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Eight Degrees Zeus Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Eight Degrees Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Mitchelstown, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
bottled, special
This beer is designed to challenge your preconceptions: it looks like a rich dark porter but tastes like a punchy IPA. This Black IPA uses Zeus hops from the Yakima valley and Ella hops from Australia. Think pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a spicy bite. Close your eyes, take a sip and let your taste buds take over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared during Cotteridge Convention 2015. Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose holds burnt toast, earth, light cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor with notes of baking cocoa, scorched earth. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Bitter burnt earth finish with further baking cocoa and dry toast. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14315) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, big thanks to Steve BIK for another Irish CDA, 24/01/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is pine needle, dark berry fruits, spice, bitter fruit, earthy. Taste comprises toffee, earthy hop notes, light pine, tangy berry fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Drinkable CDA that ticks the style boxes but lower down the order.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle at the Cotteridge Convention thanks to Steve. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, pine, candied citrus peel, parma violets and Eccles cake. The taste is crisp, bitter-roast, toasty, treacle, Eccles cake, pine, varnish, charred wood, good hit of bitterness and light alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Punchy and pretty tasty. Solid black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (6501) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Many thanks to BeersIveKnown for the BIPA tick. Dark black coloured pour with a creamy head. aroma is floral citrus, faint dark malts, roast and a little berry. Flavour is composed of resinous hop, dark malts, juicy fruits, smooth and mellow. Ticks all the boxes. Palate is sticky resinous, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (6224) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 24, 2014
BB 30 08 12, 330ml Dark black in the glass, intense floral in the nose. The beer starts intense, floral, a bit viscous. Nice hints of floralness and fresh hops over a body that is more a stout than anything else. Rich and creamy, thick till the end. Floral and slightly roasted ending, smooth bittered.
I won’t call it a Black IPA - it is more a nice dry-hopped Imperial Stout. --> 11/10/10/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (6045) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2014
Pours out of the bottle ( many, many thanks to beersiveknown for this nice one!) in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of roasted hops and pine. Taste of fresh hops, dark grains, spruce, pine, citrus, spices and herbs. Easy and nice to drink with highly quaffable moments. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (6008) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2014
Enjoyable black IPA with some earthy moments. Coffee, roasted malt and bit of acid in the back. Definitely full bodied with a nice and balanced aftertaste. To recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; dark brown pour with a frothy beige head, pine and coffee aroma, taste has chocolate along with some sharp citrus action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5189) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. How big was Steve’s bag? He must have brought half of Ireland’s beer selection with him on the flight! Cheers mate, for yet another bottle from the Emerald Isle. Surprise, surprise, this Black IPA is in fact Black, the head a tanned beige affair. Loads going on in the aroma and flavour stakes: Piney, citrusy and dark fruity with an exotic spicy feel as an afterthought in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Rich citrus and guava with slight chocolate undercurrent. Cola with a lacing of beige head. Full bodied, tingling carbonation, tangerine, pithy bitterness, long bitter finish. Spot on BIPA.

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