TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a dirty white head. Nose is soft grapefruit, toffee, light roast and smoke. Medium body, almost sticky, with a tingle. Taste is molasses, rye and broiled grapefruit, hints of coffee and grass. Spicy finish. Good balance for a black IPA.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There were so many changes from when I popped the cap to take a whiff, to pour, to let it settle and warm a little, to it’s end... It got worse, actually. The aroma was amazing to me when I had it straight from the bottle -- a positively dark, complex grain. If anything remained the same, however, it was the palate: A bit too thick for me and my kind of IPAs (regardless of IPA type), but otherwise smooth and creamy. I like to rate beers a bit after its opening rather than at first tick (at least that’s how I’ve evolved as a rater) so I say about its taste the following: Minutes later, what it actually is, is a dark and dry, slightly sticky, grainy ale, that has a hoppy little pop; good, but not my thing. Would’ve been better as a tick.
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear dark brown IPA with a thin brown head. In aroma, attack of pungent piney resinous hops, with citrus pulp, sweet tropical fruits, very nice. In mouth, a nice smooth biscuit with nice balanced floral hops, not aggressive, light catnip, residual sugars, menthol and grass. On tap at Mash Tun Festival, May 19 2011.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight red with a tight creamy tan head. Leaves a foam coating behind.
Aroma: Strong hop aroma. Pine and grapefruit. This is the nose I look for in a Black IPA. You should be able to close your eyes and not be able to tell what color the beer is. I could compare the nose on this to Stone’s 15th Anniversary or Sublimely Self Righteous, which to me, is magical.
Taste: Starts with agressive piney hop bitterness, earthy slightly toasted rye, Finishes with long bitterness. Not sweet or fruity in the slightest. Lots of agressive bitterness and earthy character that lingers well after the sip.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly creamy with average carbonation.
Overall: The only thing this beer shares with Union and Double Jack is the last name. This beer isn’t fruity or sweet, but rather rustic, agressive and bitter. This is one of the most rye pronounced Rye beers I’ve had since Bruery’s Rugbrod, and will take you by surprise. I need to drink a few more glasses to see if this will go on my Firestone favs list. I give this beer a lot of props and points for being a true Black IPA and not an over marketed porter. At $6-7 a bomber, you should pick up a few bottles to try. I think I’d appreciate this beer in a 6 pack format as well.
HoppyToBeHere (1) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, toasty, strong white head, big beer that won’t knock you out right away, another solid Firestone product
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a thin tan head. The rye is quite evident on the nose. Full bodied with a rich entry and roasted flavors through the mid palate, but a dramatic bite of hops on the finish. The rye flavors are layered throughout as well.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Draft. Very dark red brown with a big foamy tan head. Bright strong citrus hop bite. 60 IBUs. Dark spicy rye. Burned pinecone. Unfiltered for a fuller body than many black IPAs. Good carbonation. Quite a big beer for a black IPA. Good stuff.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Pine, roast, some chocolate, and some citrus. Pine burps.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Dark as night with a lasting brown head. A green malty aroma with a nice hop profile but ultimately a nice chocolate malty beer with a spicy hop finish.
jpsavage (4) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is one of my favorites. It’s fairly inexpensive, has 8.3 ABV, unsure of the IBUs, tastes great, has no bitter after taste like other Black IPAs.