Stone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi More Brown than Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle purchased for $3.99. Brown color, looks fine enough. The smell is a blast of hops, with just a bit of dark malt coming in at the end to remind us that it is a "black" IPA. The flavor is bitter, super hoppy, a bit of orange. Overall not bad and while it is a little pricey I did not regret buying it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-16-2012 00:55:52

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3728) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours dark brown with an aroma of pine, hops, and hint of citrus. Hop bite at the end with grapefruit, toffee, and caramel flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Sampled on 11/1/2012. This Black IPA pours a dark brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige rocky foamy head. The aroma is roasty malt, caramel, chocolate and hoppy. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are chocolate and roasty. The hops are grapefruity, piney and citrusy. Decent carbonation. A big hoppy Black IPA. The grapefruity clashes a bit with the chocolate malts, but its kind of an interesting combination. And yet, another interesting collaboration beer from Stone. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pine, spruce, grapefruit oil citrus IPA smell. As a unique and enjoyable nut roasted caramel malts. I have a feeling this bottle wasnt as fresh as it could have been, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4654) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle from Bruisn Ales. Pours brown with an inch of khaki head that leaves some lacing. Big pine on the nose. Lots of hop flavor till in the forest. Finish was not as big as I thought it would be. Solid but not spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1379) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Not the biggest black ipa fan so take my rating with a grain of salt. pours not unexpectedly, more brown than black with a slight tan head. Roast mixed with a citrus/fruit like hop aroma, burnt rubber. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet roast like flavor that than has an awkward transition to a hoppy floral flavor. Lingering bitterness. Nope, not for me, but not terrible either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Dark brown pour. Big hop aromas of pine, citrus, followed by toasted malt. Upfront flavors of hops, grassy, pines, grapefruit. The burnt toffee flavors are in the background. Strong bitterness with a dry spicey finish. I would enjoy a little more malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2934) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. A Stone beer without an "enjoy by" date?? (it does have a 2011 collaboration) Pours brown with a tannish head and a lot of floaties. Really nice clingy lacing. Aroma has rum raisin, roasted malts, coffee and pine. Taste is of sweet caramel, dark fruit (figs, raisins, grapes), expresso, spruce, hints of chocolate nibs and some earthiness. Finishes sweet and medium long. A tasty brew. Thinking it would have been better 6 months ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hansenkw (12) - - SEP 8, 2012
An interesting take on the dark IPA, one of my personal favorite beer styles. Poured a dark brown with a full light brown head. The mixture of citrus hops with the roast from the dark malts doesnt work very well. It certainly has a good bitterness and some astringency to it. Overall, a good beer, but there are definitely better black IPAs to choose from.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Poured a dark brown, definitely not black, really nice creamy head. Aroma was awesome, a shot of grapefruit and tangerine hops. Flavor is a match - loads of hops, but balanced nicely by a caramel and faint roast malt backbone. Good body. Very enjoyable, as usual, I love the hops coming from Stone.

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