alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2017 Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A couple of BA traders have asked me about this beer when I told them I could get Terrapin. I bought one for someone, and then picked one up for myself to see what all the Hooplah was about:
Ap: Pours black as night, with a 1/2 inch head that left instantly, and carbonation to spare.
Ar: Not really strong in the aroma department, but what I’m getting reminds me of Coca-Cola - slightly bitter, with a hop sizzle.
T: Not at all vicious, actually very malty, and much smoother than I expected.
P: Frothy lacing and very creamy in texture. Very soothing.
O: Nothing really special about this one, but the beer itself is not too pretentious. Also, I REALLY love the bottle art!
22 oz bottle sampled at a tasting from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, chocolate, earthy bitterness, citrus and green hop character, a hint of ash, pretty solid black IPA. Worsenma (74) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Pretty good IPA. Very delayed and muted hoppy bitterness but it's certainly there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JStax (7175) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a nice dark brown to black with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma was surprisingly a little caramelly with a subdued earthy hop profile. The taste starts with that sweet notes, but finishes dry and herbal. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Jabah (536) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2015
About average for this style. Black IPAs are hit or miss for me, so this falls near the border. Decent amount of hops, though I prefer more of a malt balance. Aroma has some mild citrus and pine, but overpowered by some kind of musty smell. Glad I tried this in the winter mix-pack bundle, but wouldn’t really want to sample this in a bomber or growler. BeerdedDave (1875) - Beckley, USA - APR 13, 2015
black color; citrusy hops and roasted malt aroma; citrusy hops on a medium bodied roasted malt base
BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is black, opaque, and khaki head. Aroma is floral, piney, and citrus hops. Taste is same, but with caramel malt flavor. Palate is medium to full. I don't love this style as much as others do, but still decent. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours thick dark black unclear with a creamy beige head. Aroma brings fresh piney hops so nice in the nose. Flavor brings roasted malts and piney hops blended on the palate smoothly and rich. MarkSachon (1054) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Really warms the bones and has enough exotic stuff in it to keep you guessing for a long time. Explore it if you get a chance. finn1918 (238) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours black with a small, dense head. Pretty typical for a black IPA--lots of citrus hops on the nose and taste with a decent malt backbone. Good dry finish. Not an outstanding black IPA, but one of the better 12 pack beers I’ve had. Aggiebob (1296) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2014
This black IPA has a bitter coffee taste and a long finish as the hops dominate. Overall, it is a good IPA but not one that I will go out of my way to get.