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RATINGS: 521   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Amber gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet toffee malts with woody spicy hops. Floral with grapefruit bitterness. Flavours are sweet chewy malts with herbal notes. Spicy and fruity on the finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13150) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Cask, GBBF 08... Amber ... big american hop nose ... slight sweet malts and loads of hops quite a bitter linger.3.2 keg at red squirell 2012 ... amber ... thin white head ... sweet pine and grapefruit nose ... harsh fizzyness ... juicy ornge and pine ... zezty orange sherbert ... decent enough3.5

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Draft @ Charleston Beer Exchange: This was not what I was expecting, seeing the DIPA tag, but it was still tasty. The beer has a clean hop, yet grassy character, with an underlying sweetness of dark sugar. This was an incredibly drinkable DIPA, and very well-balanced. Malts come through big time to lend to balance and although it is not the hop bomb you think it may be, you still find yourself wanting more of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2009
I would like to see this type of thing on bottles from BB. Nice overall rich and juicy beer. Some citrus and caramel with a nice hop bitterness, a bit oily but balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On tap at the Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia. They actually wrote this selection in on the menu with a pencil. I am glad my brother saw it. Had a nize haze orange appearance, with a rather fluffy head sitting on top. Overall, a great looking beer. Left some amazing lazing. The bartender had a hard time pouring this thing, I don’t know why. Also, a very fresh hop aroma. Not ridiculously pungent, but pungent enough to where it wasn’t difficult smelling this thing. The aromatic aroma was due to the pine hop aroma. Very pleased with the aroma. I am going to say that flavor was the biggest downfall due to the palate. The beer was watered down in my opinion. Well, watered down for an Imperial/Double. This took away from having a better hop mouthfeel. It took away from that thick hop flavor that I love. The beer still had the powerful pine/citrus hop taste, but the palate wasn’t able to back it up. Still, a very good selection from Brooklyn that I feel happy to have tried. Just a lovely beer, but a bit on the thin side. One last thing, I am glad the malts didn’t overly do it. Not a huge malt sweetness, but there was just enough. An enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2055) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2009
FCBF 09. The alcohol was mighty well disguised in this one. It seemed very light. Especially considering I just tried a standard IPA before this one. Well balanced. Will have to retry this one later.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours deep gold with assertive white head. The aroma is modest with spicy hops, a touch of citrus, some sweet malts and faint lemon. The taste is smooth and thin for the style bringing up spicy hops, citrusy orange peel, some tangelo and then sweet malts and some toffee in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
On tap at Amity Hall, NYC. Pours clear golden with thin white head. Big citrus and pine in the aroma. Citrus flavor at first but really becomes much more akin to pine shortly after. This brew is all about the hop with very little malt profile stepping in. Overall finishes clean but ’pine’ does begin to linger a bit as you finish the pint.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 On draft at Taco Mac Decatur. Clear yellow pour with ring of bright white head. I hope this keg is old and somehow oxidized. Kinda weak nose is grapefruity, with a dark blackberry note, which is kinda cool. But the flavor dissappoints with a grassy, cardboardy, breadiness, that turns into a very bitter lingering finish. Very low carbonation. Not too impressed with this. But not horrible. Sampled again at Brewvival 2011. Piney and great fresh green hop flavor. Enjoyed much more this time around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4343) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2010
On tap @ CBF 2010. The aroma has grass and aprikots, some malts. Clear, golden coloured beer with a thin, white lace. The taste is sweet, bitter, hoppy. Fresh overall. Slightly a sticky finish for an IPA my notes say. Now I see this is an IIPA. :-) Nice beer.


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