Jimthechap (1708) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oh black IPA you crazy conflicting style. As dark as sin but fruity and fragrant in stark contradiction to its appearance. Black IPA is a style that I have often written gives me the willies, but if I have to grow accustomed to it, then this is a good, if mild exemplar. Typical West Coast hop aromas of spruce and grassiness with flavours of the same. Quenching and light to medium bodied, it was an easy pint to drink with a faintly piquant bitterness. I must offer a quick thanks to Brian Eerwriter for shouting me this pint on his home turf.
chinchill (1976) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Fork & Brewer.
A clear dark mahogany ale with a very durable, creamy, beige head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: NZ hops with bready malts.
Flavor: Strong, with both dark roasted grains and earthy/herbal/spicy NZ hops. Notes of spruce, citrus and bready malts. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Medium bitter.
O: a decent version of this challenging style.
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is good, the body black-red. It smells maltaromatic, darkmalty, hoppy, bitter, aromatic. The taste is bitter hoppy, darkmalty, bit roasty, sweet, bit coffee-bitter. Good!