redbeard3 (107) - - JUN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not truly a black ipa but it ís by far one of the best lake superior beer I have had.
islay (1058) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 5-20-14. Labeled as "Lake Superior Deep Water Black IPA Ale," a rather oddly redundant designation. Smells like a baked good, with scents of coffee, bran muffin, carob, chocolate brownie, plum, and citrus tartness (lemon, orange). Pours dark brown with a medium brown to dark amber hue and a small amount of short-lasting beige head. The flavor has a pronounced roasty quality and tastes more like a stout than a black IPA. Perhaps this is an older bottle and the hops have faded. I purchased it a few weeks ago, and I know Lake Superior beers donít exactly fly off the shelves in the Twin Cities (though I consider it an underrated and all too often forgotten brewery in the Minnesota scene). That said, this beer is quite pleasant, and the finish and aftertaste are long and dry in a hoppy way. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate brownie with hints of malty sweetness, especially in the finish. Lively and easy to drink. Medium body. Overall, Deep Water is a simple but enjoyable beer.
UkrainPubCrawler (92) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This black IPA was definitely lacking on the hops. It tasted more like a stout than an IPA.
Ericular (560) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Rapids Liquor tasting. Medium roast in the aroma. Taste is a piney hop start, then into roasted malts for the finish. Overall itís thin and it hinders it from moving up into the realm of other good Black IPAs. Wouldnít mind a more in-depth review, however, since my ratingís below the consensus.
bookman10 (622) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Pours a dark, oily brown-black, with small, cream head. Aroma of roasted grain and hops. Flavor is roasted grain, burnt toast, some hop citrus and bitterness. Pretty good, tasty black IPA.**Iíve since had a couple of other bottles that were ridiculously overcarbonated, so as to be almost undrinkable. Have to reconsider my rating (went from 3.6 to 3.3).
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with an off white thin but lasting head. Aroma reminds me more of an ipa with malts of a brown ale, lacking the sharpness of black malts. Taste is sweet with a bitter hop finish, again like the aroma this taste is missing the black malt stickiness. Mouthfeel is thin and uninspired, kind of falls flat. This is really close to being great but is just missing something for me to rank high among black ipas.
bluemooner (599) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma is grassy hops and some malt. Flavor is initially quite hoppy with hints of grass, pine, and citrus with roasted malt notes as well. Medium body with medium carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Pretty good.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black with large foamy off white head. Aroma is hop forward, lemon, pine, deep roasted malt, light cocoa. Taste is burnt malt, cocoa, resin and pine, light citrus.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours cola brown with a nice soapy khaki head that settles to a tight soapy film and some lacing too. Aroma has a good mix of bitter floral fruity hops and roasted chocolate malt. Taste is straight forward with the above of bitter hops and roasty chocolate malt. Palate is thin to medium with a fizzy carbonation and silky feel that finishes dry. Solid BIPA!
BeerKurve (483) - - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost-black color that turns into a very dark but reasonably clear brown color; The head is khaki-colored. The nose has an aroma of citrus hops, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts and barley. Taste is mix of piney/resin hops, roasted malts, coffee, and a caramel sweetness. Body is reasonably light and the carbonation has a slight bite to it but allows for some extra flavor without interfering too much. Itís a pretty good Black IPA overall with a balanced roasted and hoppy profile.