Blackstone White River IPA
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Itís an English-style India Pale Ale. Our standard IPA uses American malt and lots of American hops, which are bold and aggressive, along with our American ale strain, which is somewhat neutral, and thereby highlights the malt and hops. To change it up a bit, we brewed this classic English version. We used traditional pale ale malt and crystal malts, English ale yeast, and (still) lots of hops. However, English hop varieties tend to be softer and mellower, even at an equivalent IBU level. The malt is kilned (dried) at warmer temps, and therefore is a bit darker and has a mild nuttiness to it. The English ale yeast was borrowed from some fellow local brewers (wink wink nudge nudge) who use it as their house yeast (thanks guys!). It contributes a fruitier aroma and flavor than our house yeast, which is typical of the style. It also has a lower attenuation, which means it stops fermenting earlier and therefore leaves more residual sweetness. Dry hopped and cold conditioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2014
16 oz draft pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus and malts. Taste is malt, citrus and floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Draft. Dark amber body with a frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Pine and resin aroma with notes of toasted grain and caramel. Very little floral notes, surprising for an English style of iPA. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. A chewy IPA, heavy on the malts with some hop plant residue flavor in the finish along with taste of bitter tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Growler pours an off-white head with lace and a clear golden body. Aromas of citrus and floral hops. Little wheat maybe? Flavor is citrus and floral hops, wheat, rye, yeast, little funky. Finish is a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Growler from Justin at the brewery. Thanks man! Pours a clear dark amber with miniscule near clear head. Nose is lightly citrus and floral, kinda like rose petals or lavender but is primarily malt dominated. Flavor introduces the mild hop bitterness. Definitely English in nature. Iíd almost say this is overly balanced. If youíre looking for nice mild brown with a little bit of hop profile, this fits the bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2009
I can pretty much 2nd everything that Curly just said. Iíve tried this beer twice compliments of the generosity of Blackstone. Very pleasant English style IPA. There were some petroleum, resiny riesling like notes on the first try that seemed to be gone by the time I tried the 2nd growler. They were very pleasant though. In general, a very solid beer. Finesse in style not a bruiser. Great effort from Blackstone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 What an honor to enter a beer and be the first to rate it. This beer was just brewed and put into kegs. We received a growler compliments of Blackstone. The pour is a clear copper with a white head that fades. Aroma is subtle citrus, such as lemon, orange, and lime, and caramel with floral notes as well. Taste is good, it doesnít have all those sweet hop notes like many of the IPAís coming out now. This is definitely a more traditional English-style brew. Pine and orange are most notable with sweet floral. Not an overpowering bitter finish but it is present.

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