Brewed by Red Squirrel
Style: Black IPA
Hemel Hempstead, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask & keg; Occasional.

Produced from 3 US hops with 2 coloured malts this beer has the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark colour of a porter. Lemon and orange notes balanced hints of coffee and chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness leading to a pleasantly dry finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - JUL 11, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Harp London 05/07/13. A near black beer with a whitish bubbly head. A hoppy blavk beer with some sweet roast and some chocolate. Good flavours but not hoppy enough or with the hop profile of a Black IPA really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1234) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Half pint on tap at the Greyfriar in Reading. Doesn’t have much in the way of nice hop notes, and doesn’t cut it as a dark beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (6841) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Draft - Sweet pine and a mellow dark roast. Deep maroon with a rich beige head. Pine and dark roast with a decent sweetness to mellow the bitterness. A bit of tweaking in the roast/pine and this would be remarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2843) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Keg. Black, no real head at all. Aroma is copper pipe, caramel, floral. Body is medium, spritzy, quite foamy. Taste is smoke, chorizo, rose perfume. Decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (12519) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2014
Cask at Thornbury Castle, near Baker Street, London. Clear deep amber beer with a small bubbly head. Fruity grape aroma, pear, citrus, some licorice. Fruity grape flavor, licorice, apples, some citrus. Poor BIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
15th July 2014
Chelmsford Summer Beer Fest. Cask. Clear deep amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Light touch of dark malts. Whisper of sourish dark chocolate. Mild citrus and dark fruits. Light semi dry finish. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2630) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
Black with small lacing light brown foam head. Aroma slight coffee, some fruit - orange. Taste is bitter, some light coffee. Barley aftertaste. (Reading 201311) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18731) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2013
Cask @ Henry Addington, Nicholsons, Canary Wharf E14. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Roasted malty caramel chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Cask at the St. Albans Beer Festival 2013. Poured a very dark ruby colour with a medium, rocky off white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, grassy hops and coffee. Initial flavours are roasted malt, redcurrents and some bitter hops. Ends wit dry grains, burnt toast and some hop resin. Profile is more stoutish than Black IPA, but that being said it was still pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (4788) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Cask at the St Albans beer festival 2013. Clear black / red colour with a loose greyish head. Light is light choc and roast and some hedgerow hop. Flavour is roast driven with slight tart berry. Roast lingers. Lightish palate. Balance is a bit off for a black IPA. Not hoppy enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
August 24, 2013 - hand-pull cask at The Harp (Chandos Place). Deep clear ruby with a small foamy beige head. Smells of diacetyl, cocoa powder and ... something generically bitter - a generous 6-. Taste is ... well, less butterscotch and paper, but it seems a little dishwatery, sour and thin and vaguely roasty - nominally better than the pretty poor aroma. Thin gruel mouthfeel, still, sour/acidic, building unpleasantness, didn’t finish it.

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