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Free State Bottle Rocket Black IPA

Free State Bottle Rocket Black IPA
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   ABV: -
This dark IPA borrows characteristics of our popular C4 Imperial Black IPA minus the strength. The nutty character of Golden Promise malt marries with the roast malt notes of Carafa malt. Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, Crystal, and Centennial hops harmonize into evocations of black tea, jasmine, pine needles and grapefruit in this complex, medium bodied ale.
O.G. - 13.95ºP/1.056
Hops - Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, Crystal, & Centennial

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Not really a C4, but this one is pretty good too. Very piney, with a some roasted characteristics as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Draft, at the brewpub. Dark, roasty/toasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate, piney, earthy hops, underlying dark sweetness and perhaps some dark fruitiness as well, far in the background. Quite intriguing. Clear, dark brown color, with a very fine, subsiding, light tan head and intricate lacing. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced with darkly sweet, chocolate and roasted malts, dark brown sugar/toffee, earthy, piney hop flavors, moderately strong bitterness and some ale-like fruitiness courtesy of the yeast, finishing with touches of spruce and berry. Smooth and creamy on the palate, body is medium-full. Complex and very nice, one of the best examples of the style I have tried thus far. I absolutely had to get a growler of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes dark brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, pine, florals, caramel, and malt. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts and floral hops. Flavor of caramel, honey roasted nuts. Pine and grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2013
10oz draft at the brewpub. Pours with a pretty tight head that leaves a very sticky lacing. Appearance is very dark brown, looks almost black. Aroma is roast heavy with lots of pine hops. A weird caramel coming off it as well, not sure about that aspect. Flavor is all hops at the start with a bitter malt and hop finish.

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