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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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The perfect winter IPA, we combine the rich backbone and color of a brown ale with robust American Hops. It’s well-balanced between sweet, roasty malts and piney, herbal hops, making this a dark beer for hop lovers.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Release #9:Citrus hops, caramel, light roast aroma. Light citrus, spicy hops and light roasted, bread crust malt flavors. Moderate bitterness.

Release #6, w/ Apollo and Mosaic hops: Citrus, nectarine, berry, herbal/earthy hop aroma and flavor. Nice balance of sweet, bready, and roasted malt flavors.

Fruity, herbal, sort of minty hop aroma, with some bready malt. Similar hop flavor: nice apple-ish fruit and spiciness, plus some floral flavor. bread/bread crust, sweet, light caramel/sweet and light roasted malt flavors. A little of the weird herbal/acrid character that "Black IPAs" can have--but not much. Pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitterness and a little astringency in aftertaste. (Release #3)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (2043) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2016
On tap at Denver tap room, pours a murky brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of earthy cocoa malt toffee and earthy hop spice. Earthy nuttiness, cocoa powder, toffee, with dry bitter hop spice. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4063) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Draft at Bubba Gumps, Monterey. Nose is light caramel, a hint of coffee, and a very light citrus. Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with a caramel and lightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that’s nearly opaque with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Nice looking beer. Slightly smokey, robust aroma with floral hops, lactic cream and sweeter malt notes rounding things out. Some lightly roasted coffee bean along with burnt toast, roasted nut and oatmeal followed by caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Subtle resinous, earthy hops but they don’t get in the way of the complex malt presence. Full bodied and surprisingly hop forward. Much stronger than the nose suggested with a nice balance of dry, earthy hops and light roasted malt notes. Actually not as complex as the aroma because the hop flavors are really strong and the malt presence is slightly one dimensional. Dank, earthy and bitter with lots of dry, grassy pine flavor that lingers throughout into a dry, roasty finish. As it warms, the malt flavors really come through with hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, chocolate and subtle roast. There’s also some subtle lactic creaminess balancing things out. Aggressively hoppy for the style but is decently balanced after the palate adjusts. Could use a bit more roast and is hop pier than I prefer for the style, but this beer is enjoyable and easy to drink. A solid beer in an under appreciated style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4997) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Firkin pout at alefort. Pours out a muddy brown topped with a tan head. Nose is whole hop leaf roast malts and a nice floral. Taste is light roast heavy hops and a nice finish. This was very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1987) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Not much hop aroma but grain nose. Hop bit and grain on the tongue. Malty more than sweet. Hoppy and malty hand in hand. Very nice head. Okay overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2015
On tap at the Denver brewery. Deep, dark brown appearance with a tan head. Aroma of roast, dark malts, nuts, earthy hops, chocolate, coffee, caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, rich with mild sweetness and medium resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied, a nice hoppy brown ale/black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5571) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Epic taproom, GABF week 2014. Good malt flavor with some nuts. Dry and earthy. One of the better brown ales, but there is only so much that can be done with this style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1471) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours a depp brown color with a roasted malt aroma. Taste is of heavy burnt malt with a tiny sweet caramel flavor. this beer tasted unfinished and was thin at the end of the beer. okay overall but underwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - AUG 31, 2014
Pours a clear maroon brown. Hardly any head or lacing. Oak earthiness on the nose. Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, decent hoppy bitterness (for a brown ale). Overall, pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3654) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
SLC bottle from release #10. Fairly dark brown color with a big, foamy chocolate milk head that lasts a long time. Aroma is mostly hops with a hint of chocolate malt in the end. Big hops in the flavor but it does include some dark malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pretty much a "brown ale" in name only for me because this seems like a black IPA. Tasty.


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