Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$2.19 (or $2.29) single poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Mostly black with some ruby tints on the side of the glass. Reasonable amount of lacing. Head falls to about half an inch and lingers.
Smell: A sort of peach or mango aroma is the most significant one as far as hoppy smells in this brew. Pretty sweet on the nose. Thereís a very faint roast character, but with eyes closed not knowing what this beer is, chances are you wouldnít guess itís a black pale ale.
Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the huge feel. Itís a surprisingly big bodied beer, and it tends to foam up in your mouth on each sip. Thereís then that slightly juicy peach/mango sort of flavor on the middle of the tongue. The finish is, again, that faint roastiness. The dark character of this beer that I was expecting really isnít there, which is surprising as well as disappointing.
A decent beer, but Odd Side has done so much better. Thereís a nice peach/mango thing going on in this beer, which would be nice in a pale ale or IPA, but itís as if this beer was dyed black with food coloring. I guess thatís sort of impressive that they hid the roastiness that well? For me, I wanted it. Additionally, the way Black CPA foams up on my tongue was kind of interesting at first, but it just got to the point where it felt like I was eating foam off of a float. Well, thatís not true... I love it in that case, just not so much in a beer.
Black CPA is a reasonably good beer from Odd Side, but your pupils wonít dilate. I donít know what the age of this beer is (date is gone for some reason), but hops tend to fade, not malt.
ebone1988 (619) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet hops, roasted malt. Appearance is black, light tan head. Taste is balanced, equally malt and hop. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation and velvety. Overall, a solid brew.
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is dark. Itís a dark brown, on the verge of black, with a thicker khaki head that fades down, leaving some gorgeous lace with it. The aroma is something I wouldnít expect to see with a black IPA. There is a great roastiness to it, but it almost carries a chocolate or coffee character youíd see in a porter or a light stout.There is a subtle citrusy hoppiness on the back end that kind of keeps the IPA thing in play. The flavor is like Iím drinking a porter. There is a great roastiness on the immediate front, backed up by a little coffee and chocolate. There isnít much at all to let me know this is an IPA. The finish is a little dry, but the lingering aftertaste is roasty and coffee-ish. The mouth feel is thin, slick, and the aftertaste is dry, and lingering coffee. It would be great as a porter, but not so much as a black IPA
574deadzone (1295) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown to black with a very tall, thick khaki head that settles slowly and leaves nice intricate, clumpy lace. Nose involves nice clean roasted malt and toasted notes along with some tropical fruit, pine resin, and minty herbal hop notes. Somewhat sweet, quite bitter. Medium bodied, softer carb, oily, bright yet a somewhat absent mid-palate, with a lengthy toasty and hoppy bitter finish. Would like to try a verifiably fresher example, as without a bottle date I have no clue the age of this. It seems to drink as though itís been sitting around for a bit. Very promising certainly, looks and smells great, but it lacks punch.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours black with off white head and lace. Aroma is cardboard, chalk, and dark chocolate. Taste is nicer with chocolate roast, hops, grapefruit, and toffee.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours to a black body with a super tall off-tan head and awesome lacing. Super fluffy and thick. The aroma is heavy on the citrus fruit and deep roasty black malt. Some notes of a brown malt poke through. The flavor is extremely malty and brownie like. Notes of grapefruit and pine. The palate is rich with a slight char. Really roasty all in all.
njager246 (678) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A wild aroma roasted malts and citrus... Kind of a funky aftertaste, wondering if I got a bad batch
jbrana (609) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite style, but not a bad beer. Flavors of roasted barley, coffee, pineapple, peach, and some very slight lemongrass.
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours a medium black with tan head. Huge pine aromas with pink grapefruit . Taste is mildly roasty , loads of bitter juicy citrus . Palate is fairly light with crisp hop punch . Very drinkable .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BigBeer45 (1355) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Champanes,
this ale had a clear dark brown pour (this beer was a dark red when held up to a light), and gave a two to three finger head of off-white and faint tan bubbles from a fast pour, the cover lowered to thin layer with a little open area on top and sticky ring with lacing on the sides of the glass, it left some nice spots and fingers of lacing on the glass,
the nose had aromas of roasted malt, citrus, lemon and faint pine hops, some dark fruit that was similar to prune and date, faint coffee and a little malt sweetness and faint caramel,
the flavors were roasted malt, some coffee, caramel, faint dark fruit,
the finish had a hop bitterness that was about medium and roasted malt trailing afterwards,
the mouth feel was light to medium, it was creamy and had average carbonation,
this beer had a nice nose and the flavor was a tad less so, this drink was not boring at first but started to go that way towards the end of the glass, I find that Black IPAs sort of bore me, this drink was not that boring which is a good thing.