Skunk Black IPA - Three Heads Brewing
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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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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
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
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
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
Acquired via trade
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Skunk Black IPA from Three Heads Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.