superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, grass, light pine, toast, and brown bread. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; much weaker than I expected for the style. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, toast, brown bread, light char, floral, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, pine, brown bread, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of flavors with a nice malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Black IPA offering. Good complexity and balance of flavors, and very smooth to drink. This was not as robust as I expected for the style, but it was still a pleasantly enjoyable offering. S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours like cola with a THICK off white head. Aroma is heavy roasted malts (almost burnt) & molasses. Taste is a disturbing but interesting blend fruity hops and heavy roasted malts. I think it?s the alcohol that makes it work by giving it a sweetness that ties the coflicting flavors together. As it warms you can taste tropical fruits with a burnt chalky background.....I?m thoroughly confused, but I?m still drinking it! ChadPolenz (1847) - 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).
drfabulous (8577) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
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.
Tall boy can thanks to UDBeernut. Creamy and chocolate. Lots of carbonation out of the can. Hoppy but without the intense hop aroma of some Black IPAs. Nice. DCLawyer (2914) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pounder->shaker. Pours a deep brown with foamy white head. Aroma: hops over caramel malt. Taste: chocolate malt with hop bite. Really good.
MrBeerFanatic (1069) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Pours dark copper/amber with a frothy head. Aromas caramel, pine, citrus hops, light roasted malt and grass. Flavors citrusy, grassy, light caramel and some light roasted malt undertones. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Pretty decent. 16oz can. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown with a large brown creamy head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, multigrains and citrus. Taste of dark roasted malts, chocolate and citrus with a chocolaty finish that is somewhat bitter. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Dark Brown/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts
T: Piney, Roasted Chocolate Malts
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Sticky
Overall, I didnt have high expectations for this beer but it actually isnt bad, not over bearing on the malts or the hops, nice balance. ryanscourt (1531) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Just a bit off of being a really good black IPA. Nice citrus hops mixed with chocolate flavors. Nice lingering flavor. A little bit weak up front. jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Good lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma. Flavor is a nice mixture of roasted malt notes and a piney hop finish.