Furry Black India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Furry Black India Pale AleFurry Black India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by alexgash on 12-31-2010

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Photo of GRPunk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour left a 1-1/2 finger brown head that had nice retention around the 1/2 finger mark and left great, sticky rings. The body was a dark brown, just a step or two away from black.

S- Very "IPA." There were a bunch of woodsy/earthy hops at first that came off as grassy and tobacco-like. It all seemed really fresh and crisp. Chocolate undertones were stronger and brought things into more of a balance with some warmth.

T- While a little hop-centric (it is an IPA after all), there's a good, malty backbone that's roasty and chocolatey. Hops are a little citrus-like mixed with herbal and grassy flavors. Finish was a little longer than expected considering the hop presence.

M- Just a touch thin initially, though a slight grainy quality develops. Light-medium carbonation. Hopping provides a bite and bone-dry, clean finish as mouthfeel is concerned Tiny warm alcohol feel is really well hidden.

D- Surprisingly and dangerously drinkable. At 7.2%, there's very little trace of alcohol. I purchased it as a single and could well be back for a full sixer.

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Photo of hWordsmythe
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first black IPA. Shared an 11.5 oz. bottle with two buddies, so I only had a 3rd of a bottle to base this review on.

Appearance: Looks like a lighter porter. A bit opaque, but still quite dark.

Smell: Smells just like I thought it woud. Roasted malts and hops galore. Floral and toasty at the same time, and although I could not imagine how these two could go together, it works great on both the nose and the...

Taste: Wow. Crazy. A porter is a porter and an IPA is an IPA and never the twain shall meet? But here they do, and in grand style. A complete success. Great balance between the citrus hop bite and the completely different sort of bitterness you get from burnt malts. The only improvement I could suggest would be a touch more malt to emphasize the "black" in BIPA. Just a smidgeon, though. This is close to perfectly balanced. A great drink.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as your average porter. Pretty much par for the course with other IPAs. I could stand a little more heaviness, personally. But I like a thick brew.

Drinkability: I could put away a 6-pack in a night, no problem, no complaint. But, to be honest, there's very little that overwhelms me. If it's good enough to have one, it should be good enough to have another, right?

This beer completely changes my idea of what's possible and what's "right". Awesome.

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Photo of Erish
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the 8th Street Grill in Holland, Michigan.

A: dark mahogany color, espresso colored head, good cap & lacing.

S: coffee, citrus, chocolate, toasted malt, grass.

T: strong coffee flavor throughout, then loads of citrus and rich caramel malt, the hops range from grassy to floral to citrus, with an emphasis on orange, the finish is long, smoky, piny, citrusy, and slightly chalky. For such a strongly flavored beer, it exhibits a very nice balance.

M: medium-bodied, silky, moderate carbonation.

D: I love the first half of Cascadian ales, by the second half my palate feels overworked. I would have been happy with a 5 oz. pour for $1.

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Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle.

Very dark, inky black-brown. Creamy, lush, light khaki brown head. Some lacing. Roasted malts on the nose with notes of dark fruits, tobacco, and pungent evergreen and citrus hops.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Herbal, piny hop flavor and bitterness are there too. Sugary dark fruit malts sweeten up the palate, before roasted, dark chocolate flavors take over near the finish. Herbal, minty hop bitterness in the finish with lingering mocha latte bittersweetness. Medium-bodied with a creamy, even feel. A nice example of this burgeoning style.

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Furry Black India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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