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Jopen / Grateful Deaf Zythos Black IPA (2012)

Formerly brewed at Jopen
Style: Black IPA
Haarlem, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
2012 Collaboration Brew of Ken Fisher (The Grateful Deaf brewer) and Jopen Brewery in Haarlem. Single hopped Black IPA hopped with Zythos hop.

Ober's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, - JAN 17, 2013
A black colored beer, with thick foamy beige head. The aroma of dark fruits, like dates and pruns with hops. The taste of dark fruits with strong hop bitter. A little watery. The aftertaste of roasted malt and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1422) - BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2016
Version black ipa de cette bière houblonnée au zythos, avec l’aide de la Union aux Etats-Unis. Niveau abv de 6 % pour mon exemplaire (et non 6,2 comme mentionné sur le site), et 70 ebu, avec orge pâle, cristal et carafa. Mon exemplaire était vieux, sans autre considération (probablement un brassage de 2013, voire celui de 2012...). Couleur noir roux intense, à l’opacité très importante. Mousse brun clair, bien crémeuse, épaisse, stable à 11 mm. Arômes de baies noires, sureau, gomme arabique, miel d’acacia. 1ère bouche souple sur du café, chicorée, bois brûlé, tabac noir. Arrière-bouche torréfiée, avec une pointe d’amertume distinguée. 2ème à l’ensemble qui monte en puissance, très joli malt torréfié. Arrière-bouche longue, complexe, élégante. 3ème à la superbe harmonie malt/houblon, avec du caractère. Arrière-bouche très belle, stylée. Longueur aux très belles nuances de torréfaction. Jambes fines, serrées, groupées. Levure de belle structure, épicée, belle ligne. Alcool correct pour son niveau, il maintient le tout sur la longueur. Finale avec des noisettes grillées, et du tabac de bon aloi. CONCLUSION : davantage un dry stout qu’une black ipa. L’ensemble est beau, l’amertume fine, le torréfié de caractère, et cette bière semble beaucoup gagner au vieillissement si on regarde les cotes de ratebeer !! Mais on ne pourra plus la faire vieillir puisqu’elle est retirée … Oh tristesse !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olsvammel (6199) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nördprovning 2015). Smell of dried fruit, raisin and roasted sugar. Taste of dark malts with some light roasted aromas. Thin body. Nice smell but the taste was bland. I wasn’t aware how old this was when I tried it. It was probably better when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (865) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2014
33 cL bottled at Frape. Hazy dark amber with a small tan creamy head. Hoppy nose. Aroma is malt and herbs with soft bitterness. Flavour is bitter and dry roasted malts. Nice!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle, cheers to wyzzywyz22! Poured a dark brown with a thin to no greying beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, toast. Flavour is more roasted malts, coffee, mild citrus hop flavours. Drinkable and all that, didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (17259) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, fruchtig hopig. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, fruchtig bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moolesen (479) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Black wit an off white head. Little aroma, but hints of hops and chocolate. Strange combination for an IPA, but the chocolate is as well present in the taste. Nice bitter finish. Maybe I expected more, but it is not as special I thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (6135) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
november;light burnt malty aroma,brown, light brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, very bitter burnt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle, De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Nigh on black pour with a small beige head. Aroma was roasted malts, liquorice and citrus hop. Similar flavour with some burnt character and coffee notes. Dried out in the finish. Not the most complex offering but perfectly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13276) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bittter flavor. Coffee dominating. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Black IPA hound Colin for this one. Opaque brown beer with a little pale tan head. Light crisp palate. Slightly bitter dark malt with a little coffee and cream. A little bitter pine on top.

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