luttonm (4740) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at their taphouse. Copper brown, tan foam. Dry amber malt. Coppery hop hit. Clean strong beer. Nice one.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4677) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Totem pale ale Black Raven
On tap at Fujiyamaís 1st anniversary event. A deep reddish orange pour with an off-white head. The aroma is spicy & fruity. Lovely zesty body very light & refreshing. The taste is spicy, lightly bready fruit. Light & easy drinking stuff. Good.
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber,beige head.Musty citrus nose. Citrus hop profile, medium length and strength hop bitterness in finish. Needs a touch more malt
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Green Frog. Solid pale ale with tons of flavor; pushes into the IPA realm. Crisp and snappy texture. Juicy hops. Floral aromas. Moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Very sessionable and tasty.
andrewje41 (2967) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at the brewery. Pours an oily copper color with a lasting head. Grassy hops aroma. Flavor is pretty grassy as well, with some bitter hop finish. Pretty standard pale, but tasty overall. Iíll take this over a lot of competition.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpubs.
Nice strong pawn pale aroma, and then maybe the most aggressive hop edge Iíve ever en in an APA. Tomís adjective garlicky is ingenious. I have never thought to call a beer this before, but this one is actually garlicky. Pretty darn session able, nice beer.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold, frothy beige head. Aroma of grain, citrus and floral hops. Taste is more pine bitterness than light citrus, nice stuff.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear copper with a lacy white head. Sweet citrus and pine nose. Light toffee and citrus taste with a lingering resinous finish. I have a hard time seeing the IBUs being as low as 37? Another nicely sessionable beer from Black Raven.
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Black Raven.
Aroma: Citrus, caramel.
Appearance: Clear amber; offwhite head; irregular lacing.
Taste: Bread; biscuit; toast; citrusl/floral. Muted sweetness, moderate bitter finish.
Palate: Creamy texture, medium to full body, average carbonation.
Overall: Almost an IPA in its bitterness. I like how toasty and dry these Black Raven pales are -- itís a recurring theme that I havenít encountered in many other pales / IPAs.
Aside: Just made my way onto the top 50 raters from Washington. It feels right this mini-milestone was ushered in with local beer (well, as local as the east side is ... itís a shame I canít make it over very often, because itís a fine brewery with a nice tasting room).
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange with a touch of brown. A little heavy on the malts with moderate bitterness. Hops seem to be a variety of earthy, herbal, and citrus based. Finish is also bitter losing the hop balance in the end.