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Skunk Black IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Skunk Black IPASkunk Black IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Yes, Skunk Black IPA. Big hop aromas hover over this perfectly balanced, dark beauty. Who knew a skunk could smell so good? Discover why a hint of roasted malt is the perfect complement to big hop flavor. Get Skunked!
6.5% Alc/vol. 75 IBUs

(Beer added by: John on 12-05-2010)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz bottle split two ways into tulips. Thanks to BA mmcgrath for giving me this bottle in a recent trade!

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch offwhite head that leaves a wall of lacing. Pours dark brown / black and continues to decorate the glass with eternal lacing.

Smell: Grape, some bread, and a slight hint of coffee. Mainly grape and a suggestion of hops. Good, but could be more pungent.

Taste: Interesting... roasted malt as husky and nutty up front, then grape and orange-y hops in the middle along with a bit of sweetness, finishing with roasted malt as black coffee bitterness.

Tough to score. I want to drop it down to 3.5 for not being bold enough with west coast hops, and because I'm not in love with the flavor. However, I really like that it's IPA strength hops with prominent roasted malt; most black IPAs, even when successful, are sort of porters/IPAs with identity crises. This is a roasted malt plus IPA hops experiment that works.

Along with the interesting interplay of roasted malt and hops, the overall flavor impression is refreshing, with a nice dry finish. Could be a bit more complex, but in all it's a lot tastier than the usual black IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp dry finish. Good carbonation.

Overall: Unique beer, glad to have tried it. I would like some more pungent hops and overall more complex flavor, but I'm enjoying this regardless. The level of sweetness really calms down the assertive hop bitterness and roasted malt, while still allowing the beer to be crisp and refreshing. Piques my interest in this brewery...

02-06-2012 03:29:01 | More by Pahn
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark cola color with a thinner but well retained beige head,aromas are full of piney hops and roasy/earthy tones,easily the best attribute of this beer in my opinion.Dry and heavily roasted on the palate,just alot of earth and roast,the hops come thu in a piney way in the finish but the beer is almost bitter in its dryness.I like dryer more bitter beers but this was just a bit to intense in its earthiness for me,for those who like the intense in you face kinda "rawness," this is for them.

07-05-2011 17:41:14 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Bring on the darkness ... and hops! Have not seen such great head retention for a good while ... we were tempted to float stuff on it, but we’d hate to taint this brew. Yup, it is black. Sweet oily hoppiness has mild hints of tangerine juice and fresh mint, with a faint edge of char in the nose and palate. Brown malt, faint dryness of charred malt, some chocolate graham cracker and a raisin component deep within. Hoppiness leads on far into the aftertaste. Mild burnt raisin and delicate alcohol warmth meet in the semi-roasted bitter finish. A pleasure to come by, an easy drink.

06-09-2011 13:40:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
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generallee

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It builds a two and a half inch medium tan head over a very dark reddish brown body. Inside the body there is some carbonation streaming up to the head which has nice retention and makes for some nice lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Right away I am greeted with firm herbal and leafy hop notes. Behind the hops are notes of caramel and fresh bready malts that also offer a light toasted nuance as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of herbal, piney and resin like hop bitterness up front alone with toasted/roasted malty notes. There is a slight fruity note in the background like unripe mango. It finishes with lots of hop bitterness and heavily toasted almost burnt malt notes slowly fading off the tongue.

Notes: Overall it is an average Black IPA. It brings lots of bitterness and some complexity to the table but not full harmony of its flavors.

11-24-2011 20:47:56 | More by generallee
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-28-2014 04:02:40 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 15:43:54 | More by mjtiernan
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dogfishandi

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

22oz. bottle split with a friend. around fridge temp poured into a pint glass. no freshness info.

looks very nice. pours out a dark brown with some rubiness in the light. great retention and wonderful sticky lace with a light tan colored head.

smells almost entirely of hops. hardly any malt detectable. mostly pine.

the taste is similar. resinous pine, earthiness, grassy, with some citrus which is more of an afterthought. some malt is there, but nothing really roasty. lots of sharp bitterness. something not quite right with the mouthfeel, really attacks all of your mouth.

kind of a decieving brew. tasty, but tasted more of a really sharp piney ipa, rather than a black ipa. i didnt get much of the dark malts.

04-15-2011 02:17:33 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

More brown than black IPA with a moderately sized brown head that eventually leaves dots of lace down the glass.

Floral and grassy aroma with a bit of earth and roast. Simple, almost like perfume.

Simple and mild flavors--not at all overly hopped. The roast component is mild as well. There simply isn't a lot here, though it's not anything bad or off-putting.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

An acceptable, average version of the style. No need to seek this one out again.

02-02-2012 18:02:42 | More by ehammond1
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Andragos

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-04-2013 13:52:21 | More by Andragos
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MrVonzipper

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-29-2012 23:13:46 | More by MrVonzipper
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ABokononist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

07-16-2012 01:27:21 | More by ABokononist
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Decent though not my best ever black IPA. The name had scared me but in fact the aroma was a little hoppy. On tap at Pizza Plant. A good mouthfeel. A blackbier with a bitter charge in the finish.Dark not much head.My first from this new brewery contracting somewhere where I expected it would not be as well executed.

01-20-2011 23:00:02 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing me this bottle.

A - dark brown with reddish hues; thin, soft cap of off-white, brownish head that fades after a few seconds

S - citrus, coffee, faint chocolate

T - roasted malts, faint coffee, big citrus, a bit sweet, some faint chocolate, piney, intensely bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice, easy-to-drink, complex beer. The hops and the malts are each complex on their own but impressively come together to create a balanced beer. The finish is intensely bitter which does wreak havoc on the palate after a while, but without the boldness of the hops the sweetness of the malts would become cloying. This isn't the best black IPA on the market but it's better than most. I'm very glad that I tried it.

04-05-2013 17:18:06 | More by tdm168
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a surprisingly clear dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy off white head shows moderate retention. Smells of pine and cirtus with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not quite porter like in the nose but the roast is definitely there. Pine and resinous taste mixed with a hint of chocolate and roasted grains. Medium body and carbonation level with a resiuos creamy mouthfeel. I really liked this one. Great Black IPA that almost ordered another one to my table.

04-06-2012 14:13:03 | More by WoodBrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Picked up a bomber for $6.50 at Brilbeck's on Tip Hill in Syracuse. The aroma has a surprising maple syrup note in the aroma, along with a mix of cocoa and grapefruit. The flavor is balanced between the smooth chocolate barley (though it's mild) and citrus rind that really builds in the finish. I'd want more flavor up front, but the big, biting finish makes up for it. The body is lighter and more drinkable for the style. Overall, a worthy take on the black IPA.

02-20-2012 03:28:28 | More by tempest
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Got this from indiapaleale, as part of my Fantasy Football BIF pay off! Brave name for a beer, the skunk on the label looks similar to a few I dodged on the way home the other night...Cheers Russ!

Pours an effervescent cola/black with a finger of mocha colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Piney & herbal hops, faint chocolate notes & stronger caramel once warm

T: Follows the nose, wet charred grain, some baker's chocolate up front. Dark chocolate & a touch of vanilla hides behind herbal & lemon rind hops, there also a touch of mint that makes me think "Girl Scout mint cookies" then some more forceful woody hops. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, dark chocolate, a touch of coffee & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style

02-28-2011 04:17:59 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

22 oz bottle into an IPA flute.

Pours black, maybe a darker brown, topped with a couple fingers of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a rich ¾ finger cap, which drenches the sides of the glass with a good bit of creamy sticky lacing. The aroma is a combo of floral and herbal tones, which sits on top of a layer of fresh citric grapefruit flavor. This is softened in the nose some by the presence of chocolate malts, while notes of smoky roast sit underneath and slowly rise up to encapsulate the other flavors.

The taste has some green citric hop flavor to it, which is well balanced by the chocolate and caramel sweetness of the malts. I think that the roast mostly takes the lead here though; adhering to those hops to help give this a fresh burnt bitter flavor that mostly trails a strong dry pithiness into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mostly softer silky creaminess to the carbonation that sees a good bit of oiliness to it on the edges. This does however leave just enough of a prickle on the tongue though to call this crisp. The alcohol is well hid here, with just a smidge of warmth on the tail end of the swallow.

This was another well done hoppy offering from Three Heads that seemed to find just the right mix of roast, sweetness, and hops to it, while a super easy feeling body kept this drinking very nicely for the size. The CBC seems to be doing right by these guys and the beers that they are putting out there. I’ve been impressed by these offerings from them so far.

06-24-2011 19:33:06 | More by Kegatron
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-06-2012 15:16:00 | More by dtx00
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dgeebs07

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-14-2012 16:44:41 | More by dgeebs07
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle has a code printed on the bottom "271 11 A1P 1812".

Poured into a small tulip this beer has a dense tan head and a veil of copious lacing around the edges. Lasting head retention, skim remains after awhile, after a few sips. Black body, duh.

Something grassy and green but indistinct hop wise, the aroma is colored by an odd swampy mix of soggy wet grains and vegetal notes.

Earthy dry bitterness works well with the roasty malt flavors, lingering resiny hop notes hang around for a few seconds. Some unsweetened bakers chocolate and green chlorophyll laden grasses. Medium bodied, dry feel and pretty drinkable.

Hope they send fresh stuff next time, this just arrived in the market and seems a little faded much like the Kind IPA I had a few weeks ago.

03-16-2012 02:32:34 | More by emerge077
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jsh420

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-12-2012 04:38:25 | More by jsh420
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-22-2013 04:19:42 | More by MarkJBurch
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pgofman

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-02-2012 19:23:22 | More by pgofman
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.31/5  rDev +18.4%

Growler procured from the brewery.

Pours a dark black, with a khaki one inch head. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smells include resinous pine needles and sap, roasted malt, and citrus.

Very similar flavor. The pine is dank, resinous and bitter, and plays of the roasted malt very well. This is not one of the roastiest black IPAs I've ever had- this is definitely more of a Black IPA than a hoppy porter, or something along those lines. Some mint and citrus are noted as well. Lingering hop bitterness stays on the palate as well.

Full, creamy body, dry finish, crisp mouthfeel. Insanely drinkable.

A dank Black IPA, hence the name. Lots of great piney hop flavors in this one. Don't be afraid of skunks in this case!

03-06-2013 00:30:25 | More by GreesyFizeek
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PeerlessMark

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

02-21-2013 00:48:35 | More by PeerlessMark
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Skunk Black IPA from Three Heads Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.