Stone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi - More Brown Than Black IPA
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American Black Ale
4.12 | pDev: 10.92%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi - More Brown Than Black IPAStone / The Alchemist / Ninkasi - More Brown Than Black IPA
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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 648
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed brown, good lacing

SMELL: Mint, citric zest, earthy, leafy, spicy, toasted biscuit

TASTE: Bitter, orange oil, tobacco, chicory, carob, toasted grain, dry finish

Warming story behind the beer, as for the beer is gets all up in my grill ... In a good way. Hops slap my palate around a bit and the malt is enough foundation to keep this beer somewhat balanced. Nice twist to on the versatile American IPA style.

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Photo of Popp24
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown. There is a lot of sediment floating around in this one which is kind of odd for an IPA.

S - Citrusey hops but I don't get much more than that. Maybe some grapefruit.

T - This one tastes just like the nose suggests. I get the citrus flavor that is kinda mellow and then a nice hop bite at the end.

M - Light and creamy.

O - This one is pretty good but not something I would see myself gravitating towards on a regular basis. Maybe I am not that big of a fan of these dark IPA's.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the name hints, there is a slight brownness to the appearance rather than a deep black, though it is still fairly dark. Slight head, fairly good retention.

The nose on this is mainly orange and tropical type fruit. There is a little roast coming through on the nose with some dark caramel/toffee notes.

The bright citrus notes are the first things I pick out on this beer. These three brewers do not fail in bringing a well made IPA. The hop flavor is accompanied by a little roastiness.

This is a very refreshing "dark" beer. The citrus/carbonation/hops lend a nice bite to the palate. Though the beer finishes dry and crisp there is a nice sweetness and fullness to the body.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The collaboration was a great success. I feel that Stone is making some great dark IPA, from SSR, SoCal Hop Salute, 15th, and now this.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. The beer was served at roughly 32.1 degrees and it took at least 20 minutes before I could smell anything. For hating fizzy yellow beer they sure love the temperature at which such beer is served. I can see the gargoyle on the glass and it's turning blue.

A: Dark brown and opaque with two fingers of beige foam. Solid retention and a little lacing.

S: Perfumy floral notes blend with aromatic grapefruit and orange flesh. There's a whisper of roasted grains and pine resin is evident. The aroma is probably a 4.25, but I'll round up. Nice citrus profile. I get a little mango and a bit of melon as well.

T: Lightly roasted up front with pronounced citrus rind and an upper moderate bitterness. Notes of orange flesh meld with tangerine and grapefruit. Chocolate is merely a suggestion as it disappears the second it comes to mind. Perhaps it was never there. Alcohol is evident but not detracting. There's a little midpalate sweetness but the beer finishes dry with lingering pine and citrus rind.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A good brown/black IPA for a good cause.

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