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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPABeaktweaker Citrus IPA

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 97
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: distantmantra on 08-19-2011

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 97
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Latona Pub in Seattle, WA. August 18th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a deep orange color with a hint of amber. A nice thick head of foam formed initially before breaking down into a thin cap covering the surface of the beer.

S: There is a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, orange peel and lemon with strong pine notes and a hint of rye floating around in the background.

T: There is an initial hit of the citrus fruits in this beer (orange, lemon and grapefruit) which is followed by the bitter pine of the hops. As this beer was brewed with rye, you can really taste alongside the pine notes at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and a very nice, slightly oily mouth feel. The alcohol was well masked.

O: I've been to Black Raven once, and we had to leave before trying any of their beers. I encountered their Iron Brewer contribution at Beveridge during Seattle Beer Week, but that wasn't probably the best way to be introduced to them. This was a great way, though. Really nice summer IPA, I hope they end up making this again.

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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Pale straw-urine body, nice frothy white head. Smells of fresh citrus peel, lemon zest, lime, grapefruit. Tastes a bit "herbal" in the 502 Initiative sense - lemon zest, loads of citrus, tangerine, lime leaf. Nice stuff - would drink this a lot if regularly available.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing, review from written notes.

Into a mini pint glass, it pours a light pale golden orange, considerably transparent, with a thin ring of foam around the edges. Rising carb trails visible around the edges.

Pungent hoppy aroma, orange peel and grapefruit zest, a little bit dank and cheesy in the west coast tradition.

Moderately bitter hop flavors, grapefruit rind and floral with plenty of citrus zest indeed. Balanced nicely with mild pale malt and a light feel overall. A nice west coast IPA that doesn't go too crazy. A bomber solo would be no problem.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger, slightly off-white head with great retention and massive lacing. Nice aroma of piney, somewhat herbal hops, orange and lemon, light sweet malt. Flavor is very refreshing and lemony. Orange, lemon, grapefruit fruit and rind, an intense pine flavor like biting into a pine needle, light sweet malt; finishes with lemon and piney hops. Medium creamy bodied. I've used "piney hops" in reviews many times, but this was remarkable. Unusually fresh juice citrus too. I'm in awe, this is excellent and now in my top 5 IPAs of all time despite having a modest malt component to the flavor. Unique and tasty.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, poured into a tulip. Bottle dated Jan 20, 2014, so this is quite fresh, and obviously not a summer seasonal, as I guess it was first characterized.

Citrus and hops, that's the recipe here, and that's the beer. The citrus presence is much more pronounced than in most other IPAs, although this does remind me of the very good Inversion from Deschutes. If you like that one, you'll like this one.

There's a lot of carbonation right at the beginning, which shows in the champagne like bubbles I got, and also in the mouth. Then there's a lot of citrusy aroma and taste throughout, and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Fairly full mouthfeel. Just a bit sweet. Tons of flavor!

The Black Raven brewers have another outstanding beer ... in my book, they're just a consistently great brewery.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a satisfyingly complex beer that blazes trail in the citrus IPA realm by being less juicy and more exploratory of the spicy-bitter elements of citrus fruit rinds. Blend this with very perceptible pine from the hops and maybe some spicy notes from the rye malt, and we have a multilayered brew. I'm not sure I can claim a very nuanced palate yet, but even I enjoyed teasing out the layers in this. Major points for distinctiveness, in my book.

I wonder if the black lemon listed as an ingredient made a significant difference. I'm guessing it did.

Look: Solid, but the least impressive aspect for me. Golden, little head.
Smell: citrus, pine, some grass ... to me consistent with taste, but not as nuanced
Taste: This is where the spice and pine jumped in and told me this was more than a standard citrus IPA. Also some grassiness. Less sweet than I expected; still citrus
Feel: Solid, not syrupy, mostly smooth and thick but with some carbonated pep.
Overall: As above. If it's not obvious, I liked it very much.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.