Brewed by Conwy
Style: Black IPA
Colwyn Bay, Gwynedd, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available bottled (at 4.6%).
Brewed initially for the Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival

This black IPA combines the best qualities of the dark malt and fruity hop flavours of American IPAs, giving a full hop aroma and flavour, balanced by malt flavours which give a velvety-smooth character.

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ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1525) - - APR 27, 2013
Black/red pint. Mild aroma of hop, taste is hop and malt with a hint of fruit. Not a guzzler.

fajry (2253) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 29, 2017
Flasa v Saltney. Cierna farba, hneda pena. Vona prazene slady, karamel. Chut sladova, prazene slady, ovocie, karamel, trpkost. Dochut dost prazdna.

fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2016

Cask (gravity) @ Flower Pot, 23-25 King Street, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE1 3DZ.

[ As Conwy Riptide ].
Clear dark brown color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy and open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, moderate hoppy, light citrus and grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark malt, grapefruit - wood. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150214]

MarcinG (1003) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2016
Butelka. Ciemno-brazowy kolor. Piana palona niska ,zanika szybko. Ciemne slody ,karmelowa slodycz dobrze zbalansowana z goryczka sosnowych szyszek. Wodniste i sprawia wrazenie niepelnego smakowo.Moje piwo mialo 4.6%.

Grumbo (3974) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn, and shared at the 3rd Ipswich bottle share. Pours very dark hazy brown with a big frothy off-white head, carefully avoiding the bottle sediment of which there was a lot. Aroma of chocolate and hop. Light sweetness and bitterness, nice mix. Medium body and texture is rather thin. Highly carbonation. Too fizzy. Finish is dry with a long lasting raosted bitterness. Decent potential, would like to try in cask to compare.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and a few of their burnt edges meet molasses, raisins and hop resins in this silky Session Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy dark brown.
-The low, natural carbonation almost emulates a great cask feel.
-Berry jam also appears here and there.
-Malt flavors are as expressive, if not more expressive, than the hops in this one.
-I could see this being quite successful on cask.


zacgillbanks (5506) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
4.6% ABV bottle from Vinomondo, 19 High Street, Conwy. Inky black-brown in colour that pours with a massive head of tan foam. It has a creamy chocolate and coffee flavour with slight liquorice and pine notes on the bitter finish. Very nice.

minutemat (6062) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Cask @ Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival June 14. Tasty Welsh black IPA, smooth toasted malts, plums, bitter choc, earthy flavours, drinkable.

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Cask (handpump) at the Sir John Oldcastle (JD Wetherspoon) on 13 April 2013. I know it’s a bit low in alcohol for a Black IPA (in US terms) but surely not a Schwartzbier. Smooth and dark. Not a huge hop presence but nicely balanced and drinkable. Tangy hops and roasty malts combined rather well with a touch of stewed coffee. Good crossover. Plenty of character given the abv. I enjoyed this one.

john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Apr 2013 during Spoons Festival - Black in colour with Reddish tinge. Malty; roasty malts, some coffee. Hoppy; some piney hop bitterness. Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Mildly bitter roast malty hoppy throughout. OK. Drinkable.

Beese (3210) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 30 April 2013. Poured a dark ruby with a dense beige head. Nutty aroma with notes of cinnamon and toasted malt. Initial flavours were earthy with some molasses and tropical fruit. Finish was liquorice, sweet coffee and resin.

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