dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is extremely aromatic and is JAM packed full of fruity/piney hops, showing notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lime zest, pine resin, and florals that almost completely drown out a faint note of chocolate and light roast. Flavor definately brings some more malt to the table with a healthy backbone of caramel, cocoa, black tea, and a hint of earth. Overall body is moderate and the bitterness is very well balanced. This style is usually such a disappointment, but NG definately delivers on this one.
hombrepalo (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Wow, now this is a bad ass Black IPA, it really tastes like a true IPA. Dan knows how to manipulate brews. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, coffee ande lots of citrussly / pliny hops. Taste is hoppy, grapefruit and pinelike hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, well balanced between the malty and hoppy elements with a lasting bitter finish. Very nice and easy drinking.
joshmcg000 (322) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with amber around the edges. Off white head that goes away pretty quick. Aroma is a beautiful explosion of floral and fruitiness, very intense. Smells almost exactly like Moon man, best smelling IPA ever. Taste is also very similar to Moon man as far as the hops are concerned. Very floral and hoppy with some pine and a hint of dark roasty malts...Doesnt taste at all like it looks. Even my burps taste awesome. One of my favorite hop blends in a beer ever. Very good brew.
AWISLguy (1341) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Discount Waukesha. Pours a dark brown - interesting in that typically dark browns donít look brown, they look black, however this is very brownish - with a fine off white head. Nice lacing in spots down the glass. Aroma is pure hops. Pine. Sweet citrus. All grass, all the time. Great aroma for an ipa. Taste is grape licorice, chocolate, some roated malts. Very little taste presence of the hoppy aroma. Sweet fruit and malt, but little hops. Finishes a bit short. Thrilled me into the taste, and that is where Stone has this style covered ... through the taste. Drinkable, yet disappointing.
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a large cream colored head with plenty of lacing. Aroma is a strong punch of citrus, with plenty of grapefruit and some light pine matched up with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Gets more earthy, resinous, and herbal as it warms up a bit. Flavor has plenty of chocolate, roasted malt, orange zest, and grapefruit. Finish is lightly earthy and bitter with a lingering roasty finish. Hint of iced tea mid-palate. Mouthfeel is fairly light and carbonation is quite low. Overall this is just an alright black IPA.
sherm1016 (1160) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, piney, reminds me of NG IIPA. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, roasty, chocolate, with a clean bitter hop finish. One of the better Black IPAs that I have tried, but I am still not a huge fan of the style.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer to try out...love NG so letís see how this one performs...12 oz bottle from Sonoma in Delavan...pours almost black with tan head and, wow, hoppy nose....more hops than my current NG favorite....Moon Man...with a blend with malty hidden layers....an excellent BLACK IPA...only problem this one is that it canít be aged...bet that the hops will fade...guess Iíll just to have to finish this off soon....
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a huge foamy light tan head. The nose is pungent citrus hops with a touch of pine. Fresh and dry, with actually pretty little malt presence--just a touch of light chocolate sweetness. Smells a lot like Moon Man, actually. The malt comes out a bit more in the taste. The initial flavor is all hops--fruity and citrusy. Then the malt comes through, but real delicate. Cocoa and light notes of dark bread, with a finish that transitions back into the citrus/pine combo. Would be a little heavy to drink more than one or two, but man--this was good.
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black with a 1-2 finger biege head that has good retention and leaves a couple specs of lacing here and there. Aroma is huge, bursting from the moment the bottle is cracked with a full gamut of IPA hop notes, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, bright floral notes abound, some nutty, chocolate and caramel notes can be found as well, but the hops really steal the show. Flavor is sweet caramel, toasted nuts and chocolate up front, but they are all prettty subdued and quickly overtaken by the delicious hops. It doesnít taste quite a brightly hoppy as it smells and along with the citrus, pine, and floral notes present in the aroma there is a distinct spicy, herbal note and the tropical fruit doesnít seem to make an appearance until the lightly bitter, mineral and somewhat nutty finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, creamy, slightly sticky entry and pretty dry, mineral finish. Really this reminds me quite a bit of Moon Man, even the mineral notes, just cranked up a notch or two and with just enough dark malt to make it (nearly) black. In this case that is a great thing. Delicious stuff. I really like the hop blends they are putting out there.
crossovert (7578) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Black IPAs, I usually hate them because they are really lame and un-thought-out recipes. Maybe NG can change my mind. 12 oz bottle.
It pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Definitely looks nicer than most of these types of brews.
The smell is really nice. It emanates from the glass even when you donít have your nose up to it. It smells like a big time dipa or something but with a hint of cocoa. It is nice and fresh which helps it. Very resiny.
The flavor isnít as great, but it is better than most black ipas. It has a bitterness that lingers on the back of the tounge. The flavor is very citrusy with some sugary malt and a hint of roastiness on the back end.
It is still kind of jumbled but at least black ipas are evolving into something a bit more drinkable.