Enlightenment Black The RIPA | Renaissance Brewing

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Enlightenment Black The RIPAEnlightenment Black The RIPA

Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black the RIPA is a Black Rye India Pale Ale [you see what we did there…] style ale. We brew it using a goodly amount of Canterbury pale ale malt as a base to which we add a blend of speciality barley malts. We then ‘Rye it up’ with malted Rye and a selection of exotic Rye speciality malts to yield a beer with great depth, body, and subtle unique flavours. To ‘Blacken’ it we incorporate a special chocolate malt, which is de-husked so it imparts the dark hue without any of the associated burnt and acrid notes of a stout or porter.

Next, for the IPA part, we use a generous amount of New Zealand grown hops- both Kiwi and American varieties - throughout the boil and in the hopback. To finish it, and add the last blast of flavour and aroma, we dry hop in the fermenter with another generous blend of Kiwi hops.

The result, a dark, flavoursome IPA full of fruit, flower, and citrus with just a hint of earthy spice. Enjoy.

Added by dgilks on 11-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clearish, dark-brown colour with a smooth, light tan head. Good.

Metric tons of peppery rye malt. Nice earthiness and a touch of malt.

Earthy and peppery flavour. Lots of roast. Lacking hop character on the palate as far as my taste is concerned.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A nice Black IPA but the rye and black malt dominate way too much. It needs more hops.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nose is grapefruit and passion fruit. Taste is citrus, some pine and a light roast. The rye leaves a bitter finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours dark brown with a small head.
Aroma of piny and grapefruit-like hops alongside some roast, spicy rye, passionfruit and peach.
Similarly fruity flavours, more passion fruit and gentle roast. Not as much rye though.

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Photo of spicelab
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500mL bottle with tanks to Joel from [email protected]

Golden syrup on the pour, chocolate in the glass. Immense beige head of mostly tight, tiny bubbles holds stoutly before gradually collapsing in on itself with a spider web lattice and a raised ring. Looks brilliant

Plasticy phenolics, woody vegetal notes, used coffee grounds and palpable rye presence. Not exactly appetising.

Even drier, thanks to less phenolic character. Loads of spicy rye, dry cocoa powder, moist strong herbs, vegetal compost and mild pine resin. Decent, but a yawning lack of hop action.

Chewy and oppressive, medium bitter-roast finish. Trying.

Unsure of the age and condition of this, but struck me as an over-engineered, inchoate mess. More's the pity, as on paper it features much of what I love.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

look - Very dark with slight head
Smell - Earthy smell with a spice of Rye. Can't smell to much hops, more malts.
Taste - I first had a sample of it and thought it was a great Black Rye IPA. Once I had it in a glass and the more I drank it the less I liked it. Has the spice of the rye and a good amount of malts but could use more hops.
Feel - Good carbonation and has a thick body to it. Nothing special though.
Overall - More I drank it the less I liked it but overall it was the first Black Rye IPA I've had. Better then some Black IPA's but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Narkee
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this beer is an annual release so I think the "no longer in production' is inaccurate?

Pours a dark black with a ruby hue when held to light. Small half finger light tan head.Smell is subtle mocha with some pine. Felt I wanted more from the aroma. Mouth feel is thick for a BIPA (which I loved). Plenty of roasted coffee, some chocolate and fruity bitter finish. I love this style of beer and this is a great example of it.

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Photo of JPlo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of personpitch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ABV on this bad boy is 6.4% and it pours the darkest kola hue which lets no light in whatsoever and leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and nice clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is spicy rye,milk chocolate,kiwi fruit,toffee and trifle,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of milky chocolate first up followed by a hit of spicy rye,loganberries,raspberries with cream and finished with mix of herbal hoppiness and spicy rye,overall its a nice ABA and could easily drink again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a huge very frothy tan head. Aroma was roast hop molasses, raisins. Flavor's fairly dry, just a little fruit in finish, good bitter. Body is on the thin side. Still good, drinkable brew.

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Enlightenment Black The RIPA from Renaissance Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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