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Black Diamond 20th Anniversary 2014 Reserve IPA

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A smooth drinking double IPA brewed and dry-hopped beer with a unique blend of hops. Balancing the most pungent hops from the 2013 harvest with high quality English Crystal Malts, Black Diamond brewed a citrusy, aromatic IPA perfect for the spring season.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4686) - Utah, USA - AUG 26, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery
Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, earthy and pine. Flavors are pine resin, fruity, caramel and bitter
A nice DIPA

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
Hazy, tan, has a dash of earthy, somewhat stale hops, the taste is kind of like that, with a dash of sweet malt and maybe slight fruity sweet fruit character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle:   Nice looking head and lacing.   Wow, a rather smooth citrusy example, moderately hopped, balanced sweetness.   Could actually bit a bit more hoppy, but its clean and has a fairly good balance.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   A little pink grapefruit in there too.   The grapefruit comes out more as it warms.   Touch of tea leaves as well.   Not real bright or heavy on the bitterness, but a pretty clean example.   I wasn’t expecting it to be this good.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Hazy light amber color. Mild aroma, some toffee and caramel malts, some resiny and citrusy hops, straws. Lean body with moderate sweetness; caramel flavor, correct bitterness, a bit resiny.
Probably old.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2014
22oz bomber pours with a clear copper body that has a slight haze and supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a good load of tropical fruit, cantaloupe and some malt sweetened spicy onion like hoppiness. The taste starts with a good dose of mango and cantaloupe and then it runs swiftly toward some sweet malts and spicy onion like hops. It gets a bit resiny here and there to remind you it isn’t all hop flavor going on here. Solid hoppy brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Amber in color clear with a thin white head. Big IPA flavor and finish this was a very good Double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1245) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Poured a nice golden amber with a large frothy off-white head. Lighter medium body. Smooth and drinkable. Mild bitterness. Fairly sweet. Caramel, Floral, and some fruitiness that seems sort of tropically stand out most to me. A little tang. No alcohol in sight. Not too hefty. A bit sweet but tasty. Went nice with my grilled drumstick.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6474) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out resinous and piney hops, and just enough caramel malt. Flavour brings out resinous hops, followed by floral notes, and a little candied caramel. Just enough malt to balance without contributing to residual sugars. Great IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1216) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours three fingers of head on a clear darker straw colored body. The aroma is a spicy pine and grapefruit mixture, quite nice. The taste is nicely balanced, pine and grapefruit bitterness with points of honey sweetness. Finishes with pineapple and pine bitter. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (790) - California, USA - APR 29, 2014
Pours a golden orange color with an off white head. Hop, citrus, pine, biscuit and malt aroma. Hop, mango, orange, grapefruit, biscuit and malt flavors. Medium body and average carbonation. Very mild bitterness with a citrus finish.


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