cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2010
I think I just love this style. This is a really well-done Black IPA. I recommend trying this blind up against the standard-bearers of the style (in particular Stone XI/Self-Righteous). There’s an extra grainy/malty/bready dimension to this style that doesn’t exist in regular IPAs, that makes for a very welcome balance.
Parksy (128) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Loved this dark, happy IPA. From a bottle at duffman’s house. I’m really beginning to fancy the dark IPA’s... love the dark burnt malt type flavor added to the bitter hops. If you like Cascadian Darks, you’ll love this one. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours black in the middle and caramel on the edge. Half inch tan head that is dense and frothy. The head holds to an adequate film on the surface due to adequate carbonation. The aroma is strong malt and hops. It smells like an IPA and the toastiness of the dark malt is there too. The flavor is hoppy, bitter, malty, toasty, and a small amount of spicy. The consistency is that of skim milk and the palate is medium and velvety smooth. It has a small initial bite, that smothens out quickly. The finish is reminiscent of faint chocolate malt and hop spice. The finish is also quick and clean, only lasting a brief moment.