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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2012
I love this beer. Bought a "growler" of this last night, and been drinking it tonight. Nearly gone. 9% ABV? Oh yeah!!!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ModeEngage (143) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (189) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2014
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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 1, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1315) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Yellowish-orange pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of tangerine, wet grass, and pine needles. Good bitter hop flavor of citrus and pine with caramel malts to balance. Finish in somewhat bitter but this is certainly more balanced than most American DIPAs. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1451) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
This has a fairly translucent, golden yellow-colored body with an orange glow and a lovely white head. The aroma is sweet, hoppy, lightly alcoholic, a little piney, and spicy. It has an aroma of a light-bodied imperial IPA. The flavor is different, a little grainy, with something distinctive that you feel in your breath as you exhale. Itís a little musky, really. Itís very good. Iíd love to know what the special ingredient is in this. Itís a very familiar flavor that I canít place. Whatever it is, itís a very good addition to the beer. Wow, this is good. Thin and light, itís not overly bitter for an imperial IPA, and thereís just enough alcohol to make this enjoyable and not weak. Itís a very well-balanced beer in all respects. Itís almost rye-ish, but not. I donít know how to explain it. In the throat itís very easy going down and comforting in the throat, not harsh, neither in respect to alcohol or hops. Itís just insanely easy - too easy, even - yet it holds its own. It still has a slight hop finish as it goes down your throat, but itís very clean. Itís one of those beers that makes you want to keep drinking it. Even the finish, after itís all gone down, gives you slight hint of what was there. Iím very impressed with this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Draft sample at Crossroads Spirits. Poured a dark golden orange color with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma of alcohol, loads of caramel malt, and old citrus fruit. Taste is the same. Very malty, with light citrus bitterness, and some alcohol burn in the finish.


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