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Black Hole IPA | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LilBeerDoctor on 11-20-2008

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of socon67
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the JH in Lake Grove.

A - Pours black, with minimal carbonation.

S - Some smell of roasted malt and cocoa, but very faint.

T - Not overly impressed. The flavor is kinda dull for a Black IPA. Expecting more kick than this.

M - Smooth and relatively light bodied. Easy to have a second.

O - Just wasn't feeling this. Not a bad black ale, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the John Harvard's in Smithhaven, NY.

Look: dark brown, if not black, with a thin, eggshell head that winds down into a thin layer on top of the beer that sticks around for awhile. For a John Harvard's beer, this head is pretty impressive especially in terms of the retention. There's also lacing, which is a first for a beer from John Harvard's.

Smell: a little roasted malt, a little earthy hop aroma. Like all beers from John Harvard's, its fairly subtle.

Taste: dark, roasted malt with some earthy hops and some astringent bitterness in the finish. There's also some citrus hops but its mild.

Feel: medium bodied, creamy and fairly smooth. Not that crisp.

Drink: I could have a few of these if I wanted to but I probably wouldn't want to.

Overall, I will give John Harvard's some credit for being a little adventurous with this one but its not impressive by any means. If you're at the brewpub, this is probably your best option.

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Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown with red highlights and a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; great lacing like a Guinness stout, which is what this brew looks like. This beer was not what I expected when I ordered an IPA, but it was still an impressive looking beer.

Smells of roasted malt, floral hops, lemon, coffee, grass and caramel; the roasted malt and hops are complimentary and conflicting, which adds an interesting dynamic for a nice aroma.

Tastes like it smells, of roasted malt, floral hops, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, coffee, grass, caramel and light vanilla; not exactly and IPA, not a stout, not a porter, but a very tasty hybrid that's hoppy and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is medium and there's a crisp feel that helps this flow.

Highly drinkable and very tasty beer. Again, not an IPA in the true sense of the style, but still a very good beer that I will have again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at JH. Pours dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and citrus fruits. Flavor of roasted malt and bitter chocolate with oranges and sweet fruits in the finish. There's a spicy hop bite at the end as well. Nice and roasty with a nice hop presence. A pretty good interpretation of a black IPA!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Black Hole IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
3.62 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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