arondee (581) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops. It smells light and delicious. The taste is so much different than the aroma it confused me at first. It looks like a dark bitter stout, smells like a light IPA, and tastes somewhere in-between the two. It has a burnt malt flavor, with some hop and black malt biterness. It’s a complex taste of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops. It’s a little fruitier than it looks but not as fruity as it smells if that makes sense. Overall very good, not too rich and thick, just light enough, just bitter enough, black IPA.
abcfan (744) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely done. Pours deep brown with no head. Pine hop aroma in front. Silky smooth in mouth, biter hop finish.
commonmac (409) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Busters. Deschutes tap takeover. Snifter glass. Dark black color. Decent head with more than decent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus with subtle hops. Taste leans on freshness with hop influenced characteristics. Some roasted notes as exemplified by subtle bitterness. Bright and refreshing. Actually a very decent option as black IPAs go. I would order again.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"a surprisingly easy drinking black ipa. strong, but not an imperial. well balanced nose-roasted malt, chocolate, nw hops. pretty black. medium bodied & flavorful. lots of piney hops and roasted black malt. a touch of coffee as well. well done. 6/10-bottle...ditto."
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black, slight brown hues, finger creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma dank pine, grapefruit, earthy, doughy and roast malt. Taste mostly balanced, citrus and pine hops, slight tropical, roast malt, not malty, but not bitter, well made. Mouthfeel medium body low-medium carbonation, slight roast and hop astringency, finish on dry side, but sweeter than an ipa. Overall very nice beer, hops and roast nicely balanced, I will seek this out more often, this should be the benchmark for this new style.
julesjis (149) - Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22oz. Initial nose is toasty, hoppy and coffee like. Taste is surprisingly watery for the aroma and color. It does have a nice bitter taste with a hoppy bite. Overall a decent CDA, but not a lot of depth to it.
liquidhedonism (177) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Albertson’s in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose is roasty and creamy. After tasting, I get strong, dry coffee roastiness and hoppy bitterness, which overpower the malt that’s hiding in the background. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit sweet at first, but has a very long bitter and astringent finish. I wish this one had a stronger malt backbone to balance out the astringency of the roasted grains and hops. All in all, not too bad.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Keg ][ 16oz ][ Hay Merchant Houston TX ][ $5-6 ][ Conical Pint ][ 9.1.14 ]
>> Deeper black pour with gray foam and great lacing. Nose is black olive and piney hops. Taste is piney, resinous, black beldi olive, forest floor, aggressive bitterness, unsweetened dark chocolate, orange peel dark chocolate, soil, dirt. Still, good. A bit too much black olive in the aroma. Aggressive spicy hop body with medium alcohol. Assertive, high IBUs, very nice. Great pair with spicy food.
GenDV138 (1785) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Best by 8/21/2014. Black with a finger of tan head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roast, pine, floral notes. Tastes of floral notes, chocolate, roast, pine, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Still good despite it being around 2 weeks past the best by date.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer with a thin beige head. Sharp pine and orange peel nose. A bit of pine and more citrus hop flavors over a caramel sweetness and a bitter burnt grain astringency. Full flavored CPA.
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As a big fan of black IPAs I was excited to try this beer. Really nice nutty, roasty aromas combined with spruce and citrus. Taste is both sweet and bitter. Excellent representation of the style.