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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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"... and pray the there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space..." A CDA based on the Black Scrapper but finished completely with Galaxy hops. Released March 17, 2012 - one batch only.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear black with an average to large frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a very good complex beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9043) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Nice dark pour wtih a beige head. Aroma is resinous up front, with some roasted malt, cocoa powder and coffee. Grapefruit peel notes, roasted malt, burned toast, coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8183) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of orange and tangerine peel, roast chocolate, pine and citrus. Some resin in back of palate. Medium body. Smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8104) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle shared by Ferris @ ChrisO’s. Dark brown color, medium sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is malts, hops, roasty. Taste malts, roastyness, hops, bitter. Medium to full body for a 6% ABV beer and medium carbonation. Quite well balanced between the hops and roastyness. Very much like it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Courtesy of dcschiller. It pours mahogany with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malt balls, spicy wood, like notes, flower pedals and roasted malts. The taste has spicy notes from hops like pine and then sort of a cedar wood sensation followed by dark roasted malts and a bit of coffee and chocolate. It has pleasing levels of both roasted malts and hops. Pretty bold in flavor yet pretty thin in palate with the various notes being on the bright side. I would think a year in the cellar will smooth and meld these flavors into harmony.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
Big bottle, all to myself. Near-black pour that, if held up to my iPad screen, has deep golden amber highlights. Cool. I am on the last few sips of this thing in my giant British pint-sized Mill Street Brewery shaker glass, and there is still a thin brown head present, with several continent-shaped sheets of dried lace at the top of the glass. Ahhhh the scent! I’ve said in older reviews that I love a black IPA in which the black malts share equal billing with the hops,otherwise whats the point of it being black when all you can taste and smell are hop oils? This beer nails that balance: on the nose, rich chocolatey malts intermingle beautifully with citrus, pine, and blackberry notes. Wow. I’m smelling it again right now... On the palate, the marriage remains blissful, with cocoa, espresso, guava, grapefruit, and yes, a ghostly blackberry note all preceding a pithy assertively bitter finish. An absolutely fantastic black IPA in its freshest state.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6282) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
22oz bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Very dark brown color, near-black. Good thin khaki kind of tan head. Dots and bits of lace. Slight red hue. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Awesome hop aroma... Awesome tropical piney grapefruity citrus aroma. Love that galaxy hop. Hint of pine. Good moderate zest, light sweet, bigger bitter taste. A very satisfying black IPA. Good, complex malt and hop profile. Great stuff, especially for a 6%... Great big flavor for that ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
In short: An exemplary Black IPA. That simple
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh, 1.5 month after the beer release. Bottle from Savvy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head leaving good lacings on the glass
In long: The inviting nose is dominated by the hops aroma (piney and tropical fruits) over a slice of chocolate cake. Taste is roasted but not overly so, plenty of blackened cake malts, a bit chocolaty, a sip of black coffee. Basically a very satisfying malt backbone for that type of beer. Then a solid hopping but not a hop-bomb, with such a solid malt backbone this beer is more a well balanced Black IPA than a hophead wet dream. The nice tasty hops provide piney and tropical fruits flavors. A nice clean and refreshing bitterness of medium intensity, tasty bitterness but nothing resinous here,. This is clearly one of the better Black IPA I have had, certainly in my top-10 of the style. A good beer like this puts me in such a good mood, it makes me want to hug someone that doesn’t get on my nerves until he/she says “please let me go, I don’t know you” because everybody I know get on my nerves, An actual Black Galaxy (or the more politically correct terminology “galaxy of color”) is a galaxy oppressed by the white universe that steels stars from regular luminous galaxies.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by b3shine. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have good roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with the hop profile showing grapefruit citrus, earthy, and resiny notes. I thought it was good, but leaned more toward a hoppy porter than a true black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5305) - Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bomber to taster (shared with the group; thanks DuffMan. Looks good; a translucent dark brown with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, and hops with some toastiness as well. Tastes like it smells, but not as robust or hoppy. Average on the palate. Good beer.


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