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Stone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi More Brown than Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2012
I thought I didnít like black IPAs all that much, but recently Iíve been digging the oneís Iíve had. This one came from Samís Quik Shop in Durham for a modest $3.50 or so. Pours a hazy medium-dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges, a beige-tan one-finger head, and moderate lacing. Nose shows off both the Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. Both very citrusy (tons of grapefruit and some orange peel as well) but also spicy (again, peel and pith). Some resin. A moderate amount of sweet malt (dark bread, sugar, and caramel) on the aroma, which comes out a bit more on the taste, watering down those amazing hops just a bit... they start off bitter and astringent, but end a bit sweet and thin. Still, yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2012
12oz bottle 1/2/12 (Binnyís Glen Ellyn)-42į in Shaker-Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, pine, and citrus. Taste of the same with more hops on the back end. This full bodied brew is full of grapefruit and is well balanced. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Botella. Brown with thin off-white head. Aroma is sharp, focused pine, spicy citrus, and a very well done roasted malt backbone with oat, tobacco, and light coffee. Taste is clean bitter hops, pine, and minimal citrus followed by roasted malt, oats, light coffee, and crisp hop bitterness with pine through the finish. I really like the malt profile on this beer and it completely adds an entirely new, and enjoyable twist to the genre with the hops playing off the roast and oat. Light and clean mouthfeel. This beer reminds me of the Jose Marti from Cigar City in the sense that you have this really well done, roasted malt profile complimented by sharp hops. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3759) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12 oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co., poured to a Czech-pils glass with a clear, ruby highlighted, dark brown hue, with a nice amount of creamy, brownish tan head foam, and sheet-like cling to the lacing. The aroma was expressive pine, with a citrusy grapefruit backup. Any roastiness or sweetness was masked by a tongue coating, sharp, woody, earthy, grapefruit rind bitterness that lingered well into the finish coupled with a noticeable dryness. Good, medium+ body, and a touch of silkiness to the mouthfeel, but a little more of a pungent hop message than Iíd like for this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Well, now I know that I like brown IPAs better than black. Pours cola brown. Great citrus aroma. Loads of grapefruit bitterness. Some woodsy notes too. A skosh bit of caramel malt. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
bottle... muddy dirty dark brown, light watery tan head, not a pretty beer... the aroma is pretty nice, mostly hoppy, pine resin, a touch of resin... the taste is a touch too resiny, too much alcohol for 7% as well, not much of a black ipa but pretty decent hoppy brown

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Pours an opaque brown with what looks to be a tinge of green and a firm cream colored head. Aroma is pine, hops, citrus fruit. Flavor is mild bitter hops, grassy, earthy, subtle chocolate in the finish. Sits sort of right in the middle of a brown ale, pale ale and a Black IPA. Surprisingly mild. Nice collaboration but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle... Poured a muddy, dark brown with a think khaki head. Super vibrant with hop flavors. Strong citrus, very much like an Alchemist brew. Pine, resinous, oily with faint malt sweetness and roast. Some hop spice and bitterness come back towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Deep ruby red color with tan sheen. Grassy, spicy, pine, tropical fruit, caramel aromas. Light to medium bodied. Bitter hoppy pine, grapefruit, grass, tropical fruit flavors with toasted caramel, light roast, and a mild nuttiness--more brown than black ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
12 oz. bottle from the Beer Junction, in West Seattle. Somewhat of a frothy head. This has a dark brown body. It looks decent; itís a little lighter in color than some of the other Black IPAs that Iíve had. Pine hop aroma, with a subtle mango. Citrus becomes more noticeable in the aroma, as she warms up. Itís quite pungent, and fresh smelling. Pine, grapefruit, and a little orange hop flavor hits my taste buds. Subtle roast kicks in from time-to-time. A rough roasted grain flavor seems to be lingering in the background. I think the IPA qualities of this beer are great, but everything else that seems to play a role, doesnít do it for me. Decent stuff, but nothing special or great.

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