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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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It’s a shame when good barley goes bad. This spring, the combined effect of double digit sustained winds and concentrated rainfall created major stress on the normal course of our barley maturation — our crop went down for the count. Instead of crying in our beer—or lack thereof—we decided to do one better and make something new. Featuring organic malts and our estate-grown wet hops, this black IPA is the evil twin of our legendary Estate Ale. Black in color with a mild roasty flavor and moderate body, this beer has a bold citrusy and earthy hop flavor and aroma from the use of our own wet hops. We’d never let one bad harvest get in the way of a great beer, so join us in a toast to the memory of our devastating season.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2013
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Cola-like dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Dark chocolate and smoke are most present in the aroma with muted tangerine and floral hops. Bitter citrus hops are front and center in the taste and are well integrated with the cocoa and espresso from the dark roasted malt. There is a lingering bitterness from malt reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans yet is toned down by the citrusy hops. A very well done black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head and a treacle and citrus aroma. there is a hearty roasted malt, dark molasses and anise flavor with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2013
I was excited for this beer mostly because i love Sierra Nevada beers. They are usually fairy hoppy. This one isn’t so much. Kind of watery with a little of a dry after taste. Not my favorite but is organic. I’m green now!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (444) - Elk Grove, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bomber as a birthday present. Poured into my Sierra Nevada snifter. Black oily pour with a thick cream colored head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with some earthy hops. Flavor is similar with nice roasted malt notes and earthy and citrusy hops. Very drinkable. Overall a nice simple Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. A malty chocolate aroma with mild hops. A nice malty body and enjoyable finish. I like the style and this one is well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle: dark brown pour with large tan head. Aroma is chocolate, smokey roast grain, and dark caramel. Flavor is milk chocolate, charred grain, burnt caramel, and some grapefruit hoppy bitterness running around in the background and finish. Nice flavorful sipping beer, but not much of IPA hoppiness, more of a porter with a mild hop kick. I still liked drinking it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1112) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a generous tan head. The aroma is of citrus the citrus. Comes thtough with dome tones of coffee that ends with a bitter finish on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3643) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours black with a frothy tan head that recedes leaving lots of lacing. Malty nose. Flavors of citrus, including a hint of grapefruit, and a bit of toasted nuts. Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Waxed bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark copper, almost brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Aroma is earthy chocolate. Med + body. Flavor is smooth dark malt, dark chocolate, earthy, with citrus sort of coming in after all that. Extremely good stuff.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle. Not great. Didn't like it that much. Becoming less a fan of a black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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