Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Pitch Black IPAPitch Black IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

779 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 28
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this last night with a friend on tap at the local. I hadn't heard of it, but readily accepted the bartender's recommendation.

Nearly as dark as a porter, but with the mouth feel and hops of an IPA. Good complexity, all in all a fine seasonal ale.

I've just found a six pack at the store and will be trying the bottled version tomorrow.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not being a huge IPA fan, but generally a fan of darker bitter beers, this selection caught my attention. It did not disappoint.
Appearance: pours smooth, decent amount of head but more thin and airy than most dark beers. The beer itself was deep brown-black like a porter. Impressive. The sort of beer that makes Bud Light defenders wince just looking at it.
Smell: I'll be honest, I didn't take an intentional smell until the beer was mostly gone. Nothing struck me by that point.
Taste: great hop/malt balance. The full taste palate seems to endure, rather than having stage 1, stage 2 effect. The maltiness lingers hand in hand with the hops. Strong roasted barley presence.
Mouthfeel: more lively than it looks; a bit more active than a porter it resembles visually.
Drinkability: smooth on the tongue, good aftertaste balance makes it a fine slow sipper. Overall taste makes you happy to tip more often.

A definite winner. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark ales, porters, and hops.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost pitch black...there are some garnet hues around the outside when held to a light. The head is thick and moussy coffee color with excellent lacing.

S - Mmm, intense hoppyness...citrusy, perfumey hops.

T/M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Complex, but not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. The malts are a bit darker and more to the forefront than in a traditional IPA. There is a little roastyness and sweetness, but the hops still make their presence known.

So, it's not a traditional IPA. It is still a great beer.

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The label on this beer reads “Smooth, Dark and Hoppy.” The beer, itself, is also referred to as Cascadian Dark Ale. This version, Pitch Black IPA, comes from Portland, Oregon, which is a well-known beer destination that, itself, is known by other names (Beervana and Brewtopia, to name two) and is fine example of this “recent” style.

Pitch Black begins amid a massive beige froth, one that takes time to subside. The color is black (well, duh); the body, deep and foreboding with nary a speck of light shining through. There is a moderation of lacing along the glass rim. The nose detects heavy swaths of chocolate mousse that is imbedded with specks of cocoa powder, some plum, mint and a bit of vanilla: a veritable candy store in a glass.

The palate is awash in a velvety blanket of molasses with a subtle hoppy finish. This is a very pleasant quaff, whatever it is called.

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Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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