51K IPA | Blackrocks Brewery

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Blackrocks Brewery
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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brian700 on 09-20-2013

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Photo of Prager62
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the can, but I've never seen it in one of my go to stores in SW Michigan and bought a six when I recently came across it. Pouring it in my 13oz. tulip for the taste.

Look- Pours a cloudy dark gold leaving a finger of soapy white foam that settles leaving elegant lacing.

Smell- Faint pine, grapefruit and grain. Nothing too appealing.

Taste- Very floral in nature up front followed by some grapefruit and pine. An abundance of slick malt in the finish.

Feel- It starts very light and slick, then finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Overall- A more balanced and easy drinking IPA reminiscent of days gone by. I prefer a little more hop flavor and would take Two Hearted over this every time. In all a good beer, just too many better choices out there.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From @superspak for NBS BIF #3
Undated can at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of pine with some floral, lasts with only slight weakening
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular five to eight mm frothy ring and heaped frothy layer
Lacing – wide frothy rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor of pineapple, light and fruity, very low bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; very sessionable
Palate light to medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you strohme2 for this
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden copper with a large white head

S- Floral, touch of wet grass, hints of citrus and sweet malts, slightly piney.

T- Floral, faint hints of citrus, piney finish, balanced a nice somewhat sweet malt backbone.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid IPA, very easy to drink. I would be drinking this a lot if I lived in Michigan, not seeing any really flaws beyond to hints of wet grass in the nose.

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Photo of MisterMagoo
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is right up there with Bell's Two Hearted. One of my favorites. Hoppy heaven and a crisp finish. Very drinkable and tastes like an IPA should. 5*

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Photo of CarlTWahl
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I echo the comments of the person claiming "Russian Judge" (to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, a Yooper shalt speak no ill of anything from the Upper Peninsula), particularly given the beer wasteland it was before 2012/13. However, this is the first IPA I've ever had out of a can and it was spectacular for for its balance of hops and malt; also, when drinking it in the midst of pines and spruces, it delivers both the smell and taste thereby completing the ambiance of the Michigan's true North. Thumbs up in Marquette wish I could get it here.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy bright golden amber color with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head. It takes quite a while, but it eventually settles to a one finger thick cap. There are many thick streaks of lacing. Smell is very piney and floral with a little citrus and some sweet malt. Taste is the same with a very bitter finish. Feel is light side of medium and resinous. Overall a very good beer, just wish the sweetness was toned down a bit.

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Photo of tconlon69
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange citrus color, poured into a Luminarc IPA glass. Nice 1 inch creamy white head. Aroma of pineapple and floral notes. Very good carbonation. nice balance of malt and hopps. Very smooth IPA, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of macpapi
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a very foamy, white head. Bubbles linger on the edge of the pint glass--a somewhat classic look.

Smell is dominated by piney and floral hops. There is a touch of citrus on the nose as well, but it is almost overwhelmed by the earthy essences.

Taste has a good deal of malt, a bit of biscuit, and a whole lot of floral and piney hops. I detect no real citrus/grapefruit presence to this beer. The malt and hops are somewhat balanced, which is nice. However, it doesn't pack a full-bodied, full-flavored punch. It is a bit moderate in all aspects, and has nothing that is typical to the makeup of a great I.P.A.

The beer is light to medium bodied. It is moderately carbonated, and it packs a pretty potent bitter punch.

On the whole, this is a decent I.P.A. It is a good representation of the style in a way. I like the balance, but I am left a bit underwhelmed by the lack of flavor oomph here. Not bad; not great.

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Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden ale with a little bit of yeast haze. Almost two fingers of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Not the most intense hop aroma but I do pick up citrus, pine, and cut grass. Although the malt is not really making an appearance, there is something sweet laying low under the hops. The flavor is complete West Coast style. High bitterness with flavor notes of citrus, pine, and floral qualities. A slight sweet malt flavor makes a sudden appearance and quickly disappears. I would of liked a bit more malt to temper the bitterness a bit. A large IPA body that is expertly carbonated.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It is capped with several inches of white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

I smell a lot of citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine seem to stand out to me.

The taste is loaded with citrus. I wait for the pine or bitterness, and it never comes. This beer is all citrus and no bitterness with a dry finish.

Moderate mouthfeel

This is not your average IPA. It reminds me a lot of Hoof Hearted's IPA's that I have tried. If the bitterness of IPA's turn you off, try this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a medium orange-copper body, golden hue, two finger white head with nice staying power, good lacing and thin film and collar. Smells of sweet caramel, a bit of pine, some citrus, toffee. Balanced, not too resinous, but in some ways, it is a particularly bland nose. Flavour is similarly balanced; citrus, floral, toffee, caramel, pine. It's moderately bitter, surprisingly, based on the nose which didn't seem to promise too much in way of hops. Nicely balanced between the malt and hops; a more of a traditional IPA. Clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and refreshing, slightly drying bitter resinous finish on the backend. Overall, a solid IPA with a good malt presence, nicely balanced with just enough hops to keep things interesting. Tasty enough, not hard to get if you live in Michigan (which I don't), a very similar beer to Jai Alai.

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Photo of 98green
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack of cans at a local store. I hadn't heard of the brewer before, so made a quick check on BA to make sure it wasn't garbage. Turns out to be a good purchase, as this is a solid IPA. My palate isn't nearly good enough to qualify me for a full review, but there was a strong citrus-y hops smell and taste. I would say the malt build is rather mild, so the hop freshness is really forward. I will be on the lookout for more Blackrocks brews

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Quick review, couldn't take notes while drinking it.

Look - Pours a sunset yellow with a massive frothy off white head that sticks around throughout the drink. Carbonation is on medium. Leaves a lot of soapy lacing.

Smell - Centennial hops dominate the entirety of the nose.

Taste - Centennial hops dominate with a moderate malt profile. A bit watery as well.

Feel - Light and somewhat watery bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - It wasn't as great as I expected but would make a fine session IPA.

UPDATE : After drinking the rest of the six pack, I really do not like this beer. It is way too sweet.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of cans in Grand Marais while on vacation in the UP. A mystery beer at the time of purchase. Turned out to be a good one. Looks good, nice head, aroma more floral than expected. Flavor is a little piney, not much citrus, just enough bitterness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HJayS
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I kind of feel like the "Russian Judge" giving the best marks to a home-State beer, but this is tasty. It has all the attributes you want in an IPA. I read where someone said it was "dank" (in a complimentary way). This IPA reminds you of a cedar swampnear an open spring. It is certainly fresh and flavorful. $10/6-pack is definetly worth while. As good as any IPA!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the can, but I know it was a newer arrival at the store. I think this was a $2 can. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty heavy golden orange haze. Soapy consistency for the head, which is about two fingers in height. Sticky lacing throughout the glass. This is a beautiful looking IPA.

Smell: No canning date, as I said, but it definitely smells fresh. There's a raw dankness to it that is absolutely fantastic. Just like a fresh glass of hops -- spicy, biting earthy, herbal, and grassy sort of hoppy quality. This doesn't have a juicy aroma that many IPAs seem to have now, but it's great.

Taste/feel: As I expected, this is on the more bitter side for an IPA, so it'll cater to those who prefer a "raw" hop character in their IPAs. Bitter, sticky pine sap and hop oil is what comes to mind the most. Finish is pretty dry with a lingering bitterness and leafy flavor. The feel is moderate in body and carbonation, making this pretty drinkable. As it warms up, a perfumey flavor comes through -- in a GOOD way. I can't really explain it. It comes off as herbal or maybe a little like citrus.

Yep, that's a quality IPA. There's nothing revolutionary about it, but it's easily one of the best "dank" IPAs I've had recently. It could use just a little more sweetness in there to counter the sticky, dry bitterness, but it's still a delicious beer. Give this one a look if you're looking for an IPA that brings a biter, raw hop flavor. I have to wonder if they've tinkered their recipe a bit, because it seems like many people think this IPA is really citrusy. In any event, give it a go.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had last night on a warm humid evening for southern michigan. This hit the spot. Perfect ipa for a hot summer day. It's nothing special but really quenches your thirst. Will get again.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer offers grapefruit, grass, a bready malt in the middle with a grassy finish along with grapefruit peel.

A well made straight forward IPA, albeit not extremely exciting.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can as an extra from trade. The aka! Pours hazy goldeneye orb a massive fluffy white head. Very floral aromatics off the top with some interesting fruity citrus and perfume notes going on. Flavor is a bit on the maltier side and some stale floral hops. No date on the can so tough to tell if it's old or just supposed to be that way. Decent buttering coming through, so I suspect it's not just an old brew. Medium slick body, dry finish, with medium plus carbonation. Drinkable and fine but not something to seek out. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a golden pale yellow with good clarity. Really nice foamy white head that leaves rings all the way down and retains to a nice bubbly crown.

S - heavy on the malts, piney, citrus zest.

T - Big malt forward rush that gets balanced nicely with a layers of hops. Citrus zest, hop resin. Bitter finish.

O - Really solid IPA from yet another Michigan brewery. First beer from this brewery - I will def try more.

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Photo of Strix
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with nice head and leaves nice trails of lace.

Pine-centric smell, a little bready note to it.

Mostly pine with a bit of orange rind and a bready crackery base. Slightly peppery finish.

Mouthfeel medium-thick, not overly viscous.

This was quite solid. Nothing overly fancy, and didn't have the bite of some of the bigger IPAs but there was certainly nothing wrong with it and sitting on a UP beach with 2 of these would leave me a happy man. I'll look for Blackrocks again when I have a chance.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Young's nonic pint.

A- A sloppy pour creates 2-1/2 fingers of frothy, white head that reminds me of homemade whipped cream. Slightly hazy, deep golden body is just a shade or two short of copper and sports light carbonation. The head just won't quit, never dropping below a 1/2 finger or more and leaves awesome stick.

S- Lots of hops. Mostly pine and herbal. Some grapefruit sneaks out later on. It seems quite fresh and very clean. A little sweet tropical fruit.

T- More hops as suggested by the aroma. Very piney and herbal. Malts peak through as cracker-like or a little bready. Malts don't stand out, but add a sweetness to keep the hops in check.

M- Medium body, light carbonation, very dry/clean, light hop bite.

O- This is a very solid IPA. I could see this as my beach, campfire beer due to is availability in 12oz cans. MIT doesn't necessarily stand out with any bells or whistles, but it certainly does the job (good balance, smooth flavors). Some proceeds going to MI trials is icing on the cake.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden copper, haze with a swirl of cloudiness, virtually no carbonation. 4 fingers of creamy yellow tinged head with excellent retention, honeycomb lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, fruit punch, all strong and present upon opening the can, as well as light onion, garlic, red pepper.

T: Tropical fruits and pine, vodka all in a balanced mix. Juniper berries, and alcohol reminiscent of gin.

M: Resinous thick body, little carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Great on all accounts, yet unique in its freshness and in all the qualities I mentioned on the taste.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Blackrocks Brewery's 51k IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. These cans just started showing up and I've never had anything from this Brewery before and I thought I would start off with their IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice outdoor activity vibe to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy slightly orange golden color that took on more of a darker golden orange hue when held to the light with two fingers of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking IPA, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and it's the citrus and citrus rind like hops that stick out the most with some tropical fruit/ berry like aromas and some floral hops aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a light creamy aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt and caramel malt like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, the hop profile was really nice and juicy, it was the highlight of this beer.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the floral hops seem to stick out a little more and there's a light earthy hop aspect that shows up, but it's still the citrus rind like hops that stick out the most. Up next comes that same light creamy aspect followed by a slight berry flavor and the malts are the next to show imparting a light sweet malt and caramel malt like flavors. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of medium bitterness that doesn't really linger and there's a floral and citrus hop like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the hop profile was pretty good, but I thought it could have used just a little more bitterness.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought that it was a good example of an IPA, it did have couple things that held it back just a little, but other than that this beer was for sure going in the right direction and I enjoyed drinking it. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see drinking a couple of these and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the warm weather and since it's in can I wouldn't mind taking a few of these to the beach. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, those aspects just seemed a notch above the rest and along with the hop profile they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the bitterness, I thought it was a little low for an IPA and it was close to the bitterness level that I would expect from an American Pale Ale. I would buy this beer again, I wouldn't mind getting a six pack for the beer fridge and I recommend this to anyone who likes IPA's or hoppy beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with beer and I was just a little impressed since I thought the aroma was pretty impressive for an IPA and it really caught my attention. I think it's a little unique for the style and it reminds me a little of Oddsides Instigator IPA, maybe they use some of the same hops. This beer made for a good first impression for Blackrocks Brewery and I'm pretty interested in trying more beers from them. I think it's up there as one of the better IPA's I've had and I think this beer could hold it own against a lot of higher rated IPA's. Good work guys, I didn't know what to expect from you guys, but this one was pretty note worthy, keep up the great work.

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