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Hop Strike Black IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

Hop Strike Black IPAHop Strike Black IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%


Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kirkpjr on 06-04-2010)
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Reaper16

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a sort of cola brown. It is pretty dark but retains a hint of brown throughout. The dark body obscures any light or carbonation from being visible. The head on this pour sits at around a finger and a quarter. Off-white foam that appears to have the consistency of he heads on most nitro-tap stouts; very pudding-like.

Good mix of aromas coming out of Hop Strike. You've got some nice grapefruit and pine from the hops but you've also got brown malts and lots of delicate-yet-spicy rye malt flavor. This is a balanced IPA, content to let the hops provide a bitter backbone for the rye.

Taste follows the nose. Hoppy up front like a solid IPA, but it quickly becomes something more than that. Light milk chocolate flavors and bread crusts and, especially, the distinct taste of malted rye play off of the grapefruit lupulin base. This isn't exactly complex but it is certainly tasty.

While Hop Strike looked like a nitro-tap beer the mouthfeel proves that looks can be deceiving. A good, solid balance between thin body and just-right carbonation level makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is similarly good. Hop Strike is tasty enough to drink multiples of; only the ABV of 7% might encourage you to session something else.

I've never been impressed with a Tommyknocker beer. Until now, that is. Hop Strike is Tommyknocker's dedication to the state of Alabama and its grassroots organization Free The Hops. FTH worked so hard to rescind the beer restriction laws and continues to work at getting AL up to speed legally with the rest of the craft beer world. That Tommyknocker created their best beer in honor of FTH's work is very cool.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 07:40:16 | More by Reaper16
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Hop Strike Black IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.