Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-25-2012 21:14:43 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-24-2011 21:52:01 | More by metter98
3.71/5 rDev +0.3%
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
02-19-2013 21:32:08 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-26-2012 02:45:57 | More by kylehay2004
3.83/5 rDev +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.
07-22-2011 02:19:51 | More by Knapp85
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-27-2011 18:49:02 | More by oberon
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
01-26-2011 06:47:10 | More by TMoney2591
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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”.
04-16-2014 03:28:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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
02-23-2011 06:27:41 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
05-25-2011 19:17:56 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-22-2010 02:12:47 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-15-2010 05:23:41 | More by Mora2000
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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!
01-12-2013 18:29:01 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-31-2011 01:41:48 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-14-2010 00:57:01 | More by Billolick
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-06-2013 23:58:58 | More by dbrauneis
Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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