Black Hole IPA - John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
On tap at the JH in Lake Grove.
A - Pours black, with minimal carbonation.
S - Some smell of roasted malt and cocoa, but very faint.
T - Not overly impressed. The flavor is kinda dull for a Black IPA. Expecting more kick than this.
M - Smooth and relatively light bodied. Easy to have a second.
O - Just wasn't feeling this. Not a bad black ale, but nothing to seek out.
04-16-2011 02:38:06 | More by socon67
3.15/5 rDev -13%
On tap at the John Harvard's in Smithhaven, NY.
Look: dark brown, if not black, with a thin, eggshell head that winds down into a thin layer on top of the beer that sticks around for awhile. For a John Harvard's beer, this head is pretty impressive especially in terms of the retention. There's also lacing, which is a first for a beer from John Harvard's.
Smell: a little roasted malt, a little earthy hop aroma. Like all beers from John Harvard's, its fairly subtle.
Taste: dark, roasted malt with some earthy hops and some astringent bitterness in the finish. There's also some citrus hops but its mild.
Feel: medium bodied, creamy and fairly smooth. Not that crisp.
Drink: I could have a few of these if I wanted to but I probably wouldn't want to.
Overall, I will give John Harvard's some credit for being a little adventurous with this one but its not impressive by any means. If you're at the brewpub, this is probably your best option.
11-18-2010 15:16:24 | More by SkunkWorks
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours opaque brown with red highlights and a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; great lacing like a Guinness stout, which is what this brew looks like. This beer was not what I expected when I ordered an IPA, but it was still an impressive looking beer.
Smells of roasted malt, floral hops, lemon, coffee, grass and caramel; the roasted malt and hops are complimentary and conflicting, which adds an interesting dynamic for a nice aroma.
Tastes like it smells, of roasted malt, floral hops, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, coffee, grass, caramel and light vanilla; not exactly and IPA, not a stout, not a porter, but a very tasty hybrid that's hoppy and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is medium and there's a crisp feel that helps this flow.
Highly drinkable and very tasty beer. Again, not an IPA in the true sense of the style, but still a very good beer that I will have again.
05-17-2010 03:21:26 | More by CHickman
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
On tap at JH. Pours dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and citrus fruits. Flavor of roasted malt and bitter chocolate with oranges and sweet fruits in the finish. There's a spicy hop bite at the end as well. Nice and roasty with a nice hop presence. A pretty good interpretation of a black IPA!
11-20-2008 17:11:01 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Black Hole IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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