Juniper Black Ale (JBA) - Beer Camp #16 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle courtesy of nonstick (thanks Chris!) poured into a Palm tulip.
A - Pours a totally opaque, almost pitch black color with a solid, thick finger of mocha foam that is dense and pillowy on top of the beer. Takes a few minutes to die down, leaving behind loose webs of lacing on the glass.
S - Roasty and toasty malts, dark almost burnt character with bread and light caramel on the edges. Dark roasted coffee and some light citrusy hops also. Juniper is noticeable readily, but doesn't really dominate or take the lead. It really complements nicely, adding a touch of coolness to the aroma.
T - Pretty much as I'd expect from the aroma. Nice dark roasted malts and coffee backbone. Citrusy hops, cool juniper, hoppy bitterness that is at the forefront. I'd call this a straight Black IPA...and one of the better ones I've had.
M - Body is medium as is the carbonation. A bit foamy perhaps, but still solid. Burnt, charcoal aspects throughout with just a hint of juniper to add some nuance to the flavor and feel with a bit of coolness. Lingering burnt flavors that just stay with you.
O - I'm not a huge fan of the black ipa's that have come out lately, but this is working surprisingly well right now. Maybe its the warm weather and the cooling sensation is hitting the spot. I'd easily have another of these right now.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2011 23:42:45 | More by portia99
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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.