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

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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Mybrewerytap.
Almost completely black with soft brown edges. Lovely, staying, creamy, light-beige head. Really lovely looking. Aroma has coffee, light roasted malts, some chocolate. Lots of good piney, fruity hops. Apricot, oranges, peach. Medium to low carbonation, great creamy and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fat and malty, roasted, good deal of coffee. Great bitter finish, with piney, herbal and fruity hops notes. Very lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10774) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle at home in London, care of Nate Dawg. Pours black-brown with a vivacious, foamy beige head. Aroma holds a healthy dose of roasted malts with edges of pine and deep citrus. The flavor is heavy and bold and, immediately, I can understand why some people aren’t crazy about this beer. There are people who can’t take a punch, who’ve never gutted it out properly in the dirty, the under. There’s a gritty bitterness to this beer that’s just barely offset by a righteous roasted malt character sweetened by charred, beaten dark malts. The bitterness is earthy and piney, with only subtle hints of bright citrus. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with still some resinous, earthy and piney hops. Within the roasty undertow there are notes of coffee and bittersweet cocoa. The ending impression is that of grapefruit, charred malts and hope. Awesome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Very roasted. Long moderate bitter flavor. Heavy bitter long finish. Creamy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Kick. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is hop, coffee, pine. Flavour is hop, coffee, pine, roasted malt, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9287) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2013
Keg (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Black, small keggy tan head. Lovely tangy hoppy aroma, but based on a rich roast. Super full smooth body, crispish carbonation, but it is keg. I’m sure the hops crispen it too. Taste has a great almost chocolatey roast base, but thise hops are way too arrogant, and jump up and down on your tongue shouting TASTE ME, TASTE ME! So I do; and it is good. This is a superb dark hoppy beer. Drinkability *massive*. Sad to reach the end of the glass, I could drink several more. Finish has slightly wooly bitterness. Bye Bye, hope to see you again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
Bottled 05/05/12. A black beer with a thin beige coloured head. Good grapefruit hoppiness in the nose with more roast than other BIPAs. Similar in the mouth. Very bitter and hoppy but also pretty roasty. Pretty dry. Nice no doubt but not your typical BIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8302) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Served from keg tap into a tulip at the Cask, Pimlico, (Feb ’12). Medium black in colour, slighly brownish when held to the light, with a thin off-white head which soon thins to a small pond like surface covering. To the nose I was getting hops, liquorice and a smokey-woody aroma. Flavour wise, bitter hops, smoked malts, burnt tasting daark roasted sugar, pine and a backdrop of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel was perhaps the downfall to this beer in my opinion, too much carbonation spoilt it for me and have nver noticed this to such an extent in previous Magic Rock offerings. Finishes with a bitter-sharp aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
Poured from keg at Grove Inn. Almost black as pitch. Shiny naked surface, dotted spots on the glass. Aroma of roasted, earthy malts. Dark fruity and dark honeyed flavours alongside coffee grounds leading to a long-lived ending of malty bitterness. Well bodied. A lovely, tasty drink (Huddersfield 09.07.2014).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This super grassy Black IPA shares a few grapes and citrus fruit within coniferous resins.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mushroom of foam sprouts from the blackness, leaving plenty of lacing on the edges of the glass.
-The grassy hop component is prevalent from nose to aftertaste.
-This is not an easy drinking example; it’s intense, and perhaps brash too.
-The resinous hop presence is sometimes redolent of longly steeped leaves.
-The mouthfeel is a bit bulky.
-This is packed with flavour, no doubt. It would surely be a hit in the USA.

On tap at The Evening Star, Brighton.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7783) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2012
Draught at Oliver Twist on November 13, 2012.
Black color, brown head. Hoppy, citrus, mineral taste. Bitter and resin aftertaste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Citrus, hoppy scent.


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