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Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 19
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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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad they canned this since before it was 11 dollars a bottle! Picked up the single for $2.69 at halftime beverage.com

A - Very impressive full inch of mocha colored head atop of a very dark brown colored ale. Not pitch black "like sludge" but still a very dark IPA.
S - Smells rather balanced I get more roasty malts and chocolate than bittering hops which is a nice change. Citrus hops and peels also.
T - A pretty balanced level of roasty malts to piney resin taste. Some smoke and ash highlight, yet for some reason I expected more hops even though it was good as is. Has a great drying aspect and I do love balance more so it's a win.
M - Mouthfeel is kind of on the thin side which is strange for a black IPA. Still it goes down easy.
Overall with cleaver design (cool looking can) and a balanced taste it makes for a very above average Black IPA.

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GRFounder
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mnrider
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint can. No freshness date.

A: Pours a deep black with a large frothy off white head. Above average retention
and lacing.

S: Fruity, bitter hops, toasted malts, and some nice notes of cocoa.

T/M: Bitter cocoa, bitter hops, dark fruits, roasted malts. Sweetness comes in then
back to some more hop bitterness. Goes down smooth with noticeable carbonation.
Feels a little dry in the finish.

O: The taste is somewhat of a let down, although I am still fairly new to the style. The
feel is really good which makes for some easy drinkability. Tastes good enough that I
would buy again if the price was right.


Photo of jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no date.

almost black, very dark brown with ruby highlights in the corners. nice off-white head, good lacing and retention. hoppy earthy aroma, a bit grassy, spicy. slight mild roasty flavor in the taste, a bit of bitterness and hop finish. medium body, medium to higher carbonation. overall - okay, but far from the best Black IPA I've had.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: more of a dark amber than a black, Still its appears to be quite nice

s: sweet carmel is present, but its smell is dominated by a massive presence of grapefruity/resiny American hops. I for one love american hops

t: their is a Subtle breadyness to this brew, however, it is dominated by American hops. Not enough to drive away a malthead like me, as it works well with its residual sweetness. for a beer being called "a dark IPA" this is little to no dark flavors (except for a small bit or caramel)

M: Resiny and abrasive from the hops, with some grainyness in the body

Overall: This sludge is anything but. This can may make this beer look like Malt liqour, but looks are deceiving: this is a solid example of an American IPA, with a slight dark twist.
My only regret is that it doesn't go far enough with that dark twist, and if it did, I might had given it more points.

but as it stands this beer is solid. I highly recommend it.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 facundoCNB
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown with 3 fingers of head which caused very resinous lacing through the entire glass. smell of grassy hops with lots of dark roast notes, coffee and chocolate. the flavor is really more of a hoppy stout.. earthy bitterness with lots of dark roasted flavor, black coffee, and dark cocoa nibs. medium body on the watery side, medium carbonation.

i was a little bit let down by this one, was expecting lots more hop flavor from it. it does have a cool can design at least, though i think any graphic designer would disagree of their font selections, lol.

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rodlavers
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DukeX13
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Thedrizzle
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Skramer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dfillius
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.