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Lake Fever Black IPA - Howard Brewing Company

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Lake Fever Black IPA
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Howard Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Onenote81 on 11-07-2012

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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 3
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Foggy Rock in Blowing Rock, NC for lunch, and saw this new one from a new NC brewery! I love seeing new stuff on tap. Let's see how this one fares...

The pour yielded a deep black, with no transparency. A small khaki head capped it off. The nose is a bit underwhelming with a lack of potency, that may be due to its icy-coldness. There's some notes of piney hops, toast, citrus - it's just not fresh and potent.

Moderate carbonation - the tap hasn't hindered this one one bit. Smooth creamy finish that makes this one easy to drink. The flavors are a little more refined than the aroma. Sharp bitter hops right smack at the onset. These fade away to char slightly acrid-like flavor on the finish. Given the boldness of this flavor profile, I would expect this to linger on the palate more than it did, but these flavors fade off the tongue at a pace that keeps me sipping.

This style, in my opinion, is much more enjoyable on its own, as the flavors are usually more bold and pronounced. But, you know, this went well with my food.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random patches of bubbly surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing.

S- Sweet, musty, roasty, hoppy and yeasty all at the same time. An onslaught of aromas. Also nutty with notes of vanilla. Overall, smells like malted milk balls.

T- Starts off with a sweet layer of chocolate then turns toward a more earthy bitterness from the hops and finishes with more vanilla and a hint of coffee. Definitely leans toward the sweeter side with a decently hidden alcohol presence. After a while, the bitterness starts to sink in more heavily.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- I agree with the BA listing of this beer calling it an American Black Ale since it's more complex than your average "Black IPA." Never heard of these guys before but I'll have to look out for more of their offerings.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bestway in Greensboro, NC

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some light cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of piney hops with lighter aromas of roasted malts and a hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavor of pine/resin hops. There is a light flavor of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fade quite slowly and a touch of charred malts in the finish as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I have a mixed opinion on this style in general because I have had some great beers and a lot of mediocre ones - this is one of the really good ones. A nice balance of roasted/charred malts and pine/citrus hops. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden. I'm impressed at the offering from this new (at least to me and the Triad) brewery.

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Lake Fever Black IPA from Howard Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.