Black IPA | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 01-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark chocolate color with a tight formed one finger beige head atop,the aromas are pretty weak with some roasted nut and light earthy hops mainly.Chocolate malts,roast, and earthy tones on the palate,the hop provide that earthiness and a little spiciness,a little alcohol sweetness is thrown in as well.Eh,its ok but the beers hop profile almost makes this beer more of a hoppy porter in its big earth and roast profile,not a bad beer but not really up to style in my opinion.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11350 printed by hand with a gold sharpie on the back of the label. This beer pours a deep ruby red black notes, with a light khaki tan head flowing thick. Dark roasted notes with herbal hops and hints of citrus kicking through with each sniff. Caramel comes to the head wrapped with some herbal earthy citric hops, and the flavor continues with a bitter dark roasted malt character as the backbone of this beer. Black IPA light not much flavor a dry roasted dark malt persists with each sip, bitter almost band aid notes with super strong herbal notes and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation, goes down pretty smooth for a style of beer that's typically hard to swallow. Overall what can I say it's Sprecher jumpin' on the Black IPA bandwagon, which is fine but just not my style as a whole and even this version isn't going to make me a true believer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep dark amber black. Almost pitch except for a bit of haze at the base and edges.Head is a nice 1/2 inch of tan head that sits for a while.

S - Mild herbal hops, charcoal roast bitterness, maybe some chocolate. Not the best smelling beer.

T - Well it's not terribly bitter anymore. Ashy roasts and aged bittering pine has taken it's place. It has a good bit of cloying bitterness so maybe I am a tad inebriated when I post this.

M - Medium drinks like it's around 7.5%. Not bad.

Overall not the worst bomber I got for 5 bucks. I could imagine this being a hop bomb 6 months ago but now it's a very forgettable black IPA

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 tap-pour into a Sprecher American tumbler pint at Rustico.

A - Clear dark brown in color with a low, well-retained tan head. Good lace left caked to the glass.

S - Assertive American hops lend citrus and resin notes to the roasted but not-so-bitter malt aroma.

T - Nice roasted chocolate tones balance out the American, resiny citrus hops well.

M - Surprisingly bitter for a Sprecher brew, the resiny bite to the finish is complimented by mild roasted bitterness. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

O - Much better as it's "reformulated", not "blend of Black Bavarian and IPA2" like I suspected of the initial bottling. This version is much more American-like like it should be!

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Photo of birchstick
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very close to jet black in appearance, with a few meager glints of magenta teased out when strongly backlit. The head is a mountain of tan froth that slowly erodes towards the surface, leaving sheets of sticky lace.
The nose brings bars of dark chocolate, burnt toast, raspberries, caramel, Pinot Noir, and boozy confectionary cherries. It's honestly a gorgeous aroma for a porter. As something that claims Black IPA, the feeble, backend slivers of herbs and dry grass don't hold up their end.
Malt rushes across the tongue, with smoky espresso and dusty dark chocolate. It sweetens as it progresses, adding caramel-swirled fudge and blackberries to the mix. Some toasty, burnt bread notes in the middle. Hops bring a defined bitterness, but a vaporous taste profile. A little grassy, and little metallic, mostly peppery, with some earthy pine cone and bark hues.
Well on the full side of medium bodied, with a low, trickling carbonation that is steady throughout.
This is flat-out killer Robust Porter, and my ratings are fudged a bit to reflect that.

The Black IPA (American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark, or whatever the current naming trend happens to be) is a bit of an enigma to me. As much as I enjoy them and seek them out, I have a hard time defining what exactly I'm looking for, or crowning a favorite example of one. This sways heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum, and appreciate that, even though it seems to have missed its ultimate mark.

If nothing else, I'm glad Sprecher is finally embracing Bombers rather than cumbersome Liter swingtops. Hope that continues.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black IPA pours a black color with a small long lasting lacing tan head. The aroma is a bit weak but has a nice burnt and roasted note. The taste is a nice smokey hop bite, with strong roasted flavors. Good body, good flavors, slightly watery. Overall a very good black IPA.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour in a pint glass.

A finger of tan head on a caramel-colored body. Laces like a king.

Piney hops and sweet, black malt. A little bit of detergent odor, tinge of alcohol. Roasty and earthy.

Extremely dry, with a good bitter heft. Pine, citric rind, some astringent characteristics, an almost chemical tang. Bitter in a big way, not much fruit, which works for the black IPAs. The malts (which come off like burnt cookies) are thin in comparison to the big beefy hop smack. This works! A few flaws aside, this has a very enjoyable flavor.

Nice feel and body. Subtle creaminess.

First time sampling this one. I will seek out more products from this brewer.

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Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Soneast
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cocoa color with a medium sized, creamy, smooth, foamy, cafe head. Decent retention leaving a decent lace.

S - Cocoa, nutty, earthy aroma. Roasted malt. There are hints of orange, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Maybe a touch of anise. Fairly faint.

T - Similar to the nose, but not as faint as the nose. Roasted, nutty, cocoa, earthy malt. Fairly bitter (chocolate and hops). Touches of citrus along with plenty of pine, herbal, and grassy hops.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Average drinkability. Hoppy dark ale but not exactly IPA like. Flavors weren't bad but kind of meh.

Notes: Not a big fan of the style, and this isn't a shining example of the style. So-so beer. Hoppy enough but it just doesn't seem like an IPA to me (even a dark one).

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Be careful when you pour or you’ll get half a glass full of deep brown foam, airy enough to resolve downwards rapidly, loose tiny bubbles popping across the surface, the lacing forms fairly thick streaks and possess excellent stickiness. As one might imagine from the label, the liquid is jet black, vague orange glow at the glass bottom. The nose has a good amount of roast without being annoying or pushing bitter, almonds, cocoa, dark chocolate, cafe au lait, these tend to outlast the pine sap, orange peel as well as green apple, pear, peach scents, no meaningful herbaceous bite, not sure based on the nose that you’d peg this as an IPA, black or otherwise. Medium-bodied, finishes with good lift and release, however, in general it is wiry and firm with no fat on its bones. The roast is smooth with mocha, cocoa, dark chocolate, falling short of coffee and with no real sweeter aspect such as caramel. The orange citrus stronger with a hint of lemon or white grapefruit. The carbonation brings more fluff than necessary, odd given the overall taut feel and could just as well be more tightly knit. Metallic, minerally ring to it, still clean and does not seem interested in delving deeper in earthy, grassy territory. The same white fruit array of pear, apple, peach, apricot appears near the finish line. Very good, if not especially memorable, could throw back a few particularly if ice cold.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Opaque black like a stout, two fingers of frothy tan foam for a head lasts about two minutes, leaving behind some minimal lacing.

S. Very light grapefruit, apricot, and pine over a semi-roasted malt aroma. Not nearly as strong an aroma as most black ales I've had.

T. Very sourish Baltic Porter sort of bitterness up front that completely over-rules all the malt and citric hopping. Way unbalanced in this regard.

M. Kind of thin, which contributes to a 'watery stale coffee' sort of finish. Not that great either.

This one needs some serious workshopping.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
1.97/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Purchased off the shelf at a convienience store off a whim. Ok Sprecher Ill take your bait.

A- A deep dark blackish brown, Has a thick light bubbely light tan head.

S- Smell is sweet and slightly citrusy. Rather fruity for a black ale. Very strong mango notes.

T- Has a very strong malt forwardness to it, and ends in more of a hoppy "bite" rather than a flavor. Strong bitter cocoa and coffee notes start this beer off. The end is very bitter and slightly hoppy.

M- Very light feeling and crisp for how malty it is.

O- Not very impressed with this black ale. It is very bitter in a negative way. Not citrusy bitter, not piney bitter, not earthy bitter, Just bitter. For any of you coffee nuts/baristas out there, the after taste is like an espresso shot that's been poured and then left out to sit for far to long. The mouth feel is also pretty disappointing and gives off the feel of being a bit watery. Plus Sprecher failed to list an ABV on this bottle, so I don't even know what kind of monstrosity I'm really dealing with here. Overall dissapointed, I've come to love sprecher, but thsi beer is better off tucked away and forgotten.

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Photo of shand
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sprecher's Black IPA is a bit different from the pack. The malt base is extremely roasted with slight smoky hints, and the hops are intensely herbal. Very dry. Not the best Black IPA I've had by any means, but interesting and tasty enough to give it a try.

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Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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Black IPA from Sprecher Brewing Company
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