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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This winter seasonal is in the style of a black IPA. It has the characteristics of an American IPA in having intense bold hop flavors with a twist of dark malt bringing out the roasted chocolate flavor. Three different types of hops and imported dark crystal malts are used to maximize this flavor and create fresh hop taste and aroma. It is dry-hopped in the fermenter to give it its great hop aroma. This brew was meant to be consumed immediately upon opening on that cold winter evening. Enjoy

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3.7
brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention.

S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. There’s quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall it’s quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA.

T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. It’s very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. There’s a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: I’ve never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.

4.1
bhensonb (15838) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown/black with a big frothy tan head. Nice hop aroma. Seems like resin/pine. Tastes more like grapefruit though, and there’s a lot of dark roast malt - much more than in many "black" IPAs. The finish is like a bitter pine hopped stout. Grapefruit - pine - so many taste buds, so little talent. Think it’s resin now. Very good ale.

3.2
djd07 (15650) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown and ruby hue with small creamy beige head that lasts awhile. The aroma is coffee and roast. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet roast and chocolate with light bitter finish. A good black IPA from Left Coast.

3.6
Ratman197 (15444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of roastiness, cocoa, coffee,earthiness, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, charcoal, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry lingering roasty citrus finish.

3.3
BeerandBlues2 (13869) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, nutty and toasted caramel malt, pine, resin, and grapefruit hops with dark fruity esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, well balanced with chocolate malt and dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
Sammy (12838) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
An average black ipa, from craftshack. Thick black appearance. Roast more than hops. Pretty good drinkability, filling. Roast and hop aroma. I would have liked more hops.

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is resin, some dark malt. Taste is resin hops with some bite, dark malt-roasty/ashy. Drying that finishes unpleasantly.

3.6
hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The nose provides perfumy, grassy hops and deeply roasted malts. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Burnt, bittersweet flavor and finish - more bitter than sweet.

3.6
phaleslu (10743) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Draft at Angel’s Trumpet. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small dark tan head that lasts. Aroma of rich, roasted malts, dark chocolate, earth, brown sugar, and a little bit of earthy hops. Very minor orange citrus. Same for the flavor. This leaned more roasty than hoppy. Light-medium bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. More black than IPA.

3.6
marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market. Pours jet black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and anise flavor with a noticeable piny hop finish. It all goes together quite well.


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