CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Bellevue. Nice dark brown, almost black, appearance. This beer has a thin, and yet, wispy head. A little roast is complimented by a nice orange citrus hop aroma. The aroma is quite pungent, and nice. Very roasted at first, but the roast is soon dominated by the hop flavor, which actually has a pine taste, instead of a citrus taste. The beer is rather dry, and the roast mixes well with the aforementioned hop flavor. This has a bit of a milky flavor, as well. This is pretty good, and has a nice lingering bitterness, which pleases me. TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Tap @ Noble Fir. Dark ruby brown clear pour with a short white head leaving a coarse lace. Nose predicts the body: fresh citrus and pine hops and dark-roasted malt. Medium, moderately carbonated body has flavors of pine, burnt caramel, slight baker’s chocolate and a nice cane sugar sweetness emerges as the ale warms. Secession finishes with a slight citrus tartness and a long coffee and pine bitterness. A solid black IPA from an exceptional organic craft brewer. BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Sasparilla black body with browned froth head. Lovely merging of carafa roast and cascade hops. Clean, de-bittered roast presence with rolling waves of floral cascade goodness and chocolate undertones. The finish is also Cascade juicy bitterness. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
draft. deep brown with cola colored edges and a tan head. up front it’s licorice astringent black patent and roast with cheesecloth yeast / hop character... so it has the bitterness of the roasts grains with an oily soy sauce flavor, and a terribly thinning and acidic / fizzy texture. weak malt structre throughout, and lacks pretty much any aromatic hop character
expected in IPA. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours darker than their stout. Nice, interesting citrus/pine hop aroma, matched in the flavor, which adds some roastiness. Nice - best on their taplist aside from the IPA.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!
A- Body is an opaque dark brown hue that pours with a foamy 2 finger off white head. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.
S- Nose is very earthy, herbal, grassy, and mossy with a hint of roasted malt in the background.
T- Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a hoppy beer indeed-but more the medicinal, herbal remedy, hippie, going green type hop than the bright american hop profile that I am used to. A very faint roasted malt backbone is there-but the highlight here is the hops.
M- Carbonation is soft with a medium weight body.
D- This is probably more earthy than unearthly. Certainly a different, atypical type of IPA. If I was into the more earthy hop I would love this brew-but I like my hoppy beers bright or floral. Still a decent beer overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-29-2010 02:41:06
skylercampbell (26) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
My favorite black IPA (besides the ones I’ve brewed myself). Hopworks doesn’t go overboard with roasty flavors, nor to they make a ful-bodied caramelly mess like many other black IPA’s I’ve had. This one hits the right balance of hops, malt, and roast. I’ve had this at Hopworks, though, and never from a bottle, so I can’t say how it ages. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle: Black color with a light head. The nose is grassy and hoppy with a dry roasted malt note. The flavor shows more roasted malts than hops and it seems a little disconnected. Interesting though, the black IPAs are proving not to be so easy to brew. leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap. Black, roast and citrus aroma. Pretty big hop flavor then nice roast going on. Yum BIPA! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, grapefruit, and herbs. Flavor of roasted malt, citrus, grass, caramel malt, and pine with a moderately bitter finish.