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Furry Black India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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122 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 17
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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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hWordsmythe, Jan 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

WuAnquo1, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

Snikwad1020, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Jason, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

dmorley21, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

BigJim5021, May 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

rolandboy, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

DavidGross, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

kattmunkel, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

ohiobeer29, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JLWelch27, May 26, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KYGunner, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

redleg64, Sep 03, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

SpdKilz, Jan 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Chilly_E, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

SirBentham, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Erish, Dec 31, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, May 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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Furry Black India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.