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Brewed by Temple Brewery & Brasserie
Style: Black IPA
Brunswick East, VIC, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The Midnight IPA takes a traditional India Pale Ale, a hoppy high alcohol beer originally brewed in England in the 19th century, and adds a 21st century twist: it’s jet-black. Brewed using a new roasted wheat from America (called Midnight wheat, and giving our beer its name), this black IPA achieves its colour without most of the roasted flavours and aromas you would normally expect in such a dark beer. Our take on this new sub-style of IPA is as hoppy as they come. The aroma offers an explosion of piney resinous hops, achieved through multiple kettle and dry hopping charges of Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe. If you were to close your eyes, you’d be convinced you were holding a highly hopped IPA from the Pacific Northwest. It’s deceptively smooth and sessionable, so tread carefully.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (982) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 21/1/2013. Pours a very dark amber with a medium to big tan head which disappears quickly. Has a pleasant pine hop aroma with some dark malts (particularly caramel) in the background. In the mouth, there’s lots of sweet milk chocolate and caramel, which is set off against a big piny resiny hop finish, which features a touch of roastiness as well. The palate is quite creamy and the carbonation lively. A very good black IPA with heaps of character. Makes me proud to be an Aussie!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1294) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, fruit, roastiness and hints of pine. Taste is medium sweet leading to a dry roasty and fruity finish. Very impressed with this one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2401) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle, 10C. Almost black with a light tan head that fades to a coat then sticks around. Aroma of grapefruit, orange blossoms, pine, licorice, a hint of cocoa (or my eyes are deceiving my nose). Silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Taste has slight sweetness with a little mocha, plenty of bright citrus fruit, pine, lingering bitterness. Very clean palate which for me makes it lack a little charm - but the flavours ring out so clearly it’s more than a fair swap. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. Aroma has powdery chocolate, musk, pine and assorted flowers. Light body with soft, tingly carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. Flavour has grapefruit, lime, apricot, pine and coffee. Low on roastiness, the hops are all over this beer, and it works very well. Very nice and quite sessionable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3302) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
500ml bottle. Black as a moonless night with a good helping of light brown foam. Piney hop aromas burst forth and fill the nose. Quite light in the mouth with that familiar IPA flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (909) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
(Bottle) Beautiful looking beer - opaque almost black with large dense tan head. Lovely hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine and some floral hints. Palate is lighter than you might expect for such a dark beer, having medium body nice fine carbonation. The flavour is also lighter than appearance leads you to expect, but is in no way lacking. This is a hoppy beer, but not over the top in bitterness. The flavour starts with a balance of roasty and tangy notes before the hoppy bitterness rapidly develops for a reasonable bitter finish. An unusual and very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Tried a sample at the brewery last month. Black in body with tan head. Grapefruit in the aroma, also in the taste, pleasant bitterness and then some cocoa notes. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dnomder (30) - Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2012
Interesting beer. Hop flavour, roasted malt bitterness, yet really sessionable. Will have again

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10696) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s during the first stop of Jack’s Farewell Tour in London. This one I got in a trade from Josh. Pours dark brown with a tight, creamy beige head. Nose has toasty pine, burnt toast, hints of grapefruit, some roast. Medium sweet flavor, more burnt toast, baking cocoa, moderate bitter earth, dry chocolate, burnt pine. Medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Finishes with sweet burnt toast, pine, dry dirt, light grapefruit, some bitter burnt wood. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with dense light tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing as it falls away to all except the thinnest film. Aromas show lots of sweet caramel and plenty of suggary sweetness. Hops show through as sour oranges. A little roasted grain brings it all together. Nice. Taste is dominated by resiny hop bitterness with only the some feint sweetness upfront. Finish is dominated by hop resins which hang around for ages. Medium mouthfeel. Nive beer.


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