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Alpha Blackback - Round Guys Brewing Company

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Alpha BlackbackAlpha Blackback

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another CAN from the kings of CANs here in Lancaster, PA - The Friendly Greek bottle shop! Man, they have really stepped up their game and we are getting some great beers as a result.

From the CAN: "A black India Pale Ale: Contains four types of malt and six types of hops. While we change the hop aroma and flavor with the seasons, we CAN promise you 'No monkey business, just well rounded beers'".

The Crack! was loud and although it did not unleash a gusher, it did allow a little bit of foam to peer out through the opening. This led me to utilize a gentle Glug as I do not need foam all over everything. Be advised: their CANned beers seem to be highly, if not over-, carbonated! I still would up with a glass mostly filled with dense, light-tan head, but on the bright side, it was falling pretty quickly. Subsequent pours caused it to foam back up, at one point creating a puffiness that looked like to top of a coffee ice cream cone. Hee hee. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby/garnet highlights (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity. Nose kind of reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream - minty and chocolaty and I have no idea why I am obsessing on ice cream tonight. I have developed a mild lactose intolerance as I have grown older and so I rarely indulge in ice cream. I guess that it just makes for a good simile. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was actually more hoppy than roasty, giving it a chance in my book. I usually eschew the style as the dark roasted malts tend to overshadow the beloved hops. Not in this case! Here, the malts imparted more of a dark chocolate flavor that worked really well with the minty, piney hops. I was put in mind of a York Peppermint Patty, especially on the cool finish. Alpha Blackback: Get the sensation!

Serving type: can

04-26-2014 01:15:11 | More by woodychandler
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is another canned beer courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of the can, with a black color and several inches of head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some bitterness, a bit of chocolate as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

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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

Serving type: on-tap

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Pennsylvania

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Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.8%

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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2013 22:19:27 | More by BeerPowered
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Leadoffhitter


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-01-2013 07:44:05 | More by Bob402
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

12-13-2012 23:54:45 | More by rprinz22
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 06:06:59 | More by Knapp85
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:44:04 | More by jmdrpi
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:44:40 | More by jaasen64
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

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Alpha Blackback from Round Guys Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.