Monday, May 5, 2014
Brooklyn Blast! Ale
I first tasted Brooklyn Blast! Ale at the Sprung! Festival a few months back. Of course beer festivals are not a time of deep thought, and I'm pretty sure there were a few dozen other beers that I tried before Blast! So I grabbed a bottle to check out today. The label states, "So in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise." 8.4% alcohol.
Orange citrus and marmalade, honey and light pine aroma--pretty interesting. Sweet, very malty and extremely herbal flavors at the beginning. Huge tea flavors pair up with lots of juicy fruits and citrus. The sweetness is met by a good dose of spicy, piney hoppiness, though not really ever that bitter. Carbonation is prickly, body is medium or better. And the alcohol is noticeable, especially at the finish, an attribute I didn't love. Good flavors, though I felt they competed with more than they complemented one another to make one harmonious beer.