jcwattsrugger (10889) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle-with a tip of the glass to douglas88 for his efforts on RB!-rich/tight tan head with heavy lacing-black. A-resin, roasty dk malt-molasses/anise/licorice, resin. T-sweet roasty dk malt-anise/licorice/molasses/cocoa, resin hops with some bite and lots of flavor. This was fresh, wish dmac, piney or douglas could have been sharing this one with me!
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle at Fred Meyer - black with white head. Floral hops. Fantastic aroma. Roasted malt flavor. Very well balanced. Surprisingly good beer from fish!0
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.
drpimento (2082) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from K&B. Pours a deep coffee brown/ black with a big creamy beige head, nice lacing. Big nose of grapefruit, pine, cocoa, roasted malts and resiny hops. Medium / full bodied.
superspak (2108) - 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.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hopefully a treat to make me forget generic lager day on the deck. ALmost black but you that with the right light you would get some nice highlights. Smells like a nice hoppy IPA with a nice background roasted malt. Instead of a balance of darker malt and hops, many of which tend to far towards the malt, this is an nice IPA that just happens to be made with dark malt. Tasty!
VertBaconStrips (2013) - 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.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours deepest brown with thin head. Aroma is extremely fresh piney and citrus hops mixed with a cocoa malt. Taste is wonderfully multi faceted. Unlike some CDA’s the two promient features of dark malt and hops don’t neutralize each other but instead provide a wonderful two tiered taste. Big pine and grapefruit hop flavour with delicious chocolate malt counterpoint. Finish is bitter. Very good example of the style.
DuffMan (6073) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. Luscious citrus and pine aroma, juicy and fresh. Nothing in the aroma suggests dark malts, only because the fresh hop load is overwhelming. Hops also dominate the palate, but here the malts provide the essential balance that makes this beer such a treat. It isn’t that dark traits are prominent in the flavour profile because of the hop domination, but rather the roasted malt provides a less sweet, less sticky base, allowing the hops to shine without becoming astringent or harsh. A truly unique balance, and probably the best example of the style I’ve yet tried, next to Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. But at nearly $11 per bottle, I probably won’t be enjoying it often.