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Lake Louie Radio Free IBA

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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An ‘India Black Ale’. “We now interrupt your regularly scheduled beverage for news of a black IPA that utilizes tangy Pacific Northwest hops with a whisper of chocolate and raspberry (real raspberries). Named after the original ‘pirate’ radio station in Madison.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2521) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Cellared 12 oz. bottle, shared & poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with very frothy, brownish tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was roasted, aged wood, toffee, with some caramel sweetness. Light to medium bodied, the texture was a bit watery, and the carbonation was basically soft, but did offer some spritz & silk to take the edge off the low, tannic astringency. Finished dry. Maybe I’ll find a fresher supply when I’m up for the GToM.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (473) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2014
An interesting beer. Very dark with an aroma of resiny hops, java, and hint of tart fruit. Taste is roasty and piney the raspberries blend with the hops and give the bitterness and hop flavor an interesting character. It's a little slick on the tongue. A good beer, the fruit might throw it a little off balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbaaron (1310) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours black. Small creamy beige head, partly lasting with good lace. Aroma is a bit scant; light soft citrus hops, lots of milk chocolate, fairly dessert-like. Flavor has more hop presence, pine, with more milk chocolate. Lighter medium body. Creamy. Moderate pine bitterness. Kinda creamy, a little oily. Balanced. If I didn’t know there was some raspberry I don’t think I would have picked any out. A good beer but probably wouldn’t be compelled to come back to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2940) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Good black IPA on tap at Next Door Brewing in Madison, WI. This was a guest beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2198) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2013
A: Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Chocolate Malts, Mild Coffee, Mild Cherry T: Chocolate Malts, Mild Coffee M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying Overall,, just a mild black ale with a mildly weird chocolate taste, not sure if its from the malts or a chocolate substitute.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Picking up a single of this while in town for the Great Taste of the Midwest I had high hopes. After all Lake Louie does not often disappoint. This one is no exception. Much like many of their beers it is not a game changer. Instead they offer an affordable regional option for people looking for good beers.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep black base results from a gentle pour that reduces the wispy head to mere hints. Malt, dark chocolate, and soft hops soothe the nose.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee and raspberry truffles sweeten the palate almost after the first sip. The creamy texture carries a malty tang into the finish. This then lingers for a while. This isn’t the punchiest black IPA but hits a great combination of flavor and price point.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Rileys World of Wines in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with an average sized tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin beige cream top and some spotty lacing. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, chocolate malt, a hint of tart berries and light molasses. Taste is full bodied, toasted dark malt, a hint of soy and more raspberry presence in taste than aroma. Finish is thick and oily, aftertastes of both bakers chocolate, raspberries and plenty of Cascade-style hops with lingering bitterness. Quite tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3993) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Aroma is dark malts/bread and hops. The flavor is dark malts, bread, berries/fruit and a medium bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
On tap at The Old Fashioned. Murky black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light pine, fruit, light berries and brown sugar. Taste of pine, dark malt, roasted malt, juniper berries, light chocolate and caramel. Mild to moderate bitterness, a touch different than the other black IPAs I had and I enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12906) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thank you sir! Black, small but thick brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of cinstant offee grounds. Taste is bitter coffee and burnt espresso. Decent.


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