Against the Grain Project MJ-23
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
I said I’d never do it, I said it would never happen, but sometimes you even have to break your own rules. Yes, this is an Against the Grain Black IPA. During the great black IPA rush of 2007 many a brewer dumped some black malt into their IPAs and thought they really did something special. Well the fervor has died down enough now that I feel cumfartable making this “Black IPA.” Brewed with pale, wheat and vienna malts, we then stir in 80# of kilned black barley at the last possible moment of the mash to extract color while limiting dark malt flavor. We then add 23# of American hops at various intervals during and after the boil. The result is a nice balance between some subtle roasty flavors and the citrusy and piney hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15098) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2012
Draught at Bishops Arms, Copenhagen. Pitch black - offwhite head. Nice bitterness. Fruity. Licorice. Ok hoppy. Fruity. Chocolate. Oiley. Light peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours dark dark red with nice clarity and a strong tan head. Aroma is ashy smoky chocolate and green hops. Taste is smoke, chocolate, pine, some citrus on finish. Body is medium, medium carbonation, dry piney smoky finish. Overall, good black IPA and definetly the smokiest incarnation of the style I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Draft. Black body with a tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roast, caramel, resin, pine with hints of coffee and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Most of the aromas and tastes are understated which is fine with me. Strong roast combined with strong citrusy hops don’t work for me. The balance here is good. Nice lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6331) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draught at brewpub. Not an overpowering black IPA like some. Not getting that heavy simcoe. Instead, chocolate and roast flavors that make it very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1973) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Aroma of butterscotch (Again! Perhaps the yeast strain?), chocolate and caramel malts; resiny/pine hops. Appearance is black with light mocha head. Flavor matches the nose overall; the finish is roasty with some resin. Palate is bubbly and fizzy. Pretty good Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10373) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Tap. Light chocolate malt and lemon peel/pine aroma. Medium brown color with moderate tan head. Light chocolate malt and strong bitter pine hops flavor. Medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Brought to me sporting a chunky tan chef’s cap atop a deep black body. Nose is chocolates, coffee, wette breads, citrus, fruits, peaches, and mild pines. Flavor is toasted breads, citrus and fruity and sweet malts. Creamy and medium bodied. Sweet at first and dry bitter finish. lasting bitterness.

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