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Hop Strike Black IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Hop Strike Black IPAHop Strike Black IPA

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Erice78, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Jedi8625, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Bouder32, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

camartin27, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

famous_mortimur, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Cronkite11, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Hopinista, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of bark
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is deep brown-red (70 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger compact brown head sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth with bitter hops and roasted malts. Coffee, dark chocolate and dry malty flavours. Hints of chalk and crayons.

The taste is dry with some bitterness. Distinct notes of milk chocolate emerges. Roasted notes, some chocolate, burned rubber and dried fruits. Medium body. The aftertaste got some citric notes, crayons/wax and caramel malt. Alcohol and chocolate. Growing bitterness and hints of ashes and salt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is medium smooth.

The best before date says “APR 07 14”, I guess that his beer is brewed one year before that day. That could probably explain why it taste more like an American porter/stout than a Black IPA.

bark, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ROGUE16, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Omnium
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark ruby red color, 1 finger of fizzy tan head, little lacing.
S - Smell is bad, I mean real bad, reeks of overly sweet dark cherries, a lot like cough syrup, ammonia, no hop aroma what so ever. There's a little bit of old coffee grounds, some very confusing and somewhat roasted malt scents.
T - There's definitely diacetyl here, raisins, a little plum, some stale coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cherry cough drop.
M - Thin, fizzy, stick and sweet all in the same.
O - Over the course of a few years I've given Tommyknocker the benefit of the doubt every time I've tried something of theirs. And every time I've poured their beer down the drain. I know this sounds snobbish, but they really have no clue what they're doing. I wish I could get proven wrong, but this is supposed to be a black IPA. There's no discernible hop traits at all, heck its name is "Hop Strike"! There's barely any good traits for a black ale either. The aroma is offensive and the taste doesnt make up for it.

Omnium, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

rxthree, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

aaronoaks, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tommy5, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at the Tommyknocker Brewery into a snifter. Dated best by 12/9/13.
Appearance - very dark, black as a stout, thin layer of a dark beige, almost brown head. Lacing is adequate.
Smell - from the bottle; chocolate, some rye malt; from the glass the hops are more profound.
Taste - starts off with chocolate, some coffee and a hint of rye malt, finishes with the hops taking the lead.
Feel - not too heavy, easy to drink, well balanced beer!
Overall - I'm becoming a huge fan of the Black Ale/IPA! This one isn't as complex as I'd like, but still a solid brew!

DenverHopHead, Sep 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Wrex68, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into teku glass; jet black in the glass with a tight medium cream-colored head that barely fades at all, and leaves rings of dense, delicate lacing when it finally does.
Smell is dry metallic dark roasted malt, hint of coffee, and some slight piney/herbal hops.
Taste is sweet chocolate malt, hint of bitter coffee, and a bittersweet herbal/pine hoppy IPA finish.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium-full.
Overall, this "black IPA" is a little more towards the simple black ale side of the black ale spectrum. Needs more hops in my opinion to be a black IPA, but it's still a pretty good black ale.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

UncleAddie, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Zach136, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

schaffer9252, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

pooogy, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

civicm87, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

nzerbe, Aug 02, 2013
Hop Strike Black IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.