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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer thatís beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You wonít even know what hit you.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2422) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
On tap at Poor Phils in Oak Park, IL. displaying a clear, golden hue, and average, white head foam that gradually diminished to a ring & film, and left some dots and dashes of lacing. I liked that the nose was strictly resin and spruce, with no noticeable citrus, a nice change from most American IPAs. The flavor balanced the medium hop bitterness with some good malt content, with the lingering bitterness coupling up with some pleasant dryness into the finish. Nice, but didnít sense the 8.2% abv or the body of a DIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Draft at Jerryís. Amber gold with good, creamy, white head / Bright ose of citrus and cut pine / Medium body, chewy and creamy, with fine, balanced body featuring only modestly biting hops and good, bitter, finish / Mellow flavors of orange, grapefruit, cut pine, bubblegum, and resin / Tastes like more of a regular pale than a double, with only a modest hop profile and bitterness levels. It is a very nice pale, though, with lovely flavor and balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a thin to medium sized white head. Bright sticky citrus, juicy, with a touch of mango and tropical fruit, pineapple. Big malt, toast and sweet toasted fruit notes. Earthy,, not as much hops as expected given the nose. Long bitter grapefruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Draft at Haymarket, pours clear golden with foamy white head. Nose has pine, grapefruit, with sweet candy sugar undertones. Flavors are sweet mango and pineapple, candy sugar, some banana and oranges, healthy bitterness. Full mouth feel. Good beer but sorta like those great iipa of 5 years ago (good hop flavor but just too sweet). Little boozy too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Draft at Haymarket. Pours a mostly clear gold with a sticky white head that persists. Nose is hoppy, some light malts. Pretty non-descript with citrus and pine resin. On taste, it lacks the punch of a hops and bitterness one expects. Comes across as a pleasant American IPA, but just isnít anything special. Some citrus and resin, some malt. Just kind of blah.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Tap Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL.: Golden orange pour with moderate white haed. Nose is strongly hop-forward...citrus and pine. Flavors are similarly hop oriented...orange, lemon, pine resin...but pretty well balnced by the sweet lighly roasted caramel and toffee malt. Alcohol pretty strong and drying in the finish as well. Enjoyable hop forward IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
empirestout (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2011
On tap at Brooklyn Brewery. Pale golden color. Aroma is fantastic, with distinct earthy, citrus, flowery aroma hops dominating. Slight malty sweetness. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Good head and nice lacing in the glass. Bold yet traditional over-the-top American IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Hazy amber with a small off-white head, faded to a thick film and lasted the duration. Spicy orange herbal hop nose followed by some sweet malts and alcohol heat. Smells a little fresher than the flavor. Flavor has orange hops dominating with some spicy earth and dry hopped notes, light toast and caramel sweetness. Finishes earthy and semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 4, some alcohol noted. Lots of earth. Low carbonation with a medium body. Not bad, but nothing stands out. And far too earthy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
On tap @ sheffeilds. Hop bomb! Medium off-white head, lightly hazed apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, catty. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pineapple, some cattiness. Smooth medium-full body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Notes from bar last nite: Draft, golden color, fresh aroma of hops with a good balance of malt. Med bodied, bitter finish. Liked this one.


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