The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cjacobsen:
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
(A) Pours an almost opaque dark nut brown color. Almost black, but not quite. Quarter inch stone colored head that diminishes to a light coating atop the beer. Some lacing.
(S) An interesting mix of a rich brown ale with a bunch of hops dumped in. Pine mixed with roasted malts and grains, nut, biscuit, and hop bitters.
(T) The taste is really different. Something that you can't really categorize as an IPA or a Brown Ale. It's weird, but good. Decent bouquet of hops, pine, and grapefruit. Really hits home like an IPA upfront, but then gives way to a roasted malt flavor that is mixed with nuts, biscuit, some leather, and some caramel.
(M) Solid medium body. Thicker but not overly full. Has some grain to it but only at the end. Start is smooth and rich.
(O) Solid beer for what I feel is a mix of two styles. It's got the best of both worlds and sits well with a decent blend. It's different on a good level.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2011 21:44:33 | More by cjacobsen
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.