Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2012ClarkVV (6637) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2017
750ml growler opened on April 13, 2012.
“We pray to be conventional. But the wary Heaven takes care you shall not be, if there is anything good in you.”
Pours seal brown, with a half finger of tan head, the bubbles of which sluggishly banish themselves to one side of the glass.
An artful nose of citrus, grapefruit, sweet melon, and an indescribable mulchy earthiness. More piney and cedary on the palate—as with Jim, I get some Tsuga-in-the-winter evergreen, presumably from the simcoe. Peppercorn dark chocolate malt backdrop. The hop oils give the illusion of sweetness on the late palate, but it ends with a bitter and spicy kick on the finish.
Creamy, a touch oily, with medium, medium-low carbonation.
Another beer from Shaun that asks us to reflect on its art, and the source of our pleasure. I’m not sure you can ask more from a Black IPA.
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2017 750mL growler filled 12/17 and drunk 12/19/16.Chalumeaux (1533) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Dark cocoa-ebony body is of indeterminable clarity. Topped by a large, dense, light-tan head with strong retention. Looks perfect.
The nose is very aromatic, with just the right amount of dark malt character (which to say, is very light, as it should be). Hops are incredibly juicy, showing pine, guava, lime, mango and ruby red grapefruit. They assert themselves through the dark malts and the end result is a very lightly roasty, juicy, spicy, floral, highly fragrant nose with no alcohol or flaw.
And so it goes in the mouth, with a supple, even slightly sticky texture full of a hint of molasses, treacle and mild, fruity coffee and just full-on juicy, lovely, bright hop notes. Pine and grapefruit, but none of the unwanted aspects that are usually associated with that (heavy resin, overdone bitterness, astringency). Ultra-tight carbonation and a soft texture, with appropriate attenuation leaving the beer dry but not too much so.
Again just in awe of Shaun’s beers. This is a style I actively don’t like and here it’s absolutely delicious and compelling....
Poured from growler thanks HeatherB cola color with a nice mocha head. Aromas of light roast some hops citrus and pineapple. Taste is sweet malt coffee chocolate and nice balanced pine finish. WillRunForBeer (2623) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
750ml growler shared by HeatherB. Thanks, Heather! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark malts, roast, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is chocolate, roast, pine. A hint of grapefruit citrus in the finish. dnstone (3383) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Pours a deep brown-black color with a soft off-white head. A blend of chocolate and hop aroma. This beer is incredibly soft of the palate but the flavors a intense; well roasted then intense hoppy-piney character takes over and lingers forever.
Notes: On tap at the brewery, Dec ’16 visit callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Black body, with a large light tan head, and super dense lacing. Shows some dank tropical notes, pine, fresh roast coffee, baker’s chocolate, light caramel and a healthy dose of earth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, assertive, refreshing bitterness. Dialed in.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Pours black with a one finger tan head with amazing lacing. Aroma is of citrus, tropical fruits, dank hops, grassy hops, and some light coco. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a amazing, worldclass beer that is probably the best of the style Mr_Abner (383) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Growler. Pours black with a one inch, fluffy, khaki head. Aroma is dominated by hops upon the pour. Tropical fruit, some dankness, roasted malts becoming more apparent once the head dissipates. Messy lacing left behind. A medium, pronounced bitterness. Taste is not overly saturated with roasted malts. They are light, flavor hops being more forward, though the "roastiness" sticks around in the finish. Medium to medium+ bodied; average carbonation. Texture is a touch creamy. Bitter finish... Excellent. Just might be my favorite example of the style. koleminer20 (3463) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Poured from a 750 flip-top growler shared by Gus. Thanks! The pour is a light black with a couple hints of dark garnet and a nice dense creamy head with some good lacing. The aroma is great. A light roast and a ton of hops. It's even got a juicy zest behind the hops. It's a beautiful smell of an IPA. The flavor is a little more reserved. There is a nice hoppy bitterness and a light roast. The mouth feel is a little thick and carries a surprisingly velvety carbonation and a lingeringly fruity and roasty aftertaste. This is is spectacular.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone italianjohn (3108) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Black pour with a thin khaki head and lots of sticky lacing .... Aroma of piney hops, chocolate, roasted malts and citrusy hops very nice balanced aroma .... Taste is powerful and like someone shot hop oils in this brew ... Piney, citrusy with notes of roasted and chocolate malts on the backend ..... Finish is very dry and piney with a lingering hop oil bite ..... Has some fruity qualities to it .... Mouthfeel is heavy and very slick and oily .... Abv hidden well .... Don’t believe the hype Stoned99 (1528) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
750 growler bought at HF 2 days ago. Didn?t even check what kind of beer it was, only thing I knew was thatI had never drank it before. Anyway. Aroma: great citrus, pineapples, chocolate and roasted mix. This is really fruity forward rather than roasted which is what I like in Black IPA?s. app: Really dark, almost pitch black, medium moka head that stays for a while and leaves some beautiful lacing on my glass. Don?t think a BIPA can look better than that. Taste and palate: medium body, smooth, really smooth, which I find rare in BIPA?s, fruity with this nice roasted and bitter finish. Overall: This is really well done. I used to be a black IPA fan and I?m not anymore so when I realized after pouring that it would be a BIPA I was a bit disappointed at my choice but after smelling it, I knew I would really enjoy it. This is how all BIPA should be. Great job HF.