GhostFace (477) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pours a deep brown, appears black. Great citrusy hop aroma with hints of sweet dark malts. Nice mouthful of hop’s up front with a smooth roasted malt finish. More hoppy than malty, which I think is where most black IPA’s go wrong. After the black IPA craze fades, this one may be still standing! hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not really black. Aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, some citrus. Taste is some citrus and a bit of nice roasted malts. Not too bad. theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12 oz bottle randomly shared by someone. The pour is dark brown, ruby red with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is citrus hops - pineapple and grapefruit, pine hops, and underneath the hops is a pleasant earthy roast malt. Really soft and melded nose. The taste is the citrus pineapple hop, the pine resin, and the very light roast malt. The earthiness is more in the finish, and is more mineral in character. The palate is medium bodied, soft active carbonation and a dry mineral finish. Really tasty, and crazy drinkable. Not sure if this is what I would think of as an Black IPA, but who cares, it’s delicious. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to lithy! Red-sepia, thick large bubbled cream head, moderate lacing. Oily pine nose, bit of caramel and earth, very faint detectable roast. Flavor is more orange and grapefruit up front, caramel across mid with more oil and pine through the finish. No detectable roast in flavor. Oily body, pretty full, decent carbonation. I’m struggling to figure out how this is more black than a normal IPA, in fact near-identical to Nugget Nectar. thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Solid citrus and pine hops on aroma. Some slight malt on nose, slightly sweet roast. Pretty black brown dark red when held up to the light. Taste is thoroughly pine hops with spots of citrus brightness coming through. Gentle malt roast is expressed side by side with hops with some elegance. Not too heavy handed for a black ipa. very good.
Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. Dark brownish-black with a touch of red around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates steadily, and stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, pine and hops. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of grapefruit and caramel malt. The finish is very clean with a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Solid Black IPA overall. BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
12oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan one finger head and nice lacing. Aromas of malt, light citrus hop, hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor is mild-medium bitter with a nice finish. edgallow (4629) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, pine and citrus. Taste is resin and citrus with a hint of caramel. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Dark brown liquid with a moderately sized creamy light tan head. Scents of pine and mild citrus atop some roasted malt, mild dark chocolate and coffee. Light sweet start that leads to mild juniper and citrus. A return of roasted and toasted malt in the finish. Linger mix of malt and pine. Nice. kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 30, 2017
From an old bottle. Taste is roasted malts first, followed by a good hop bitterness and flavor.