In this beer blog, we are going to sample a brew that I have been searching for the last few years. I even tried to trade with a friend on the east coast. He could not find it last year. I believe he did not want to share. I am talking about Brooklyn Blast Ale, which is Double IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Brooklyn Brewery. Let us get into this Double IPA.
It has a slightly cloudy copper color with a white head on this double IPA. The smell has a citrus notes that shines strong in this brew. The taste has a strong malty backbone that let the citrus notes shine bright in this ale. The aftertaste has a dry hop finish. It is a nice sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
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 in The rambuncious IPA we call BLAST! we use earthly English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise. British and German malts brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. You won’t even know what hit you.
Here is a description from their website (www.brooklynbrewery.com):
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.
Style: Double IPA
Malts: Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, German Pilsner Malt
Hops: Willamette, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Aurora, Zythos, Bravo, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, Experiment 6300
Alcohol by Volume: 8.4%
Original Gravity: 18.8° Plato
Calories: 251 (per 12oz)
Food Pairings: Very spicy Thai dishes, fiery Indian vindaloos, Mexican dishes featuring habañero chilies, Jamaican jerk chicken, and robust cheddars.
Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2 gal kegs; 24/12oz bottles
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I am not a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery but I respect them from where they were and what they have done so far. They brew more of the traditional beer styles. It is fine. I love their Pilsner and Brown ale in their everyday line up. I was pretty happy to see Blast! as an everyday beer. It is a smart move with the growth of IPA’s. I love it. There is a nice balance and does not drink like a double IPA. This is what makes beer pretty special. This is one of their best beers asides their chocolate stout. I highly recommend. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser