JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Before this beer was reinvented as a black IPA, it seemed like an interesting hybrid of a hoppy amber and a strong ale. Now it’s been tweaked to resemble a style that’ll probably be gone in a few years, and mostly lacks the complexity of some of the finer examples out there. Bitter, piney, not without character; just nothing to send you on a return trip.
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, and multiple bottles. Dark black with a tan head. Very strong hop nose with some roasted malts involved. Easy to drink, reminds me of hoppyum with dark malts. Good beer, but i usually opt for something else.
kassner (1322) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery, light cola color, Nice head and lacing, with some smoke. balanced and not too hoppy. More of a porter.
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops with faint caramel and roasted malts. The taste is herbal, resin hops, nutty notes and toffee malts. Medium bodied with a mild lingering bitterness.
Emeister84 (752) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrusy and roasty aromas. Dark brown with a fading, beige head. Bitter, roasty and dry. Light-medium body, decent carbonation, and with an abrupt, roasty finish. A bit lighter than most black IPAs.
shhmoke (32) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost black, with a small tan head. Aroma is of maple syrup and hops. Taste has citrus and pine and is slightly sweet at first but finishes bitter.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one on-tap at the brewpub. Light ruby edges make this one just less-than-black. A nice small cap of foam on top leaves perfect sip rings on the glass edge. Excellent nose bursting with notes of pine scent, citrus, fresh crushed hop pellets. Great inviting hoppy scent!
Good body. Not too thick, easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Well-balanced. Juicy, flavorful hops make up the bulk of this one. Nice bitter pop to it, but great citrusy flavor. Some mild cocoa-like sweetness noted, a little dry character on the finish. A good dark bitter beer. I like this one better than their standard IPA I think. Nice work retooling this one, Foothills.
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of warm maple syrup and bread. Jet black in color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Tastes like dark roast coffee and plenty of hop spice. Really bitter finish. Lovely beverage.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly black, thin tan head, lots of sediment. Aroma is primarily roasted barley and coffee with some faint hoppy notes. Moderate hop bitterness, touches of roast... not a whole lot going on. Very average black IPA.
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the deepest ruby with a tan head that leaves window-wash lacing. The nose is of deep pine. Flavors are of roasted grain, pine needle tea, coffee, citrus, with a clean bitter pine finish. The mouthfeel is round with a medium body. A nicely bitter and roasted Black IPA. Goes down well, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable.