trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I haven’t been a fan of this style, but I really loved this. Pours black. Aroma- piney citrus, chocolate, and a bit of spicy rye. The taste combines these flavors extremely well. You get the citrus hops chocolate and the rye. You can taste each one individually, but they all blend extremely well together. Great beer. The best black ipa I’ve had yet.
Awktoberfest (336) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good... Easy to drink...very balenced... Nice hop presence...don't know where it falls in the black ipa category...good yes...legendary?????
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this. A well balanced black IPA, it has all the aspects of a top notch West Coast beer. I haven’t tried many Firestone Walker releases but I do not see turning them down if offered. So far all have been solid.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated and murky, the black base is decorated by a sheen of cocoa head. Malty notes carry coffee grounds and deep hops. The vegetatal aspect is distracting unfortunately.
Flavor / Palate - Hopped up black coffee sparks the palate into action. A resiny feel rests on the back of the throat. Well rounded this does not have any big surprises. However neither does it disappoint. This is recommended if you pick up a fresh bottle.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a beige head. Tastes of grapefruit and pine with a chocolate roasted malt flavor. Very tasty.
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mar (5025) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black poor, khaki head. Nose is rye, fresh tropical fruit, hops, citrus, papaya, excellent. Very smooth on the palate, fresh hops, rye, chewy, very smooth finish.
charule (1619) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Bottled. Pours black. Creamy tan head. Slightly hop flavor real smooth easy to drink. Lovely balanced.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark and black, but thins out to a clear kola, with a finger or two of somewhat lacy white-corn foam. Smell is of sweet grains, and earthy grapefruit. Taste starts and ends with grapefruit bitterness, with notes of pumpernickel bread, and slight sweet undertones also present. Finish is very hoppy, with lingering alpha-acids. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly sticky. Medium to high carbonation.
Ed5388 (2557) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber shared with JohnGonk. Pours pure black with 2 fingers of off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and notes of toffee sweetness. Taste is lots of pine and grapefruit hop character, chocolate, caramel, and ends with a nice peppery rye spiciness.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to phillybeer! Pours black but really just a deep red that lets you see through it just a little. Nose is intense, tropical fruits, dank hops, pines, resins, citrus, chocolates, roasted malt complexities, and toasted breads. Flavor is similar. Sweet malt flavors but finishes dry and just a touch tart. Bitterness is medium to medium low but seems good for the dryness. Moderate carbonation. This is quite the lovely treat.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks a bunch, Dan! Pours an opaque dark brown, basically black in the glass, with a large foamy tan head that settles unevenly and leaves some lace streaks and spots. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, citrusy and earthy hops, and burnt toast. Flavor of citrus up front, with bitter dark chocolate, earth, and long roast on the finish. Light-medium bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very good BIPA. Hits all the right notes.