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Widmer Brothers 30th Anniversary Collaboration #1: Blacklight IPA

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Blacklight IPA is the first of six Widmer Brothers limited release collaboration beers with Oregon breweries to be released this year as part of a series that commemorates Widmer Brothers’ 30 years of brewing beer. The collaboration series is a celebration of the brewery’s 30th anniversary, the Oregon brewing community and the unique camaraderie between craft brewers.

Blacklight IPA is a hop-forward, sessionable 4.2 percent ABV black ale with a heavy dose of five different hop varieties and stained black with cold-steeped dark malts. The beer focuses on big hop flavor and aroma, without the harsh bitterness and heavy roast that the beer’s dark color suggests.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as ’Widmer Brothers 30th Anniversary Collaboration #1: Blacklight IPA’. Many thanks to Mr Frog for this one. Dark brown with a red hue, big foamy tan head. Aroma is floral, gummy sweets. Body is slightly foamy, soft carbonation. Taste is biscuity, molasses, floral, some coffee, dry finish. Not bad. (3.5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4339) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Dark brown. Charred grapefruit. Lemon hop. Taste is bitter. Some roast. Light body. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to Mr frog, cheers Fergus. Dark brown beer. Aroma of light pine and roast malts. Taste is roast malts, light pine and citrus. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (6767) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has some pine resin, along with citrus and some chocolate, taste has dark roast malts, some pine, bitter chocolate, quite thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3886) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at Cotteridge 2nd Annual. Deep ruby brown colour with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malts, grainy and pine with pithy orange. Taste is roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - NOV 29, 2015
From bottle at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014. Dark brown color with off white head. Roasted malty and hoppy aroma, licorice, pine, citrusy fruity, grapefruit. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle shared in London during Bruce’s going away drinks. Pours clear, deep red-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose holds roasted grains, light pine, toasted biscuits, nice orange rind. Light sweet flavor with ashy roast, light metal, earth, rind, some cocoa. Light in body with average carbonation. Dry and roasty on the finish, with scorched earth, dried citrus rind, more cocoa. Fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
15th April 2015
Craft Clerkenwell. Bruce’s UK Swan Song. Almost clear dark amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Berry fruits on the nose. Palate is airy and semi dry, modest fine carbonation. The dark malts bring just traces of roast and malt cream. Hops are mild pine with a trace of citrus. Light finish. Respectable but a bit light weight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12681) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours clear deep brown with a bubbly off-white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, cola cubes, piney, roast, varnish, cocoa and candy. The taste is bitter-sweet, earthy roast, toasty, ash, pepper, cola, drying dirty wood and citrus rind with a dry finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Average cda action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (962) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a dark, reddish, copper-brown, with medium-sized head. Aroma of hops and some malt. Flavor is a touch hoppy, with some malt. It really does taste like a light version of a black IPA, which is not something I really have much interest in--I’d much prefer one that goes all-in on the dark malt flavors, etc. This was kind of dull.

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