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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The second in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #2 is essentially an Imperial version of James, our Black IPA. Brewed with buckets full (literally) of Simcoe and Columbus hops, in the kettle and, as dry hops, in the fermenter. This Imperial Black IPA heavily, heavily hopped…

ABV may vary. Prior versions @ 8%

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4.1
thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2016
My initial impression was to call this "balanced" and I’m surprised to read the commercial deScription and see how many hops they threw into this one. Black IPAs are challenging, and I’ve only ever had a few good ones. This one is definitely one of the good ones. There’s some roasted flavor from the malt, but not too much that it becomes a hoppy stout. The color is pitch black, but there’s no acidity or sourness from the dark malts. There’s a fair amount of resiny / piney / grapefruity hop flavor, but it’s not overpowering. Surprisingly restrained, very good.

4.4
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Ju-Lo et Dominique d’un growler que j’ai rapporté avec en avoir dégusté un verre à la brasserie. Un seul mot pour décrire cette bière : équilibre. Jamais je n’ai bu une black IPA aussi savamment brassée. Tout est parfait, de la présence des houblons, à la torréfaction, en passant parle le grain qui ne laisse ni trip de sucre derrière lui ni trop peu. Texture absolument douce accompagnée de chaudes et douces vapeurs d’un alcool parfaitement plaisant. Houblons mi fruités en parfaite harmonie avec ces malts juste assez rôtis. Amertume parfaitement partagée entre houblons, grains, noisette, torréfaction. Du chocolat... PLUS DE ÇA!

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4
ctipping (1914) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 6/24/2013. Black body with a nice khaki head. Almost mocha. Great retention and lacing. Grapefruit citrus hop aroma. Resiny pine too. Deep roast. Dark chocolate, but it’s secondary. Taste is more of a blend between the hops and dark malts. Bright citrus up front. Chocolate and some sweetness. Bitter. Dry and resiny hops in the finish. Medium body, maybe too heavy. Medium carbonation. It’s a very good black IPA, which isn’t an easy style. Even the best aren’t great.

3.6
djd07 (14358) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Growler thanks to Scott. Pours a dark brown with small tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roast, pine, chocolate. Medium mouth, sweet roast, chocolate malt, pine, resin finish, very good.

3.8
dogfish120love (1325) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2015
pours a deep dark brown with a coffee and cream colored lacing.the aroma is chocolate followed by a pungent earthy hoppiness and grapefruit.the palate is super bitter and dense

4
jredmond (8203) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Three Penny with Linh, Ken and Nicca. Pours a deep blackish mocha brown body wiht thick tan head and long lasting lacing throughout. Aroma is earthy pine, soft grapefruit and wood. Mouthfeel is meidum with notes of bright pine, light citrus fruits, very faint dank simcoe, wood and nice soft roast. The roast character is super restrained, which I actually prefer, allowing the dank/bright pine character to come through nicely.

4.5
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Draft. Pours black with a thick creme colored head that lingers. Mild carbonation over bitter chocolate aroma. Great balance of malt and hops with sweeter chocolate finish. Best black ipa I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
lefossoyeur (613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampler at the brewery. Pours black with a mocha head. Very nice piny aromas with some chocolate. Medium body, crispy, great hoppiness, again so smooth and balanced, my favorite trademark from HF. Finishes with light chocolate and just a bit of roastiness to complement the piny/cedary hoppy flavors. Wish I brought back a growler of it!

4.2
markducommun (1095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Opaque brown-black, ample, fine, tan head. Light black licorice, molasses, caramel, some light resin. Fairly bitter, relatively sweet. Medium body, light effervescence, fairly acidic. Long lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

4
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pour is black, faintly lighter on the edges, lots of tan head and leaves a huge lace. Nose has a light roast, hint of sweetness, loads of citrusy and peachy hops. Taste follows suit, roast is light, faint touch of chocolate, load of hops, citrus and peach flavors. Moderate bitterness, creamy light body, soft carbonation.


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