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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPAThe Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA

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California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a shame this beer isn't a regular release, I hope it's brewed again.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The name is perfect, the color is more brown than black. Slight highlights that give it a vague reddish tint on the sides. Large amounts of setiment. Light brown colored head, that comes up big and there's a great amount of lacing, it's nice, probably the best part of the look.

Smell is awesome. Plenty of nice hop aromas jump out at you, nice pine, and nice citrus come out at you. A little floral notes as well. There's a nice malt sweetness to the nose as well, toasted and nutty.

Taste is equally as awesome. Perfect balance of malts and hops. I feel the hop profile is similar to the classic heady topper, but has a nice malt profile that is much bigger. Hops aren't very bitter, yet strong at the same time, it's nice. Slight caramel and toffee then finishes grapefruity. It really tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel is perfect. One of the more smooth beers I've had from this style before. Carbonation level is great as well as no bite from the alcohol. Nice all around, for an unfiltered beer it has a surprisingly clean finish (nom nom nom). Overall this beer is really great. Dissapointed this is a one time brew, they can do great things together.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just get it. An amazing beer. What a dark IPA should smell like, should taste like and look like. Awesome beer. One of the best dark ones I have ever had. It has the hops and its a very very deep rich malt flavor. Its too hard to describe but it was one of the best IPAs I have had in a long time. Simply buy one at your peril. You will want two. Let the beer speak for itself.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A dark deep brown with sediment. Has a nice khaki colored head.

Smell: Peach and pine hops come out front. Followed by ruby red grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste: The Ruby red grapefruit and pine hops are the first flavors to hit. Followed by the peach and tangerine tones.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: WOW! The ruby red and hops are so beautifully well balanced. The flavors are perfect. I would have this as a regular in my fridge. The wife even enjoys sipping on this brew. Please make this a year round or at least a seasonal! Cheers.

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Photo of dfillius
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger tan head with good retention. Cloudy :-/ dark brown liquid with ruby edges :-). I wish I hadn't poured lees in with it. Big and chunky bits :-( On another bottle, this was only hazy, upping the score from 3.5 to 4.0.
S: Lots of tropical fruit and hops. Big citrus, golden raisin, lime, orange, mango, grapefruit, guava, pineapple. Man Candy! Thank you for achieving olfactory perfection. Ideal, sublime. Slight creamy roast in background.
T: Balanced dark bread with citrus and tropical hops. I love how it is not roasty! Slightly nutty. That is my idea of a CDA. Nice pink grapefruit in the finish coupled with slight coffee bitterness. Perfectly ripe grapefruit in fact. This may be the perfect CDA. Great complexity. DIPA level of bitterness.
M: Sweet front, chewy center and finish. Nice level of decently aggressive bitterness. Not soapy or astringent.
O: What a great beer! Much more hops than roast, thank goodness. Grapefruit in a glass, with a little chocolate. I love it and wish it were a rotating seasonal or even, dare I say it, replace Sublimely Self Righteous with it! I'd buy again and wish I had 6!

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour. Deep brown (yes it is more brown than black). The head is thick and leaves a lot of attractive lacing behind. I know some people think the lacing thing isn't a big deal but it does look nice and tends to mean deliciousness is about to ensue.

The smell, unlike many black IPAs, is very very hoppy. It smells piney and slightly fruity like pineapples and oranges.

Very little blackness to this black IPA. It is very bright and hoppy. Super grapefruitty. Orange and slight pine. There is some of the roasted character of the malts in the background. Really it is just a deliciously citrusy IPA.

Overall, I think this is an awesome black IPA. It is the least black of the black IPAs I have had. This is an awesome IPA. Fantastic. If this were available in my area (Tucson, Arizona) I would drink it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I found this on a visit to Riverside, CA. This is one of the best of the Stone Collabs that I have had. Maybe the best.

UPDATE: It is now available in AZ. I have at least found it @ Magee Road Liquors in Tucson.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby brown through light, murky brown up close. Lots of sediment floating through out and at bottom. Little bit of cling lace and ring.

S - Smells of fresh sweet hops and caramel hidden behind the hops, but BIG fresh sweet resinous aroma that kills most of any other smell. Kinda orangy but not in a traditional sense, more tropical orange and hops.

T - Crazy zesty orange tropical mixed with some hints of caramel or some brown style malts. Mainly a nice twist on ipa's, this one is different. Reminded me of fresh 15'th any BIPA from stone but a liile different on the side leading it more to an ipa, picture the 15'th BIPA with no toasty'ness and more hops "fresh hops".

M - Lower to medium carb, nice aftertaste of tropical orange flavors, not too dry.

O - Overall I was not expecting such a robust ipa, for a brown style ale, this is great. Always thought of brewing brown ipa up, but this takes the cut. Dude.... buy some quick, I can see this one going fast. This is not your normal ipa. THUMBS WAY UP!

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Photo of brentusaurus
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More Brown Than Black IPA Review

I've had this beer twice already but I like it too much to not review it. Also my first review, I hope it's ok.

Appearance: Definitely more brown than black, nice beige colored head with good lacing along the sides that lasts for a good bit. Lots of floaties, almost eerie since they're just suspended in the beer, but I think they're indicative of the hoppy goodness.

Aroma: Right out of the bottle I got a good whiff of sweet apricot and peach. As I smell further I get some nice orange citrus and pine, and some light malty chocolate or cocoa powder. Pretty good for a brew that's approaching three months.

Taste: Amazing, like the nose but better, good hop flavor without too much bitterness. Not too much malt in the palate, more like an IPA than a black IPA, but still delicious nonetheless. Citrus aftertaste without being too resinous, with a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, a little fuller than most IPAs, but still lighter than most dark beers. Pleasant finish, not too harsh on the palate. So drinkable I could knock back a few in a sitting easily. Alcohol is practically undetectable.

Overall: Just amazing, I love this beer. I'm not a huge fan of black IPAs, but I love the hop bill and the "lighter" malt backbone of this black IPA lets the hops shine. It does a real good job of balacing darker malts with delicious new hops. Stone, please make this a regular offering.

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Photo of ely2000k
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. At the title describes, this pours somewhere between brown and black, and looks like a stout with a little less head. Very think, soapy looking head that lingers in the glass. Strong smell of hops jump out of the snifter that I poured it into. Taste is great, hard to completely peg down. Great balance of sweet like roasted malt, balanced by very fresh and somewhat aggressive hops. It's an IPA, but doesn't really feel like one. Imagine a stout with aggressive hops and that is kind of what this is. Mouthfeel is think and a bit creamy. This beer is a winner, will try to get this again before it's gone!

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear, super dark brown. One of the deepest "brown" colours I've ever seen thats for sure. Atop this was a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice halo and good clouding.

S - Aromas are very hoppy. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and is this tropical fruits?! I get some pineapple and possibly some mango. Woah, never had this in black ale before. Yeaaaah, theres some Alchemist in this beer!

T - Taste is very, very nice. Lots of big bitter hop bite. Theres bitter grapefruit and those good tropical fruits here. Nice pineapple and a lil mango too. I really want to give this a 5, as it is all the great aspects of a Headytopper, but I dont really get any "black" aspects in here at all. No chocolate, no roast malts. I don't know if some age (which they say not to) would tone the hops down and make this a black IPA, as it drinks like great IPA. Gah...its an exceptional beer, just not for the style!

M - Slightly smooth, a little carbonation. Doesnt feel thin, and that super hop punch bitterness definately overpowers any ABV that might be there. If you like a good, super hoppy beer than this is it. Maybe a bit too bitter for a black ale.

O - My god, this is an excellent beer. This is basically Headytopper in a glass bottle. While this is ridiculously delicious it doesnt translate well to a Black IPA. These crazy good hops presumably overpower the roasty notes of a black IPA, but, my goodness is this delicious. Yeah, its delicious. Goddamnit I want more! Why'd I only buy one bottle of this when it came out?!

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Photo of Pahn
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2+ inch offwhite head that dissipates slowly and leaves several distinct rings of bubbly lacing. Pours a solid dark brown and leaves streaks and rings of eternal lacing.

Smell: Dank and melon-y hops. Nelson Sauvin comes through distinctly, along with some of the pungency of Citra. Some grain underneath. Very full hop aroma; layers of tropical fruit, pine, citrus zest, with melon and pungency up front. With time, a Citra orange aroma comes to the fore, along with some toasted malt and an ever deeper, danker hop pungency. Great.

Taste: Hop juice; it's the aroma served on a vessel of light-flavored pale malt, with a dry and slightly chocolaty finish. Hops stick around in the aftertaste (pine, tropical fruit).

The hops are out of control in this beer. Huge melon and tropical fruit flavor. The hop blend is great; it's pungent but doesn't get that oniony/garlic flavor from Citra, being too counterbalanced by all the tropical fruit, melon, and citrus from the other hops. Amazing clarity to the myriad hop flavors.

The 70 IBUs come through as a healthy bitterness that works well with the dry, ever-so-slightly roasted malt-tasting finish. While most "black IPAs / American black ales" are sort of porter/IPA hybrids, this beer is all hops; a potent IPA that just happens to have a dark color from adding a small amount of Carafa 3. I think it could benefit from more malt balance, but I'm loving my hop fix.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A touch undercarbonated. Perfect bitterness and dryness (definitely appears to have lower final gravity than most black IPAs--not sure if that's a "flaw", since I love my hoppy beers dry).

Overall: Stone really needs to make a sub-brewery that just does black IPAs. I still think the style is kind of ridiculous, but Sublimely Self-Righteous, Stone 15th Anniversary, and now this beer... they're not just homeruns, but grandslams.

Normally I wouldn't feel too good about paying $4~ for a 12oz of IPA (not my favorite style), but I'm strongly considering getting more of this while it's still fresh.

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4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man... the alchemist comes out in this beer, If you ever had a heady topper you would know what i am talking about, Nice to have a dark ipa have a nice citrus and bitter finsh at the end. will search this beer out again, another great beer from stone!!!

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


12 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice

A - Nice dark brown with tan head. Superb lacing.

S - The citrusy hop aroma of my dreams. Good lord. Yes.

T - And it tastes good, too. Thank god. Some dark malts in the background, but totally dominated by delicious citrusy hop flavor. More please.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Doesn't overwhelm in this category, but doesn't distract.

O - If you can find a bottle of this, buy it. Try it. Thank the hops you get to drink it. I wish I had discovered this earlier and I wish this were available year round. FANTASTIC.

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Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (~45F) with "Drink Fresh, Do Not Age" written on the bottle into a 22oz Libbey Citation snifter glass. However, I thought I remember reading somewhere that this beer was bottled in mid-December, 2011. Therefore, I am reviewing this fairly fresh.

A- Pours a very, very dark brown with a 1-1/2 finger frothy, beige colored head. The only way you simply don't dismiss it as black is how light does in fact penetrates the first 1/2-3/4" of the fluid. Looking down at about a 45 degree angle where glass meets beer will reveal a color that is exactly as brown as the glass vessel in which it was transported. This is also bottle conditioned as there is noticeable sediment that found its way into my glass.

S- Hops and more hops! For those familiar, unmistakable resemblance to the almighty Heady Topper. Oranges, ruby red grapefruit and sweet tropical fruits all sing loudly. As a matter of fact the nose was detectable immediately after prying off the crown. Hints of roasty malts are only detectable once the head recedes to an amorphous haze on the surface (and is visible for the duration). Due to bottle conditioning, rousing the head by swirling makes this for a repetitive and titivating experience.

T- Mild hints of roasted coffee and chocolate move quickly and give way to the hops. Citrusy bitterness dries out the palate eliminating any significant contribution from the malt. You do, however, get more interaction between malt and hop once the brew warms a bit. Furthermore, being no slouch at 7.4% ABV, there is no detectable hint from the alcohol.

M- The hops definitely overshadow the roastiness from the malt. When speaking stylistically, that is a flaw. However, I love the way that the way this recipe so cleverly dupes your senses between what you see and what smell & taste. For a more "classic" representation of what has become the American Black IPA, check out Stone Brewing's 'Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale' or Rock Art's 'Black Moon IPA.' They were certainly clever when titling this brew (and accurately so) with a name which eschews any specific style.

O- Since this review is a reflection of only my opinon, I say that this is undobutedly a phenomenal beer. Dark in complextion but smells, tastes and quaffs like one of the best IPA's you've ever had. I highly recommend this for hop heads of both the light and dark persuasion.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Two fingers of head which came down slowly. Nice lacing and a hazy nut-brown color.

Smell: A world of hops. There are tropical fruits but then also citrus and, this is something odd that I always seem to get from Galaxy hops, bubblegum.

Taste: This is a hop experiment gone wonderfully right. The aroma hops are so different from most other IPA's It's big and round with pineapple and grapefruit. I'd argue that there is a little bubblegum taste here too, which is what makes Galaxy hops so interesting to me. The malt is balanced with a little chocolate, smoke, and liquorish. It has a subtle, yet firm, bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and middy carbonated. The hop resin stays for a while and the warmth from the alcohol is perfect.

Overall: This is an exciting beer because it is using some of the newer hop varieties to make some interesting tastes. I really like this beer a lot both because it's unique tasting and because it's a nice compromise between an IPA and a black IPA. I hope to see more brown IPA's - maybe even with that "bubblegum" taste I'm talking about - in the future!

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Photo of blackie
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a unibroue tulip, the pour creates a healthy coating of khaki carbonation, retained well atop the brown-black ale

s: oh man, a stunner here - fantastic fresh pine hop aromas and a rich blend of nutty, toasted brown malts, lots of woody and herbal influence - notably thyme, rich and spicy tropical fruit juice, loads of fresh hop pulp, just great, an intoxicating aroma

m: carbonated to somewhere between light and moderate, combining with a medium body to create a full, creamy effect

t: the same near perfect complex of toasty brown malts and vivid pine and tropical hop flavors found on the nose, only a brief touch of sugars, woody, some dry roasted flavors pulling through in the bitter finish, delicious

o: love it - best cascadian I’ve had by a mile, perfectly hopped, complex brown malts, fuck yeah

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Photo of Blanco
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, pretty close to black color. I'd say it's less brown than the name implies, but whatever. Looks delicious. Frothy head, nice lacing.

The smell is incredible. Nice clean hoppiness, that is impressive for being able to drown out the dark malt aromas that tend to ruin the smell of black IPAs for me. This smells like hops and nothing else.

The taste is also different than most black IPAs. Minimally bitter, the hop profile is more "plantlike", grassy and piney. I also 'get" the brown aspect more as well, as the profile is less roast and the malt is different than the stout/porter-like profiles of traditional black ipas.

Mouthfeel is just right. Light-ish bodied, little to no aftertaste.

Overall, I'm seriously impressed with this beer. I don't typically go for the style, but the few I've enjoyed have usually been stone versions so that might be part of the explanation. I do enjoy the hop profile, which I feel is something more unique than I'm used to seeing in any beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alchemist collaboration?? Yes Please!!

Pours into my glass a deep muddy brown that yes, is almost black. A half inch of frothy, creamy khaki head sits atop the brew and leaves nice lacing. Aromas are big, bright tropical fruit hop tones right off the bat. Resinous and oh so nice. Pine, grapefruit and bright citrus. Just a touch of roasted malt underneath..the color is definitely deceiving from the smell here. Hops galore!

First sip brings a blast of hop goodness upfront..tropical citrus, grapefruit and pine in a resinous green cavalcade. Smooth roasted malts back it up but the roast is really low key and lets the hops shine through and do the majority of the work. Solid bitterness on the way down. Just a great beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Great carbonation and overall just an easy drinking brew that I really can't say anything bad about. Mouthfeel is basically perfect. Overall, this is easily my favorite collaboration beer put out by Stone. Cheers to Alchemist / Ninkasi and Stone on this one. Go get some!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cola brown color. Pretty darn brown but of course, not black. Very small head. Dies down to a film. The nearly nonexistent head does leave some lace webs however. Too dark to comment on haze/consistency of the body.

S-Wow! This smells absolutely phenomenal. This brings me back to the time I visited the Alchemist. All their hoppy beers had a similar hop profile (that specific hop profile may be my favorite of all time). This beer has a very similar hop bouquet. Super tropical and citrusy hops blow your nose off. Pineapple and grapefruit. Dark malt is somewhat subdued, at least more than I was expecting it to be, but I do not care. I love the nose and all of its juicy hop goodness.

T-Another hop explosion to pair with the nose. Starts off very juicy and citrusy then burns the palate with some course pine. The hops finish extremely grassy. The progression through the hop flavors is magnificent. Malt displays some roast and sweetness. A bit bready too, but the flavor is all about the hop.

M-Lighter than expected with a bit of a watery feel. Dry, bitter and resinous. Medium to high carbonation.

O/D-I have not been impressed so far with the Stone collaborations. This one however is unreal. The collaboration with arguably my favorite brewery (The Alchemist) makes this one all the better. So damn hoppy. A must try for the hop addict. Loved this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Freshness date?

A- 'Tis indeed more brown than black and yes, I find the name racist. Thank you for asking. Has a 1/4 inch tan head that has trouble retaining before being reduced to a thick ring around the glass's edge and a cluster of bubbles on the surface with hardly any surface foam. Full sheets of sticky lacing stay suspended on the glass as it empties.

S- Wonderful aroma of fresh, pungent hops that's earthy AND citrusy at the same time. Nice going. Chase that with a good dose of brown sugar and toffee from the malt and you've got a recipe for success.

T- And the taste is even more complex than the aroma with an initial pinch of hops on the palate that slides away to reveal the roasted malt character beneath. Many flavors hit all at once but everything is meshing rather than clashing. More notes of brown sugar, caramel and some semisweet chocolate to boot. All the tastes are amped up besides the alcohol which is definitely noticeable but only within the context of your usual 7.4% beer. The hop burps from this one are lovely. Slight raisin aftertaste.

M- Soft on the tongue at first but has a sharp afterbite. Medium carbonation and a bold, not-too-heavy body.

O- Definitely worth seeking out if you haven't tried it. TBA was good, but this is just stellar. Also my first taste of anything from Ninkasi or The Alchemist. Well worth the $4 plus tax.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.
Cloudy, muddy brown in color, some suspended sediment. Decent, two-inch light tan head of foam.
Aroma-Awesome, full-on, West Coast hop olfactary assault!
Taste-Spicy, brown sugar covered grapefruit, big, bold, juicy hops, more hops. Some toasted malt and caramel try to come up for air but are smothered and drowned in a delightful wave of West Coast hops.
More brown than black? Yup. More juicy,piney hops than anything. And that suits me just fine. A damn tasty IPA. A hop-head must-have. Worth every penny. Get some!!

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours more brown than black (sorry, just had to say it) with an off white three finger head that recedes to a nice pad on the top of the beer. The nose has lots of over-ripe pineapple, it smells sticky sweet, like a pineapple that was left in your trunk over the summer and it exploded from the heat and started to ferment in your trunk. As it opens up I am getting a ton of passion fruit, really tart and sweet tropical fruit. I grew up in Hawaii and this beer is taking me back to my childhood. I get just a touch of roasted malts in the background, but not as much as I would expect from this style, regardless, it is a very nice aroma. On the palate I taste the roast first, with the bitterness of the hops slowly creeping up and building to a very hoppy, bitter beer. I get a touch of coffee and caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, I feel like it can't decide if it is a full bodied stout or a dry ipa and winds up being a thin stout. Overall this is a really nice beer for hopheads, the combination of hops is really unique and is unlike any other IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color with a 1/2 inch sandy colored head.

S: Amazing smell. Huge citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and sticky hop resin.

T: Great citrus hop bite with tons of grapefruit pith and some nice pine hop resin on the finish. A fantastic IPA. I have to get more of this soon.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Westborough Mass at Julio's.

Caught my eye when I saw Stone and Alchemist collaborating.

The excitement turned out to be warranted, because this was an excellent beer. It makes me want to try Heady Topper even more so than I already do.

Right when I opened it the first wiff was a great strong smell of piney hops. Outstanding smell.

The freshness was still there. Nice fresh feel and taste. A good balance of a fruit (grapefruit?) as well as that hops that I smelled.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nearly opaque, muddy brown colored beer with reddish highlights. The smallish, fast-falling head nonetheless leaves impressive lacing behind.

Phenomenal nose on this beer, love the Galaxy hops. Lots of pineapple, tangerine and other citrus fruits, passion fruit perhaps, floral aromas as well. Intoxicating, one of the best smelling beers I’ve had in recent memory.

This is a very nice tasting IPA that falls just shy of the great expectations established by the aroma. Still, there’s lots of that juicy pineapple/passion fruit flavor as well as more underlying citrus and floral notes. A touch of spiciness, completely hidden alcohol, bitterness is there but controlled. Low, restrained malt character.

Medium body with carbonation on the lower side for the style, resulting in a nicely creamy mouthfeel out of the bottle.

Very interesting and complex array of hop flavors in this one, artfully composed to be sure. There’s something new here that’s not the same old IPA over and over we have been experiencing recently. Ultimately the aroma is the best aspect of this beer for me though.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright it's always to catch a collaboration beer this one just so happened to occur by chance, I wasn't seeking it just showed up at the local. Pours a pretty dark color, label says more brown than black IPA I'll give 'em the fact that it does let some deep ruby chestnut hues of brown but appears black when not held toward the light. Head is beautiful a rotund layer of creamed coffee froth, fine even lacing. Let me get into the aroma, citrus zest, herbal hops, pine with fresh minty leaves something so fresh and earthy about the whole roasted malt expression going on. Flavor is a rush to the green, heral mint notes blended nicely with the dark roasted malts flowing across the palate at the same time. Nice due to the fact that there isn't a rush of black patent malt that overbears the hops everything lives in harmony here and I can appreciate that. I'm actually enjoying the dry bitter mouthfeel left behind in each sip, it works with a light to medium bodied resinously hopped beer like this. Carbonation levels are smooth and mellow and flavors is HELLO, damn tasty. Overall a dark beer I can get with even though the whole black IPA this white IPA that IPA phase is getting to be burdensome on effortless/untouchable style known as IPA. Just start making up other names the only connection to IPA these beers have are hop levels. No true connection to the origins of beer being transported from England to India, WTF? I like Cascadian Dark Ale.

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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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