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51K IPA - Blackrocks Brewery

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51K IPA
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Blackrocks Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brian700 on 09-20-2013

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good but not hoppy enough for my palate.

Photo of pb9613
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally on my trips north to the UP of Michigan, I look forward to a side trip to Wisconsin for a New Glarus fix. This time I stayed local and tried Blackrock Brewery out of Marquette. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy light orange with a thick white head that lin gered throughout the entire session

Smell: A nice citrus (mainly grapefruit) and pine hops aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Great balance between the malt and the hops. The caramel sweetness does not overpower the malt backbone. This beer has has a solid hops slap in the face expected in an IPA but is balance with the sweetness of the malt. A huge grapefruit and orange citrus overtone balanced by the pine of the other hops all shine through.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied IPA with a carbonation level that is pretty good for this style. The oils from the hops do not interfere with the head retention and limit’s the loss of the carbonation.

Overall: A good example of an American IPA. Whish I could get it around where I live but just another reason to head to the UP of Michigan. It is overlooked because of the limited population and therefore the limited number of breweries.

Photo of patre_tim
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of lochef81
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My beer guy gave me one of these to try....glad I did. This ale pours a hazy tangerine color with a thick and lasting white head and a substantial amount of lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus and pine hops. Nothing extraordinary but damn good and very fresh. The mouthfeel is quite chewy for a single ipa. It is somewhat thick and dry, coating the palate with a substantial amount if hop bitterness. The flavor confirms the nose with a generous amount of citrus and pine hops upfront followed by a nice malt backbone and finishing with a very pleasant hoppy bitterness. This is not an incredible beer of note but a damn good offering from a brewer that I am nit familiar with. Cant wait to try more from them.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Floral hops and some light citrus (grapefruit and orange).

T - Follows the nose. Lots of floral hops and a nice amount of grapefruit. There is a nice sweet bready malt backbone. Nice bitter finish that goes away quickly.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oily resinous finish.

O - This is a very nice easy drinking citrus forward IPA. Above average.

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is Delicious! perfect balance of NA NA and NUE NUE.

Photo of Strix
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/floral and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Feels like an all around classic example of an American IPA, very enjoyable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Brian700
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: let's start with smell since its the first of the senses that is stimulated as soon as you crack it open. It is a full on on blast of citrus and a little bit of pine. Very pleasing.

Appearance: pours a coppery pale with pretty good clarity and a nice white foamy head. Looks enticing.

Flavor: It has a big bold up front hop bite while still maintaining a caramel-like backbone. While I don't personally like a lot of caramel malt in my IPAs, this one has just enough of it to make it a well thought out beer.

Mouthfeel: it is medium bodied with a nice resiny finish that let's you enjoy the flavors well after the sip.

As my review might be a little biased since I help out at Blackrocks, this review is my honest opinion that I would give to the brewers themselves. Well done for a small brewery that is making a name for themselves.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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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51K IPA from Blackrocks Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.