Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 23
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-04-2010

While birds of a feather stick together, their wings should not. We blew our cap seeing images of oilslick seabirds and thinking about what may happen to more of our fine, feathered-friends as they migrate south this fall, so we hatched this flighty idea for a specialty brew called 'Toxic Sludge'.
All of the proceeds will benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's "Spreading Our Wings" campaign and their efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex. To learn more, please visit: www.tristatebird.org
In times of crisis (like this) we figure you can either hibernate or participate.
Try this tasty, dry-hopped Black IPA, it's as smooth as water off a duck's back. So everytime you drink one, please let out a loud squawk in honor of our beautiful, beaked brethen.
We hope you can dig deep in your hearts (and pockets) to help support the effort.
Be Well,
Mark & Pete
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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a stanard pint a deep cola color with a 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Dark roast and earthy tones with mild bitter chocolate upfront in the nose,piney hops come into play late and linger well.Dry and roasty on the palate mixing with piney hops,light bitter chocolate as well,like others have said it seems more like a hopped up porter.It's not bad but again it seems more of a porter than a IA in my opinion.

Photo of MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A very dark brown with good clarity. The thick head is made of long lasting, light tan rocky bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on he glass.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with a moderately-strong grassy note from dry hopping. There are medium-low malt aromas of sweetness and chocolate. A strong alcohol character brings a bit of floral note towards the back.

T: The bitterness dominates with a medium-strong hops bitterness and a a fairly strong citrus hops flavor. There is a bit of the malt sweetness coming through with a low chocolate and coffee note. The balance is very bitter, overly so with out enough malt to support it. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is all citrus hops and long, lingering bitterness.

M: A somewhat creamy, medium bodied beer with a moderately strong level of carbonation. A light bit of harsh prickle on the palate and some warmth in the back of throat.

O: This is an unbalanced beer with a harsh bitterness, but it drinks better when not too cold. It does have a lot of hops with some dark grain character but it just come together more so because of too much C hops. That being said I'd still try this beer if I found it on tap.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, pours mahogany, larger dark tan head, that fades and strangely leaves next to no lacing.

Chocolate infused nose, malty, w/o much if any of a hop presence.

I'm getting plenty more chocolate, some minty hops and a well developed malty under carriage.

Pleasant enough take on a new and quickly becoming popular style. Everybody seems to be churning out a Dark IPA of some sort these days. This one was quite enjoyable and I'd give it another try, assuming its gonna be generally available, at least for a while.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The beer smells more like a porter than a Black IPA because I don't get any hops in the nose.

There are definitely hops in the flavor. In addition to the chocolate and roasted malt, I get quite a bit of pine-flavored hops. Low bitterness.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A good beer for a good cause.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Roast grain and herbal, resiny hop nose.
Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 1" finely bubbled light tan tinted foam cap.
A creamy palate balances roast with mild chocolate and caramel notes with herbal citrusy hop flavors and a moderate, drying hop accent on the finish.
Medium light body with medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out what looks like a black color, but when held up to some light, it's actually a really dark ruby red color. A huge billowy off white, to light tan colored head that left a nice foamy cap taller than the rim of the glass off the pour. Really nice tight retention. Sticky lace covers al most every inch of exposed glass.

Piney, fruity, slightly woody hops, some dry citrus, with some grain husk.

A nice even taste. Piney hops mingle with caramel grains. Finishes with a dry citrus bitterness. Some fruitiness somewhere in there. Easy but enjoyable.

Medium in body. Carbonation is about right for the style. A nice bitterness that lingers with just a hint of sweetness.

Pretty solid and drinkable black IPA. One of the more well made beers I've had from blue point.

Photo of far333
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby brown with a half inch of tightly bubbled foam that lingers very very long. Very low aroma of faint hops. Initial flavor of dark malt, morphing quickly to grapefruit and orange rind. Very balanced, not too black and not too IPA. Could actually use a little more oomph on both ends of the spectrum. Full mouthfeel, a bit tannic, but satisfying. Drinkable beer, but could use more character for my tastes.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask from the eponymous Cask Republic a while back, just getting back into reviews ago. From notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown, opaque from the darkness. Head is only about a finger, it's very 'quiet'.

Nice rich aromas of molasses, chocolate, and roasted malt intertwine in the glass.

Very malty beer, the cask certainly allowed for some hop fade, there must have been no dry hopping here. Lots of smokey roasted malt, epsresso, chocolate, molasses, and even a touch of anise in the middle; really spectacular.

Surprisingly very light mouthfeel makes this one quaffable.

Would love to get this one again, maybe I'll even stumble on an old bottle one day, who knows... great beer nonetheless.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Joeybeerbelly for sending this in the winnings for Week 6 of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Poured into a pint glass black with a two finger off white head. Good lacing and retention. It's allergy season, so I can't smell much of anything but I can find hint of dark malts. The flavor has a nice bite of hops with dark carmeled malts Well balanced and medium bodied. Very nice black IPA.

Photo of PeterParker
2.37/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head that vanishes without a trace. While dark for an IPA, I would not consider this black.

Subtle hop aroma first, followed by some malt hints, and a tiny bit of pine at the end. May be detecting some Belgian yeast too?

This may just be too cold since it's right out of the fridge, but this is very lackluster. Not really getting anything discernible except an iota of yeast and a basic hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Extremely underwhelming. Definitely need to give this some time to warm up.

Thin with medium carbonation.

I'm going to let this warm up, but as of now it leaves much to be desired. This is my issue with cans. It's too cold to taste!

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Misconduct in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of milk chocolate aromas. Also present are moderate amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with hints of roastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip the roastiness fades out almost completely, allowing hints of cocoa powder flavors to work their way into things. Slight amounts of earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was certainly a more subtle CDA, I would actually almost consider it a hopped up porter if the roasted malt character were just a bit more robust. Not worth writing home about but it's a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beenitty for this awesome extra from our recent trade. I've never heard of this one, so here we go:

Poured into my dfh snifter. pours a pitch black color, medium body consistency. Crazy oatmeal color foam fills the top of the glass quickly, and hangs around forever. more than 10 minutes after the pour, it still holds about 1.5 fingers of cloudy head. superior head retention. Smell- chocolate, citrus bitterness, chalky milk chocolate. Pretty standard for the style. Taste- chalky bitterness, nice chocolate presence, roasty bitterness. One of my issues with this style has been that I can't really tell the difference between this and a stout/porter, but this one is uniquely an IPA that has a roasted malt backbone. Overall, I'm pretty impressed. Mouthfeel- nice and creamy, but at the same point not too thick.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Poured into a pint glass. Very dark black with a frothy two finger mocha colored head. Dissipates down to one finger (pretty vigorous pour), and lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: At first I really only get some grapefruit citrus, but as the beer warms there is a little bit of roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

T: There is some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, and some dark fruit, I think figs and prunes. Not much citrus or pine at all, seems like the hops disappeared, even though they are prominent in the aroma.

M/D: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. It is on the creamier side. Overall, not great and unbalanced. The nose seemed one sided, being mostly hop driven, and the flavor was malt driven. Too bad, because the appearance is amazing.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hops have faded somewhat, yet the shwartzbier, roasted black beer aroma and flavour remain. And so I get a somewhat citrus integrated shwartz. Good aroma, good colour and off-white head and lace. Very drinkable. Pleasant, below average as a straight out black ipa.Can from Steve in Warren. Middling mouthfeel.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue with a thin lacing of head. The nose has notes of chocolate and faint roasted malts. The taste is very malty with notes of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. The hop character is light, earthy, but not on par with an IPA. It's full bodied, rich, smooth, and well carbonated.

I have been looking for this beer in my area for a while and then finally found it in an area. It's rich, delicious, smooth, but in my book not an IPA. Good nonetheless.

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz CAN, really busy design, served in an imperial pint

The body resembles that of a cola, with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma provides whiffs of licorice, pine, and sticky charred malt. The flavor profile hits with more of the same - bitter pine resin, smoke, char, malt. This doesn't hold up that well compared to some of the west coast staples. It's spicy and bitter but lacks a clean hop profile underneath all of the blackness. Worth a CAN purchase, but would be challenging to drink more than one.

Photo of Tarheel219
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It was more of a dark reddish color than an IPA and the taste was not what you would expect from and IPA.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a $5 bomber at Euro Market in Queens. I thought it was a great example of the style. It wasn't too heavy, but I could still enjoy both the dark, dry cocoa malts and juicy, citrus hops. The barley is on par with schwarzbier, a little less roasty than a porter. The hops mostly in the aroma, and not much bigger than a good pale ale. I need to find more of this.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured deep dark ruby brown with a medium light tan head.

S - My initial nosing was almost nothing until I let the brew sit a little while. That's when the hops began to come through. Mild citrus.

T - Crisp ad dry, not as creamy as the appearance might suggest, but has a very hoppy finish hedging towards grapefruit/citrus taste.

M - I found this to be a crisp and drinkable brew where the malt and hops taking a more segregated existence with the malt taking the roll of opener with hops playing the closer.

Overall a very decent quality brew.

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from indiapaleale, cheers Russ! Love the label! Average head retention & lacing

Pours mahogany/ebony with a finger of mocha head.

S: Grapefruit, dark fruit & a touch of toasty malt

T: Grapefruit & lemon, charred wet grain & a touch of molasses up front, plus dryness. Chocolate & a touch of dark fruit as this warms, along some booze warmth mixing in with the grapefruit, slight toasty malty flavor & pine needles as well. Finishes with piney & herbal hops. a bit of apricot & a Kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks too easy, not a great example of the style, but session-worthy & one I will buy again if fresh & available

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black (ruby comes out along the edges) with a finger of foamy light-mocha head. This maintains some richness to the look, leaving back frothy sticky lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and citric, with a good bit of chocolate mixed in. Roast pushes up from underneath giving this a light crunchiness in the nostrils.

The taste has an assertive green citric bite, balanced across the back by sweet notes of chocolate and caramel malts. Dark roasted coffee character is mostly confined to the finish, where it hangs with some leftover bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and over sharp feeling in the mouth, the whole way through. That 7% feels about right on target here, giving the body some oomph but still keeping any alcohol warmth at a distance.

This was a decent take on the style from Blue Point with a well balanced and fairly easy drinking mix of flavors. I just wish that the overall profiles put a bit more out there for you to wrap your palate around. This seemed a bit muted. I’m not sure if this was because of the age of the bottle or not. I’d be willing to reinvestigate this one.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, bitter hops, and slight caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Pretty nicely balanced with a good flavor and aroma going on. This was a pretty nice representation of the style, but not the best of the style. Worth trying at least once if you can find it.

Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a fantastic pillowy beige head that left a wall of sticky lacing on the glass. Settles into a rocky cap. The aroma is of muted tropical fruit hops, honey, perhaps some bread notes from the malt but nothing roasty. The taste is of a honey malt, a slight bitter roast flavor, muted tropical fruit hops which also has some resiny notes. Not a big fan of the hop profile, doesn't seem to be the same as hoptical illusion. The roasted malt comes through more as the beer warms and helps the flavor out. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation; finishes slight bitter from the roast and hops. An average black IPA. The hops should be the showcase and I didn't dig the profile. The roasted malt grew on me as I drank it and was quite nice. Not sure if I would purchase this again.

Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super dark cola brown fluid with a light tan head that initially is quite large fades a little too quickly for my tastes but leaves nice amounts of lace and a thin wispy covering in my glass. Smell is dark and roasty with burnt caramel and pine. There is a deep earth behind the pine with a subtle yeast fruitiness. Taste is superb with balance being the main feature. A huge roasted malt backbone is checked by a subtle but equally large and complex hop signature. Roasted coffee and yeast rich bread give a touch of chewiness. The hops blossom from the super velvety and somewhat creamy carbonation that is integrally bound to the flavor profile. They start earthy, moving to pine and finishing with grapefruit. The roasted malt and burnt caramel envelope a yeasty breadiness that has a touch of english fruitiness. No alcohol at all. Finish is dry and short with a grapefruit and hop oil flourish lingering gently. Getting back to feel, there is a softness that reminds me of the Hoptical Illusion from a cask with nice heft and girth to this one that give a satisfying richness to the drinking experience. Having said that it still goes down easy and smoothly like a lighter beer and I would have no problem at all going through several bottles of this wonderful stuff.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with off white foam. Lacing. Pine smell. Light. Mild hoppy taste buried in a thin dark malt. Some chocolate notes - quite smooth. Hoppiness pokes through as beer warms.

Pretty good - and for a good cause.

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Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.