ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that ’could almost pass for a black metal band’s logo’ vibe to it.
S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can’t complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.
T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.
M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.
O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.
mjg74 (2643) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BevMo. Sweet roasted nose with a moderate hop aroma. Smooth and roasty. Hops take a back seat. Very much like a hopped up stout.
uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! Never had a dark IPA. What a great combination! Very nice!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off white head that dissolves quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Predominantly grapefruit accompanied by a general citrus aroma with an underlying sugary sweetness.
Taste: Strong hop character dominates the first sip. Resiny/piney characteristics of the hops are featured up front. The finish features some of the grapefruit notes promised by the aroma. There is some slight astringency but what truly surprises me for such a bug beer is how completely unnoticeable the alcohol is.
The mouthfeel is soft, with a medium-body and just a hint of carbonation. It finishes smooth and creamy but then you are struck with a resiny hop aftertaste that dries out the mouth.
Overall I think this beer is serviceable. I think I was hoping for a little more body and a little more malt support from an imperial. If all you want is hops and hops, then this is probably worth a try.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Skunky, green bud, sweet grapefruit aromas and flavors. Full bodied and slightly sticky. Balanced overall. Longgggg orange finish. Enjoyable quality for price.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Virginia Trip – bottle 355 ml
Aroma superb hop profile. Green organic fresh feel with softer follow up. Alcohol well incorporated as base. Smooth clean finish.
Appearance dark ruby, garnet with medium white contrasting top. Good lace shown.
Flavor and Palate : True double dark IPA. Bold, hefty with organic hop cover. Decisive bitter but none of wild roughness. Darker elements play in harmony. Pleasant warmth of alcohol behind. Slight dark sourness hinted at very end. This is very well made.
Theydon_Bois (11136) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Stags Head, Manhattan - 01/03/12.
Mid black in colour (very dark brown held to light) with a finger of tan head.
Big piney hop aroma with a little roasted malt and chocolate.
Grapefruit and pine dominate the taste with a little background toffee/chocolate.
Medium bodied and good (lowish) carbonation.
Excellent black IPA.
superspak (3079) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/14/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange rind, herbal, floral, roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very inviting and hoppy. Taste of pine, grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, floral, char, grass, citrus rind, and piny spiciness. Nice amount of piny bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, char, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with pine and citrus hop flavors; long resinous hop finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. Very nice hop flavor profile with a good balance of roasted malt. Very enjoyable offering.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mohawk Bend. Really nice hop-forward aroma. Weird to drink such an intensely hoppy beer that's this dark. Really well done.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an incredibly unique beer, and ever since I first tried it, I get a bit of an itch for it every few months. Usually when it gets cold out.
The malt profile is incredibly dense and thick, like everything else about this beer. Mouth feel is one of my favorite aspects-- it’s bitter, but feels almost like a malt or milkshake in the mouth, incredibly thick.
A great, unique beer.