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Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 21:14:43 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with the fudge brown liquid being capped by an inch of tan foam; leaves some patchy lace around the pint glass

Smell: Roasty and sweet malts, with piney hops in the back

Taste: Roasty malts dominate the front end, with sweeter caramel and chocolate building in the middle; after the swallow, the piney hops build though there is a metallic edge in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although the hop bill grew on me half way through, this is just a middling example of the style

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 21:32:08 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

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

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of citrus and hints of molasses. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather drinkable because it isn’t overly bitter or dry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 21:52:01 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 18:49:02 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to wchollif for this bottle!

Nothing like grabbing a bottle of Toxic Sludge to drink, am I right, folks? It pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown. The nose is a straight yin-yang of roasted malts, cocoa, pine, and lettuce. The taste takes a similar tack, though the pine sap mixes with a roasted celery sort of character, along with a strangely bitter dark chocolate and mild coffee combination. It does not mix particularly well. The body is a strict medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, not the best black IPA I've had, but it has its moments.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 06:47:10 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate and maple which make this beer seem more like a brown IPA than a black one. The hops presence is mild for the style. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation style, it’s a good beer but it certainly does not seem like a “Black IPA”.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 03:28:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 06:27:41 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:23:41 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours essentially pitch black, semi rich head with decent lacing.

Nose of dark malts, grassy and earthy as well as a bit spicy and herbal hop.

Taste brings more hops, earthy, grassy, herbal, chewy, spicy hops, with some bitterness, as well as a bit of sweet malts, not a heavy malt taste, but dark malts, a bit of bready toasty malts, a light roasted chocolate. Decent bitter and malty hop finish. The flavors don't combine as well as they could.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, some minerality with the dark malts and bitterness combined, and fairly bitter overall, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:12:47 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Easton Beerfest last fall. They had this one on tap and I heard people asking for it so I wanted to see what the hype was. This poured out as a dark muddy looking blackish brown brew. The head was thin and the lacing was weak. The aroma was nice though, plenty of hops and roasted malts on the nose. The taste followed along with the nose, it wasn't overly complex but still had a good flavor to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was a little light, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was a little more like the oil that they're trying to stop from harming these animals. Overall it's still a pretty good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 02:19:51 | More by Knapp85
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:41:48 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:57:01 | More by Billolick
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toxic Sludge in a CAN?!? It says that it comes from New York, but I wonder if it wasn't by way of New Jersey ... Maybe next, they'll find a way to put it in a 55-gallon drum which could then be forklifted onto the bar and served via gravity so that it would still count as a CAN.

From the CAN: "Caution Extremely Fresh"; "Product of USA"; "Small Batch" [but in a big pint CAN].

The Crack released a noxious green cloud and I had to evacuate the house while Fire & Rescue did their thing. The inverted Glug revealed a highly suspicious viscous liquid and I had to wait for it to settle before proceeding. I had a dense finger of light-brown foam that seemed destined not to go away until I deployed my flame thrower and burned it off. Color was a deep ruby-red with NE-quality clarity, enabling me to see all manner of mutant creatures swimming around in it. I began to wonder - if Minhas products have turned me into a Cyberman in the past, what effect was Toxic Sludge going to have on me? There was only one way to find out and so I charged ahead, taking my first sip of the day. Mouthfeel was medium and I could feel the creatures tugging on my tongue as they tried to get purchase, but to no avail. They slid right down my gullet and into my stomach where my mutant stomach acid instantly dissolved them. My Minhas-mutated bodily systems were too much for Toxic Sludge! I had a feeling that such might be the case, but now, I am sure of it. I laugh in the face of The Toxic Avenger! Bring on Godzilla! I liked how the minty hops really held their own on the nose. One of my principal complaints about the style is that it seems to negate the best of both worlds with the malt overtaking the hops and the hops dumbing down the malt. Not so here. This was quite drinkable and I got plenty enough hoppy bitterness to keep me happy. The dark roasted malt added a charcoal bitterness that enhanced, rather than overwhelmed, the hops. The finish was quite dry and if I had to drink a Black/Cascadian IPA, this is the one that I would prefer. Remember, kids, get it in the CAN!

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 18:29:01 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 19:17:56 | More by Kegatron
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium brown hue with deep ruby streaks and a three finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild burnt grain with spicy balmy hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy hop spice quickly followed by a doughy crusty pimpernickle malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and round BIPA. Nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 02:16:55 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-can. pint.

A: Brazilian cherry pour produces a glass consuming sandy-khaki colored head with a spongy texture of 4 finger magnitude. Carbonation looks scarce with exception of a few isolated stragglers of rising slowly about. The head is porous, especially along the edges with giant voids of air pockets, the lacing is sloppy and chunky, spacious spots visually on the vessel. A giant foamy iceberg of foam sits steadily on the surface, stubbonly remaining for a good portion of the drink. Even in the glass is more of a dark amber/cherry then black coloring.

S: Aroma of dried cola, tree bark, root beer and pine of average regards can be had on the nose.

T: The flavor is piney, with a toasted caramel-cola highlight, sweet speciality grain mention with a hint of chocolate. Back end of warming flowery hop cones, pine, cardamon with a spicy warm nuttiness and toffee dried sweetness. Some cypress and lightly scorched pine wood rounds things out.

M: The mouthful feels a bit light at first, gaining some substance to a light-medium consitency with a oily creaminess texture about it. Fair amount of carbonation, light chewiness with a malty-cola pine warmth off the tongue.

O: Overall a decent black ipa with a warming toasted caramel hoppiness, fairly smooth to drink with an easy rate of consumption, much more so then a name like toxic sludge would let you believe. Wont knock you over with its hoppiness, but has some sweet malty nature to balance. Abv seems very relaxed for 7.00%. Recliner beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 23:48:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Blue Point : Toxic Sludge

Pours a dark brownish black color, with an off white foam collar and lace. In the aroma, piney hops and roasted malt. This follows through to the flavor, with piney bitterness, roasted malts, brown sugar, and faint coffee. There is a piney hop bite that lingers with bitterness as well. Medium bodied, crisp, and smooth. Overall, a nice American Black Ale, dig the hop presence and the toasted malt notes. Good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 04:56:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 00:26:33 | More by glid02
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Brad007

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me just say that I love the title. I can't say that I've seen it used on any other beer and that's what made it stand out to me. No kidding here.

Pours more of a dark burgundy than black color when held up to light. Still dark and plenty of head for those who like that.

Is my nose fooling more or do I detect a whiff of roasty malt? Hops have some citrus and pine characteristics.

Damn, the bitterness is overwhelming by a bit. Lots of caramel, molasses but for some reason, not enough malt character.

Mouthfeel is convincing. Thin, almost flimsy. Some lingering bitterness.

I'm glad I only bought one can. It's interesting but I'm not convinced that it fulfills all the hallmarks of the style.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 04:14:58 | More by Brad007
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, grass, light pine, toast, and brown bread. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; much weaker than I expected for the style. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, toast, brown bread, light char, floral, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, pine, brown bread, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of flavors with a nice malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Black IPA offering. Good complexity and balance of flavors, and very smooth to drink. This was not as robust as I expected for the style, but it was still a pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 05:28:52 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces and condenses to a very large patch (covering the majority of the surface of the beer) of thick film, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a touch of molasses sweetness. That is followed by a moderate to strong amount of citrus/grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Light to moderate bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry, especially in the finish.

O: This beer is very easy to drink with a pleasant flavor and aroma - there is a hop presence but it is not overly aggressive.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 23:58:58 | More by dbrauneis
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dirtylou

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 21:39:50 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 15:12:56 | More by thagr81us
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger off white head on a clear deep amber body, a very attractive beer. Nice lacing an excellent retention. Roasted malts, caramel ad burnt toast. Not much in the way of hops which are mosty earthy. Although the flavor is very well balanced I feel both the malts and hops are understated. Hops are earthy, caramels dn hint if chocolate for sweetness on a roasted malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, nicely balanced just feel the malts and hops are a bit weak with too simple a hop profile to be considered one of the better of this genre.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 02:45:57 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roast of coffee and a mellow citrus. In the taste, coffee like roast to start with a mellow orange citrus in the end. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus to pine hop in the aftertaste. Coffee roast big in the front and a nice citrus hop in the end, kind of like a El Camino!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 13:57:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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