The Crucible Black IPA | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 02-27-2011

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Photo of laxboy3496
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this offering from small brewer Mother Earth from Vista, California. It seems that Black or Cascadian IPA's are all the rage right now with Stone's SSR, Deschuttes Hop in the Dark, etc. getting a lot of attention in the last 12 months. I often find with this style of beer that getting the right balance (atleast for my palate) between the dark roasted malt and the aggresivness of the hop profile is difficult, but these guys have pulled it off. It drinks with the perfect amount of refreshing hops and the right amount of roasty goodness. I could drink this "dark" beer on a hot summer day!

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mother Earth on 4/02/2011. This brewery was recommended to me and my wife by the mother of the owner of Iron Fist, as they are only about 2 or 3 blocks apart.

A: The beer pours a cloudy and rich dark brown, with a small, inch high creamy tan head, that slowly faded, leaving nice lacing.

S: Light chocolate, grapefruit, lemon citrus, pine, and toasted malt.

T: Bitterness cuts up front and lingers on the palate. Second sip, the citrus, pine, orange, and light roasted chocolate malt come through.

M: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Pretty good. Black IPA's are tricky, and it seems it depends on what the brewer desise them to be, on the sweeter side, or more bitter side. The better ones lay in between, and are therefore balanced, and this one's in the middle for me, and is good.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A deep brown with some near-red highlights. A thin light brown head that sticks around for a while followed by massive sheets and webs of lacing. Very nice.

The nose is crisp, hoppy, and pleasant. It's made up mainly of some light and hoppy citrus notes along with some pine. There's a faint hint of roasted caramel malt or some smokiness, but the nose is predominantly tropical citrus and a bit of pine.

An interesting and unusual blend of flavors. I'm not sure I've ever had anything quite like this. It seems like a hybrid of an IPA, a stout, and a brown ale, all wrapped up in to one, interesting package. The citrus hop notes and the hop bitterness are there, but there's also a roasted malt flavor and a hint of chocolate akin to a stout. I wish there was a tad more citrus as the chocolate seems out of place, but interesting.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. A touch of creaminess in the mouth is a nice touch.

A good beer like no other I've had. Interesting and tasty.

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4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at mother earth brewery in a pint glass. Look is chocolate to almond with some transparency at the bottom of the glass. Head is creamy and retains well to bottom of glass. Smell is clean, hoppy, but more effortless than aggressive. Finish has caramel and citrus notes and the roasty finish of a well balanced port. At 7.2 abv, this is a black ipa that can be enjoyed through multiple servings without being overwhelming. In short, it's a well made beer that doesn't beg the drinker to overanalyze but rather insists on being quietly enjoyed.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Mother Earth.

A: Deep brown with an amber hue when held to light. Frothy and creamy beige head has very nice retention and leaves a lot of thick lacing on the glass.

S: Blend of pine, orange, and grapefruit. I get a little chocolate and a light roast. The citrus cuts through those nicely. Lightly earthy.

T: Light chocolate and a lower moderate roasted malt profile. Bitterness is at a moderate level. Notes of earth, pine, and grapefruit are apparent. Chocolate is a little more apparent in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness increases a bit on the back end.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and dry.

Overall: A nice Black IPA. Easy to drink.

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The Crucible Black IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 10 ratings