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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As winter sets in we embrace the darkness with this Black IPA—released as Daylight Savings falls back to MST. We brew it with hops handpicked on Colorado’s Western Slope. The assertive American hop profile and roasted malt character balance perfectly with just a touch of bitterness. Go ahead. Give in to the dark side.

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3.9
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2012
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark brown to black with a nice thick frothy tan head and spiderweb lacework. Aroma is spicy piney hops. The taste is a powerful beer that excellently balances the hops and malt, roasted chocolate malt combined with a wonderful spicy hop flavor, very creamy, alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Body is medium, carbonation is also medium. Great beer, just when I was ready to give up on the Black IPA style, Odell shows how it should be done.

3.8
wchesser (2160) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Dark brown translucent and cloudy, Medium to thick head. Nose is mild hop resin and oak. Very balanced with great toasted malt flavours and sweetness against the hop back. Alcohol clocks 9.5% but is fully integrated. Mouthwatering acid and largely back palate.

3.8
SG111 (2140) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with frothy white/tan head and lacing. Aroma is orange, lemon little bit of lime, not much roasted malt character but definitely a biscuit bready maltiness. Flavor is hop forward with a definite very prevalent roasted malt character. Really awesome balance. Little bit of chocolate and coffee as well. Some lemon peel and citrus present. Hop and a little bit of coffee bitterness. Awesome.

3.9
wombat23 (2132) - Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2018
12 oz. can. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and flavors of citrus, roasted malt, pine, chocolate notes. Very tasty.

3.6
Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Draft at the brewery (GABF weekend) - This was definitely more of a hoppy porter than most Black IPAs I have had. Lots of coffee and roasted malts with the wallop of pine and citrus. Nice.

3.7
pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Tap: Dark color with reddish tints. Dry, hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit and dry pine needles. A bitter-sweet taste with notes of leather followed by mild hop bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

3.2
Goodgrief (2069) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
On tap at Marriott Denver Center City Hotel. Um, it wasn’t black. Maybe our was mislabeled. Pour was a slightly dark amber. Strong hops, citrus and resin, very bitter. It was just okay.

3.8
DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle Very dark brown/black pour, lots of carbonation and a roasted malt and orange aroma. Flavor is creamy orange, bitter coppery hops, vanilla and finishes with a lingering spicy finish. Not a huge fan of the style, but this was pretty good.

4.1
Andrew196 (2039) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Lovely pour, perfect, black with a frothy light beige head... Thick and lasting head. Nose is earth, coffee and florals. Thin-medium feel, slight bite. Very interesting palate for this one, earth, coffee, licorice, more florals, then some spearmint. Outstanding version of this style.

4.4
RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
750ml bottle corked and caged poured onto a Tulip at 41°. Color is black, a hint of maroon showing when held up to a light. Carbonation is good producing a big tan head. Aroma is big on the hops with a back note of roasted malt. The bold medium body has a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizziness. Flavor jumps out with a deep roasted taste of coffee and chocolate then a bit of floral hops comes in followed by a mellow bitterness. In the after taste the hops turn from floral to a very light citrus and the bitterness comes up giving it a slightly dry feel. This brew rocks, it may be the best Black IPA I have had so far. Its amazingly complex and rich yet very drinkable. Its only down fall is the $13.50 price tag, if it was a little less I would drink it everyday.


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