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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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An American-style Black Ale with the addition of rye in the grist for added spiciness and dryness. Assertive hop bitterness, citrus/floral hop flavor and aroma, medium-high alcohol content and medium body one would expect with a Rye IPA, but distinguished by its black color from debittered black malts and a unique mashing process that reduces the amount of burnt or roasted bitterness, astringency, flavor and aroma from that would otherwise be expected in an American Stout.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (2576) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Tap. Pours dark ruby black, small creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus, roasted malts, a bit ashy perhaps. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, tangy. Medium body, nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at Pig & Pickle. Black pour with an amber tint around the edges and a creamy beige head. Mild char and cocoa in the aroma. Pleasant roast element on the mid palate followed by grapefruit pith. Closer to a porter than an IPA, but stradles the fence respectably.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Tap. Dark black pour, minimal head and a roasted dark malt/rye aroma. Flavor is peaty rye, agressively hoppy and more dry peppery rye on the finish. Really enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt & earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Black pour from draft at whole foods in Lincoln park. Black with a ton of fluffy creamy head. Very nutty and hoppy taste. Malty rye and chocolate backbone. Pretty good but I've had better black IPAs.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Not the greatest black ipa. It has roasted notes and citrus but is thoroughly bland and watery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Draft on tap at World of Beer Naperville Destihl Event (Naperville, IL). Glad to finally try this one. Pours. A deep blackish hue, a firm opaque body shows just touches of ruby and brown glow on the edges and bottom. Cakey brownish head atop is sizable, sticks around well and laces very well. Nice presence and lasting effects. Aromas present deeper cocoa and gentle toasty malts meet a firm hop presence, florals and gentle citrus, a bit of resiny pine, more cocoa, light roastiness. Richer nose, firmer pine and bakers chocolate elements, dry and bitter. Initial is medium bodied, a firm hopping meets the palate up front, some florals, gentle grapefruit rind. A decent dose of pine starts to grow. Some toasty malts, a firmer black malt and some gentle cocoa elements. Some nicer citrus rind, earth, soil, peanuts at times. Middle shows more of this, grapefruit and citrus elements come in jabs, the peanuts, earth, toast, and mellow toffee and rye come at others. More dry and bitter than malt driven, the dryness and citrusy grapefruit juice work fairly well, provide a bit of a clash. Backend is firmer dryness, good bitterness that kicks but doesn’t overwhelm. A firmer body beneath provides some drama, some nice clashes of elements at times. Firmer bitterness is floral, citrusy, a bit soapy at times. Pretty solid beer, offering a firm hopping, decent freshness, nice clash of elements at times. The rye is mellow, mixing in more, perhaps giving it a touch more malty character as opposed to the standard Black IPA (a beer I enjoy pretty well). Nice stuff here. Nose and appearance are fantastic. A touch more hoppy life into the beer might elevate it for me on my own scale, but the rye shows some life, and I think they really hit the mark here for what they were after.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Dark pour aroma of a black IPA fair amount of citrus and a touch of pine reminds me of arye in the aftertaste. Nice to drink but nothing special

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Draft at Destihl. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with a tannish head. Nose is a bit muddled. Hop resin, toast, faint butterscotch, caramel and a graininess. An old hop character funk as well. On tasting, moderate butterscotch fights with the hops and causes a slickness. Some faint black malt character. Kind of in a few different directions.


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