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Alpha Blackback: Black IPA - Round Guys Brewing Company

Alpha Blackback: Black IPAAlpha Blackback: Black IPA

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.2%


Brewed by:
Round Guys Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tobelerone on 08-15-2012)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
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tedho21

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4/5  rDev +19%

02-24-2013 03:40:26 | More by tedho21
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

at Local 44 during a summer night thundershower

a: served in a shaker pint, deep brown in color, black in the dim barlight, a deep mocha head with great retention

s: the nose opens with dry cocoa, burnt sugars, and roasted barley with a medium current of earthy pine hops, nice start

m: medium bodied with a medium, smooth carbonation

t: burnt sugars sweeten flavors of dry cocoa and deeply roasted barley, porter-like malts at times, deep pine hop flavor, earthy, well bittered but with balanced intensity, long char finish

o: a nice version of the style, not as refined as some versions, but the flavors hit well and the hops are totally satisfying

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2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A friend brought a growler home to me after visiting the brewery. I was excited to try it because I'd been hearing a lot about Round Guys lately. It poured out a pretty mahogany color. The head was thin and very bubbly.

Aroma was pine, floral, coffee. Mouthfeel a little thin, and a bit too carbonated. Rich roasted malt flavor battling with citrusy hops.

This beer seems off to me. The aftertaste had a twinge of something floral and bitter. For some reason, it makes me think of a farmhouse ale. It's not bad, but its a bit off style.

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3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a decent deep brown color with a light brown head on top that settled rapidly. The smell of the beer was decent, not as much hop aroma as I hoped for. There was some just not quite enough. The main aroma was focused on the dark malts which give off a stout-like quality. The taste of the beer was malty, roasted with the spark of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes dry. Overall this beer is decent but could use some work in my opinion. It's still worth trying though.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%
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12 oz bottle, stick on label indicates Batch #3, 10/29/12. So less than a week since bottled.

when I pop the cap, it was a gusher. 4 inches of expanding head overflows the glass. not quite black in color, tan head. smell is a strong lemon hop flavor. taste is slightly roasty and strong earthy and citrus hops. lemon again. medium thickness, lower carbonation after the foam dies down.

overall - aside from the over carbonation, it's decent, but nothing special.

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jaasen64

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2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to stmgl01. Poured into Founders snifter. On label says Batch #3 October 29, 2012 (I'm guessing that's a best buy date). 6 different types of hops used- says they change the hop flavor + aroma with the seasons.

A- Pours a dark black with a big fluffy 3-finger mocha brown head that has nice retention and leaves fairly thick foamy lacing. Decent carbonation of steadily rising bubbles.

S- Floral hops mixed with some chocolate and light espresso. A little bit above average aroma strength. Don't really care for how the floral mixes with the chocolate in this, as it has an off-putting plastic smell.

T- Floral hops mixed with a little bit of citrus bitterness mixed with roasted malts and some light baker's chocolate. A slight plastic aftertaste. A little bit better then the smell, but still the hops and chocolate malts are not mixing well at all.

M- A little bit on the thin side, over-carbonated, okay drinking wise, abv decently well hidden.

O- I don't really know much about this brewery, but this beer definitely has some work that needs to be done. I'll admit that I've been spoiled with black IPAs lately, but this is by far my least favorite one. There was just something very off-putting about the aroma and taste. I felt like the hops and the malts clashed and did not go very well together and there was an odd off-putting slightly plastic presence to it. I will not be having this one again, the last half of the glass was a drain pour.

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3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Round Guys. They wisely don't make an IPA, citing the flooded market, but instead offer this Cascadian entry as their most highly-hopped creation.

Pours a murky looking deep brown, nearly black color, totally opaque, with a finger of tan head that settles down quickly. Lacing is patchy and fairly minimal overall. Nose is a strong mix of roasted, almost burnt malts; a touch of baker's chocolate; citrus, resiny and dank hop notes.

The flavor combines all of the above; the malts have a roasted, nearly charred taste, hinting at smokiness; the hops are bitter, resinous, dank, acrid. Faint onion garlic note. Dry finish with lots of lingering bitterness. I'm not so sure all these flavor notes hung together very harmoniously for me; in the end they felt more muddled then artfully married.

Medium body, smooth carbonation, somewhat creamy feel. No complaints here. I'm not a huge fan (anymore) of this hybrid style, but I can still get into it on occasion, and really wanted to like this one. In the end, however, I didn't feel it was one of this brewer's best nor a standout in terms of the black IPA style. Decent, not exceptional, to my tastes.

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08-15-2012 03:03:57 | More by tobelerone
Alpha Blackback: Black IPA from Round Guys Brewing Company
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