Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A not-so-malty and very hoppy-bitter dark ale with an innapropriate acrid/tart character. Overall just ok.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a long-lasting small beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is very bright, an explosion of piney and grapefruity hops, so bright and hoppy that with my eyes closed I’m not sure I would have guessed this is a Black IPA. Taste proposes a somewhat low-profile maltiness, far from a thick full body, some cake malts with a nougat flavor and some caramel. Hops dominate this beer. Lots of pine, grapefruity and lemony hops, high alpha acid, razor sharp and very assertive bitterness. The aggressive carbonation adds an extra dose of acidity to the citric hops and it makes this beer overall a bit too acrid. I’m rating this collaboration beer between three fine American breweries today July 4th when the USA are celebrating over 200 years of independence(*).
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FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a cream light tan head. Aroma is very nice fresh herbal and lightly piney hops, some citrus as well. Slight toasty character but otherwise not much on the malt side. Flavor starts with some sweet citris piney getting more and more so, floral and herbal, a touch of tea and some woodiness, grapefruit rind. Medium body and a crisp carbonation.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A hazy amber/light mahogany pour with tons of little floaties and a smallish light khaki head. The nose is very piney and features lots of caramel maltiness, biscuitiness, grapefruits, and some hints of berries. Relatively thin to medium-bodied. A dark caramel maltiness upfront taste-wise. A tad biscuity in the middle. Drying grapefruits and citrus rinds at the end. Piney. Some alcohol warmth is present throughout. Fairly standard for the style.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong hops on the nose! Pours black brown, tan head with good lacing. The taste is overwhelmed by hops & pine, some maltiness. The palate lingers. Not my favorite black ipa, but good.
mrmartin (626) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown, auburn pour with thin tan head. Nose is piney hops. Resiny + tropical fruits. Very active carbonation. Hint of root beer. Bitter dry finish. Surprisingly not roasted malts until the end.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Total Wine, Fairfax bottle ($4): Pours a bubbly brown with a brown head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with a nice amount of dark malts. Taste is slightly sweet. There is a nice amount of hoppy bitterness throughout. Some nuttiness. Very little sweetness. Nice bubbly mouthfeel for sure. Good aftertaste that develops for a minute or so after the sip has been taken.
TheJestersBeer (1875) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown, beige head.
Very hoppy aroma, spruce, roasted malt, mint, grapefruit, resin.
Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Hoppy, resiny taste, roasted malts, grapefruit, Sorachi (?), blackcurrant yeast.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to kaggie97. Pours black with foamy light tan head. Nose is hops with a slight chocolate aroma. Taste is rich hoppiness with some nice malt toastiness. Body is medium. Pretty good.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich brown with a nose of thick grapefruit and pine. Flavor is bready biscuit and orange peel. Average mouthfeel. Blech.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle w/o a very imaginative name pours up brown – copper – amber, brownish with tiny floaties and thin tan head. The aroma is big and bold even while still pretty cold and delivers chewy pine and citrus hop goodness mixing with a bit of spicy hops, earthiness and faint roasted malts. The flavor, oh yeah, I’m liking this. It unloads a great mix of pine hops and somewhat malt sweetened grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops. The hops have a modest level of hops flavor but formidable hop bitterness. This is chewy yummy and bold and maintains a nice hop flavor into the finish. Lovely.