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Black, cracked, stuffed in a sack, boiled and cold-infused. We’ve braided the assertive presence of hops with the stimulating character of fresh black pepper. Not so much a kick in the shorts as a hop lover’s wake-up call, our Knot Stock might just become your go-to pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Translucent deep orange/amber body. Thin head fades quickly. A light honey, fruit and pepper combo is evident in the nose. Hops and malt are soft and well utilized. The aroma has some saison-esque qualities to it. Very pleasant. Christmas pine and spruce notes are wacky additions to the flavor. Light sweetness and moderate acidity work well. The mouthfeel has a macro-brewed feel to it, very flat and watery. Residual stickiness is left in an uninspired, peppery, hoppy finish. This started off much better than it ended up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4812) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Interesting. A very dry ipa. Not especially bitter and the hops are not so prominent, but this is very dry, one of the driest beers I have ever had. Standard gold color. It reminds me of a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Thanks Skyview! Copper color with no head. Sweet grain aroma and a little pepper, which is about what the taste is too. An IPA?! Uh, no. But a suitably tasty diversion in a beer portfolio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Bob’s McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a thick off white head. Dissolves to a fine film and sparce lacing. Aroma of caramel, black pepper, some weathered cloves and some earthy dirt/dust. Taste has some pumpkin character, medium bodied, lightly carbonated and a little gritty from the pepper taste. Finish is gritty with a slight hop bitter aftertaste. This brew should be listed under "Spice/ Herb/ Vegetable" than an IPA. If not, this is sort of an odd duck of interesting IPAs, and will be a memorable one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 30, 2007
12oz bottle
I just don’t know what to make of this stuff. Everything about it is about half-a-step off the beaten path, from its strange copper-with-a-couple-drops-of-india-ink color to its curious hop-and-black-pepper aroma (sniffing it literally made me sneeze!) to its muted-but-assertive pepper/hop profile... this stuff is just baffling. Not bad, but baffling. It’s an answer to a question nobody thought to ask and nobody wishes they’d asked in retrospect now that they have the answer. It’s reasonably well-crafted, I’ll give them that... but it’s still pretty weird. I’d have to be in the exact proper mood to actually like this stuff, and as much as I tried to prepare myself for this bottle, I was was not in the aforementioned proper mood. This is the Jim Carrey of beers -- weird, bold, in-your-face, and best consumed in small doses,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with orange highlights. Minimal off-white head. Mild grapefruit hop notes on the nose. Definitely smell some black pepper. Quite unique! Only mildly hoppy on the palate with a hint of malt, earth and pepper. Finishes dry with a hint of hops and black pepper. I give these guys credit for taking some chances in their beers. Execution is not always spot-on, but they get an A for effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2007
12oz bottle. Filtered and dark amber. Ring of h=white head. Light nose. Light to medium bodied with soapy hops and mild malts. Peppery notes. Not bad. Pepper adds a nice element.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Pours a transparent copper bronze with a wispy off-white head. Aroma of peppery Italian seasoning with a touch of mild grapefruity hops. Body starts with a slightly sweet, and pale malty flavor with a slight black pepper character toward a piny hoppy finish. An interesting IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Very spicy aroma. I guess it smell like black pepper but smells like other spices to me. Must be the mix with the hops. Caramel notes just barely pokes through. Dull caramel malt with a hoppy middle and peppery finish. Light to medium bodied. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz bottle from Rileys in Madison, WI (December 2006) served a little below cellar temperature in an Allagash glass. Dark, lightly hazy amber, smallish lasting very smooth off-white head....first nosing of apricot and sweet orange oils, hoppy fragrances, delicate....second time the black pepper hits, blending beautifully with the syrupy fruit essences.....the body similarly offers a nice blend of hard, spicy pepper and fruity/citric acids, hop oiliness present throughout....juicy, moderately full body with low carbonation; tangy, slightly mouth-puckering finish that dries up just at the last minute. Really nicely done, a very different concoction than Dieu du Ciel’s Route des Épices, the only other black pepper-dominated beer I can think of, but hardly less memorable and that’s a huge compliment indeed. I might have labelled this a spice/herb beer but the IPA character is certainly present as well. Nicely done! A memorable treat for my 200th IPA.

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