AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2016 Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at El Bait Shop.
Poured a nice deep dark brown/black with a thin tan head, light lacing.
The smell was more roasty than hoppy, but a little of both mixing together with some smoke and pine.
The flavor is more like a hoppy american stout with nice roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and smoke, the hops are really only noticeable in the big juniper bitterness.
The mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a touch of hoppy resin quality to it.
There seems to be a slew of these underwhelming so called Black IPA’s out there that are basically just more bitter American Stouts. I seem to be saying this a lot lately but it needs more dry hopping and late hop additions.
Draft at Iowa Taproom. Pitch black color, lasting lacing down the glass. Aroma is mild citrus underneath, mild roast. boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
Flavor is pretty nice. Just enough malt to balance out the citrus and weak pine. Body is in the medium range with the bitterness not abrasive. Pretty nice drink! Enjoyable
On tap at 515 brewery...pitch black pour.thin brown head... faint pine aroma... very easy drinking..this beer is my friend! CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
On tap at the tasting room for the winery/brewery.
Pours a very deep black color with a good head and good lace.
The aroma has lots of roasty coffee notes and plenty of fruit forward hops.
The flavor is roasty, there is not a ton of roast here, but enough to give it some coffee tones. The beer is nicely bitter and not really bitter from dark roasted malt, as I perceive it most of this is hop bitterness. There is a nice fruity hop flavor throughout.
This really comes off more as a hoppy stout than a Black IPA, which is absolutely no problem with me, as it’s a pretty nice beer either way.