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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Transparent mahogany with a lacy cream head. Dank hop nose, considerable pine, caramel, earth. Flavor borders on over-sweetness, a lot of caramel, sugar, grapefruit, pine, and light plum in the flavor. Also hints of alcohol. The flavor ends up a bit empty, short finish and watery. The flavor is unpleasant and without enough to motivate struggling through.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
On tap at Petrol Station. Mahogany pour with little head. Hoppy nose with some berry notes as well. Flavor is fruity, with touch of hops and malt finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (733) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Consumed 11-27-09...Draft...Bittersweet hopped aroma...mahogany with an off tan head...a sweet sticky malt with a creamy body...hops are mellow and mild with a nice punch toward the end...on a deep sniff...cocoa....its good on flavor...easy drinking with bitter carob powder and sharp hops....in the finish bitter orange and grapefruit...good but nothing too special ...I can dig it

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle into tulip. A medium sized light tan head briefly tops a ruby brown body. Aroma is mildly piney, with some roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is mostly bitter, citrus pith and pine is somewhat harsh, a little grassy, nutty with underlying sweetness. Medium full and smooth carbonation. A bit of a chore at times and lacking cohesion. Not so harmonious a resolution in this battle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (1032) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(Bottle) The first time I tasted this ale, I was very impressed, but upon my second sample, several days later, I’m not as pleased. Bitter hops, citrus and slightly sour. Not bad, just not as good as my first impression.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Poured dark brown with a big light brown head. Aroma is very fruity with some sourness. Lots of bread malt flavor, medium bitterness, average body, average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
On tap at Fathers Office in culver city. This reminded me more of an strong american pale ale than a black ipa. Pours a dark amber with medium sized creamy white head. Did not pour black as expected. Aroma is heavier on malts than it is on hops, very caramelly aroma with some cascades on the nose. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy with lots of carbo. Tasted much like a strong pale ale moreso than an IPA also lacking a lot of the smokiness that most "black ipas" have. Good but in my opinion not brewed to style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnurda (1235) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
black ipa is my new favourite style. On tap at Father’s office . Great hop taste. nicely malted. Would have this again

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1614) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle. The nose is all about the hops -- lime, tangerine, and a lot of resinous and herbal notes. There is a faint underpinning of sweetness in the aroma, though. Pours a dark, dark brown with red highlights and off-white, small-grained head. Flavor is a little unbalanced, though -- my first thought was ’who put coffee in my grapefruit soda’? Needs a bit more sweetness on the underpinnings to balance the hops.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11824) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), average hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Flavor is average malt (light roast, bread, cookie, coffee), heavy hops (earthy, herbal, woody, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of figs and plums. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish. The aroma is rather subdued and no amount of swirling seems to improve it. On the other hand, the flavor is very nice, displaying lightly roasted malt character next to some spicy and earthy hops. The alcohol content is well hidden, until you feel the warming effects in your stomach.


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