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(512) Black IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Black IPA
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89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint at the Whip-In, Austin.

Black, hard to tell how opaque, but great head retention and lace. Not as hoppy as a typical modern IPA, much greater roasted malt profile. Think of it as a hopped porter rather than a dark IPA. The front is more malt than hops, but the roasting comes off as on the lighter side. Hops show up in the middle and end, particularly at and after the finish, where you get bittersweet chocolate characteristics. Carbonation profile is also interesting in that is shows up and builds starting at the middle rather than the start.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Draught House. The website says it's a seasonal... but not what season. Any suggestions on how to list it?

Anyway, this was served in a pint glass. Dark body with brown hues when light would pass through. Decent head retention. Pretty standard for the style and company.

The nose was hops. I'm more of a fruity hops guy, so the floral and earthy character of this beer wasn't the best for me... but I understood where it was coming from.

The taste was also mostly hops. Still earthy and floral. However, they were well balanced. The roastiness came through in a subtle way and complemented the earthy notes. The taste was decent and the beer grew on me as I sipped away. This was highly drinkable and up to the high standards of (512). A good effort in bringing another solid IPA flavor to Texas... even if the blackness seems somewhat gimmicky.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint glass on tap at the Hay Merchant in Houston

L: black not backlit; dark black-brown amber up to sunlight; good lacing off short head, then little lacing as you drink it down

S: dark hops ... burnt citrus, burnt barley; lots of sweetness in there but also a no-doubt burnt note

T: so burnt, has that same (512) pecan porter burnt-out-malt flavor that's so good because it sweetens out big time, only this black IPA obviously doesn't have any of the pecan flavor; a ton of hops, citrusy kind, with bitter bite up front; just a hint of pine; lots of chocolate malt as it warms up. honeslty, what a "black IPA" sounds like it should taste like

F: a bit slick (watery?) with lots of carbonation. not bad at all, not a world-class award winner.

O: awfully good with a great mix of hops and malt, I'd love to get this at home. i wouldn't travel to the ends of the Earth looking for it, but where available, it's VERY worth the try, especially if you like/are interested in the black IPA.

Photo of snax
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed for the first time at the (512) Brewing Spring Party 3/19/2011

A - dark black, tan to light brown head, good head stand
S - slight hint of roasted chicory, full hop nose
T - bittersweet/dark chocolate notes
M - well-balanced with surprising lack of tannic bitterness
Overall - Although a bit subdued for an IPA, makes for a great IPA session beer for fans of light-moderate malt backbone with hop fullness in the flavor and aroma.

Comments:
Organic 2-Row base malt accented by additions of Crystal 60 and Weyermann Carafa III malts contributes to the charred black color and notes of roasted coffee and chicory. Typical tannic bitterness absent. Hop additions include Apollo, Horizon, and Nugget.

70 IBU.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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(512) Black IPA from (512) Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.