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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Pours a dark espresso brown / black color. Nose is sharp with piney west coast hops. Taste is good, hop flavor is there, I really like how mellow the roasted characters are, but the excess body killed it for me. It had a really heavy mouthfeel like there was a large % of carafoam used, which made it fairly difficult to drink a lot of. I have a feeling future batches are going to keep getting better as this beer gets dialed in. Aside from the body of it, this is spot on what i like in a black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (8541) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
On tap at Green Flash, Mira Mesa. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, some grapefruit and chocolate. Similar taste. The body was medium as was the bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5651) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Tap. Pours hazy brown. Aroma is big coffee, chocolate, roast, some pine, light toast, and faint woodiness. Flavor is aggressive and matches the aroma with huge roast and bitterness flavors throughout and a dry, espresso finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (5307) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 Draft at the brewpub. Pours dark opaque brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like grapefruit hops, chocolate malt, light booze, some coffee, and earth. Light/medium body carbonation. Smells like grapefruit hops, chocolate malt, light booze, some coffee, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (5426) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
(En ft la source): Caramel, amandes grilles, chlorophylle, agrumes sucres et une amertume lgrement cendre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1555) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Type: 64-oz. draft growler Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. Price: $12.46 Purchased: Oct. 11, 2015 Consumed: Oct. 11, 2015 Misc.: N/A Poured a rich, dark mahogany, closer to black color with 2-to3 fingers of dark, khaki-tan, frothy head, which settles nicely on the top. Very good uneven, layered, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. The best part of the beer. (Sight - 4.50) Surprisingly got a lot more hops than anything else on the nose. Was expecting a rich, meltier nose, but got Citra, grapefruit, earthy, Citra rind, pine, some resin, faint pineapple and mango (wishful?) and floral, backed by a touch of roastiness. (Smell - 4.00) More balanced in the nose than the smell with a good mixture of malts and hops. First taste is earthy, bitter Citra rind, followed by roasty, gritty malts. Also pine, char wood, Nugget, resin, faint roasted chocolate, tropical, cooked vegetables and much less grapefruit than the nose. (Taste - 3.75) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, earthy, veggie finish, reminding me slightly of a New Belgium Ranger IPA. (Feel - 3.25) Disappointed in this one overall and Im pretty much a sucker for Black Ales. Wish I would have just got a pint at the pub instead of a growler. (Overall - 3.50) 3.76 85 B+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Poured from a growler shared by Steve. Black pour with a small head. Nose is hops mixed with malt/chocolate. Flavor is toasted malt, chocolate, with a hoppy finish. Definitely different. Flavors dont go together great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
[ Keg ][ Toronado SD ][ 8oz ][ $4 ][ Half Pint ][ 4/18/14 ]
>> Black pour with thicker coffee head, amazing sheets of lacing. Nose is big coffee, tamarind, dried fruit, smokey. Taste is rich, mild coffee, nicely bitter, long bitter cocoa bar power, mild savory smoke and grilled steak. Rich and encompassing hop bomb mouthfeel. Really good, not a straightforward grilled pineapple style Black IPA. A monster beer. Loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18837) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Draught at Toronado, San Diego. Black beer with a small brownish head. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, licorice, floral notes, metal, grassy, hay, herbal, licorice, chocolate notes. Hoppy roasted chocolate flavor, cocoa, citrus, grass, licorice notes, hay, grapefruit, some caramel. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
On tap@ Toronado SD: Poured a dark black liquid with a tiny formation of head on top. Aroma is full of hops that suggest a ton of green hop pellet that give off a smell of citrus. With a dominant presence of grapefruit and tart tangerine. The flavor is different than I remember it from previous tastings because of the strong taste of cascade or centennial hops that give off a taste of grapefruit, lime leaf, and a funky sweet taste of onion. This is an okay black IPA but it doesnt win me over as some of the other BIPA available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2013
On draught at Alpine. Pour dark brown/near black with a khaki head. Aroma is bright and juicy citrus, cocoa, and roast and some anise. Taste is sweet with some mild bitterness. Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Good for the style.

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