umich03jm (1767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Slows Bar B Q. Pours near pitch black with a small foamy head that quickly fades. Aroma is light roasted coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, and grassy hops. Tastes decent, nice mix of coffee, chocolate and grapefruit hops. Kinda thin a little watery though. The flavors are not as fresh as they should be. Overall, an ok Black IPA.
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Black, opaque, with a sturdy cream-coloured head. Hop, some coffee and then more coffee in the nose, bitter, coffee and dryness in the mouth. Medium-to-full body, carbonated with coffee finish.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours brown to red with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, peach and hops, flavor is bitter and green with some grapefruit, not sweet, medium bodied
vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Black pour with tan head. Dark malts and chocolate with some herbal and grassy hop tones. Aroma is light hops and darker malt tones.
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can. Pours a deep brown-black color with a finger of off white head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, piney/grassy hops, and a touch of toffee and chocolate. Taste of carmel malt, grassy hops, brown sugar, and slight chocolate/coffee. Also had a weird funky wine like/nail polish remover taste.
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Slightly transparent dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of piney hops, "green" notes and some roastiness. Bitter favor with hops, piney and a bit citric, some roastiness and a bit of coffee. Medium-bodied. Decent.
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pounder->shaker. Pours a deep brown with foamy white head. Aroma: hops over caramel malt. Taste: chocolate malt with hop bite. Really good.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours an opaque black with a dense foamy coffe colored head. Bright aroma of hops, coffee notes. Very full body, slight carbonation makes for broad & smooth feel. Wonderfully balanced initial salty mellows to sweet with a smooth finish. Really nice take on an IPA.
drfabulous (3824) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tall boy can thanks to UDBeernut. Creamy and chocolate. Lots of carbonation out of the can. Hoppy but without the intense hop aroma of some Black IPAs. Nice.
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 16oz can into a goblet. I believe there was a Julian date of 11/15/12 on it but Iím not sure (which would make it about four and a half months old).
Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, though itís brown coming out of the can. Forms a large, fluffy, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Slight earthy note with a hint of flowers or other clean scent, though muted overall.
Taste: The black IPA is meant to be a hybrid of the stout and India Pale Ale style, but lately it seems every brewery is making a standard IPA and throwing in dark malt just for coloring. Thatís how I feel about Blue Point Toxic Sludge since it tastes like a traditional American IPA but is lacking the roasty quality that should be found in a true black IPA. Not that itís a bad beer, in fact itís pretty good for what it is, but more couldíve been accomplished.
Begins with a prominent, slightly sharp, somewhat dry bitterness. It doesnít change or develop much throughout the swig. Itís not in the typical citrus or pine hop flavor, but rather the sheer bitterness. Blue Pointís website says itís only 40 IBUs, but it seems a little stronger than that. A hint of pine or resin on the back end with mild coffee or dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. Itís a rather simple palette to be sure, but the taste thatís here is pretty good. Unbalanced yes, but not cloying or gimmicky in any way. Just a solid, standard Black IPA.
Drinkability: Blue Point Toxic Sludge is an ideal Black IPA for beginners or those not appreciative of overly hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, but never intense. Thereís a creamy, smooth texture to it which makes it easy to quaff or sip and savor. At 7% ABV itís right where it should be - big enough to be a truly bold beer, but light enough to not be anything obese or intimidating. An ideal brew to pair with a hearty meal.