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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopmelt (157) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours reddish brown, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toast, dough, toasty malt, earthy hops. Taste is bitter dark malt, earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malt, bitter finish. Mouth feel medium, lower carbonation, astringent bite from black malt, finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall, not bad, a bit bitter, not well balanced, doesn’t fit my palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Look: Dark brown almost ruby red, 1 1/2 finger creamy off-white head. Smell: Citrus, mild grass, roasted malt, caramel sweetness, spiciness. Taste: Spicy hops, citrus, floral, pine in the burp, cherries, chocolate, caramel, smokey roasted malt, nice lingering bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, soft carbonation. Overall: This was put together nicely. Nice bitter bite. Not really a "Black IPA", more of a "Dark IPA". One of my favorite seasonals. Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
On tap at daily pint. Not memorable. Seemed a bit too dry without enough distinctness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
The description says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Pours dark crimson. Nice carbonation, but not enhancing the aroma. Some floral, ginger and resin. Decent malt backbone here. Not too hoppy. The citrus is there; just way in the backgound. More forefront is the caramel, spice and dough. Smooth finish. There isn’t much going on here; but I don’t have anything bad to say about this beer. Not over hoppy; not too malty; no strong alcohol finish. Well done for a 9% beer at this price point.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (142) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Consumed on a patio. Pours dark rust brown with a generous tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and malt that comes through amplified in the flavour. The dark malts compliment the pleasantly bitter hops beautifully. This is a perfect patio beer for early spring. An easy drinking dark IPA. I love it!

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dzimm27 (136) - - FEB 23, 2012
Awesome floral hop aroma, but man does that look dark for an IPA. Dark, almost black with brown head. Roasted malt and bitter, sharp hops. Not smooth. Would not buy again, not for me.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Dark amber color with a glorious frothy head. Smooth a roasty at first with hops coming in at the end. Not a citrusy as I am used to with a hoppy beer but it is definitely enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head. aroma smells like heaven. great sweet smelling hops. crisp hoppy bite with piney and citrus tasting hops. nice malty balance. i just picture this beer as something you have for the transition into spring. days are warmer and longer and you’ve been drinking stouts and porters all winter. just a phenomenal beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
March Madness 2011 Aroma - almost no noticeable aroma Appearance - Dark amber, clear, moderate head Taste - Is this a Black IPA or a Black Pale Ale? Taste is indecisive Palate - mediume body, good carbonation Overall - Not a beer I would (personally) drink regularly but pretty tasty with a unique flavor.


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