Bull City Blind Boy Fuller Black IPA (BIPA)
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Life is funny. We say things like jumbo shrimp, original copy, virtual reality and only choice. Well, now you can add black pale ale to that list. Made popular on the west coast of the US, Black India Pale Ale is a dark and very hoppy beer. Brewed very much like a regular IPA, brewers use a little black malt to darken the color. Not particularly roasty or bitter like a stout, the BIPA is simply a dark version of an IPA. We name ours after Blind Boy Fuller, American Blues guitarist and singer born in 1907. Blind Boy Fuller began to lose his eyesight in his teens and turned to guitar and signing. He recorded over 120 record sides and is honored around Durham with two historic markers. Among his recordings were “I want some of your pie,” and “Get your Yas Yas Out” which was later recorded by the Rolling Stones. He died in 1941 at his home in Durham. A true blues legend known for his finger picking style and playing a National brand steel guitar. Hops Used: Northern Brewer, Zythos

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3271) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pint at brewpub. Ok aroma, roasty, sweet. Chocolate, little citrus, little musty. Clean dark orangy brown color. Good head and lace bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, light creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. It’s ok, kind of mild in aroma and flavor, looked beautiful. Fine, but not one that wows me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
On tap at BCBB, Durham. Pretty nice pour, dark brown with some glints of color peeking through. Nice fluffy head, spotty lacing. Loads of roasted espresso and molasses in the nose initially, but the promise of citrus that you get in the taste. Smooth mouthfeel is enjoyable. Long bitter finish tends to accentuate the roasted, dry qualities but there are certainly some bright citrus notes too. Pretty decent version of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Clean opaque black pour with one finger of chestnut brown head. Nose shows a light roast and notes of espresso grounds. Hints of fruit and citrus. Mostly sweet coffee roast. Roasty and bitter chocolate with some spent coffee grounds. Acidic and bitter. Too much on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tap at BCBB. Garnet brown with a webby tan lace. Nose is nicely understated ad balanced, light citrus, grass, roasted malts are held in check thankfully. A creamy palate, light licorice and roast, grassy, light coffee, cocoa. Nice stuff and an improvement over their first black ipa.

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