1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Narconaut Black IPA - Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Not Rated.
Narconaut Black IPA
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 04-09-2010

American Black I.P.A. brewed with Pilsner malt and a variety of dark specialty malts. Seven different hops were used. Dry-hopped with Nugget & Sauvin hops.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by deanhead:
More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, theres a small light brown head that fades really quickly. Nose is sweet and malty, it's got some nice juicy fruity hop notes as well.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is a bit low but it's held up well in the growler. There is a grainy taste in it that I get in all Black IPAs, but it's well covered by the fruity hop flavors. Earlier batches smelled much more heady & dank but this has a much more subdued note, it's bitter but not over the top. Very well done.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in a nice trade with Brad007... Thank a bunch amigo..

Pours with a dark tan head.. good retention.. the brew is close to black but not quite.... a very pretty clear deeep dark brown.

Nose is everything a Black IPA should be.. piney hops and a nice roasty element.. hints of cocoa.. very good.

Flavor mirrors the nose... citrus hops and pine battle it out among the roasted malts... despite the battleground, this one is well integrated and delivers nicely.

Body was a lite/medium with pretty descent carbonation given the cross country jostling..

I would buy this often if available to me.. The Boise crew really dug it too. Cool trade Brad.. let's do it again.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a dark, almost opaque black into a Hill Farmstead over-sized wine glass. One finger off-white head. Good sticky lacing all down the glass.

The aroma is floral hops, pine, and burnt malts.

The taste is much the same- very strong pine, floral, and grassy notes provided by the hops. The malts taste less burnt than they small, very roasty nonetheless. Very bitter. Maybe some slight vanilla flavors as well.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

A winner. Actually liked it a little better than James, the other black IPA I had this day, from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of musicforairports
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at American Flatbread; served in a tulip.

Beer is black, with a 1.5+finger head that stays fluffy and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells like orange-zest and pine, with more and more chocolate roasted character as it warms.

Taste is bitter roasted malt with a good amount of citrus hops present. Both a malty and hoppy beer. The roasted component comes out more and it warms and has a bit of an astringent dryness to it. Finishes bitter.

Creamy on the mouth and lightly but appropriately carbonated.

A really good example of the style and an easy one to drink.

Photo of plaid75
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel and piney hops.

The taste consisted of an earthy roasted malt and sweet caramel with waves of piney hops.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty BIPA.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really solid black IPA from Zero Gravity.

Photo of duracell
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at American Flatbread.

Pours a pitch black color with a super creamy head which sticks nicely to the glass. A lot of hoppy flavors going on in there! Piney and grassy to the smell. Strong bitterness kick on the palate upfront. Finishes with a roasted malt dryness that lingers. Quite an experience for the palate with the bitter/dry feeling. This black IPA is bold, might not be loved by many but I overall liked its stong character.

Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Not sure what I'd consider this brew. While it says Black IPA on the menu, I'd consider it more of a hoppy robust porter, or a black ale.

Great roasted malt flavors. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Although its got a lot of roasted malt flavor it isnt overly sweet. I got more hoppyness when smelling it with some classic citrus notes.

In a place where you are bombarded with world class IPA's, this was just as good if not better than most of the offerings. Very impressed with Zero Gravity.

Photo of Gushue3
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a dark black with a large, foamy off white head. Almost looks like a stout. Head stays around and leaves ample lacing

Smell- roasty, malty, citrusy, and piney.

Taste- I love this beer. Big and dark flavor, the malt is present at first with a great hop blast toward the middle and end. A nice. Bitter hop taste lingers after the beers gone. IMO a fantastic black ipa.

Mouthfeel- very smooth, minuscule to no carbonation, feels as great as it tastes.

Drinkability- I can drink this all day and night. Im hoping the bartender will pour me a growler after 10 to take home with me.

This beer was worth the trip to burlington from boston. Drink this.

Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black-as-midnight color with a brown one-finger head into my snifter.

Aroma is full of floral hops and as it warms up, the aroma shows more.

Taste is full of grassy hops with a good bite. Nothing overpowering. Walks the line between hoppy stout and ipa very well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and slightly roasted malt.

Very drinkable. Any more hops and a bigger malt bill and you'd have an imperial stout. Still worth a try.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rated according to style. Not a black ipa fan but delish. Definitely a hoppier black ipa

Photo of Smokee
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a tulip at American Flatbread. Almost porter like in color, big head, but very light(billowy) Malty, bready initial nose with some decent hop in the background.

Excellent first taste, very carbonated mouth feel. Hops, bread, caramel chocolate. Seems right down the middle between a porter and DIBA. Extremely enjoyable, and walking home back to the car with two growlers was a huge bonus.

Photo of tbeckett
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Reservoir in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Good lace and no retention.

S - Dark fruit, roast, citrus, great balance, but aggressive too.

T - Giant hop flavour. Chocolate was big too. Tons of hops with sweet dark malt. Nice stuff with balance and aggression with both elements.

M - Nice gripping bitterness. Good carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - A really nice Black IPA. Great complexity and depth but still stimple and aggressive. Drinkable and balanced. Good stuff.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass at American Flatbread.
Color deep, deep brown, bordering black.
Aromas of licorice, piney notes.
Taste was intense and delicious, licorice, hops, piney resin, coffee and chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel was great (Z.G. tends to have great carb levels)
Overall a very impressice black IPA from Zero Gravity. Strong, tasty in your face Black IPA.
Bravo!

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, pine, hints of chocolate and citrus

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, hint of chocolate, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this was good but not great, the flavor was decent but not as well-balanced as others I have had

to view more.
Narconaut Black IPA from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.