Octopus Ink Black IPA - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 27
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
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Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NickThePyro on 12-09-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 27
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pike "Puget Soundkeeper Octopus Ink Black IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

While "Octopus Ink" is sure to disappoint hop heads looking for a brash aroma and cutting hop bite, it should please far more imbibers who are willing to accept its pleasant hop aroma and mid-range hop flavors.

It's labeled as a "Black India Pale Ale" but they also expound on their website that it "blends the hoppy flavor of your favorite IPA with the dark malt character of a tasty stout", and I feel that's really a much better description for it. I find it stout-like (well, actually more porter-like as there's no real roastiness) with a good deal of citrusy, piney, and berry-like fruity hops thrown in - as opposed to quite a few black IPAs on the market that offer a more limited maltiness and even higher levels of 'cutting' hops. The grain bill includes pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate malt, light & dark wheat, debittered black malt (obviously for color) and organic cane sugar as adjunct; and the crystal, Munich, and wheat malts help to give it depth that you don't normally find in some of the more hoppy black IPAs.

It is solidly bitter though, with 85 IBUs, so don't think that it's a darkly malted beer that's been dry-hopped parading as a black IPA; it's just more malt based than hop-forward, which leads to balance. I would imagine that even at 8.2% abv you could drink a few of these because it won't destroy your taste buds halfway through the first serving. And I think the addition of the fruity component of the hops helps as well, because straightforward citrus and pine can sometimes be quite sharp.

In the end I think that Pike has really hit the sweet spot with this one, offering a fully-flavored beer that spotlights the hops without leaving the maltiness behind, and one that happens to be really well-balanced and polished as well. Absolutely worth trying! And it benefits a great cause as "A portion of every Pike Octopus Ink Black IPA sale benefits Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. This local, nonprofit protects and preserves the waters of Puget Sound". (2,136 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
3.99/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I randomly came across this beer while looking in the walk in cold beer cave. This one has 8.2% ABV and 85 IBUs. It is a Black IPA which is a class of beer that I have very recently started trying. For comparison, the only other Black IPA was by Uinta Brewing and was called Dubhe.

Look-This one pours a solid tuxedo black that does not give even under a bright light. The head is foamy and smooth and is tinged brown. A very nice looking beer, but don’t be phased by the sediments that naturally float around within.

Smell-This one smells strongly of candied cherries and mocha. A very smooth smell that makes you want to take a sip.

Taste-The taste is very nice. It isn’t too sweet either, but has flavors of candied cherries, mocha, brown sugar, tangerine, mango, caramel, cocoa, and toasted oak. The funny thing is this one is sort of an upside down beer in that I get a fleeting hint of hoppiness at the beginning and then it gives way to the mild sweetness for the rest of the time. I hardly taste the bitterness from the hops, but I do get a fleeting hint of them at the beginning. A very nice and dynamic surprise for you awaits in this one as I have described it.

Mouthfeel-This beer drinks smooth and clean. Hardly any carbonation makes this beer a silky smooth Black IPA for anyone to enjoy.

Overall-I’d say that I am glad I found this beer and I look forward to trying other Black IPAs in the future. Pour into a nice glass and serve chilled. Cheers! (1,473 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead the first of May for $4.99. No bottling date found but suspect it was brewed at the end of last year.

Beer poured black into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus hops and roasted malts.

Taste is full of flavor. Dark cocoa on top of medium roasted malts form a lovely baseline. Hop profile includes mango and peach that appear early on. Grapefruit and a bit of pine oil lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall I really like this brew! It is very reasonably priced considering the bomber format. I would love to try it on tap or a fresher version of it. It is not highly rated due to the Black Ale style is harsh on most palates. Definitely give it a shot when it comes out next winter! (835 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.42/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brownish black. Mocha head of about 1-2 inches. Head shrinks to about 1/4-1/8 inch and then holds on for dear life. Lacing is spotty, tan and clingy. Aroma is of malt with some brown sugar and caramel with a touch of the hops peaking through. Taste is slightly bitter from the hops, yet the maltiness, coffee and bitter chocolate come through quite well, especially as it warms. Overall, balance seems to be in line. Mouthfeel is good with the hop bitterness being the lasting flavor. Nice beer, one of the best I have had so far from Pike Brewing.... (570 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.87/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark cola almost black with a thick mocha head. Settles eventually into one corner of the glass (circles have corners! Shut up!) with a thin veneer mostly taking care of the rest of it. Good lacing.

At first the nose has almost a corn sweetness to it. Some roast and brown sugar as well. As it warms a bit more complexity develops though I can't quite place my finger on it. Sweet and dark, trending towards chocolate? Primarly a bunch of grains and roast, though.

Predominantly roasty, I get a nuttiness that seems super familiar but that I can't quite place my finger on. Roasted sweet grains match with a piney(?) bitter from the hops. Finish carries the bitter theme with a touch of yeast/grain. Occasional brief spikes of sugar. Overall smoothe tasty and another dangerously drinkable for 8%+ (799 characters)

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Initial blast of refreshing citrus and grapefruit hoppiness packs a pretty big punch. Finishes very roasty with burnt bakers chocolate notes and a faint smokiness. Great stuff. I was surprised by how easy this was to drink at 8% ABV. The hoppy flavors help make the beer feel a little thinner and thus more drinkable, however the overall flavor of the beer certainly does not suffer. (383 characters)

Octopus Ink Black IPA from Pike Pub & Brewery
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