Eclipse Black IPA | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Eclipse Black IPAEclipse Black IPA

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Belgo-Style Black IPA is an exquisite fusion of black roasted chocolate malts, and a generous heap of hops. Bitterly aggressive with fruity esters and a savory aroma making this one superior brew.

Added by indiapaleale on 12-08-2011

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another local Black IPA? Sweet action.

Picked up a 4-pack of 16oz cans at Lukas. Poured to pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a solid mocha colored head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was a bit subdued but presented a fair amount of roasted malt along with earthy hop tones. Similarly, the flavor starts with a roasty malt sweetness with a decent amount of chocolate tones. Hops provide an earthy/piney flavor as well as a medium bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Fairly well balanced.

Overall, I wasn't that impressed. Far better options out there but not a bad beer. I wouldn't purchase again in lieu of other options but happy to have tried it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a dark brown with a big pillowy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is roasted malts and piney floral hops with a bit of leather and spice.

The flavor is roasted malts and sweet chocolate with a good amount of piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, one of the best Black IPAs I've had. It has a good balance of sweeter malts, roast and hops.

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Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a steady light brown, 1 inch head and gread lacing

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit rind hop resin; this smells oily and citrusy with some pine/butterscotch sap aroma and weed with just a smattering of chocolatey malts

T: Hop bitterness up front with plenty of citrus rind, pine, grass but then a surprising amount of chocolate/coffee semi-sweet malts; it's decently balanced but something astringent in the hop bitterness--almost medicinal--is a touch off-putting

F: Medium body with an oily, sticky quality that works well

O: I like this; there is maybe a bit too much pine-like bitterness for me to want too many of these, but it's a nice change of pace Cascadian dark

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is well balanced roasted malts and hops, a bit of coffee is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of keenanite21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of creaghphish
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MinorThreat
1.9/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served from a 16oz can to pint.

A- Upon cracking the can the contents immediately began repainting my ceiling in a near comic book fashion. Full blown gusher. I think that maybe it got so jostled in transit that this happened so I left the other 3 in my fridge for about a week before round two. Sadly round two yielded similar results. Once I got the half of the can I was left with in a pint it looked like tan foam with about 1/4in black liquid in the bottom.

S-Citrus green olives with rapidly degassing C02

T- I think the nucleation stripped any and all of the hop notes. The smell of green olives was so overpowering that I really couldn't taste past it.

M- Foam followed by flat beer

O- I won't be dropping $10 on a four pack again to find out if this was an aberration or not.

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Photo of JohnyFriday
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost the last of Blargimus' huge package and I CANnot say that I saved the best for last without fear of being called out as a liar. My apologies, but I am like Sam I Am in that I do not like Cascadian/Black IPAs as a general rule. I do not like them on a train, I do not like them on a plane and I certainly do not like them in the rain. Such is the nature of The CANquest (TM) in that I try everything and try to give each beer a fair shake but some begin on an incline.

From the CAN: "E-CLIPSE (i-klips) Partial or complete obscuring of one celestial body by another [with their logo obscuring the QR code]".

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and I quickly had a glassful of ink topped by just over a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown that allowed ZERO light penetration. Even the white bits was black! Nose had more of a chocolate/coffee/roastiness than anything else, but I could sense the hops in the background. Mouthfeel was full, approaching creaminess and the taste was a commingling of (perhaps?) pine/minty hops with all of the dark malt that could be mustered up. Finish was roasty, but the hops seemed to get lost in the darkness. I am sorry, but leave your dark malts out of my hoppy beers. I am hard-pressed to know how to review this as even the style description is vague.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of coffee, slight alcohol, and hops. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of pine, strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, stronger aroma than body, but still a good beer that was quite bitter.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney with some citrus notes. Toasty aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with grapefruit and mango notes. Strong roasted malt character that is reminiscent of a porter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty canned black ale. One of the best I've had from Crabtree.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut color in the glass. Quite dry with a modest malty underground. Sourish hint along with the charred malt. Light mouthfeel. Some caramel enlivens the taste and aroma. Tends toward bitterness, but again, it's quite restrained. Aftertaste is mineral and unrepenting.

Maybe the subtleties are lost on me. Seems very plain and austere. Just a touch of sweet malt wouldn't hurt. Cans in a four-pack at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of Grayvey
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Moose90
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of everettsbeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown, almost black body topped with a one-finger thick creamy tan head. Heady hop aroma; spicy; dark roasted malt scent (perhaps with a touch of chocolate malt). Charred toast with a mellowing sweetness and a tingling hop bitterness. Medium-light body; clean; mostly dry finish with a soft sweet edge at the finish.

A delicious, pretty nicely balanced black IPA. Bold hop flavor combined with a sweet but not overdone malt sweetness.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, bakers cocoa, earthiness and light grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, bakers cocoa and light grapefruit with a smooth dry moderatly bitter roasty finish.

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Photo of Greeneagle
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint size can. pours a nitro looking black color that lets zero light pass. nice creamy off white head one inch high. smells insanely complex, roasted malt, candy sweetness, mild smoke, piney hops. falvor is dumbed down from the nose a little, without the sweet malty thing going, but plenty of dark bitter malts and less intense hops than expected. mouthfeel is pretty decent too, if not just a bit thin for the genre, nice expanding cream feel, nice bitter coffee finish. almost more like a hoopy stout. crabtree continues to impress me, and at 7.7& abv theres plenty of bang for your buck here

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a hand labeled (shrink-wrapped) and hand canned beer. Lots of love went into this...

POUR: super dark brown to pitch in color as this floods the glass. Great looking coffee-colored head on top that sticks around for quite some time. Carbonation levels look spot on which can be tricky the first time around with canning. Looking at this now we'd have to say that it's a pretty nice looking pour!

AROMA: a bit of cirtrus up front followed by licorice, dark chocolate, French roast coffee, chocolate malt, anise and caraway seeds. Some hints of spices as well but nothing too overwhelming.

TASTE: one sip of Eclipse and we're certain you'll realize that this is not your ordinary dark beer. Lots of flavors coming flooding into your mouth and wreak some havoc on your palate. One second you're getting citrusy hop flavors and the next you're getting bombarded by caramel, apple cider, brown bread dough, rye bread and coffee. On the tongue this is soft as silk and smooth all around. A nice lingering sweet citrus flavors is all that's left after each swallow and it lights the way nicely for the next mouthful.

OVERALL: excellent beer. We loved the complexity of this beer and all the subtle nuances from the sweet dark malts to the bitter hops and the citrus and spice notes that came along for the ride. Perhaps the yeast strain is what makes this "Belgo" and brings along with it some of those telltale spicy notes. It's a guess anyways. Overall, I loved it and having only one can is almost as bad as never having a can at all! Just kidding. I'm very lucky to have gotten a chance to try this very special beer.

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Eclipse Black IPA from Crabtree Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 29 ratings