Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by Samuel906:
3.36/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Never been the biggest fan of Widmer, but I couldn't say no to the name; sounded like a new take on my favorite style, so I thought I'd give it a go. Certainly the darkest IPA I've seen in a long time, but not "pitch black" like you would expect of an Imperial Stout. Instead it was a thinner, very very dark red, more similar to a porter, with a thin white head. Aroma is fairly benign: mild hops, light pine and some cocoa. Smokey flavor up front, leaves some chocolate and coffee on the palate. There are definitely some hops there, but the malts take a much bigger part of the stage. Mouthfeel was crisp, watery compared to a stout or a porter, heavy carbonation.
Interesting brew. Sort of joins the worlds of IPAs and Stouts/Porters. I don't really know if it was a bridge that needed to be built though. Usually when I drink an IPA I'm not in it for the maltyness, and when I drink a stout, I'm not there for hops. A good beer, but a good beer with no home.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 04:44:34 | More by Samuel906
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United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Impenetrable black body. Dense beige head.
S: Bathwater and orange rind hoppiness. Very nice.
T: Dry and slightly smokey. No particularly analogous flavours. As it warms it becomes slightly dank and muddy, which improves it. Has some subtle chocolatey espresso like quality.
M: Slightly too much fizz.
O: Hmm. No quality issues, just not a delicious beer. Nice perfumey hoppy nose but the flavour is dry and boring. Black IPA? Surely it's just a porter. Not the best offering I've had from this brewery.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 08:32:45 | More by Hoppsbabo
Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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