Beaktweaker Citrus IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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3.56/5 rDev -10.1%
22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is hazy yellow in color and carries a large white head. Smells like the inside of the hop freezer at your local homebrew store on brew day -- fresh! Green and grassy. Flavor starts out mild but a couple of distinctive bitter notes pick up in the middle of the palate and linger there for a while. First I notice lemon peel. BITTER lemon peel. Not much fruit juice here. And second an intense, grainy, rye flavor. I would guess this is an 80 IBU beer, and with very little residual sugar to balance it out (their website claims 77. WYD?)
The good news is that unlike many Washington IPAs the hop character in this beer is pretty interesting, not merely a Cascade bomb. The bad news is that this beer is as bitter and unbalanced as any of them. For me, not my favorite.
08-03-2014 01:09:31 | More by hreb
3.16/5 rDev -20.2%
Clear golden amber in the wine glass. A quick flash of bubbles and a wispy mustache of foam. Strange musty odor, though eventually some citrus oils emerge. Prickly carbonation plus the acidic and rather hot mouthfeel.
The malt is pretty faint and doesn't make much of an impression. Just a slight sweetness and maybe a crackery sensation. The first taste is indeed rosemary. That's when I looked at the label to see this is actually brewed with citrus. The aftertaste is an intruiguing lime peel taste with a hint of citron. The rye does add a llittle spiciness which accentuates the hot peel and pith on the lips
This is an interesting reach into flavors that may not be very suited to beers. I blame Stone for their grapefruit concoction. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at QFC Market off East 45th St. in Seattle.
04-17-2014 06:19:33 | More by mactrail
2.39/5 rDev -39.6%
22 oz bottle poured into stemless wine glass - bottle dated Feb 18 2014
A: golden, slightly hazy appearance. small, cotton white head. not much retention.
S: butter??? i am getting a buttery smell with minor notes of citrus and hops...strange.
T: okay, this is going to sound crazy but i am getting a rosemary, olive oil taste with that buttery taste I was smelling, almost like what i would taste with a lavash bread at a fancy restaurant...i guess you could call the rosemary taste piney but very unique and not like other ipas i have had that i would describe as piney.
M: heavier mouthfeel than the color or style would imply but in line with a beer that has strong butter smell/taste. pretty heavy.
O: not at all what i was expecting...love black raven's trickster IPA and I generally enjoy IPAs with lots of citrus so i had very high hopes for this one...didnt meet those expectations and was just an odd beer all around. might have to try another time to see if i just got a bad bottle but definitely not going to make this a regular in my IPA lineup.
03-29-2014 02:09:24 | More by cherche
Beaktweaker Citrus IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.