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Black Hops Beer - Blue Hills Brewery

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124 Ratings

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: david18 on 07-05-2010)
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Photo of zlackoff


4.68/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite beer to date.

It has a very nice dark dark dark color that just looks delectable. I first got this despite the corny label to see what a mixture of a dark roasted malt with strong hops might be like and I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer's dark malt do it a favor giving it a nice slightly chocolaty characteristic but leaving room for some other fruity tones, a little sweetness and let's not forget the hop flavors that do this well-rounded beer's name justice.

In addition to the well-rounded flavor this brew gets it right with the perfect amount of carbonation (although I do prefer more lightly carbonated than most) that puts this one on my 'buy again' list.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:31:23 | More by zlackoff
Photo of Benjaminwileketchum


4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

11-07-2012 03:07:08 | More by Benjaminwileketchum
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

02-16-2012 00:06:28 | More by churchillea
Photo of belgiumbud


4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out of a 22 oz. bottle and was immediately surprised as to how dark it was...Excellent head retention that was amber cream color...decent hop fragrance...extremely smooth flavor as the sticky hop flavor and the black malt roasty flavors intermingle...I like how Blue Hills decided to take a American IPA and do something a little different with it by using more darker malts to brew this fine beer...Really impressed...The cheesy label design allowed me to not expect much from this beer but, as always, do not judge a book by its cover

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 15:25:39 | More by belgiumbud
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pinto glass.

The color is dark black with maroon highlights and a thin wisp of brownish head with no lacing.

The smell is a bit malty with a nice coffee flavor in the nose. The dark malts give off most of the flavor where the "Hops" have not shown up yet.

The taste is malt all the way. A nice roasty black malt flavor is the first thing to hit the senses. Coffee flavor through out the early going with some bitterness somewhere in the middle. There is some caramel and a touch of toffee that hits late is it goes down.

This beer has a medium bodied feel to it and is really easy drinking. It has a great balance to it and it one of the better, more well constructed beers to come out of the Blue Hills Brewery workshop.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:02:12 | More by Duhast500
Photo of cuttsjp

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black but with some pretty reddish hues, head is cream colored and disappears very quickly

Aroma: toffee, coffee, a little roastiness and a hint of citrusy American hops

Flavor: lots of flavor, toffee and roasty espresso combine really interestingly with a decidedly citrusy hop flavor...great how this style of beer combines the dark toffee and coffee flavors with the very bright American hop flavor...very nice and balanced, quite enjoyable

Mouthfeel: medium body, relatively high carbonation (clearly IPA carbonation rather than porter carbonation...interesting choice for sure)

Drinkability: This beer is balanced and flavorful, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate too much. It is definitely an interesting style that I would be interested in brewing this year (especially since all the cool kids are doing it)

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 04:00:13 | More by cuttsjp
Photo of awolff


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 22 oz. glass bottle into a 22 oz. glass mug (adorned on the side with "beauty is in the hands of the beer holder"...all too true)

Appearance - The beer pours with a thin head of foam, which doesn't last all that long. Color is quite dark, and a look at the edges reveals that it's a dark dark red, which appears quite black when looking through the center.

Smell - The smell is heavily malty, and touches on chocolate, coffee-like tones. The bitterness in the smell seems like it is coming more from something like roasted barley or like an unroasted coffee bean, rather than the hops for which the beer is named. I can hardly smell the malt without taking a sip.

Taste - I have to say, I don't taste the well-hopped character touted on the label - it is mostly a rich malt profile that has a very slight biscuit sort of taste to it, or like a wheaty bread. A slight bitterness but really not so much from the hops as what I again take to be roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - A light carbonation that isn't lacking even after a while despite the lack of any real head retention. The beer is very smooth, and goes down easily - perhaps moreso than expected for the 6.75% ABV and deep color. It is definitely a bonus to the rich malt character that the beer feels so light.

Overall Impressions - I love this beer. As commented above, I'm not sure that the description fits, since hoppiness isn't really the central character of the beer in any of its respects. It is somewhere between a stout and an IPA, but seems to belong in a category on its own. One of my local favorites!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:21:36 | More by awolff
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-13-2012 06:34:32 | More by PatGreer
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4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Beer Summit and was really surprised. Usually I find IDAs over intense but this was really good.
A In a sample glass, dark and ruby in color, with a nice little head

S Sweet, nutty, some roasted malt, a little bit yeasty, with some nice floral hops

T The taste was great, very appropriate, a little yeasty on the nose but its not present in the taste. Smooth with a nice hop and sweet caramel and roasted malts.

M Lighter than some but, still a nice medium body with a nice carbonation.

D Great beer over all, I have had some other commercially produced IDAs and this one is in my top favorites. Most of the IDAs I have over do it on the roasted malts and are extremely bitter. However this one was balanced and bright.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 14:24:01 | More by beerdude63
Photo of EtOHMD


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been trying a few of Blue Hills beers since they are local and this is by far my favorite. Poured from a 22oz brown bomber a chestnut brown with one inch off white head. Smells sweet, nutty, and I keep thinking somewhat fruity (strawberry keeps popping into my mind). Nice malty taste, caramel with mild roasted and smoked flavors on the back end. Fairly thin feel. Was a nice contrast to a spicy meal that I had and good definitely drink another. For $4.20 for 22oz a definite steal.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:45:57 | More by EtOHMD
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4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan big bubble head that dissipates pretty fast but leaves a fat ring around the glass. A lot of toasted grains in the nose with a faint zesty/earthy hop background.

Bitter toasted grains upfront with a faint fruity hop character. Some bready chocolate body with a dark fruity hop bitterness with a creamy finish. A dry creamy finish if that is possible. For the deep toasted/hoppy character of this beer it has a high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 01:14:00 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost a hazelnut color with a two finger tan head that hangs around for a few minutes before steadily diminishing to a fine lacing around the edge of the glass and a little patch in the middle.

S: Nose is mostly roasted malts with some yeast and a little bit of alcohol scent. There are also a few aromas of floral and herbal hops. Most of the aromas are somewhat masked, so you have to really try to detect them.

T: I believe this is the first of this style that I've had and it's pretty good. Tastes of roasted maltiness with a bit of baker's chocolate and a bit of dark sweetness. Definitely not as hoppy as a typical IPA as most of the hop flavors are masked.

M: Sits nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle on the finish. A medium to light bodied beer with a little bit of carbonation.

D: I personally think this is quite drinkable and fortunately since I'm close to the brewery, I might head up for a growler of the stuff. Admittedly people have different tastes so while I think it's great stuff, you can see that other people on BA have not as high opinions, to which they are rightly entitled.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:26:06 | More by Daktyls
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-29-2013 22:08:33 | More by andylipp
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-18-2012 01:29:58 | More by sauger86
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-24-2011 03:09:33 | More by ZacharyJ
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, milk chocolate, some hops and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, some citrus and some dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit weak for the style and makes this beer seem more stout-like than IPA-like but it’s enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even if it isn’t as hoppy as most others in the style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:39:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-25-2012 02:11:31 | More by IHC
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-31-2011 17:29:45 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy foam of a head, leaves plenty of streaky lace. The color is dark brown but apparently clear.

Dark malt aromas; I can detect some black patent. Lightly earthy.

Dry and dark flavor with a strong fresh hop finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Rich bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It comes across oily and spritzy at the same time. There's a touch of alcohol in the swallow. The general flavor reminds me of a very well made homebrew.

Overall, this is an unusual beer. It has elements of a mild stout, but with lots of hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:22:37 | More by smcolw
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-22-2011 21:16:12 | More by waiting4lunch
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

07-24-2014 02:16:59 | More by Patlee3324
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-30-2011 17:17:35 | More by Burt
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Served in a standard pint glass.
It pours a root beer black with a fast-fading tan head, along with some patchy lacing.
Smells or burnt rye toast, sweet malt, resinous and citrusy hops mix around, and come and go at will. A little dose of rummy fumes sneaks in and lasts throughout.
The flavors are balanced like a Schwarzbier, but unlike a Schwarz, the flavors are big and in your face. There are no subtleties here. Like loud but lovable cousins, this beer is difficult to ignore, but easy to get along with. And you look forward to future visits from them. This is a very liquid ale. Goes down real fast in large gulps.
Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 21:39:00 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into normal pint, the color of this brew is fitting of the "black" hops name.

The smell is full of dark chocolate and roasted malt, and the flavor matches it. The first sip gives you a quick sweetness, (perhaps chocolate?) followed by the roasted maltiness and some apparent bittering hops. I kind of feel like it's a blend of a light stout and a soft IPA, and if that's what Blue Hills was going for, they did quite well.

This beer gets better as you drink it, as I found the 2nd bottle a bit better once my mouth was adjusted to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 15:20:18 | More by elbobbo
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of this product after sampling it at a tasting of Blue Hills products at Wines and More in Mansfield, MA.

Very attractive pour - long lasting lace on a very dark base. Although I'm a major fan of IPA's, I'm not an expert on Black IPA's so am not sure what this style should offer in taste but I thoroughly enjoyed the malty flavor with only a mild hops impact and the rather sweet and chocolaty aftertaste. The 6.75% ABV was barely noticeable and I'd consider this product to be very drinkable at any occasion.

Glad I happened to stumble into that store tasting as this is a product I'd buy again

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:01:23 | More by Greenlabel
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Black Hops Beer from Blue Hills Brewery
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