Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle
This is a decent enough IPA but coming from New Glarus merely average. With other better dark IPAs available this is one I might actually pass on in the future. On the other hand if you want to drink local you could do much worse.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and reddish black the body swirls with life despite the deep tone. Crisp fresh hops smell like a stack of evergreens ready to be sold on a Christmas parking lot. Bright and inviting it still seems somehow meh.
Flavor / Palate - Malt, black coffee (like the cheap kind you get from a gas station, McDonalds, or donut shop), and freshly shaved wood chips tickle the palate. The mouthfeel is refreshing with a smooth finish that teases you into taking another sip. This is like a dark version of Hop Hearty so Iím not sure why I didnít like it as much. Maybe I will change my mind when I open another one.
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle from a trade, pours dirty dark brown with small off white head and nice lacing, aroma has a huge amount of citrus and pine on the nose, the flavor between the grapefruit, spruce/ pine hops and the malt is excellent. Well balanced. It has a lingering hop finish however, light bitterness. Wet, fresh hops. I like that it is mild on the bitterness. As it warms, chocolate malt comes out. Medium body gives it high drinkability. Really well made. Iím glad I have 5 more bottles!
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by STL Will. Pours with a deep brown near black body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are very fruity and citrusy, hop forward, pine, chocolate, estery and grapefruit. Flavors are a bit on the sweet side for me, estery, chocolate, floral, fruit, pine, molasses. Finishes somewhat dry. Lively bubbles, medium bodied.
arkurzynski (2249) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown to black. Pine, pine, pine! Aroma full of piney NW hops. A mild amount of roasted malt. New Glarus nailed the aroma, as it is a lot less muddled than other BIPAís Iíve had. Flavor is moderate piney hops along with mild roasted malt, brown sugar, toffee. Some lingering roast and hop bitterness. Clean, smooth taste overall as can always be expected. Flavor is not as in your face as aroma, but still good. Another great take by New Glarus!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured medium-deep brown with garnet highlights and a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up pine, grapefruit, and some floral hoppage over biscuit and chocolatey malts.. the hops were fresh, vibrant, and enjoyable. The flavor found spicy and citrusy bitterness over mostly chocolate malt.. touches of vanilla down there too.. just a hair astringent in the end, but otherwise very tasty. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was very good.. Iíll drink more of these.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear garnet dark brown color. The head was tall and light brown with good retention and lacing. Hop dominated aroma including citrus and flower blossom notes. There was also plenty of roast, malty brown sugar and an added whiff of anise. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with delicate bitterness. Well balanced malt and hop flavors.
twindadplus2 (673) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is perfumey and piney hops with dark, creamy malt. Flavor is tart grapefruit citrus and pine with a backbone of creamy roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. full bodied and creamy with a light carbonation. A great addition to New Glarusí line.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, opaque cola brown, topped by a thick, sudsy sand-colored head. The aroma is that of a well-made pale ale, with a bright grapefruit hop presence on top of a light caramel sweetness. The flavor is likewise "paler" than the color would suggest, with only a dull, muddled roastiness and an ashy aftertaste breaks up the predominant light, fresh grapefruit hoppiness. The fine, tingly carbonation and medium-light body are fine enough, but just like the flavor profile, it would be nice if the texture was a bit more robust.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a deep garnet hued brown-mahogany body with a thin, creamy, off-white head. The aroma has a metric boat load of juicy fruity hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, fruit zests, and balanced with some spruce or pine hops. Itís been awhile since hops have been this nice in a beer. The flavor actually works really well. I am not normally a huge fan of Black IPAs. Most often, the malts really donít work with the hops. In this case, it works really well. Bright citrus and pine hops with a lightly bitter chocolate and sweet brown sugars/molasses. The palate is crisp and refreshing and yet moderately bitter. Very balanced with a moderate carbonation. I will be buying more of this beer.