Eclipse Black IPA - Crabtree Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Deep dark brown, almost black body topped with a one-finger thick creamy tan head. Heady hop aroma; spicy; dark roasted malt scent (perhaps with a touch of chocolate malt). Charred toast with a mellowing sweetness and a tingling hop bitterness. Medium-light body; clean; mostly dry finish with a soft sweet edge at the finish.
A delicious, pretty nicely balanced black IPA. Bold hop flavor combined with a sweet but not overdone malt sweetness.
06-05-2013 21:24:02 | More by beergoot
3.78/5 rDev +3%
Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of coffee, slight alcohol, and hops. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of pine, strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, stronger aroma than body, but still a good beer that was quite bitter.
05-30-2013 14:14:36 | More by Tone
1.9/5 rDev -48.2%
Served from a 16oz can to pint.
A- Upon cracking the can the contents immediately began repainting my ceiling in a near comic book fashion. Full blown gusher. I think that maybe it got so jostled in transit that this happened so I left the other 3 in my fridge for about a week before round two. Sadly round two yielded similar results. Once I got the half of the can I was left with in a pint it looked like tan foam with about 1/4in black liquid in the bottom.
S-Citrus green olives with rapidly degassing C02
T- I think the nucleation stripped any and all of the hop notes. The smell of green olives was so overpowering that I really couldn't taste past it.
M- Foam followed by flat beer
O- I won't be dropping $10 on a four pack again to find out if this was an aberration or not.
12-22-2012 17:51:10 | More by MinorThreat
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
Almost the last of Blargimus' huge package and I CANnot say that I saved the best for last without fear of being called out as a liar. My apologies, but I am like Sam I Am in that I do not like Cascadian/Black IPAs as a general rule. I do not like them on a train, I do not like them on a plane and I certainly do not like them in the rain. Such is the nature of The CANquest (TM) in that I try everything and try to give each beer a fair shake but some begin on an incline.
From the CAN: "E-CLIPSE (i-klips) Partial or complete obscuring of one celestial body by another [with their logo obscuring the QR code]".
The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and I quickly had a glassful of ink topped by just over a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown that allowed ZERO light penetration. Even the white bits was black! Nose had more of a chocolate/coffee/roastiness than anything else, but I could sense the hops in the background. Mouthfeel was full, approaching creaminess and the taste was a commingling of (perhaps?) pine/minty hops with all of the dark malt that could be mustered up. Finish was roasty, but the hops seemed to get lost in the darkness. I am sorry, but leave your dark malts out of my hoppy beers. I am hard-pressed to know how to review this as even the style description is vague.
10-02-2012 23:53:52 | More by woodychandler
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is well balanced roasted malts and hops, a bit of coffee is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
08-11-2012 05:19:43 | More by tone77
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy rings of sticky lace on the glass.
S - It smelled piney with some citrus notes. Toasty aromas, too.
T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with grapefruit and mango notes. Strong roasted malt character that is reminiscent of a porter.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a really tasty canned black ale. One of the best I've had from Crabtree.
07-22-2012 19:59:30 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev +3%
A: Black with a steady light brown, 1 inch head and gread lacing
S: Pungent pine and grapefruit rind hop resin; this smells oily and citrusy with some pine/butterscotch sap aroma and weed with just a smattering of chocolatey malts
T: Hop bitterness up front with plenty of citrus rind, pine, grass but then a surprising amount of chocolate/coffee semi-sweet malts; it's decently balanced but something astringent in the hop bitterness--almost medicinal--is a touch off-putting
F: Medium body with an oily, sticky quality that works well
O: I like this; there is maybe a bit too much pine-like bitterness for me to want too many of these, but it's a nice change of pace Cascadian dark
03-08-2012 03:14:59 | More by dbossman
4/5 rDev +9%
160z can into tulip
A. Fairly dark, but not pitch black, appears dark brown while pouring and darker in the glass. Tan head is 2 fingers and perfect.
S. Mild citrus hop aroma, roasted malts and a bit of spice comes through
T. mildly bitter followed by a nice roasted flavor that is also on the mild side, little bit of pine present and alcohol notes in the finish. Very well balanced for the style.
M. Smooth with very good carbonation and mouthfeel on the cleaner side.
O. I love stouts and I love IPA's but I usually don't care for a black ipa. However this one is done very well and a good example of what the style should be.
01-30-2012 23:52:35 | More by Centennial
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
pint size can. pours a nitro looking black color that lets zero light pass. nice creamy off white head one inch high. smells insanely complex, roasted malt, candy sweetness, mild smoke, piney hops. falvor is dumbed down from the nose a little, without the sweet malty thing going, but plenty of dark bitter malts and less intense hops than expected. mouthfeel is pretty decent too, if not just a bit thin for the genre, nice expanding cream feel, nice bitter coffee finish. almost more like a hoopy stout. crabtree continues to impress me, and at 7.7& abv theres plenty of bang for your buck here
01-27-2012 01:58:05 | More by StonedTrippin
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Another local Black IPA? Sweet action.
Picked up a 4-pack of 16oz cans at Lukas. Poured to pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a solid mocha colored head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was a bit subdued but presented a fair amount of roasted malt along with earthy hop tones. Similarly, the flavor starts with a roasty malt sweetness with a decent amount of chocolate tones. Hops provide an earthy/piney flavor as well as a medium bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Fairly well balanced.
Overall, I wasn't that impressed. Far better options out there but not a bad beer. I wouldn't purchase again in lieu of other options but happy to have tried it.
01-17-2012 13:45:47 | More by hopfacebrew
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
16oz can. Pours a dark brown with a big pillowy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is roasted malts and piney floral hops with a bit of leather and spice.
The flavor is roasted malts and sweet chocolate with a good amount of piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, one of the best Black IPAs I've had. It has a good balance of sweeter malts, roast and hops.
01-12-2012 05:56:19 | More by Beaver13
Eclipse Black IPA from Crabtree Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.