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Valley Brew Hoptimism - India Black Ale

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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed as a collaborative effort between Valley Brewing Company, Sacramento Brewing Company and Auburn Alehouse. Brewers Steve Altimari, Peter Hoey and Brian Ford collaborated on this beer. It is a beer brewed to honor the illustrious IPA but with a twist, the Pale concept was tossed out the window and a jet black beer was brewed with the flavor profile of a true West Coast Style Ale. 150 pounds of fresh hops (Amarillo, Simco and Centennial) were used in the hop back for a 30 BBL batch along with 22 lbs of Magnum in the 90 minute boil. It is big and in your face hoppy. It will be released by all three breweries in early October.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
I had this on tap at Rubicon in Sacramento. I have no clue when it was, but it certainly wasn’t recently. I found this rating in a pair of shorts. Aroma is very pungent with lots of catty hop aromas. Some sweetness and a little bit of citrus is present. Very aromatic, and somewhat reminiscent of UberHoppy. Moderately transparent mahogany body with a small tan head that leaves fantastic lacing behind. Catty, hempy hop notes present to start, before it becomes rather chocolatey in the middle. Not overly roasted, though. Lightly smokey. Finishes with a balance of chocolate and hempy bitter hops. Unique, flavorful, and well-made.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Draft. Blackish beer with a huge cream/tan colored head. Huge summer fruit/grapefruit aroma.. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel, light cocoa and a light toastiness. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with caramel and light cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Tasted straight from the tank after dry hopping. Thanks, Steve. Dark brown with a huge hoppy nose. Tastes of roasted grain, mild chocolate, and a huge mess of hops with a big dry bitterness to the finish. Hopheads will love this one.


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