Negro Nitro - SanTan Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Negro Nitron is San Tan's take on the black IPA and is unique in a few ways. First, it's brewed with a special malt product called Midnight Wheat, which brewers say they chose to eliminate the sharp and acrid characteristics that the husks in barley-based malt sometimes impart in darker beer. It's also dispensed via nitrogen tap, allowing the gas to lend the beer a form a rich, dense head, a softer flavor and a creamier mouthfeel.
Allow the bartenders at SanTan to pour one for you, and sit back for the show. The nitrogen jumps out of the dark burgundy brew in tiny, cascading bubbles that eventually form a crown of the softest, most stationary khaki foam. This head would remain until next Tuesday if left to its own devices. Houses have been built upon less firm foundations.
While it may look stout-like, Negro Nitron's nose is all IPA. Summit hops in the boil and dry-hopping with Cascade have imparted a green, bright aroma, loaded with orange, grapefruit and grass. In the background, the roasted malt conveys an interesting dark chocolate tang, with light touches of coffee beans and toasted bread.
In the mouth -- as is the case with most nitrogenated beers -- this thing's a creamy delight. The snuggly-soft medium body envelopes the tongue like a hug as you explore flavors of sweet tangerine, orange peel and pine. Soft, tingly carbonation brings attention to smoky pork, milk chocolate and coffee beans. It's an amazingly smooth blend, with the perfect amount of bitterness and no hint of alcohol.
Balance is key in black IPAs, and SanTan has found it.
05-16-2012 20:40:00 | More by Phelps
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
on tap at Papago for 10th anniversary.
A: dark brown with a thick light brown head.
S: nice citrus hop aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, and hints of sweetness.
T: roasted malt and dark chocolate. hints of smoke and coffee. has a touch of sweetness at first, then finishes dry and bitter. there is a nice citrus hop flavor as well.
M: medium body, and very creamy. really nice mouthfeel.
O: this is a good beer that would be easy to drink a lot of.
09-18-2011 21:28:03 | More by ottovon
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
On draught into an Icy glass, right at the brewerys onsite bar.
A - Nitro is always such a pretty pour, this one comes out mocha froth and settles into a dark ruby body with a nice creamy brown head. It is a little less substantial than a stout pour, but styles taken into account this is one of the best looking pours ive seen this year.
S - A little sweet malt, some bready aromas and toasted grains. Feels a little run-of-the-mill. The hop character promoted for this one is lacking for me.
T - Heavy on the maltiness, everything else seems like an afterthought. Its one note but it is a good one.
M - Velvety smooth and creamy, balanced finish and a real ABV sleeper. Best quality of this offering IMO.
03-29-2013 20:46:49 | More by bambam2517
Negro Nitro from SanTan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.