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Capricorn Black Ale - Rubicon Brewing Company

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 11-19-2007)
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Reviews by beagle75:
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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of lofty and persistent beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, and submerged bubbles cling to the sides of the glass in places.

S: Roasted malt smells of faint sweet smoke, while the hop presence is minimally floral and piney.

T: Begins off-dry, with hop-forward pine and some herbaceous spiciness that is joined by moderate acidity. Roasted malt is complementary, rather than dominant or passive, with earth and wood smoke. Flavors dry out some in the middle with aromatic grapefruit peel emerging. Husky, coffee-like roast defines the moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, feels more rich than it otherwise is but is also undermined somewhat by spiciness and acidity on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This black IPA finds an engaging balance in its flavor, without really showing a conspicuous effort to be extreme. The understated smell proves to be a let-down but is thankfully not indicative of the intensity waiting in the taste--which is remarkably similar to Deschutes Hop in the Dark.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 05:36:02 | More by beagle75
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The first thing I noticed with this brew is the burnt wood aroma. When poured though, it was a consistently smooth throughout blackened cream color. The beer retained just the right amount of lace and head and minimal carbonation. The taste is a bit overpowering of either lemon or citrus of some sort mixed with burnt coffee beans. The mouthfeel reflects the overall taste with a lingering aftertaste and heaviness. STill, Rubicon has brewed a slightly better than average black ale and look forward to trying more products from Rubicon.

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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, burnt lemon and pine.
The taste is burnt malt with a little coffee and some lemon bitterness.
The texture is quite soft and pillowy with moderate carbonation.
An excellent black ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:16:53 | More by Fatehunter
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to a pint glass, no dates

Pours black with a finger of slightly brown foam, red hues at the bottom on the glass and when I shine an led through it. Retention isn't too bad, the lacing is okay, very mild carbonation stemming from the sides

Smell's not too thick. Upfront citrusy hops, orange, mango, and pine. A pretty strong chocolate malt holds it together with notes of coffee and caramel. Just a little bit of alcohol on the finish. Not bad, but not very complex

Taste follows the nose pretty well, citrus and tropical hops up at the front followed by all the darker flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and coffee with a sweet malty finish. Again, pretty simple but this time much more solid

Feel is a moderate body with a wet finish. Not a ton of carbonation, leaves a nice tingle. No alcohol really, mild bitterness, very drinkable

Overall this really isn't a bad beer by any means. It's definitely not a bold take on the style, but easy to appreciate for what it is. Very balanced, would buy again

Serving type: bottle

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Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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California

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California

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubicon Capricorn Black Ale
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Got this beer via a sweet beer trade , and it is A very nice Cascadian Ale which I have never seen before.

A: Pours Jet Brown with a very active khaki / beige head which is very active. I over poured first shot. Very lovely creamy head which laces like Grandma's tablecloth.

N: Smells typical for the style, dark roasted malt well balanced with some nice hoppiness, and maybe citrus or green minced onions a bit.

T: Deliciously balanced yet the taste is more dominated by the charred easy bitternes of the malts and the hops take a back seat a bit. Very earthy flavors.

MF: Lovely creamy mouthfeel which coats the mouth just like it does the glass. I would say body is a little on the light side for the style and carbonation level is middle of the road. Refreshing and sessionable.

O: A nice beer which I would definitely buy again, even though I'm not a huge Cascadian fan. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 19:47:03 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Some herbal garlic and onion hop aromas come out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am not a huge fan of the hop profile coming through on this one.

Serving type: bottle

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swungomonkey


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TheLostGringo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade and had no real expectations going in. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Light black with copious amount of white bubbly head, as the head receded naturally or as I drank there was real nice lacing remaining.

S: Beautiful bouquet on this beer, light pine, clean and zesty lemon.

T: Much better then I had expected, good clean hop flavors with just the slight malt backbone for balance. Perhaps the 1st Black IPA that I have had that really seemed to hit the mark.

O: Overall this was a very fine Beer and one I would buy if I saw in the store, pleasantly surprised.

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t0rin0

California

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BucannonXC5

California

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe four or five fingers. Color was basically black. Light brown cloudy lacing. Lots of film on the sides, brown, wet and sporadic.

An interesting mix on the nose of citrus hops (more lemon or lime than anything else) and dark chocolate malts. A bit of a toffee/caramel sniff as well. Maybe even a bit of mint in there, too, or just some wishful thinking?

Tasted fairly similar to the nose, although not as much citrus hops (still lemon or lime). A lot more stouty and coffee than dark chocolate. Still got that mint taste as well.

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DaftCaskBC

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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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A: 1" light brown head over extremely dark brown/black liquid.

S: Toasted malt and a faint smell of pine hops.

T: Pine hops up front with a toasted malt finish.

M: Medium/thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: An enjoyable and drinkable American Black Ale.

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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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Starts out bittersweet with a LOT of patent malt taste. I do get a burned flavor here. Some sweetness and the taste of butter. Tastes like a porter more than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

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Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:57:04 | More by Zorro
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Capricorn Black Ale from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.