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Toxic Sludge Black IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 17
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

mdillon86, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

AlbanyIPA, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

heff316, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Drizd, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

wrath98, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

athenmonk, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Dec 27, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

DaveONan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

smithmd4, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Served with a black colored body and chestnut hues towards the bottom of the glass...one finger, white head retained to a ring and a wispy spider web...some lacing was left

S - Dominated by citrus hops...the roasted malt does not come out until it has a chance to warm up

T - The flavor flips around from the nose...without having a chance to warm, there is already chocolate and roasted malt notes all around...the chocolate is adding some bitterness to the beer while the hops are adding their bitter part as well...the hops are providing an earthy and fruity flavor while leaving the palate fell prickly

M - Medium bodied...oily resin, bitter with some chocolate roast coming in

O - Overall this was just another average Black IPA...not too many can hit the nail on the head...this showed a hoppy nose, but more of the roast came in to play on the palate

thain709, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

tdm168, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Avantyawn, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Amp, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

doof116, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

ewright, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MaxSpang
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

Served in a pint glass.


This beer is a deep, deep red when held up to light with barely any light coming through. The head was a good 3-4 fingers when first poured, and dissipated quickly. There was quite a bit of lacing in along the glass. There was not very many bubbles coming up along the side of the glass.


The first few sips were from the dark side - roasted malt, chocolate, and some slight nuttiness. Then the hops came in - some nice citrus and spicy floral notes. There's a little bit of graininess, too. Overall a very pleasant smelling brew!


At the front of the tongue, some nice sweet maltiness and chocolate notes came through in a big way. Very soon after, the hops hit. This isn't as bitter as other Black IPAs that I've had, but it's got a nice big bitterness that mixes well with the roasted malt and chocolate flavors. It resembles very dark bitter chocolate without much of the chocolate sweetness. There's a slight artificial flavor that hits midway through, but the aftertaste is excellent. This is a really nice tasting beer!


There isn't much carbonation to speak of, but it works in this beer. There is a slight sweetness at the front, but it finishes nice and dry which makes you want to keep on drinking it! The mouthfeel is very balanced, and it's very easy drinking.


Ah, Black IPAs (or IBAs, or whatever they're called) are becoming so popular. I welcome the popularity. This is a nice example of the style. It's not the greatest example, but it's a really well-made beer (especially for a beer called Toxic Sludge!). This was an extra in a trade, so I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it. It's for a good cause, so I say drink up!


MaxSpang, Nov 09, 2011
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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.

tempest, Oct 31, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Picked up a bomber of this at the Mondial Bier Fest in Strasbourg, France. Deep, dark mahogany, almost black pour with two finger head, with good retention and lacing. Roasty, herbal nose nicely balanced with hints of pine, caramel, espresso, and chocolate. The taste follows suit with with toasty, malty, toffee and resiny pine with hints of caramel, burnt espresso, molasses and a touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel is not as thick and chewy as most of the black IPA's I've had, but it's smooth with a nice bitter, dry finish. The drinkability is off the charts! I'm kicking myself for not buying more of these! This was my first experience with Blue Point, and I enjoyed everything from them that I tasted at the fest. Hopefully they'll be back next year so I can stock up!

beerdrifter, Oct 28, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Light brown head almost beige in color. While held up to the light a dark cherry like color with lots of noticeable carbonation. As the head settles down, it leaves a nice creamy film. I didn't think it was going to leave any lacing but it turns out it left some very foamy lacing on the glass.

As far as the aroma goes -- caramel, chocolate and a slight smokiness. I also get a scent of some dark fruits.

The taste is absolutely delicious! Chocolate and caramel with roasted malt seem to take center stage but in the middle dark fruits come in like cherries and some grape flavors. At the very end -- the true bitter IPA flavors come in alongside with citrus and pine; there is also just a hint of alcohol noticeable.

The body is creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth, slides right down, it feels really nice.

Wow! One of the best tasting "black IPA's" I have ever tried and this beer genre is one of my favorites. Almost, perfect except for some minor flaws. This is a must pick-me-up if you see this. On top of this being incredibly tasty, you will be helping out a great cause.

9InchNails, Oct 24, 2011
Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.