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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lube? Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! Social lubrication, people coming together to unwind, is what we are talking about. This American Black Ale has a dark body, medium bitterness, balanced with West Coast hops and sweet orange peel.

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auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Having a hard time coming to a conclusion with this beer. I don’t understand the use of orange peel and see it as muddying the flavor profile. The blackness is almost too ashy and the hops are a clean, minty bitterness, as opposed to a floral, fragrant punch I would expect from most West Coast hops. This feels like an amped-up Schwarzbier with some more hops, which pretty well describes a Black IPA.

3.2
jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toastedd malty flavor with a lingering finish.

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swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipa’s but this is decent

3.2
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours, get ready, black with a tan head. Malty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee with smoky burnt wood. Bitter finish.

3.2
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Dark brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of liqurice, dry, dusty, bitter and weak smoked. A flavor of roasted malt, bitter, citrus, weak liqurice and burnt.

3.2
ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.



Appearance: Pours out a black body with a frothed, beige head. A little bit of lace here and there on the drop.



Smell: Modestly roasty with some charred toast in there as well with a low, low hint of malt balls, citrus peelings, and pine. Both the malts and hops are present, though neither particularly profusive or taking charge of the aroma.



Taste: Burnt bread, nearingly roasty with just a bit of sweetness and a very vague bitter chocolate quality. Iron supplements. Slight pine blossoms, pecan-encursted citrus peels, maybe a faint hint from the added orange peels. Modestly bitter, actually. Watered down roast and toast with just a hint of citrus and bitterness going into the finish.



Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.



Overall: It’s not particular malty, nor is it particularly hoppy. Not really much going on here.

3.2
PhillyCraft (8041) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours a dark black pour with medium beige head. Aromas of roasted fruit, and dark chocolate. Taste was cocoa, bitter coffee, and roasted malts. Other notes of lemon zest and anis. Not bad.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle:   Black, edges of cola, moderate sudsy sandy head, few rings of lacing.   Satsuma or tangarine aroma.   Otherwise roasty, faint cocoa and chocolate graham cracker.   Very mild bitterness on the tongue, pale roastiness, cocoa, and musty blankets.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Slightly dry finish, cocoa (bakers, dark and bittersweet), slight hoppiness (very slight), with a little bit of lactose.   Not bad, but subtle to moderate on most levels.   Not a bright or vibrant example for sure.   Black Pale Ale... yeah, probably.


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BillKismet (4146) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Root beer colored with a thick, poofy coffee cream top. Bitter hoppy and acrid roasty nose. Some black patent bite evidenced by spears of charcoal and ash. Rough, but palatable body with an emphatic asheyness mixed up with a brash bitterness.

3.2
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 Citrus aroma. Opaque brown pour with a gigantic rocky tan head and minor lacing. Malt taste upfront with hints of dark choclate and coffee. There is a hopped citrus bitter finish. Medium-light body and high carbonation. Overall, this was enjoyable. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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