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Black IPA - Garrison Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-17-2012 06:48:59 | More by WeissBoy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/09/2010???? Must be a mistake as I doubt this bottle was over a year old.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with one finger of thick light brown head.

S - A big bitterness up front with citrus, pine and herbal aromas. Slight roasted malt aroma in the background but the hops definitely dominate the nose.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with pine and citrus flavours. A very slight roasted malt backbone is evident but is definitely overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Not enough roast in this one for me.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:29:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 9, 2011, served at 45 in an oversized wine glass.

Poured an opaque black, with a rusty brown tone and specks of white sediment. The head wad medium-sized, off-white and very frothy. it was retained as a thick film and left some spotty lacing. Very appealing if you're into dark ales.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, floral hops and dark toffee. I also get a deep fruit or berry note and one of musty wood.

The taste follows the aroma, though I find the berry/fruit character more forward than I expected. The body is mainly a chocolate and coffee blend with a nice toasted quality about it. The finish has a solid bitterness.

Surprisingly thin-bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very creamy on the tongue. The aftertaste is quite fruity, with all the toasty, chocolate and coffee flavours lingering on the back of the tongue.

Pleasant beer that I was expecting to be quite different. More of a sipper for me with characteristics of my favourite imperial stouts. The fruit and wood tones really made this beer enjoyable. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:14:38 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-08-2012 05:01:16 | More by jsnoek
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-08-2012 01:34:03 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-07-2012 18:20:24 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black pour with a two finger light beige head that won't go away. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate. Floral his and citrus.

T- Bitter coffee, bakers chocolate with floral hops.

M- Medium bodied, chewey with a dry lingering aftertaste.

O- Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:23:25 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with chestnut highlights. 3 finger head with great retention melting to a nice thick collar, beige head with an impenetrable body,thick lacing slides down the glass.

Big hop scent, citrus, some pine and grapefruit, and some malt sneaking through.

Taste is initially hops, earthy yet with grapefuit and mango, with the malt coming to the forefront as it warmed, giving way to burnt malt, dark fruit, with a chocolate note.

Medium to full bodied with plenty of carbonation, this one is nicely bitter throughout yet relatively smooth,a little boozy.

Overall, an excellent brew that is complex and pulls off a difficult balancing act.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:13:25 | More by Stocean1
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Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-05-2012 09:04:16 | More by NightINgale
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very deep amber. Bright. Lot's of carbonation coming up. Two fingers of fluffy light brown head on top look like they wanna stick around. A few thick rings and chunks of lace are left with a full finger of retention.

S - Lot's of great roasty notes with a huge hop nose as well. Licorice covered hops perhaps. Aroma reminds me of chocolate, a slight coffee note, and some citrus fruits with orange quite present. The hops are really strong, mixing well with the great malt body.

T - Sweet chocolate and dark malt with huge citrus mixing in as well. A great hop/malt blend with both elements really blending aggressively, yet well. A stout like sweetness with lot's of roastiness and sweet chocolately malt up front with a great resinous hop mix afterwards.

M - A good bitterness in the finish follows good carbonation and a medium-full body.

O/D - A fairly tasty Black IPA. I liked it alot but the beer seems like it wants to be more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA. It's good stuff though and very drinkable while being nice and complex. A good offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 22:45:13 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on December 9, 2010... hoping that this is a typo or the LCBO received year old beer for their feature.

Pours a deep chestnut/ruby colour that you can barely see through with two fingers of fluffy light tan head that laces well.

Aroma is a contrasting mix of sweet, roasty malt and herbal, citrusy hops. The hops and malt tend to take turns at the forefront with each whiff.

Lots of citrus flavour and citrus rind bitterness, with an underlying faint caramel sweetness. The roasted malt flavours play a background role throughout. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

Medium bodied and slightly creamy carbonation.

A pleasant black IPA that is more hop-forward in flavour than the few others I've tried, but not overly bitter and still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:29:32 | More by MattyV
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottled on December 9, 2010. I hope that is an error- this beer literally arrived at the LCBO in the last few days. I hope it is a 1.5 months old rather than 13.5!

Dark brown in colour (light black?), a large beige head, thick and foamy. Head has great retention and leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, citrus scents (orange, a bit of grapefruit), a bit of cocoa. Nice.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bitter chocolate, citrus fruits (primarily orange), roasted malt. Quite bitter. Pretty good.

Moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. A bit chewy.

Pretty nice black IPA. Good stuff. Overall rating reflects that I was somewhere between 3.5 and 4 for the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:37:51 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black with some ruby highlights, one finger of tan head, fair bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, orange, citrus and pine, fairly hoppy stuff, some nice coffee and milk chocolate show up behind the huge roast and hop bill. Taste is initially roasty and chocolatey, espresso flavours come through, hops make their way in towards the middle, lots of citrus and pine with a moderate bitterness, bittersweet and roasty flavours in finish with a long dry aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry, medium to full body, medium weight. Pleasantly drinkable and would have this again, one of the roastier black ipa's I have come across so far, fairly solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 20:21:35 | More by peensteen
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-16-2011 22:39:25 | More by mmurphy525
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't a huge fan of this release in 2010, but picked some up at the brewery in 2011 and IMO it is fantastic! A proverbial "hop bomb", there's no mistaking this for a standard dark ale.

Cloudy dark brown colour is opaque except at the edges of the glass. Decent coffee-coloured head and lacing. Aroma is pure "c" hop, I would have guessed this as a "west-coast" brew if I hadn't seen the brewery in Halifax.

The taste has elements of roasted malt sweetness with some caramel tones, but the predominant flavours are definitely citrus & pine hop notes. The finish has a nice alsohol warmth and a brilliant level of bitterness that lingers impressively.

An excellent example of the American Black IPA style. Didn't buy enough, so will be looking forward to its impending arrival at the LCBO...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:16:55 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-01-2011 02:51:16 | More by beerhunter13
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3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from phirleh in the summer. Thanks for the trade, and thanks for coming to hang out!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown pour produces a one finger, medium-thin, tan head with good retention. Head eventually fades to a good foam cap. Bistre brown in color with medium-higher levels of carbonation. A thick ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some roasted and smoky malt, caramel malt, and a light touch of cocoa powder. Some floral hop notes there as well, but this one is actually quite stout-like for the style. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose with some roasted and smoky malt and plenty of floral hops through the middle. Caramel malts accompany the floral notes and lead into a big, lingering aftertaste of bitter piney hops and a slight hint of cocoa. The bitter piney hop finish came out of nowhere a bit and was quite tough.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but the finish was a little too bitter a closing act. Seems like it was bitter for the sake of being bitter, but it didn’t really follow from what had come before, which had been more stout-like and floral. A brew I’d have again, but wouldn’t necessarily seek out. Give it a go if you have the chance. Thanks again for the trade phirleh.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 12:18:36 | More by Jeffo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A mediocre black IPA. The bitterness is fine,citrus, but it is very stouty, expresso style roasty. Blackish body with a good amount of lace. Roasty aromas. Coffee in here. Drying finish. Tingling mouthfeel. Not very drinkable. Odd ideas and avoidable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:59:33 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is a blend of their Martello Stout and Imperial IPA, with some dry hopping.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a couple fingers of long-lasting tan head that leaves sheets of lace as it slowly dies. Epically beautiful. Chocolate nose, with hint of dusty malt and grapefruit. The flavour doesn't have the aggressive bitterness of many black IPAs, but does exhibit a nice blance, with big chocolate and coffee malts balncing out citrusy hops. Light tobacco and cereal on the back of the palate. Medium body is par for the style, though the carbonation does a fine job of bulking the beer up in the mouth.

I had this last Spring and didn't particularly enjoy it, but this tasting has confirmed that there was something wrong with the two bottles I had back then. This is a fine beer - nothing too out there or whacky, but eminently sessionable. A grand offering from a brewery that knows its stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:03:41 | More by bobsy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a part of a mixed pack in a private order to Ontario. Pours a dark brown colour with incredibly thick white head. The head dissipates to a nice ring on top of the beer. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus hops with lots of roasted malt. Really balanced flavour, nice mix between the roast and the bitterness. Nice carbonation level. This is one of my favourite styles and this beer is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:39:59 | More by kwjd
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe Chalice from an Ice cold bottle.

Nice 2 finger head off white in appearance. Extremely dark beer,
slight red color if you look into the light.

Great smell, similar to Imperial IPA from Garrison, bready orange peel with intense hops. Slight molasses notes accompany the freshness.

Taste is hoppy bitter light stout. I enjoy the toned down taste of this one compared to the IPA.

Sort of a strange style but I find it very refreshing. Great for a session and should be shared. Another fine offering from Garrison.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:36:57 | More by robnews
Photo of EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into wine glass on Jan 14, 2010. Picked up from brewery 2 weeks ago.

Appearance = 3.5

Black, slightly brown body with latte brown head of 1/2-1 inches. Moderate lacing. Mild retention of head.

Smell = 3

Mainly roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee, molasses and chocolate as well as mild citrus notes from hops. Not the most intense or distinct, but enjoyable. May benefit from more aromatic qualities.

Taste= 4

Initially, a smoky, roasted bitterness. Flavors of malt seem to soften as I continue to drink and become more balanced with bitterness. Also start to get more citrus/ piny taste from hops.
Reasonably good, but not spectacular.

Mouthfeel = 4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Mild to moderate thickness with a very pleasant creamy, softness to the body. Not overly astringent from hops, but still element of dry/bitterness that lets you know that the IBUs are there.

Drinkability = 4.5

Quite drinkable and the beer seems to improve as I continue to drink. Make no mistake, it's still has a commanding bitterness from the hops, but the other flavors of dark malt are strong, and overall, the concept works very well, in my opinion. I have had other beers of this Cascadian/ black IPA style that I may have liked more, but I feel this is still a strong interpretation of the style. It seems to be very true to its label of a "Black" very hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:16:36 | More by EnemyWithin
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pour this one in a couple of stages. There are just hints of reddish brown at the bottom of the glass. It really is dark/black. Lots of cream-coloured head sits on top with a creamy and dimpled surface. Retention of the head is solid, and so is the lacing.

The smell is all IPA. Pineapple, some grapefruit and orange peel... bitter fruits. Only just a hint of anything malty.

Taste-wise? Whoa... it's all hops and IPA. You get that open, airy feeling in your throat from the flavours and bitterness. Some undertones of roasted/malt flavours, perhaps some coffee, but it's a stretch.

The feel is great. Bitter, with a medium body. Subtle, but ample carbonation. It's much lighter and like their original IPA than the colour would suggest.

Overall, this brew's pretty fantastic. It's light enough to be refreshing... with strong flavours, but not so bitter as to stun your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:37:10 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- beer pours jet black, with two fingers of light mocha head, receeds to a thin oily head, good lacing.

S- roasted malts with a hint of chocolate.

T- milk chocolate, and a bit of citrus bitterness.

M- medium body, pretty smooth.

D- solid offering, I wish that the nose and taste at a little more character. That being said, I am glad to finally have it at the local liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 22:43:03 | More by Lukecook
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: February 2nd, 2010
From: Brewery, 500 ml

A: Dark brown body boasting three fingers of mocha head. Retention is good and leaves good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee beans and hops. Aromas are quite weak and could use better blending. It seems as though they just mixed their DIPA and Martello stout together and 1/2 of the character was lost.

T: Much like the aroma, it's quite weak, but none the less, roasted malts mix with the hops. Could be stronger and more separated.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation. Silky texture and leaves a aftertaste much like the Martello stout. Little bitter and malty.

D: I applaud Garrison for trying this out and only hope that they reevaluate the brew. It has potential.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:18:08 | More by Long813
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