RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
With three feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. Hmm…what about this dark caramel roasted Midnight Wheat braced with a serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops? Shovel it in. What a deliciously unexpected way to spend a SNOW DAY!

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ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
had this the other night.. good stuff. made you want it to snow! has a full body with a medium pour

fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
A dark red beer with a medium off-white head. The aroma and flavor are similar, very vegetal and a bit like a cleaner. i don’t think I would try this again.

CanIHave4Beers (4238) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours a very dark brown with ruby tints when held up to the light. The head is big, sort of loose and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of fruit forward hoppiness with complimentary spicy and pine like hop aromas. Sort of a hop trifecta in the nose, but it’s not messy in any way, really quite nice. The beer smells a bit sweet with some mild roast.

The hop character in the flavor is not as intense or multi layered as it is in the aroma, that said the beer tastes very nice nicely hoppy with plenty of spicy hop flavor up front and a fruity finish. There is a bit of that odd roasty bitterness on hop bitterness interplay that the Black IPA is so notorious for, but it’s mild and works about as well as it could here. The beer is a little on the sweet side for my liking, at this point the beer is pretty fresh... I can handle sweet with fresh hop flavor (to a point) but I have to think this would be pretty bad if it sat around too long.

It’s sort of weird how New Belgium is kind of re-inventing themselves with all these IPA/APA creations over the last few years. It’s not a problem or anything but it’s funny to look back at the brewery that came into my consciousness 8 or 9 years ago and think of them as being one to brew these styles.

Oakes (19384) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown. Very thin head. Fresh cascadey nose with a mellow chocolatey dark malt character. Similar flavour - light chocolatey malts and fresh cascades. Simple, but effective, like a Black APA I guess.

vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours brown with a crimson hue and is lighter than most under the Black IPA label. The head is large, sudsy and beige. The aroma has some cocoa, wheatish, light toast and a hint of funky hops. Medium crisp body with a modest amount of carbonation. Starts with a smooth maltiness with a bit of roast, but very non-abrasive. There is also piny and funky hops going on and it is quite dry. The finish has a pleasant bitterness and a nice hoppy presence along with some spiciness to it. Compared to a lot of other Black IPAs it’s not up to par, but for a six-pack line-priced beer this is a nice deal and a heck of a beer. New Belgium impresses again.

bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Dark brown with just a hint of red. Nice foamy head with strong lacing rings. Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, with orange, pine and spice floating on top. Fairly pungent. Smells like a Black Ale/IPA. Taste: Tastes like one as well. Smoke and bitter chocolate co-mingle with orange and grapefruit. Finish is more pine-like and spicy. Seems like this should be a burst of flavor, but is a little subdued, maybe due to the wheat. Feel: Moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish. Unfortunately, the beer is a little too thin. Overall: This is a nice Black IPA / American Black Ale that could use a titch more flavor and body. Otherwise, quite enjoyable and better than 2 Below.

DWestrick (858) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
bottle. description on rate beer says black ipa - definitely not how I’d describe it. Falls in line with the traditional Winter Ale. Quite tasty though, I’m impressed

Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2011
(bottle) Pours dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held up to a light, with a medium tan head. Aroma smells like convenience store coconut Hostess Donettes at first, but then gets more piney and resiny. Further warming veers this thing into vegetal territory, with plenty of canned green beans joining the party. Flavor is more malt-forward than the aroma indicated, with plenty of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a fair amount of bitter hops on the finish that are slightly piney. Gets more astringent as it warms. Has this spicy quality to it towards the finish that is kind of nice and unexpected. Overall this beer is ok, but the off flavors and aromas were a bit too much.

robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Extremely dark amber color with some lacing. The aroma is like fresh hops and pine needles. The taste has a slight bitterness to it but backed by a maltiness. The brew is medium to light-bodied and goes down easily leaving a dry finish.

rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Poured out of a bottle. Appearance is dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Decent head with good lacing. Smell is of piny/citrusy hops with some roasted malt. Taste is very hop forward with the citrus and pine dominating at first but then giving way to a pleasant roastiness. Finished fairly clean with a lingering hop bitterness. I feel like this is a pretty average black ipa but I can see myself revisiting it many times.

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