Event Horizon
COAST Brewing Company

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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #28
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,299
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
83
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COAST Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
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91
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Notes: Beer brewed like a stout but with the flavors of an IPA.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Hopyard57:
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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler shipped to me by beernerd81 for a recent tasting. Black IPAs are all the rage these days. This is COAST's attempt, and a decent on at that.

I'm generally conflicted how to review these things. Its brown and mildly hazy but mostly clear, thin head of small bubbles, off white that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation held up nicely.

Aroma is WHOA hops. Yep, if I were blind folded I would have pegged this to be a cascade bomb of an IPA. Smells quite awesome. I'm pretty sure they used debittered malts in this beer at this point, since its dark but there is no evidence of roast in the nose. Debittered malts are a little like food coloring, still interesting though.

Its medium to light in body, good bitterness on the back end, still not much roast, at least I couldn't detect it. It was good, nice hop character, malt backbone minimal. Its was drinkable and nice, again, if I wasn't looking at it, say I was blind, I would say it was an IPA.

Philosophically, what is the point of darkening a beer? I guess the appearance of a beer is like its handshake, your first impression but if the darkening doesn't bring anything to the table like flavor or complexity, what was the purpose. Its a good beer though, I hope ti gets its IBA / Cascadian props.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cola colored with tawny highlights; a magnificent head tops the liquid; swathes of lacing linger

Smell: Piney hop tones are buttressed by the roasted malt aromatics

Taste: The roasted malt tones jut forward with the piney hop aspect building through the middle; the bitterness continues to build, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty nice example of a style that is often mishandled

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gurgles out of the growler a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a creamyish layering of lightly beige foam.

Smell: All the notes associated with crisp brown malts: toast, cocoa, brown sugar, relatively dark caramel. Also, fragrant hop tones of pine sap-soaked wood chips, cauterized lemons, and pithy grapefruit.

Taste: Upfront pale malts, dark caramel, and toasted barley grains with subtler, though still sufficient hints of chocolate powder and brown sugar. Grows earthy, woody, and resinous. Then, things take a turn towards citrus fruits and a bit of stinging nettles. Medium-high bitterness. Light lingering bitterness remaining on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Many of these things, whatever the hell you want to call them, tend to favor the route of a stout-like malt profile. Event Horizon seems more akin, maltwise, to a hearty, robust brown, which I'm diggin'. All in all, an enjoyable endeavor. Thanks for sharing that growler, kp!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Hilton Head Lodge this past Sunday. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a healthy off-white head. Citrus dominates the aroma, even with a little orange peel chocolate whiff. Big citrus and pine up front immediately followed by cracker maltiness. Poppin tangerine, bitter pink grapefruit rind, smooth orange smoothie. Tight hop & malt flavor, that makes for a very smooth ride. One thing that I like to do with BIPAs/CDAs is not look at the color and see if it would resemble a glass of paler color. This one is close. You get that roasted malt/porter taste for a second, but that is about it for my taste buds. Drinks like an imperial red...a hint of molasses, toffee, caramel. Smooth cookie crisp mouthfeel with a hint of bitterness. Had 32 ounces and I am good with that. Very nice offering for this new popular style and probably my favorite behind Stone's.

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Photo of wcu80
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kkipple
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked into this growler with the ever generous Craytonic and that indomitable cask-tapper, Habmike.

A. Into my goblet it goes, (and you can smell the hops upon cracking the growler from feet away...) a dirty, semi-clear brownish thing, with a bit of lace on the long-lasting head. Ugly, yet charming.

S. Ugggh....hhhgghh.... - falls into a hop induced coma -

... .... ... .. ... .

Whew. Sorry, had to come 'round. With ZERO exaggeration, this is in the top 5 hoppiest beers I've ever smelt. Just an absurd over-abundance of pungent, resiny, grapefruit presence. Massively intense, a Van Damme kick to the nostrils. There is a throwaway line about roasted malt, but really, this has zero balance and is just silly. If you like hops, God (and Coast Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale) is on your side.

T. Yeah... this is INTENSELY hoppy, especially for a 6.5% beer. Short, punchy bitter blast. Pine resin, grapefruit, green henge, etc. Seems rather proof-of-concept. There actually is some sweetish roast malt to be had, but I fear it's more for color than anything else. Wild stuff, yet remains drinkable for a glass or three, somehow.

M / D. On the thin side, nicely carbonated, the bitterness descends by stages on your tongue, but by the time it has lessened, you've already taken another sip. Drinkable to excess, like most Coast beers.

Event Horizon is a silly beer, one that really doesn't need to be dark at all, but really is just a shot of hop juice to your senses. The phrase "tongue ripper" seems apt. Recommended, but only if you love the bitter cones!

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has flavors of roasted malts to accompany notes of piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA really packs in some bite from the dryness of the roasted malts and the bitterness from the piney hops.

Serving type: bottle

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a remarkable beer, i was at first unsure of what this new offering from coast was going to bring me, but i was soon put to ease an simply amazed at how good this was.

the pour takes you off guard as the blackness comes from the tap and is nearly impervious to any light. think head of light tan laces the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is one of the most hoppy beer that i have ever come across in my life. just an amazingly hoppy beer. thick citrus notes just come across from the very first moment i get close to it. an amazing amount hops squeezed into this beer. each sip shreds the palate with a mesmerizing amount of rich nugget like goodness. such a super dry finish with an amazingly complex profile that you just cannot believe it packed into a beer that is only 6.5%, i mean come on.

overall i am floored and one of the most amazingly complex and hoppy beers i have ever had in my life. this may just be the one that throws me back into the loop.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GottistGut
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been on here about three years now and still haven't posted a review. Figured I couldn't pass up the chance to be first on this one.

Picked up a growler from CBX today and poured into a Savannah Craft Brew Fest tasting glass.

A: Hazy, deep amber with tints of burnt orange around the edge of the glass. Fluffy, off white, almost khaki head. Looks great.

S: Hops; all of them. Imagine grapefruits growing on a pine tree. (note: popped the cap on this growler, stuck my nose in it and just about caught a buzz off the vapors.)

T: See above. Hops dominate. Just when I think I am getting a hint of roasty malt sweetness I get slapped in the tongue by by a piece of pine.

M: Pretty good, nice carbonation. Only complaint is it feels a little thin.

D: I guess the thin mouthfeel pays off here in that it goes down real easy. Even with those hops lingering on I find myself going back for more.

Prost!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from GBX

A: Pours a pitch black color with a massive khaki colored head. Retention is excellent throughout the glass.

S: Caramel, roasty/toasty malts, big fresh piney hops, citrusy hops, coffee, resin. I would say that the nose on this is comparable to Stone's 15th; very fresh

T: Coffee, roasty/toasty malts (maybe even a little char), beautifully balanced by hops. This is one of the most complex examples of this style that I have tried. Cascade and Citra hops are clearly identifiable along with bittersweet chocolate.

MF/O: Big big body, slightly chalky feel to it, smooth carbonation, alcohol is not present. A real easy drinker

Notes: For all of you that wished Stone's 15th wasn't as boozy, this is it. Also more complex. Nicely done COAST...I am now convinced that you cannot make a beer that I won't like

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh, a.k.a. The Growler King. Thanks Matt!

A: Dark brown with a crafted white colored head. The head possesses impressive retention and leaves a thick coat of lacing in its wake.

S: A healthy dose of hops. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

T: The taste is fine,but not as delectable as the aroma would indicate. Hops are very present throughout. This is an interesting style, and of the Black IPAs I have had, this is certainly among the best. I don't detect any of the "black" aspect of this beer. I was hoping for something that distinguish this from a traditional IPA. Perhaps a bit of roast, chocolate, or caramel for example? Maybe it's my preconceived notions that led this beer to fall slightly short of my expectations. Overall, I found it to be very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied, with a pleasant bitterness, especially in the finish.

D: A good beer that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque though still clear very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a hint of amber + reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of piney hops over moderate roasty malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pine hops. Overall there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness that is a combination of hoppy and roasty.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: One of the better Black IPAs I've enjoyed (not always my favorite style as there is less variation than other IPA styles). Enjoyable but more of a sipping beer than an easy drinker.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and thick, murky texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of resiny hops here, along with a nice dose of malt.

T: Tasted of pine, West Coast hops, some citrus and some roasted malt. Very well balanced, with a lot of flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An easy to drink, well made, drinkable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of fear025
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MikeInCharleston for this bottle!

Aroma:A little char notes in the aroma, a little malty sweetness, not too much hoppyness.

Appearance:Dark, nearly opaque. Good cappuccino colored head.

Taste:It's a very mild cascadian dark ale. The hops, while there, are subdued. There is a huge chocolate and roasty backbone. On the foretaste is a good amount of bitterness without a ton of hop flavor. It tastes more to me like a hoppy stout than a cascadian dark,.

Mouthfeel:The body is medium to thick. Nice carbonation.

Overall:This beer reminds me a lot of surly mild. It's a delicious beer, although I'm not sure I'd label it a cascadian dark.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Growler from Piney Grove Green's

A - hazy brown at the bottom turns almost black at the top. Big tan head rests on top

S - Holy moly this is one hoppy beer. Big juicy citrus aromas with a hint of pine and tropical notes. A hint of sweetness but that gets pummeled by another wave of hoppy aroma.

T - Follows the aroma with a nice citrus hop taste. A bit of piney bitterness at the end. I dunno I'm not picking up on much roasted malt or chocolatey malt flavor. Taste more like a really hoppy IPA.

M - medium bodied, kinda smooth, a fair amoun of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. Not the best CDA around though. I really like it when I can pick up more roasted notes. Still a solid beer and certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of craytonic
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FRESH Growler courtesy of Kkipple, sampled with him and habmike

Appearance: Dark brown pour with ruby-red edges, big head with nice lacing. Looks like a porter

Smell: Hops like a freight train! Grapefruit, pine resin, and citrus with a dark/roast malt backdrop. Guys gave me a hard time for snorting from the bottle

Taste: This beer has hops like Bill Gates has money. Actually a bit too many, there is a dominant bitterness on the finish. Lots of grapefruit, pine, citrus, etc with the dark malt backdrop.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Not super full, ABV is only 6,5% as compared to boy king

Drinkability: So intense you can't drink a ton of it. This is good, but I prefer boy king.

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Event Horizon from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 83 ratings