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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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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mattcrill

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big resiny and citrus hop notes up front. Powdery hop resins dominate the aroma. Clean fermetation character. No fruity esters or malt character noted. Balance is an American hop bomb.

Appearance: Dark brown with shoe leather highlights. Sudsy and sticky off-white head.

Flavor: More citrus and pine hop flavor up front. Light background biscuity malt notes that are quickly beaten back by the American hops. Balance is firmly bitter with a hint of background roastiness. Finish is clean and dry. Lingering hoppy goodness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A nice, firmly hopped Black IPA. The IPA character is firmly in charge here and most of the time except for the color I was thinking IPA all the way. Still, the dark roasted malt character does make a quick appearance here and there and keeps it interesting. Another winner from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:15:27 | More by mattcrill
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, light brown head atop a rich, mahogany body. The head sustains at a nice, foamy lace and leaves fantastic sticky webs about the glass.

S- Wonderful, resiny hops rush forth as the bottle pops creating a citrus and earthy scent that seems really fresh and clean. A little warmth brings out an underlying grainy aroma that offers the slightest chocolate and light smoke. Relieved that it wasn't too hop centric.

T- Very hop-centric at first. Lots going on within the hoppiness like citrus, grass, and herbal flavors. Light, grainy flavor peeks through on further inspection, bringing a needed balance. Warmth increases the malt profile suggesting a little chocolate and cereal (cocoa puffs?). A the while, this is still a hoppy beer. It is labeled a Black IPA after all.

M- Moderate carbonation and body. Slight, grainy texture is pleasant.

O- I initially thought this was just a one-dimensional hop bomb. Glad it wasn't. Just enough from the malts to keep it in balance. It's really an easy drinker. I could put back more than a few in a single sitting. Short's has definitely moved up the ranks of my favorite breweries with consistently solid traditional beers to compliment their ongoing experimental stuff. Which is an American Black Ale? Let the debate begin.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 15:58:47 | More by GRPunk
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black mahogany with a tan white head that has good lacing and retention. The nose has a nice pine and floral hops aroma with some roasted and smoked malts trying to come through. The taste starts out with the hops and is followed with some coffee, caramel and chocolate malts lingering in the back and than the pine hops hits you again in the aftertaste. the mouthfeel is medium bodied that clings to the tip of the tongue and sticks to the lips. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise and one I'll be drinking more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 05:45:49 | More by DannyDan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 16:29:59 | More by dirtylou
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ahq514

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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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alexgash

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 20:55:37 | More by alexgash
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bludgeon Yer Eye pours your classic “black IPA” deep dark brown. It has a bit of a walnut hue to it and a nice light tan head that fades to a stubborn ring. Lacing is quite nice.

The aroma is equal parts hoppy and roasty. It reminds me a lot of a hoppy porter with notes of pine and slightly burnt toffee, as well as a bit of coffee.

The flavor has a bit more roastyness present, as well as a surprising and pleasant caramel sweetness. piney hops are also there, but more in reserve. Cocoa, coffee, toffee some caramel and a bit of floral character also make themselves known. This is definitely roastier than your run of the mill India black ale.

The mouthfeel is medium with a subdued carbonation. It finishes fairly dry and leaves some charred notes on the palate after swallowing.

Overall I think that, while quite different from a lot of other examples of this style, this beer is a very good and very interesting version of a dark and hoppy ale. I tend to like the renditions of this style that lead more toward the hops, but this one really hits the spot, and with a lower ABV than most it is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:07:33 | More by zoso1967
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jmich24

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sniffer:

ABV is a sessionable 5%!

A: very near black in color. One finger light tan head that never completely goes away, sticky lacing.
S: Delish! Super hoppy with a nice bit of roasted malts. I want to smell this all night. Hop>Malts
T: Again Hops are outstanding, great dark roasty flavor to go with the huge hop aroma. Lingering bitterness is also a plus.
M: Medium mouthfeel seems appropriate.
O: This was far and away the best Black IPA example i have had to date. Great aroma and flavor as well a nice lingering bitterness. The low ABV (per website) is only 5% makes this brew that much more amazing! The dark malts are what puts this over the top! I am clearly in a love/hate relationship with Shorts, If they ever get the sour/infected notes out the their lineup it would all be world class!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:00:58 | More by jmich24
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clint1019

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Black in color with a bubbly/frothy carmel colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell-Has a great piney hop aroma combined with a roasty malt aroma.

Taste-Has a strong hop presence up front, followed by a roasty malt flavor, and finally it finishes with a big hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-light bodied with not much carbonation.

Overall-This is a great example of a Black IPA. Has a nice roasty malt aroma and flavor backed by a big piney hop presence. Well done Shorts.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:42:59 | More by clint1019
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Held up to the fading sunlight, not a hint of light can penetrate this dark beer.

Smell – Earthy, charred malts, massive hops, malty backbone, pine, and some caramel.

Taste – More hop forward than the nose would lend. A smack of hops up front, which is then followed by charred, smoky malt flavors. Slight pine, bittersweet chocolate, and the slight caramel at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Honestly, a solid beer from shorts that isn’t a “crazy” beer. This is a well done beer that should be in Short’s everyday lineup. It’s nice to see that Short’s can do both “everyday” beers and crazy one’s too. Would buy again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:26:36 | More by SpdKilz
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in a pint glass. This is a brownish black color with around half an inch of head. Smell is a mix of sweet honey, molasses, hops, and pine. Taste is a well balanced mix between caramelized malts and hops. This is easy to drink and tasty. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:14:10 | More by webmanspidey
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap during Short's night at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Excited to see Short's take on the relatively new Black IPA style.

Pours a shade or two short of black with a one-inch light tan head. Nice head retention and great lacing. Huge, fresh-cut piney hop aroma leaps out of the glass with milder roasted malt and dark chocolate notes providing a little depth. As with the nose, the flavor is dominated by bitter, piney hop flavors. There are light notes of roasty malt and dark chocolate, but the hops play center stage here. Enjoyable, but perhaps a little too one-dimensional for the style. The finish is quite bitter, dry and a little hot. Slightly light-bodied with moderate carbonation and alcohol warming. Quite bitter but still pretty drinkable as the flavors are clean and fresh tasting. Overall, very good stuff though I'd like to see a slight bit more chocolate and roast malt to complement the piney hops. Here's to hoping they bottle this stuff at some point.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 01:21:34 | More by WeisGuy
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dudecandle

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor, MI:

A: Black body with a small off-white-to-coffee colored head, some lacing, holds well.

S/T: This black IPA brings together two wonderful sides of beer which rarely work together: a nice fresh herbal and grassy hop, plus a nice dose of coffee, smoke, and caramel. While up front, you get the bitterness of the hops, the coffee takes over on the back end with its own bitterness. The slight touch of caramel and smoke add a third level of complexity which is just not common enough in this world.

M: Medium body, somewhat creamy.

D: Great IPA with essentially a touch of stout. Not a huge hop bomb, but still a very respectable amount of hops. The flavors don't crowd each other out or create some unpleasant cacophony, but rather blend together quite nicely, with each new level of flavor developing further along the palate. I don't know how wide this is going to spread, but it should.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 21:47:33 | More by dudecandle
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Bludgeon Yer Eye PA from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.