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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16931) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
On tap at Euston Tap. Black as hell. Thin beige head. Keg beer served too cold. Some roast on aroma. Some decent black currant fruit. An odd black ipa. Not sure what to make of it. Some liquorice lots of fruit. Some hops. Some bitterness. Not sure whole thing works. Bit bizarre

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2012
On tap at Kick. It pours a beautiful light tan, finger-thick head over a more or less black body. Nice lacings. The aroma is quite roasted, with chocolate, resins, clementine and coffee. It’s rather bitter in the mouth, dry and full-bodied, with a pleasant level of carbonation. Dark chocolate, cold coffee and a nice hoppy impact, although not as evident as in the aroma. Lasting finish. A tasteful and pleasant beer, I could easily finish a few of these. 121116

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Huge head with good duration. Aroma and taste are rich hops, roast malt, chocolate, flowers and coffee. Great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (15911) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Dark ruby-brown color, small steady beige head, lace. Aroma has gooseberries, bitterness and licorice. Medium-bodied. Licorice and ashy toasted maltyness dominates first, then aftertaste has some citrusy hoppyness with more licorice. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2014
Tap @ De Molen Beerfestival 2014. Pours amber with a creamy head. Toffee, caramel and peach. Good hops. Smooth and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13975) - 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 (13289) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12925) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2014
Sampled @ Borefts 2014. Dark brown color, small to average sized off-white head. Aroma is a bit faint, but that might be due to cold serving temperatures. Taste malts, dark malts, lightly some roast, nicely hoppy, nicely bitter. Quite good! Medium body and carbonation. Nice one!


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