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

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GraffitiVandal (80) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
ENG: Vintage 650ml bottle (not sure how old, probably around a year), poured into the tulip. Very dark brown color, small beige head. Very nice and deep aromas of chocolate, caramel, hops (!), coffee. Taste is a bit watery with hints of roasted caramel, malts, coffee, bread, dried plum. No hops at all (obviously). Not too much of bitterness if any. Maybe a bit in the aftertaste, which is mostly coffee’ish. Low carbonation, medium body, and as I mentioned above - a bit watery. Overall tastes more like a coffee stout to me, probably that’s because it was aged, so the whole hops and carbonation disappeared, and sweetness came upon top. So I’ve drank it more for a curiosity. Nice experience though.

PL: Wyleżakowana butelka 650ml (nie do końca jestem pewien jak długo leżakowała, ale coś ok. roku), przelana do kieliszka. Bardzo ciemna, brunatna barwa, niewielka, beżowa piana. Bardzo fajne, głębokie aromaty czekoladowe, karmelowe, chmielowe (!), kawowe. W smaku nieco wodniste, z nutami palonego karmelu, słodów, kawy, chleba, suszonych śliwek. Brak chmielu (oczywiste). Nie za wiele goryczki, o ile w ogóle. Może nieco w posmaku, który jest głównie kawowy. Niskie nasycenie, średnie odczucie w ustach, no i jak już wspomniałem - dość wodniste. Podsumowując piwo przypomina w smaku coffee stout’a, ale to pewnie przez to, że było leżakowane i cały chmiel i nasycenie uciekły, a wyszły słodkie smaki. Także piłem to piwo z czystej ciekawości. Mimo wszystko całkiem ciekawe doświadczenie.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (594) - CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours clear brown with deep amber highlights, massively explosive rocky light beige head, excellent retention and lacing. (3/5) Nose is roasty malt, tropical fruit, citrus, cocoa, molasses, moderate brett funk (6/10) Taste is low sweet, moderate bitter, mild sour. (6/10) Light to medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, bitter and funky finish. (4/5) A fairly enjoyable black IPA, with a lighter body than the dark colour would suggest. Gotta say, I’ve been reasonably pleased with my sampling of Half Pints so far - seems like a solid brewery. But, though I’m definitely getting the tropical fruit notes of the Galaxy hops in this one, I’m convinced there’s a runaway brett infection on top of everything - which probably explains the unmanageable head. I did a little research, and it seems like this thing was brewed only once - three years ago! Seriously? A three year old IPA? Dammit, people, why can’t you date your bottles? What’s this supposed to taste like? Who knows? It’s OK as-is, but I have no idea if it bears any resemblance to what it was and/or what it was intended to be. (12/20)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some tropical hoppy notes is different and really enticing. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with dry bitter notes offset by some of the tropical fruit notes from the hops. Body is about average for style. Great balanced mix between some bitter, tropical and sweet notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3368) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle (650 ml). From northropfrye, thanks! Dark brown with a medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of roasted, citrusy notes, chocolate and light piney notes. Taste is slightly sweet and roasted malt forward with light chocolate, piney notes, citrus and light bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Moderately dry finish. Lingering roasty/chocolate finish. Good Black IPA. Not too heavy. Drinkable. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3805) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at Tom’s. Deep brown-black pour with thin bubbly off-white head. Aroma is malty, molasses, chocolate, light fruity hop aroma, maltier than hoppy, light roasty coffee aromas. Taste is bitter, more from coffee like roastiness than hops, really low hoppiness, light black pepper, roasty finish. Palate is med bodied, light carbonation. Pretty average.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Half Pints Black Galaxy ].
Clear dark red brown color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, grass, citrus. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140808]

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4345) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
(bottle, cheers ferris!) deep clear ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of tobacco and pepper, with a hint of floral hops, curry powder, tangerines and a hint of citrus fruit. flavour is mostly herbal hops, mint and roasted malts, with a hint of yeast, some sugar icing and rose petals. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9431) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (908) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
Une grande tête marron qui laisse les belles dentelles sur une bière noir foncé. L’arôme d’houblon floral avec du malt torréfié et un peu du café. Le goût est d’abord du café et malt torréfié avec un peu du chocolat et une amertume forte avec un saveur et aprês goût du pin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3563) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Une bouteille de dresden. Many thanks! Une robe brune foncée et une superbe tête mousseuse qui génère une très belle dentelle. Au nez, un équilibre plaisant entre les fruits tropicaux, du chanvre, des aiguilles de pin et les malts rôtis, grillés et chocolatés. Ce style me plaît bien lorsqu’il montre bien les deux côtés de la médaille. Au goût, le caractère noir remporte la première manche mais quand le houblon est au bâton, il ne frappe que des coups sûrs. En bouche, je note un corps bien fait, aéré et tout en légèreté : une construction qui facilite bien des choses. En finale, la résine et les notes de conifères volent un but et les notes rôties/chocolatées avancent jusqu’au marbre. Bien exécutée. Je ne suis pas tombé en amour mais je suis bien capable d’apprécier cette bière qui appartient à un style qui souffre de son ambivalence.


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