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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPABeaktweaker Citrus IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: distantmantra on 08-19-2011)
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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light orangish color with a medium white cap, some chill haze and light lacing

S: Light pine needle smell with some juicy tropical fruits on the nose with tradional lemon and orange zest

T: Citrus upfront; some mango, orange peel and minimal lemon zest. There is a bittering presence early to mid taste which sordove lingers on.

M: Mouthfeel was rather clean with a hint of oil, but mainly dry and pretty refreshing

O: A good IPA and was happy I was able to try. A balanced IPA leaning a little to the hop end

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beertunes
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Janet L. for the hookup on this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, light golden yellow color with just a thin cap of white head, that quickly settled into just a rim, and had very low retention and no lacing.

There was a powerful hop aroma on the nose. Citrus, pine and floral notes dominated with a bit of a weed tone in the background. No noticeable malt or grain in the scent however. In the flavor profile the story was pretty much the same. Not much malt or grain presence, but a ton of hops. Lots of citrus (having orange peel in the beer will do that) upfront, with pine and floral hop aspects being the foundation flavors.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but was very crisp and overall pretty nice. Drinkability was very good, bordering on excellent, this was the rare IPA where I thought "I could easily drink another 22 of this right now". Overall, a very nice beer that I though compared very favorably to the much vaunted Pliny the Elder. And at only 6.5% ABV, you won't get wrecked with this beer. A must try if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap awhile ago. Picked up some bottles to try on 6.12.12.

A - Pours a clear, straw color with a fluffy white head that fades to a film and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Very citrusyy, some pine as well.

T - Strong citrus with a solid pine backbone.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Citrus smell and some pine flavors, very good batch. I enjoyed it much more this time around.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 16 October 2013, so it's pretty fresh.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet with a strong citrus hop element. It's definitely an accurately-named beer.

Taste: big citrus and earthy hop flavors atop a slightly toasty, biscuity malt base. Bitterness is quite strong toward the end. Not bad, but I feel like it lacks finesse.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation. Really surprising for the style. The burst of mouth-filling creaminess is quite satisfying!

Overall: a decent citrusy-earthy IPA with a really surprising creaminess. Good, but being spoiled for choice in this category, I probably won't be returning to it.

Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, split, hilliards can-pint

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.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MacStinson
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of draheim
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (bottled 6/5/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear straw color w/ a nice 1-finger head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is big fresh grapefruit and pine. Juicy and tropical, resinous, clean. Reminds me quite a lot of Pliny. Not bad at all for a 3-month-old IPA.

Taste follows nose. Lots of citrus and pine with just enough clean pale malt to hold it together. Grapefruit rind and lemon peel, with just a little rye spice. Crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Again, reminds me of Pliny. I'm not finding many flaws with this, style-wise. Nice bitterness without being over the top. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and thirst-quenching with a pretty dry finish. Something about the yeast strain gives this a nice soft mouthfeel, similar to AleSmith IPA.

Overall a very good IPA that I'd buy regularly if I could. Not sure why I didn't have very high expectations of this one, but whatever expectations I did have were shattered. Well done, Black Raven.

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.