Pumpernickel IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 32 oz. growler filled last night into a NB snifter.
A - Big two-and-a-half finger head sets up right on the pour. Head is khaki brown and made of loose bubbles that dissipate quickly, leaving a thing ring of lace around the glass and little islands of big bubbles on the the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is black, with hints of dark chocolate brown at the very bottom edge of the glass. It's solidly opaque.
S - The nose is all about the hops. Piney resin punches in first followed by grapefruit-citrus, which takes over and dominates. As it warms in the glass, dark, moist (but not coffee roasted) malts start to appear in the nose. Approaching room temp, chocolate nibs appear and the hops turn the volume down a tad.
T - At first, dark, dense bread with touches of 50% chocolate, or a chocolate biscuit-cookie. Taste flips to the hops on the back end and finish, where the grapefruit alternates with a rustic, woody bitterness and a touch of tar/resin. Late in the finish, the hops give way to caraway and light rye, and finally, a touch of milk chocolate. No hint of alcohol; ABV is well-hidden.
M - Light carbonation to start, but predominately smooth and creamy. Gets a little chewy as it warms. Medium-light body. Hops and malts stand apart rather than being integrated. Finish lingers from the hops and echos for awhile.
O - This tastes to me like a slightly chocolate-based porter that's been dry-hopped. Beer is definitely hop-forward, which isn't the style I reach for when I'm not exploring. The most interesting part for me in tasting this is actually in the finish, where the malts that give it its name turn up when the hops finally fade - that's where the two sides of the beer finally seem to come together. I think this would pair well with something like mole enchiladas.
05-03-2013 03:32:24 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Part of a 10oz. 3-fer
A: Opaque but actually a very dark red, which you can only see through peering at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light.
S: It's as if the pumpernickel cancels out the hop smell. It is a very neutral smell with a light hop scent. You really have to try hard to discern a smell. The pumpernickel comes across as rye, but those two smells are quite close in my opinion.
T: It was quite bland. The hops are subdued and almost completely altered by the pumpernickel flavors. This applies to the aftertaste as well. It is almost like a weak, peaty whiskey. Even through letting it warm up it just makes it more astringent at the end when you swallow it.
M: Lightly crisp. A smooth even that is felt mainly on the tongue.
O: I am not a big fan of this but I also don't like pumpernickel bread. Pumpernickel should be kept far away from hops, or so it seems according to this beer. However, monthly experiments like this aren't always gonna be big hits.
04-12-2013 13:32:27 | More by gillagorilla
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Very interesting offering from an old favorite brewery. Had on tap during Pittsburgh craft beer week.
Deep, dark brown with a reddish tinge. The just barely off white head leaves a decent lacing. The smell is surprisingly subdued. The rye/pumpernickel seemingly overpowers whatever hoppiness there may be. Style-defying, and intriguing.
There is a slightly odd, grainy sweetness underlying both the taste and aroma. Not sure I'm a fan. This sweetness dominates the front of the taste, and is actually a little off putting. The finish evolves in a very interesting way, however... The spiciness of rye comes out and is complimented by a dry, noble hop flavor. Spicy and surprisingly pumpernickel-like.
While I'm glad I tried this beer, and it's uniqueness and craftmanship is undeniable, the sweet flavor I'm getting will prevent me from going for another pint any time soon. Great one-off beer, though.
04-19-2013 22:19:56 | More by troysoy2
Pumpernickel IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.