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Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-04-2010)
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1/5  rDev -73%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73%

KatherineSDey, Jan 03, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

DaveONan, Dec 23, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

jriggins6, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of PeterParker
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
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!

PeterParker, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of kneeland
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Toxic sludge is a perfect name for this. This is a very thick IPA, which does not interest me very much.

It is very dark, a whole lot of head with a cream color. Aroma of grassy, garlic-like hops and roasted malt, also some burnt popcorn. It was just way too much.

FYI.... Blue Point will donate 100% of net proceeds from Toxic Sludge to Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to fund their Spreading Our Wings Campaign and long term efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex.

kneeland, Oct 25, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Hophead21, Nov 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

HisBoyElroy, May 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

John_Squires, Dec 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

BobMessina, Oct 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Brushkanna, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of wedge
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut with a large, slowly deflating head of dense foam. Vaguely hoppy aromas backed by some chocolaty roasted malt. The hops are primarily of the floral, grassy, leafy variety...the more it warms, the more bittersweet, dark chocolate takes over. Tastes of grassy, dried fruit, earthiness, cocoa, and molasses. The malt seems thinner here and there's not enough hop flavor to justify the bitterness. The cryptic code on the bottom of the can isn't a clear date, so I have no idea how fresh this is. There's something sort of amateur homebrew-ish about this that's pretty disappointing.

wedge, Mar 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

sendbeer, Mar 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

lupercmda, Aug 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

PJF12866, Sep 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

BMart, May 13, 2013
Photo of garuda
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, with a sizeable off white head that has great retention, but little lacing.

S - Roasted malt dominates with an underlying sweetness, with only a touch of earthy pine hops.

T - Little hop presence again with the roasted malt in the forefront. Finishes with a stronger hop presence than in the aroma, and with a dark chocolate/pine bitterness through the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth across the palate and finishes clean.

D - Misses the mark as an IPA, since it has little hop character in smell and taste. This came across more as a hoppy porter/stout, but still drinks fairly well.

garuda, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Dark pour, nearly black with a very dark reddish tinge and a light creamy head that sticks to the glass in clumps, not rings. Aroma of smoky malt and dominant tree hops.

Flavor is a mix of bitter hops and smoked malt, mostly barley and wheat. Body has a dark character in addition to the malt , or chocolate (dark cocoa). The bitterness of the body and added chocolate mix well, but the malt is a bit lacking in respect to the cocoa and hops.

Feel is dry and retains some of the dry texture of cocoa powder. Too dry and bitter to drink heavily, though it is alright. I am quite disappointed in this, especially for a bombered IPA from Blue Point.

Zodijackyl, Oct 24, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

woodchipper, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Roguer, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

ewright, Nov 16, 2011
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Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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