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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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

AlaskanYoung, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of scratch69
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of head. The head lingered for a couple of minute and then faded to a small cap that stuck around until the last swallow. Fair amount of clinging lace.

Smell- Herbal hop aroma with a very faint hint of dark roasted malt.

Taste- Herbal and slightly spicy hop flavor with the tiniest hint of dark roasted malts and some smoke. Taste more like a mediocre standard IPA instead of a Black IPA.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy end of medium bodied. Crisp and dry with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not the best Black IPA that I've tried. It seemed almost one dimensonal at times.

scratch69, May 30, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +17.6%

DustinSWB, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rudabegga9, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Bear1964, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -11.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

OregonGrown7, Nov 29, 2013
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
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 Stoutfan23DJ
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Stoutfan23DJ, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Abed_Nadir
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Abed_Nadir, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +17.6%

boudreaux, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +17.6%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep dark amber black. Almost pitch except for a bit of haze at the base and edges.Head is a nice 1/2 inch of tan head that sits for a while.

S - Mild herbal hops, charcoal roast bitterness, maybe some chocolate. Not the best smelling beer.

T - Well it's not terribly bitter anymore. Ashy roasts and aged bittering pine has taken it's place. It has a good bit of cloying bitterness so maybe I am a tad inebriated when I post this.

M - Medium drinks like it's around 7.5%. Not bad.

Overall not the worst bomber I got for 5 bucks. I could imagine this being a hop bomb 6 months ago but now it's a very forgettable black IPA

DrDemento456, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

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

RiggerStyle, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of birchstick
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

birchstick, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Metz, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of mkostuch
1.6/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Three words describe this beer. Bitter, bitter, bitter. And it is not a nice hoppy bitterness either.

I poured the beer from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass I received from doing a tour. It pours out a nice black color with a dark-white head so it appears inviting. I took my first sip and thought I could get past the initial bitterness but I could not. This is one of two beers in recent memory I have had to dump out and I love all types of beer.

I do not recommend this beer.

mkostuch, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cocoa color with a medium sized, creamy, smooth, foamy, cafe head. Decent retention leaving a decent lace.

S - Cocoa, nutty, earthy aroma. Roasted malt. There are hints of orange, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Maybe a touch of anise. Fairly faint.

T - Similar to the nose, but not as faint as the nose. Roasted, nutty, cocoa, earthy malt. Fairly bitter (chocolate and hops). Touches of citrus along with plenty of pine, herbal, and grassy hops.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Average drinkability. Hoppy dark ale but not exactly IPA like. Flavors weren't bad but kind of meh.

Notes: Not a big fan of the style, and this isn't a shining example of the style. So-so beer. Hoppy enough but it just doesn't seem like an IPA to me (even a dark one).

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

hoppymcgee, Jun 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

trumpetstu, Jun 05, 2012
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Black IPA from Sprecher Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.