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Furry Black India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-31-2010)
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Reviews by hWordsmythe:
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hWordsmythe

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

My first black IPA. Shared an 11.5 oz. bottle with two buddies, so I only had a 3rd of a bottle to base this review on.

Appearance: Looks like a lighter porter. A bit opaque, but still quite dark.

Smell: Smells just like I thought it woud. Roasted malts and hops galore. Floral and toasty at the same time, and although I could not imagine how these two could go together, it works great on both the nose and the...

Taste: Wow. Crazy. A porter is a porter and an IPA is an IPA and never the twain shall meet? But here they do, and in grand style. A complete success. Great balance between the citrus hop bite and the completely different sort of bitterness you get from burnt malts. The only improvement I could suggest would be a touch more malt to emphasize the "black" in BIPA. Just a smidgeon, though. This is close to perfectly balanced. A great drink.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as your average porter. Pretty much par for the course with other IPAs. I could stand a little more heaviness, personally. But I like a thick brew.

Drinkability: I could put away a 6-pack in a night, no problem, no complaint. But, to be honest, there's very little that overwhelms me. If it's good enough to have one, it should be good enough to have another, right?

This beer completely changes my idea of what's possible and what's "right". Awesome.

01-08-2011 01:57:59 | More by hWordsmythe
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Dark, yes. Tiny-bubbled lacing does not waiver—this beer looks appetizing all around. Aromas of burnt sugar, resin hop and alcohol that resembles ripe cherries and blackberries. Leans dry; smoothness runs deep. Mild roasted flavor and yeast tone are both in the raw. Maltiness sets in, but the hops cover it quickly with a stodgy herbal and spicy flavor. Alcohol does warm a little; undertones of fruit. Lots of balance here, pretty quaffable for the size. A great drink and certainly helps to define this new style for American brewers.

07-28-2011 14:32:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-08-2012 17:42:34 | More by WuAnquo1
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-08-2012 18:58:30 | More by Snikwad1020
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-08-2013 04:06:29 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-18-2013 00:28:59 | More by Jason
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Brenden

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Black is this IPA, dense with a brown hue shining at the edges in direct light. A creamy tan head sits between 1 and 2 fingers tall and develops a rocky denseness before settling. The head that remains drops lacing in thick rings before going patchy. On first appearance, this will be a good one.
The nose is simultaneously roasty and piny. There's an earthy note there too. At the very end is a whiff of alcohol.
Pine smacks the palate and co-mingles woth the roast rather than dominating it. There's a note of toffee sweetness underneath and coffee grounds come out as well. Hops bitterness also goes a bit floral.
A good medium body, neither too heavy or too light, supports a smoothness that's creamy rolling off a constant crispness. It goes quite dry in the finish without being chalky.
Furry may be a new standard-bearer for the style. These guys are good.

03-26-2012 02:12:26 | More by Brenden
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dmorley21

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-15-2012 01:20:29 | More by dmorley21
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-21-2014 05:09:52 | More by BigJim5021
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2012 04:20:45 | More by rolandboy
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DavidGross

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-09-2012 02:44:44 | More by DavidGross
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kattmunkel

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-30-2014 02:03:42 | More by kattmunkel
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-08-2014 02:47:03 | More by ohiobeer29
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JLWelch27

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-26-2012 07:12:50 | More by JLWelch27
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%

Thick cap of dense and coagulated brown foam sat atop a body of thinly dark blackness.

The nose is entirely too weak but it does reveal a dry cocoa and smoky coffee. Light pine and bitterness sit just underneath.

The flavor is strong enough with an evident dry chocolate malt, Graham cracker and a mid palate of marshmallow sweetness. Some smoke and coffee lingers throughout, this finishes rather piney and bitter.

The feel is dry yet crisp, easily drinkable without any astringency.

More chocolate malt than I normally expect in a black IPA this has a lot of porter like qualities, which makes it well suited for my taste.

07-06-2014 11:50:52 | More by KYGunner
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redleg64

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-03-2012 03:11:06 | More by redleg64
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

My second beer of the night (with many more on the way) thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew). A damn good BA and guy. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours an almost opaque black color, with just slight hints of dark mahogany color coming through around the edges. About a half finger of quickly dissipated head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell - Bittersweet cocoa and run of the mill hops are quite prevalent in the nose. Not much else.

Taste - As the nose would suggest, an initial cocoa flavor is tasted first, that in my opinion becomes more predominate as the beer warms. There is a great hop profile here too that picks up in the middle, and ends with a nice roasted malt, yet not overly sweet, malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Not bad. A good beer to try but probably not something I'd buy a sixer of. Still, pretty tasty!

01-31-2011 02:06:28 | More by SpdKilz
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Chilly_E

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-27-2014 23:30:43 | More by Chilly_E
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SirBentham

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-03-2014 03:45:34 | More by SirBentham
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Erish

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5%

I had this on tap at the 8th Street Grill in Holland, Michigan.

A: dark mahogany color, espresso colored head, good cap & lacing.

S: coffee, citrus, chocolate, toasted malt, grass.

T: strong coffee flavor throughout, then loads of citrus and rich caramel malt, the hops range from grassy to floral to citrus, with an emphasis on orange, the finish is long, smoky, piny, citrusy, and slightly chalky. For such a strongly flavored beer, it exhibits a very nice balance.

M: medium-bodied, silky, moderate carbonation.

D: I love the first half of Cascadian ales, by the second half my palate feels overworked. I would have been happy with a 5 oz. pour for $1.

12-31-2010 20:28:29 | More by Erish
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

decided to open this one up as i put the new grill together this afternoon. serve cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 4/30/2011

a nice dark black pour with a big head of tan lacing that rose up and over the top of the glass quite quickly, settling down into a smooth layer of lacing that covered the entire sides of the glass.

near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down. nice long finish initially was wrapped in hoppy dryness and twang but melted into molasses and rich caramel malts that left a light sweet flavor that made you have to go back for more.

overall so solid and well done. i was extremely impressed with this one. this is quickly becoming my new favorite style.

05-01-2011 01:54:24 | More by mikesgroove
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-30-2013 12:33:24 | More by tommy5
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Another6Pack

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-22-2011 01:28:56 | More by Another6Pack
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radiofish

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2013 04:15:27 | More by radiofish
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srv33

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -23.4%

Dark pour, inch light brown head, good lacing. Scents of Juniper are prominent, with copper, and a hint of coffee. Taste has notes of coffee, bitter toffee, and a heavy iron/copper/mineral taste, very full american black ale. I thought I detected a little grapefruit, bites quite a bit on first sip though mellows out on the tongue. This brew did not do it for me, I am receptive to the style but I felt this brew had too heavy of a mineral taste that I felt overpowered whatever subleties existed.

06-29-2012 04:00:48 | More by srv33
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Furry Black India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.