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Black Hops Beer - Blue Hills Brewery

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134 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david18 on 07-05-2010)
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4.08/5  rDev +17.2%

Brownr152, Yesterday at 06:57 PM
Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a dark brown, settles in the glass a very dark, ruby hued held up to light. Yields a tan head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smell is very subtle, very faint hops and something in the back I can't quite pick apart.

The taste is more stout or porter than anything else, the hops take a backseat to chocolate malt notes, in fact the hops are almost impossible to detect. Suits me just fine, I'm not too fond of hops.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth.

It doesn't shine as a hoppy stout or whatever it's trying to emulate here, but it was a 95 cent single, so no complaints. Wouldn't revisit this.

predikit, Tuesday at 10:12 PM
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Trashcat, Nov 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Katzj78
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%

Katzj78, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

markdrinksbeer, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 12, 2014.

It has a handsome looking reddish-amber pour with a modest off-white creamy head. Not black as one might expect but still attractive looking.

The aroma has a pleasant sweet roasted maltiness but little in the way of hops.

The body is medium to full. Smooth.

The taste is a bit of surprise given the aroma. There is a lingering bitterness that kicks in at the end. I think they did a decent job with it.

puboflyons, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of bshaw100
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

I bought this 3X in the past and they were all spoiled, Blue Hills needs to start dating bombers.

Always a hit or miss but mostly a miss with this one, they got some cool labels but this style has issues.

bshaw100, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Izak
4.44/5  rDev +27.6%

Izak, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Zachboler, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Patlee3324, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of MACO
3/5  rDev -13.8%

MACO, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of MA08
2.75/5  rDev -21%

MA08, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Irishterrier74
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to pilsner glass (it's what I grabbed)

Serving temp: warmish

A: synthetic motor oil with a nice foamy head. clings to the glass nicely.

S: hoppy/caramel

T: Hershey's special dark

M: Nice carbonation. Pleasant.

Overall: It's Dark Brown and Hoppy. The video game is more satisfying, however.

Irishterrier74, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Jirin
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Jirin, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BeerIsland
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle label says South Shore Brewing Co dba Blue Hills Brewery Canton Mass
Black Hops 6.75%

A nice looking beer, the Black Hops didn’t express much aroma except some nice malt backnotes. This beer has a very nice balanced flavor that helps drinkability. While not being a big fan of this style, I appreciate the affinity with the darker malted lagers. Like a Schwartz malts add to bitterness, lighter finish. In that regard, I think true schwarzes and hefty dunkles have more to offer than this beer. This is a decently made beer that works OK within the broad parameters of this style.

BeerIsland, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

jollybuffalo, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Bjlps, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

paresis, Oct 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

TripelMark, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Ohmmygawd
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to glass, served at around 50 degrees F.

Keep in mind that 'Black Hops' is not a Black IPA but an American Black Ale. The roasted malts with chocolate and coffee are the main taste and will make you immediately think "Stout! But wait! Hops?" The bitter pale ale comes out to welcome you with a taste of bitter hops. At a ABV of 6.75% this beer delivers a nice taste of alcohol after the bitter taste with roasted chocolate and malts. I'd recommend something German to accompany it like duck sausage or else a spongy Black Forrest Cake.


Ohmmygawd, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Dicers, Sep 16, 2013
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Black Hops Beer from Blue Hills Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.