bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The label caught my attention as I pulled it from the case at Bellport Beer, but it was the odd hops profile that caught my nose as I tried to discern what it was. The dark ale with a cream colored head seemed like the title it was named for in a funny sort of way. The first taste was an interesting combination of bitterness, followed by sweetness, and then the hops rolled in with a interesting mix.
The taste of the ale seemed to evolve like that of a DIPA and continued to entertain my senses. The aroma also seemed to change as I swirled the ale around my glass.
It turned out to be an interesting ale worthy of more bottles to discover it contents and the things it would go well with.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2010
22oz bottle, extra from Speedway, thanks Jim! Beer #2 leading to Darkness. Ripped open with a nice hiss, Black IPA’s have been growing on me since the re-release of SSR from stone. Black as night pour decent off white head. Smoky as all hell, but in control. Not overwhelmingly bittler, but a solid balanced beer from entry to finish. Not my favorite, but could I drink this again, yes. My favorite so far from the brewery. rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2010
22 oz bottle, purchased at 7-11 in Bayport right down the road from the Blue Point Brewery. Jet black appearance with minimal tan head, almost no light passes through. Aroma is tremendous, very nice and hoppy but with a touch of sweetness and maybe a little spicyness. Not like other IPAs that have a bitter, over-the-top hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter but a little sweet malt flavor kicks in especially when enjoyed at room temperature. Palate is good and full, rough as an IPA should be. Good option from Blue Point. boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Draught @ Cambridge House: This one poured a fairly opaque black color. The was a small amount of a tan head on it that left a bit of lacing. This has a nice nose to it. Lots of piney hops, with some grassiness, chocolate and roastiness to it also. The taste is also very good. Piney, chocolate, grassiness. Not quite as bitter as I would expect for an IPA, but still a fair amount of bite. Definitely worth checking out! Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
On tap at Cloverleaf. The Black IPA phenomenom continues. Pours a dark amber brown color with an off white foam head. Has an aroma of caramel, roast, and citrus. Has a sweet smoky taste with a decent hop hit. Has a medium mouthfeel.
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Draft sample. Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.
sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2010
Pression @ Lagerhaus.
Cette bière renforce mon idée que ce style de Black IPA est franchement une bonne découverte.
Couleur est brune avec une mousse dans des tons léger moka.
Arôme de malt, grillé, limite de la molasse, caramel, le tout est agrémente de note de citron et de houblon.
Au palais, cette dernière donne un superbe goût de grillé et de malt le tout suivi de qcq notes de café en poudre, de grains le tout étant balance par le houblon et un côté pin et citron qui caractérisent ce style de bière. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head with lots of lacing and black color with red tint. Aroma is sweet dark malt-caramel/roasty, pine/resin hops. Taste follows. Towards medium body. Easy/lively. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours deep black with nice big lacing off white head. Aroma includes notes of grass, pine, touch of metal, some biscuit. Taste is big pine and resinous hops up front, touch of citrus leading into caramel and biscuit, finishing punishingly bitter with a touch of roast. Very good black IPA, roast and hops meld well together. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Dark brown appearance with an average size tan head and decent lacing. Resinous, floral hops meet roasted malts touched with coffee in the aroma. On the palate, roasted malts provide the backbone and hops the flavor. Both are evident in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.