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Heavy Machinery Black IPA - Austin Beerworks

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BA SCORE
86
very good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bundy462 on 05-05-2013)
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This is one of my all time favorite Black IPAs and as the packaging says, this is just an IPA that happens to be black. It poured a deep black with a good tan head which was as expected. The aroma was tropical fruits and citrus hops with a slight hint of pine, and it was all IPA. The taste was as exceptional. This Black IPA was a monstrous mouthful of juicy citrus and tropical fruit hops that belittled its foreboding appearance. The finish held a lingering pine bitterness and a slight roast that was the only hint of it’s ebony appearance. The Black IPA was a fitting bookend to the fantastic Heavy Machinery IPA series and I hope they continue to release and re-brew these incredible IPAs.

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S: Caramel malt backbone with a heavy and spicy hop blast.

T: Caramel quickly washed away with a big hop blast. Pine, slight citrus, slight coffee.

M: Prickly to the tongue, yet a smooth and velvety body.

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S: Grapefruit and sweet chocolate.

T: Citrus hops and smokey chocolate malt. Good balance with almost no bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy. About as smooth as it gets.

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On tap at several places around Austin, most notably at the brewery, Craft Pride, and Cottonwood in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Clean grassy, floral hops up front. Then some toasted malts, lightly bitter coffee, then finishes with bitter grapefruit. Two different bittering aromas that I am not a huge fan of.
T: Follows the nose up front. At first clean grassy, floral hops. That quickly fades to a more resinous and thick character. This becomes more viscous with some chocolate and molasses flavors. Toasted malt, bitter coffee, and again finishes with more bitter grapefruit.
M/D: This starts of with a medium body, but progresses more towards a full and viscous body. If that makes sense. Again, at first there is a crisp, clean palate here. Though that merges to a thicker viscous and syrupy character. I have had several without a problem. Though to many things at odds with each other for this to be a regular go to of mine.

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16 fl oz silver aluminum can acquired as part of a 4 pack at my local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high as this beer's predecessor was on the Top 50 Southwest list. Reviewed as a Black IPA because the label identifies it as an IPA and it's clearly dark when pouring.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of decent khaki colour. Frothy and nicely creamy. Has good thickness and flocculation. Consistency is smooth, even, and gorgeously silky. Could have a better complexion. Lacing as the head recedes is inconsistent and uneven, but nevertheless appealing. Head retention is very good for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black reminiscent of cola. Opaque. Lacks vibrance, but then it's quite dark. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

It's looking pretty standard for a Black IPA. Not unique or special.

Sm: I pick up dark malts, cocoa, floral hops, fruity hop character (tangerine, grapefruit), cream, and some oily hop character with plenty of resins. Caramalt comes through as well. Like most Black IPAs, the malts and hops seem to clash. I do like the hop character in general, and I'm hoping this is one of those rare Black IPAs that actually gets the balance right.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. I don't find any off-notes. It's a clean pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: I'm surprised to find some sort of mint family plant in the taste; I didn't expect it to be as herbal as it is. Unfortunately, the resinous and oily hops take a major backseat to the generic floral hop character, which itself clashes with the dark malts and caramalt-induced sweetness. I'm glad there's no unchecked hop bitterness, but it's ultimately a fundamentally imbalanced build. There's almost a juniper character here.

No yeast character comes through. It does have some alcohol warmth, to its detriment. There aren't any off-flavours.

The beer has a general cohesion, but is far from gestalt. Average duration, depth, and intenisty of flavour. Not a real complex Black IPA. It isn't subtle or intricate, but the juniper/mint notes do lend it some needed nuance. I don't doubt that this was an inspired effort - they clearly tried - but the execution just falls flat in practice. I'm not a big fan.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely creamy. Coating. It's fairly filling - too much so for a hoppy beer. Medium to full-bodied. Has a bit too much weight on the palate. The texture suits the taste well in a general sense, but the mouthfeel does suffer from a minor bite due to its overcarbonation. The boozy warmth isn't doing it any favors either.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: A downable but ultimately forgettable Black IPA. It's rare that a brewery really nails this style given the careful balance of ingredients required, and Austin Beerworks doesn't have what it takes. This joins the large and growing list of failed attempts at the style. Maybe we should just leave this style to foreign brewers (especially Mikkel) and the Pacific Northwest. I'd caution friends against picking up a 4 pack of this. While I'm sure local reviewers will award this high marks, I'd caution out-of-staters against trading for it. It's fundamentally flawed.

Finally, on a packaging note - what the hell? Let's put our seasonal IPAs in cans that have at least some differentiating characteristic on the label. For all their fuckabout delaying, TABC somehow approved this labeling scheme?

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Heavy Machinery Black IPA from Austin Beerworks
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.