn and visit this place, one of America's finest craft breweries. Nuff said. Forgeddaboutit!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Heads pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with moderate visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head with average retention.

S: Bright citrus hops, biscuit malts, and some resinous hops in the background. This isn't one of those DIPAs that hits your nose while you're pouring it, but a nice aroma nevertheless.

T: Citrus (orange, less grapefruit) hops, with some tropical fruit and pine flavors as well; chewy biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, some hints of oxidation unfortunately. Some melon and pineapple hop character shows up as it warms a bit. Citrus rind bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium-bodied, with a creamier mouthfeel than expected but still reasonably well-carbonated. The alcohol presence is well-hidden in the flavor, though I get a bit of warmth that lets you know it's there.

O: I found this quite drinkable for a DIPA, though the ABV rather toes the line between IPA and the double form. Citrus hops dominate the sizeable malt backbone. Not the best DIPA out there, but a good one in a convenient 12-oz. bottle.

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

12 oz bottle, "BDAU82014" - I assume a best buy date?

pours a hazy orange golden color, with bright white head. good retention and lacing. hop aroma is a bit on the citrus and floral side. taste is nicely balanced, with some slightly sweet malt taste to hold up the hop flavor. medium body, softer carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head, but minimal lace--a couple of spots. Greenish, dark gold color. A bit hazy.

Dry caramel and floral hop are the predominate aromas.

Dryish pale malt start. The biting hop and the warming alcohol come on quickly when swallowing. Long lasting aftertaste with good balance. Smooth, rich body with a dampened level of bubbles. I'd love to try this one in a flight of excellent DIPAs. I think this one would do well.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a small white head.

S-Nose is citrus and pine. Quite lovely, really.

T-Taste is citrus, pine and hops.

M-Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O-Overall a great east coast DIPA

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Photo of mwilbur
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow-orange hue with a faint hint of white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Pine and citrus hops, mild caramel malt, and toasted grains.
T: Pine and sweet citrus hops (much better here than in the aroma), moderate caramel malt background, and mild toasted grains.
M: Light-medium body (drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest). Mildly sweet. Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly bitter finish.
D: Overall, a solid--but not outstanding--DIPA. A nice brew to enjoy in the humid summer.

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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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