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Black Hop Rising - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Black Hop Rising
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BA SCORE
87
very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: katybee on 08-11-2011)
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's for Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get considerable licorice and roasty malt, with a hint of dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there is less licorice and more roasty malt flavor. Plenty of flavor in this beer, but the brewer had a deft hand in the making of it, and so nothing is over done or out of proportion. There's some light citrus in the finish which helps to buoy the malt and licorice in this beer (something I appreciate). Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer finishes well, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Not my cup of tea stylistically, but this is still an impressive, easy to appreciate beer from SN.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 19:12:34 | More by John_M
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2012 18:44:57 | More by savagepm
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev 0%

02-21-2012 18:34:58 | More by John11486
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-17-2013 04:07:48 | More by oldedog
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

10-23-2013 06:56:18 | More by mater
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emaciated

California

4/5  rDev 0%

12-17-2011 05:52:03 | More by emaciated
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dbattey

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

09-11-2013 03:11:37 | More by dbattey
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katybee

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer late in the day on an empty stomach, so that might affect my impression of it's taste and strength...but this immediately struck me and a friend with a positive impression.

pouring deep opaque brown into the glass, it had a minimal tan head which quickly disipated.

minimal, not unpleasant smell, mildly hoppy.

hops definitely present, crisp pungent, but not overpowering, just enough to balance the malts. no citrus, mildly herbal and peppery, clean, strong well-balanced. no real overtones of coffee, nor sweetness, nor creaminess, but strongly flavorful and refreshing.

even my friend who doesn't like beer, liked it!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 19:17:17 | More by katybee
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jbweld

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-19-2011 01:34:45 | More by jbweld
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MissMeg

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2013 18:54:03 | More by MissMeg
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philippehb

New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply great. It is a lager, not an ale. I would describe it as a dry hopped black pilsner really. Not quite a schwarzbier because the munich malt was not there in large proportions. The body was on the thinner side. A touch of roast, a generous amount of dry hops, an incredibly sessionable beer. In fact, I had quite a few of these at the Denver Summer Beerfest. Will attempt to replicate it !

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 21:26:44 | More by philippehb
Black Hop Rising from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.