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Pitch Black IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

777 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 28
Gots: 34 | 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

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

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

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-21-2009)
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A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black (no surprises there). A dense, lumpy, tan head. Very good stickage. A very handsome beer.

Smell - Toasty. Bittersweet chocolate. Faint hop aroma.

Taste - Toasted malt followed, quickly, by bakers chocolate. Being an IPA, the hops are present but they are masked, somewhat, by the initial flavors that I spoke of. The beer has a sweet yet dry finish.

Mouth - Slick. Tart. Fizzy. In a word; BIG!

Overall - There is a lot going on here. This is a bold, complex beer that is not for the faint of heart. Strangely, the beer reminds me, a little, of a good German Dopplebock. Pop open a Bomber and enjoy!

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Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.