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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A haughty black ipa with a bit of pent-up attitude for those "special" days. Our addicting little black IPA using Belgian dark malts and dry-hopped for intense aroma. 7.6% ABV and 85 IBU’s. Release some bottled-up Anger and learn to enjoy life a little.

Grain: Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal 10L, Crystal 60L, British Chocolate, Carafa III, Wheat Malt Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade Yeast: American-style Ale yeast


3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
What seems to be an over carbonated bottle, settles quickly to a thin tan sheen. The pitch black color looks very much like a stout and smells spicy like root beer. The beer is very hops forward, with the maltiness lacking on the back end. I hate to say it but this could use a little more balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Opaque deep brown body, thin ring of cream-colored carbonation. Nose of dry roasted malts and charred hops. Dry, creamy body, thin and acidic with huge notes of roasted coffee and hints of brown sugar and red wine. Finishes with a medley of tannic leafy hops. Quite complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2012
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Overcarbonated, had to decant. Big super spicy aroma. Condensed, rich fresh spicy hops and darker malts. This has a really fun unique Black IPA flavor profile. Good restraint on the dark malt flavors and a really nice blast of piney and spicy hops. Spicy, have I said that enough. Grassy and bitter in the finish, as it should be. Dial in the carbonation and you’ve got a very fine Cascadian Dark Ale here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Tap: Black, traced with a wood-stained shade of dark brown around the edge, capped with a coffee-cream colored head that mellows out slowly, leaving behind some spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy chocolate malt, dry cocoa powder, crushed coffee beans, burnt caramel, roast, & a back-end of mostly hoppage; leaves, mild pine, citrus peel. The taste really amplifies the citric presence of the hops... peppery white grapefruit & tangerine flesh, actually almost tart for a split second before the herbal & more ashy notes come in with the heavy bitterness. Malty finish & aftertaste with roasted coffee beans, cocoa dust, burnt malt, & charred wood, all meshed with the decrescendo of citric & pine-forward hops. Not bad, but something wasn’t meshing perfectly between the malt & hops, for some reason. Definitely a nice brew, but nothing to go crazy over.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass with modest gush this time, but not as active as other GB offerings have treated me. Displayed a ruby highlighted, black/brown color, with abundant, moussy, brownish tan head foam that left thick, patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma was roasty, with some sweetness, mocha notes, mainly citrus, but some odd combination of resin, chemical, and caramel scent, along with well water & rust after further revisiting the nose. The taste was dry, roasty, with a bit of burnt grain & smoke, and medium, earthy, citrusy hop bitterness that lingered. Medium bodied, with lively enough carbonation. The taste was okay, the nose disappointed, but I wasn’t angered, just bummed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Damico (2924) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours thick dark coffee in color with a lady beige head. The aroma is light roasted not quite burnt coffee. Flavor is nice roasted coffee notes and pretty subtle hops after that.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Caramel with coffee and chocolate. A decent bit of pine and citrus also. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Taster at Standard Market, and I’m finally popping the cap on my first Greenbush beer, too. Oh, yes, Amarillo right up the nose on the first sniff. This would indeed be a beer to inspire anger. Black with some brown highlight, and a persistent stoutlike-head. Taste is hit up hard by catbox Amarillo and Simcoe, which overrides much of the malt profile. Still, I get some spiciness from wheat more than any roastiness. A very light mouthfeel makes up for the rough palate, light carbonation makes it feel almost like there was some nitro involved (which there wasn’t). Alcohol starts to kick in after the second ounce, so be careful not to swig this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Decent Black IPA. The hops combine for a soapy like character that Im not a huge fan of but the roasty backbone is there and the hop presence is strong.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Homer321 (2768) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle, pours a dark brown to black with a large rocky light brown head. Nose is chocolate with some grassy notes. Smells like bakers chocolate and flour. Taste is a gawd awful burnt hop flavor at first. Yup, this is why I don’t like Black IPAs. Just a muddled mess of hops, roast, and armpits. The hops and chocolate/roast are not balanced at all and fight each other for which can be most aggressive. and all they do is smother each other and the consumer is left with the bloody mess of the aftermath of a 12 round steel cage fight.


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