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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

725 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 725
Reviews: 314
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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vacax

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle from Hi-Time Wine as I was quite interested to see Widmer's interpretation of this emerging style. Not really expecting a lot, but curious. This "pitch black IPA" poured out more of a dark brown, but in the glass it is indeed fairly black with a moderate khaki head that left moderate amounts of lacing (which was more than expected at least). The aroma is quite bright with grapefruit mixed with some sugar cookie and mild roast. The taste follows through with some nice Cascade flavors, grapefruit, citrus, mild flora and tempered with light roast and cookielike finish.

While more mild than other Cascadian Dark Ales, the flavor is crisp and good. Not an Imperial ala Sublimely Self Righteous, in terms of hops or alcohol, but very pleasant. Probably the best Widmer beer I have had actually. Lighter to medium in body with a nice full carbonation keeping things lively. Surprisingly tasty, I could settle down into a six pack of these for a fair price. Happy to see Widmer experimenting with positive results!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:21:06 | More by vacax
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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A-black with a brown head that leaves a good lace
S-light roast with a hint of caramel malt and light hops
T-caramel malt and roasted taste mixed with a light hop taste that leaves you with the same aftertaste, yet it has a tad more hop bitterness
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Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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