The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours deep brown into my snifter and mahogany when held to the light with two fingers of light tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.
S - Dank resinous hops, earthy pine, grapefruit, orange, with a surprisingly pleasant balance of roasted malt, char and coffee.
T - Aggressive stone hop profile from start to finish, yet at the same time the dark roasted malts come through with a little char and coffee quality. Very resinous and earthy with a citrus grapefruit bite and pineapple sweetness.
M - Smooth and creamy, very balanced.
O - Wow! This is the first "black/brown IPA" that I can say without hesitation that I truly enjoyed and thought was great. Definitely worth picking up and trying.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2012 05:01:31 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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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.
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