The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
4/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
More Brown than Black IPA has a dark brown body; no surprise there. The tan head is creamy looking and has good retention and lacing.
The aroma has a very bright hops bite to it, with all kinds of juicy fruit flowing from it. It also has a rich, toasted malt scent to back it up.
The bright hops return in the aroma, with loads of citrus and other light fruit flavors, as well as a little bit of grass and resin. The bitterness is somewhere between moderate and high. The malt backbone balances out the hops, with toasted malts, a little touch of roast, caramel, toffee and a light nuttiness. Where the hops and malt meet there is a slight herbal flavor, almost like mint.
The bitterness from this one plays on the tongue, but it eventually settles out to have a body that is full for the style, and very smooth carbonation.
More Brown than Black IPA is a pretty good representation of the style, and the hop profile will remind you a little bit of Heady Topper, which is certainly a good thing.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2012 15:43:23 | More by Hojaminbag
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle received as an extra. Can't recall from whom, sorry...
Body is opaque brown with a huge frothy tan head. A little muddy, or I might have rated higher here.
Nose is crisp, clean hops, with a musty maltiness on the finish.
Flavor immediately blows away the memory of a muddy appearance. This is a crisp, clean citrusy/ piney IPA. As a big fan of both the Alchemist and Stone, I get hop character from both brewery's characteristic styles. (Can't say about Ninkasi). Malt contribution is here, but not in a big way. I expected less hops and more malt, given the style and the age of this brew, but it just isn't so.
Mouthfeel is medium, high carb, and lightly tooth-stripping.
Overall, a very nice brew. This one sat around my on-deck fridge for far too long, but was still a great contribution to a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 19:49:30 | More by ghostwalker
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.