TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
1 Liter growler from GT2. Black with a thin sudsy cream spotted lace. Nose shows some light pine, citrus, roast, light molasses. Flavor is similar, lots of roast but its not overly bitter like some in the style. Grassy, pine, more roast, light cocoa. Very easy drinking, and seems to me more like a straight black ale than an India black ale or black ipa. Maybe it’s just not as overhopped like some (specifically thinking of TH Zombie) but I kinda like it better like that. Maybe more like a black APA. New style?!!? Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 On tap at Tired Hands yesterday afternoon. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Good sticky lacing. The nose carries some mild roast and chocolate underneath a nice bit of piney, resinous hops, as well as a bit of citrus character. Flavor is fairly similar with a nice backing bitterness. A bit of roast and dryness. Really easy to drink. dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2013
On tap at the pub. Light lemon and cola aroma. Pours darkish brown with a white fluffy head. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Lighter than most black IPAs, nearer to an APA. Taste is hoppy and balanced with chalk, cocoa, citrus and some cayenne???? Very balanced and drinkable. If this is TH's house BIPA then it's a good one.
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Tap at Tired Hands. This is perhaps the first true black IPA. Muddy brown pour with massive tan lace. Nose is fresh pine, blackberry, blueberry, pie, fresher Amarillo floral/citrus hops. No olive, roast, chocolate. Palate is nuts: so clean, long dry birch wood bitterness, mild lemon, muted roast to near zero. No porter or stout character- something different completely. I think Black IPA lovers may be shocked when they try this. Best Black IPA palate wise by a mile. Not as aggressive or dense as Zombie. Easier to enjoy, soft, delicious. Maybe could be described as dark fruit and berry heavy rather than coffee and chocolate. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
dark tan, creamy tan head that lasts. Earthy nose, dusty and piney with considerable wood, like a packing plant, with light skunk. Flavor is very dry, roasted mid with mint and cocoa through the earthy, piney finish. Soft carbonation and full throughout, contrasting most black ipa metallic thinness and over-hopping. Fantastic profile, thanks in part to heavy roast, and probably the best black ipa mouth I’ve had.
callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Dark brown body, medium sized pale tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is pine with some grapefruit and traces of roast. Flavor is a little more mellow with more muted hop character. Medium bodied, light bitterness, slightly thin in the finish but I think it works. A pleasant dark IPA that leans toward a pale ale with roasted accents. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head...great retention and lacing. Aroma has nice roastiness...a bit like rye, a hint of black pepper, and lots of pine. Flavor has nice piney/burnt bitterness balanced with roasty malts that hint at rye and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a piney/peppery dry finish.