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Widmer Brothers 30th Anniversary Collaboration #1: Blacklight IPA

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15280) - 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 (19649) - , 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 (9998) - 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 (772) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6246) - Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2015
22oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Spokane
Pours clear dark brown with a medium sized beige head, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, piney and bread. Flavor of toasted malts, fruity, chocolate and pine
A nice Black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schwarzbart (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a big, khaki, root beer float head. Color is light black and brown looking when held up to the light. Excellent thick patterned froth. Smells of pine, fruitiness like raspberry, black malt and spearmint. Palate is light bodied, crisp and finishes on the dry side. Tastes of spearmint is dominating flavor over black malts, but it's mild and a little watery. Stone fruit, pine needles and very faint chocolate cake also. Overall, it comes in a little thin, but for 4.2% it's pretty good. I love Cascadian ales and my first time having a session level one. I'd buy it if available year round. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4045) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1816) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (758) - 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.

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