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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. A black beer with a fair, light tan head. Aroma is lovely with passion fruit and grapefruit hop characters, presumably Nelson Sauvin. Juicy passion fruit and pineapple hop flavours give way to coffee, roasty malt, burnt toast and chocolate. The flavours are intense but this is a seriously drinkable beer. I would love to try this on cask. Brilliant stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3040) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2013
On tap at Cardinal. Black body with a small dense light brown head. Tropical fruits, raisin and cat piss on the nose. Pungent dried fruits malty sweet and bitter flavors with toasted notes. Medium to full body. Smooth and joyful to drink. Long bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2974) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is piney, grassy hops with some cocoa powder underneath. Taste has dusty cocoa to start. Strong, piney bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2862) - FINLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Draught at William K, Annankatu, Helsinki. Pours really dark brown in color with a creamy, slightly tan head. Pine, citrus and notes of coffee in aroma. Quite nice mix of these here. Roasted coffee notes in taste with some citric fruityness lingering beneath. Feels pretty dark, even if there is that fruity element present. Has even got a nice, slightly sweet chocolatey vibe towards the finish. Pretty nice one, even if it feels a bit too sweet from time to time. Leaves one with a quite roasted coffee bitterness in the end.

-- bb/wp

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2012
From bottle. Pours as good as black with bubbly tan head. Wowee the smell is tidy, lots of grapefruit (Nelson?) and mango, some resinous aroma also. Similar taste, little malt on the finish. Well bittered. The hops really dominate. It’s..........Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2809) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle from Rehills in Newcastle. Inky black with a rich sour fruity? and burnt currant flavour, notes of tropical fruit and roasted coffee on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2611) - NORWAY - JUN 27, 2013
Tap at Haand festival 2013. Black bodied, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and tons of fruity hops, light chocolate and salt licorice. Taste is massive citrus hoppy, coffee, leather, dry and clean bitterness, very nicely balanced. Refreshing bitter aftertaste. A great brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2589) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Keg at The Hope, Carshalton. Nearly black, big foamy off-white head. Aroma is piney hop, grass, bubblegum. Body is medium, a bit foamy, a touch spritzy. Taste is lightly medicinal, strong Turkish delight, pine, liquorice allsorts. Strong flavours, but not my favoured ones. Good beer though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 25.05.2013, tap @ HaandFestival:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is wet leafs, hops, fresh cut lawn, citrus peel, rubber, burnt caramel, pine needles. Taste is slightly sweet, grass, sugar, rubber, burnt caramel, pine needles, wet leafs. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Not a favourite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head with plenty of lacing. Big danky, oniony, malty, caramel aroma. Huge hop presence. A little musty. Malty, danky flavor with some earthy notes. A slight pepper flavor. A little thin, but still decent.


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