Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally! Pitch Black IPA made its way to Denver! I remember putting this to the face at Great American Beer Fest last year as it was one of my absolute favorites. My favorite style without a doubt. Picked up a 4 pack at Lukas. Poured to pint glass immediately upon getting home. Bottled Feb 2, 2011 09:32 WA.
A - The beer pours what appears to be deep black however when held to the light you can see it's actually a transparent deep dark mahogony/brown color, though appears black. A nice 1.5 finger tan colored head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Looks good.
S - Yes the sweetness of the malts along with a nice subtle roasted character and those cascadian hops! Citrus and pine and floral.
T - The beer starts with the malty sweetness and hits the corners of your mouth with a little pucker. Next comes a wave of the citrus hops which blends nicely with the light roasted malt character. Well balanced, the hops are present as is a medium bitterness, but it works well with the roasted malt. Very good. The beer finishes with a dry malty bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - Yes. Hides the alcohol well. If my kidney and lover could handle it I'd drink this all day.
Overall, I think this is a great representation of the style. So many American Black Ales are so in your face with hops and malt and alcohol. This is nice and smooth and gentle, lighter than the beasts. Highly recommended. Wish it came in a six pack.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-14-2011 23:11:54
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 14:01:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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