4th Anniversary Pale Ale | Black Market Brewing Co.

4th Anniversary Pale Ale4th Anniversary Pale Ale
22 Ratings
4th Anniversary Pale Ale4th Anniversary Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 08-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of andrew8626
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one is past it's prime. You can tell there was a decent brew there at one point but the moment has passed. Flavor is decent, but you can't pour it without it foaming over. Skip.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought online from Holiday Wine Cellar. Have been to BMB with my dad for a few brews a couple years back, so thought I'd revisit their other offerings.

A: Hazy orange; thick head

S: Citrusy hops; not overpowering

T: Bitter. More than I'd expect from an APA (not a bad thing). Bordering on an IPA

M: Moderate carbonation; bitterness lingers

O: I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I lived in SD, I'd be happy drinking this regularly

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger of white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, tropical fruit and citrus hops. Flavor is mild pale malt, pineapple, lemon citrus and citrus hops, finishing with citrus hops flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied. A hoppy, but otherwise rather light tasting pale ale. The flavor of the El Dorado hops is good and contributes to a nice aroma, but not as much to flavor. The light malt body is not quite supportive of the hopping. A satisfactory pale ale emphasizing fruit flavor and hop bitterness, pleasant but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at California Kebab in San Diego. Described to me as a "pineapple Belgian pale ale," for what it's worth. It does taste like pineapple at the first couple of sips. I"d describe it as dry, sharp, and fruity. And then really bitter.

Clear dark amber in the pint nonic. Modest foam with plenty of lacing along the glass. Warm and biscuity with an energetic bitterness. It gets to tasting like strong over-steeped bitter black tea. Brewer says it is made with El Dorado hops. A whiff of fermenting fruit along with iced tea in the nose. This is really pretty appealing but not very drinkable. Maybe somebody else can figure this one out.

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Photo of hipboy221
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is clear copper with a moderate bubbly light tan head. Nose has a fair bit of grain and some caramel malt. Hints of licorice and some piney hops. Taste is rough, caramel an messy malt, dirty grain and faint hop presence. Overly sweet and tropical fruit bubble gum. Light stale bitterness in the finish. Smooth feel, avg. carb and lighter body.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, brown sugar, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and subdued citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that still has a solid aroma, but the flavors come across as old at this time.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sil1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of 22Blue
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rawfish
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear and amber into a standard pint glass. The head is parchment beige and can be as large as you want it to be. Very good retention with a thin smattering of lacing left on the glass.

The label boasts the use of El Dorado hops and 'tropical' as a highlight. Aroma is pungent mango and papaya with some dank pine and herbaceous tones. Bready solid malt backbone. While pleasant the aroma is very muted.

Bland malt character, bready and a touch doughy. Hops are herbal and medicinal like black tea with a touch of pine and mango. Slight dank and herbaceous bitterness with a small alcohol presence. Very simple and drinkable, yet boring.

Body is average for a pale but the carbonation is muted and leaves the mouth feeling wet. Alcohol not really detected.

Hardly a pale ale that stands out, tropical iced tea comes to mind. The El Dorado hops don't add enough to this beer alone and would need a stronger complement hop to make it stand out. Slight dark tropical aroma but the herbal hop flavor/bitterness and low carbonation really sink this one in my opinion. Black Market celebrating their anniversary with a thud instead of a roar this year.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

4th Anniversary Pale Ale from Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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