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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
18.8°

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3.8
joergen (29625) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
Draft at Fynske Øldage 2005. Cloudy yellow coloured with a small white head. Aroma of fruits, hops and pine needles. Flavour of fruits, pine needles and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

3.8
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Tap at WAH. Clear orange color with a frothy off-white head leaving sheets of lacing. Hoppy citrus and floral aroma. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, stone fruit, bubblegum and a bit of wood. Resiny hop finish, with notes of tea. Thin to medium palate. Reminds me a little of Smuttynose Big A, the difference being that this leaves a bit of a woody/sappy aftertaste, like chewing on a sassafras twig. Overall a very good hop showcase.

3.8
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On Tap at HDG. Pours a hazy deep gold with a nice lasting whte head. Aroma is initially a bit herbal and floral-like hops, but as it warms a bit of amarillo- apricot like hops come through. Moderately sweet with spicy and floral hints, lightly yeasty, bready malts, some citrus, more mango and apricot and a sticky sappy bitterness in the end. Overall, this was a pretty good beer, but I wasnt impressed for a DIPA/Am strong Ale. Not quite hoppy enough all around.

3.8
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo. Goiden pour, average off-white head. Nice resin and lemon pith bitter hop aroma, herbal and dry, with dusty malt and alcohol. Taste - well yes, it’s bitter all right, all sorts of bitter - citrus zest, herbal UK almost sour hop character, strong booze burn, dusty floral sweet malt - long bitter finish - I really liked it. Average body, astringency and carbonation, some acidity crept in as it warmed - it seemed strangely balanced considering it had a very long bitter herbal/hoppy linger. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but it’s not one to gulp.

3.8
blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours a clear bubbly golden-yellow with a small diminishing white head. Very nice aroma with lots of citrus hops, nicely balanced by sweet malt and some fruit. Flavour of piney and citrusy hops with just enough sweet malt to balance it out and a nice bitter finish. Can’t taste the alcohol at all but you can feel it. Medium bodied. Wow, this was a very nice surprise -- I loved it!

3.8
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A lofty head stays forever atop the hazy blond shine.
-A talkative grapefruity, herbal hop perfume announces an elegant hop celebration.
-Juicy citrus fruit and wooden firmness seep through the biscuity maltiness.
-Comfortable, cushiony maltiness remains drinkable throughout.

What if you dig deeper?
-Hop bitterness is not portentous at all, quite easy-going as a matter of fact, which is surprising considering its festive name.
-Simple cereal sweetness ably supports the intricate hoppiness, creating balance.
-This is an intelligent, flavorful strong ale, which tastes like a balanced, relaxed double IPA.

On cask at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

3.8
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2007
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Orangish Yellow color with frothy white head. Citrusy hop aroma & flavor. good ipa

3.8
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
I had this on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. I thought it was very good, exceedingly hoppy, and very crisp. This beer had a fiarly dull copper gold color, limited head with large bubbles, a very dryly bitter aroma and lots of hop bitterness. I didn’t detect a lot of fruitiness; flavor was quite crisp and good. Mouthfeel was exceedingly smooth.

3.8
pivo (2689) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2007
Tap - handpump: Flatish body, some sweet toasted malt flavor up front. Hoppying lingering bitter at the end. Nice British ale style with great hop character. Alcohol was fairly hidden. Nice one.

3.8
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Draught at Tyler’s Taproom in Durham. Pours cloudy orange-gold with nice white head. The aroma is serious grapefruit and is hoppy as crap. The flavor is ultra piney with some grapefruit, orange, garlic, and a tiny bit of cat. Sweet malt backbone, almost like jelly. Moderately bitter finish and clean, hoppy aftertaste. Tons of hop flavor without much harshness. Nice.


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