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Winter Solstice Black IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.89
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Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdwalsh on 12-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed on the day of the solstice, this brew is Black as the dead of winter with a taste as bright as the golden sun. Better than frost, the bite of Winter Solstice BIPA is strong enough to lift you out of the winter blues!

72 IBU
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
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3.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served in a shaker pint.

The body is an opaque, maple brown with golden highlights, only a white ring at the top of the glass.

This nose is very resinous, with some roasted malts and grapefruit hanging in the background. That is nice.

The resin-y hops and a nice wallop of bitterness kick things off. Then comes that roasted and smokey malt flavor. This black IPA finishes with a little sour citrus kick, some pine, and a crisp bitterness.

The body has some decent weight to it, nice and creamy.

Winter Solstice has a nice balance of roasted, smokey malt flavors and a very bitter hop profile that errs towards piney notes, just a hint of grapefruit. This was a fun beer.

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3.81/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black is right. Very black in the glass a little brown on the pour. The head is about a one finger beige ordeal. 4.5

S: Aroma is not very strong; it's mildly hoppy with some roast. It's not bad, but I don't get enough hoppiness to really consider it good for an IPA. 3.5

T: Black roastiness is much more pronounced here in the taste than the hops. There's a slight, very minor astringency. Maybe some German hops? (I was told by the brewer it's actually all American hops, but not which) No big piney Cascade area/style hops at all. I like it, but I don't know if it's an IPA. But that's what they call it 4.0

M: A little thin/sharp, especially with the slight astringent taste. But the finish is smooth. I go back and forth between smooth and sharp. 4

D: Something just doesn't jive quite right with this beer to me. I'd almost be inclined to call it more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA. 3.5

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Winter Solstice Black IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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