VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, 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.
OldMrCrow (2135) - 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.
robforbes (2083) - 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.
patricks110 (2016) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Forgotten review from May 9, 2011. Swordfish pours a dark brown with a two finger thick, creamy beige head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is quite strong with a perceived NW resinous hop, a large herbal note and a dark roasty malt. note of cocoa, burnt espresso and lightly fruity notes.The taste is superb with a bold roast and malt profile that balances well with a medium hop bitterness and a beautiful pine and grapefruit hop taste on the finish. Notes of pine, citrus, toast and biscuit are also found. Medium to full bodied with a beautiful drinkable taste and nice balance for a Black IPA.
gsmitty80 (1978) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.
skoisirius (1829) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darker brown with a touch of black, off tan head. Nose is darker malt oriented with hints of cocoa and roast. Flavor brings out a velvety chocolate espresso notes blended with light touches of mild roast running across the palate. Lightly grainy, piney, and cirtusy, and finishes pleasantly hopped melding into all the other flavors. A good CDA, but I agree with Aubrey, there really isn’t anything "double" about it, except it’s price! (Which, doesn’t need to be $11...)
jjgmd (1672) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a nice tight java head. Nose is malty with caramel and hops. Taste is malty with chocolate notes , with beautifully balanced hops. Finish is bitter sweet, great Black IPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz from Capones. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with thick fluffy mocha head. Nose is roasted and sweet malt with the faintest hit of piney hops. Taste is sweet and roasted malt, slight hop bitterness, and butter crumbles. If you told me it was a porter I’d say it was good, not as an IPA.
zgaier (1598) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, citrus, and roasted malt. Taste is delicious, nice roasted malt and chocolate balanced nicely with the hops and citrus tones which lead to the bitter, hoppy finish. Very good black IPA
Beerenberger (1564) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Thanks to Ken for the bomber) Aroma of sweet malts and fruity hops combined with hints of caramel. A mahoney pour with a thin, mostly deminishing, off-white head and moderate lacing. Initially, the taste is sweet malt with nods to toffee, followed by some grain, and concluding in a bitter finish which continues into the aftertaste. Medium body and medium body. Overall, a nice dance of sweet and bitter.