Hop Strike Black IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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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4.01/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a 1-finger tan colored head that leaves behind some decent lacing.
S: Roasty malts with some coffee coming thru along with sharp piney hops.
T: Interesting mix of flavors - coffee, some chocolate malt, earthy hops and piney hops, with a touch of rye spice. I like. Lingering piney bitterness comes across at the finish with a dry after taste.
M: Medium body on the tongue and mouth. Carbonation is moderate, with a good overall mouthfeel.
O: I liked it.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 00:14:13 | More by jadpsu
2.15/5 rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I usually love black IPAs, but not this one.
This beer has an unpleasant smell. It tastes a bit better than it smells, but the taste is at once dry (the dry like it makes you thirsty dry) and oddly sweet. No hoppy burst like you hope to get out of an IPA.
Drinkable, but I would never reach for it again, and I'm glad I bought only a single bottle to check it out.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 12:49:03 | More by candcholt
Hop Strike Black IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.