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Black CPA - Odd Side Ales

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%


Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-31-2011)
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Reviews by guityler83:
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A opaque black color with only the slightest bit of browning around the top where the light can pass through. The head formed was slight, a finger tall, and fell quickly leaving only a dusting on top and a thin coating of lacing on the side of the snifter.

S: Tropical melon and mango hop aroma is moderate but bright and distinct. There is a nice subtle roasted coffee coffee aroma that comes through after a few minutes.

T: Strong coffee and caramel/toffee malt character on the first sip. Bitterness is moderate and the mango, tropical berry flavors are present but just supporting roles to the malt flavors in the beer. The flavors clash slightly for me, but others might enjoy them more.

M: Clean dry finish with a slight bit of roasty astringancy after the beer is gone. Moderate carbonation, not as drinkable as the normal CPA from Odd Side.

O: The strong roasted coffee flavor is nice in this beer but when you combine it with citra you get a confusing flavor profile. I think i'll stick to the CPA or get a stout but still glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:17:37 | More by guityler83
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This was a very tasty surprise! I would almost classify it as a Citrus Stout, oddly enough a good Citrus Stout. Roasted malt backbone, with a sour citrusy goodness on the palate. Works strangely well together. Got in a mix a six today and definitely will be picking up a sixer of it this weekend. Yummy stuff, cheers!

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

$2.19 (or $2.29) single poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Mostly black with some ruby tints on the side of the glass. Reasonable amount of lacing. Head falls to about half an inch and lingers.

Smell: A sort of peach or mango aroma is the most significant one as far as hoppy smells in this brew. Pretty sweet on the nose. There's a very faint roast character, but with eyes closed not knowing what this beer is, chances are you wouldn't guess it's a black pale ale.

Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the huge feel. It's a surprisingly big bodied beer, and it tends to foam up in your mouth on each sip. There's then that slightly juicy peach/mango sort of flavor on the middle of the tongue. The finish is, again, that faint roastiness. The dark character of this beer that I was expecting really isn't there, which is surprising as well as disappointing.

A decent beer, but Odd Side has done so much better. There's a nice peach/mango thing going on in this beer, which would be nice in a pale ale or IPA, but it's as if this beer was dyed black with food coloring. I guess that's sort of impressive that they hid the roastiness that well? For me, I wanted it. Additionally, the way Black CPA foams up on my tongue was kind of interesting at first, but it just got to the point where it felt like I was eating foam off of a float. Well, that's not true... I love it in that case, just not so much in a beer.

Black CPA is a reasonably good beer from Odd Side, but your pupils won't dilate. I don't know what the age of this beer is (date is gone for some reason), but hops tend to fade, not malt.

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Black CPA from Odd Side Ales
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