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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Ratings: 431 | Reviews: 143
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 kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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 TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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”.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 superspak
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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 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 woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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 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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd but neat looking can reminds me more of an energy drink than a beer. Pours a solid dark brown color with ruby highlights and a huge creamy tan head that persists forever leaving lots of stickiness to the glass. Smells slightly ashy with a hint of wet cardboard on top of light chocolate and earthy floral hops. The nose is kind of disappointing for a black IPA really. The flavor is a bit better with a solid malty chocolate mixed with an earthy spicy hop flavor. Firm but pleasant hop bitterness rounds out a caramel butterscotch malt sweetness quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer that I could drink, but middle of the road and honestly not worth purchasing again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, clear, auburn-caramel coloring with a thin, off-white, fluffy, foamy head of about a half an inch, with a slight cling along the glass. Aromas of roast, slightly charred malts with a spiced, cedar hops profile. Flavors of char on the forward tongue, with rich, resiny hops following quickly behind it. Peppery and oregano spiced, with a cedar and pine pitch overtone. Very spiced aftertaste, with a resiny linger. The body is surprisingly light, but not crisp, which felt odd for the style. Roasty, mildly resiny linger in the finish, which is carbonated bubbly and short-lived.

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to korguy123 for this can. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured very dark amber; opaque in the middle. One finger of bubbly dirty white head.

S - Coffee and roast are the dominant aromas with some sweet chocolate and piney hop notes also present.

T - Bitter coffee and roast up front with a huge piney hop presence. Some sweet cocoa and brown sugar notes help balance out the bitterness.

M - Medium body with some sticky hop oils present. Light carbonation.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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