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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
The name makes very little sense, and indeed the style itself is a bit wrong if you put any thought into it. The beer does, however, work very well indeed. To create this fully loaded Black IPA we used large amounts of Maris Otter, Cara and Carafa III malts to create a wonderfully sweet black wort. Before boiling we add a load of hops. During the boil we add a load of hops. After the boil we add a load of hops. You get the idea - lots of hops!


RichardWilding's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Almost black with a small off white head. ’More Black Eyed than PA’ was my first comment on the taste. Hops on the nose, but predominant flavour is roast, slightly smoky malt. A touch of dry hoppiness to finish.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laidbackbloke (58) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. Little roasty aroma covered by the curtains of substantial hoppiness. Resin and grass scents of american hops. Jet black in color, with tiny flashes at the bottom of the snifter. Medium body, visibly slick, flows freely through the throat. Endless bitter ending. Reminds of the Black IPA brewed for the Freestyle Fridays. To some the hoppiness might be excruciating, but I enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (3279) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2014
500ml bottle from Drinkmonger, Pitlochry. Almost black, big head. Pine hop aroma.Woody tar hop flavour. Smooth with bitter hoppy aftertaste. Not as sharp and intense as some black IPAs but still good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1325) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from Jug and Bottle, Bubwith. Dark ruby red. Beige, tight, creamy head. Looks good. Aroma is licorice with some coffee. The hops lend a decidedly minty element. Dark red fruit on top. Juicy, mouthwatering palate. Bitter, not overly dry finish. Liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1783) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Keg at the Euston Tap, London on 15 June. Dark beer with an off-white head. Hop aroma, which isn’t overpoweringly strong. Nice bitter taste with coffee and dark chocolate bitterness along. Palate loses some of the intensity, but is quite rounded.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (3106) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Keg at the euston tap. Hazy caramel black very little cream head little lace. Aroma is sweet citrus hop very soft roast and a touch of mineral. Flavour is some sweet caramel lemon and peach. Very soft roast in the tail. Chalky palete. Assertive bitterness, but pretty low. Decent beer. Happily drink a few of these.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
Intriguing nose with strong licorice notes freshened by zesty grapefruit hops. The flavour is intense - strong dark notes with coffee and chocolate at the front with a subtle back note of citrussy hops with some lime, some papaya and some orange peel. It lacks a little in the balance and there are better BIPAs out there - Thornbridge Raven for example stands out, as does Brewdog Libertine - but nevertheless this is a fine effort.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
Cask at Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. It pours darkest ruby with a medium light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, earth, liquorice, peppery and a touch of farmyard. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, pine, liquorice, varnish, bitter cocoa and scortched earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
Stout like appearance. Minimal head, nice creamy mouth-feel. Blindfold you’d think this was an ipa without doubt. Some additional sweetness and minerality perhaps, but not much. Decent but not worth much of a detour

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3339) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask at the York Tap.Good blackness, thin white head, good lacing. Nose is hops, taste is more hops, but well balanced. Slightly sweet finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BlackHaddock (3760) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
28th April 2012: half pint, cask. Dark body, black as black can be in fact: good full cream coloured head which produced some strong, thick lacing. The nose was a mix of coffee and semi-citrusy hops: neither really strong, but just about findable. The taste was a similar mix with the coffee coming out the strongest of the flavours with hints of smoke pushing the hop content out somewhat, although there is always a hop bitterness within the black coffee feel of the beer.


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