Buzz Bomb Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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3.89 | pDev: 13.11%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a nice golden orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet and had some other aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was decent. I was hoping to get a little more of the sweetness from the honey but for some reason I struggled to get any. The mouthfeel was ok, It was a little on the light side I thought. Overall not my favorite Braggot ale but I was happy to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

honey colored amber with no head and no lace. The color on this was simply gourgeous, I had not seen anything this shade before, quite stunning actually.

The smell was strong with alcohol straight from the start. Once you got past that, there were very subtle honey aromas and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice bready grain presence as well as grapes, pears, and a bit of fig could be detected, again though, lots of alcohol on the nose right from the start. The first impression of the taste was hot damn this is strong! Had a definate mead like feel and taste about it. Flavors were were overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. which you really needed to fight your way through. I could detect the ever so slight hint of honey, and alot of the grape flavor in it. Hints of peaches or pears could be detected as well as alot of winter like spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
Served on-tap at Pickled Pig Pub

Appearance: golden yellow to orange with 1 finger white head that fades to a thin layer, nice lacing

Smell: grains (mainly wheat), honey

Taste: honey and clove, small hint of banana

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, well balanced

Drinkability: good if you like wheat style beers


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Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A: Hazy golden color with just a touch of orange in there as well. Less than a finger of white head with some lacing.

S: What was weird about this beer was how much the hops were there. The honey was there as well along with some floral notes. The wheat came through as well.

T: The taste was like a saison almost. The honey was there and gave the beer a nice sweetness without being overly sweet. Got quite a bit of floral hops as well.

M: Not as thick as I thought it would be. Nice soft carbonation.

D: Have not had many examples of this style but this was a nice warmer weather beer that was quite drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light and clear golden color with a nice one-to-two fingers of creamy white head. The head fades to a nice half finger layer and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of a light grainy smell, a sweet malty smell, and some nice honey smell. Overall they are well balanced, however, the aroma is a bit mild.

T - Starts off with a building wheat malt flavor. There is just a bit of honey that really gets more powerful in the middle. The finish is a really nice sweet blend of the honey and the wheat malt with just a bit of honey on the aftertaste. The flavor is very well balanced.

M - Medium-light to almost medium bodied with fairly low carbonation, but enough to make itself known. The beer feels really smooth and crisp, with a hint of creaminess in the middle.

D - Super drinkable. The 8% abv is fairly well hidden in very deep and balanced tastes. The sweet honey could have easily taken over here, but stays perfectly in check with the other flavors. A very different, but excellent beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours a bright golden honey color with a white head. Nose is really floral with a bit of citrus and lots of sweet honey in the background. Taste is somewhat more restrained with the honey taking over a bit. Nice floral notes. Medium body that is a bit cloying. Drinks well enough and another good beer in this series.

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Photo of ATPete
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler, thanks Jim!!

Pours a golden yellow color some bubbles floating atop. Aroma of honey sweetness, an earthy, grassy bitterness and a hint of caramel. Round, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, im sure the draft offering was a little more lively. Interesting beer for sure, im glad i was able to try it.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted pn draft at Rootstock. Pours pours a cloudy but bright light orange with a nice white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is similar to wheat beers I have had with nutmeg, cinnamon, and banana with an added hop and honey component. The flavors are very similar with a clove honey and wine flavor on the back of the palate. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long clove honey finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty brew sampled exclusively at the Dilly Deli...

Appearance - delivered in a goblet, a white frothy cap covering a honey gold beer. Great lacing, very attractive start.

Aroma - light grain base here. Very flowery, reminds me of the bubblegum in Topps baseball cards.

Taste - very herbal character. The Belgian yeast complements well. A pleasant hoppy bite on the swallow, nicely balancing. Floral and lemon notes on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - lighter than I would guess for a braggot, but the smoothness is spot on and I like the level of crispness, gives the beer a little zest I think.

Drinkability - for a bigger beer, this one can be easy to drink if you enjoy the sweeter side of life.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this growler myself at Bellport Beer as it was pouring with interesting viscosity and a milky head, which told me it was very fresh. The bright cloudy orange ale had an spicy and sweet aroma as I went for the first taste.

I was impressed as the mild foaming head fed into the body of the ale and the almost Saison meets Grand Cru-like taste emerged. There was a strong taste of clove, pepper, orange, and mild hops and yeast.

Pint after pint, the honey elements showed up in this very drinkable ale.

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Photo of rudzud
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Needless to say, I was highly dissappointed.

A - Real light amber with a big almost 3 finger head that hung around for a while.

S - Big on the honey and thats pretty much it. Picking up no malts or hops with this one.

T - Nice honey upfront and then some big spicey booze tastes. No hops whatsoever and really no malts either. Like no braggot I've ever had before.

M - Very low carbonation, almost syrupy. Almost unpleasant.

D - A heavy braggot, i know due to all the alcohol but this just really wasnt all that good. Definately not diggin this one.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz snifter @ Beer Run, Charlottesville

A: Hazy, with a hue somewhere between straw and golden. Finger worth of creamy head... pretty nice retention.

S: Rather light on the nose... malty sweetness, slightly floral, and a modest scent of honey.

T: Honey stands out much more on the palate, paired with a bit of a woody hop profile. Some 'spicy citrus' qualitied that complement it well.

M + D: The alcohol places it a little on the sipping side. Medium body, though it's closing in on being a bit fuller. Carbonation is nicely balanced, felt most over the middle of the tongue. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn's Buzz Bomb Ale. A braggot, interesting.

Appearance: Bright gold in color with a small head that doesn't stick around very long.

Smell: Sweetness, wheat, even a Belgian twang.

Taste: Follows the nose, with some wheat malt staying in front of the other flavors. A bit of honey, no real hop presence. I wonder if they used Belgian yeast, because it does have a golden ale character to it. Not cloyingly sweet, and a small hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Really good stuff from Brooklyn Brewing. So far the best example of the style I have come across.

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Photo of tempest
2.32/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ordered a pint at Little Ortino's. At first I was a fan of this little golden beer/bragot. The floral and earthy honey notes were delicious. But as it warmed, overpowering medicinal clove flavors and aromas hijacked the beer and I ended up not finishing it. After a while, it basically tasted like Robitussin. What a shame. Maybe this sat out in a hot distributor too long and Brooklyn's beers don't usually have flaws like this, but I'd ask for a taste before ordering this to be safe.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of robust sweet honey and lighter amounts of cloves.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sweet honey. Midway through the sip the honey flavors thicken up a bit and mild amounts of clove work their way into things. The honey and clove flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this is hands down the tastiest braggot I've tasted, the honey exerts a smooth influence over everything without being overpowering. Well worth a shot while it's still around.

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Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tyler's in Apex served in a standard pint glass an oh so slightly hazy pale orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet honey with slight earthy hops. The taste is nice amount of sweet malts and honey with just enough hops for balance. The beer is a bit heavy, but not too much. This is a very enjoyable brew, one I would have again!

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a snifter. Had a bright yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, floral, citrusy aroma, with traces of malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange peel), spices (pepper, e.g.), honey, and malt. Much more mellow and tasty than Widmer's braggot.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied. A bit more thick and syrupy than I normally like.

D: A light, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buzz Bomb's body is a bright shade of yellow, but it is still fairly hazy in appearance. The head is just a thin sliver of white foam that doesn't stick around for very long.

The aroma has a very floral quality to it. Beyond that are pale malts, lots of peppery phenols and a bit of orange peel.

The strongest flavor in Buzz Bomb comes from the Belgian yeast strain: it is a big, phenolic taste that reminds me of both clove and pepper. Pale malts come next, providing a good bit of sweetness without adding a powerful amount of flavor. The finish has a bit of orange peel.

Buzz Bomb is probably medium bodied as most ales go, but it is on the light side for a braggot.

I like Buzz Bomb, but I don't love it. I drank my glass fairly slowly. At four bucks a pint I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at MacGregors Webster. I had to come back again just for this beer, so tasty. This was a gorgeous hazy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was yeasty and very belgian. Nice spiced aroma. Same for the taste. Awesome spiced flavor. Kinda tastes like cinnamon. Light but crispy body. Wow i could drink a lot of this. This is pretty stellar in my opinion. Even at 8% alcohol this is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold and honey color. No carbonation and minimal head with a vey thin lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Smells similar to a Belgian ale yeast with the addition of coriander spicing, lemon, and a minimal floral characteristic.

T - Very interesting and unique. Light bodied, crisp, spicey and has a small amount of lemon and coriander. Hopping is very mild and comes through at the very end.

M - Leaves the mouth with a crisp coriander and spice aftertaste. Is light bodied, crisp, and mildly carbonated on the tongue.

Would definitely get this again.

D - Goes down very easily.

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Photo of uustal
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp, golden yellow with a good white head. Aroma is strong. Spices, wheat, alcohol and mint combine for a unique aroma. Taste follows. Crisp wheat notes, yeast, lemon, honey and mint are noticeable. Alcohol as well. Light, crisp finish with a bit of spiciness.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft at Track 84, served in a tulip. Poured a semi-translucent, pale yellow with a quarter inch off-white skim of a head. Nose is very light - herbal/medicinal and lemon zest. Taste is consistent with nose; however, there's also something of a Bengay quality here. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a smooth carbonation and a slightly tacky finish. This is a pretty interesting brew. Easy drinking, but not something I would consume a lot of in one sitting; however, it is smooth and interesting. Would make a nice digestif in my opinion.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first maggot on draft at galaxy hut. I don't have a reference point for this so I'm not pretending this review is educated.

Pours a pale clear rich golden color with a quickly fading sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky, very floral and sweet dominated by a honey aroma. Full bodied, smooth and syrupy with a potent floral hoppy taste that tries to balance out all of he malt and honey sweetness. A very interesting beer, I enjoyed it, but have little to compare it to.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Jackie O's in Athens

A. Served a pale gold with a small white head.

S. Honeycomb, a little bit of clove, and...Crest toothpaste. I'm not exactly sure what this flavor is, but it reminds me of Crest toothpaste (in a good way).

T. There is a good amount of honey sweetness with light malts and mild bitterness. Again, I also get the Crest toothpaste sweetness coming through.

M. Medium body with brisk carbonation.

D. A very good beer, but a bit too carbonated to be sessionable and a bit too sweet as well.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A braggot style mead from the Brewmaster Reserve Series. Draft pour into a 13 oz tulip. The beer menu at my bar indicates 6% ABV.

A: Served with a half inch of bright white sudsy/foamy head. Well retained. The body is a light to medium amber honey color. Lacing sticks in foamy patches, with semi-concentric rings. Perfectly clear with no bubbles within the body to speak of.

S: The nose is semi fruity, very floral and VERY spicy. Strong scents of honey and light candi sugar. Orange hops dominate the hop bill. The Buzz Bomb is on the light end of the malt spectrum. Possibly a hint of vanilla cream comes through.

T: Quite similar to the nose. Honey is also very distinguishable on the palate...

M: it provides a super dry mouthfeel. Fine fizzy carbonation scrapes the tongue clean. Light, crisp and somewhat refreshing with an enlivening mouthfeel. Dryness leaves the tongue so arid that another sip is requisite to wet the tongue.

D: While the mouthfeel is incredible, it also severely detracts from the drinkability. Highly palatable but not for long-term imbibement.

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Buzz Bomb Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 82 ratings