Dogbrick (13151) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Sample at Dunedin. 4000 beers, with no end in sight. This brew pours black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt and piney hops. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, resiny hops, pine and citrus. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, pine, and floral. Tastes of coffee, roast, pine, some earth, and lighter chocolate. mR_fr0g (12599) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle shared at The Cad’s 10 year get together. 29/03/2015.Aroma is coco powder, light pine. Hazed orange, caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Flavour is composed of standard black ipa stuff, roast black malts, some earthy pine. Firm bitterness. jcwattsrugger (12471) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012
on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is resin/citrus, roasty dark malt. Taste is resin/citrus-grapefruit, roasty dark malt. deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Earlier Rating: 1/2/2012 Total Score: 4.1
on tap @GABF-pours black with a tan head and trailing lace. Aroma is resin/lemon, dark malt. Taste is resin/lemon hops, roasty dark malt-cocoa. Soft carbonation. Full body.
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a near clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a bit of earthy dark grains with some light fruits, a bit of pine and some chocolate backing. Flavor has a combination of earthy dark grains and pine with a bit of light fruit underlying.
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Draft… Hunahpu’s Day 2011… Pours clear and black with flashes of ruby around the edges of the glass. Piney, hempen hops and burnt malt are the aromatic standouts. Medium-bodied and fizzy. The flavor leans slightly bitter with plenty of black malt and herbal hops. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Refreshing.
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Chris. Pours a clear cola brown with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma and flavor have a tart, funky thing going on like there is some infection, wood, tannins maybe, but doesn’t seem much like a black IPA. phaleslu (10336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf - thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark amber-brown with a soft khaki head that laces the glass. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, citrus zest, pepper, toast, earth, and oak. Chris suspected this might be a few months old, but it seemed more like a year-plus old, like something bad is starting to set in way too soon. Flavor of earth, metal, tobacco, citrus, toast, dark fruit, and tannins. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a thinned, tannic, sweet, metallic mouthfeel. A bit off. Didn’t really work for me. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Tap at Green Room Brewing in Jax Beach, FL. Pours a deep, clear maroon near black with a thin, coffee head. Spots of lace. Nose is muted- small ash and raisins with something like bacon wrapped plum, dark cherry, and tobacco. All is a bit hard to pick out without the typical robust aromatic hop nose you would expect in this style. Taste is prickly up front with bitter melon rind hops but no explosion you might want from Black IPA. More fruits, lemon, and gin spices like coriander. Carbonation is way to high. Body is a bit too attenuated. Finishes with some big resinous hop but the palate is still too thin and even comes off as lemony tart. Decent. MartinT (9961) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Black Pale Ale benefits from floral and fruity notes, making the roasted chestnut and tobacco allusions become even more engaging.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark mahogany.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, just like their bottled Smoked Porter’s.
-This is quite intricate!
-The resinous hop bitterness balances out the malt and yeast contributions.
-All in all, this is very drinkable.