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Deceptio - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Retsinis on 04-04-2011)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewery says this is made with dark roast wheat malt. Hops are Simcoe and Crystal. Very dark mahogany color in the glass. Less fully carbonated than average; pours with little head. Very fragrant with the spicy and flowery hops. Not particularly bitter, certainly not in the usual IPA sense. I will have to disagree and call this an American Black Ale and it would make a good showing in that category.

At Local Habit in San Diego, where they say they occasionally have a Hess beer on tap, but the brewery is pretty low production for now. Definitely clean and promising beers.

mactrail, Nov 11, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Hess

A: Deep crimson tinged brown in the glass with a froth of brown sea foam rising an inch above the liquid.

S: An aromatic blend of pine, grapefruit, and orange, with near balancing roasted malt. Perfumy and floral with light chocolate notes.

T: Sweeter than I expected, with almost a sugary quality. A dry moderate bitterness accompanies notes of pine and orange pith. Malt is roasted with a dash of chocolate. The finish is bitter and lightly roasted with some evident astringency. Bitterness is pithy and dry.

M: Upper medium body with carbonation to match. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A solid effort. The flavor failed to match the implied promise of the aroma.  

HopHead84, Jul 16, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hess Brewing in San Diego, CA.

Pours an opaque brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2013
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Black IPA, just to be clear. They listed it as a Cascadian Dark Ale, but this "American IPA" was the closest style to this on BA, as it is not an Ale.

Had this as part of taster flight, and I got about a 5 to 6 oz pour. Served on tap at the brewery.

The beer pours a deep murky brown, with a foamy 2 inches of head, that slowly faded, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

The aromas are of floral hops, lighly roasted malts, and a bit of very light coffee.

The flavors mirroed the nose. Floral hops up front, and mild roasted malts in the middle, with a creamy finish.

The mouth is also creamy with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, probably the best black IPA, I've had to date. It's it s growing style, but some were just a one and done for me, but this was very nice. A few of their beers have this creaminess to them and their beers are indicated as Organic, and it's pretty clear they are unfiltered as well, so they pack a lot of flavor.

Retsinis, Apr 05, 2011
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Deceptio from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.