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

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RATINGS: 146   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Glasgow. Great hop profile on the nose and a rich fruity bite in the mouth. The smoky malt at the back coupled with the fruit makes for an interesting and drinkable beer. My favourite of the current Magic Rock brews.

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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours black with thin tan head, nice lacing. Nice aromas of of coffee, mango, exotic fruit. Lovely flavours of coffee, juicy mango, dairy milk or cream as well, real passionfruit. Lovely smooth mouth-feel. Another Magic Rock winner.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Nice roasty quality with the typical hoppiness one comes to expect from Magic Rock. Coffee, roasted malts, tropical fruits and pine. My favorite style, and this one doesn’t fail to impress.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2012
The first black IPA ive had and it is excellent. far more hop punch than a lot of regular IPAs out there and with that colour, you’re just njot expecting it. the maltiness offsets brilliantly against the tropical hit of the hops. great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Strewth! A black IPA ... still you lives and learns. Looks like a stout. Then you raise the glass and there’s a huge pungent hop aroma, a bit grapefruity with a hint of mentholish, detergentish smell (but in a good way). Properly bitter IPA, but with a disconcerting coffee note. Long dry finish. Wouldn’t like it any more bitter than this. Interesting fusion of styles which overall I rather like.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaiho (70) - - AUG 20, 2012
Keg at the Southampton arms, London nw5. The bottom line: this is the best English black IPA I’ve tasted to date. Aroma infuses malty roastiness to a veritable bouquet of tropical hops. The taste doesn’t quite live up to that promise but is delicious, don’t get me wrong. Plenty of tasty darkly sweet malt and alcohol warmth to offset the hop punch. A go to beer for me, definitely.

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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Perhaps the first keg beer I’ve had that has entirely floored me. What a splendid beer--both rich and roasty with undeniable fruity flavours. If only this were on cask, if only.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Big_Dunc (35) - Glasgow, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
A dark ipa? An oxymoron if ever there was one. A dark pitch black beer with a golden brown head. Feint fruity aroma and a deep hoppy flavour. A roasted coffee aftertaste from the dark malts makes this a really mind bogglingly interesting drink. --- a mobile beer rating


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