Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. As soon as the top was cracked I could smell yummy hops. It pours nice and dark with a full dark tan head of foam. The aroma offers up pine hops and some citrus hops as well as lighter notes of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. The taste is right there! Yum. I get a pleasing fairly rich grapefruit like citrus hop flavor and bitterness that rolls into a mix of chocolate malts, dark roasted malts and then just the right amount of burnt malts. It only grows in citrus hop bitterness to midway as resiny pine hops join in and then into the finish the hops sweeten up just a tad to add little bit fuller mouth feel. Darn tasty stuff from one of my favorite breweries.
kramer (4562) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown body under a one finger tight bubbled light brown head. The nose is fairly hoppy, but in balance with the roasty and chocolate malt base. A pretty nice mixture of citrus and coffee. The flavor is more tilted toward the hops, citrusy and piney up front, moderate bitterness level. Finishes more toward the Porter side, with nice coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some lingering roastiness. Medium bodied with a fairly sturdy malt backbone and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but wouldn’t trade it for a regular racer IPA.
JonMoore (1767) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - black with a large tan coloured head. Appealing aroma of light roasted hops, sweet malt, caramel. Flavour doesn’t disappoint, same elements, plus some balancing hoppy bitterness, citrus and pine, that dominates the finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth - a delight to drink.
laiti (4791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ home, bottled 21.05.2013
Instant pine resin -aromas when opening the bottle. Aroma has resin, some vanilla, woody tones and hints of tobacco. Flavour has cocoa, hops, vanilla, and some doughy tones. Also some rye. Feels a bit messy and odd for a BIPA, but nice anyway.
Strykzone (4385) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. A big tan head that has large bubbles that does not seem to fall. The beer is almost black with some red highlights. Very stout looking. Some very nice fruit in the aroma along with earth. I wish it were a little bigger. All kinds of hops are tasted. Complex fruit. Pineapple, with citrus. Some spiciness. A hint of chocolate and roasted notes. This beer is beautifully balanced and is a delight to drink. Cocoa comes in late as does some lactic. The feel is nice and smooth and has some richness to it. This is akin to a stout IPA. Good!
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. It pours black, with a fine bubbled tan head. Light lacing. Nose of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Medium body. Smooth mouth feel. Flavor is burnt malts, and the three hops flavors....citrus, pine and floral. Moderately bitter finish. This goes down really smooth and is easy drinking. Good balance. Excellent Black IPA. Like this one a lot.
yiannnos (672) - , CYPRUS - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black colour. fruity hop aroma. malty resinous chocolatey body, hoppy. a nice black ipa
raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
roast malt, dark chocolate, fresh lumber, molasses. frothy tan head over impenetrable black. I’m not a big CDA fan but this ones well balanced--avoid the clash of roast & malt, . while the roast is there the molasses, cherry & smoke flavors round it out without muting. Smooth int he mouth with the slightest burnt edge. sharp alcohol finish.
esox (949) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black beer, creamy tan head. Fresh, fruity hop nose, some berryish notes, light caramel malts. A hint of bready roastedness. Malty, softly roasted flavor, delicious light caramel, resinous bitterness. Soft, surprisingly light and drinkable. Delicious.
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Not date code anywhere. Black color without much head to speak of. Floral hops and light cocoa. The flavor is kind of muddled. Yes the chocolate, ash, floral and pine hops are there but... It’s seems to fall short in boldness after the black IPA I sampled right before it. It just doesn’t pack a punch like most of others in the style, especially a few I just sampled. I really enjoy the style but this will not be a repeat buy.
boyntonliquors (11) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very nice black ale, well balanced and very drinkable. Nice malt billing, very caramel and sweet bread like.