juiceisloose (1477) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
On draft at Redlight Redlight. This one pours a nearly pitch black color with some mahogany at the edges and topped by a thick, tan colored head of foam that slowly settles to a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass. The aroma shows a good amount of orange and grapefruit citrus hops along with some pine resin notes. The base is of black patent malt, and good amount of barley roast, which enhances the bitterness. The flavor follows suit with the roast, pine, and citrus hops up front followed by hints of smoke and black malt. The roast and hops really add to the bitterness level, but I would like to some more balance. Medium bodied, but a touch thin with balanced carbonation that leads to a semi-dry and bitter finish. Lots of hops and roast in this black ipa. Nice stuff. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Hoppy aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a citrus flavour. A hint of dryness in a crisp bitter and nutty malt finish. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours extremely dark brown to black with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, malty, burnt sugar, touch of bitterness. Flavor is roasty with a touch of hops and bitterness in the end. Some sweetness, a little too thin for my liking. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
OLD GABF rating. Brown with tan head. Aroma is huge floral and citrus hops like a fresh hop almost. Taste is bitter and a little watery. Super bitter dry bite lasting to end though. jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Draft at Capone’s with pat. Pours a slightly hazy brown. Aroma is fresh dry hops. Mouthfeel is extremely dry with notes of dry pine hop. Maybe the most bitter black Ipa River ever had.
sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2010
pression @ OTH.
Couleur brune foncée, mousse blanc-cassé.
Arôme, garde un cote houblon-citron qui est nettement plus en avant que certaines autres bières du même style. Ce dernier domine le nez alors que le malt reste en retrait.
Goût, fine amertume de houblon et citron, allant parfois vers un aspect feuilles de thé vertes. Cette bière est plus houblonnée, suivit de malt grillé qui au fur et a mesure gagne en note chocolat. Le fini reste plus amer et domine par le houblon. dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Tap at Redlight. Blackish brown pour with a tan, thick rocky head. Pungent citrus hop aroma with some herbal hop notes as well and some roastiness. Taste has some smoky roasty notes in the malt with a spicy citrus hop bitterness. Body is a little thin, which is about the only thing lacking in this brew. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
On tap at Capone’s last Saturday.
Pours near black with a nice, tan head and a good amount of lacing as it went down. Smell is puzzling, as there’s really nothing there. I get the faintest whiff of hops, but can’t really discern anything about them. Likewise, the roast from the flavor isn’t really coming through either. The taste is a big improvement, with some nice, resinous pine hops with a bit of citrus. Roasted malt as well. Nice dryness from both factors. Good drinkability; an all-around tasty CDA.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-28-2010 BrewBoxer (2632) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2011
Draft @ RNH. Pours deep black with thin head. Smells og hops and some chocolate malts. Taste is light and easy to drink. Kind of crisp at the end. Not bad. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
Deep black pour. The aroma is lightly peppery and a bit roasty. Some unusual molasses flavour through the middle. Assertively hopped and fairly lean although the hops are kind of herbal. Odd - although maybe that’s good. Very hoppy.