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Skunk Black IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Skunk Black IPASkunk Black IPA

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133 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

VaporDome, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of teromous
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Apathetiq, Jun 04, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -3.6%

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date indicated.

A: Deep brown on the pour, nearly black. Three fingers of rocky beige head boast excellent retention. Sticky clumps of lacing cement themselves to the glass.

S: Tangerine, lemon peel, hemp seed, oily, herbal, floral. Big balancing roasty scents of soot and charcoal, caramel and bread crust.

T: Hop bitterness at the outset. Floral, oily, hemp seed, leafy and herbal, tangerine and lemon rind. Charcoal and soot take over the mid-palate. Hop bitterness comes to the forefront again and leaves a gripping herbal and grapefruity bitterness behind. Brief spike of alcohol and tropical esters. Finishes with hints of soot and a gripping hop bitterness of ruby red grapefruit and peppery/spicy tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Enamel scraping hop astringency, slight alcohol warmth.

O: Fairly average across the board if I'm being honest. The style is fairly new and still being defined, but everything I expected to encounter is here. It just doesn't do anything to set itself apart from the pack. Something tells me this could have been a little fresher too. Bottled-on dates are always a plus.

ryan1788a5, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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
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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.

tdm168, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

MarkJBurch, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

dnolan36, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

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
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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!

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TonyY, Feb 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

PeerlessMark, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Andragos, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

C-Dog, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

chippo33, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

irs, Nov 24, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Nice dark brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a rocky 1 finger latte colored head that fades relatively slowly and leaves nice consistent lacing.

S: Toasted chocolate malts mixed with a nice hop aroma leaves a nicely balanced Black IPA.

T: Follows the nose directly. Nice mix of flavor of toasted darker malts, some cocoa nibs and some interesting hop mixes to balance everything out.

M: Not as thin as I would have thought. Medium bodied, better than average feel. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Very solid Black IPA. This is my first go 'round with 3HB and so far, I like what I've had.

suspect, Nov 11, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with just over a fingers worth of tan head

S: Some citrus and floral hops along with roasted malts make up the majority of the nose. Get some light coffee and dark chocolate from the malts

T: Starts off with a wave of citrusy hops and then transitions into a solid bit of roasted malts. Definitely get both aspects quite clearly. Finishes quite bitter and dry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good black IPA with good aspects of both hops and roasted malts. A little lacking in complexity, but still has good flavors coming through. Easy to drink as well, at 6.5%. Recommended if you're just getting into the style or like extremely balanced black ales

BEERMILER12, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dgeebs07, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

chefduff2, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dizzy242, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

JottaGibboo, Aug 16, 2012
Skunk Black IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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