The New York craft beer community was out in full force once again to celebrate the latest release of the Brooklyn Brewery’s Brewmasters Series; Detonation Ale. A serious hop monster, with a walloping 10.2% ABV, Detonation Ale takes no pity on your palate from start to finish. But oh, what sweet, sweet punishment it is from one of the tastiest IPAs I’ve run across in a long time
Detonation Ale is the big brother of a local Brooklyn Brewery favorite, Blast. It pours a rich orange color, holds a good amount of caramel sweetness, and hits with a punch of seven different hop varietals. The Amarillo and Sorachi Ace hops really come forward for a brew with a bit more citrus and a lot more complexity than the Blast. I found myself comparing it a bit with Founders Devil Dancer – in both character and intensity – which is good company to be in. Overall, this is another stellar brew from the team over at Brooklyn Brewery and definitely ranks as one of the best IPAs on the East Coast.
Brooklyn Detonation Ale is mighty tasty. It probably even gives you fresher breath And whiter teeth, but we can’t prove that part. Nor can we support the claim that it concentrates the mind on life’s better aspects. However, we can guarantee that it’s terrific with pork tacos, Thai food, Indian dishes, burgers, and sharp cheeses. So have yourself some Brooklyn Detonation Ale – after all, isn’t it about time you blew up?” – Garrett Oliver
Changing pace from their usual in-house release events, Brooklyn took the Detonation out to The Audubon Center at The Boathouse in Prospect Park. Despite an early rain, hundreds of New Yorkers arrive with good spirits and eager palates. The event did not disappoint as Detonation, Brooklyn Weiss, Local 1, Local 2, Brooklyn Lager and Sorachi Ace all poured in abundance. Tasty treats were provided by Brooklyn’s own The Meat Hook, Dumpling School and Ovenly. Needless to say, they did not last long. Overall it was another great Brooklyn Brewery release party and I am sure we will all be anxiously awaiting the next one. Look for Detonation to hit the finer taps of the greater NYC area shortly (sorry, no bottles).
Malts: British floor malted Maris Otter, German pilsner malt, British crystal malt
Other sugars: First pressing Demerara sugar, Mauritius
Hops: Willamette, Amarillo, Palisade, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Cascade and East Kent Golding
O.G.: 21.5 Plato
(More info at brooklynbrewery.com)