orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at the brewpub.
A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on pitch black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving small webs of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of pungent citric hops, sweet dark roasted malt, fresh cut pine, and even more herbal hops. If you closed your eyes and smelled this one you would be hard pressed to say it was a black IPA.
T - Starts off with a big dose of citric hop bitterness that never really fades away. Hints of sweet dark roast and some pine try to break through but a nice herbal hop character develops toward the end, combining with a bit of sweetness to cling to the palate long after consumption.
M - Big, roasty body and flavors with moderate carbonation. The hops hold up really well with the roast and their is very little booze present. Roast gets a little strong toward the end of the glass.
O - I really enjoyed this one. I have never really liked the style but I have had quite a few Black IPA’s recently and they are slowly growing on me. This one is not as good as the Hill Farmstead offering I had a few weeks ago but it is a very close second.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a growler this beer poured a very dark brown color with a trace white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was piney and floral hops. The flavor was semi-sweet pine, orange, and grapefruit with a bitter roasty undertone. The finish was long and tangy pine, orange and floral hops. Medium body. Ok.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a one finger fizzy beigh head that left some nice delicate lacing. The nose is resiny and piney hops with a deliciously fresh quality to it. There is some light caramel and a little roaste malt, bug the hops are in the forefront. The flavor is a really nice balance between the hops and the roasted malt. Definately not just a heavily hopped Porter as some Black IPAs are. Bitter and resiny up front with a chocolaty middle fading to a prickly bitter finish. Medium bodied with a hefty bracing bitterness that lingers on the finish quite a while. The fizzy carbonation really enhanced the bitterness as well. A really well made beer. Probably the best new beer they have done in a long time.