Against the Grain Gungle Gem
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
A Black India Pale Ale featuring New Zealand Pacific Gem hops. The flavor of Pacific Gem is known for having tones of oak and woody offsets. Pacific Gem has its oils in balance and it is highly favored for aromatic qualities. The bouquet is fruity and closely resembles blackberries. The base IPA grain bill includes Pale malt, wheat, Vienna, Munich and debittered black malts, while the Pacific Gem has created a unique flavor and aroma resulting in a very interesting IPA.

ContemplateBeer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (2007) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2012
I knew you’d enter it first... Aroma of some citrus/grapefruit balanced by roasty/chocolate malts. Appearance is tarry black with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; the hop/malt balance is about 60/40, with a fairly bitter finish. Palate is soft and chewy. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Draft. Small beige head atop cola dark-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, roast, light bittersweet chocolate/caramel. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2013
10oz pour at Churchkey DC. Pours a watery, mahogany brown with some fluffy, lacing, white head. Nose is a mix of malt and citrus, cracker, light toast, some rubber, grapefruit peel, lime, some soap. Flavor is malty, cracker, smoke, toast, orange pith, soap, pepper, a strange rubber flavor. Medium bodied, dry, astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3671) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2013
pours dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. aroma has mild burnt notes...sone roast and bitter coffee. flavor is burnt bitter with a hint of very bitter coffee and a touch of pepper. mouthfeel is light and the finish is roasty/burnt and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3014) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draught via brouwerij lane. Dark pour. Roasted malts predominantly. Not too choppy. Pretty OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Creamy black pour, slight lacing small head. Roasty and chocolate dominance. Hops not really shining here. Fuller body, chocolate heavy . Very flavorful not very bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, and mild hop notes – not much on the nose. Flavour of mildly bitter hops, though very restrained, along with toasted malts and some lactic qualities. Not as strong or flavourful for a black IPA, but drinkable enough. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Black ipa, cocoa and tropical fruits mix. It isn’t astringent, a pleasant take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1552) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Party Towne, rather malty for an IPA with coffee and chocolate. Ruby color and nice head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6666) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Dark roast. Almost coffee in taste. Bitter hoppy. Chocolate like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Tap at brewery. Chocolate, grapefruit and piney hops aroma. Deep chestnut with a small off-white head. Roasty chocolate, piney grapefruit hops flavor. Light to medium body.

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