Dogfish Head Black Hole IPA

Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Milton, Delaware USA
8.5% Black IPA | 2 Ratings | 110 IBU |
Black Hole IPA is the second batch to make it to the pub from our co-worker Small Batch Brewing program.  Every quarter co-workers are challenged to create and brew a beer on our 10 gallon Sabco Brew Magic system up at our Milton brewery.  After an informal judging, the winning beer for each quarter is brewed at the pub, with the highest scoring beer of the year winning a trip to Eataly in NYC for its creators.  This program is geared toward getting co-workers who don’t normally work on the brewing side of the biz to get their hands a little dirty and express themselves through unique ingredients and processes to create individualistic and creative concoctions.  This one is the brainchild John Alvis and Trey Bowden, our off-centered IT techs, along with Jon Dolor and Matt King, two of our resident engineers.  Black Hole derives its name from the color and style of their brew, along with single hop variety employed – Galaxy.  The color of this otherworldly IPA is as black as the outer reaches of space, with an intense flavor of fresh cut grass and pungent citrus rind.  If you like hops, this one’s for you.  Despite the IBU’s on this intense ale, a dark chocolate and sweet espresso maltiness balances the extreme hoppiness with a smooth creamy finish.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

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The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
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Finish
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