Today’s beer is Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale.
Cost: Two beer tokens (approx. 7 dollars)
Alcohol (ABV): 8.0%
Background Information (via wikipedia): Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity.
Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City.In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.
Now let’s get to the beer!
Style: Imperial IPA
Appearance: Pours a light amber. A 1 finger white head which goes away quickly and laces the glass.
Scent/Smell: Got a wood like smell combined with citrus (grapefruits and oranges); a little bit of malt as well with some slightly bitter hops.
Taste: Similar to the taste, full of fruity undertones. it does carry a lingering bitterness after done. Not as strong in the taste department as you’d expect from a double IPA. Simple.
Mouthfeel: Quite well carbonated with a medium body. Quite easy going down, particularly for a brew with its ABV.
Drink with (food): Fish, other grilled meats, and various cheeses.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, although I wish I didn’t have to spend two beer tokens on it. It’s taste more like a basic IPA than an imperial IPA. If and when I visit the Brooklyn Brewery again, I am sure I will have another glass of this brew.