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Black IPA | Garrison Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA
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70 Ratings
Black IPABlack IPA

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Holy hybrid, this legendary hop-forward style goes dark and deep with the addition of a big, roasted malt base. Dry-hopped and Unfiltered, don’t overthink this beast, just enjoy.

52 IBU

Added by bobsy on 01-25-2010

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Photo of Grogsky
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gingerbread
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark copper brown with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, bready roasted caramalts, pine resin, and tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off with the citrus and piney hops then goes into the bready roasted caramalts, pine resin, and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops and the caramalts.

Overall - An easy drinking Black IPA. The hop and malt profile are done well in this one but the aromas lacked. Perhaps some dry hopping may help the smell be more true to the style. A worthy go if you are fan of the style. Nice to see a new offering from Garrison out in Cowtown.

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Photo of Canuck_j
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Interesting but altogether to dry and lacking complexity

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am a big fan of this style of beer, so I was thrilled to find this on the shelf in my local bottle shop. This rendition is hearty, hoppy, and a bit rough around the edges. The coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt all work well together. I found this quite bitter, which is not a bad thing, just harder on the palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, the newest arrival from the East Coast in Alberta (beer-wise, that is!)

This beer pours a sediment-strewn, dark red-brick amber colour, with one skinny finger of meekly puffy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some bent coral reef lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of bready, doughy, and lightly-roasted caramel malt, buttered biscuits, a mild hard water flintiness, and herbal, piney, and damp earthy hops. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - sweet grainy, meaty caramel malt, wan butterscotch, wet stone paths after the rain, an understated dank ashiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney hops.

The bubbles are fairly chipper in their tightly-rendered frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more than a tad clammy in its otherwise genial smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the faintly toasted caramel holding fast, while the hops start their long swirl around the proverbial drain.

Kind of an English-seeming take on the 'American' black ale, it would seem - both the char and the hops restrained as if by design. At any rate, still a weird collusion of styles, an unnecessary collision of worlds, one that just isn't getting any easier to drink. But if you like it, then this is worth trying, I suppose.

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4.02/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sclitch
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to be more brown than black. Some off-white head sitting on top. A decent enough hop aroma. Good herbal and pine qualities. As usual, lots of roasted malt notes, too. The flavor is quite dry with a lot of roasted malt. Good herbal and pine hop flavors with some mild citrus peel. A nice bitterness to the flavor, too. Not bad.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big ups to andrenaline by way of peensteen for hooking this up in our latest trade
A - matte black finish on this hot rod, thumb of tan head receded slowly leaving random blobs on the glass
S - butterscotch and light roastiness, subtle grassy and perfume hop hints, and milk chocolate
T - bitter bakers chocolate mixed with pine and perfume hops, light toffee and just a touch of smoke, this is a unique bitter sweet treat
M - biggish body, smooth, bitter sweet with the bitter lasting strong through finish
O - a fine and unique version of this style from a brewer that I have been generally pleased with, keep em coming

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown body. Pale tan head is tight, retentive, and quite lacy. Bright citrus aroma with leafy and floral notes. Hop forward with a pleasant grapefruit flavour and lesser notes of brown sugar and dark chocolate. Theres some light char in here as well. Finishes with a lingering bitterness of medium intensity. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. This is some pretty tasty beer, but I think it would do better without that burnt note. It just isn't pleasant in concert with the bitterness of the hops. That said, it isn't off-putting enough to ruin my enjoyment of this beer.

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Black IPA from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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