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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.

Malts: Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, German Pilsner Malt

Hops: Willamette, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Aurora, Zythos, Bravo, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, Experiment 6300

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
conway (1821) - - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark gold with a big white head. Aroma is tea like hops and some corn/wheat like malt. Taste is tropical fruit and a big alcohol burn. Thick sticky palate and strong carbonation. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1793) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours golden with a white head. This is an excellent IPA but a dangerous one because it goes down very easy despite the high ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
So, apparently there has been this little thing known as a hop shortage over the last few years. Has the price of hops gone up? Yes. Has the cost of beers gone up? Yes. It has also though inspired creativity amongst various brewers and breweries in terms of growing their own hops, and so forth. All in all, what it boils down to is that no matter the hurdle, obstacle, or difficulty that may come along, American craft brewers are resourceful and very community oriented. It is definitely all for one and one for all because, in the end, we are all just beer geeks who love beer. Not one to fall behind, and a brewery which brews great beers and also has a love for hops, Brooklyn Brewery released a very limited keg only release of an Imperial IPA called BLAST! And I was lucky enough to acquire a fresh growler of it. Suffice to say, the growler didn’t last long.
Freshly pulled from the keg at a local beerfest, my BLAST! Opened with a pop and immediately fresh oily sweet and piney hops wafted up to my nose while I poured myself a glass. From the growler to the glass, it was a veritable party of fresh hop aromas. Wet and oily, sappy and piney. I would have to say that my favorite hops and hop profile are those which immediately transport me to the middle of a dew-laden forest full of lush pine trees and all the aromas which surround me. Not to be outdone by her nose, a fluffy orange head tops off her haystack and orange colored body, fading slowly and leaving little trails of brussels lace along the way. Pausing to take in her beauty, I raise my glass to my lips and enjoy a quaff, and then two. Her body coats my mouth with rich freshly squeezed oranges which are immediately followed up by wet pine sap, pine needles and an oily viscous texture which is clean, not gritty. My BLAST! has a clean finish which only faintly dries the palate, though the succulent nature of her palate is more than enough reason to go back for more. I happily oblige, and my growler of BLAST from Brooklyn Brewery very quickly diminishes into nothingness.
A very straightforward and exquisitely balanced Imperial IPA from Brooklyn. It is a shame that it was a limited keg release because I would love to have more. She was very straightforward and wore her palate and nose well with what is my favorite hop profile - pine, sap, hop oils, and a hint of citric sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Red/orange pour with a white head. Aroma is earthy hops, malt. Taste is yum. Nice balance of spicy and earthy hops. Spicy on the tongue, earthy in the finish. Nice malty backbone bringing it all out. Nice to see Brooklyn beers in my rural area finally. So-so lacing. Alc. well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1758) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Aroma: tropical, exotic fruits, citrusy, sweet resin. Appearance: clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: gets slightly bitter after initial fruitiness, mango, tropical all over, grassy flavours, bitters intensify, floral flavours, dry finish, lively carbonation. Overall: nice IIPA, excellent aroma, bit average in palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (1711) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2013
Very fresh from tap @Akkurat, Stockholm. Golden color with a medium tan head. Nose is pine, wet summer grass, peaches. Mouth is hop dominant, very fresh with grass, pine, resin and hints of bitter almonds. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
Hazy amber body with nice lasting offwhite head. Aroma is hoppy with some grapefruit. Smooth and hoppy with an unbitter balance of nice bready malts. This is a nice well balanced beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1690) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Draft at the Blue Dog. Awesome arome. Hints of champagne grapes with a blood orange feel. Orange look with thin head. Very smooth and good flavor that goes down quick. Almost a grapefruit taste but not quite. Good balance. Good brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1690) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Keg in the Head of Steam, Durham. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Starts with loads of juicy tropical fruit flavour and a hint of spice before a pleasant bitter finish. Very tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Somewhat hazy amber/gold in appearance with a very small pale yellow head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of oranges, bananas, grapes, and a nice hoppy floral background. Flavor is fairly close to the aroma but with a more some more earthy sweetness thrown in. Grapefruit in the finish, medium bodied.

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