dzimm27 (136) - - FEB 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good
S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note
T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don’t quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy
MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive
Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap’t Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as dark as I expected. Citrus charcoal smell. Crisp flavor, burnt and kinda smoket. Reminds me of fall.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red. Rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. Very nice black IPA.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Nose is immedately pine resin, grapefruit and floral hop. Same roasty caramel and toffee undertones as hop devil but a much more complex hop profile - floral, citrus notes and a nice resiny biternes balancing out the sweet malts. Finishes moderately to strongly bitter. This is essentially the hop devil backbone with a better hop profile.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From rough notes. Dark mahogany pour, little head (which could have been because the server wanted to fill the glass with beer and not head, kudos for the effort, but I like some head on my beers.) Sweet and hoppy up front, malt backbone. Nice dry hoppiness on the taste, mixes well with the coffee/stout taste and malts. Finish is dry. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Dryness of the aftertaste keeps you drinking. This was definitely more dark than IPA
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a very dark brown hue. Nice bold consistent look. Great smell of toasted hops. Nice bitter bite followed by a wave of smooth and great tasting hops. Just a hint of sour aftertaste but overall an excellent beer.