Psytron (1583) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell of hops and tobacco. Dark brown colour, high dark brown head. Aroma of hops, licorice. Slightly watery. Lightly bitter. Flat carbon.
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear, near-to-black brown with a short, dark khaki head. Big centennial hop aroma, grass, grapefruit and pine with a nice citric hint from the sorachi. Couldn’t detect any nelson. Taste is a nice ligbt pine and acidic citrus fruit flavour, dominated by dark toasty malts and a light roasted espresso/mocha flavour. Really smooth with a lingering pine and roasted malt aftertaste. Awesome black IPA!
maneliquor (3469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. A damn good take on a black IPA. Dark, yet clear, brown pour with a big, frothy beige head. Nose is very tropical and grassy with some sweet vanilla in the foreground. Almost a woodiness to this as well. Nelson comes through a lot for me in the taste with heavy influence on ripe stone fruits. Very creamy stuff. Well done
jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting. Pours a darkish brown with a small off white head. Not your usual black ipa pour! Nose is all about the passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus. Nelson sauvin hops prominent. Taste is the fruit backed by the dark malts, hint of spicy pepperiness and mild roasty coffee notes. Actually quite sessionable sitting on 6.6%. Not as bold compared to other black ipas I've had but a good change up none the less. Great stuff
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Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Bottle. So nearly black with a foamy head. Nicely balanced with good roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of caramel and some nice juicey bitter hops. Lovely soft, creamy texture.
Gethinbeer (2303) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Deep mahogany pour with a large frothy head clinging to the glass. Fruit malt hoppy aroma. Roasted malt, caramel hop flavour. Zesty bitter finish. Very nice beer.
MustangMarkF (225) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml Bottle. This pours a almost black beer with the slightest of reddish hues. It has a thick tan head that leaves a moderate lacing. Take a smell of this beel and your senses ignite- theres grapefruit but also malt, dark chocolate, maltiness, hops and the faintest hint of burnt toffee. Tastewise this is extremely complex and this review will not do it justice. Its a bitter grapefruit start with a subtle move through burnt toffee (again) to biscuit and malt through to a bitter finisdh with a re-emergance of the grapefruit. Wonderfully complex and an absloute stonking beer. I may have found a new favourite!! If I was to recommend a English craft beer to someone who wasnt familiar with our products- this would be it- it has everything yet its not over done = BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
Niall73 (2247) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from utobeers. bbd 16/04/14. Pours a dark blacky red colour. Slightly off white head. a bit foamy. Nice hoppy, fruity, sticky sweet smell. Medium body, lovely mouthfeel. Slight carbonation and smooth. Lovely blanace of flavours - from sweet mango and passion fruit to bitter grapefruit. There’s some coffee bitterness there too, some choc... Well balanced. It’s very nice.
smmadge (87) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
No dark malt tones at all! Truely an ipa. A really nice one as well. Aroma and taste are well balanced.
dnicolaescu (1281) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head: beige, medium-big, frothy, avg. retention.
Aroma: strong citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Possibly some toasted notes.
Taste: citrus, possibly dark malt, moderate bitterness.
A nice, aromatic and juicy IPA. But what is Black IPA supposed to mean? I was not able to detect any serious dark malt notes. So, for the moment a Black IPA for me is an IPA that is black.