orangesol (949) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours dark brown with hints of amber orange around the edges, a one finger off white head, leaving sticky rings of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of floral citric and piney hops, dulled fruit, resin and some grainy chocolate malt. The hops really dominate the nose at the beginning with the base black body coming through stronger toward the end of the glass.
T - Starts off with a big dose of citric hop bitterness that never really fades away. Hints of fresh cut pine, light fruitiness and some lightly bready chocolate malt. Finish is still fairly bitter, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Really bitter but still relatively smooth feel throughout the glass. The 10% ABV is fairly well hidden, only really showing itself toward the end of the glass.
O - The feels like it is stuck between a regular DIPA and a Black IPA, guess thats why they are calling it a "blackish IPA." I would have preferred they had picked one of the two and stuck with it, I think it would have been much better. Either way a very nice beer, albeit a confused one.