Brooklyn Detonation Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Brianmerrilyn on 08-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this at the Pony Bar in Manhattan from Chris O'Leary and since I had never tried this nor been to that bar, this was a good reason to take the trek over to the West Side and kill two birds with one stone. Sure enough, this was worth it...even for an 8 oz. serving.

Nice hue and pour to this - an average head, deep copper color, and just enough of an aroma to get me excited for this. This wasn't as much of a hop bomb as I though it would be and had quite the European taste to this - sweet, citrusy, and just a bit warming. The mouthfeel was great and this has the slightest dry-hopped aftertaste. It almost seemed like a cross between an English-style ale and a Belgian Trippel or Quad, with just enough complexity to keep me from quaffing it down.

I was very surprised to see how strong this was when I got on here and looked this beer up. It's not that the alcohol can't be felt, but the flavors and consistency are so nicely balanced that the strength of this beer hides it's potency. Too bad this isn't for sale via retail - this is worth going out of the way to find and savoring nice and slowly. Garrett's got another winner here!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. ($12.99) enjoyed on Fire Island, NY with a lunch of salad, raw clams and bread and cheeses.

Pours a nice glowing ruby, chestnut shade of medium amber, under a moderately retentive tan and loose head that leaves full lower sheeting and splotchy blobs of lacing.

Nose of mild whole wheat bready malts and English hoppyness.

Tasty and highly enjoyable DIPA with an English nature to it. Hops are not on your face, but quite present and noticeable. Strong malty presence also noted and appreciated. Could it be a balanced DIPA is upon us? Warming alcohol, more hops and malt, yummy stuff, dense, flavorful and satisfying. Nice job here by Bklyn. Go get some while it is around and readily available at least in the NYC and surrounding environs area.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of glid02
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy bright copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruit hops backed by sweet pale and caramel malts. Also present are hints of herbal and pine hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop flavors aren't quite as intense as the aromas. Robust caramel and pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of wet citrus hop flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of lighter tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors lose a bit of sweetness with the addition of herbal, earthy, and pine flavors, in that order. The hops (surprised?) carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd heard a lot of good things about this beer and it didn't disappoint. Truly a hopped-up version of an already good and hoppy beer (Blast) that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of Stigs
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour from the tap at Fatheads, served in a small sniftner

A - barely a finger of loose, puffy off-white foam. the beer is on the darker side of orange, mostly clear. some sticky lacing throughout the drink.

S - mmmm. ripe tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, mango. hops turn slightly piney towards the end. light layer of sweet caramel underneath works nicely with the fruit action. me likey.

T - starts off very resinous with a predominantly piney hop bite, fresh fruits come into play quickly: assertive mango, pineapple, and candied oranges. bitterness creeps up on you, though nicely balanced (yet still a hop bomb). very nice.

M - medium bodied, chewy yet slightly slick and oily. carbonation is nicely placed in the background for the most part. sticky finish with lingering fruity hops cut into by alcohol burn.

D - only the heat holds this back a bit.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a a glass at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. This stuff was going for $9/tulip in semi--rural PA. Ouch.

Anyways, I though this was an odd but interesting take on the style. While the beer was almost overly-hoppy in the aroma and initial flavor, the perfume citrus quickly faded and didn't leave much bitterness. I'm reminded a bit of Weyerbacher's messier Hops Infusion for the over-the-top hopping. It's not that the beer is too bitter, but the floral and grapefruit notes are so strong that they cease to be pleasant. They become almost medicinal tasting. Instead of a more complex beer, this is simply a strong tasting ale that still lacks a bit in aftertaste.

I do also have to point out how unusually drinkable this beer was. I suppose that's due in part to a lighter, drier body without a big bitterness to balance. I'd say it's worth checking checking out if you're a big hop head. I can appreciate what Brooklyn is working towards here.

UPDATE 12/6/10: Had on-tap again and while the beer was thin for its strength, it just meant that the beer was dangerously drinkable. There was a wonderful pine, cinnamon, and orange zest hop character, and I had to stop myself from drinking too much.

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Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of californiakulak
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
A. A light copper color. Quite clear. Slighlty off white head. Decent lacing.

S. Some alcohol, hops, and slightly sweet scents.

T. Nice hop flavor, pine and citrus as often is the case. Nice malt presence as well, slighly sweet.

M. lighter bodied than I would have expected, bitter with nice carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. Not the hop bomb that we get on the West Coast and that was kind of nice for a change.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap at several bars in Manhattan over the past few days, finally picked up a growler at Decicco's in Ardsley. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Nice amber color...

S - Smell kind of piney can also get the malts this will be nicely balanced.

T - Nice hoppy taste again more of a piney flavor than citrus. Malts really come through, this is very British.

M - Very nice carbonation.

D - This is where the good folks at BB really nail this. Couldn't guess this was 10.2% if I wanted to!

Another pleasure from Brooklyn Brewery. Glad I like in the area when I can always get a fresh Brewmasters Reserve!

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good english beer. I know, I know, it's an American Double. And it's 10.2% abv. But the reality is, when I'm drinking this I'm not thinking 'hoprush' I'm thinking 'close down the pub and drink it dry'.

The growler is counter-pressure filled and was filled less than 4 hours ago (should this be an 'almost tap' review?)....pours new penny with faint tinges of clarity. Very nice 1/3" head melts away as you drink leaving no residue, just a crystal amber top.

The aroma is complex but distinct. A little hoppy, a very little citrus, a very little alcohol. The problem is, that combination doesn't really 'smell' like anything but suds.

Taste is tops. You can taste the malt, you can note that the sugar takes a bit of edge off of the many many hops, you can feel the alcohol hit you but not taste it. But really; I don't think there is a good comp for this. It's not perfect, but it's very close. And that's a problem - because this beer is sooo drinkable and would, on taste alone, be a longstanding traditional session beer butfor (what's a butfor? you ask....) it's abv.

Enjoy it for the time it's out. It is certainly worth the time in tracking down. But I would caution - despite the hop hype (I've read reviews just listing the hop count/type/etc...) that this is a very good beer and there are certainly hops in it but it is not a 'hoppy' beer. It is an exceptionally well-balanced, englsih style IPA (well, double IPA).


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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 9oz snifter for $5.25. Sampled 10/1/10.

A: A small white foamy head provides decent retention. The body has an 80% opacity that provides a color range from rustic orange through auburn, then dark copper at the core. There is a light smathering of lace in broken sedimentary fashion.

S: The nose absolutely bursts with orange, peach and pineapple plus a caramel component that is more than adequate. The crust of dark bread adds depth to the malt foundation.

T: Summer and tropical fruits combine for good flavor duration. Moderate caramelly sweetness and restrained bitterness add a bit of east coast flare to a west coast style. Alcohol comes through meagerly to no real surprise.

M: Medium body with a perfectly lively carbonation.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Detonation is a top echelon DIPA - but only by east coast standards. Easy to drink with enough complexity to add intrigue. Well done Oliver.

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Photo of elflake
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Milltown, in a snifter :

This shouldn't be called an "IPA" - far too sweet, and where are the hops ? I'm confused by all the other reviews here for this.... it just simply wasn't very good. Not bad, but why bother ? The alcohol was far too pronounced. An Allagash trippel cleansed my tastebuds after this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really happy to get to try this one on tap. It was the first thing I went for as I wanted to get to try it. Pours out a very light amber with a big, bellowing head of white that seems to sit on top forever! Lots of lacing coming down the sides and a good bit of carbonation as well.

Aroma is amazingly hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, touches of lemons, really just very bright and very citrusy. Warming brings some sweet orange and a light grassy and herbal note to it. So clean and crisp as you take the first sip, again I found this to massively drinkable as each sip seeming to be cleaner, crisper and just amazing complex. Some many bright citrus flavors it is just absurd. Crisper then I would have imagined and dangerously light this was a show stopper.

Overall one of the best I have ever had from Brooklyn, hands down, this was amazing, cannot wait to see if it hits bottles.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bkny27
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear orange/amber in color and poured with delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness, which is flavored by flavors of citrus and the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden in the taste.

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Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a juicy resinous orangy hop with a sweet doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a balmy sticky hop with a full sweet malt a slight booze.

The mouthfeel was of typical fullness with a very dry finish.

Overall a well made hop bomb.

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of C-Dog
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of claspada
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average golden color with no head retention and adequate lacing.

Aromas are extreme citrus, hard to get past the sweet fruity pleasant aromas from the hops, malts have no change compared to the hops.

Taste follows the nose preciously; a classic east coast DIPA. This is not a smash in the face like many double IPAs are but that is a good thing if you ask me. The ABV is not noticeable at all; crazy. I think the extreme hoppiness plays a part, but the malt must also help because if it wasn't balanced I would have trouble finishing it and i do not.

Mouthfeel is good; I never know how to rate this category.

Overall, delicious, but honestly not memorable. I have had many hoppy great beers that this one doesn't stand out in any category way to recommend in my opinion. If you stumble upon it, yeah DEF get it but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I was surprised to learn that this was a double IPA. It was not as hoppy as I'd expect it to be but it was very good nonetheless. Good malt and hop aroma, great carbonation, really nice flavor. Color is very light. I will have this again.

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Brooklyn Detonation Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 72 ratings