ronaldtheriot (2009) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 28, 2016 cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this one...I find many American microbrewed IPA’s, especially ones with this high an ABV, tend to be too heavy for me, but this beer was surprisingly light. Overall character was more stout-like than IPA...more like a heavily hopped stout. Hops are citrusy and slightly piney. Some roast in the aroma but not overwhelming; there’s a hint of a creamy, vanilla-like aroma, emerging then vanishing beneath the fresh, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is subdued. Finish is quite dry but without being overwhelming bitter. Very pleasant, and my favorite beer yet which has been labelled a black IPA, although among hoppy dark beers I still prefer the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Probably my favorite beer yet from Harpoon, which usually brews beers I find good, but less interesting.
Harpoon Black IPA has a thick, spongy, beige head, a semi-clear, dark, red-brown, bubbly appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma and flavor are a bit difficult to pin down, but I smelled fairly dark-roasted malt, wheat bread, some citrus, and some very subdued hop oil. Taste is of medium-to-heavy roasted malt char, citrus, mellow hop bitterness (67 IBU?), and bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Harpoon Black IPA finishes dry and mellow. RJT euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2015
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black, scarce tan head. Aroma of raisin, cocoa, black cherry, citrus. Taste of same with nice bitter finish. Mostly citrus, unsweetened chocolate and earth. It?s black and it?s bitter. Not much for hops though. A lot of char. floydslip (424) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Cola-colored beer with a late forming medium light tan head. Nose of pine resin, grapefruit pith, and black licorice. Flavor is not nearly as hoppy as the aroma with subdued citrus and pine overlaying some toasted pumpernickel. Some good flavors here, but nothing is particularly pronounced. SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 30, 2015
bottle. clear purple brown with a large creamy tan head. earthy, woody, tart purple grape, dark fruit aroma. aggressive bitterness, astringent alcohol, very unsweet, char. not much for aroma or flavor hops. dry, chalky. Jrwhitney6 (510) - - OCT 22, 2015
Beer of month club. Pours from bottle to glass a cola color with foamy brown head that recedes with lots of lacing. Nose is some citrus and pine but also a soapy quality. Taste is like a fusion of an IPA (grapefruit) and black licorice. It's a little different - worth trying, but can't say this is a beer I will go out of my way for.
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bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle to a pint glass. Aroma: roasted malty goodness. App: jet black, head clears quickly but small foam persists. Taste: roasted grain, coffee. Palate: Full, crisp. Overall: really good. dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, citrus, and pine hops. Flavor Is roasted malt, brown sugar, followed by citrus flavors and finishing with a pine hops. Chudwick (3396) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2014
12oz bottle into Le Duvel - nose is roast, citrus and bad water. Sip creates a more positive experience with coffee and more coffee. Long hop bitter finish with an upfront dark chocolate bitterness. Brutish and lacking smoothness. lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
Dark color with an light tan head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste not as hoppy as expected but a good long-lasting bitter flavor throughout with a nice roasted malt balance. Enjoyable drink jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2014
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, lightly roasted and chocolate notes, some dough and bread notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad for the style.