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(512) Black IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Black IPA
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
An entirely new creation from organic 2-row, organic Crystal 60 and Carafa III, a huskless black malt that gives this beer it’s black color with notes of coffee and chicory without any tannic bitterness. The hop additions are many and generous, featuring Apollo, Horizon, and Nugget, clocking the beer in at 70 IBU. Over 11 pounds per batch of Nugget hops are added directly to the fermenter yielding a resiny herbal and spicy aroma. A hybrid style for dark beer fans who love hops.

(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 03-12-2011)
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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

This appears a dark cola color with a thin layer of foam. It has a light hop aroma, present but not dominant, reminiscent of grapefruit citrus zest. There’s a big, upfront bitterness which comes off as a welcome surprise as well as an upfront roast which dies down into a long malt finish. The hops are grassy and grapefruity, and there’s enough dark roast notes as a contrast. Simply delicious.

elNopalero, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Kuges
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Kuges, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of schoun
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

schoun, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Kornoms, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

notalumberjack, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

wagenvolks, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kspongeworthy, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

stampfler07, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

BrutalSusan, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TerpBax, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jenray, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jeremy2027
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

1. On tap at The Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX

2. Black, Dark Black Awesomeness

3. Coffee, chocolate, Piney hops

4. Rich dark chocolate and coffee that finishes with an awesome hop flavor and aroma.

5. Mouth coating like a great chewy dark brew should.

6. This was my first Black IPA and I am hooked. It was a trip on the senses. You see this beautiful dark beer and first you get the roasted coffee and chocolate then you are hit with piney hoppness that finishes smooth and making you want more. Great beer 512 now send some in bottles to Beaumont.

jeremy2027, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

A: black coffee black, big creamy tan colored head, thick swirls of lacing.

S: cat pee (sorry, it's true), stale smoke (it's not that bad though, just my honest first thoughts) fruity hops in the background.

T: cream soda, chocolate milk, Earl Grey or black tea, lots of sweet roasted malts and coffee beans.

M: medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, dry finish.

O: this one took me by surprise, much better than I was expecting. The only big drawback was the nose--it really smelled a little bit like a dirty cat-lady home--but the rest of the attributes saved it. I really like the style and I'm sort of on the fence regarding 512, but this was delicious. I highly recommend a try.

nickhiller, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

512 BIPA has the look of a porter, it pours an espresso brown almost black with a tan fluffy head. Rich in color when held up to the light with red highlights and a deep brown. What a pretty brew.

The smell is slight but what is there is right in line with what should be there. Roasted grains and plump hops give this a sweet smell but hints at a strong bite.

The taste doesn't disappoint as all the flavor and more carries over from the nose. Roasted grains that flow from a light coffee to chocolate and sweetened cereal are flanked by hop bite and touch of citrus. A lovely balance that compliments each other so well.

Mouthfeel rocks the house! It's smooth on the tongue and has a lovely sizzle f carbonation and hop bite that pinches the sides of your tongue. Great flavors that last into the finish this is a beer I can... and do order again and again.

jbphoto88, May 14, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +9%

Appearance-Black w/ no light seeking through at all. 1 finger of foamy head that leaves some incredible lacing.

Smell-When the bartender put this beer in front of me I immediately smelt hops. Floral Hops along with some roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of grapefruit seeking through as well.

Taste-For as much as there is going on in this beer, this beer is very balanced. Upfront you get roasty malts, followed by some big time floral hops and a very clean finish with some sweet chocolate and some slight citrus. This all works really well together. The hops makes it know that they are there, but don't overwhelm you. Very nice drink.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, not too much carbonation and well balanced.

Overall-Excellent beer. I get the best of both worlds in this beer with the floral hops and with the roasty/chocolate. I hope 512 starts bottling.

SWMeyer4141, May 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Served on-tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX. Beer was poured in a pint glass, and this brew pours like a stout. Jet black with a one inch, milk chocolate colored head that settles into a film. Good lacing on the glass as you drink. The nose is heavy in dark fruit sweetness, coffee, and a slight hoppiness. The smells are very sweet and rich. The beer has a hoppier taste then the smell previews. The beer is smooth bodied, with a dry crispness on the tail end. Hoppy dryness throughout. Roast and coffee highlights throughout with a hoppy and toasty aftertaste and slightly bitter finish. The beer gets heavier with the dark sweetness and bitterness as it warms. Delicious!

GarthDanielson, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Had on tap at Opal Devine's served in Chimay chalice, I keep getting Chimay chalices for my beer from them... I think they're on to me...

Jet black with a thin light tan head, great retention and some thick lacing

Odd smell, chocolate, roasted malts and hops? Strange indeed, the roasted malt aroma takes a backseat to the chocolate and hops pleasant but odd smell.

Damn, toffee, chocolate and hops all over. The toffee hits first with some chocolatey flavors coming in next and a wave a hops comes in just before the finish and lingers well into it. The coffee flavor shows up but is well dispersed throughout.

Pretty light in body with a smoothness I wasn't expecting, carbonation was adequate.

Overall a pretty good intro for the style, was kinda intimidated by the black IPA thing but was pleasantly surprised by the flavors.

Fenris244, Apr 15, 2011
(512) Black IPA from (512) Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.