pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle: Dark brown with an off-white head with a warm inviting aroma of juniper, apricot, a piece of rye bread in the toaster, and grapefruit. Hoppy flavors but not overpowering. Creamy feel, very nice. Thick bitter aftertastes with lots of juniper. kathouse (1894) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 30, 2017
From an old bottle. Taste is roasted malts first, followed by a good hop bitterness and flavor. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Purchased at Breeze Thru Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed while watching the last Bears home game of the year, slightly depressing because they suck so bad. Appearance a very very dark brown, doesn’t really look black to me, with a thin off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of pine hops, also getting a tropical fruit aroma, like pineapple or something. Taste is very good, hoppy without being overtly bitter, more of a citrus flavor, pretty smooth, roasted malts come out a bit more in the taste. This makes watching this game a little more bearable (no pun intended). DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left.
4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out.
4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isn’t super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good.
4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy.
4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 17:50:07 GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Dark reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pine hops and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, pine hops. Nice balanced beer. Great lacing-tasty beer.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle. Hazy black/ruby pour, tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma of roast, chocolate, molasses, licorice, floral/citrus hops. Taste is moderately bitter, molasses, dark chocolate, fruity, citrus, roast. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. A solid black ipa. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Unexpectedly hoppy. I thought this was going to have a more dark note to it, but much like New Glarus beer, it was light, citrusy and hoppy. Straight up pine in the nose and a generally medium finish. Light color and lots of perfume, floral nose. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Dark brown, lots of hops on the nose . Flavor is a very dry black lager, kind of rough, a little bit on the chemical side, I am not to much of a fan LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with white swirls atop.jmohno (1620) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Aroma: Danky citrus hop. Tangerine and a lil fresh mint.
Taste: Bitter juicy hop slight burnt roast. Hop linger.
Mouth: Thin bodied juicy moderate bubbles.
Overall: There are so many confused Black IPAs out there. Some roasty with no hops, some with a power struggle between the hops and malt, and then there’s Black Top. Black Top is what I have in mind for this confusing style. Appearance is dark, but if you sip and smell with your eyes closed, it’s an IP frickin A. The body seemed too thin for me, but I’d take that over a mouthful of roast or black malt.
Black,clear with red-plum hue. Light head receding quick to a ring and light lace.
Very aromatic with nice fresh tropical fruits.
Very smooth with medium body,lots of good hop refined mellow presence.Kind of a citrus/pine bitter. Nose and mouthfull of hops. Subtle roast with mild smooth chocolate. Malts come across more of a dark caramel. Tasting this blind you may not know its black although it does have a roasty edge maybe coffee possibly. Its so smooth and hoppy that you dont notice the roast much at all.