Vader Black IPA - Gilgamesh Brewing
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Hoptometrist:
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- Poured a very dark brown with big fluffy off-white head that left big chunky, cascading lace.
S- Big roasted coffee, citrusy and grapefruit hops, some grassy and piney hop notes. Lots of coffee and hop bitterness in the aroma.
T- Big roasted coffee, piney and grassy hops, pretty big sweet bready notes, caramel syrup, toffee, light earthy notes ,and some light citrusy and grapefruit hops. Huge coffee and hop bitterness from start to finish.
M- Medium body, quite creamy, smooth, and mostly dry finish.
O- I am a big fan of this coffee infused hoppy ale. I had this at a beerfest earlier in the year and it was one of the best beers I had that night, glad to see Gilgamesh has started to bottle it. It has very bold coffee and hop character with high bitterness and it blends together nicely.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2013 03:52:28 | More by Hoptometrist
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which seems to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a light beige while the body is a chestnut to chocolate brown that glows burgundy and crimson when held up to the light.
Nose- Small but rounded coffee notes from the bottle which shows more nuance from the glass. It's fairly creamy and hints at caramel and chocolate. Some citrus- mostly oranges. After some time, roasted malt notes start to soar. Swirling shows much of the same. Not mind-blowing, but definitely has some promise.
Taste- Starts off with a nice front of coffee with cream and slight chocolate notes that moves into a middle of citrus (mostly oranges here as well) and then finishes with roasted malts with more of a bitter coffee aspect that mixes with pine and resin from the hops. Not all that complex but it is a fairly effective flavor profile. Good balance and integration. Some caramel that blends with the citrus of the middle and almost becomes burnt caramel with hints of matchstick but the coffee bitterness takes over before this. I've experienced coffee in CDAs (or CDAesque beers) before and I think it's a good way to go. Fair amount of presence but somewhat simplistic. Coffee is pretty solid and doesn't have any sour or acrid notes. Not a great beer but it is a good, solid one. I think some of the lower ratings may be from people who expected a more traditional black IPA rather than a coffee IPA.
Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with light carbonation and hints at smoothness and cream.
Drinkability- Fairly accessible and while not all that complex, it does keep my interest. 5 bucks a bomber seems fair and I might purchase this again.
Overall- Good, solid beer. Pretty true to a nascent style while being innovative at the same time. Definitely worth a try and I wouldn't pass this up if it were given to me. Not sure if I would buy it again. The lack of complexity is a factor in that.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:14:18 | More by artoolemomo
3.61/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
sampler on tap at the Salem Bite Brew-n-Food festival
bit of head, not much, though. fine veil of foam across surface. hops balanced by nice sweetness, a bite of carbonation. transitions from hops into sweetness. dark garnet / brown, finishes with kick at the front of the tongue.
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2013 23:48:49 | More by lighthabit
4/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint at Gilgamesh’s Lounge in downtown Salem. $4 Dark dark brown with a nice tan head..it was dark in the lounge! Nice roasty coffee, strong porter mixed with resiny hop aromas. Excellent creamy dark coffee taste up front then a nice dose of hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly. Good mouthfeel to this one..thick and tasty. Overall and excellent CDA..one of the better
Serving type: on-tap
03-17-2012 02:22:13 | More by Reidrover
Vader Black IPA from Gilgamesh Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.