larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Poured from a bomber, picked up at the Brewery on Friday. Dark brown with a nice medium tan head, not too tall. Huge nose of grapefruit., mild roasty malt, but for sure the citrus was over bearing. Taste was on the bitter side, just a tad sweet.. This is one full body beer with above average carbonation. Nice long finish that continues with the bitterness. Overall a hit. cbirker (96) - Fullerton, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Poured out of Bottle last night. Strong citrus forward aroma, black/brown appearance with 2 finger head, nice lacing. citrus and floral first then a nice rye and dark malt finish. Not too hoppy so that it balances very well with the rye and dark malts. Really enjoyed this brew. IrishBoy (4237) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Nose of light pine, rye bread and a hint of bubblegum. Lightly hazy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is bitter with lots of rye and a hint of toffee.
Ratman197 (15444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish rown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, grapefruit, charcoal, light pine and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of grapefruit, roastiness, pine, light orange zest and light earthiness with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish. authenticmead (69) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2012
22.oz botle from mainbrew.com and on tap. Perhaps Firestone’s Best! Amazing citrus and roasty aroma! Beauty frothy off-white head. Silky smooth and lush malt and hops. Smooth bitterness and finishes dry. Overall this is the best black IPA out there next to Boneyard’s Amored fist. Finally someone gets a cda right that’s avaible in bottles (and draft).
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Appearance: this beers pour a deep dark black color with a fluffy cream/mocha colored head. Aroma: The aroma gives no indications that this beer is not just a standard DIPA or IPA. It is full of citrus and fruity notes. The taste shows some more of the black ipa characteristics with a bit darker malts coming through in the finish. Overall i enjoy this beer but it is not a game changer. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Growler. Rating #4. Thick dark brown pour with a light tan head. Nice aroma, lots of hops, roasty, light tropical fruits and a little pepper. Roasty bitterness, light coffee and a touch of sweetness. It burps good too. (2332) MikeTheWizard (14) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
Great balance in roast and punchy vibrant hops. Grapefruit nose and some chocolate midtones with a pleasant coffee finish. Thin laced head and bright mouthfeel. Very easy to sip on. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Sea Trader. The appearance is a deep amber brown hue with a huge off white lasting foam head. Barky pine resins, roasted grain shells, and some pineapple in the nose. The flavors enter with a creamy malty body with nice rye flavors then the hops come around with pine resin and earthy tones. Nice long mildly bitter finish. The spice in the rye comes through more in the aftertaste. It almost makes a oak aged hot sauce flavor. Nice malt hop balance with some good flavors from the rye. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Tap at brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is fresh, resinous pine with citrus followed by clean, supporting hop bitterness, and underlying roasted malt with dry chocolate notes. Taste is heavy on the pine with some hop bitterness, spicy rye, and an assertive roast with chocolate and perhaps tobacco in the malt backbone. The rye plays well off the pine. Bit of lingering hop bitterness and spicy rye after each sip. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Nice balance between the resinous pine and roast - good beer.