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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dudecandle on 10-19-2010)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

McCranky, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of david131
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

david131, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of RudiNicole
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RudiNicole, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +29.5%

rjacobs6, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +29.5%

cates1tg, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
5/5  rDev +29.5%

weizenbob, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Gtg642, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Ratman197, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TheStove
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

TheStove, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -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.

alpinebryant, Nov 13, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a creamy off-white head. Great retention which lasts for the entirety of the glass. Lets some light through with a ruby hue, but mostly opaque. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Aroma is mostly hops. Mainly grapefruit, with some faint notes of citrus that are much milder, almost floral. You can smell the malt in there balancing the hops, but it doesn't really impart much to the aroma. Perhaps a very faint aroma of dark chocolate, but not very noticeable.

T - Quite a strange taste, especially the first few sips (in a good way). All of the flavours seem to hit you at once. You've got the bitterness and kick from the grapefruit hops, with a fruity citrus sweetness in the middle (which is much more pronounced then those subtle citrus aromas in the nose), and at the same time you have a heavily roasted malt base. Having all of these flavours come out simultaneously gives it a much heavier taste than I was expecting. The sweetness dies off quickly upon swallowing, but the finish lasts for quite a while and consists of the grapefruit hops and roasted malts.

M - As I mentioned, the palate really gives it a heavier presence. Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

O - A rather solid BIPA. Not my favourite, as the sweetness in the middle kind of threw it off a bit for me, but it's a nicely balanced BIPA that I would certainly like to try again.

StarshipPoopers, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Florida9, Oct 21, 2011
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!

scottfrie, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

BBP, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

akorsak, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Bludgeon Yer Eye PA is a very dark brown color with redish highlights and good clarity. The head is thick and sticky leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is both hoppy and roasty in almost equal measure. It's like coffee with a squeeze of orange.

Flavor is pretty intense with a big roasty malt backbone and lots of citrusy hops. Just like the style should be with a nice blend of stout and IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very bitter but with enough sweetness to give some balance.

Overall a really nice example of the style.

GilGarp, Oct 03, 2011
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.

warnerry, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

chicano4craft, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the good folks at Short’s who brought this (and others) to Denver beers stores for GABF week.
It definitely looks the part of a black ale. It looks black even in the light – not just a deep brown. Carbonation is solid for the life of the beer and a true head sticks around longer than expected, too.
The flavor profile is absolutely what this style is all about in my eyes. The nose is resinous and pine-hoppy, but there’s an unmistakable roasted character that keeps it from being “just” an IPA.
When you sip it, there’s a sweet and roasty flavor that kicks in only to be quickly overwhelmed by old school American hops and bitterness. However that flavor blends seamlessly back with the roasted and coffee-like notes from the malts. The finish carries both flavors equally. This isn’t an IPA in disguise or just a hoppy stout – it really is a flagship example of this new style.
Flavorful and potent, this one’s a definite sipper. Both I’d had thus far have been over the course of a half hour or so, but I could still easily follow it up with another ½ hour bottle.
A solid brew that would be at home during any season.

EDIT: I won't mess with my scoring, but I really do enjoy this a lot. It's possibly the best CDA I've had from a bottle.

Domingo, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Mebuzzard, Sep 24, 2011
Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.