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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

Bludgeon Yer Eye PABludgeon Yer Eye PA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dudecandle on 10-19-2010)
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david131

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark ruby red with some dark brown highlights. The light brown head is thin and splotchy.

S- Pine, grass, oats, and a bit of smoke and roastiness. Like a smoky Gumballhead.

T- Same as the aroma with a bit more emphasis on the roastiness. The bitterness is pretty apparent, in true Short's fashion.

M- A nice creamy mouthfeel right up front but it falls thin on the finish. There is a definite lasting bitterness and smokiness.

O- A very unique beer that is nice for something different but it is not something I would really seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:12:12 | More by david131
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz into nonic pint. No bottle dating...

A- Very dark carmelly brown color. Pours a cm light khaki, head. Sticky lacing.

S- Light citrus aroma, but followed closely by a very sweet caramel, nutty aroma.

T/M- Bitterness is much more pale ale-like; though there is a lingering bitterness at back of throat that comes out of nowhere. Hops are more earthy, woody, and slightly spicy. Malt is more bready. Taste is way different than the nose. Very light and highly carbonated with an acetic finish. Leaves the tongue with a weird feeling.

O- This is ok. Not anything to write home about, I'm fairly surprised by high score actually. Much more similar to a black pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:24:18 | More by TheGordianKnot
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Beejay

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this brew!

A: Pours as brown as the bottle, in the glass it is black with a tan head on the top of it.

S: Lots of pine, some grapefruit, and earthy resiny thing going on. All with a bready undertone. There is a hint of something in the finish that I am not in love with.

T: A slight pine flavor right at the beginning, followed by an almost metallic flavor. The finish is dark roasted grains. I feel like the smell was pretty good, but the flavor doesn't back it up much.

M: Medium in body, with decent carbonation.

O: Overall, it's ok. I wouldn't go out and buy a bunch of it. Another Short's beer that I am under-impressed by.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:57:35 | More by Beejay
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chicano4craft

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with reddish highlights in the light. A fingers worth of tan head. Good lacing. Looks the part.

Nose is resin and pine upfront. Then a big sweet roast kicks in. Very hoppy with burnt chocolate.

Taste is very bitter. Not any really flavor coming from the hops...just bitter. Malts try to tame the hops with some subtle chocolate and coffee. Dry finishing. Bitterness is overdone here. It's not off putting but it does distract.

Mouthfeel suffers from the dry finish. The carbonation is great.

Overall I did enjoy it. It's just not one of my favorites in the catagory.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:38:00 | More by chicano4craft
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle.

Appearance - The bottle opens with hardly a hiss and pours a deep brown body that looks black in the glass with a small off-white head. The head is gone in a flash and there's no lacing at all. It doesn't look all that alive.

Smell - A hop aroma of pine and a ton of grass. Roasted malts behind are an afterthought to the hops.

Taste - Grassy and earthy hops up front. Strong grassy flavors that aren't very appetizing, but drinkable. It's followed by a malt bill that backs it up surprisingly well. It's a smooth transition to chocolate malt and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation on this one. Medium bodied and it's pretty drinkable. If the grassy hops had made it bitter, it would be tough to put away, but it's more in the front of the flavor.

Overall - Not bad, but not great. Black ales are tough. They're so difficult to balance. This one had unbalanced flavors that managed to work well together. Surprising, but still not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:16:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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Florida9

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, but appears jet black in the glass. Forms a sizable khaki colored head. Good retention and some light lacing.

S: Licorice and mint. Odd. There are some bright fragrant hops in there, but against the roasty malts, I guess it comes off as licorice.

T: Surprisingly sweet on the front end. More mint. Roasted malts, even a slight bit of char sits on the tongue. Cooca mixed with a piney hoppiness. Mild, but persistent, bitterness on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation. However, the roasted malts give this beer a somewhat dirty, chalky feel.

O: Not sure what to think about this one. Too much of both, not enough of either. Than there is that weird minty flavor. All in all, not a bad beer, but not such a good one either.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:30:35 | More by Florida9
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's snifter.

A - Pours opaque black with a finger's worth of pale tan head. Nice looking for a Black IPA, but nothing earth shattering.

S - Very hoppy, floral up front, followed by a faint hint of burnt malts. Not overpowering on the nose, and a bit disappointing, to be honest.

T - SUPER hoppy and citrusy up front, with a nice hop dryness/bite to it. This citrus is followed by a bitter, roasted, burnt malt type of taste that is not very pleasant. Doesn't totally kill it, but not a great follow up to the hoppy start. Almost a dark licorice type of finish. Interesting, and much more complex than the smell.

M - As mentioned in the taste section, a nice hoppy bite to it to start, with a finish that almost dries your mouth. A bit strange, but not unpleasant.

O - A bit disappointed with this one, as I suppose I was expecting something more to the "black" part of the beer from Short's. Still a decent offering overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:05:14 | More by MarkIntihar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black as night opaque liquid. You could tell it was not that thick though as there was some light getting through on the sides and bottom. A nice off white head formed on the top, maybe about two inches in height. Sticky and foamy it gradually relented and rested back down to about a half inch layer across the top and this hung around for the rest of the session.

pine aromas, Almost ripping the nose apart, very good indeed. Now there was some underlying roasted malts in there as well. Now to be honest this was nothing extraordinary, nothing really new, and nothing really absurd Somewhat sweet in the finish at first, but that lasts for all of about two seconds before your lips stick to your teeth and the dry bitterness kicked in.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:06:21 | More by mikesgroove
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mactrail

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black but lighter bodied hop fest. Truly full of hops, listed by the brewery at 145 IBU, if that's possible. A nice noseful of pine, hot resin in the flavor. Very bitter after a while, but it does moderate to near the drinkable level. Lower alcohol for an IPA variety at 5% ABV. This is so dark I would think you could taste the burnt malt, but it seems to be buried. Just the sourness of the charred barley comes through. Fine for the hop enthusiast, but a bit much for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:11:35 | More by mactrail
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warnerry

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves good lacing behind.

S - Quite piney initially, with roasted and some faint chocolate malts coming through. There is a little bit of sweetness in the chocolate aroma. A bit of funk as well.

T - Starts out with big pine hops, but the roasted and chocolate malts begin to take over halfway through. Finishes with more bitter hops and dry, bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is quite floral.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Very resinous. Finishes pretty clean and dry with lingering bitterness.

O - Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better black ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 19:41:07 | More by warnerry
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a little light coming through at the edges when light hits it. There is a finger of light tan head that clings to the glass well.

Smell: Very mild smell. Citrus hops with some roast and a mild sweetness.

Taste: Citrus hops up front. The roast shows up in the middle with a very bitter finish. There is more roast in the taste than the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.

Overall: I thought the hops and roast were fighting each other a little bit. The bitterness in the finish was a little too bitter, but it was still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 23:28:01 | More by oline73
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged Goodness BIF. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bludgeon Yer Eye pours almost completely black, but I'd swear it lightens a bit at the edges when it's backlit. Two fingers of khaki colored head comes together to fill out the glass, before slowly creeping down. A solid ring of lacing tops the glass, and it's still present, albeit spotty, underneath. The nose has a nice potent grapefruit kick, with just a bit of roast underneath. The flavor profile is not quite as hop dominant. There's a little bit of biscuit and carame, as well as a moderate coffee/roasty flavor. That's all interrupted by a bitterness that's noticeable, but not overly aggressive. The finish is citric, and as purely grapefruit as any hoppy beer I've had lately. The mouthfeel is just average, thanks to an overly chewy body. The carbonation makes a game of cutting through the malt and elevating the hop profile though. On one hand, Bludgeon Yer Eye falls in a weird spot where it's too malty to be a black IPA, and not full on malty enough to be a hoppy stout. On the other hand, that roastiness helps fill in the gaps from a fairly one-note hop profile. I think I liked this one more than the score indicates, it's a brew that defies easy categorization.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 01:27:02 | More by axeman9182
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark chocolate brown. Not entirely opaque, I can see through at certain angles on this in a pint glass.

S: Aroma of a freshly bittered IPA with a healthy dosing of patent and other dark roast malts.

T: Taste is pretty bitter. I think this may be overly bitter when compared to the aroma hops that are present in here. Overall a slightly refreshing black ipa on a nice fall day after blowing leaves. The finishing taste is overwhelmingly bitter dark roasted malts. Toffee and a strong black licorice flavor are also ever present.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely more bitter and charcoal flavored than I like an American Black Ale to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:01:27 | More by alpinebryant
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this recently.

Pours a dark chesnut brown color that appears black in the glass with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots with some steaks of lacing.  

Slightly sweet aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops along with toasted/roasty malt.  Hints of pine needle and grapefruit, resinous hop oil countered by toasted makt with hints of chocolate, toast and licorice.  Finally a black ipa that smells more of hops.  Hopefully the malts are as tame in the flavor.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy hop bitterness and sweet roasted malt.  Not as hop dominant as the aroma suggest but the flavor is still strong.  Dry, floral, earthy and bitter up front with lots of sticky, dry, piny hops that are countered by hints of toast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and licorice.  Slight heat toward finish.  Again the malts are there but not overly sweet letting the hops do their thing.  Still I wish it was a bit more bitter with less malt.  That being said, it's one of the better examples of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:44:33 | More by corby112
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Has that sort of funky aroma that a lot of black IPAs have. A decent bit of hoppiness, a bit of grass and pine. There is a light fruitiness, also a touch of fruit/plums. Maybe some chocolate, too.

T: Kind of sweet, a little bit of chocolate. Sort of hoppy, some sweet hop flavors, a bit of plum, some citrus hops, too. A light pine bitterness and a bit of roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as I would have liked, but pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:25:38 | More by womencantsail
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and no light is going to get through. A minimal wisp of beige foam. The hops are dominant in the aroma but there's almost a bit of a sweetness as opposed to bitterness. The taste is pretty sweet from the dark malt at the front of the palate and then followed quickly with an intense bitterness from the hops. That has some true staying power. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with the bitterness really prickling your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:56:33 | More by Franziskaner
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m glad to see this listed as an American Black Ale, rather than IPA. To me, the IPA means more hops, which would not cover this beer. It's a black ale for sure. Dark color, good head at first that dwindles to a thick collar.

Hoppy aroma, nothing very strong but clear evidence of piney hops. A slight chocolate and roasted characteristic underneath. Some citrus mixed in there to quell hop onslaught. Some hints of anise

Flavor is porter underneath. Cocoa, toffee and roasted biscuit. The hop flavor is there, but it grows more so than a usual English (old) porter. Pine and citrus battle to gain dominance, with pine winning ever so slightly. Lingering bite, albeit not all that strong. Seems a bit thin in the end. Like a light porter, with more hops. Perrty good

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 06:59:02 | More by Mebuzzard
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thicker black than most BIPAs but not much. Head is decent as is lacing and sticks around for most of the drink.

The aroma is really bad, as much as the taste would suggest differently. I really can't think of a better way to describe the aroma than fecal matter. Luckily, it's light enough that it doesn't interfere with the drinking experience.

I found the taste was superbly balance, perhaps moreso than any BIPAs I've had to date. The malt and hops seemed to come to a perfect 50:50. While most BIPAs are hoppy stouts or IPAs with dark malt, I think this would be the consummate BIPA.

There's plenty of dark and roasty malt as well as it's share of pine and citrus, and they're all there immediately and in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but a tad full at the same time. Carbonation works its wonders without drawing any attention to itself and it hides its tracks as well. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was probably the most skillfully made BIPA I've had to date. I've had some that have had more flavor than this but I don't think anything comes close to the balance this one achieved.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:45:56 | More by BBP
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ahq514

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a deep brown with very little head. Little evidence of carbonation. Almost no lacing.

First thing that hits my nose is hops, floral, pine and subdued citrus. Also get some chocolate roast and deep caramel aromas.

I get a lot of dry roast and some coffee in the taste, not a whole lot of chocolate which I got in the nose, but some decent caramel flavors. Some bitter hops come through with mostly floral and pine hops. The bitterness fades away and the dry roast flavors stick in the mouth for awhile.

Mouthfeel is good. On the lower side of carbonation, but I don't mind that too much. Pretty medium bodied.

Overall this is a solid american black ale. Probably right smack in the middle of other ones I've had. Something off about it I can't pick up on, but fairly enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:17:33 | More by ahq514
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Bung

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty dark pour, not much light around the edges. Just a ring of white bubbles.

Aroma is an impactful piney and herbal presence. There is some toasted malt and anise.

Taste is slanted to the hoppy side of balanced. Pine stronger than herbal or citrus. Back half has a nice roast, licorice and bakers chocolate. If I'm honest with myself it's a bit bitter.

Light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more than it appears. Drinks well. Cerainly a hoppy take on the style, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:59:05 | More by Bung
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat - December 29, 2010. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours close to black with a single-finger tan head and some nice lacing. The nose brings forward a good dose of roasted malt as well as some nice pine character from the hops. A bit of an earthiness to it as well. The taste is more toward the roasted end of the Black IPA scale with some mild bitter chocolate there as well. Pine hops linger throughout, providing more bitterness than flavor. Good body and carbonation. A nice and drinkable version of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:55:09 | More by Thorpe429
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FosterJM

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

753rd Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12oz
No date

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one.

App- Pours just like a soda. Dark dark brown with a little amber mixed in in the light. One finger head a lot of nice cling lines and a little bubbly on the top.

Smell- Roasty and a lot of it. Soft coffee, a little hoppy and a touch of malt.

Taste- Its a nice little tasty beer with some nice softer-ish dark roasted flavors. This seemed a bit unbalanced w/o an abundance of hops to balance the roastedness. The roast becomes a little one sided as it warms.

Mouth- A nice soft medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation and a little bit of roasted malts on the finish. Much harsher due to to the roast without the hop balance

Drink- It's a tasty beer but seems a bit unbalanced with the roast on the warm side. This was probably the 3rd shorts beer Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:09:22 | More by FosterJM
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TheStove

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Nice deep black color. Ridiculously opaque like a heavy stout with a nice white lingering head.

Smells of deep hops mellowed with a little malt. Nice, rich and smooth. Tasty substantial malt flavors come through initially. Many layers of malt, in fact, from rich, slight chocolate and sweet. It all finished off by a lingering malt flavor with a mix of hops, that fades from slightly citrus and floral to bitter. The hop flavors act as an excellent comparison to the malts as the drink goes down.

Enjoyable and almost more a hoppy stout. Stands up to the Speakeasy Butchertown Black ale that recently came out as a complex multi-layered IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 08:27:09 | More by TheStove
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gustogasmic

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quick-forming and quick-dissapearing one inch cappuccino-colored head. body is, dark, dark brown, cloudy dark brown-black.

Smells sweet and slightly boozy. Enticing, sweet, strong odor. Lots of dark roses.

Tastess wonderful- both dark and floral. Darkness is the roasted, smoky flavors of the malts, floral is the complex and forward hoppiness that is (barely) tempered by the smoothness of the malt bill. Lingers both citrus and coffee... you know some drink their coffee black with a wedge of lemon, Ukranians ,I hear.

Feels watery at first but then the malts come in and stick the beer (and bitterness of the hops) to your mouth. I love it; I could see someone hating it. It's carbon; roasted and burned yet floral, a black IPA that is certainly black in flavor. delicious and specific and bold in concept, as i've come to expect from the prolific Short's brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 07:37:50 | More by gustogasmic
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt,charcoal, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 23:33:23 | More by Ratman197
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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.