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 don’t always know if it’s 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 isn’t any cloying hop aftertaste. But at the same time the
palette itself is not as robust as you’d expect from an 8.4% ABV brew.
This makes it more drinkable, but seems to lack efficiency.