Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brooklyn Blast


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1075) - 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 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. 
Grade: 8/10