Black IPA | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 04-16-2012

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on pitch black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving small webs of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, sweet dark roasted malt, fresh cut pine, and even more herbal hops. If you closed your eyes and smelled this one you would be hard pressed to say it was a black IPA.

T - Starts off with a big dose of citric hop bitterness that never really fades away. Hints of sweet dark roast and some pine try to break through but a nice herbal hop character develops toward the end, combining with a bit of sweetness to cling to the palate long after consumption.

M - Big, roasty body and flavors with moderate carbonation. The hops hold up really well with the roast and their is very little booze present. Roast gets a little strong toward the end of the glass.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I have never really liked the style but I have had quite a few Black IPA's recently and they are slowly growing on me. This one is not as good as the Hill Farmstead offering I had a few weeks ago but it is a very close second.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a glass of this brewpub and couldn't resist taking a growler home. Poured into a matching SGB 15th anniversary thistle, the brew appears a dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan head. The cap recedes leaving a webbing pattern of lace sticking to the glass with some faint spots. When held to the light, some brown clarity and ruby coloration is seen through the body.

The aroma is bright with citrus hops that moves towards floral and a bit herbal. This brew smells down-right excessively juicy with hops. There is a mild alcohol tinge that brings out some herbal and dank qualities to the hops. It doesn't matter how warm this brew gets and it doesn't matter how much you sniff this brew, it is just an assault of hops in the aroma and nothing else.

The taste is bountiful with hops. Fruity and floral with some citrus and rind components. The alcohol is evident but it is integrated quite well. The dark grain plays a back-end supporting role and really lets the hops be the starring role in this brew. Only once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature do I pick up on some dark grain quality that is minorly like chocolate and coffee. However, the hops lead the way with an oily citrus feel from beginning to end.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I have said this before, and i will say it again. I am not a big fan of black ipas. However, this brew just kills it. If I had to drink a black ipa, this would be the one all day long. If you took away the visuals this would seem just like an ipa which is what i look for in the style. My hat is tipped to Steve, well done man!

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

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled three weeks ago (a GatM growler that I just can't pass up).

A: The ale is a cola brown color, verging on black but not quite up to the task. The couple of weeks has sapped the carbonation from the ale, allowing only minimal head on each pour. Surprisngly, some lacing results.

S: Roasted malts, not quite at an imperial stout level but close, run into citrusy, dripping hops. The full malts are, of course, no match for the intense hoppiness that SGBC packs into every IPA variant. A great nose.

T: The hoppiness dominates, citrus bringing its A game. Alongside the hops, a warming roastedness is present, noticeable but no equal. The hops own the ale, another powerful good flavor - oily with anple grapefruit and orange zest. There is some heat, especially as the ale warms up, but it doesn't detract from the sweet bitterness. Herbal flavors linger.

M: Hoppy, sweet, oily, fruity. Even lacking carbonation, the ale hits the right notes. The blackness isn't a charred presence, rather it adds warming chocolatey tones to the rich hop profile. Nicely done.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes of grapefruit and pine from the hops well-balanced by a malt backbone that is roasty without being overwhelmingly so. A nice beer but not a standout.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 4/13/12.

A - Appearance akin to a robust porter with deep brown hues like rich Colombian coffee and a creamy dollop of dense beige froth on top that retained quite well throughout the duration.

S - Packs a fresh smack of citrus and pine up front with hints of roast in the background. Aroma is similar to the standard SGB IPA but with the obvious dark malt twist.

T - Quite possibly the tastiest Black IPA I've had thus far. Nothing is overstated. The hops take the spotlight but are backed by a sturdy roasty malt presence, giving the flavor amazing balance. Given that this is first and foremost an IPA, the roast never takes over, leaving room for the hops to truly shine here.

M - Medium bodied with a velvety smooth texture and perfect carbonation. I thought I was drinking a hoppy version of the Shade Mountain Stout for a minute! Mouthfeel is sublime.

D - This Black IPA delivers everything I like about the style: a bold hop presence, roasty malt backbone and an exquisite, creamy texture with just the right amount of carbonation. One of the best beers I've had at SGB in a while... and that's saying a lot!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Corburk
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thain709
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a dark body, but it wasn't black, rather a deep, dark brown...the creamy tan head stood two fingers tall and fell to a thin, yet full, cap...nice lacing was left

S - Hops lead the way...juicy, citric, piney, resinous...the dark roasted malts add a nice backbone, but they play second fiddle to the hops

T - Again, the malt backbone is second in command...the hops are strong in this one allowing it to be more of an IPA than a Black IPA...the hops are juicy in the beginning with traces of bitter grapefruit...they finish with a resiny piney quality that allows for some bitterness...the roasted presence in the beer doesn't fully come out until the beer has had a chance to warm

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy, resiny, slightly bitter

O - I enjoyed this Black IPA over the two I had earlier in the day (Troegs Scratch 63 and Otter Creek Black IPA)...this is how they should all taste...all hops with minimal roasted malt...the malt almost didn't have a chance to come out as my first pint was gone rather quickly

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Los1324
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AngryDutchman
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, not too sweet and the hops are piney but not overly bitter. Not a session brew per se, but certainly heads and shoulders above the other beers tasted today.

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Black IPA from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 27 ratings