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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: 401
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 16
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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Photo of woosterbill


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: It looks black at first, but when held up to light the body glows with a clear rubious radiance that is truly beautiful to behold. Atop this glorious body is a slightly less stunning half-inch of fine tan head; average retention and pretty strong, super-fine lacing. Lovely.

S: Bright citrus hops really jump out, making it clear that this is definitely a BIPA. Grapefruit, orange, and even some mango give this a nice fruity bitterness, backed up by just a hint of roasted malt. Quite nice indeed.

T: Grapefruit hops and coffee roast hold equal sway at first, with the bitterness of ample hops winning out on the finish. Excellent.

M: Medium body with tons of lively, sharp carbonation. A bit much if you ask me. And I suppose you are.

D: Solid, but not quite exceptional.

Notes: Maybe its the fact that there aren't all that many Black IPAs out there, but this one really, really reminded me of Sublimely Self-Righteous. Now that I'm entering the review, I've looked back at my review of that one and saw that I gave it precisely the same score in every category. What are the odds, huh? This one definitely has slightly more emphasis on and complexity in the hops, as well as a significantly lower ABV; still, more similar than different, and both delicious beers. Another winner from Blue Point.


11-20-2010 00:11:46 | More by woosterbill
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

At the brand-spankin' new Bentlee's Tavern in Mountain Lakes, NJ ...finally a decent bar in my town!!! Into a pint glass, it poured black, with no hints of carbonation, and two fingers of beige-colored head that retained and laced well. Smelled of orange peel and grapefruit, yet very herbal. The taste was much different...very caramel toffee coffee flavor with a semi-sweet finish, and coffee aftertaste. Medium thickness, and no carbonation. I wasn't expecting as much coffee and sweetness in this 'black ipa' specimen; I'm more accustomed to the earliest progenitors' examples of this style, which are much more citrus in nature. Since the nose hinted that this one would be as well, I was surprised to find that it was not. As such, I say that this is a decent beer, but a little disjointed in style.

11-19-2010 23:37:07 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of garuda


2.93/5  rDev -20.8%

A - Black, with a sizeable off white head that has great retention, but little lacing.

S - Roasted malt dominates with an underlying sweetness, with only a touch of earthy pine hops.

T - Little hop presence again with the roasted malt in the forefront. Finishes with a stronger hop presence than in the aroma, and with a dark chocolate/pine bitterness through the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth across the palate and finishes clean.

D - Misses the mark as an IPA, since it has little hop character in smell and taste. This came across more as a hoppy porter/stout, but still drinks fairly well.

11-16-2010 21:41:18 | More by garuda
Photo of lackenhauser


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

On the edge of being black-jet brown perhaps? Sizeable tan head. Decent floral and hoppy aroma. Good hop blast upfront flavor wise-nice blend of bitterness and hop flavor. Roasted grains are somewhat faint and in the backround. Very mild anise or licorice tinge. Good body. Very drinkable beer. My 2nd try at this style-works for me.

11-15-2010 02:00:11 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of CharlatanSin


4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bomber into a pint glass. $4.50 at New Beer Distributors.

Toxic Sludge is as black and slick as its namesake, with a small tan head. The smell is a bit faint, but it's a nice burnt aroma with a lot of hop support. It straddles the line between stout and IPA.

While the smell was a bit ambiguous, the taste is firmly on the IPA side of the spectrum. A big dose of pine hops is the main taste here. There's a good amount of chocolate malt, too, to remind you of the "black" part of the black IPA. The balance between the disparate style influences is the trick to a Cascadian Dark, and Toxic Sludge passes the balance test easily.

It's smooth and easy-drinking. It's tasty. It's local, and it's for a good cause. So if you're looking to get into the Cascadian Dark Ale game, make sure to give Toxic Sludge a try.

11-12-2010 17:16:21 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Dark, ruby and root beer colored, near black with red highlights when shone through the light. A creamy, one-finger head of ivory foam settles slowly and leaves a nice ring of lace.

S: Quite potent, skunky, herbal hop resins and earthy malt aromas. Some light spices and grain as well.

T: Medium-roasted, sweet blend of dark grains which throws some coffee and nutty tobacco malt flavors. Leads into a fine, grassy and mildly citrus fruity hopped finish. Lingering sticky malt sweetness is balanced by some resinous, bitter pine hops.

M: Full-bodied ale with enough balance and just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A little cloying at times, but fairly clean overall.

D: A pretty nice concept and a decent stab at a very trendy American style at the moment. The 7% "black" IPA from Blue Point may be thought of as more marketed than well-crafted, but I found it to be a satisfying, blended IPA with porter-like qualities throughout. I'd definitely try it again.

11-12-2010 04:32:21 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of jimmy82063


4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Had this at a cask event in NYC was surprised to be able to find a bottle in CT!

A) - Nice almost jet black color...medium head.

S) - This smells more than like a stout so what's next.

T) - Smokey, malty just with a slight hops bite. Is this really an IPA

M) - Medium Carbonation

D) - Very easy

Very happy with this beer. Could drink it all night. I do have to say seems more like an extra hoppy stout to me but enjoyable none the less!

11-10-2010 02:48:38 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of Boto


4/5  rDev +8.1%

Draught @ Cambridge House: This one poured a fairly opaque black color. The was a small amount of a tan head on it that left a bit of lacing. This has a nice nose to it. Lots of piney hops, with some grassiness, chocolate and roastiness to it also. The taste is also very good. Piney, chocolate, grassiness. Not quite as bitter as I would expect for an IPA, but still a fair amount of bite. Definitely worth checking out!

11-04-2010 23:47:27 | More by Boto
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

I've already reviewed this in a bottle but I had it on tap and it was radically different so I am reviewing it again for the tap version. Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a Blue Point pint glass.

Look: same as the bottle version; dark brown with ruby highlights. A small, fluffy eggshell head forms. Left good lacing.

Smell: roasted malt figures prominently along with some piney hops in the background. More roast is apparent in the smell than the bottled version.

Taste: a huge departure from the bottle. While the bottle tasted like an IPA that happened to be black, having it on tap brought out the roasted flavors dramatically. It tastes like an very hopped porter with a serious coffee malt flavor backed by a solid hop bill. I'm a big fan!

Feel: medium bodied. Nicely carbonated, no alcohol bite, no unpleasant bitterness.

Drink: very drinkable. Could easily be sessioned.

Overall, much improved over the bottle version. As I said above, the bottle tasted like an IPA that happened to be black whereas this tasted like a distinctly black IPA. I dunno why this is. My theory is that the keg has been sitting there for awhile while my bottle was very fresh, so perhaps the hops faded and brought out the roasted malt flavors.

Do you hear me, Blue Point?! Make this a regular.

10-30-2010 17:14:45 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of begforme4484


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a tar looking almost black, brown color. About a finger of tan head with lacing that recedes.

Grassy hops notes immediately on the nose, somewhat of an earthy and floral tone too. Nice presence of roasted malts.

Very smooth taste. Toffee notes accentuate the malts, a bit dirty. Nice bitter earthy and grassy hops all over the place. Finishes bitter and lingers for a while after.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight resinous sticky feel after swallowing.

Drinkability is good! I'm will definitely get another bottle if there is any still available.

10-29-2010 01:46:46 | More by begforme4484
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Blue Point Toxic on tap at The Pony Bar in Manhattan, NYC, served on a standard pint glass. A good beer for a good cause!

Appearance: Very dark walnut color. Frothy head that dies quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell: Smoky! Malty too. Burnt aromas. More like a stout or a porter than a Black IPA.

Taste: Smoky bacon overtones, woodsy taste. As if it had been on the fire, curing. Round bitterness that coats the mouth. Roastiness. Some hops, but not a whole lot for a so-called IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, perhaps too much so. Nice bitterness. Feels like a stout. Medium body.

Drinkability: High. Easily sessionable. Not my favorite Black IPA, but a fine brew.

10-27-2010 04:01:14 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%

Toxic sludge is a perfect name for this. This is a very thick IPA, which does not interest me very much.

It is very dark, a whole lot of head with a cream color. Aroma of grassy, garlic-like hops and roasted malt, also some burnt popcorn. It was just way too much.

FYI.... Blue Point will donate 100% of net proceeds from Toxic Sludge to Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to fund their Spreading Our Wings Campaign and long term efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex.

10-25-2010 15:25:53 | More by kneeland
Photo of Zodijackyl


2.95/5  rDev -20.3%

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Dark pour, nearly black with a very dark reddish tinge and a light creamy head that sticks to the glass in clumps, not rings. Aroma of smoky malt and dominant tree hops.

Flavor is a mix of bitter hops and smoked malt, mostly barley and wheat. Body has a dark character in addition to the malt , or chocolate (dark cocoa). The bitterness of the body and added chocolate mix well, but the malt is a bit lacking in respect to the cocoa and hops.

Feel is dry and retains some of the dry texture of cocoa powder. Too dry and bitter to drink heavily, though it is alright. I am quite disappointed in this, especially for a bombered IPA from Blue Point.

10-24-2010 01:12:30 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +8.1%

On-tap at Misconduct in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of milk chocolate aromas. Also present are moderate amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with hints of roastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip the roastiness fades out almost completely, allowing hints of cocoa powder flavors to work their way into things. Slight amounts of earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was certainly a more subtle CDA, I would actually almost consider it a hopped up porter if the roasted malt character were just a bit more robust. Not worth writing home about but it's a solid beer that's worth a shot.

10-24-2010 00:26:33 | More by glid02
Photo of whoneeds8


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Big thanks to Joeybeerbelly for sending this in the winnings for Week 6 of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Poured into a pint glass black with a two finger off white head. Good lacing and retention. It's allergy season, so I can't smell much of anything but I can find hint of dark malts. The flavor has a nice bite of hops with dark carmeled malts Well balanced and medium bodied. Very nice black IPA.

10-24-2010 00:24:25 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

10-14-2010 00:57:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

a rare review with under 10 people... I'm blessed... by Dylan...

A- dark as night, opaque as shit. Great looking head of tan foam

S- a great mix of citrus hops and roasted malt. It's very unique and balances well. Not to state the obvious.... but it's a dark twist of grapefruit and tangerine

T- there is toasty malt in the beginning that spins right into the citrus hops. There is a spicy theme that pulls the brew away from a standard IPA

M- full bodied and creamy. Really coates the mouth

D- toxic sludge is fantastic. The flavor is outstanding and not too overwhelming. To be honest, it's incredibly drinkable as well. I highly recommend this brew... need more...

10-11-2010 23:41:42 | More by lovindahops
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark color with a creamy beige head that left a thick coat of lacing.

S - a smoked roasty smell with the hops taking a back seat, nice aroma.

T - good balance of malts-roasted espresso coffee taste and hops-citrus rind taste. The finish is somewhat dry making me want another sip.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I'm not sure of the abv but I could put a few of these away in a sitting...


10-11-2010 00:06:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Seanibus


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours deep purplish black with a giant dense fluffy head. The aroma is dark and sharp. The flavor is sharp and musky, with a sting of coffelike bitterness. There is currant and cherry and mesquite smoke. There is a sharp woody bitterness on the finish with a deep, enduring hop bitterness. Delicious.

10-06-2010 01:19:51 | More by Seanibus
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

I had a draft of this at George Keeley's on the upper west side of manhattan and was told, correctly, that it was a black ipa. I was hoping to find out the abv but I guess it's not on here. Seemed a little light to me, both in alcohol and in taste and mouthfeel. The color was very dark. In general it was a decent beer just not as good as the look had seemed to promise. I'll try it again but I was not blown away by it for the first time.

10-04-2010 20:40:54 | More by david18
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-02-2010 02:16:55 | More by plaid75
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Growler from Olivers in Albany ($11.99).

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear, dark brown with mahogany hues on the edge when backlit. 1-finger light tan head on top. Some lace.

S: Juicy hops - grapefruity citrus. Not as strong as I'd expected, and no real roasty malt scents, which I look for in this style. Touch of earthiness though.

T: Hint of chocolate malt and caramel malt underneath, but again, for this style I expect (and prefer) more of that. Big time citrusy and piney hops, maybe even a touch of grassiness. Juicy grapefruit and oranges. Lingering bitterness coats the mouth.

M: Nice creaminess, carbonation is low-to-moderate. Body is medium.

D: Very good. Not the best Black IPA I've ever had - in some ways this one is closer to an Imperial Red - but I like it all-in-all. . . .

10-02-2010 01:16:07 | More by Kendo
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

Fresh growler.

A: Black in color with some brown when held up to the light. Really a good looking beer. The head is just a little on the brown side of white.

S: It has that nice mix of hops and roast that I look for in the style. A little bit earthy. A little bit of citrus as well. Orange/chocolate.

T: Starts off with a nice fresh hop profile. Bitterness then from both the hops and the roasted malt. Layers of citrus hops and roast/ chocolate go back and forth. Finishes a little on the bitter side with a nice mix of both.

M: Very nice creamy mouthfeel. A little on the thin side for the style though.

D: I really enjoyed this one. It was almost refreshing. A really nice beer. If this were less than 6% I would like it even more. Good work.

10-01-2010 20:45:07 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

A- a nice dark chocolate look.

S- Mild hop aroma and a chocolate scent from the dark malts.

T- Very bitter from the hops and dark malts a little burnt toast note in the background.

M- Very creamy and smooth bitterness and burnt toast note linger through out sip.

D- Not one of my favorite Black IPA in terms of flavor but it is a very good everyday drinking beer.


09-27-2010 22:56:07 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of scootny

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

A super dark cola brown fluid with a light tan head that initially is quite large fades a little too quickly for my tastes but leaves nice amounts of lace and a thin wispy covering in my glass. Smell is dark and roasty with burnt caramel and pine. There is a deep earth behind the pine with a subtle yeast fruitiness. Taste is superb with balance being the main feature. A huge roasted malt backbone is checked by a subtle but equally large and complex hop signature. Roasted coffee and yeast rich bread give a touch of chewiness. The hops blossom from the super velvety and somewhat creamy carbonation that is integrally bound to the flavor profile. They start earthy, moving to pine and finishing with grapefruit. The roasted malt and burnt caramel envelope a yeasty breadiness that has a touch of english fruitiness. No alcohol at all. Finish is dry and short with a grapefruit and hop oil flourish lingering gently. Getting back to feel, there is a softness that reminds me of the Hoptical Illusion from a cask with nice heft and girth to this one that give a satisfying richness to the drinking experience. Having said that it still goes down easy and smoothly like a lighter beer and I would have no problem at all going through several bottles of this wonderful stuff.

09-19-2010 04:25:40 | More by scootny
Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.