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Black Hops Beer - Blue Hills Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: david18 on 07-05-2010

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Photo of horshack7
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well it's certainly black with a decent sized beige head. As the head thins out there is some lacing left behind.

Aroma: Grapefruit, faint grape a touch of toffee way in the back. Roasted hops and chocolate malts are scattered.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel along with minor touch of mocha, roasted hops. Grape in the back chocolate here and there with notes of grapefruit as well.

Notes: It's not too bad it's very drinkable I thought it might be a little hoppier but it's still tasty. Cheers.

Photo of Rusty18
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" mocha head. Dark burnt umber brown color. Smells only mildly of hops and not much else, even after warmed up. Taste is pretty much the same but it has a little burnt sugar too. I'd say this is kind of like a very mild porter, not at all like the black IPA a name like Black Hops implies.

Photo of awolff
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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!

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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a glass at the Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston.

Pretty black, small head, some lacing. Sediment visible in the glass.

Aroma is light and chocolate-y.

Taste is chocolate/coffee malt and some floral hops. Not as much hops as the name might indicate. There's also a prevalent chalky, homebrew kind of taste here. Goes down smooth for the ABV, though.

Mouthfeel is medium and appropriate. Not too carbonated.

I'm not too crazy about this beer; the off-flavors remind me of an average homebrew. Drinkable though, for sure, and light enough for the ABV.

Photo of elbobbo
3.92/5  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.

Photo of beveritt
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a hop cone wearing goggles and a ski mask in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. No clear freshness dating; my wife just brought this one back from a recent trip to New England.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles quickly to a thin incomplete coating of foam leaving behind no lacing. The beer itself is a medium, muddy brown and opaque in the center. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Roastiness with strong notes of chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Smooth roasted grains upfront with mild undertones of coffee and a distinct graininess. Very mild bitterness; finished with a lingering milk chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average + carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Leaves a little to be desired in the looks department, but overall a pleasant beer. Not sure I will be trading for this one though and as it isn't available locally, probably a one of.

Black Hops Beer from Blue Hills Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.