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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Black IPA
Huddersfield, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Black IPA fuses speciality malts with a tropical punch bowl of new world hops to deliver a contradictory yet cultured concoction. A classically ‘pale’ aroma and quenchingly fruity palate belies a broodingly dark and deceptive appearance. Can a beer be both ‘black and pale’? Time to consult the Magic 8 Ball.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3789) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Looks amazing and smells pretty darnt good too. Mouthfeel is smooth and ashy. Taste is different to what I expectorant it to beed. Notes of smoke, blackcurrant. It’s finishes a little like an English Strong Ale, with a bit of tree, tobacco and roots. Thick and smooth on tongue. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark black colour with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, spruce, grapefruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licoric, hoppy, citrus - grapefruit, spruce, pine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120121]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours ebony black - pitch black with a creamy tight cafe-creme head. Big kick of grilled pineapple and lychee on the nose, an inviting floral, grassy hoppines. Slick and oily on the palate with a rounded smooth but subtle alcohol warmth. There is an intense fruity bitterness like charred pineapple which fills the mouth completely before being replaced with a faint coffee chocolate flavour all covered with plum, date and raisin. This leaves a dry residue on the tongue before those dark fruits re-emerge in decreasing surging waves. The aftertaste lingers in a dry dark tropical afterglow. A beautifully crafted and complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Bottle at home ... deep black ... thick tan head ... deep roast ... nice chocolate pine ... and oddly orange hop nose ... litte bitter front ... soft chocolate ... little thicker than most black ipas ... almost a light oatmeal ... sweet creamy pine and orange ... im enjoying the citrus tones from this ... hints of chocolate ... Oh yeah ... this is pretty solid ... and im well enjoying it. keg at red squirell ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft chocolate roast and big pine nose...little co2 prickly ... juicy roast ... dark malts ...soft pine hop ... big zezt ... beutifully drinkable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2705) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is piney, grassy hops with some cocoa powder underneath. Taste has dusty cocoa to start. Strong, piney bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle. Black with beige head. Massively hoppy nose. Flavour is also, enormously hoppy. Like a tropical swamp. Passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. Resinous. Mild roasty dark malt flavour permeates the hops. Inevitably bitter finish. A tidy beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WASW (50) - - JAN 28, 2012
Very confusing beer. Aromas of cannabis give way to very contradictory hoppy but dark flavour. Certainly not un-enjoyable, but perhaps not one I will put into regular rotation.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. A black beer with a fair, light tan head. Aroma is lovely with passion fruit and grapefruit hop characters, presumably Nelson Sauvin. Juicy passion fruit and pineapple hop flavours give way to coffee, roasty malt, burnt toast and chocolate. The flavours are intense but this is a seriously drinkable beer. I would love to try this on cask. Brilliant stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle at North Bar, Leeds. Pours a deep black, finger of tan head that quickly dies. Aroma is classic black IPA, with a brilliant mango note and passion fruit. Taste is very bitter, hoppy and very nicely ashy. Resiny note just kicks at the end. Coffee finish.Particularly good for me, because Im not a big black IPA fan.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stu22 (14) - - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle bought from Wineways, Harrogate. Bright and black, with a good creamy head. Hops dominate the nose, but with more to explore. Hops follow through to the palate with notes of liqourice at the back. Black IPA done well. Aging potential? Surely! Great.


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