JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma of dark figs, malts and resin. Beer has a bubble-bath-like foam covering a dark beer that could be mistaken as a stout until one tastes the hoppy citrus bite which I really dig. They say traditional IPA with malts added but I detect and smell a citrus kick that West Coasters could appreciate. The malts do overpower a bit and kind of give it an off smokiness which I sense in the finish (almost ashy). Thumbs up from both me and my wife (the female palate always gets consulted when I review brews).
carl4beer (520) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at rustico. pours near black with thin head. aroma has a bit of pine, citrus, and a touch of cocoa. mouthful is crisp with hop and a touch of malty backbone with roasted notes that are very complementary. more ipa and less black... very nice
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours an oily black with a thin lasting tan head. Spotty lacing. A good aroma from the first pour. Spruce, licorice, roasted malts, cocoa, and some floral citrus. Has a good carbonation. the flavor is hoppy bitter. has a good mouthfeel. The texture is oily. A medium body. A very slight burn. Has a strong finish and a great lingering aftertaste. If you like hops this is it. Great bitterness and real smooth.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours dark blackish brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is dark malt, hops, cacao. Tastes of roasted dark malt, a lot of hops in the flavor, notes of cacao, pretty dense on the palate. I still have a hard time getting my grips on the black IPA style, but this one is well made and a solid example of this relatively new style, reminding me somewhat of the Stone black IPA offerings.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brown color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, light cocoa, floral hops, pine, and citrus fruits. Taste of burnt malts, citrus, pine, caramel, and grapefruit in the finish.
strap (363) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at RFD. jet black. nice, hoppy with some nice roasted malts. very smooth and tasty.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Capone’s. Pours a translucent black with a slight head. Roasted notes with a powerful hop aroma. Very, very roasted flavor, almost bitter burnt tones. Almost overpowering. The hops balance it out nicely, but this was a lot more black than ipa.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at capones. Pours a deep woody copper/brown with a nice tight tan head- some lace. Aroma is nutty, light roast, herbal, slight grass and very piney but as it warms there is a slight fruity character and some woodsy dank weed. Flavor is toasted malts, light roast, nutty, hints of chocolate, grassy hops, earth some dirt and mineral with slight char, but gets a bit better as it warms- and opens up a bit of dank hops and pine resin. A slight bit harsh in the finish and resinous bitter in the back of the throat.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour tan creamy head ... lots of lacing ... tons of piney hops in the aroma and citrusy hops .... taste of hops hops and more piney and citrusy hops with a tad of roasted malt as well ... bitter sticky resiny hop feel and a dry hop finish ...... a really awesome brew seek this one out
Travlr (9845) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Churchkey, courtesy of Nahem and Paul, thank you sirs! I have to say, I am really liking this black IPA style. This one has an aroma of pine forests and lemon trees, with a taste of gritty blackness and a bitter finish. Very nice stuff.