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Black Pale Ale - The Bronx Brewery

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Black Pale Ale
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 01-07-2013)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last week at Beer Authority in New York. This was the first time that I sampled anything from the Bronx Brewery and as a Black Ale, this was quite good with just a bit of a hop kick in the back. The mouthfeel was just a tad heavier than I expected and this almost had the smell and taste of a Porter. Given that I haven't had many examples this style, that's probably more common than not but regardless of the stylistic boundaries that this straddled, it was a good brew that was nice to sip before heading over to the Garden to watch some NCAA basketball.

This poured quite dark and should have been called a Black Ale, even with the hop presence in it. Not a memorable aroma to it but there was a strong, roasted element to it along with some coffee. This felt quite dry once I gave it a taste, along the lines of an Irish Dry Stout. Somewhat bitter, the dark notes faded nicely into the metallic hops that were in the back. Not cloying, creamy, or boozy, this beer had just enough body and carbonation to keep me interested in it, though it called for a bit of water afterwards to wash everything down.

The alcohol was present but subtle and the hop bitterness wasn't that long-lasting either. While not as strong as a Black IPA, this had enough characteristics of one to be classified as such. A nice offering from the Bronx Brewery that wouldn't offend anyone or blow them away at the same time. Some more hop bitterness would have made this true to stylistic form and more memorable but as it was, I enjoyed it sip after mellow sip.

JerzDevl2000, Apr 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

csmartin6, Mar 08, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours near black under a dark tan head that leaves rings of heavier lacing.

On the nose I get dark malts and chocolate.

Tasty and fresh tasting brew. More dark chocoate and dark malts. With hops drying out the finish.

Glad to try this full flavor and chocolatalicious black PA.

Billolick, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

cfadams17, Aug 22, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Buddha beer bar- pours a dark black color, with two fingers of mocha colored head, good retention and nice even lacing.

Smell is mild and mostly of light citrusy hops and chocolate malt.

Taste is more roasted and chocolate malts than hops by far. Somewhat disappointing and more like a rich porter than a black ale.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Won't get this one again, even though it's a decent beer. Not what I was thinking (too chocolatey and rich without enough hop presence) and definitely not as good as the rye.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 08, 2013
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civicm87, Jan 02, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal hop atop a full roasted malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront assertive toasted barley with a secondary herbal hop spice and a faint citrus.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty Blsck pale ale.

plaid75, Jan 13, 2014
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Photo of timfelix
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

various flavors will come to you. this has a hoppy start with malt following, with some sharpness to it. some bitterness, chocolate/coffee and hop flavors combine for a strong and good tasting brew. High quality stuff.
And in spite of some distinct hoppiness, my wife, who does not like overbearing hops also liked it, so there is some malt sweetness in there too.
If both my wife and I like it, many people will enjoy this one. But this is a strongly flavored ale- not for Coors light drinkers.
Looking forward to finding another product from this company

timfelix, Mar 01, 2014
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Black Pale Ale from The Bronx Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.