Archive for the category “Black IPA”

Black IPA – Hop Odyssey Series – Green Flash Brewing Company

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7.2% ABV
Purchased at Curtis Park Market ($6.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into Green Flash tulip glasses.

This plainly named hoppy dark ale from beloved San Diego brewers Green Flash pours an espresso bean dark brown-black with a mid-sized and slowly fading tan-colored head.  The expected Black IPA aromas of leafy hops and burnt toast are present, but the supporting smells favor dark fruits and berries over the usual coffee-like roast.  Green Flash Black IPA offers an excellent mix of fresh hops and scorched grains on the first swallow, with a bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee without necessarily matching its flavor profile.  Fresh and assertive hop bittering helps to offset the chalkiness that can sometimes creep into black IPAs, and fans of the style should appreciate this beer, even if the flavors are a little overstated.

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Sacramento Beer Week: Captain Black IPA (Ruhstaller)

7.5% ABV
Purchased at Pangaea ($6.50/serving) and poured into tulip glasses.

His Notes:

This dark IPA from local start-up Ruhstaller pours an impenetrable black with ruby highlights and a lacy, sandy brown head.  The nose features fresh pine, rustic bread, and lemon zest, while the taste puts peachy fruits on the periphery of a prototypically bitter India Pale Ale.  Mellow roasted grains and mild espresso notes complete the portrait, with a thoroughly enjoyable resin bitterness lingering on the tongue throughout.  Captain Black strikes the perfect balance between the mouth-puckering intensity of an IPA and the richness and depth of a dark ale, and it is truly one of the best Black IPAs I’ve ever tasted.

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Her Notes:

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