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Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Pitch Black IPAPitch Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as a 2010 one-time release called W'10, now a seasonal called simply 'Pitch Black IPA'

availability: January - April
bitterness: 65 IBU
alcohol by volume: 6.5%
original gravity: 16° PLATO

Malts:
Two Row Pale, Caramel 10 L, Special Roast, Carafa Special II

Hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Alchemy, Cascades
Dry Hop: Cascade T-45

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-21-2009)
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briman

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Clear, with a large tan head that retains well, and settles into moderate lacing around the glass.

Nose is predominantly citrus hop aroma, moderate in strength. As it warms the roasted malts become more apparent with a hint of coffee mixed in there, but still relegated to the background

Mostly hops upfront, citrus...some underlying subtle roast follows up before setting into a dry slightly grainy finish mixing with the distinctive grapefruit rind aftertaste. Bitterness is moderate-to-strong and lasts well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Some slickness on the palate, but still nice and clean. Balance seems good, though, I was expecting a little more of an appearane from the roasted malts. You get a little hint of them in the aroma and with the dry grainy finish, but I wouldn't call them a significant player in this beer. The subtlety is probably a good thing, though, because if they were a lot stronger it would be two strong flavors battling for attention. Good beer, certainly could be a session candidate.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:16:21 | More by briman
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Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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