jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
22oz bomber from Old Towne poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown, almost purple color. Has about 3 fingers of FROTHY off white head. I think this beer is what made the definition of frothy head. The head is somewhat blocking the aroma but it still smells very strongly of hops. Glorious citrus and floral hops. Almost smells like a bitter orange. Medium bitter and lightly both sweet and sour. Has a nice citrus taste to it, think a morning grapefruit with some brown sugar on top. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this beer is awesome! Definitely something to try. I can’t believe I got this sucker on a discount rack for $2. I’ll be back tomorrow to get more! BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Don't usually like this style, but this was a very nice beer. Rated this beer using a different program and unfortunately I'm not able to transfer my comments here. dukeofunk (2) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
Complex yet simple. Hoppy and happy.roasty, caramel, citrus, herbs, earthy, alcohol, vanilla, BillKismet (4138) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2008
A top-tier IPA. Not quite black, but a nearly opaque dark amber with a solid hopped head that mostly dissipates upon a few sips. Cascade hop burst greets the nose with wonderful floral and piny hoppiness. Mellifluous. Flavor is wonderful and full of Cascades and perhaps some balanced bittering Chinook. This belongs in the pantheon of IPA’s. Perfectly crafted from start to finish. A near perfect IPA experience. jdp (59) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Had on draft @ the Laughing Dog brewery and in 22 oz bottle (from the 11Jul2008 bottling). Pours a porter-like dark brown/black with a nice tan head. This smells amazing. Roasted dark malt mixed with flowery, resiny, pine.. just great. Taste is perfect for this style... great malt flavor, nice burnt slight coffee bite and a huge add of resiny, piney hops. Do you like simcoe?.. this has plenty of simcoe and all that it brings. This is a great beer. You want immense hop flavor and aroma and a great dark malt backing.. this is your beer.
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2008
On tap at TND. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium bubbly light tan head that laced. Aroma of fresh hops, toasted malt, chocolate, lightcaramel and pine. Flavor is all hops up front, pine resin, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate...loads of hop flavor. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2009
In short: An intense resinous coniferous black IPA. One of the best black IPA out there.Parksy (128) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh one to two months after purchase
The look: Dark brown body topped by a large beige head
In long: The intensely hoppy is full of coniferous trees and hops resin with notes of black pepper and black liquorice. From the nose in a blind tasting I would not known this was a black IPA with so much resinous coniferous hops upfront. Taste is aligned with the nose. Lots of coniferous tree, lots of hops resins, lots of highly roasted malts, lots of orange peels, burnt chocolate cake, condensed citrus juice, rich dark caramel, black chocolate. A little sticky. This is not a harmonious beer, nor is it well balanced. This is a brutally hoppy/bitter dark IPA. Quality wise I think it compares to the best of the style (Rogue Brewer, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, etc.). Dogzilla urinates on municipal water tanks.
From a bottle. Excellent dark IPA. Strong hops flavor, with a gentle dark roasty malt finish. ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2013
This is a pretty decent black IPA. Very roasty, some sharp bitterness. Dark appearance with a huge head. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Nectar. Pure nectar. Truly an IPA that utilizes both hops and dark roasted malt to achieve maximum bitterness. Aroma is dark semisweet chocolate. Flavor is charcoal-chocolate bitterness, with malty notes - showing almost woody notes. Flavor has an underlying sweetness that reminds me of bittersweet chocolate - but at the same time the grassy hops are not absent on this one. This one takes an easy #2nd against Stone XI as far as Black IPAs go. Learn it - it is a new style. Explore it. Enjoy it.