Reynolds314 (2230) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light translucent brown with minimal head. Aroma is citrus, chocolate, earth, and grass. Taste is heavy citrus with an earthy finish. None of that roastyness that I expect in a black IPA but still quite tasty.
Ernesto987 (3568) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to matts traitor. great fruity cascadian aroma. Thin body and not much roastyness.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, and roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, grass, earth, roasted malt, pine, and chocolate.
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Tom and his buddy. Pours very dark chestnut brown, almost black in the right light, with a fat, frothy, creamy one-finger head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma is pungently floral; lavander, resnious, jucicy pine and citrusy hops, creamy oats and malt. Tastes like a dead perefect hybrid of a juicy single IPA and a clean brown ale. Notes of orange, pear, and sweet, roasty malt. Body is very, very mild with a clean, smooth, soft palate. Finishes with a bit of chalkiness and some rich, yet subtle chocolate and peanut butter notes. Dang, what a great brew.
jake65 (2591) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a creamy ringe of tan head. Aroma is ripe with citrus hops, sweet, fruity, and just a little piney. With such a fruity and hoppy aroma, I really didnt expect the strong malty presence. The chocolate body provides a nice thick feeling to go along with more of a refined piney and floral hops. Interesting transition and overall very good.
ice_p (6) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is possibly my best of 2010. Very good hop notes for a black IPA. Great balance with a surprising mix of tastes. I wish this was available on the east coast.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin head that lasts. Strong American hop aroma - citrus. Strong citrus hop flavor up front, hints of pine in the finish, with some roasted malt flavor that lingers, lightly sweet. Medium body, moderate hop bitterness. This is a wonderful beer. I have some congestion, so I may not be tasting the malt as much as I should, and well as the hops.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours as black as a stout, but tastes as good of the best West Coast IPAs. The NG IPAs are always fantastic I just don’t know why there are no year round IPAs on their schedule. I can only hope that this one is back sooner vs later.
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark brown - not really black. Aroma is phenominal - grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops coupled with roasted malts. This is incredibly enjoyable - one of my absolute favorite beers and, in my opinion, the benchmark for what a black IPA should taste like.
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark brown - near black - with some paler highlights towards the bottom of the glass and a moderate, off-white head. Nose had resinous piney hops. Very vibrant with hops on the nose. The hops carry through to the flavor with resinous, piney, pepper-spiced hops. Super balanced though with hints of dark cocoa, roast and dark malt sweetness.