Black Hops Beer | Blue Hills Brewery

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Black Hops BeerBlack Hops Beer

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by david18 on 07-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of zlackoff
4.65/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite beer to date.

It has a very nice dark dark dark color that just looks delectable. I first got this despite the corny label to see what a mixture of a dark roasted malt with strong hops might be like and I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer's dark malt do it a favor giving it a nice slightly chocolaty characteristic but leaving room for some other fruity tones, a little sweetness and let's not forget the hop flavors that do this well-rounded beer's name justice.

In addition to the well-rounded flavor this brew gets it right with the perfect amount of carbonation (although I do prefer more lightly carbonated than most) that puts this one on my 'buy again' list.

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Photo of Benjaminwileketchum
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Izak
4.44/5  rDev +28%

Photo of belgiumbud
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out of a 22 oz. bottle and was immediately surprised as to how dark it was...Excellent head retention that was amber cream color...decent hop fragrance...extremely smooth flavor as the sticky hop flavor and the black malt roasty flavors intermingle...I like how Blue Hills decided to take a American IPA and do something a little different with it by using more darker malts to brew this fine beer...Really impressed...The cheesy label design allowed me to not expect much from this beer but, as always, do not judge a book by its cover

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pinto glass.

The color is dark black with maroon highlights and a thin wisp of brownish head with no lacing.

The smell is a bit malty with a nice coffee flavor in the nose. The dark malts give off most of the flavor where the "Hops" have not shown up yet.

The taste is malt all the way. A nice roasty black malt flavor is the first thing to hit the senses. Coffee flavor through out the early going with some bitterness somewhere in the middle. There is some caramel and a touch of toffee that hits late is it goes down.

This beer has a medium bodied feel to it and is really easy drinking. It has a great balance to it and it one of the better, more well constructed beers to come out of the Blue Hills Brewery workshop.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black but with some pretty reddish hues, head is cream colored and disappears very quickly

Aroma: toffee, coffee, a little roastiness and a hint of citrusy American hops

Flavor: lots of flavor, toffee and roasty espresso combine really interestingly with a decidedly citrusy hop flavor...great how this style of beer combines the dark toffee and coffee flavors with the very bright American hop flavor...very nice and balanced, quite enjoyable

Mouthfeel: medium body, relatively high carbonation (clearly IPA carbonation rather than porter carbonation...interesting choice for sure)

Drinkability: This beer is balanced and flavorful, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate too much. It is definitely an interesting style that I would be interested in brewing this year (especially since all the cool kids are doing it)

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Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of awolff
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 22 oz. glass bottle into a 22 oz. glass mug (adorned on the side with "beauty is in the hands of the beer holder"...all too true)

Appearance - The beer pours with a thin head of foam, which doesn't last all that long. Color is quite dark, and a look at the edges reveals that it's a dark dark red, which appears quite black when looking through the center.

Smell - The smell is heavily malty, and touches on chocolate, coffee-like tones. The bitterness in the smell seems like it is coming more from something like roasted barley or like an unroasted coffee bean, rather than the hops for which the beer is named. I can hardly smell the malt without taking a sip.

Taste - I have to say, I don't taste the well-hopped character touted on the label - it is mostly a rich malt profile that has a very slight biscuit sort of taste to it, or like a wheaty bread. A slight bitterness but really not so much from the hops as what I again take to be roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - A light carbonation that isn't lacking even after a while despite the lack of any real head retention. The beer is very smooth, and goes down easily - perhaps moreso than expected for the 6.75% ABV and deep color. It is definitely a bonus to the rich malt character that the beer feels so light.

Overall Impressions - I love this beer. As commented above, I'm not sure that the description fits, since hoppiness isn't really the central character of the beer in any of its respects. It is somewhere between a stout and an IPA, but seems to belong in a category on its own. One of my local favorites!

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Photo of Katzj78
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Brownr152
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of beerdude63
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Beer Summit and was really surprised. Usually I find IDAs over intense but this was really good.
A In a sample glass, dark and ruby in color, with a nice little head

S Sweet, nutty, some roasted malt, a little bit yeasty, with some nice floral hops

T The taste was great, very appropriate, a little yeasty on the nose but its not present in the taste. Smooth with a nice hop and sweet caramel and roasted malts.

M Lighter than some but, still a nice medium body with a nice carbonation.

D Great beer over all, I have had some other commercially produced IDAs and this one is in my top favorites. Most of the IDAs I have over do it on the roasted malts and are extremely bitter. However this one was balanced and bright.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been trying a few of Blue Hills beers since they are local and this is by far my favorite. Poured from a 22oz brown bomber a chestnut brown with one inch off white head. Smells sweet, nutty, and I keep thinking somewhat fruity (strawberry keeps popping into my mind). Nice malty taste, caramel with mild roasted and smoked flavors on the back end. Fairly thin feel. Was a nice contrast to a spicy meal that I had and good definitely drink another. For $4.20 for 22oz a definite steal.

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Photo of RossDubuc
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan big bubble head that dissipates pretty fast but leaves a fat ring around the glass. A lot of toasted grains in the nose with a faint zesty/earthy hop background.

Bitter toasted grains upfront with a faint fruity hop character. Some bready chocolate body with a dark fruity hop bitterness with a creamy finish. A dry creamy finish if that is possible. For the deep toasted/hoppy character of this beer it has a high drinkability.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost a hazelnut color with a two finger tan head that hangs around for a few minutes before steadily diminishing to a fine lacing around the edge of the glass and a little patch in the middle.

S: Nose is mostly roasted malts with some yeast and a little bit of alcohol scent. There are also a few aromas of floral and herbal hops. Most of the aromas are somewhat masked, so you have to really try to detect them.

T: I believe this is the first of this style that I've had and it's pretty good. Tastes of roasted maltiness with a bit of baker's chocolate and a bit of dark sweetness. Definitely not as hoppy as a typical IPA as most of the hop flavors are masked.

M: Sits nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle on the finish. A medium to light bodied beer with a little bit of carbonation.

D: I personally think this is quite drinkable and fortunately since I'm close to the brewery, I might head up for a growler of the stuff. Admittedly people have different tastes so while I think it's great stuff, you can see that other people on BA have not as high opinions, to which they are rightly entitled.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, milk chocolate, some hops and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, some citrus and some dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit weak for the style and makes this beer seem more stout-like than IPA-like but it’s enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even if it isn’t as hoppy as most others in the style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Patlee3324
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Black Hops Beer from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 35.5% out of 100 with 141 ratings
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