Brooklyn Brewery really has been one of my favorite breweries for a long time. I’ve had a soft spot for them since living in New York and regularly visiting the brewery. I even met Steve Hindy (one of the founders) once because I wrote a complaint e-mail when a t-shirt I ordered online took an excessive amount of time to get to my brother-in-law. Anyway, he turned a negative experience positive and I’ve liked them ever since. However, in some ways their beers are not at the cutting edge of a lot of the newer experimental things going on the in craft beer scene. I think Brooklyn Blast is a move toward trying to establish themselves as a serious IPA producer. Their standard East India Pale Ale is more of a British style IPA without the familiar bright hop bitterness of newer IPAs. I would say Blast really puts them on the map for IPAs. This one comes across with aromas of earth, orange and tropical fruit. The flavor comes in waves. The initial hit is an earthy hop bite. Then comes some apricot and mango. This is followed by a resiny hop bite. The hop bites are not super bitter, but in the medium range, I would say. The combination is unique. I have tasted other IPAs that have some characteristics of this one, but none I can think of that combines the flavors in quite the same way. It’s not my favorite IPA, but it is very good. I would give it four out of five proper pints.