mstrcrwly (960) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler..nice orange pour with fluffy white head..aroma of citrus, hops, pine, resin..crisp..not as bitter as I expected..but well balanced..very good DIPA.
BeerdedDave (1321) - Beckley, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
amber color; citrusy, floral hop aroma; a fantastic well balanced beer with plenty of bitter, citrusy hop flavor on a bready malt base
scotchzombie (528) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange amber copper. Big fluffy cotton white head that laces down to a nice coating. Aroma is candied caram ale malts and tropical citrus. Taste follows with an abrupt piney bitter hop finish. Aftertaste brings back echoes of sweet citrus with a base of booze and bitter. Decent.
Lukaduke (2991) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich golden color with a finger of white sticky foam. Lots of duality between spicy earthy english style hops with an underlying fruity citrus quality that adds come complexity and contrast to the lightly bready malt backbone... long linger earthy bitterness with hints of citrus rind and fresh grass.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy honey with thin white head that lasts and laces. Smells of biscuit, earthy and piney hop notes, and light citrus. Drinks with a moderate hop bite and moderate lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Tastes of earthy hop notes, slight resin, slight biscuit, light mango, and slight woody notes. Finishes dry.
flatmatt (1459) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed orange amber with sparse particles and an off-white head. Perfumy floral aroma with a bubble gum tone. Floral hops with spice and bubble gum and a touch of orange peel. Not really what I expected, but itís quite tasty.
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orangey gold, lots of sticky lacing, fluffy head. Aroma grainy malts and tropical citrus. Taste adds pineapple, tangerine, and mango hop notes - balanced with light German malts. Medium carb, clean mouthfeel especially at a hidden 8.5%, very drinkable. Better than I expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/17/14 and cost $4.10 ($0.34 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear dark gold/light orange hue. Some carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves a little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Citrusy hops, especially orange. Minor malt character. Not very pungent though.
Taste: The idea behind Brooklyn Blast was to combine classic American and British styles of IPA and see what happens. The result is a brew that does seem to be a pleasant hybrid of the two. The Maris Otter malts and German pilsner malt create for a lightly sweet, somewhat bready foundation. A touch of honey and some cracker-like starch character can also be found. The hops are standard West Coast citrus, though not especially high in bitterness. Orange seems to be the dominate flavor with a slightly herbal or spicy component on the back end. Not quite as bitter as a double IPA should be, though the appealing taste more than makes up for it.
Drinkability: I donít always know if itís a good thing or a bad thing when an imperial IPA drinks like a standard one. Brooklyn Blast is a perfect example of what I mean. The mouthfeel is comfortable, smooth and there isnít any cloying hop aftertaste. But at the same time the palette itself is not as robust as youíd expect from an 8.4% ABV brew. This makes it more drinkable, but seems to lack efficiency.
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Translucent amber with a medium, foamy white head. Strong floral and citrusy hops intermingled with boozy alcohol and caramel notes. Taste is strong boozy notes, sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit and pine resins. Body is medium but rather chewy with a dense creamy carbonation and light booziness.Ends with more floral hops, big citrus, boozy notes, caramel, sweet malt and citrus.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to whomever gave me this bottle. Being a while since Iíve tried anything from Brooklyn I was willing to give it a shot. Unfortunately the outcome was less than stellar. A middling imperial IPA tries to take on too much with no clear purpose. The result is a confusing mixture of flavors that drown each other out.
Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent caramel body warms the glass along with a sticky thick white head. Polished pennies, hops, and malt are low key for 8% ABV. Mushy vegetables are where it falls apart - among the many aromas this one manages to put a damper on an otherwise promising start.
Flavor / Palate - A full bodied mouthfeel is creamy like drinking half melted ice cream. Cream soda, vanilla, and old pennies give hints of what it aspires to do. A malty finish of sourdough pretzels almost redeems it. However the overall result is simply too bland to be anything more than a reminder that not all Imperial IPAs are hop forward flower bombs.