Skunk Black IPA - Three Heads Brewing
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I went to RIT and this brewery was never around when I was in school (they just began in 2010), but their beers seem very hoppy and right up my alley so I was excited to find this at a local store. Black IPAs are popping up all over and while I have only had a few (Southern Tier and Otter Creek) it is a style I definitely enjoy quite a bit and I hope it keeps getting more popular.
A - Pours an opaque blackish-brown with a one finger light brown head. Good retention on the head and sticky lacing.
S - Piney and floral for the most part with slight hints of chocolate and roasted malt.
T - Somewhat sweet and dark up front followed by a blast of piney hops and a bitter, dry finish. Hints of chocolate and coffee in the finish. It's like someone mixed a porter with an American style IPA, and the result is quite delicious. Lingering taste is bitter and earthy and slightly metallic. I will admit it tastes less hoppy than the nose led on, but I enjoy what's going on here.
M - Very wet and smooth, not slick or oily like IPAs can tend to be. Slightly sticky on the lips. Carbonation level seems just right to me. Seems a bit too thin and watery though.
D - Probably too bitter for me to session but that seems to be par for the course for this emerging style.
Overall I was a little let down and expected a bit more bang from this. I'd have to say of the few black IPAs I have tried so far the Otter Creek Alpine has been my favorite. The Southern Tier Iniquity was incredible but more of an imperial of this style. Still worth a try and I can't wait to find their Kind IPA! If I was still in Rochester I'd definitely be hitting this place up with my growler.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2011 00:29:00 | More by BeerPhan86
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3.64/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Well, Three Heads would be about right as this beer pours "all head" with a slowly rising coffee liquid at the base.; of course, the retention is great - in fact, this head sticks to the top of the pint glass like a glacier
Smell: Roast, citrus peel and a hint of mint
Taste: Roasty, up front, with a burgeoning bitterness that adds some citrus peel, coffee grinds and a hint of mint, in the middle; after the swallow, the taste flattens out, bringing some earthy mineral tones, though the bitterness persists in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body (slightly thin) and overly fizzy
Overall: There are some promising elements to this beer both in the aromatics and some of the flavor elements but overall it seems to miss the mark
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 01:04:42 | More by brentk56
2.83/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A: The body of the beer is dark brown, but not completely opaque. Even in dim lighting I am able to make out shadows through the glass. The head is off-white, very large, leaving very nice lacing on the glass.
S: There are very good aromatics. I get some sharp pine scents, then I'm hit immediately by a waft of malt and caramel scent. It immediately conjures images of how a barleywine smells.
T: Lots of roasted flavor, followed by loads of pine. Lots of bitterness. I mean the bitterness is huge in this beer, but there isn't enough hop flavor. There's some charcoal flavor mixed in there as well. I'll do my best to explain this, but there's too much malty sweetness and too much harsh bitterness. There is far to little hop flavor to counteract all of this.
M: The beer feels on the thin side while drinking, but it is so packed full of bitterness and malt flavor that it makes it very hard to drink.
O: Overall I was not a fan of this black ale, and I really can't recommend it. It's all over the place...it's somewhere in "Barleywine Land" without as much mouthfeel. It really needed more hop flavor. The bitterness was there. I get it, it's supposed to be hoppy...but there's more to hops than plain bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 20:20:28 | More by teromous
Skunk Black IPA from Three Heads Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.