silvorgold (22) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was impossibly hard to find, but I was lucky enough to have several friends willing to trade for one.
Iíve had several Black IPAs, but this is the very first Iíve had from Half Pints. Iím glad I got my hands on it. It has a very big OOMPH of a grapefruitiness from the hops. Incredibly hoppy, but you would know that already if you are familiar with Half Pintsí other "IPA" beers.
It has a bit of toastiness in the taste, as well as a continuation of the very citrusy Grapefruit in the hops. Incredibly hoppy. This Black IPA reminds me more of an actual IPA than most Black IPAs, I find most Black IPAs Iíve tried remind me more of an IPA meets porter, this one reminds me of a very very dark IPA. I dislike grapefruit, but in this beer, Iíd drink this again and again.. and again.
dreamflower (435) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer with a bit lighter fluffy head. This is about the only IPA I really like. Tastes of chocolatey grapefruit, light sweetness. I like it very much. Iíd like to have more. Iím sad this is a limited edition.
northropfrye (1722) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Black in colour with off white head. Quite aromatic - sweet honey hops, some pine, dark roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is hoppy and sweet, basically like a honeyish IPA with a touch of dark roasted malts. Excellent stuff.
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick frothy head, like something youíd find on a polluted stream (although in this case, itís a good thing). Pours black (no kidding). Worth the wait in line early on a Saturday morning. Bitter to start, but umami follows, in that it induces salivation (okay I may have had a few too many today). Another great beer from a great brewery.