patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Tom. Pours a murky, hazy brown with some hop sediment at the base of the glass and a nice fuzzy layer of khaki head. Aroma of insanely bittersweet, fresh-hopped mash during the boil; it smells like cooking beer, and it is lovely. Meidum bodied with a crisp, juicy palate. Tastes like fresh, wet, resiny hops and a bit of green tea and lemon. Oh, man, what a weird, wonderful IPA. Not at all a black IPA, this is jusy a fresh, wet, juicy brown-tinted IPA. Nice. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma is awesome, tons of tropical/pine/dank herb hop with just a hint of roast. Taste has lots of pineapple, mango, not much roast at all, which is a nice change for this odd style. A really really good beer. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
12 oz. from BevMo in Mira Mesa. Luckily, I saw the bottles sitting up near the checkout before I paid, so I was able to score! Wow, just popping the cap on this little bottle releases a wave of the freshest, stankiest hop aroma I’ve smelled in a long time! It’s like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh and very pungent hops! The name is very accurate, not black at all but a medium brown topped by a light tan head. The hops from the aroma attack your tongue immediately on the first sip, but in a surprisingly non-aggressive way compared to what you’re smelling. Very strong grapefruit bitterness along with a juicy cannabis flavor. Stone must have had a major part in this since it’s very "Stone-like" in this way. There’s a delicious milk/bittersweet chocolate flavor lying under those dank, bitter hops, and it’s amazingly well balanced. There’s a lemony quality that emerges which I’m guessing is from the hops. There’s a medium creaminess in the body that washes out to a dry, bitter finish in the end that leaves an earthy, cannabis-like flavor behind. This is a truly incredible beer and takes the Black IPA style in a new direction. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head...excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is wonderfully floral with pungent citrus and just a hint of hoppy spice...nice subtle roastiness. Flavor is also very floral and citrusy...some earthy/spicy hop notes and an underlying roasty/caramel sweetness that quickly turns bitter. Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is hoppy and bitter with a slight nuttiness...lingering. very tasty! gorlandi (68) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a nice semi white head. Aroma of citrus and hops, light bodied and pleasing on the palate. The taste hits you with that IPA citrus and bitterness that develops into notes of dark malts. A very good beer recommended.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Big dark dark brown decent sized tan head crazy lacing... Crazy aromatic, grassy and citrusy hops, fresh grass, roasty, awesome aroma, big, more grassy than I like from a regular ipa... Same w the flavor initially, then it changes to a plethora of tropical and stone fruits with a touch of roast... Awesome flavor... Wow wow wow... Medium bodied, rarely do I wish a beer was a 22 instead of a 12 oz... This is one of em... Thins out a bit in the finish... tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
in bottle shared with 3 lovelys. the immediate aroma of citrus and grassy hops. intense hop flavor it was incredible and well balanced and i want more. great job by the 3 breweries to come up with this. hard to describe other than hops and brown ale. yummy Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 This beer is amazing. It has everything, heavy malt base, strong hop resin and pine, and hints of chocolate. Has a heavy palate and full carbonation. Excellent collaboration. Has every bit of aroma and flavor of any heavy hitting IPA out there but with the perfect amount of malt that adds another dimension. Hands down, my favorite black IPA and better than the vast majority of regular IPAs and DIPAs. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - 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. TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
Very dark brown, beige head.
Very hoppy aroma, spruce, roasted malt, mint, grapefruit, resin.
Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Hoppy, resiny taste, roasted malts, grapefruit, Sorachi (?), blackcurrant yeast.