Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque black color with over one finger of light beige foam head that collapses to a persistent pad about the size of a half-dollar. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Deep roast, hints of shoyu and dark fruit, with some complex but balanced herbaceous aromas. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins dry, with peppery spice turning herbaceous after a few beats. Strong carbonic acid is also present early, enhancing the other flavors somewhat. Dark roasted malt, showing more earthy char than chocolate, comes on strong in the middle, with bitterness developing into the finish where it becomes quite intense and astringent. Piney aromatics, as well as some paper, also decorate the finish, but no alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, hearty yet acidic and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This black IPA is bold and unapologetic with pronounced bitterness and a texture that is harsh at times. Having now had three different black IPAs whose origins were all at Beer Camp, this is the least impressive of the bunch and a wonder that it was chosen to represent the program in the first of Sierra Nevada's high-profile mixed cases. Still, it does have its charms, such as its overall smell and the flavor of its roasty middle.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2011 13:29:26 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Toronado in San Diego, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and slight juniper berry. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is interesting but isn't as juniper forward as I was expecting.
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2013 23:26:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.