MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to fishingnet for the share.
A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a small head. Nice retention and some spotty lace.
S: Aroma is like a bag full of pine needles, resinous and sappy. Hints of roast pop through as well.
T: Hopped up for sure. Lots of pine with hints of citrus rind. Notes of roast can be picked up. The finish is more bitter herbal nice.
M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, nice biting bitter finish.
D: Good drinking tasty IPA. Win.
kassner (1538) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the type and this beer, Coke color with a modest head and some lacing. Nice hops fragrance, a full mouth and spicy notes underneath the good level of hops.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown color, fluffy off white head, some lace. nose is citric hops, but also roasty maliness. flavor was also hoppy, with some earthy and sweety malt and a hint of roastiness. medium bodied, bitter finish. the hint of sweetness was almost fruity and slightly off-putting to me. but still well worth the guzzle. sampled on tap at brewpub (my notes say on tuesday nov 3, 2009...i am a bit behind on my ratings evidently)..
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black waxed bomber courtesy Beerlando. This one pours a mostly clear, dark cola brown color and topped by a small, beige colored head of foam. The aroma is nice and hoppy showing notes of citrus, pine resin, and earthy characters to go with the dark bittered malt, dry cocoa, and a touch of roast. The flavor follows suit with the pine and earth hop bitterness up front along with notes of citrus and balanced out by dark cocoa, roasted caramel, dark malt. This one leans more to the bitter side as it should. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry, lingering pine bitter finish. This is a nice black ipa with good flavor.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours black with a tan head. Doesn’t pour much like an IPA. Aroma is of bitter, juicy hops, malt, roast, citrus, and pine. Damned if it doesn’t smell delicious. Taste starts off with a nice chocolately roast taste. A fair amount of caramel as well. Following the roastiness is a large character of piney, juicy hops. The hop bitterness surprisingly blends well with the roastiness. There is a lot of citrus in this one as well. Has a lingering malty pine taste. Light, crisp mouthfeel. It worked very well, and is drinkalbe as all hell...From my notes...
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber, silver specked black wax, with another thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours dark brown, black in the glass with a moderate creamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by pine and resin, along with lesser notes of citrus, molasses and caramel. Flavor is more pine and resin, grass and earthy hops. A nice and tasty black IPA, thanks again Adam!
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is resiny/piny hops, some dark roast, malt sweetness. Pours black, not totally opaque, thick tan head with very good retention. Flavor: strong bitterness, piney hops, roast and caramel malts, some sweetness, lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium body, some sticky sweetness on the palate, medium carbonation.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub in Flossmoor. I instantly loved the idea behind this beer with the experimentation of a dark ipa. The results turned out pretty good as well. This beer looks like a creamy oatmeal with a fluffy beige cream head, that maintained nicely with thick lacing, medium appearing body, and dark cola brown-black in color. Smelling, on the other hand, takes you completely off-gaurd as I’ve never smelled a beer that dark that was as hop dominated as this one. There are roasted malts in the background, the leafy/flowery hop airiness dominates along with mango, citrus fruits, oat and grainy cereal. As far as the taste/palate goes, the mouthfeel here could have been slightly fuller and slightly more balanced (which is crazy that a beer so dark would need a stronger malt profile), but the finish was very nice with roasted nutty oats that combine with nice bitter that is maintained throughout. Most of the flavor notes coincide with the aroma, so they do play off one another well. Overall, I loved the idea, and definitely enjoyed this is ipa.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle black wax with silver flakes.
black with a nice tight light brown head. great lacing.
roasted/burnt malt chocolate aroma with hints of grapefruit coffee toffee...kind of a lot going on.
sweet bitter coffee chocolate pudding flavor. light citrus grapefruit notes
bitter roasted burnt malt finish notes of chocolate pudding.
medium heavy body light carbonation.
i really love this beer. there is a lot going on. heavy dark roasted flavors and aromas intermingled with light citrus and green notes. well done what i want from a black ipa.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark brown color with a small head. Nose is pine and floral hops with a slight malt presence. Rather refreshing for the style with a piney aftertaste.