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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4.3
drunkenpolack (322) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
This one pours a dark, murky brown color. Small amount of tan head is poured and whatever is there pretty much disappears. The aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened. I just stuck my nose in the bottle and marveled at it’s hoppy as hell smell. Total West Coast IPA here. Grapefruit is the biggest aroma here with citrus and a small amount of roasted malt. But this is a hop monster. Lovely. Taste matches the aroma here. Huge amount of hops. This is not a balanced beer but that’s OK. It’s so flavorful it doesn’t matter. Huge grapefruit and citrus. Malt backbone of roasted malt and caramel. Awesome awesome stuff here. I could enjoy a ton of this stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy. Coats the mouth slightly. I just fell in love with this beer. My fiance loved it too. I need to snag some more of this before it’s all gone good. Maybe you guys should release this again.

4.3
Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Aroma is yeasty, barley, earthy, leafy smells. Pours a very dark brown color with a very thin foamy top to it. Flavors are coffee, caramel, raisins, black liquorice and moderately strong leafy hops. Pleasantly smooth texture and genius malty finish. Overall, a spectacular brew by great brewers. I love Stone and Ninkasi but i havn’t heard of the other brewing company. Great, unique flavors that work extremely well together. I’d give this an A+ rating

4.3
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This beer smells like pine and leafy matter. The hops are very prominent, with grapefruit notes, both of which stick all the way through to a bitter finish. Some chocolate and bittersweet from the brown malts, which makes for a great combo. An IPA? Yes. A brown? Not really. I’d call it more black IPA than brown. But in no way is that a bad thing!

4.3
DocLock (11044) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottles from Capone’s and Craft. Pours turbid burnt sienna with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is vienna malt, piney hops, pineapple, mango, mild coffee. Has an initial blast of resiny sticky hops, followed by the malt, some tropical fruit, and some finishing malty bitterness. The malt does a good job of complementing the hops here.

4.3
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Nice beer. Dark like cowboy coffee with aromas of spicy hop pine needles and malted meat. Medium nectar with excellent carbonation. A beautifully balanced beer from malt to hop, aroma to the bitter finish. A huge play on the fresh hop essence. Only mildly sweet with some roasted coffee bean and cocoa. This beer is very drinkable and I’m diggin’ it.

4.3
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2012
it is more brown than black and it has an amazing hoppy nose...hugely aromatic and resiny. Palate is perfectly balanced with some roasted malt, a little chocolate and a ton of hops. Finish is quick and crisp. Awesome.

4.3
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pour is definitely more brown than black, mahogany with a creamy off-white head. A wonderful smelling beer. Hop forward with loads of citrus and pine. Not much malt to speak of. The taste is completely dominated by the hops. Lots of juicy citrus and resin, massively bitter with a slight amount of malt. A totally unbalanced hop bomb, which is exactly what I love.

4.3
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on April 4th, 2012.

Appearance:Pours a dark brown, and it looks like something is lightly floating around the sides.
Aroma: Aroma has some faint pine hops, a lot of roasty sweetness, caramel.
Taste: Medium to medium heavy bitterness, caramel malt roastiness, sweet finish.
Palate:Slick, medium body, really smooth, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: I really enjoyed this beer, more than Stone 15th Anniversary which technically also a Black IPA - yes I realize this is more brown than black. But that is what does this for me, it’s like the roasty cousin of imperial reds(my favorite style). This should be made all the time.

4.3
TheJestersBeer (2431) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
Draught. 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. (2012-05-01)

4.2
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
$3.25 (or somewhere around there) from Best Damn Beer Shop. Clear deep brown with a one finger beige head, creamy with good retention. Definitely getting a good amount of citrus hops and Nelson, a little pine. There is a little toasted malt. I’m not getting as much Nelson in the flavor, as it seems much more citrus forward, some yeasty notes. Pretty low sweetness, bone dry finish. Bitterness peaked at a 6-7, lightly earthy. Low to moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. Great stuff--long live Kimmich and the Alchemist!


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