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Hopmonger Back in Bakula

Hopmonger Back in Bakula
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Brewed at The Twisted Hop

Style: Black IPA
, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Refusing to name a beer "I Love Aileen" after many requests by my girlfriend, this beer is instead titled after her favorite show’s protagonist and is as close as she is going to get! Also Back is Black was already taken. It is a big hoppy black bitter beer to get us through the rest of winter. It showcases Australia’s Stella hops that wowed me after having a single hop version in Beechworth Victoria on holiday this summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1300) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
(On tap) Black, thin tan head. Smokey aroma. Medium body with light but soft and mouthfilling carbonation. Taste starts with dark toffee and smokey burnet notes develop. There’s a nice long fairly restrained bitter and smokey finish, Very drinkable for this unusual style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
The head is good and brown, the body black. It smells roasty, aromatic, darkmalty, bit pulvery, chocolate. The taste is coffee, roasty, bitter, sweet, aromatic, coffee. Delicious 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 A smooth/centering brew that makes an interesting interlude between stronger/sweeter recipes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 13, 2013
quite nice, tasted a bit darker than expected, would be much more comfortable with calling this a hoppy porter than a black ipa. has a bit of depth in its malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21439) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at the Malthouse. Black color, small tan head. Aroma of cocoa and pine. Taste is bitter burnt espresso and more pine. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
I don’t know, there’s something vaguely unsettling about black IPA as a style. You know how you get served a big black pint and you expect chocolate, coffee and charry toastiness but you actually get perfumy tropical fruits, grape, hay and green herbal grassiness? Yeah, that’s what you get here maybe with a hint of cowshit. I say cowshit, but it’s the rather nice earthy aromatic cowshit rather than being something unpleasant. It’s a smell that casts my mind back to my youth on farms and in dairy sheds and my description should in no way be interpreted as being being negative in this area. The pint itself appears as a black mahogany colour with a persistent coating of cream-mocha coloured head that left some lacing down the glass. The taste is of dehydrated tropical fruits: guava, papaya and rock melon. Along with this is some chocolate and caramel that is helped along by a nice bite of bitterness. I rather liked it, but as with every black IPA, there was a touch of the heebie jeebies. I’d still go back for another though...

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