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Berkshire Brewer’s Series: Black IPA

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The first vintage in our Brewer’s Choice Series IPA is a Black IPA, showing off with an impressive 70 IBU’s. A special mashing technique is used to extract the dark color of the black malt without imparting any of the roasted flavors that typically come with it. The backbone for this India style black ale is an aggressive addition of American-grown "superalpha" bittering hops. Later hop additions in the boil, give this beer its unique aromatic properties. Seven days of conditioning on an absurd amount of dry hops add to the powerful floral and citrus performance that dances back and forth for your senses to enjoy, until the very last drop makes its way from your glass.

mrhopsbeertalk's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhopsbeertalk (297) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 I’ll admit I’m new to the ’black IPA’ scene... but i’m going to have to call BS on the lack of roasted malt flavors and aromas. The nose is all coffee and roasted malt with little to no hop pressence. The flavor is a bit more balanced with some noticeable citrus/floral hop flavors as well as bitterness not from the malts. Overall I liked the beer but find the style a bit confusing. *** Update*** After roughly two months of aging this beer has mutated a bit. The mouthfeel and body are too creamy revealing and accentuating the malts.Still the malts have mellowed some and are now closer to being balanced against the hops. Lots of grapefruit comes through now in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5181) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Brattleboro Food Coop: Pours pretty much black with a beige head. Aroma is pretty light with some chocolate and pine. Taste is malty, hoppy with a nice spicy touch. Some chocolate aftertaste. Not brutal like many a black ipa. Not bad. might be a bit underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (21715) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
4th November 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque black - brown beer. Big pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, good fine carbonation. Tangy minerally thin dark malts. The tang develops a weird skewed sourness. Mild piney hops. Dry finish. Dominant character is this odd and unpleasant tang. Do trust me - this isn’t a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s Pad, thanks to Leighton, 04/11/14. Light black with a decent tan covering that retains well. Nose is earthy hop, fish tank notes, light roast, bitter cocoa, pine, nutty. Taste comprises charred wood, bitter roast, tropical fruit rinds, pine, earthy feel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with some earthy hop bitterness. Adequate CDA if a little overly dirty at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2014 Bottle shared in London - picked up in the US. Pours clear, dark brown with a frothy tan head. The nose has light roast, some orange rind, toasted grains. Light-medium sweet flavor with some more toasted grains, earth, faint cocoa, understated dried citrus. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Nicely balanced to finish, more rind, charred grain, some husks, earth, faint alcohol, cocoa. Pretty decent, if basic.

I heard that the brewer of this beer used to steal Kenny’s milk money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12224) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. The nose is piney, varnish, dark fruits, light roast, sherbet, candy and citrus. The taste is bitter, roasty, ashy, mild astringency, earthy, grapefruit peel, pine and light cardboard with a very drying finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Fairly average, but not bad. Don’t trust Kenny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2038) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head that lingers. Big dank hop aromas that are not as prevalent in taste but still come ripping through. Sweet malt notes that are not as exciting but a satisfying beverage overall. One of the better BBC brews I have tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3050) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2014
From the 22 oz. bomber. 2014 batch. Dark brown pour with mahogany hues on the glass’s edge. Big cream colored head. The aroma begins with this kind of burnt dark malt roast note and then the perfume of the earthy, grassy hops move in. But everything is balanced and subtle. Medium to heavy body. The hop bitterness is vibrant and earthy in the taste and the malt character is roasty and sweet. Lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1724) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a solid black with a thick foamy tan colored head. When you hold a glass of this to the light nothing shines through. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and pine. Big citrus and floral start to this beer finishing out with grapefruit and pine. Really smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Light malt and hop aroma. Black color with a medium Brown head. Light bitter beginning that fades in the finish and gets some nutty malt flavor in the finish. Palete gets weak in finish as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a convincing black with two fingers of dense khaki/mocha foam. Nose is dank weed, grapefruit, and some light roast and chocolate. Taste is peaches, caramel, toast and light roast. Luckily it’s more IPA then black IPA and doesn’t have that clash of flavors and lingering roast that I normally hate from the style. Really solid actually.

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