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Wisdom Seeker - Black Raven Brewing Co.

Wisdom SeekerWisdom Seeker

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%


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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled (repeatedly) the other day at the Washington cask festival. Described in the program as "extra wise and firkenized."

The beer pours a somewhat hazy peachy amber color with suprising good head retention and consdirable sticky, creamy lacing all around. The nose is quite lovely in this beer, with a considerable amount of tropical fruit (smells like there's a lot of mosaic hops in this bad boy), but with noticeable citrus and pine as well. This smells like a serious DIPA, something that I was able to quickly verify on the palate. The flavor profile deliverys a lof of apricot and peach in this beer, but with a considerable back bone of orange citrus and pine as well. The finish is quite long and bitter in this excellent DIPA, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

Excellent beer, and one I'm very glad I finally had the opportunity to sample.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2014 15:48:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with decent retention. Quite good!

Smell: citrusy hop character with a grainy malt underneath. Enticing and well-balanced, but not mind-blowing.

Taste: sweet malt with a dank, citrusy hop character. A little bit of graininess and astringency comes in at the end. The finish is a little more syrupy than bitingly bitter. It's a tasty brew, but doesn't have the crazy-good character of a great DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess for the style. Kudos.

Overall: a very tasty and drinkable DIPA. Sweet with a nice fruity hoppiness, and not overwhelmingly bitter. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:18:32 | More by flagmantho
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/16/2013.

A: This one is a beauty. Completely translucent light golden body with a silky, thick, bright white head that leaves nearly a full layer of lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of pine and citrus. Smells like strong fruit and hops.

T: Dank. The bitterness lingers. Tons of hops and sprucey pinecone overpower what normally sticks as a citrus strength. The taste and bitterness of lemon and grapefruit peel finishes the mouth wonderfully. The balance is really nice.

M: Full body, but surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA. Oily. Sticky. Medium Carbonation.

O: Wow, was I pleased with this one. Great west coast DIPA. The balance is incredible for being so hop forward but also pretty sweet and resinous. So happy I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:24:08 | More by Justin_Neff
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.56/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear orange-ish color with a good cap of creamy white head. Good retention and a touch of lacing.

Very pine and resin forward. A bit of candied grapefruit as well with some floral notes. Good sticky and dank aroma.

And now the let down. Definitely leans west coast style although there is a bit more malt than in most in that classification. Starts out with a touch of citrus before it's enveloped by bready malts and pine. A weird sweet bread flavor clashes with the hops. Very astringent finish and every bit of the 9.0% ABV shines through then some. Booziness is overwhelming by the end.

Sticky medium body with medium to low carbonation. As mentioned, does nothing at all to hide alcohol.

Not sure why this beer is getting glowing reviews. In my opinion, it's a decidedly below average DIPA. The aroma is very intriguing, but the taste is an absolute mess. 9.0% feels like 12.0%. I've never had a DIPA that seems to add ABV before. There's also a weird sweetness that clashes with the alcohol. Decent hop profile, but is lost behind the booze. Ended up pouring some down the drain as it got to be too much. Very let down by this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 17:14:32 | More by jmarsh123
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz (bottled 4/16/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper color with a big frothy white head. Lazy carbonation rises from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of clean citrus and pine. Smells like Pliny.

Taste is dank, sticky, and resinous. Tons of hop oils, held together by a solid backbone of clean pale malt. More pine and citrus. Alcohol is well-hidden. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, about right for a big DIPA. Nice bitterness on the finish, but this one is also pretty sweet.

Overall this is about exactly what I hoped for and expected. Wisdom Seeker is world-class, about as good as any other DIPA out there. The real deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:25:26 | More by draheim
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great carbonation and chunky lacing. Aroma dominated by piney and citrus hops with grapefruit and light caramel malt. Flavor is a great balance between caramel malt and herbal, piney hops and mild mixed citrus. Medium body with some creaminess and nice active carbonation. It was a long wait to try this, but it was worth the wait. A very well balanced IPA that starts out nicely malty with light citrus fruit and then slowly develops a great herbal hop presence that lingers. Lives up to its hype and I look forward to greater availability. This is one of the great PNW breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:28:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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bifrost17

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FW Teku glass. Bottled only two days ago!!

A: Pours exactly like you'd expect for the style. Super clear dark golden/orange color, nice finger and a half fluffy white head. Nice webby lacing. Super clean, inviting looking beer.

S: Hoppy, citrus fuit, piney goodness. Slight hints of that 9.1% abv coming through in the nose.

T: Follows up the nose. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Nice and smooth, moderate carbonation. Super sticky. My only slight gripe is I wish it was just a little bit more on the dry side in the finish, but that's a very minor gripe.

O: Black Raven makes some pretty damn amazing beer, but unfortunately the bottles are very limited, but I'm hoping with their upcoming expansion it will make it possible for me people to be able to experience it. I'll just be happy for now that I'm fortunate enough to be able to drink their beer on tap on a consistent basis. Wisdom seeker isn't the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's certainly in my top 10 and could easily contend with any of the more well known and "hyped" DIPAs. Seek the wisdom seeker!! You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:40:15 | More by bifrost17
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got to try this for the first time. On tap at the brewery in Redmond.

A: Beautiful, clear bright gold color, about a finger of white head, leaving behind lovely and abundant lacing.

S: Mouth-watering hop resin, pine, and citrus (in that order). Makes you want to stick your nose right into it!

T: Follows the nose and delivers more. Wonderful west coast hop essence. Not profoundly bitter, but the hops contribute to the nose and the flavor in big, big ways. Very balanced. Reminds me of a cellared Dogfish Head 120 in flavor, but more like a Dogfish 90 in other ways, and easily its match. This is a DIPA to spoil you for others.

M: Medium-bodied, appropriate carbonation for the style. Very satisfying on a beautiful day.

O: Up there with the best imperial IPAs I've had. Hard to find for anyone outside of Western Washington. If you see it, don't miss it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 21:33:24 | More by visualweasel
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a transparent deep yellow color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white cap and bubbles but th lacing is light islight and head retention is minimal

S: Melons, grass, orange peel and grapefruit

T: Immediate sordove astringent and bitterness with a lemongrass note followed up with a light toasted grain, orange peel, grapefruit and a tough of melon. The finish has a light booze sting, a little slick but has a dry sordove feeling and taste to it

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a nice amount of lingering bitterness remains on the palate

O: Very good. Easy to drink, tastes wonderful. The appearance could use some legs and the nose could use a boost.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:27:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to coreylag for the opportunity to taste this one. Cheers!

Light orange color, slightly hazy with a one finger head that leaves very delicate lacing. Carbonation shows as remarkably fine bubbles.

Nicely aromatic with apricot and orange marmalade on toast. The citrus aroma carries over into the flavor, which is balanced by pine and spicy hop notes. Great hop flavors sit on a firm malt backbone, with a bit of sweetness that does not detract from the hops at center stage. A light, sparkly bitterness finishes things up.

Heavy bodied and a bit syrupy. Yes, I know it is 9% abv, but it seems like a bit more carbonation might help lighten things up a touch.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA that deserves a place among the best in the style (many of which receive a lot more hype than I have heard about this one). If you are smart, you will seek this one out!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:54:45 | More by CliffBrake
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bstave

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium tulip snifter

A- Translucent copper with a finger of white head. Lacing is nice. Very nice looking.

S- Smell is gorgeous with BIG fruity and pine hops. Smell is spot on! WOW!!! I think I will sit and smell this for a while.

T- Taste follows the nose. This is VERY fresh! One of the best tasting IIPAs I have had. I had this last year on tap and this is significantly better even though it is out of the bottle. Big oily hops up front and solid caramel malt backbone. Cannot taste the alcohol. Well done!

M- Carbonation is perfect contributing to a spot-on creamy medium mouth feel. Rolls down very nicely.

O- My favorite beer of the year. Too bad they don't bottle this more often. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:10:51 | More by bstave
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ramnuts for this. 22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass. No bottle date.

Appearance- Light orange color with a small amount of haziness to it. Strong white head, and good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Very good. Fruity and piney all at once. I didn't think that was possible since I would figure one would cancel out the other. Not sure here. I took the time to keep smelling before a sip. 4.5/5

Taste- The taste is a lot more balanced than the smell. The malt comes out a bit more here. There is some heavy orange and tropical flavors. 4/5

Mouthfeel- It's a bit heavy here. I expected that due to the style, but thought differently when I saw the color. 4/5

Overall- I am very happy to have had a taste of this. Good beer that I would seek out again if given the chance. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 05:09:03 | More by MADhombrewer
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:38:49 | More by jpbebeau
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of psiweaver in the Good People/No Rules BIF. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed peach color with a good white head and loads and loads of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings a bit of alcohol and malt plus some citrus hops and a light bit of pine. Flavor takes a further turn toward the malt, though there's quite a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Medium body with a bit too much alcohol. Slight chewiness. Decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:09:20 | More by Thorpe429
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Arbitrator

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by Mike. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange body with a pinky finger of well-retaining off-white head. It collapses into a moderate collar of large bubbles. Some trails of sticky lace are deposited down the sides. I like more clarity and lacing in my IPAs, but this is not terrible.

S: Wow, this is a good nose. I didn't expect much, as I hadn't heard of these guys, but the bouquet here is an aromatic blend of grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and pine resin. Small caramel malt foundation. It could stand to be more aromatic; it takes a lot of swirling to bring out the particulars. But the profile here is well-chosen and quite nice.

T: Hop-forward, as the nose implied. Citrus flavors -- grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, melon -- dominate the front end, while caramel fleshes out the mid-taste. Candied pine and grapefruit coalesce in the finish, leaving a mild, lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation for the style. Some bitterness in the aftertaste; I prefer my DIPAs on the cleaner side of the spectrum, and I would agree that this falls in that range. The booze is fairly undetectable; I assumed this was a single IPA and was a bit surprised to see it is 9.5%. Only the mildest burn in the finish reveals its potency. This may be because the finish falls off a bit fast (giving the impression of hop juice); I think with a tightened up finish, this could be a real juggernaut.

O: This is quite a good beer. I'd put this on the level of Heady Topper; my first taste of Wisdom Seeker brought HT to mind. I prefer the slightly fuller body of this one (comparing against the Heady Topper bottles), though HT wins slightly on nose and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:44:40 | More by Arbitrator
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djbreezy

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at By the the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Served in a 12 oz. glass.

appearance - amber in color, excellent transparency with some mild cloudiness, great lacing that lingers on the glass

smell - big citrus and pine hop nose

taste - strong hop profile. citrus and pine. alcohol well hidden. just the right touch of a malt base as to not distract from the hop forward profile.

mouthfeel - full bodied beer, some slight dryness from the hops but overall very smooth and drinkable

overall - really impressed with this beer. amidst fresh hop season, the brew easily held it's on. very dank and piney. strong hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 17:56:10 | More by djbreezy
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent to me from Hopburster.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium-oragne with a one finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Super strong pine hits you hard, then some orange, and then a unique candy smell, almost like cotton candy.

T - Pine, grass, very earthy - then sweet citrus and candy follow.

D - Perfect balance here. Good carbonation and body.

O - I really love this one. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:56:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

South Sound Tasting Notes

Appearance is light gold, crystal clear with no lacing. Smell is initially pine and toffee, followed by a slight presence of mellon. Flavor is a malty toffee with pine hops, some mango sweetness followed by citrus notes; a mellow flavor for an IPA, mostly dominated by pine notes. Mouthfeel is medium with good healthy carbonation. Overall decent but lacking any distinguishing features to set it apart from the pack IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 18:37:51 | More by youradhere
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Florida9

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber. Forms about a half inch of thickish white head that slowly reduces down to a thick and stable surface coating. Leaves a nice bit of lacing on the way down.

S: A moderate amount of caramel malt forms a the backbone to the more pronounced grapefruit citrus and pine aroma.

T: More caramel malt. Light sweetness. Moderate pithy bitterness. Some citrus and some pine and a little resin, but nothing is overpowering and everything is in balance. Alcohol presents itself on the nice long bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, softer carbonation.

O: A very nice, very well balanced beer. A bit on the lighter side for a Double - if this was listed as a straight up IPA I wouldn't second guess it - but still a quite enjoyable beer with loads of flavor and hoppy goodness.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2011 02:24:16 | More by Florida9
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grittybrews

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vivid, slightly dark orange with a finger of bright white head. Big aroma of juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pine up front with an almost-overpowering caramel sweetness and a hint of boozy warmth. Not too astringent on the finish.

A really nice double IPA with a hoppy bite that holds up to the sweetness. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 21:34:35 | More by grittybrews
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: growler

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

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2011 04:49:34 | More by NWer
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hawks10

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler sent to me unexpectedly from ScreamForMe...poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear dark golden amber, two fingers of soft, marshmallow "fluff" style head which sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind...

Piny hops stick out above a strong, sweet caramel malt aroma...hops become a bit more pronounced, and citrusy around the third glass...not terribly aromatic with just a touch of booze in the end...

Well balanced, piny and bitter on the first few sips, but a very heavy dose of caramel malt adds lots of sweetness. Much like ruby red grapefruit, slightly citrusy but bitter, like the skin. Finish is clean and citrusy...

Medium bodied and very creamy. Smooth and quite pleasant. Well balanced with just a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Overall a pretty enjoyable DIPA. There are so many variables with a growler, especially one shipped cross country, that you never truly know if you are getting the beer the way it was intended to be enjoyed. However, I did like this one, I am working on finishing it all in one night after a 12hr day of work...

Serving type: growler

02-23-2011 23:03:42 | More by hawks10
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Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.