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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

137 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of groetman
1/5  rDev -72.5%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BobCS
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - dark brown and clear (the liquid portion is very much like coca-cola in appearance), with a fine beige head

S - some citrus hops peak out in the aroma, but not as strongly as I was expecting given some reports

T - clean and aggressive hop character is there but completely overwhelmed by oxidation in the sample I am tasting. There is no freshness date on the 22 oz brown bottle, this was a relatively new addition to package store I bought it from, and I know this store typically handles it's stock with reasonable care. This sample is not light struck, but I believe it is heavily oxidized resulting in a tongue-coating wet cardboard that overwhelms the flavor and dominates the aftertaste before becoming filmy and soapy. The brewery hasn't been open long (just a few months) so it can't be too old, which suggests to me they have a packaging problem to work out.

D - This is definitely a drain pour I am afraid. I was looking forward to trying some Three Heads beers, since they are relatively local to me and relatively new. I will try again and re-review!

BobCS, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of PeerlessMark
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

PeerlessMark, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of marshmeli
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

marshmeli, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this beer. I really enjoy this style so I was excited to try this

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges and a 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Citrus and piney hops mixed with chocolate malt which for me creates a fruit pepples nose

Taste: Same as the nose

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: This in my opinion is one of the worst examples of the style. Avoid Avoid Avoid

DarthKostrizer, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of teromous
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.

teromous, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of rtaps
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark brown with an off white head leaving minimal lacing.

smells of citrus and pine hops with dark malts

taste kind of fallows the nose, dark malts and pine hops

mouth feel is medium bodied, overly carbonated.

overall it's an ok black IPA, that was a little to over carbonated and the flavors didnt blend all that great together IMO

rtaps, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
3/5  rDev -17.6%

MrVonzipper, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jsh420, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -17.6%

chippo33, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
3/5  rDev -17.6%

keithmurray, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of alemiester
3/5  rDev -17.6%

alemiester, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
3/5  rDev -17.6%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 3Hops
3/5  rDev -17.6%

3Hops, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is my first Black IPA. Been reading a bunch of reviews, and have been looking forward to it!

A- Poured into a tulip glass, it blossomed with a 1 1/2 finger creamy tan head that left a ton of lacing sticking like a web. Dark middle with ruby hips on this one! Looking good!

S- Hops, slight alcohol, and charred wood. Not quite smokey, but subtle hints of fire. Malt and just a note of fruit when inhaled. I'm liking this.

T- Definately charred Malts, smokey and toasty with a slight hop finish. Hops and grapefruit very faint against the dark malt... not so much IPA here... more like porter I think. Hmmm...

M- Very thin and watery... I was expecting something totally different from a beer this dark and roasty smelling. Char really covers up what little hop fruitiness is there.

D- Not bad, a little underwhelmed. Probably be good with really fatty and rich BBQ'd pork ribs or smoked fish... again... more smoked porter than IPA. Not bad, just not what I expected.

Thickfreakness, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of KELPAK
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

smelt of hops and grapefruit when i originaly opened the bottle but quickly faded away.

pours a dark brown with just a filmy head, very little corbonation.

The taste is surprising in the sense that it lacks flavor. I was expecting a heartier beer but it is somewhat light and there is just a hint of bitterness. It's very drinkable but i don't believe i'll be going out of my way for more in the future.

KELPAK, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ehammond1, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hops. Taste is of dark roasted malt and herbal hops. There is a weird chemical taste I am getting as well. This beer has a high level of carbonation which is too much for the style. Overall, this is an average beer that smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An extra received in an in-person trade with starrdogg. Thanks, Matt! As a ticker in denial, I appreciate the opportunity to try a beer from a brewery that's new to me.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer has a dense, brown head that's creamy and long lasting, leaving nice lacing. The nose is nice as well. With a blend of pine resin, dark crystal malt and moderate roasted malt character, this smells good. The hops smell fresh and moderately herbal as well, with a mildly minty note. Some cocoa does appear as it warms up.

The palate, OTOH, is a bit of a disappointment. Astringent hops, moderately skunky (ha!) in that is tastes overly dank, this is pretty bitter up front with a blend of hop bitterness, grainy (a la black patent) bitterness and herbal astringency. Hop flavor is on the lower end of the spectrum here, with a mild pine and some mint character. The mid-palate is rather disappointingly thin, further hampered by the excessive carbonation that adds a seltzer-like feel and the scrubbing taste of carbonic acid. Drying and bitter on the finish with some grain and hops, and just a touch of chocolate, this beer is decent. It seems a little haphazard, but that's par for the course with a "new" style, I guess.

DefenCorps, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first Three Heads beer, served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a dark, grape juice color (or lack thereof), with a nice, robust, sticky off-white head that stuck around for a good while.

S: Faint scent of roasted, nearly burnt, barley, and a bit of citrusy hop character poking through under closer inspection.

T: Pretty bitter... to much to my liking even. The hop profile plays second fiddle to the char, roast, bitter quality that resemble the burnt on crust of a used griddle. Not a pleasant characteristic.

M: Like I stated, this was pretty bitter, but not in a pleasant way at all. The lacing was ridiculous and the carbonation was sufficient.

O: This sucker was just screaming for more citrus. I don't think I'll have this one again.

Chaney, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Halluxone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Halluxone, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Falcone, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown color instead of the usual black. It at least has ruby undertones in the light. Thick head to boot.

Sweet with a mild touch of pine resin in the nose. This is going to err more on the malt side. I can see it.

Mellow and full of pine resin. Not much else of note on the tongue.

Lingering resin at the back. A "toasty" kind of feel.

Not bad. Not the hop bomb I was hoping for but then again, not all examples can be such a thing.

Brad007, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Kimbo1318
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Kimbo1318, Aug 30, 2013
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Skunk Black IPA from Three Heads Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.