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


on tap

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (2636) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Keg York tap. Black good beige head. Aroma is dark fruits pine hops. Taste is dark berries good malts great strong pine long hoppy bitter finish. Medium body prickly carbonated. Proper BIPA this, lovely jubbely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at Ale&Hop, Barcelona. Pours black with lasting tan head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma and flavor. Piney hoppy bitter. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
Keg at The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Hoppy tropical fruit aroma - pineapple, mango, passion fruit. Light to medium body, fruity with some candy and trop flavours, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee with nice grapefruit bitterness. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Keg in CP&K, Pimlico. Opaque black/very dark brown, foam off white 1 inch head. Nose is big and bold. Lots of hop - tropical fruit, pine, eucalyptus, earthy, shoe leather and shoe polish. It’s the earthiness that is making this work for me. Taste is earthy, christmas tree pine, menthol and eucalyptus, roasted malt, new shoes or that smell you get in shoe repairers and on the finish it’s grapefruit citrous bite. Probably the best black IPA I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown, beige head. Hoppy, heavily roasted aroma, tar, diesel, petrol, spruce, malt, coffee beans, citrus fruits. Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy, heavily roasted taste, hops, spruce, tar, asphalt, oil, phenols, grapefruit peel, smoke. (2012-05-12)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (2383) - PORTUGAL - JUL 25, 2016
On tap @ the brewery. Black colour with medium tan head. Citrus, orange zest, roasted malts and tropical fruits in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet with fruity and roasty notes. Dry and bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2369) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2304) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2016
Tap paf. Pours Black with a off white head. Aroma of juicy tropical hops, peach, orange, grape, subtle roast notes, mild licorice. Very balanced. Taste is rather hoppy bitter, light roast. Very good balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (2248) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with off-white head. Hoppy, fruity and tropical fruits aroma. Roasted, hoppy, resinous and slightly sweet taste, with bitter ending. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2139) - 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.

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