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Black Hole IPA - John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Black Hole IPA
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Ratings: 4
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 11-20-2008)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 20, 2008
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Photo of socon67
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

socon67, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CHickman, May 17, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

SkunkWorks, Nov 18, 2010
Black Hole IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.