BIG HAPI India Black Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark and devious brew reflects a resinous and sticky fusion of intense bitterness, big roasted barley flavors, and powerful dank aromas. Made with HUGE additions of five hop varieties and seven malts to create a bold flavor profile.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to youbrewidrink.

A: Pours a dark brown with some edge translucence. A fluffy, light tan head that cascades beautifully into the body as it recedes. Tons of sticky lace.

S: Citrus, specifically grapefruit pith, blasts the nose immediately. If I close my eyes I picture a fresh IPA. It is followed with aromas of roasted grain and dark chocolate, grass.

T: Wow, really bitter and aspirin-like. Herbal, grassy hops lead the charge with bitter roasted grain. Slight dark chocolate flavors that lead into mild grapefruit. Nothing as promising as the aroma.

M: A bit thin and oily, with lingering pine bitterness. Dry finish. The bubbles simply aren't robust enough to give this enough scrubbing power and cleanse the palate. Hard to split this three ways, much less finish a bottle alone.

D: It's decent.... Skippable. I've had better IBAs / Black IPAs / whatever.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ink black body with a thick, coffee-colored head on top with frothy bubbles and solid stickage in layers on the sides.

Aroma is as described, filled with dark roasty notes, and a vibrant hop bouquet. Very reminiscent of a chocolate mint. Hops are minty, piney, and somewhat citrusy. This is all supported by the robust and dark-as-night malts which have their own complex aroma. Chocolate, rich toffee and some dried fruits.

The hops steal the show in this beer! Despite the inviting sweet chocolate mint aroma, the beer starts with bitter and ends with bitter. Heavy, acrid-roastiness is up front on the palate, while followed up by some enamel coating bitterness from the hops and a slight tartness in the finish.

The body is thinner than would be expected. Carbonation is perfect! Beer leaves a hop residue behind though...very intense.

The aroma and flavor here are both bold, though I personally feel like there needs to be more body and sweetness to help balance this beer more. Definitely a good beer though...

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Formitable roastiness with notes of molasses. Citrusy and earthy hops with emphasis on orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Not bad, but the aromas don't flow together that well.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Lots of roast, some molasses, and some caramel. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and earthiness fromt he hops. Lower bitterness from the hops, which I think is a must for the style, so at least they got that right. Again, decent.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy.

3.5 D: Not a huge fan of the style, but this one isn't bad. A little better than average for the style.

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BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 204 ratings