jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours as black as an imperial stout. Smells like one too. However it taste like one might expect with a roasted hop flavor that finishes clean and smooth. Awesome
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark cola brown color topped by a small, pillowy head of tan colored foam. Some small sudsy lines of lace coat the glass. The aroma shows notes of sharp pine resin and grapefruit hop bitterness up front while dry cocoa and bitter black malt provide the base and compliments the hops nicely. The flavor follows these same lines with the sharp citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops adding ample bitterness to go with the dark cocoa and bitter black malts in the base. The black malt adds an earthy character with the cocoa adds a touch of roast to balance things out. Medium bodied in the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation that leaves a semi-dry feeling on the palate. The hop bitterness lingers on the finish. This is a solid black ipa, and one of my favorites from this series by Terrapin.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a dark mahogany body with a three finger head that retains well and leaves abundant sticky lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, grapefruit hops, and a hint of dark roasty coffee. Full medium body has a creamy carbonation. Taste has earthy and pinky grapefruity hops with lots of milk chocolate notes. Just a hint of roasty coffee. Finishes with a slight earthiness and a dry roasty maltiness, but still more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Lizzy McCormackís. Pours a dark, translucent cola to mahogany color with a frothy, whipped head of khaki tinted foam. Patchy, ribbony swaths of lacing circle the glass. The nose is boldly hopped, featuring sharp, dry grapefruit and pine notes prominently. Soft, dry cocoa and black patent malts provide a smooth, unobtrusive, solid backdrop that complements the resinous hops nicely. Flavors follow suit, falling well on the hoppy side of balanced, again flush with bold citrus, grapefruit, orange, and pine resin bitterness. Dark, cocoa driven malts are simple but effective, bringing a hint of softly sweet earthiness and roast to the table. Medium-plus in body stature, the palate sports balanced carbonation and a slightly chalky, semi-dry feel. Overall, itís a pretty damn solid example of a dark IPA. Good stuff.
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. This one took forever to get to Virginia so Iím glad to finally see it. Pours a very dark nearly black color with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of very earthy, slighty herbal hops with a bit of citrus. The taste is earthy bitter hops with smoky notes and and chocolate in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Not quite what I was expecting with the smokiness but still pretty good. 5/17/10.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff, best beer of the night in a sampling I did two weeks ago. Great hop flavor but smooth and drinkable. Iím really becoming a big fan of black IPAs, they seem to have a great flavor while beeing more drinkable than some of the bruisers.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber - Pours a dark brown to almost black with some reddish highlights and thin tan head. Aroma is sweet, floral, citrus, malty with roasted notes . Flavor is definitely what you would expect from the aroma with some chocolate mixed into the combination which was perfect. Medium body with a pleasing floral hop and citrus finish. Very good black IPA.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz Bottle shared by WeeHeavySD in a hotle room in vegas. pours nice black with a thick beige head. Hoppy aroma with ints of roasty malt. Flavor is very well balenced with some nice roasty and sweet notes offset with some bittering hops in the finsih but not so much, fbody is fairly light and easy drinking. very tasty and nearly sessionable.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Grant, brought to vegas, shared with bikesandbeers after going up $400 playing blackjack at the Aria, back in our room at the Luxor. Pours wonderfully black with a nice tan head. Nose is nice with a malty vibe and hops on the side. Taste is nice and pungent with a heavy resin hop vibe. and a bit of chocolte, nice black ipa, and gotta love that name and label.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap that the Capitol Alehouse in downtown Richmond, VA. Its black with a bit of light brown head. The nose is dominated by the black malts, but a bit of a pine character fights throught. Same with the flavor. Basicly this is a bitter stout. Too much black and not enough IPA.