Hop Strike Black IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery
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Reviews by beerguru14:
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour, Color, & Aroma:
Pouring the beer into a snifter (I was questioning if this was the correct glass for this style), the first thing I noticed was how dark it was. Of course I was expecting it, but my brain still gets confused when it sees IPA and then a dark beer comes flowing out of the bottle. Anyway, enough nonsense. The carbonation in the beer was extremely high, the beer foamed quickly and lasted for a long time making me slightly impatient. I didn't have enough fingers to measure the head on my initial pour. The advantage of a pour like that is that I had a significant amount of time to look at the head. Similar to where the beer was brewed, it was very rocky and frothy.
As expected the aromas were very complex. Initial smells was of citrus, then heavy roasted malts, followed quickly be pine and then chocolate. The aroma was like a dance in which every characteristic knew when to put its foot forward. I enjoyed having my nose in this beer. Other aromas I was getting faints wisps of were toffee, hints of molasses and some earthy tones.
How can I describe this beer effectively. In the past, I have tried beers in which have so many conflicting characteristics that the beer was distracting at best. I was curious to see if this beer would be the same. I mean look at the style: Black Rye India Pale Ale. So many dominating characteristics go into each an IPA, Rye beer, and a black beer whether it be a schwarzbier or stout. I figured this would also have some distracting elements.
I happy to realize I was wrong. Chocolate and a slight coffee robustness was most prevalent when I first took the sip. Grapefruit and earthy hops quickly followed the malts. Lastly, a hint of toffee or caramel was slightly coming through.
Finish and Body:
What I enjoyed about the brew was how creamy it was; however, the rye still provided a hint of dryness so the beer wasn't too sweet. I would say the finish of the beer was the most unique part about it. An earthiness was very prominent at the very end that washed the other fantastic flavors away. I am relatively sure the earthiness was from the use of the rye, but a style of hop could have also been the culprit. I can see how that particular finish may be too unique to some people, but I for one enjoyed it.
As my first and only commercial example of a Black Rye IPA, I didn't know what to expect from the style. I hope I have the opportunity to more examples of the style, but until then I believe Tommyknocker did an excellent job brewing up another master piece. Prost!
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2011 21:44:20 | More by beerguru14
More User Reviews:
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
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