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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Toxic Sludge is our version of the relatively new Black IPA style. Care should be taken to not spill this heavy ale, as the results could be disastrous, so please consume BP Toxic Sludge responsibly. Hopped at four stages of the brewing process, we combined a hoppy India Pale Ale with a richer, darker malt base for a full bodied beer that’s big on flavor. This limited release, specialty brew was crafted to benefit birds affected by BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill. 100% of the proceeds go to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research for their “Spreading Our Wings” campaign. Available only in draft and 22-ounce bottles – you can do more for the birds than drinking your share of Toxic Sludge, donate or buy a cool, limited edition BP Toxic Sludge “Save the Buffleheads” Tshirt: bptoxicsludge.com

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3.9
JFGrind (2054) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Since December everytime my homebrew club gets together one of the guys always brings a bottle of Toxic sludge to share. Dark brown porter-like appearance, sweet flavor and moderate bitterness. Always looking for seconds when this bottle is passed around.

4.3
Goodgrief (2039) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap at Pinocchio’s. One of the best black IPA’s that I’ve had! Dark as night pour, frothy head. Cocoa aroma. Hops are citrus, sweet cocoa and roast, a touch a milky lactic acid. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.7
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Can. Pours a dark brown color with a big frothy beige head. Nose is light resiny hops, dark roasty malts, some grassy notes and a light dryness. Palate is big and chewy with a light crispness. Flavors of grassy and resiny hops, some dark fruits, roast malts and some chalkiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Sampled at Get Real NY, cask ale festival. A limited release, profits go to the BP oil split relief. My favorite Blue Point to date. This sucker was very dark, taste was fresh hop. Complex

3.4
zgaier (1957) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a red-brown with a light tan head and aroma of roasted malt and hop. Taste is of hops, caramel, and light roasted malt and pine with a bitter, toasty finish.

3.4
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle brought to Joe’s goodbye tasting - dry caramel malts, piney hop and floral notes. Dark chocolate, licorice. dark and dry with an astringent finish.

3.3
zizzybalubba (1873) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pint-sized can from Tasty Beverage Co., Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. Cola-like sweet aroma at first with tangerine hops making their way through eventually. Citrusy hops are evident in the flavor and are certainly muted by cocoa and smoke from the malt. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for this style and certainly given the name. A decent black IPA.

3.7
ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a goblet. I believe there was a Julian date of 11/15/12 on it but I’m not sure (which would make it about four and a half months old).

Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, though it’s brown coming out of the can. Forms a large, fluffy, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Slight earthy note with a hint of flowers or other clean scent, though muted overall.

Taste: The black IPA is meant to be a hybrid of the stout and India Pale Ale style, but lately it seems every brewery is making a standard IPA and throwing in dark malt just for coloring. That’s how I feel about Blue Point Toxic Sludge since it tastes like a traditional American IPA but is lacking the roasty quality that should be found in a true black IPA. Not that it’s a bad beer, in fact it’s pretty good for what it is, but more could’ve been accomplished.

Begins with a prominent, slightly sharp, somewhat dry bitterness. It doesn’t change or develop much throughout the swig. It’s not in the typical citrus or pine hop flavor, but rather the sheer bitterness. Blue Point’s website says it’s only 40 IBUs, but it seems a little stronger than that. A hint of pine or resin on the back end with mild coffee or dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. It’s a rather simple palette to be sure, but the taste that’s here is pretty good. Unbalanced yes, but not cloying or gimmicky in any way. Just a solid, standard Black IPA.

Drinkability: Blue Point Toxic Sludge is an ideal Black IPA for beginners or those not appreciative of overly hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, but never intense. There’s a creamy, smooth texture to it which makes it easy to quaff or sip and savor. At 7% ABV it’s right where it should be - big enough to be a truly bold beer, but light enough to not be anything obese or intimidating. An ideal brew to pair with a hearty meal.

2.8
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Pours pitch black and smells like its name. Muddled boozy wet dog and burnt aroma. Taste follows with a lot going on, none of it which I like. Dirt and booze flavor, a little roast. Was disappointed with this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Ah the rotating taps of the Dutch.......Ale house that is. A lovely charcoal black IPA. Thick and lasting head. Nose of hops and thinner malts. body reveals a moderate wood tinged flavor that is twice overtaken by malts then settles to a longer finish of hop. Advertised as 7% and it will let you know such after two of these with dinner.


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