craftycarl21 (2087) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Sweetwater’s in Burlington. Thin black pour with a small ivory-colored head. Aroma is mostly of dark citrus hop, a touch of evergreen, and some definite caramel malt balance. Flavor is quite pleasant, with a bit of grapefruit, pine sap, and more caramel and molasses. Certainly has more malt balance, being a black IPA, than many of its hop-forward stylistic cousins. Palate is a bit of a downside; rather watery, and the hop bitterness is pleasant but not biting in the finish, which I love. Still, drinkable, and tasty overall.
Ron (2198) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very deep reddish brown with a medium light brown head that leaves a sheet of brown lacing. Aroma is of roasted cocoa, coffee, and a little pine. Flavor is roasted coffee, a little cocoa and chocolate malt. A little bitter hops at the end. Medium carbonation and body, with a dry finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2092) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
loved it. Clean fresh pine from North American forests in late fall. thick enough to deserve the black color. refreshing and substantial and a sensory overload.... Without any gimmick, Thank you. a bitter brew with just a touch of sweetness and citrus. On tap at Gingerman NYC. Lingering finish unbalanced and smooth it is represented by some roasted barley. Addictive, Fragrant and beautiful.
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Meh...This beer is drinkable in a pinch but I wouldn’t buy it again. Aroma was that of a porter. Coffee and roasted malt. Pour was a nice deep dark black with a one finger off white head. Taste was all coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate in the front, then the bitter citrus hops come in an erase anything before them. Nice carbonation. A decently complex beer, I’m just not a big fan of the style
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, some earhtiness, and some chocolate. Tastes of the same but on the thinner side with a thinner body.
Arayaga2 (1714) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown black with a bit of tan head. Intense tangerine and grapefruit aroma. Roasty flavors combine with hoppy ipa highlights. $2/12oz
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black with a nice big tan head... fades kinda quickly... aromatic lots of hops citrusy under a roasty aroma.... Flavor doesnt equal the aroma but is quality... more roasty than the hoppy aroma ... medium bodied... good beer...
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a Consumer microbrew variety pack. First Black IPA I’ve tried, and it’s pretty much what I expected. A black IPA. You can think of it as a bit less bitter than an ipa, or more bitter than a porter/stout. Either way, it’s a good mix. A nice white head with good lacing, a solid ABV, and not a bad flavor. A good winter brew, unless you’re like me and dig dark beers anytime.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cheap. Pour is not quite black. Smells like krinkled up spruce limbs and needles. Strong and bitter wew taste. What else can be said, stacks up with the best schwartz ipa. Comes across stronger than 6%. Numbing to the palate after a few swigs. Oily and palate coating to an extent. If you love impy stout and imperial ipa mixed together, give this a try. Medicinal long bitter finish. Maybe tatses like yer chewing on some burned spruce limbs that have been made damp in a spring shower. Above average smell saves these humanistic numbers.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark black/brown in color with a medium tan head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mixture of dark roasted malts... very stout-like... and plenty of citrus hops. Flavor is "interesting"... roasted malts and hops as expected, but also some funkiness that I did not expect... sort of "mild barnyard" in the aftertaste. Not a flavor I expected from this type of beer and it is a detractor for an otherwise really good beer.