Enemy Within | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 42
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - an IPA made with dragon fruit? Sounds grand to me!

This beer pours a murky, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and shiny off-white head, which leaves some stringy and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of dank pine resin, plump dark exotic fruit, more pedestrian muddled citrus rind notes, clover field honey, bready caramel malt, and further leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, various citrus fruity esters, musty tropical fruit, a touch of wayward son yeastiness, and more plain leafy, earthy, and musty hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly benign in their hard to really get a bead on frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, just a minor clamminess arising from unknown quarters. It finishes well off-dry, the citrus and, ok, dragon fruit character lording it over any lingering verdant hops.

Overall, a pleasant enough fruity IPA, the strangeness of the guest ingredient keeping one's senses on their toes, as it were. Maybe a tad disjointed, as the fruit and forest floor essences kind of push out the efforts of the base malt, but, in the end, 'tis no big dealio. Easy to drink, and with no sign of the 14-proof booze. Solid.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass. Light copper/ red look. Bits of sedement, mild hops taste you can really taste the dragon fruit but it isn't big on the fruit. Decent IPA.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at beercraft. Had recently in bottle, not as good but still solid. Great color from the Dragon fruit, big bitter up front, the Dragon fruit puree balances this nicely.

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Photo of HopTopher2014
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know, it poured pink. Nice Lacing on the glass. Big front, medium back. Very interesting beer for sure. I think this is a really nice beer, way different then the standard West Coast style IPA. I would drink another one for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red with a foamy reddish-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pepper, and dragon fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting use of dragon fruit that works well with the citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Alarming pink color as you pour, but quite lovely once you get used to the idea. Looks like a Rosé wine with an amber stain. Very nice piney hop aroma. This is very acidic and woody. I am not liking the way my teeth feel. Reminds me of a friendly Gose in acidity. It seems more tart than citrus, and reminds me of grapefruit peel.

It starts out with a nice tropical fruity sweetness, but mostly it's a bitter attack on the gums. Some kind of gingivitis treatment? This may be the first Black Market beer I don't want to drink again. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma. I see my Look and Smell scores raise this higher than I would expect for a drain pour.

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring IPA from Black Market brewed with dragon fruit puree.

Amazing color on this beer, deep neon pink/crimson body, a bit of haze from the fruit and yeast with a fluffy white head that lays down some spaced out lacing.

As the beer warms the pleasant dragonfruit comes out with sweetness and tropical tones. Orange citrus and pine lay down a sturdy base with some honey and caramel malt sweetness.

I really didn't expect the dragonfruit to follow through into the flavor and that holds true. The sweetness of the amber malt is pretty tight and not grainy at all. Hops provide a deep orange citrus and stock pine flavor. Median in strength with average bitterness.

Drinkable body with a fairly sticky malt feel. Alcohol is well maintained as is the balance.

Probably the first beer I have had with dragonfruit and I'm guessing they used a variety with red flesh to get the amazing color on this beer. Generally this fruit is pretty delicate in flavor so going the IPA route totally masks the flavor with hops. Good price point at $5.99.

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Enemy Within from Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 42 ratings