Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of itchytasty
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 funkymonk242
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Huffs
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled a dark IPA, poured with a good sustained head that maintained a good lacing through the dring. Color was a dark deep brown with a clear look. Aroma was sweet and malty. Tast was just a bit sweet and malty with some coffee and citrus notes. Aftertast was dry and a bit hoppy. Overall a great drink, nice change from the usual IPA's and a cool name.

Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Lethargy99
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jriggins6
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with two fingers of tan foam, settles to a half inch ring with spotty lace on the glass. Smell: orange, light pine, notes of cocoa and dark bread, toffee. Nice, understated. Taste: milk chocolate and toasted dark bread, grapefruit, earth and a little pine. Medium bodied, velvety feel. Relaxed, tasty. Canned on 320/365.

Photo of Casterbridge
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of noremac423
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drinking a "vintage" toxic sludge that i forgot i had. pretty sure this is from the first bottling...WAY too long ago, so bear that in mind.

a - poured a deep watery black with a thin white head that eventually fizzled away leaving a thin skin on the surface and some lacing on the glass.

s - roastedness and hops. really nice and smoothed over.

t - well, surprisingly the hops are not gone, but definitely muted. kind of watery. very roasted. kind of charred.

m - thin and a bit charred. watery.

o - overall, an old black ipa, but the hops held out and are actually the highlight of this brew. roastedness. pretty enjoyable and tasty albeit a bit thin and watery.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.