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Black Betty - Beavertown Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-18-2013

Malt: Pale, Caragold, Caramalt, Wheat, Carafa II, Carafa III
Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 24
Photo of JavierGC
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

De color negro suave coronada por una espuma color café con bastante retención y que va manchando el vaso a la medida que la vas bebiendo. Aromas a pino y algo de café, muy fresca y aromática. Cuerpo medio. En boca entra amarga, un amargor cítrico, acompañada por el torrefacto de las maltas. Suave y ligera, sin presencia del alcohol. El amargor se prolonga tras cada trago. Espectacular,

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice, dark IPA, although it is a bit too bitter for my taste. Still, you can taste the craft.

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought this was quite a nice Black IPA, similar hop profile to one I brewed, though this has less harshness. Not quite black in appearance though, this is more of a dark brown, aroma is full of citrusy and piney hops and baking spices.Taste is a great balance with some malt sweetness, citrusy grapefruit, smooth zest pine notes. Mouthfeel is good with a firm body, lively carbonation, and a well proportioned body. Even and assertive bitterness with a mild resiny finish. Overall it was good, easy to drink, notes were assertive but without too much complex nuance. Enjoyable.

Photo of DanE
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MayonakaStout
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a cask at the 2015 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

This is basically an American Black IPA made in the U.K. It has a robust contribution from a mix of Western (USA) hops. Better balanced than most ales of this style, the hops and dark malts blend more than clash.

Photo of SortMesse
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HurrahBeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.70 CDN.

Appearance - very dark brown nearly black in color. Three fingers of tan head are poured that won't quite, excellent retention. Hazy beer with a fluffy head, this is a great looking beer that leaves swaths of lacing behind on the glass.

Smell - big hoppy aroma plenty of citrus with a notable appearance from grapefruit and passion fruit. Kind of a caramel base lingering way in the background and even a bit of a bready and cracker like aromatic.

Taste - starts mild with a caramel malt before a dry citrus flavor hits, not quite as tropical as the aroma. Then finishes roasty with a near coffee like kick and a touch of leather. Interesting, but the cohesion just doesn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated spritzy feel. Moderately heavy body and bone dry finish.

Overall - definitely a well crafted black ale, with lots of interesting flavours, but the cohesion for me isn't quite there. Certainly worth a try and a definite must try for those who like a big citrus aroma in their black ales.

Photo of Wajohnst
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAndBitter
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glf60
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first (I think) black IPA. A decent hop presence, but, not a beer that I would go out of my way to purchase.

Photo of coder
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddy brown, possibly unfiltered, with a very fine sand-coloured head that burns out in a couple minutes

Aroma: beautiful, bright citrus hops - orange, grapefruit - touch of herbs and floral; addictive and fresh

Taste & Mouthfeel: an interesting start, with the hop flavours duking it out against the chocolate malt - it's not a perfect union - but the finish kicks in with the pithy bitter side of the hops; finely effervescent, and with the chocolate flavour, has a pleasant creaminess and mellow mouthfeel; the initial shocking juxtaposition of flavours wears off and now are marrying well, the pithiness mostly gone and hop notes tamed - now left with a good balance of chocolate and fresh, bitter hops.

Overall: sceptical at first, but the flavours came together and the hop notes are great, pairing well with distinctly chocolatey malt; great if you're in the mood for something unusual, and a nice change from the glut of stouts/strong beers consumed over winter

Photo of evil_liver
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.70 or so for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice high whitish head that lasts for a while. Very dark brown.

S- Traditional IPA with lots of hops and malt.

T- Typical bitterness that you get from a black IPA. That caramel is wonderful but at a price as black IPA's are burnt and bitter compared to regular IPA's. This beer is pretty low on that burnt scale which is nice

M- Dry and bitter as expected. Great for a black IPA.

O- As far as a black IPA goes this one is nice. Rating shows true reflection of this beer's true score. I may not like black IPA's very much but this is a good one. Worth trying if you see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful as far as a black IPA goes beer went well with..... Greek marinated chicken hearts.

Enjoy!

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Black Betty from Beavertown Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.