The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 648 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of notchucknorris
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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 nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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 cycoduck
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cola brown with two fingers of dark khaki head. Mild aroma of roasty malt with a bit of pine and pineapple.

Generous carbonation and a creamy but not-too-heavy mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pine up front with slightly sweet caramel and roasty malt mingling with pineapple, tangerine, and some lingering pine bitterness.

Solid brew overall -- I wouldn't have thought that hops with tropical fruit character would work very well in a dark IPA, but everything is nicely balanced.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As the name states, it's quite brown. Enormous fluffy light tan head that sticks around forever. Great lacing too.

S: Wonderful hop aroma. Strong resin with some excellent citrus. Grapefruit and mangos mainly.

T: As in the nose, some grapefruit, mango and tangerine perhaps. A bit of chocolate/roasted malt follows (or it's just my imagination from the coloring) and then evens out with some bitter pine on the back end, combining well with the bitterness of the roast. Swear I get a hint of black pepper spice in the aftertaste as well.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy, especially for an IPA. A touch drying in the aftertaste.

O: Unique IPA. Not quite a black IPA/black ale but not a normal IPA either. Somewhere in the middle, as the name suggests.

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Photo of vande
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: funny, as it looks like no IPA I've ever seen... heavy looking brown with a thick, foamy head....well camoflauged!

s: until you sniff... this beer reaks of hops....piney, citrus, fresh...

t: more unique than I'd a guessed...while there's a bitter back bone from the hops dumped in this beer, there's a brown sugar type/burnt caramel note that's integrated...

m: kind of a creamy, somewhat thicker ipa... nice

o: a pretty good experiment by 3 breweries I enjoy!

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Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of HellesGood
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Stone taster glass.

Pours a somewhat-hazed medium brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings forward a nice malt presence and a light bit of roast. Nice pine and light resin. A touch of citrus. Flavor pulls back quite a bit from there, focusing more on the bitterness. Nice bitterness to the finish. Light-medium body. Boom.

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Photo of bigorange
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown. One and a half finger off white head with awesome retention and lacing. Some white sediment chunks floating.

S: Citrus and floral hop aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, mixed with a subtle floral aroma. Not much else.

T: A very light toffee, caramel and slight chocolate upfront. Then big grapefruit, pineapple, slight mango, and big floral hop flavors come in. A medium bitterness. Hops linger for a while.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Oily. Slight dryness.

O: A good IPA. A touch over abundant on the hops and not much backbone, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip snifter.

Pours near black with some yeast floaties throughout and a foamy off white head with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is of pine and some citric hops.

The taste is also of citric and tropical fruits, though with a good bit of pine coming trough and finishes with a light roasty character.

A medium body with appropriate carbonation.

Another well done IPA. Probably the only time I will try it as though it is quite enjoyable and still decently priced, there are other offerings of equal quality for a bit less money.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a large wine glass. This collaboration pours a deep brown in color and with deep ruby hues in the light. Half inch of tan foam offers decent retention and lace. Does have some mystery chunks floating around, rather odd for such a young beer.

Offers a nice dose of hops with some deep citrus and earthy pine notes. Bit of dark malts and cocoa add to the mix and makes this come across a bit as Sublimely Junior though with a different hop profile.

Bit of roast initially on the flavor, quickly turning to a slick and resinous citrus sense. Finishes a bit thin and with a bit of orange and milk chocolate, and finally a spiciness that isn't quite drying and even mildly sweet in nature. ABV is not noted yet carbonation is a bit low. A decent IPA but yet another collaboration brew that fails to leave a mark.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Abrahammer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- dark amber, near brown. Huge 2" creamy light brown head and excellent lacing.

S- way more citrus than I expected! Some faint chocolate and lots of orange and grapefruit.

T- light roasted malts, chocolate, fairly pungent citrus hop bitterness.

M- medium body, light carbonation. Light creaminess.

O- this was a good beer, and actually better than most black ipa's I have had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks and chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating around in the glass after the beer is poured. Smell is pretty much all hops: citrus zest, herbs, onions/vegetables. Taste has all of the hop flavors up front with a malt finish that is somewhat roasty in flavor. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation and is very dry. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but not all that impressive. This beer features hops that give off the vegetal aroma and flavor that I really don't like so I am not too sure I would go for this one again.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one sense I heard about it.

A- deffinatley more black than brown, minimal off white head

S- very subtle, I was expecting a ton of hop aroma, there was a little, but I had to bury my nose in my glass a few times.

T- compeltly redeemed the aroma , delicious hops citrusy up front, then getting piney coming through with a touch of malt. Awesome hop flavor!

M- it is light/medium bodied, velvety... With a crisp dry finish, makes you want another sip.

O- this is an awesome brew! I am deffinatley not dissapointed. I only wish more of it was available.... I could drink a few of these

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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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The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone - More Brown Than Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 648 ratings
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