HopTsing (426) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle poured a dark brown brew with a thick brown head.Aromas of grapefruit and malt with a little stink foot thrown in. Full bodied with a balance of malt and hops that leans a little towards the hop end, with a grape fruity hop finish.
tia (883) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown with big tan foamy head and decent lacing. Smells like pine and what I think of as rye. Tastes roasty and piney- slightly rubbery. Starts slick ends bitter and dry.
rbrazell (1629) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks xscottypx! Black pour with a frothy tan head. Big citrusy hop aroma up front with underlying rye spice, roasted malts and cocoa. Complex and layered flavors with creamy cocoa and coffee on the tip of the tongue fading into a snappy rye spice mid palate, more roasted malts and a great piney bitter end. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Fantastic beer.
therausch09 (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours incredibly dark without a super rich head. Smells of smooth milk chocolate with the slightest hint of citrus. Sweet, dark malty flavors collide immediately with grapefruit rind and are quickly overpowered, letting the dry citrus cleanse the palate as the black pepper spice of the rye lingers, begging for another sip. Simply beautiful.
pjames317 (73) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours nearly pitch black with a fluffy tan head that retains well. Aroma of pine, floral hops, cocoa nibs. Taste is rye, west coast piney hops, oak, espresso, light booze. A dry, bitter finish. Perfect in every way. Must try for any IPA or stout drinkers.
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, yeah, this was awesome. Growler from Whole Foods. Pours black, long lasting creamy head, darn pretty. Aroma is almost piercing grapefruit. Flavor is very, very lightly of chocolate, not at all bittering in nature, with an intense shot of grapefruit hops. Hoppy, but not overpowering bitterness. Really, really well done. Loving me some Firestone Walker these days.
MadIndian (2366) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice burnt roasted malt and big pine notes. Definite citrus and rye flavors, with a dry roasty pop. Nice body, good legs. What else could you ask for?
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
08.21.12 Bottle Date: Pours jet black with a medium size off-white head that is mostly lasting with nice lacing. Has a tropical fruit aroma with a toasty dark malt character and hints of pine. Rich, roasty flavor is citrusy with hints of pine and a spicy rye in the dry finish. Has a great creamy texture and is well balanced. Outstanding!
Glouglouburp (6001) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A rye-based roasted black beer bursting with pine-needles and grapefruity hops. Bright and excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after the beer was first released.
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is bright and hoppy with green pine needles, grapefruits, green hops pellets and toasted rye bread. Taste has a good amount of roasted rye bread, a slice of black cake, a bit of caramel, distant chocolate, assertive hopping with grapefruits, green pine-needles and more. Bitterness sensation in the medium range. Medium finish. Very easy to drink. This is the second rye-based Black IPA I drink in a span of 2 weeks (the other was Yorkholo “Panamah”) and both were excellent, I’m really hoping this is the beginning of a new trend, I really dig rye in a Black IPA. If you ask me, Black Rye IPA is the best thing since sliced bread (or any other fattening food that don’t try to run away when you want to eat it).
jbeahler (41) - USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, opaque and unfiltered. Nice frothy tan head. Looks like a porter, smells like an IPA. Lots of citrusy hop character and roasted malts. Tastes like a bitter hoppy IPA, piney citrusy hops balanced by sweet chocolate and molasses maltyness. Rye is noticeable nicely in the finish. Great carbonation and moderately thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable. So glad I tried it.