Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
A. The same color as a Guiness. The head also mimics a Guiness, one finger thick sandy tan made up of millions of tiny creamy bubbles.
S. Okay, this is bugging me, why is this even called an IPA? To me an IPA speaks of fruity scents, which are absent from this beer. Instead the hop scent is entirely floral and light. Very subdued nose. I totally agree with this site classifying this beer as an American Black Ale on the evidence of the nose alone. Besides the small bouquet of flowery hops, there are some vaguely acrid charred malt smells. I mean that in the best way possible. Still, I think that there is a hell of lot of room for more complexity in there.
T. Burnt unsweetened chocolate with earthy hop tones which fall apart a bit too rapidly for my liking, leaving me with alone with a bit too much astringency. Than it turns into subtle leathery flavor tones that I do enjoy. It is difficult to tell where the bitterness from the malt and the bitterness from the hops separate.
M. Not nearly heavy enough, and yet it is too oily. The biggest downfall of this brew.
Serving type: on-tap
05-26-2011 00:45:08 | More by WastingFreetime
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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
86 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.