Brewed by Purity
Style: Black IPA
Alcester, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Cask & craft keg, Seasonal; The 7% Bottled version is seperately listed;
Saddle Black, a full-flavoured hoppy black beer, dedicated to cyclists and available in cask from the end of November until March 2014. Saddle Black is brewed using smoked, chocolate and black malts and New World hops Chinook and Cascade. Together these create a well-rounded beer with aromas of citrus, chocolate and espresso.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, - FEB 3, 2014
Very nice, standard fruit aroma, bags of bitter sweet taste, a cindery, powdery edge under the juicy ipa part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2729) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
Tried at the felix holt, Nuneaton. Deep mahogany colour with a thin tan head. Decent roasted malty aroma and taste, also the citrus and fruity hops, really fresh and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (374) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Pleasant enough dark beer, although I had it down as a porter rather than a Black IPA. Dark enough with a disappointingly sudsy head, it has an aroma of caramel and malt, not the intense hoppiness I would have expected. Nonetheless, not a bad beer although not one I would actively seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Purity Saddle Black (Cask & Keg) ].
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy - fizzy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light to moderate hoppy, citrus, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, citrus, caramel, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150812]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MustangMarkF (237) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2015
Draft poured a medium off white head that disapated. Lovely rich fruity taste with caramel notes. Best purity cask ale I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (803) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
Cask at The City Arms JDW Coventry. Poured clear dark brown almost black with a good deep tan head. Nose is roasted malts nutty hoppy bitterness, Taste is roasted malts nutty chocolate citric bitterness. Good black ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (271) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask interesting aroma for a dark floral and sweetened coffee. Expresso black with crema to match. Taste is very smooth, continuing the toffee malt theme with some smokiness creeping through. I’d still describe the body as light to medium despite a creamy languor with a long finish and little carbonation. A pleasant surprise (or just a sign that I should go home).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5773) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2015
Cask@GBBF 2015, Olympia, London - dark brown to black coloured pour with a beige head. Aroma and taste is a mix of roasted malts and tropical fruits, prominent hoppy, grapefruit, pine needles, some caramel, cocoa, roasted hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2644) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Cask at GBBF, Olympia, London, 2015. Mahogany coloured pour with a white head. Caramel malt and raisin aroma. Dark fruit and raisin flavour. Quite smooth. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 2. Clear amber/mahognay beer with a small beige head. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, spicy, chocolate, some grapes. Malty vanilla flavor, caramel, spicy, chocolate, some grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2015
At GBBF. Purity Saddle Black 5.10% IPA The Apollo - B02 Pouring a reddish brown with a minimal beige head The aroma is acrid chocolatey malts and citrusy hops. Quite black IPA like. The body is med-full and silky smooth. Nice clean green bitter hop flavor with smokey chocolate fudge. Quite good.

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