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

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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
28th January 2012
Opaque black beer, tidy tan head. Crispy palate. Nice mellow dark malts with an undertone of toffee. Well integrated pine hops. Red berry fruits with mild orange hops. The lovely toffee dark malt comes back and rounds things off nicely. Semi dry finish. Great black IPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2013
On tap at Haand Festival 2013. Pours black with a nice, medium offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malts with notes of tropical fruits, coffee and hops. Well balanced beer with medium bitterness, meduim body, light sweetness. Very nice BIPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ozckr (327) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 14, 2014
toast, citrus, raisin, black, white foam, cloudy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, lively, long finish,

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14103) - 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Tap@ craft & co London. Small redblack. Intense resinous pine grass herbal Earthy notes. Great lingering pleasant bitterness. Full mouthfeel with absence of roasted malts, so the black malts more for the colour. Super brew.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Draft at Birch & Barley. Completely black color, brown head. Nice aroma of citrus and roast. Taste is deep fruity roast, lightly bitter finish. Very tasty indeed.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2242) - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2347) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superflyguy (437) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
pitch black pour, very thin dark beige head. heady aroma of tropical fruit hoppage and roasted dark malts. lovely balanced flavour. bring me more!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2121) - 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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