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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPAThe Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

642 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-20-2011)
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Reviews by Blanco:
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Blanco

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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, pretty close to black color. I'd say it's less brown than the name implies, but whatever. Looks delicious. Frothy head, nice lacing.

The smell is incredible. Nice clean hoppiness, that is impressive for being able to drown out the dark malt aromas that tend to ruin the smell of black IPAs for me. This smells like hops and nothing else.

The taste is also different than most black IPAs. Minimally bitter, the hop profile is more "plantlike", grassy and piney. I also 'get" the brown aspect more as well, as the profile is less roast and the malt is different than the stout/porter-like profiles of traditional black ipas.

Mouthfeel is just right. Light-ish bodied, little to no aftertaste.

Overall, I'm seriously impressed with this beer. I don't typically go for the style, but the few I've enjoyed have usually been stone versions so that might be part of the explanation. I do enjoy the hop profile, which I feel is something more unique than I'm used to seeing in any beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:03:38 | More by Blanco
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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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