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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Black IPA
Halifax, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Holy hybrid, this legendary hop-forward style goes dark & deep with the addition of a big, roasted malt base. Dry-hopped & Unfiltered, donít overthink this beast, just enjoy.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, - FEB 5, 2012
Black pour, rocky beige head. Pine hops, light roast. Flavor is more of the same. The pine, resinous hops seem to over power, and the roastiness is weak, and gets pushed aside. Seems like its more of a hoppy american porter. Its lacking the roast i come to expect in this style. Netherworld from flying monkeys is still my go to example of the style.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (446) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
A fine CDA, BIPA, whatever theyíre called. Nice classy label as well. A dark brown with ruby highlights, whiffs of citrus hops, roasty malts, resin and orange. You would think that combination would be wretched but therein lies the magic of this style. Bitter grapefruit hops balanced against mildly bitter malts that are still a tad sweet. I could enjoy this constantly and often.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. My first black IPA, and it was luckily a great experience. Tasted of dark roasted caramel and coffee malt, then balanced well with the citrus and resiny hop flavour. Had a great medium body and finished with a good hop kick of bitterness. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (402) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Great aroma. Wasnít keen on the Stout/Porter that is the base of this brew but I really enjoyed this hybrid version. Only the 2 black IPA that Iíve tried and Iíve enjoyed they both.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BreWedge (332) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown bordering black with a large mocha colored head. Aroma was rich chocolate malt and a hoppy chalk like bitterness. Tastes were dark chocolate, nutty, coffee offset nicely by a back end hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was thinner than expected (more IPA than stout) with a nice lengthy bitter finish. Would definitely have another one of these.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
In short: A resinous sweet dark ale. Not a lot of fun.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed a few weeks after purchase (so probably fresh)
The look: Clear dark brown body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose is Nose is resinous citrusy hops with underlying sweet liquorice and caramel. Taste has overcooked caramel, lot of flowery hops with a resinous character, some sweet juicy citrus fruits, soft liquorice candy, medium roast. Long after-taste blending hops resin and brown sugars. A tasty beer with many flavors coming through, but the end-result is a bunch of flavors that just donít stick together very well. Not bad, not good, but Iíll drink any beer, good ones, bad ones, because Iíve got a serious drinking problem, and I realized I had a serious drinking problem when I finally decided to tell my good friend Harold how much I drink and I donít know anybody by the name of Harold and I was talking to some stranger named Carl who seemed a bit freaked out by the whole thing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (567) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
Muddy brown body, almost black, with a huge mocha head, very decent retention. Aroma is a sweet caramel and hop mix, chocolate, vanilla, pine freshness. Taste is stout dryness and bitterness, chocolate, strong aggressive hops, some wood charcoal and liquorish. A strong taste from a strong brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1305) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
I really enjoy this style and am happy (hoppy? euhh..) to see it stretch across the continent. This beer, while nice, is not the best representative of the Black IPA though. I donít think the grassy hops go that well with black malt. Still better than most beers though, so cheers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11306) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Seems to be more brown than black. Some off-white head sitting on top. A decent enough hop aroma. Good herbal and pine qualities. As usual, lots of roasted malt notes, too. The flavor is quite dry with a lot of roasted malt. Good herbal and pine hop flavors with some mild citrus peel. A nice bitterness to the flavor, too. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4321) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2012
This has bitterness. Hoppy flavour and a little dark cream on the palate. Smells hoppy with a little alcohol. Some roast malt in the taste Malt has a little bit of a caramelized finish as well. Bottle

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1125) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Mild aroma of fruity hops and roasted barley. Taste is quite good - this is one of the better balanced Black IPAs Iíve had - a blend of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, fruity hops, and a quite bitter finish, without any one flavour dominating too much. Actually as I drink more of it I am finding the roasty coffee flavours are dominating a bit more. Not that thatís a bad thing. A little on the thin and fizzy side. Overall quite good.


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