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Wisdom Seeker - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 35
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: boogyman on 11-25-2009)
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Reviews by drumrboy22:
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Received in a GIF from jconrick1. Poured from a growler into a Bell's tulip glass. Beer was a clear, dark orange color with a one-finger, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and little lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, grapefruit, malt and pine. Smells fresh and fantastic.

Taste was bitter hops, caramel, malt, melon and some pine. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Not as complex as the aroma, but still very tasty.

Vibrant, bitter finish. Very nice beer. I had never heard of this, but am pleasantly surprised. I think if this got a wider distribution and some more reviews, it could rank pretty high in the DIPA category. Big thanks to jconrick1 for the growler!

03-06-2011 04:02:48 | More by drumrboy22
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NWer

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Black Raven's limited release Double IPA doesn't disappoint.
Darker in tone than other great DIPA's - Pliny E&Y for example.
Good well behaved foamy head results from my pour into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Very pleasant but not overpowering citrus taste lingers well.
A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Tending to business and seeking a little wisdom.
Delish.

03-01-2011 04:49:34 | More by NWer
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chossboss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-04-2014 22:55:28 | More by chossboss
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%

22oz bottle produced on March 21st 2013. Drank on April 8th.

A: Almost transparent gold color. A nice white head with very nice lacing. Good looking beer!
S: Blast of hop resin and pine! Also has a big candy-like aroma. Strange but good. Followed by a slight citrusy character and some toasted malts.
T: Just like the nose. Big piney/grassy bitterness with a bit of orange zest. I usually prefer my IIPAs to be more fruit-forward but this one is great. Lots of caramel malty backbone in there supporting the super piney hops. A bit of spiciness in there. Strange candy flavor just like the smell. Very interesting and tasty, just not something I would expect in a IIPA.
M: Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.
O: This is a great beer, glad I got to try it!

04-17-2013 07:44:11 | More by standardcherry
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mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-05-2012 01:34:15 | More by mjtiernan
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-28-2014 19:43:08 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this on tap at Hopfest! Seemed to be very popular that day. A dark yellow pour, approaching light orange, the slightest amount of foam. Killer dry hopped citrus aroma.

Taste, more grapefruit and tangerine hop feel, the key component of this beer. Not super bitter, just hops. Would love to see this at next year's dipa festival, it would do well. Doesn't at all give off that its a dipa, you would think single given the lack of detectable alcohol and bitterness, the lightness of its body.

09-23-2010 23:17:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

The second and final bottle of my recent allotment; to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent golden orange, with a finger's worth of fluffy soap-bubble head, which dissipates rather rapidly. Moderate lacing reveals itself, like it's left behind as the tide goes out.

S: Ruby red grapefruit—citrus hoppiness with a really enjoyable hint of a mixed fruit cocktail's syrupy sweetness. A bouquet of flowers I can't quite place. Lilacs?

T: Tastes how it smells, sans sweetness (at first). Hops initially dominate, but don't intimidate...they're artfully restrained. Balances with warmth.

M: Gives the impression that it tips the scales on the heavier side of middle-weight, but goes down easily with a carbonation that percolates throughout the mouth and clings to the palate well afterward.

This is an excellent DIPA.

01-19-2012 05:38:49 | More by jpbebeau
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-17-2011 16:40:52 | More by kevwcamp
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kslsc400

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-13-2012 01:50:57 | More by kslsc400
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-02-2013 20:57:56 | More by mdaschaf
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punkhim

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-21-2012 21:46:37 | More by punkhim
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distantmantra

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-18-2013 20:43:52 | More by distantmantra
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

22oz bottle, split

Served in oversized Karmeleit glass - fairly light bodied with a huge sticky white head. The alcohol is omnipresent as is a permeating sweet citrus flavor. Moderately bitter, big grapefruit hop bite, pine, sugared ruby red. Quite good, but a bit rough around the edges.

05-07-2013 03:28:54 | More by dirtylou
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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-02-2014 22:49:53 | More by fthegiants
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-01-2012 17:22:41 | More by jmccraney
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-25-2013 20:44:20 | More by FalconA
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-12-2012 00:19:39 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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FalconOne

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%

I am very grateful to my lovely wife for bringing back four bottles of this excellent DIPA from Black Raven Brewing Company, from her was on a business trip to Seattle last week. The aroma is truly outstanding and the taste is what one would expect from a remarkable West Coast DIPA.

05-21-2014 02:32:59 | More by FalconOne
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-27-2014 01:24:40 | More by Kevlee722
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-29-2014 17:49:44 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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TysonA

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-12-2013 21:18:01 | More by TysonA
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boogyman

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

Came in for the release of Wisdom Seeker and I am pretty excited given Double IPAs are by far my favorite style. Pretty busy for a Tuesday night at the Black Raven Brewery.

A- Pours a fairly clear golden color. There is a good 2 fingers of head. The lacing is nice and sticky. Solid ring of bubbles around the edge of the beer.

S- Strong hop aroma right off the bat which is perfect. Strong citrus grapefruit as well. This brew has exactly the smell that i would expect from any good DIPA. The first whiff just begs you to taste the wonderful hoppy bitterness that is sure to come.

T- Awesome!!! Man oh man the explosion of strong hops is right in your face followed by the tart grapefruit and lemon and finishes bitter and just a bit warming. Almost no boozyness at all which is just fantastic.

M- The carbonation is just right. It has a nice bubbly feel to it but at the same time it goes down smooth.

D- Other then the fact that this is a DIPA and will probably floor me faster then some, i would enjoy the ride there as this brew is fantastic and i definitely recommend anyone within the greater Seattle area or anyone that is visiting the area to stop by and try this.

11-25-2009 03:00:38 | More by boogyman
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-27-2014 02:59:04 | More by Hopmodium
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Commodore69

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-17-2014 03:31:55 | More by Commodore69
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Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.