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Brooklyn Brewmaster Release: Detonation Ale

Beerfriend Paul

image A Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster’s Reserve release party in the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse with a beer that’s described “BLAST!’s big brother?”

Well, if I have to…

Let’s start with the description, Brooklyn BLAST! is an imperial IPA that is a favorite around the beer friends.  We had run into it a few times, but it really got our attention at the Brooklyn Brewery Event @ Barcade.  It was on Cask that night and really got our attention.  After that night, anytime it was on tap we would get at least one.  So this new member of the Brewmaster’s Reserve rotation already has a lot to live up to.

It should now come as no surprise that Detonation lived up to all the hype.  I am an unapologetic hop head and this beer gives me what I want; it has 7 different types of hops. This beer is big, it’s hoppy, and it’s delicious.  As hoppy as this beer is, it is a bit of a departure from what you may expect from an IPA.  It’s incredibly sweet and it leaves you with a citrus flavor at the end of each sip that I find incredibly refreshing.

Approach this beer with enthusiasm and caution.  The 9.2 ABV combined with the drinkability of this beer mean that it will have not problem living up to it’s name.  It should start hitting bars over the next couple weeks and stick around for a month or 2.  Do yourself a favor and don’t waste time.  Much like all of Garrett Oliver’s creations, this beer is worth seeking out.

Thank you again to everyone at Brooklyn Brewery for putting together an awesome event.  If you live in the New York area and have a chance to get out to a Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster’s release party, you should make it a point to go.  They are professionals and they certainly know how to throw a party.