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Black IPA - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-14-2011)
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

TimRasmussen, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

chris1919, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

richkrull, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of RiggerStyle
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

RiggerStyle, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 tap-pour into a Sprecher American tumbler pint at Rustico.

A - Clear dark brown in color with a low, well-retained tan head. Good lace left caked to the glass.

S - Assertive American hops lend citrus and resin notes to the roasted but not-so-bitter malt aroma.

T - Nice roasted chocolate tones balance out the American, resiny citrus hops well.

M - Surprisingly bitter for a Sprecher brew, the resiny bite to the finish is complimented by mild roasted bitterness. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

O - Much better as it's "reformulated", not "blend of Black Bavarian and IPA2" like I suspected of the initial bottling. This version is much more American-like like it should be!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

ineedafirkin, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

DustinSWB, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

boudreaux, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very close to jet black in appearance, with a few meager glints of magenta teased out when strongly backlit. The head is a mountain of tan froth that slowly erodes towards the surface, leaving sheets of sticky lace.
The nose brings bars of dark chocolate, burnt toast, raspberries, caramel, Pinot Noir, and boozy confectionary cherries. It's honestly a gorgeous aroma for a porter. As something that claims Black IPA, the feeble, backend slivers of herbs and dry grass don't hold up their end.
Malt rushes across the tongue, with smoky espresso and dusty dark chocolate. It sweetens as it progresses, adding caramel-swirled fudge and blackberries to the mix. Some toasty, burnt bread notes in the middle. Hops bring a defined bitterness, but a vaporous taste profile. A little grassy, and little metallic, mostly peppery, with some earthy pine cone and bark hues.
Well on the full side of medium bodied, with a low, trickling carbonation that is steady throughout.
This is flat-out killer Robust Porter, and my ratings are fudged a bit to reflect that.

The Black IPA (American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark, or whatever the current naming trend happens to be) is a bit of an enigma to me. As much as I enjoy them and seek them out, I have a hard time defining what exactly I'm looking for, or crowning a favorite example of one. This sways heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum, and appreciate that, even though it seems to have missed its ultimate mark.

If nothing else, I'm glad Sprecher is finally embracing Bombers rather than cumbersome Liter swingtops. Hope that continues.

cokes, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black IPA pours a black color with a small long lasting lacing tan head. The aroma is a bit weak but has a nice burnt and roasted note. The taste is a nice smokey hop bite, with strong roasted flavors. Good body, good flavors, slightly watery. Overall a very good black IPA.

vette2006c5r, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Be careful when you pour or you’ll get half a glass full of deep brown foam, airy enough to resolve downwards rapidly, loose tiny bubbles popping across the surface, the lacing forms fairly thick streaks and possess excellent stickiness. As one might imagine from the label, the liquid is jet black, vague orange glow at the glass bottom. The nose has a good amount of roast without being annoying or pushing bitter, almonds, cocoa, dark chocolate, cafe au lait, these tend to outlast the pine sap, orange peel as well as green apple, pear, peach scents, no meaningful herbaceous bite, not sure based on the nose that you’d peg this as an IPA, black or otherwise. Medium-bodied, finishes with good lift and release, however, in general it is wiry and firm with no fat on its bones. The roast is smooth with mocha, cocoa, dark chocolate, falling short of coffee and with no real sweeter aspect such as caramel. The orange citrus stronger with a hint of lemon or white grapefruit. The carbonation brings more fluff than necessary, odd given the overall taut feel and could just as well be more tightly knit. Metallic, minerally ring to it, still clean and does not seem interested in delving deeper in earthy, grassy territory. The same white fruit array of pear, apple, peach, apricot appears near the finish line. Very good, if not especially memorable, could throw back a few particularly if ice cold.

farrago, Jun 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rudabegga9, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour in a pint glass.

A finger of tan head on a caramel-colored body. Laces like a king.

Piney hops and sweet, black malt. A little bit of detergent odor, tinge of alcohol. Roasty and earthy.

Extremely dry, with a good bitter heft. Pine, citric rind, some astringent characteristics, an almost chemical tang. Bitter in a big way, not much fruit, which works for the black IPAs. The malts (which come off like burnt cookies) are thin in comparison to the big beefy hop smack. This works! A few flaws aside, this has a very enjoyable flavor.

Nice feel and body. Subtle creaminess.

First time sampling this one. I will seek out more products from this brewer.

thecheapies, Jan 08, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black in color, with a tan head. The nose consists of toffee, chocolate, and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. The flavor starts off with chocolate, roasted malt, followed by a somewhat subdued piney hoppiness. Ample fruitiness in the middle transcends to a hoppy bitterness that lingers into the finish. There's also an unexpected sweetness to the beer.

Overall, not bad. I would like to seem them brew this again. A very small quantity of cases were released for sale. It will be interesting to see if the beer returns and whether or not there will be any tweaks to the recipe, if it does?

Winter, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sprecher's Black IPA is a bit different from the pack. The malt base is extremely roasted with slight smoky hints, and the hops are intensely herbal. Very dry. Not the best Black IPA I've had by any means, but interesting and tasty enough to give it a try.

shand, Sep 26, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 22oz bottle from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI for $4.29 in early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black with a pillowy light brown head. Has a mild scent of bitter hops. Starts off with a thin, slightly bitter texture but the bitterness really explodes with the finish. Picking out some sweet caramel malt and some burnt sugar but the hops overpower everything else. Little bit of a chalky, dry finish. The texture could be a little thicker and I think it would be better if the hops complimented with the rest of the ingredients a little better. Decent, but if I want another black IPA, I will look elsewhere.

Lemke10, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11350 printed by hand with a gold sharpie on the back of the label. This beer pours a deep ruby red black notes, with a light khaki tan head flowing thick. Dark roasted notes with herbal hops and hints of citrus kicking through with each sniff. Caramel comes to the head wrapped with some herbal earthy citric hops, and the flavor continues with a bitter dark roasted malt character as the backbone of this beer. Black IPA light not much flavor a dry roasted dark malt persists with each sip, bitter almost band aid notes with super strong herbal notes and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation, goes down pretty smooth for a style of beer that's typically hard to swallow. Overall what can I say it's Sprecher jumpin' on the Black IPA bandwagon, which is fine but just not my style as a whole and even this version isn't going to make me a true believer.

WVbeergeek, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

hoppymcgee, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

OregonGrown7, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

TheMadStork, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Stoutfan23DJ, Aug 26, 2013
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Black IPA from Sprecher Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.