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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4.4
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.

4.4
jeff789 (1423) - 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...

4.4
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

4.4
Bigmmartin (620) - 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.

4.4
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - 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.

4.3
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Wow. Does this smell amazing. If you want to know what a dank beer smells like here it is. Smells amazing. The pine and hemp form a wave of hoppy goodness. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a billowing off white foam. Hop flavor is nice a piney. Unlike some black ipas, the malt character does come through somewhat on this one, and I get some definite brown ale malt characteristics that peek out, but are quickly overwhelmed by the hops. Palate is smooth and velvety. Overall a damn fine beer for a good cause, and I intend to buy several more. Great job to all three breweries!

4.3
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12 zo bottle from bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is strong with citrus hops (mostly oranges) and way in the back some roasted grains. The taste also features robust citrus; bitter grapefruit, oranges, limes and papaya. The malt base is lightly roasted grains, walnuts, pecans and is fairly neutral. The palate is full, thick and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter hops. Overall: This is one outstanding IPA irrespective of color.

4.3
zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. The name does not lie as the pour closely resembles a brown ale albeit a tad darker. A huge amount of grapefruit can be found on the nose with a slight amount of dark chocolate in the background. Citrus and piney hops are the dominant flavor with only a touch of smoke and chocolate on the finish. The bitter hops linger on the tongue long after each swallow yet the subtle smoke and chocolate let you know this is not an ordinary IPA. With everyone rushing to make a great black IPA many brewers miss the mark. It’s no surprise that with Stone in the mix this one gets it right. Outstanding.

4.3
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours cola-brown and sits in the glass with dark russet edges topped by a smooth, creamy eggshell head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge fresh, citrus notes of pink grapefruit, orange juice, and tangerine backed by amazingly fresh notes of peaches, nectarines, and pineapple with subtle notes of cinnamon, toasted pie crusts (really smells like mom’s peach pie!) and dry pine esters. flavor is delicious as well with the sweet peach, vanilla, and cinnamon notes from the aroma carrying through beautifully and are accompanied by pink grapefruit, orange marmalade, dry grass, and zesty pine with just a hint of cocoa powder and coffee as it warms. palate is medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a dry, fruity finish that leaves me salivating for another sip. overall, this is definitely one of the best black ipa’s i’ve had. right up there with Stone 11th and 15th. great beer.

4.3
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2012
bottle. Deep brown ale w/ hoppy citrus nose. Pineapple tongue battles w/ dark malt eyes; the execution is tastes beautifully. F’n almost perfect.


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