IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$4.49 bomber from Safeway Salinas. Nose is heavy with flowery hops, light pine, and some light nutty and roasted notes. Black with brown edges and a medium, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is bitter and piney with some background nuttiness. Another great, inexpensive offering from the Lagunitas guys!
Barnoloid (200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A smooth, big, malty Black IPA. Brings together a solid hoppy feel with the roasted chocolate notes. Really well made. A typically robust yet easy drinking beer from Lagunitas.
jrob21 (2561) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black ipa is a surprisingly hard style to do in my mind. When it is done right though it is a pretty entertaining drink. You have to get the bitterness of the roasty malt matched with the bitterness of your hop profile. Sort of like mixing two records together. This one gets it pretty damn well. Pine and smooth citrus flavors. Mixing in with the bittersweet malt and light roastiness tasty.
Beergeek23322 (2269) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/17/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice lacing. Roasted malt, chocolate, pine, citrus. Typical over the top West Coast style (in a good way) with loads of hop bitterness. Some sweet notes there too. Long bitter finish.
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Black with a beige to light brown head. Aroma of roast and "green" and piney hops. Flavor with roast, dark chocolate, piney and a bit fruity hops and a bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel. A very nice Black IPA.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2068) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from CBB shared at the Summer Plunder Tasting. A dark black pour with a big juicy citrus aroma - wonderful. Very soft chocolatey citrus chewy malt body. Really good stuff, a well made black IPA that finds the right balance between the malt and the hops.
Sammy (8649) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good drinkability as balanced. Would like a bit more hoppy, maybe if it was in first weeks. Fresh From Premier Gourmet.
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
NightTime. Has a brew name ever been so simple, so memorable, or so perfectly suited to its style as the one on this Black IPA? I think not. NightTime pours black. No question about that. The head is phenomenal - dark brown with great retention. Roasted malt and citrusy hop aroma. Flavors in Black IPA’s are often extremely complex but this one takes it to another level. Dark fruit flavors (plumb and prune with subtler notes of grape and raspberry), citrusy fruit flavors (grapefruit, pinapple, and orange peel), spicy flavors (pepper, mostly), toasted malt flavors (chocolate, coffee, caramel), and sweet boozy flavors (a candy-like sweetness; some reviews say it’s like black licorice - that’s pretty close). This is one of the best beers Lagunitas has put out in a while, and Lagunitas makes some fine brews.
v8powered (125) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very dark with khaki colored head. Very nice balance of malts and hops. Very enjoyable dark IPA.
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HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Citrus, spices, hoppy, cocoa.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan bubbly head.
T- Citrus, spices, bitter, pepper.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- One of the better black IPAs I have had. Not my favorite style, but this brew was balanced and complex.
runaway (45) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is malt, pine, raisin and grapefruit. 22 pours black like coffee with a creamy off white head and curtain lacing. Taste has licorice, dark malts, grapefruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is active with a well balanced finish that has grassy citrus and roasted malt notes.