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Black Hops Beer - Blue Hills Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

124 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david18 on 07-05-2010)
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halo913

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -71.2%

01-16-2012 02:11:17 | More by halo913
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

06-15-2012 19:04:46 | More by Rekrule
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.4%

01-17-2012 02:03:46 | More by Massbmx
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.4%

03-02-2012 03:31:54 | More by DonFrap
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KSac4115

Connecticut

2.13/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very dark brown with amber hints. Lets a little light through but not much. Half inch foam head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of brown sugar predominantly. Floral sense of hops are apparent too. Malts and minor coffee hints as well. The sweet "brown ale" smell is the scent that really sticks out.
First flavors are that of a brown ale with subtle citrus tastes possibly. Then comes in a meltingpot of flavors. You get a slight hoppy taste that suddenly disappears and leaves you with a bitter middle taste followed by a smooth and odd sweeter aftertaste. It's pretty much a mediocre brown ale at best with odd and out of place hoppy hints during the middle of the taste. Halfway through and I still don't get what they were trying to do.
It is well carbonated. The fluctuation of taste is off-putting.

It seems like they tried to fuse a brown and and a mild pale ale and were unsuccessful. Fail.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:02:46 | More by KSac4115
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CooperEllis

New York

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from my brother into a .3l tulip.

Well, it's certainly not black. Brown Hops? Perhaps more accurate. An odd head on this one, it's thin bubbles but doesn't look very dense. It is gone slowly and leaves moderate lacing on the sides of the glass and some on the top.

This is going to be a short review because I have very little positive to say about this. It taste's like watery strawberry quik. I'm not even sure how this happened? It has a very big bite at the back that sits on the tounge and just curls in my mouth. the aftertaste is harsh and fills the mouth much more than the brew itself.

the thing is, this didn't froth when I poured it, it doesn't have any funky notes in the aroma, it doesn't give any impression of being bad/past it's prime/infected or anything else. It simply isn't very good - or at least isn't what I was expecting and I don't think it's any good. It is sour enough to make one of my eyes flip shut. I don't have anything positive or constructive to say about this because clearly other folks have had it and enjoyed it, but I wouldn't classify this as a Black Ale, and I certainly wouldn't purchase it again.

drainpour the last 12oz.

EDIT: Just went and looked at other reviews of this...I just don't get how what I had is at all what these folks had. Maybe a bad bottle, if I have another I'll update my review.

(88th)

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:50:07 | More by CooperEllis
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hoppy4me

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -28%

12-24-2011 16:48:49 | More by hoppy4me
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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -28%

06-24-2012 01:09:41 | More by ms11781
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ZekemusMaximus

New York

2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-19-2012 06:48:04 | More by ZekemusMaximus
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, vibrant, blood-ruby red coloring that looks black in the depths. There was a trace of head for a split second after a rough pour, but it goes quickly. Aromas are roasty hops, resiny and fresh, with a molasses and coffee blend, as well. Flavors are really wierd. A syrupy, darkly sweet malt and molasses tang on a watery, thin body. The hops go flying by in a flash, and don't do much to help the brew. A slight citrus undertone, but again, it's not entirely helping. The aftertaste is minimal, with a slightly sour tone to it. The finish is next to nothing. Much more watered down than it looks, and disappointing overall. The pour and the nose gave some high hopes, but the beer falls short for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:30:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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MA08

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

03-27-2014 13:19:36 | More by MA08
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soze47

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I may have had a bad bottle, but what I tried is similar to recent reviews. The promises of "Black Hops assassins attacking your palette," or something like that written on the label of this 22 oz. bomber was misleading.

Appearance: Almost black, slightly deep dark brown. Khaki head develops. No lacing on this one.

Aroma: Roasted malt is there for sure, as well as a very subtle herbal and floral hop presence.

Taste: Sweet, roasty malt hits first. The medium body lets it stick in your mouth for a bit until an almost anise or spicy hop presence builds. Root beer?

Mouthfeel: Thick for the style. Almost seems chewy or nutty in the mouth.

Drinkability: Drinking a bomber of this wouldn't be too hard. It has an almost drinkable porter quality.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2.5
Dark Fruit: 3
Citrus Fruit: 2
Hoppy (pine): 2
Floral: 3
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 4
Malty: 4
Toffee: 2.5
Burnt: 2.5
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 1.5
Astringent: 1
Body: 4
Linger: 3.5

Overall: Not a bad or simple beer here. The malt and hop bill create some very unique, not unpleasant tastes when put together. This one is getting judged by what I was expecting, though. I wanted a hoppy, bitter ale tonight, not a chewy, roasted, spicy brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:44:17 | More by soze47
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -17%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 19:00:40 | More by Ohmmygawd
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jollybuffalo

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-31-2014 19:55:05 | More by jollybuffalo
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MACO

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-29-2014 14:45:54 | More by MACO
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-10-2013 01:09:02 | More by OriolesFan1008
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-01-2012 19:49:38 | More by DelicateDelirium
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teenwolfmansbro

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-04-2012 17:48:30 | More by teenwolfmansbro
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Irishterrier74

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:43:49 | More by Irishterrier74
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Rusty18

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-09-2011 23:35:45 | More by Rusty18
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Very dark, but not quite black, with clear reddish highlights. Not much of a cap developed during the pour, but a thin collar of tan bubbles did stick around for a while. Malty aroma, lots of caramel and dark malts. The hop aroma was prominent, but not dominating, mostly pine with a little citrus. There was some dried fruit and alcohol present as well. Heavy malt in the flavour, caramel and toffee sweetness, nutty, chocolate, a bit of burnt character in the finish. More of the dried fruit and alcohol. Hop bitterness was stronger in the finish, as was the piney hop flavour. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation that made it feel a little dead, but also a bit creamy. Not at all dry, but there was still some astringency from the dark malts. Overall, this just didn't come completely together for me. I would have liked the hop flavour to have been more pronounced to balance some of the sweet malts.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:04:52 | More by DrJay
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jstruzik

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-18-2012 23:37:01 | More by jstruzik
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-03-2011 07:58:33 | More by Hophead101
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle (straight from the brewery!) poured into snifter glass.

A - The body is very dark, if not quite all the way black. There were brown/red hues around the edges where the light hit the glass. The head was about a half inch of light tannish foam that dissipated quickly.

S - Not a very strong smell when compared with other hop-centric beers, but the hops and roast are still obvious and pleasant.

T - I taste the roasted malt more than the hops. There's a sweetness present as well.

M - Smooth. Not crazy bubbles or anything. Its kind of like a soda.

D - Eh. This isnt really an American Black Ale. It isnt really very hoppy. But it's not a porter or stout either. I dont think this beer is really anything to go back to for me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:25:06 | More by tkelley
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours a milk chocolate brown with amber hues. Looks really low on carbonation. Almost zero head on the pour.

Sweet bready malts dominate the smell. Hints of roasted barley and faint chocolate. As it warms, more chocolate comes through.

This beer is very absent on the hop content. Flashes of citrus, finishes sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, creamy finish.

This is ok, but I wouldn't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:30:48 | More by nmann08
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Black Hops Beer from Blue Hills Brewery
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