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Black IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Holy hybrid, this legendary hop-forward style goes dark and deep with the addition of a big, roasted malt base. Dry-hopped and Unfiltered, don’t overthink this beast, just enjoy.

52 IBU

(Beer added by: bobsy on 01-25-2010)
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-18-2014 08:53:40 | More by DreamDeath
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-23-2014 02:34:24 | More by RevCraig
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-21-2014 00:37:05 | More by lgmol
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-12-2014 00:02:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-28-2013 15:36:44 | More by sclitch
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-14-2013 04:00:46 | More by timiskin
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-05-2013 00:31:20 | More by sdm9465
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-14-2013 22:04:54 | More by DaPan
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-18-2013 02:57:53 | More by CurtisD
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-06-2012 15:24:34 | More by cfalovo97
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bcrocker

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-06-2012 19:59:31 | More by bcrocker
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-01-2012 02:14:29 | More by t0rin0
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-11-2012 00:09:54 | More by Molson2000
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to be more brown than black. Some off-white head sitting on top. A decent enough hop aroma. Good herbal and pine qualities. As usual, lots of roasted malt notes, too. The flavor is quite dry with a lot of roasted malt. Good herbal and pine hop flavors with some mild citrus peel. A nice bitterness to the flavor, too. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 15:43:23 | More by womencantsail
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big ups to andrenaline by way of peensteen for hooking this up in our latest trade
A - matte black finish on this hot rod, thumb of tan head receded slowly leaving random blobs on the glass
S - butterscotch and light roastiness, subtle grassy and perfume hop hints, and milk chocolate
T - bitter bakers chocolate mixed with pine and perfume hops, light toffee and just a touch of smoke, this is a unique bitter sweet treat
M - biggish body, smooth, bitter sweet with the bitter lasting strong through finish
O - a fine and unique version of this style from a brewer that I have been generally pleased with, keep em coming

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:24:22 | More by joemcgrath27
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-11-2012 21:45:24 | More by MattPS
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown body. Pale tan head is tight, retentive, and quite lacy. Bright citrus aroma with leafy and floral notes. Hop forward with a pleasant grapefruit flavour and lesser notes of brown sugar and dark chocolate. Theres some light char in here as well. Finishes with a lingering bitterness of medium intensity. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. This is some pretty tasty beer, but I think it would do better without that burnt note. It just isn't pleasant in concert with the bitterness of the hops. That said, it isn't off-putting enough to ruin my enjoyment of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 21:02:45 | More by mintjellie
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of cola with extra reddish glints. The pillowy tan head lasts the whole glass and coats it in lace. Chocolatey roastyness and citrusy hops fill the nose. The first sip does not betray the nose, lots of hops, now with more pine notes mingle with a solid, roasty malt profile. The mouthfeel is thick and full with a somewhat languid carbonation. Lots of mouthcoating bitterness lingers in the finish, as does a pleasant dark chocolate character.

This beer covers the ground of both a stout and an IPA well. It reminds me of one of the first beers I brewed, an extra hoppy Imperial Stout I made at a BOP. Seek this out, delicious stuff from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 02:41:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Dark brown body, with some dark purple around the edges. Light lacing and moderate retention. Leafy hop notes on the nose, some pine, sharp citrus. Some chocolate and mild char. Big toasty, biscuity notes. Taste is blegh, burnt and charred malts, some metal and only a vague sense of hops. Lingering acrid bitterness, with a thin body. Flavour is weird, and does absolutely nothing for me. Didn't believe the dating on this initially, but the LCBO needs to do better at bringing beers in that aren't far beyond their prime. Offputting at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 17:49:15 | More by liamt07
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to peensteen for the hook up! Super pumped to dip into the Garrison features that didn't make it to T Bay.

A - Pours a nice copper brown, reminiscent of tall glass of root beer, solid thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Surprisingly sweet with citrus hop notes dominating, a sugary caramel malt backbone, hints of cotton candy and apple, and an earthy cedar finish.

T - Surprisingly the malts come off the top with a nice dark cocoa and espresso malt, followed by a citrus bitterness which calms to a sweet cotton candy hop finish. What a transition from bitter to sweet, superbly balanced with an incredible citrus hop finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with sneaky dry finish that creeps up.

O - A very tasty Black IPA and certainly one of the more flavourful that I've tried to date. A unique bittersweet flavour that I have yet to experience, and an excellent example of the style. Loads of flavour, easy drinking and I'm super pumped to have had the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:01:12 | More by andrenaline
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, pine and grapefruit with some dark roasted malts and a slight chocolate and caramel note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hop character giving out citrus, pine and grapefruit with a nice balance of roasted malts and a sweet caramelly note.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good strong flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:19:59 | More by SebD
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the lcbo

Appearance - Black/brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Faint chocolate, malts, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste faint chocolate, coffee, and some light roasted notes. There is also some grapefruit and fairly bitter hops. It ends with a chocolatey and malty aftertaste with a good amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – This is one of my favouritre styles of beer, and while this particular one isn't spectacular, it's very drinkable and has a decent flavour. It needs a touch more from the IPA department but it still has a nice hoppiness and good malt background. The price would prevent me from returning to it often though.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:43:35 | More by spinrsx
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black IPA might be just that if not for one thing: the light. Even brief inspection up to the window reveals cedar-colored highlights and large patches of clarity. (No worries, it's the accuracy of the "IPA" part of the name that I'm more concerned about.) The way the blotches of its head contrast the dark liquid it looks like some kind of naval map.

The bouquet takes your nose on a walk through the woods. Woodsy, floral, herbal, and earthy elements all contribute to a hoppy aroma that, while not overwhelming, still distracts from the sweetish and lightly roasted malts. The two parts blend well enough that eyes closed any beer geek should have no problem identifying this by name ('Black IPA').

What I love most about these so called 'black ales' is how the roast and cola-like sweetness of the crystal and toasted malts is enlivened by tropical flavors of grapefruit and papaya. There is a slight impression of milk chocolate or roasted coffee beans but it's quickly mowed down (no pun intended) by the grassy taste of freshly-harvested hops.

The lingering flavour of pine serum makes the mouthfeel most satisfying. It has a very oily personae, showcasing the peppermint-like notes of an herbal tea, albeit with the roasty astringency of coffee. Mind you, the chocolate and nutty flavors are subtle in comparison to others in the style, although some cocoa characteristics are appreciated.

Black IPA is an unfiltered, dry-hopped hybrid mix of Garrison’s Martello Stout and their Imperial IPA but it makes a wholly respectable beer in its own right. Anyone wondering if the sum is greater than its parts ought to buy a bottle or two (spoiler alert: it very well may be). Bottom line is that Garrison doesn't make bad beers - blends included.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:42:38 | More by biegaman
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Three fingers of tan head. Foamy good retention. Nose is sweet roasted caramel malts, vanilla. Taste is bitter coffee grinds, mollasses, malts. Medium bodied ale.
Overal, not to style - not hoppy, not well balanced with roasted malts. I believe this is a blend of two beers rather than a black ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:08:12 | More by heebes
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the LCBO, as part of Garrison's winter release. Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown/black, nice billowing head, excellent retention, boatloads of lace.

Mild roast, a bit of woodiness, some citrussy hops.

Not sure about this one. Sweet and caramel at first, then a tart citric hop finish. Not much depth to this - it just feels like a dark IPA, and not the best one at that. Thin bodied, a bit inky.

Not a bad variation on the style, but it doesn't deliver the right roastiness and body of a Black IPA to really be worthwhile. My least favorite of the Garrison release thus far.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 16:23:09 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Black IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
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