Just as Tony Rice pushed the boundaries of a what a guitar could do for bluegrass music in his landmark album Manzanita, our Black IPA pushes the boundary of the IPA, augmenting the hop-heavy style with notes of chocolate, roast, and fresh-brewed coffee. Very dark and very bitter, Manzanita is the best of both worlds combining aspects of a Porter with those of an IPA.
From the Brewer’s Log: I wanted to create a Black IPA that showcased more of the resinous, piney hop qualities to contrast the such a strong malt background. I chose Centennial, Chinook and Liberty hops because they have those pine and resin qualities, but also have a bright citrus quality that really makes them pop. Caramel, Biscuit, Chocolate and Carafa malts make for a sweet malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate, fig and roast coffee coming through. I wanted Manzanita to be a tour-de-force of a beer, challenging even the most adventurous palates.
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
We are not a big fan of IPA’s and as this is an IPA we are not a big fan. Not too bad though. We could drink this one. The hoppy flavor is not as intense as many of the IPA’s that are out there.
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma roasty sweet. Burnt malt. Citrus, on the Orange side. Evergreen too. Dark brownish orange color. Good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Good. Strong onthe burnt side of things.
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly clean pour with one finger of khaki tan head. Nose shows citrus rind with some dank notes and a mild sulfur (garlic/onion) component. A touch of grain pokes through as well with a light cacao note. Dry citrus rind in the flavor with some leafy hop notes. Dry cacao and bitter chocolate. Medium light body with a crisp carbonation.
TURDFERGUSON (4037) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the source. Pours a dark reddish amber brown with a small ring of off white lace. Nose shows some light coffee and roast, light pine. The coffee and roast are at the forefront. Flavor is similar; lots of coffee-maybe more than I’ve ever tasted in a black ipa. A fair amount of roasted malt, some light pine and earth. On the roasty side of the style, but not overly bitter, thankfully. Good stuff.
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