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Widmer Brothers 30th Anniversary Collaboration #1: Blacklight IPA

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3637) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with red hints, head is finger frothy light brown head. Aroma is nice fruity citrus hops. Taste is nice strong citrus and fruity hops, melds well with rugged roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1383) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours two fingers of tan head on a dark brown body. The aroma is a great mixture of roasted malt and pine. The taste is quite simple compared to the smell: clean pine and lemon bitterness, borderline watery. The texture is light and crisp. Great aroma, the taste was lacking but at 4.2% ABV it’s not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle split on the hotel patio, SD, from Widmer pub PDX 14/11/14. Light black with a decent light tan covering that retains well. Nose is light roast, charr, red berry snap, pine, grapefruit. Taste comprises dank hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, light charr, roasted tones, Benna berry. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid enough CDA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (408) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. 10oz pour. Darker brown trending towards black appearance. Aroma is a little bit like wet hops. Not my favorite smell. Lots of tropical, hoppy notes make for an enjoyable taste. Really nothing very black IPA about this beer. Almost tastes run of the mill IPA. Some mild roasted quality at the end but too timid. Very typical representation of a Widmer offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Medium brown, chocolate and pine nose, has a toasty character, complex dark malts and lots of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2871) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
dark brown to black appearance. very thin looking roasty pine cone woodiness aroma. Hmm. intense hop taste. I actually like the balance. pine and tropical fruits. sugary but nice mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3509) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle, dirty brown/ black color with a thin ring of head. Aroma is light roasted malt, earthy coffee grounds, and light grapefruit.

I enjoy the texture of the beer, slightly creamy with the body on the lighter thin side. Flavor starts with coca, old coffee, light notes of pine and grapefruit. Lightly lingering bitterness. Overall kind of a different style, don’t you want a Black IPA to have some body and depth? It’s still pretty drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (2868) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours cola brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of pine and roasted malt. Watered down flavor with hints of roasted malt, pine, and hint of grapefruit. A bit disappointed as I usually really enjoy Widmer beers.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1962) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bomber picked up at a random Safeway. Bitchin label. Pours a muddy reddish brown/black with a head that disappears immediately. Black ipa’s always smell like dirt to me. Some fruity hop aroma, and earthy dirt. Pretty astringent flavor. Watery, astringent, and it won’t even get me drunk. Not my style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
On tap at Widmer, pours a dark copper brown with a small beige head. Aroma smells very English-style, with biscuity malt and very mild English hops. Flavour is very restrained and mild, with an interesting mix of hop varieties. Very light and sessionable. Pleasant but boring.


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