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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: 391
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | 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 Lantern

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-06-2011 15:48:22 | More by Lantern
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-02-2011 07:01:57 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of Amp


4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

11-28-2011 18:55:43 | More by Amp
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

11-24-2011 03:52:19 | More by doof116
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-20-2011 14:50:34 | More by jenray
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-16-2011 03:03:59 | More by virinow
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-16-2011 02:19:28 | More by ewright
Photo of MaxSpang


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:07:44 | More by MaxSpang
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:41:48 | More by tempest
Photo of beerdrifter


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 16:27:02 | More by beerdrifter
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 07:01:28 | More by 9InchNails
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask from the eponymous Cask Republic a while back, just getting back into reviews ago. From notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown, opaque from the darkness. Head is only about a finger, it's very 'quiet'.

Nice rich aromas of molasses, chocolate, and roasted malt intertwine in the glass.

Very malty beer, the cask certainly allowed for some hop fade, there must have been no dry hopping here. Lots of smokey roasted malt, epsresso, chocolate, molasses, and even a touch of anise in the middle; really spectacular.

Surprisingly very light mouthfeel makes this one quaffable.

Would love to get this one again, maybe I'll even stumble on an old bottle one day, who knows... great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2011 22:33:45 | More by BranfordBound
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – A great looking brew. Gemstone mahogany with ruby highlights. Thick, creamy, bone-white head lasts a lifetime leaving sheets of lace throughout the drink.

S – Roasty malt with a delicious, smooth, earthy hop character.

T – Char up front rolls seamlessly into a bold woody hop flavor. Strong roast flavors carry through a semi-bitter finish. Not overly complex, but what’s there is delicious and well executed.

M – Full body has a great smoothness.

O – Best example of the style I’ve had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 01:18:11 | More by vfgccp
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roast of coffee and a mellow citrus. In the taste, coffee like roast to start with a mellow orange citrus in the end. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus to pine hop in the aftertaste. Coffee roast big in the front and a nice citrus hop in the end, kind of like a El Camino!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 13:57:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 04:56:19 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of sholland119


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Station Taproom, 8/24/11.

A-Pour is a medium to dark brown with some nice mocha froth and decent lacing.

S-Lots of malt, plenty of milk chocolate sweetness and light roast. A little more roast and a bit more sweet would please me more.

T-More roast than in the nose but still a bit unbalanced toward sweetness. Perhaps cask is not the best presentation for this beer.

M-Medium bodied, moderate bitterness lingers.

O-Not bad, decent, ok are words that come to mind.


Serving type: cask

08-25-2011 01:19:38 | More by sholland119
Photo of HopeinHop


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up bottle from the brewery, love going to their small eccentric nook of a tasting room.

Hadn't tried a Black IPA before but this was an exciting introduction to the style.

Poured into my Blue and Grey hefe glass...

A: Darker than a porter but still a little translucent..nice fluffy (caramel creme color) head with a vigorous pour

S: Nice hops, piney, earthy with sweet roasted malt

T: Was wondering if I'd like the darker malts mixed with pronounced hops and I really do with this Bluepoint brew. It's light enough but I like the added flavor and abv of a medium dose of malts

M: Medium bodied with creamy feel and hop bitters left over

D: I'm in the midst of completing this 22 oz. Ate it with a bowl of soup that I had made cheesy..yum! It's not too heavy so if this is your style then drink away, I'm pleased with the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:48:28 | More by HopeinHop
Photo of BeerTwigs

New York

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh, NY. This beer pours black with medium body consistency. An off-white to tan head which is roughly one finger with nice lacing all the way through. Definite floral and piney aroma up front with a hint of chocolate. Citric and Piney hop notes with a nice roasty, coffee malt balance. @ 7% this beer is nicely balanced and is an enjoyable Black IPA. I would definitely recommend this beer because its very drinkable and also helps a good cause.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 20:45:40 | More by BeerTwigs
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 21:52:01 | More by metter98
Photo of Knapp85


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 02:19:51 | More by Knapp85
Photo of billzav


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toxic Sludge is a smooth, easy drinking ale. Mocha in color, it has appreciable notes of caramel malt and chocolate balanced by grassy hops with a slightly bitter finish. There’s a hint of citrus fruit in the backbone, such as grapefruit, that compliments the caramel and chocolate. Has a somewhat lighter feel to it compared to others in its style, but nevertheless is a enjoyable black ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 22:43:17 | More by billzav
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beenitty for this awesome extra from our recent trade. I've never heard of this one, so here we go:

Poured into my dfh snifter. pours a pitch black color, medium body consistency. Crazy oatmeal color foam fills the top of the glass quickly, and hangs around forever. more than 10 minutes after the pour, it still holds about 1.5 fingers of cloudy head. superior head retention. Smell- chocolate, citrus bitterness, chalky milk chocolate. Pretty standard for the style. Taste- chalky bitterness, nice chocolate presence, roasty bitterness. One of my issues with this style has been that I can't really tell the difference between this and a stout/porter, but this one is uniquely an IPA that has a roasted malt backbone. Overall, I'm pretty impressed. Mouthfeel- nice and creamy, but at the same point not too thick.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:03:30 | More by lnashsig
Photo of Sidebordz

New York

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this from my local distributor, poured into a Blue Point pint glass.

A: Pours a dark dirty-oil color, small one finger head that is tan in color.

S: Initial smell reveals hops, mild yeast smell, and piney and chocolately malts.

T: Initial hop burst with pine notes, and a roasted malt flavor from the middle to end, and ending primarily piney.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, nice and smooth.

O: Excellent beer with very good drinkability! The taste is not what you would expect when you pour, drinks alot lighter than it looks. And above all, its for a good cause! Go find some and drink it!

Serving type: growler

06-03-2011 01:05:14 | More by Sidebordz
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Whole Foods, saving the environment one beer at a time.

a- pours a dark, lightly carbonated black with a thin off-color head. Decent lacing.
s- mostly hops and citrus, which makes me think my nose is playing tricks on my eyes. Some roastiness too, but mostly its the hops.
t- nice bite from the hops but not overwhelming at all. A lot of roasted malts, cofee, citrus, pine.
o- a solid offering from Blue Point, just a well executed Black IPA, and a nice session beer. Drink black and go green.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2011 02:38:56 | More by Tschnab
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 19:17:56 | More by Kegatron
Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.