Black Rock IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
From tap to pint, leftover from Toronado's Kern Night during SD Beer Week
A: Jet black in color, indistinguishable from a porter. Small, sticky head touches everything with lacing.
S: Roasty, spicy up front. More malt-forward than Id expect from a Kern offering, but citrusy hop notes are quickly in tow. The bouquet is layered and spicy, like cayenne or cumin spice, although the brewer is here and claims that no spice was added.
T: The spicy notes are definitely there, maybe because I was expecting them, but I'm feeling a warmth around my lips. Roasty, slight astringent malts play against a sweet citrusy undertone, fairly well balanced. I can't help think there wasn't a dash of cumin or cayenne, but maybe it's just the way the hop-alchemy worked out.
M: Medium mouthfeel, plenty of scrubbing bubbles to keep things fresh.
Kern's never made a bad beer, at least not commercially available, and this may be one of their more unique and interesting brews. I'd like to have this down the road, from another batch, to see if I'm still getting the same spicy nuances.
11-06-2013 05:33:21 | More by rand
Black Rock IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.