superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.
glennmastrange (2121) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of toasted and pine resin, light leather for the yeast, with wood, charcoal and tobacco in the background. Heas is small to average, frothy, tan with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. A great aroma, but this Black IPA lacks any sweetness. Otherwise it’s true to style.
drpimento (2085) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor’s like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there’s a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with an opague, black/brown color, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and draping lace. The aroma was roasty, oaky/woody, a touch of cocoa, subtle citrus, and a bit of tartness. The taste was similar notes, with a medium+ body, and an assertive, dry, earthy, resiny hop bitterness that possessed a lingering nature, but no harshness, and smoothed a bit more by some light creaminess to the mouthfeel. No noticeable sweetness thoughout, with fairly disguised alcohol presence. A tasty, robust brew.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dark brown liquid and was topped by a thick frothy layer of foamed head. I was shocked when my nose took a whiff and found a ton of hops since I didn’t fully read the bottle and just saw “dark ale.” Aroma is completely dominated by cascade hops that boast a scent of ripe orange or grapefruit citrus flesh and peel while a faint background of fig or raisin shines through. It now has become obvious that the label was saying it was a black IPA, but it kind of made me enjoy it more not knowing beforehand that it was that style since lot of brewing companies can’t pull it off. Well, Fish Brewing Company/Leavenworth Beers did an excellent job and this black IPA will be forever embedded in my memory as one of the better ones. The flavor is perfectly balanced between dark roasted malt and a lively presence of earthy green hops that finishes with a rich succulent sweetness. Truly an amazing recipe and I’m glad I bought a bottle, nice job guys, although, I would have preferred a bit more carbonation in the palate.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head, and good lacing.
smell is very complex, malt, pine, hops, a touch of citrus, caramel, prunes, and some grapefruit.
taste is thick, hoppy, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of grapefruit. ends nicely bitter.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Putting this up head to head with a bottle of Hopworks Organic Session Cascadian Dark Ale. Poured out an ultra dark brown with a thick light brown head that is quite compact and leaves plenty ’o lacing. The aroma powered out of the bottle once I tore the cap off and damn, it is excellent. Soooo fresh! Gotta thank the local distributor for getting this so freaking fresh. Massive citrus hit hard and made me forget all about the HUB CDA sitting in the glass mere inches away as that one was no where near as awesome. Oranges, rrgf, sweet lemon, pine, resin. The sweet part morphs into the well balanced malts, roasty, toasty and a touch of cold coffee peering out on occasion. finishes out the aroma with a peachy nectarine richness. Just poured the second half of the bottle in and the cap is of stout quality in compactness and how it bends along the rim. Excellent flavour! Huge, fresh hop citrus wonderfulness, plenty of pine, rrgf, light chocolate, light roast, peach, rich, lots of fruit, wonderful taste. Medium bodied, long finish with plenty of bitterness and a malty base that has no caramel in it, praise his name.Very very good beer. For once I get a hold of a very fresh hoppy American beer and I’m loving it. Drink this as soon as you can buy it. A top end IPA with a softer, darker malted background which works very well for me. Got to drink the last third of the bottle without thinking about reviewing and it holds up big time. A highly satisfying beer with plenty of complexity. As for the direct comparison? There is no comparison. This beer is far superior to me - bolder, fresher, better and lacking coffee. I’d take this beer over the Hopworks 10 out of 10 times.
Beergeek23322 (1954) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/6/2012. From bottle. poured black with a tan head. Malty aromas with hops, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter and hoppy flavors, malt is showing well. Pretty good one.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub. Very nice high body black IPA that had a great balance of malt and hops. Great beer.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour, limited head. There’s a very strong mandarin orange thing going on here, somehow pushing the sweet-and-sour too far atop darker malts that contribute more color than roasty flavor.