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Berkshire Black IPA (Brewer's Series) - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Black IPA (Brewer's Series)Berkshire Black IPA (Brewer's Series)

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81
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first in our Brewer's IPA Series is a Black IPA, showing off with an impressive 70 IBUs. A special mashing technique is used to extract the dark color of the black malt without imparting any of the roasted flavors that typically come with it. The backbone for this India Black Ale is an aggressive addition of American grown "superalpha" bittering hops. Later hop additions in the boil give this beer its unique aromatic properties. Seven days of conditioning on an absurd amount of dry hops add to the powerful floral, grassy, and grapefruit mix that dances back and forth for your senses to enjoy until the very last drop makes its way from your glass.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 05-08-2014)
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with deep brown foam, decent head retention and just a bit of clumpy lace during the first few sips. Hops hit the nose first, a combination of grapefruit and a bit of pine resin, pithy and juicy. Malt was nestled in behind the hops, hints of roast and chocolate. The flavour was what I expect in a black IPA, with a melding of malt (roast and chocolate) and hop (citrus and grassy) character up front. Charred bitterness lingered in the finish, which was a bit astringent. Notes of grapefruit and a bit of spice showed up as it warmed. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A serviceable black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 21:51:05 | More by DrJay
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farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of deep brown foam, full mix of bubble sizes with an uneven surface, good plus retention, the lacing is thick and covers a good portion of the available space. The liquid is not especially dense but does reach opacity and full blackness, there’s a broad orange glow at the glass bottom and rims, could pass for a stout. Big time malty roast to the nose, mocha and cocoa and coffee, powerful white grapefruit presence as well, herbaceous with accents of pine sap, not a lot of fruit going on, leans heavily on the citrus. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, the carbonation does not make it soft yet does create a steady prickly churn. Chicory, coffee, bitter dark chocolate push the white grapefruit back a notch, the herbal qualities hold off mostly until the end. Muted cherry, apricot, apple fruit. Bitter finish, however, retains most of its basic flavor profile. Ultimately, the roast doesn’t allow for much complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 01:57:45 | More by farrago
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TeddyDob

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-20-2014 20:37:27 | More by TeddyDob
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Khutso

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-08-2014 19:26:43 | More by Khutso
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-08-2014 16:43:30 | More by nkelley77
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-07-2014 14:19:23 | More by harsley
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-29-2014 02:14:09 | More by hopley
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-28-2014 23:35:08 | More by beerFool28607
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CJRubes

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-18-2014 21:33:05 | More by CJRubes
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a. Pitch black, cannot see through - 1 finger head. Lacing on the glass.

s. Malt, citrus, pine/hops.

t. Seems more like a porter than an IPA. Limited pine/hops at the very end. Coffee, chocolate and Malt drive the flavor profile in the front, middle and the front half of the back.

m. Thin beer.

o. This is a good beer, but I could not get over the IPA vs Porter thing. Generally I like to over look the category and make it all about the beer, but for some odd reason I cannot do that this time. Would be somewhere between a 3.75 and 3.5 overall, but going for the lower score.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 16:09:50 | More by gonzo000
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-12-2014 22:41:16 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-11-2014 19:16:27 | More by kaelingirl
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-11-2014 04:27:50 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-10-2014 16:26:30 | More by jwps214
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-08-2014 01:59:02 | More by h4ger
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a blackish dark brown color with a half inch of khaki head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is chocolatey and piney with floral hops and some roasted malts. The taste is more of that chocolate and pine but some citrus hops as well. Hint of coffee. Roasted malts and some charcoal. Earthy near the end with a good deal of floral notes. Not a very noticeable alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Pretty easy drinking Black IPA. Overall, servicable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 23:47:56 | More by PicoPapa
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into bulbed pint glass (from the brewery). Liquid comes out really dark brown, close to black in color. No real highlights unless the liquid gets thinner. Off white colored head, slightly better than average lacing.

I almost always love the smell of the black IPA, this one. Some pine, some earthy citrus hops and slight hints of some bitter coco with a hint of weak roasted coffee.

Taste is pretty good, just not particularly flavorful. There are flavors of roasted almost charred malts producing some almost coffee flavors. Some roasted nutty flavors and some acidic grapefruity citrus hops to polish it off at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. Starts initially sweet and various levels of bitter. Lightly carbonated so there's no sting, a mere 5% so no bite there either, medium body to it. Slightly gritty, but has a dry earthy, bitter finish at the end; pretty drinkable.

I normally love this style of beer, the main reason I actually got into home brewing, but I was a little underwhelmed here. Good, but not great or even really good.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:17:15 | More by AndyAvalanche
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jujigatame

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Berkshire Brewer's Series #1 Black IPA

Best by 10/30/14. 5% Bomber into shaker pint

Very dark, no light coming through. Light tan head, almost bone. 1 finger, fades out to a ring with some little islands.

Piney, resin smell. A little mint? There's something herby in there.

Taste is not what I expected. That herbal character I caught in the smell is quite prominent in the taste. Hop bitterness seems to hit most at the back end and lingers on the tongue. Earthy nature to the flavor. I'm just not getting much out of this one. Curious as to whether it's me rather than the beer I head to BBC's website for some more information.

Their description mentions "powerful floral and citrus performance." I do find a floral character but not as I've come to expect from most American IPA styles. I'm at a loss for the citrus save perhaps for a bit of lemon. They also say the use a special technique for getting the color from black malt without any of the roasty flavors. I wonder why they chose this route, essentially making an IPA that's black in only one dimension rather than two. The end result is pretty flat to me.

This ends up as only the second beer from Berkshire that I did not like. My preference on black IPAs falls at the strong end of the scale (SSR, Dubhe, Wookey Jack) but I usually enjoy most examples of the style. Unfortunately I did not get anything I look for in a black IPA/CDA/whatever you want to call them from this beer. It held no real appeal. After half of the bottle I have no desire to drink any more.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 01:07:35 | More by jujigatame
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-24-2014 01:27:55 | More by BostonPhilly
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-23-2014 21:28:19 | More by jaxon53
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brianjay

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with light brown foam for a conservative head. Smells like an IPA, looks like a porter.
The body is light, but the flavor is strong. Very bitter hop profile mixes with the roasted malt flavor to produce an intense, dry and bitter flavor. There is a bit of acidity on the finish which lingers along with the roasted malt, which also has a hint of baker's chocolate.
Over all, this is slightly unique in the world of black IPA's which are typically strong on the hoppiness, but the rest of the flavors are lost. This one is worth taste for fans of IPAs who wish to explore the growing spinoff of Black IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 22:09:45 | More by brianjay
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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-18-2014 19:37:01 | More by Remdog
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-18-2014 02:44:17 | More by liquorpig
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-15-2014 04:38:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-13-2014 11:16:19 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Berkshire Black IPA (Brewer's Series) from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.