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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Kind of all over the place. Great aroma, verdict on melding of hops and malt still out. -- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottled. Fantastic red and citrus fruit aromas with caramel and chocolate. The taste is a letdown though- similar fruit flavors with decent hop levels, but a watery. I don't usually care much about a beer's appearance, but this one isn't lookin' too great- like a watered down black IPA with bobbing chunks (probably my bad for not closely inspecting the contents of the bottle). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorlandi (68) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a nice semi white head. Aroma of citrus and hops, light bodied and pleasing on the palate. The taste hits you with that IPA citrus and bitterness that develops into notes of dark malts. A very good beer recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
This beer was disappointing. I had no idea it was bottle conditioned, otherwise I would have not poured out the sediment into my glass--but there it was: a thick yeast/malty load that mucked up the flavour of everything thereafter. There’s a lot of potential behind the idea of this beer--it reminds me of a Dopplebock--but its actual offering is a bit flat, home-brew, and disorganized. The more you drink it the better it gets (perhaps because the conditioning load settled to the bottom of the glass), but it still tastes more like a red ale than a (brown) IPA, as advertised. I could see this same beer concept going expertly well if tried again with more organization. Hope is what I feel as I sip along further into my glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pour is definitely more brown than black, mahogany with a creamy off-white head. A wonderful smelling beer. Hop forward with loads of citrus and pine. Not much malt to speak of. The taste is completely dominated by the hops. Lots of juicy citrus and resin, massively bitter with a slight amount of malt. A totally unbalanced hop bomb, which is exactly what I love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Aroma is very hop heavy. Brown to black appearance. The citrus and floral hops come out in the taste with a smooth finish of dark malt. Good mouthfeel as well. Overall love this collaboration!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JML044 (31) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Good flavor. Nice dark color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Climbrew (28) - - JAN 18, 2012
Cloudy pour but great hop aroma the roasty malts excellent hoppy finish. Zomg sometime I dont want to write 75 chars ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Amnesia87 (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours dark brown, wasn’t expecting it so there’s lots of yeast or hops or something floatin around. Smells great to me, pine and cedar and a slight hint of carmel malt. Definitely the most IPA like Black IPA I’ve had. Good amount of bitter but matched with a good amount of sweet. Light to Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Definitely glad I have a few more bottles. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This beer smells like pine and leafy matter. The hops are very prominent, with grapefruit notes, both of which stick all the way through to a bitter finish. Some chocolate and bittersweet from the brown malts, which makes for a great combo. An IPA? Yes. A brown? Not really. I’d call it more black IPA than brown. But in no way is that a bad thing!

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