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

bottled
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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma: Mild dusty hop aroma. Juicy orange notes.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing.

Taste: Well balanced. Coffee with fruit notes. The taste isn’t very powerful.

Palate: Medium body with an oily texture. Light carbonation.

Overall: A decent Black IPA, but I’ve had better (namely Thornbridge’s Raven, Brewdog’s Libertine Black Ale and Moor’s Illusion).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2013
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] How have I not rated Magic 8 Ball until now? Blackish brown pour, thick, cream-coloured head. The aroma is deep and malty, with leather and piney hop combining, although somewhat muted due to the cold keg serve. On the taste, first flavours are cold coffee, leather and roasted chocolate malt, before the hops arrive as orange and lemon, pine and resin. Great Black IPA [16012013]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1880) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Keg in the Heaton Hop, Manchester. Pours deep brown, almost black with a cream head. Sweet pineapple aroma. The taste starts bitter with spice and lots of pine. Underlying coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1845) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at animal, Madrid. dark color with thin head. Soft body. Hop and roasted aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1753) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
[Bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring] Black with a moderate tan head and a light fizz. Grapefruit and urine up front (fortunately the urine gradually fades as you drink more) with a smear of something tropical. Then the malt flavours come through - soot, tar, tobacco and leather, with peppery hints. Then back to the hops - lots more grapefruit and this time pine and maybe something tropical. Then back to the smokiness, with some peat bog, cocoa and definitely a comfy, patched leather sofa. And then maybe a hint of ginger at the back of the throat. But at the end I think the hops just win the ping pong battle. A fascinating, interesting beer - like Thornbridge Raven, it pulls off the rather unique trick of mystically switching in turn between the malt and the hop flavours rather than mixing them together. However, I didn’t think the hops in this worked quite as well as those in Raven, and thus it gets a lower mark. Still a damn tasty beer though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (1683) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 Mørk amber farve med beige skum. Lukt av humle, sitrus. Smak av grapefrukt og humle. På tapp @ Melkebaren.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1677) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle, mybrewerytap.com. The beautiful ripe mango aroma is utterly at odds with this beer’s black appearance, but it really works. Against a background of smoky roasted malt the opposing flavours combine to produce a full bodied hop lovers dream, with plenty for the stout fans too. Lovely oily hop aroma comes in late on and there’s a long, rich bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1665) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Purple-tan medium head. Jet black body. Massive whiff of grapefruit and passionfruit. Some smokiness. Good amount of lasting bitterness which leads to a dry finish. Decent amount of body.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (1642) - ESTONIA - MAY 22, 2015
Tap. Brown beer, beige head. Nose is hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, mango. Flavor is hops forward, nice grapefruit in the medium bitter finish. Lingering bitter grapefruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Love black ipa’s oh yeah. Almost black with a creamy pale tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, citrus n hops. Flavour is more black ipa goodness. Nailed this in minutes and loved it.


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