gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours pitch black with a creamy light brown head. Dark rotated malt aroma with citrus and floral hops. Flavor is almost burnt malt with some hops. The body is thinner than I would have liked, but the finish is nicely long and roasted. Overall, it’s good, but not as good as I expected. EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - JAN 31, 2014
Had this on draft at Yogis in Bloomington. Pours pitch black with a thin white head. A fairly malty aroma. Once drank this beer comes on string from the beginning. Not as smooth as I would like, but the balance of flavor is nice at the finish. Very bitter at the beginning, but after a few sips you start to appreciate the balance and complexity this ale brings.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Dark brown color with a full, dark tan head. Pine, grapefruit and toasted to roasted malt aromas. Fairly simple aromas, but straight forward and to the point. Roasted malt and grilled citrus flavors. A porter with a real hops bite. A bit ashy and roasted in the finish and linger. A bit too much in the acidity with the dark malts and hops, at least for me. 4/10
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottled January 2010. Always appreciate when brewers present that info. Pour looks like you are about to drink a stout. Beautiful brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma reminded me of a citrus stout, not to much hops. Taste correlated with aroma, some light stout malts, with a hint of citrus, maybe some licorice. Expected much more of a hop profile then what was presented. A black ale would be a more accurate description of this beer than a black IPA. Props to Upland for brewing something different. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Dead turtle aroma? Caught me offguard with that one Brian. Next time i,m out drivin and see one of them poor little buggers splattered all over the road i,m gonna hafta pull over and get me a whiff of that so i know where yer coming from. Does the age of the road pizza turtle matter? Is a box or snapper gonna have the same qualitys? Yer killin me brah!! WooHoo WTF! Small tan head with fair retention. I believe the darkness of this brew overides the IPAness of it all. Gotta say i enjoyed it any way. Roast and chocolate, dry maltiness, Caramel, some burnt, some patent, chalkiness and a hint of citrus rasttling around in there. Dry finish, good bitterness. I was kinda diggin it. Wanna redo! Still gotta know what dead turtle smells like. Props to Robert for sharing.
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a really dark and viscous with a tan head. Dusty dry cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness...not much in the way of hops. Thick mouth feel. Dusty bitter chocolate, inky, some light grassy earthiness in there and then a really bitter finish. Confusing beer. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a decent tan head and lacing, the aroma has nice pine and citrus notes with the sweetness of the malt, the flavor actually threw me off at first, has a nice sweetness with a hint of hops but has more of a roasty and chocolate finish to it. Reminded me of a porter that had a light mouthfeel, not bad just different. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
bottle. for only being pilsener and black malt i pick up a lot of rounded, chewy dark caramel malt... there’s a roundness and fullness that seems meaty and gelatinous and which i find generally unpleasant, but the milk chocolate (yeast / milk powder note contributing) character is nice. hops are cheesy and pungent in the nose and provide medium buzzing acid and bitterness. lavender is non-existent. decent beer but mostly forgettable. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
On tap at the taproom in Indy... Pours a deep silky stout black hued consistency with reddish brown edges and topped with a medium soapy light beige head that quickly recedes leaving a wispy... Aroma of black licorice, abuse, spices, and a light aspect of spruce... Flavors emphasize semi-bitter roasted chocolate and black licorice. The hops kind of fall to the wayside. Medium bodied leaving somewhat an earthy chalky feel towards the finish. Semi-lively carbonation. Totally lacking in the hop department. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown (not quite full black) with a thin head. On par for the style, but no wow factor here. Not enough bitterness or dark malt flavor to make it stand out. And I didn’t get much lavender there either. If you’re into BIPAs/CDAs then this will do it for you, just don’t expect it stand out.