umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2013 OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Black Rye IPA is a wonderful change from your average IPA. It was a small batch, but I am told they will be making it again.
It is, as the style implies, a dark IPA, and has just a hint of rye almost overshadowed by it’s beautiful 67 IBU hop flavor and aroma. The three (malt, hop, rye) aromas do play nicely. The head pours a clingy off white, creamy, and thick. The beer itself is black as night, beautiful, and has a creamy mouth feel. The taste is, again, a balance of malt, rye, and hops that crescendo to a lingering bitterness that hangs on the palate.
4 oz sample from the brewery. Porus opaque black with a small foamy head that leaves some nice webbing. Aromas are light roast, chocolate, flowers, and citrus. Easy to drink but a bit boring. Some light roast and chocolate mixed with some light hops. Light bitterness. A tad watery. A little spice in the finish. Overall, an above average black IPA but nothing special. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2012
Sample at the Big Tap In on 04/21/2012. This beer is a dark brown color with some orange highlights. Medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt, hops and citrus. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, malt and rye bread. The finish is toasty and mildly spiced with a hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, grass, chocolate, and citrus. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, earth, chocolate, and grass with a dry, bitter finish. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, spice, medium hop presence (pine, light citrus). Flavors are citrus, roasty, earthy, hop, chocolate, spicy. Medium bubbles, lively carbonation, somewhat dry. Roasty and spicy overall. greengoblincc (12) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Amazing Black IPA I must say. 1st had it Blues and Brews over the summer and I have been seeking it out since. Checking there Draft list Online weekly, Hop Jam is a Seasonal hit or miss at the pub. Dark malt overtones with a hit of rye and hoppyness. MMMMMM.....so good I wish I did not share my growler with two others. Smooth, nicely balanced and deliciously Hoppy, this Black IPA ranks at the top of my list in terms of taste.
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at brewpub
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A great end to a nice experimental series this was the last beer of the night. Despite a couple of other interesting offerings I was full from two pints and a rich appetizer. Also this is aggressive enough that afterwards you’ll be tasting hopped up rye in your sleep. Comparable to Daisy Cutter (a beer which will hopefully see a return soon) this is another good entry in the Ohio IPA lineup.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid medium black body bubbled with life. A creamy head looked like someone had dabbed on a thin layer of custard. Rye fresh from the field mixes with a sharp woody hop presence. Cooled coffee lurks in the background. Overall this has everything you could ask for in a black IPA.
Flavor / Palate - The strong balance of dark chocolate, rye, and canned nuts give this the right feel for a smoky bar (despite the lack of smoking). Enough malts are present to rein in the hops which do an excellent job of waking up all but the most fatigued palates. Instead of fading it grows to a thundering crescendo before melting away like the last vestiges of snow on a warm spring day. Among some other excellent beers this one is definitely a must try if you are in the area.
GLBN IPA CHallenge 2011, one of the better Black IPA"s ive come across. darker pour. Nice mix of roasted malts , rye & hops fill the aroma. Nice balance in the flavor between the three. Light coffee notes. Impressive alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Draught @ brewpub.
Very black beer, nice foamy, slightly off-white head. Complex aroma of hops and rye. Nice solid bitterness in flavor, almost drying. Complex taste as well with a lot of hop flavor and rye spice. Finishes clean with lingering bitterness. A great example of a Black IPA. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011
(Sampled out of a growler) Nice strong hoppy aroma, and this pours black. Opaque black with a full light tan head. Nice roasted flavor, with a touch of rye spiciness, and long bitter finish. Very drinkable, and a really good beer from a local brewery. I might have to go across town to pick this up more frequently.