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Brewed by Big Spruce Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Baddeck, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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3.4
Sammy (13144) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2017
very roasty take on the style. can from the brewery. nig off white head. hop taste nack seat to the roast.ok.

4.2
DomD (317) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2017
Can into glass. A more mild aroma than a typical IPA with some notes of coffee. Pours black with off white head. Taste is medium to heavy bitter. Smooth texture with a bitter finish. Might be my new favorite IPA.

3.9
ConJoJohn (30) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2017
I’m not a fan of black IPAs, but I’m digging this. I found Big Spruce’s IPA to be surprisingly fruity and mild, and the same goes for this brew. The nose is crisp and piney (with light citrus notes), certainly living up to the minimalist/naturalist vibes of Big Spruce’s general aesthetic. The beer pours hella dark -- like dank as balls brown. A little transluscent in the right light, but I’m digging the colour. Nice head, which dissipates with some latticing. The taste is very forward in citrus flavours, leaving behind a piney finishg. Nothing too special, pretty standard IPA stuff. As previously mentioned, though, the mildness works in this drink’s favour. The balance between hops and malts is pleasant. Would probably pick this over most other black IPAs I’ve had.

3.8
deyholla (12676) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Sampled from the tap at Maxwell’s Plum. Pours a clear amber brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a combination of pine and grass supported by dark grains. Flavor has a nice pine and dark grains combination with some resin supporting.

3.8
solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Great black IPA. Pours black with good head and lacing. Good roast, good citrus infusion. Bitter finish. Well done. Cask Days.

3.6
Scopey (16558) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Keg at Maxwell’s Plum. It poured opaque dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is sweet, rich, sweet chocolate, toasty caramel, creme brulee and vanilla. The taste is rich roast, ashy, charred wood, dark chocolate, earth, tobacco and light vanilla and peppercorns with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very punchy. Xolid xda.

4
mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 [6197-20140228] Growler. Citrus pine resin aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Bitter citrus roasty pine hops flavour. Full body. Surprisingly tasty. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Overheard: "We want to call it ’imorganic’."

[7846B-20151023] Cask. Orange bitter hops and roasted hops aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter citrus wood flavour. Medium-full body. Nice black IPA style, delicious. (7/3/8/3/16) 3.7
(Cask Days 2015 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON; Called "Bitter Getter")
Overheard: "I’m saying she’s attracted to you more than the rest of us."

3.9
DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
On tap @ Stillwell. Cola brown body, beige head. Very hoppy nose, mostly pine/conifer, maybe some citrus. Big hoppy palate too, pine and white grapefruit that mask dark malts. Long bitter finish. Very fresh.

3.9
Spab (4311) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
On tap at Maxwell’s Plum. Pours a dark brown with orange edges and good-sized, lasting tan head that laces nicely. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt and citric hops. Flavour has a solid citrusy/earthy hop character that pairs nicely with a roasted chocolate maltiness. Body is lighter than I might have anticipated. Gentler black IPA but intensely drinkable.

3.7
johnnnniee (4459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2014
On tap at The Maxwells Plum in Halifax Roasty rich coffee and chocolate with lots of earthy citrus and pine to back it up.


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