Revival Double Black IPA - Revival Brewing Co.
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4.16/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color; the tan head pancakes down, leaving some splashy lacing behind
Smell: Burnt toast, lemon and pine
Taste: The hops jut forward here, with the lemon from the Soriachi Ace and the pine from the Chinook each staking a claim; roasted and slightly burnt toast flavors build underneath through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together though the lemon emerges just a bit triumphant in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: One of the best ABAs I have encountered, showing tremendous balance and a creative hop profile
09-04-2013 23:49:20 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev -2%
I'll admit, this was only a 4 oz. sampling at Mews Tavern in RI but I'll give it review anyway.
It was dark as advertised and I really couldn't get a sense of the head. It hid the 8% ABV pretty well and was well balanced between the 85 IBUs and the malts. The only thing that holds this brew back for me is the mouth fell. I thought it was a bit on the thin side for my taste but I'm sure some others will be fine with it.
Definitely worth a try.
07-05-2013 00:19:11 | More by ExtraStout
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
A-Pours very dark. Small sample size relegates my other depictions of the appearance to mere assumptions.
S-I enjoyed the nose but thought it could use a bit more muscle. Its very well balanced. I actually thought it may lean toward the malty side. Lots of roast and chocolate with a subtle mixture of ripe citrus and piney hops.
T-The flavor I like even better. The malt is loaded with sweet chocolate tones. The hops are floral and quite citrusy. It makes me think of a chocolate orange, the one you whack in a table to break open. Perfect balance and I enjoy how the malt may provide more than the hops here.
M-A bit creamy. Growing bitterness. No booze. Tickling bubbles.
O/D-An enjoyable brew. One of the best Rhode Island brews I have had. A memorable take on a style that can be volatile.
06-11-2013 22:55:00 | More by VelvetExtract
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with slight ruby highlights around the edges and a frothy, small bubbled, thin head coating the surface. Aromas of roast and chocolate, with resiny and bitter hops presence to balance out the nose. Very rich smells. Flavors are bitter and resiny on the forward tongue, with a darkly roasted backbone of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is a bit off balance, with bitterness at the beginning and end overpowering. The body is light, and the carbonation makes it effervescent, and almost sharp. Bitter roast and hoppy aftertaste, with a dry, almost astringent finish. Roasty linger left behind. This one was promising, but it came off the rails a bit at the end.
06-07-2013 00:43:26 | More by GarthDanielson
4.11/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a dark black color. Didn't pours like a stout, though. There was about 2-3 fingers of a light tan, almost white head. Some lacing is left on the glass as I get through this.
S: When I first poured this all I smelled was piney hops. I let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and smelled again and chocolate malts was the main scent I picked up. Upon further sniffing, combination of heavy chocolate and faint hops is what this brew gives off. Definitely unique.
T: Wow, this is unique. Chocolate malts with some piney, resin-like hops. I can taste the Chinook hops but the Sorachi ace isn't really picked up. I picked up a little caramel hops as well. Bitter tasting on the end. Nonetheless there isn't much beyond the chocolate, caramel and the hops.
M: This is a medium to full bodied brew. More on the medium side, though. Kinda dried my mouth out, which is customary with IPAs.
Overall: This brew has gotten better as I've continued to drink it. There are some good qualities that lie within this. The chocolate malts combined with the Chinook and Sorachi Ace hops is definitely a unique and delicious combination. I like this brew and I'll definitely continue to buy this in the future. Great job Sean!
04-12-2013 03:31:52 | More by RichD
4.9/5 rDev +25.3%
A: pours fairly viscous and black in color about 2 fingers of a khaki head which stuck around for awhile with a good ammount of lacing when held to the light shows that there are dark brown notes on the color of the beer
S: lots of resin on the nose but mostly a kind of dank and earthy smell coming from the hops ending with some chocolate malt character
T: very well balanced taste the the earthy bitterness of the hops blends well with the chocolate undertones of the malt again the taste is reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate
M: full bodied very creamy mouthfeel very easy to drink very light carbonation like most darker beers should be
O: drinks well may be the best of example of a black ipa that I have had even more than the west coast black ipa's including Firestone walker I always felt that the fruity west coast style ipa's didn't fit well with the dark malts but this beer strikes that perfect balance which proves tha east coast style ipa's fit with these malts better so overall the earthy hops and the chocolate malts great a great blend go and get some of this
01-13-2013 05:15:49 | More by smcnulty1981
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
12 Ounce bottle poured into a US Pint glass.
Was great on tap, let's see how the batch of bottles turns out.
A: Deep brown, and a two finger, tan head which stays around for a while. Nice off-white lacing all over the glass. Very nice and sticky looking.
S: Citrus hops, tiny touch of pine, a lot of roasted malts, cacao powder.
T: Has a nice grapefruit quality in the hops up front, but is quickly balanced by a great malt backbone. Nice coffee flavours sneak through. Not overly hoppy, not too malty, it walks the line perfectly. This is a prime example of what a "Black IPA" should taste like.
M: Medium to full body, smooth carbonation.
O/D: With a bunch of Black IPA's seeming like a fad, this flagship beer proves that the style can stick around for a long, long time.
01-05-2013 14:55:09 | More by mostpoetsdo
3.48/5 rDev -11%
12oz bottle poured into snifter
Opaque black with a bubbly, thicker tanned head. Dissolves into patchy lacing with a wisp of filmy retention.
Piny hops with hints of citrus peel. Softly bitter, roasted dark malts, coffee beans, chocolate and a hint of smoke.
Sticky pine needle hoppiness and a touch of citrus with grapefruit. Resinous, lightly sweet and roasty. Warming dark malts, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of smoke. Finishes bitter with a hint of alcohol warmth.
Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Decent black DIPA with a nice pine-hop profile.
12-29-2012 23:15:00 | More by xnicknj
Revival Double Black IPA from Revival Brewing Co.
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