Stone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi More Brown than Black IPA

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

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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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3.6
phaleslu (10461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by Aubrey Joe. Thanks again, Joe! Pours a brown-hued copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of leafy hops, caramel malts, mint, tobacco, grapefruit, and brown sugar. Flavor of mint, grapefruit, tobacco, wood, caramel malts, and tea leaves. Medium-bodied, with a cool, leafy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty good black IPA but didn’t blow me away.

3.6
onceblind (10099) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Muddy dark dark brown with a thin light khaki head. The aroma is dank and sticky hops, like a flowery fresh picked hop bine, plus some grapefruit/apricot aroma, with just a hint of roasty malts. Flavor is very roasty and black-malty, almost acidicly so. It also has this tone that I find difficult to describe, except "roasted turkey with gravy". The hop character isn’t too complex, just murky bitterness, with some herbal piney flavors. Really earthy throughout, but earthiness and bitterness don’t mix too well in this one.

3.8
GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
355mL thanks to tastybeer. Clear brown with thick clumbs of yeast particulate. Pours a thicker, rocky buttermilk head with sheets of lace. Nose is super dank, huge hop resin, fatty tree nuts, meaty melons. Taste thick, spicy, big Asian melons with savory components. Really nice Black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Murky brown beer with a tan head. Big grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Summer fruti and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Pine and light summer fruit lingers with grapefruit.

3.8
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle is murky brownish with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of big fruity orange, grapefruit and other citrus notes, touch of resinous and pine notes as well meld into some cocoa and roasted notes, touch of caramel. Taste is more of the resinous, dank hop with some slight grapefruit undertones, going into a nice balanced roast and chocolate middle, finishes bitter. Nicely executed.

4.1
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
12oz bottle, purchased for $4 from Dutch’s. Really dark brown red color... But the most striking visual aspect here are the super abundant chunks of yeast everywhere... Suspended in the body, stuck on the snifter’s glass, and a bunch more still in the bottle itself. A bit of light tan / white head, leaves good lace. Light, but very smooth and crisp carbonation. Bigger body. Lots of roasty dark malt flavor in every sip. Some dark fruit, dates maybe. A great, sharp but balanced hop note comes in after that initial roastiness, and lingers in the aftertaste, beckoning you to come back to the glass for another sip. A very roasty and resin-bitter taste, light spice... Really awesome flavor overall, it’s unique and difficult to describe. My expectations were set high for this, but honestly, this is great. And a six-pack of this stuff would be absolutely dreamy. Good to the last drop, chunks and all.

3.6
blipp (9502) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
It is what it is.

Balanced toffee, flowery.

Dennis shared this shit.

2.8
3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2012
bottle. cola brown body with a mocha colored head, small-bubbled, quickly dissipating. resinous grapefruit and cocoa powder nose (mild roast, light toffee, more of a caramelized orange / citrus juice aroma). extremely bitter and astringent, wholly out of balance, like sucking on grapefruit skin. pungent hop acids and dark malts and roast (though mild) create a cream cheese and sulfuric egg note. yummy.

3.7
drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
1/4/12. 12oz bottle courtesy ratebeef! Hazy brown pour with a small tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Pungent, almost sour hoppy aroma with cattiness, lemon peel, weed, and more. Sweet entry with caramel and chocolate that gives way to pungent hoppiness, again with cattiness and citrus. Nice!

4.4
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
12oz bottle w/o a very imaginative name pours up brown – copper – amber, brownish with tiny floaties and thin tan head. The aroma is big and bold even while still pretty cold and delivers chewy pine and citrus hop goodness mixing with a bit of spicy hops, earthiness and faint roasted malts. The flavor, oh yeah, I’m liking this. It unloads a great mix of pine hops and somewhat malt sweetened grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops. The hops have a modest level of hops flavor but formidable hop bitterness. This is chewy yummy and bold and maintains a nice hop flavor into the finish. Lovely.


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