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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PABludgeon Yer Eye PA

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very good

73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: dudecandle on 10-19-2010

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, toast, pine, roasted malt, light char, grass, floral, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with a great hop profile and solid roasted malt backbone. Taste of big dark roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light char, pineapple, toast, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, toast, pineapple, roasted malt, light char, coffee, pine, floral, grass, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and hop complexity; with a nice roasted malt backbone that is well balanced with the hop flavors; almost zero cloying flavors are present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA! Great hop flavor profile and balance with roasted malts; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is near black with a finger of thick, beige head. Plenty of lacing cascades down the walls of the pint glass.

Great aroma with pine, malt, roast, hops.

Nice flavor as well. Surprisingly good. I just never know what to expect from Short's. The roast and hop components are blended beautifully.

Lingering pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Thin to medium bodied. Nice feel.

A stellar example of the style. I would definitely have this again. Recommended.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; Flick's Liquors; in a tumbler.

A: The black ale is appropriate, a deep cola/coffee brown that verges on black. Darker crimson colors come through near the base of my glass. An off-white head serves as a visually appealing contrast. Lacing follows as the head recedes, thick sheafs all around the tumbler.

S: Wow! That's a strong aroma! Sweet and bittersweet chocolate and coffee, maybe even lactic sweetness, mix with a rich grapefruit citrus aroma. Very sweet with dark bitterness at every turn. I really can't tell which aspect stands out more, or which one I like more.

T: Stout up front, hops in the back, beer's version of a mullet. The stout is rich, dark with chocolate and burnt malts. A lactic smoothness cuts into the malts but is quickly enveloped by the citrusy hops. The citrus quickly ramps up, adding a bitter sweetness. The grapefruit cuts through the stout nicely, a sweetness that yields back to the deeply roasted grains. The parting shot of deep roast and sweet hops is nice.

M: Another winner, bringing together a richly roasted stout and a huma lupa bite. With every sip, my faith is restored.

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Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle gifted my way by jale (thanks Jim!). This pours dark brown-black with a finger or so of tan foam.

Not being a big fan of Black IPAs, I was surprised to find this smells really nice. A nice mix of roasted malt and intensely piney hops. Reminds me a little bit of HF James, I'd say this is definitive. It all comes through in the flavor too, pine needles and citrus, toasted/roasted malts and a bitter but flavorful aftertaste. No real sweetness anywhere, but not overly bitter either.

I could go for a few more of these, this is probably my favorite of the style. Recommended!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, Brickhouse - Madison

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark mahogany body, quickly dissipating tan head

smell: piney hops - very green, charred malts, roasty, smoke

taste: really great - instantly one of my favorite black ipas...lush evergreen, dark chocolate, char, smoke, burnt malts, heavy roasted dark malts.

mouthfeel: rich medium body

overall: nice

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head, good staying power. Heavy pines and dank oils/resin on the nose - this one's gonna be good! Taste follows through with a nice dose of pine needles and oily hop resin. Slightly dank; bitter, but not as bitter as you'd expect from the heavy nose of hops. Malts follow through and become noticeable in the aftertaste. Toasty and caramely, they play nicely with the hops and provide an excellent balance to the brew. Slight watery in the taste after a few sips, might be due to the low ABV. Medium body, very, very slight stickiness, leaves the mouth a bit wet and watery. Nice helping of carbonation.

Solid brew! And only 5% ABV? Awesome! This one could be enjoyed all day. Nice helping of hops, resins, oils - enough to satisfy any hophead. Beautiful black color and the unique addition of slight caramel and roast flavors from the malts make this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark black with a mostly tight dark tan head. Nose has a light smoke to it, some malt depth with chocolate, and a faint citrusy hop behind. Taste is much smokier, complex malt of caramel and chocolate, hops are light and like the nose citrusy. Not much bitterness, lingering smoke, decent carbonation, lighter body and very smooth.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip. Thanks to biga7346 for hooking it up.

A: Pours very dark brown with three fingers of dark khaki head that took its time fading into a thin film that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Very strong and fresh notes of grapefruit citrus and pineapple. I get a note or two of tangerine and pine as well. Very hoppy and citrusy smelling.
T: Flavor is still full of fresh citrus hops but there is large amount of roasted malt and chocolate balancing it out. The finish is lightly bitter with flavors of pine resin, and the aftertaste is similar to bitter dark chocolate.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, decent bitterness, moderate carbonation.
O: One of the better ones I’ve had and a pretty good beer despite this not being one of my favorite styles. Thanks again Austen!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

753rd Review on BA
Bottle to pint
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Bludgeon Yer Eye PA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer when it was first released in bottles last year and I thought it was a pretty good Black IPA, since then I have tried much more of the style so I'm interested to see how this years release stacks up, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's well done and pretty funny, it shows you how good of a sense of humor Joe Short has. It poured a nice slightly light black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This beer looked really good the color was were it should be and head and lacing were better then expected, there's nothing wrong with it at all, it's a very good looking Black IPA.

S- The first thing I pick up is some nice hop aromas that smell pretty dank, there's some piney, floral, and citrus hops that comes together to make a pretty nice dank aroma with none of the hoppy aromas overpowering each other. After that comes the malts which are pretty roasted and impart a slight charred aroma followed by a little bit of chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of black licorice at the end. There's some very good balance in the aroma of this beer both the hops and the malts show up nicely and they play well off each other. This beer had a good aroma that was just what I'm looking for in the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the malts which are nice and roasted and impart some slightly charred flavors along with some grainy, coffee, and chocolate flavors. After that comes the hops which impart some citrus, piney, dank, and resinous hop flavors with the citrus and pine seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end the hops impart a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that is right where it should be and there's a roasty, citrus, and dank aftertaste that sticks around for a little bit. This beer has a good taste to it, the hops are nice and dank, the malts are roasty, and it has some really nice balance to it, I enjoy it.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a pretty good representation of the style, it had everything I look for in the style with the balance that you don't find in a lot of Black IPA's. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, the flavors held my attention nicely, and at 5% percent it doesn't wreck you which makes it pretty session able and it isn't overly bitter, I think two or three of these would be the right amount and it makes for a great beer to drink when the weather gets colder but you still want a nice dose of hops. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance it was very good and right where it should be, I also really liked the way this beer looked, from the label to the lacing this was one good looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's very limited, I could see this as a nice year round beer, I don't think any Michigan brewery's have a Black IPA in their year round line up and with the quality of this one I could see it being very popular. I would buy this beer again, I only got two bottles this year and that was a mistake, plus Short's just released their 2013 release schedule and this one was on the list you can bet I'll be getting at least a six pack next year. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it's a damn good Black IPA, and it has all the quality's that I look for in the style. Short's did a great job with this beer, the only Black IPA I like more than this is Arcadia's B Craft, but this one is pretty close to that and it's very well done. I hope they bring this beer back again and I would love to try the version that was brewed with spruce tips, it sounds like it could be pretty epic, keep up the good work Short's you guys are killing it.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup to cola brown body. Small, tight-laced, light khaki brown head. Some lacing. Pungently appetizing resin and pine hop aromas up front. Some mint as well. Strong chocolate and roasted malt backing. Hints of licorice and caramel too. Very nice.

Singed malts and coffee bitterness percolate to the front. Hop bitterness builds with notes of mint, pine, Scotch tape, and maybe a hint of lime. Strong roasted malts and dark chocolate balance the hoppiness. Notes of caramel, licorice, and earthy peat also mingle in the palate. Finish is a bit dry, with lingering hop bitterness. Delicious! Medium-bodied, with a slightly chewy feel. One of the better black IPAs I've had.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bludgeon Yer Eye is a dark, chocolate brown color. It’s not opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights throughout. It’s topped with a nice tan head that stands over a finger tall. It’s somewhat slow to recede and leaves a sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. It starts out with a rush of piney and citric hops. Grapefruit and mango are noted. They smell mostly of pine though. There are some dark malt scents. It smells like a mix of roasted malts and cocoa. They’re secondary to the hops. No doubt about that. More chocolaty scents emerge late. They don’t exactly smell sweet. Alcohol is masked well. Doesn’t come through strong at all.

The flavor is excellent. Hops attack the palate immediately and have a strong piney, resiny flavor. There are some citric grapefruit and mango flavors, but pine rules the day. It is quite bitter and dry. The hops work very well with the dark malt base. Roasted malts are the base, but are complemented by cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It all works together to produce a really nice flavor. Alcohol is barley noticeable. Finishes bitter, dry and very roasty.

Bludgeon Yer Eye has a medium body and light carbonation. It is nice, smooth, and easy to drink. I wouldn’t say it’s creamy, but it goes down extremely easy. Several bottles would definitely be possible.

To date, I’ve been really impressed with Short’s Brewing Company. Bludgeon Yer Eye isn’t exactly one of their trailblazing beers, but it’s definitely a high quality American Black Ale (or whatever you want to call it). I think the aggressive hops are the most impressive aspect. They’re full of flavor, but somehow complement the dark malts rather than overshadow them. Works really well. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try this one, it’s definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a becker glass

It basically pours black. Just the faintest of ruby light comes through when held to a light. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head the sticks around for a while leaving rings of lacing with each quaff.

As I removed the cap I could smell grapefruit. The grapefruit masks over the roasted flavors. Hints of the roasted malt are intermittent with pungent wafts of grapefruit.

The taste commences with fleeting roasted malt. It is quickly overwhelmed with moderately bitter grapefruit leaving an aftertaste of not quite burnt popcorn and grapefruit.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is one of the better black IPA's that I have had. It tastes me back to my first experience with the style, Bashah. It comes across to me as having a lot of grapefruit, but it works well with the dark, roasted malt attributes. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this one works for my palate.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is bursting with citrus and earthy hops with some roasted and lightly burnt malts and some smoke.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of citrus hops with some grapefruit flavor and some bitterness alongside some roasted caramel malts and a hint of smoke. Through the middle, some more earthy hops come through with more citrus flavor as well and some stronger bitterness. The finish continues the big hop trend with some stronger earthy hops, plenty of bitterness, with some smoky and burnt malts.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hop flavor that is a bit unbalanced, but I really find myself enjoying the boldness of it.

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.