Abel's Hill India Dark Ale | Offshore Ale Company

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Abel's Hill India Dark AleAbel's Hill India Dark Ale
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Abel's Hill India Dark AleAbel's Hill India Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Offshore Ale Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tigg924 on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 10
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass..had at the brewery

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 1/3 inch head, hazy, moderate-high carbonation

Smell: cocoa and earthy hops

Taste: sweet toasted malt at the beginning caramel and cocoa towards the middle followed by herbal hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and less bitter end

Overall: This is a fairly good black IPA. One that is worth a try but there are better offerings from this brewery and in this style locally. A solid beer however.

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4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hi all, This is Irishchocolate with my first ever post. Want you all to know this beer has been unretired. It is now available bottled at the brewary in Oak Bluffs. I drank 11 of them by myself ( I am 331 pounds so it isn't much to me), and they taste wonderful. They do give you the dark stool though, so don't be alarmed. Cheers. Go Irish!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/5/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of coffee, chocolate and citrus up front. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in with a faint but complementary touch of smokiness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head falls gradually, and lace lasts well. Aroma is rich malts but with an almost fusel alcohol tinge.

Taste starts with grain husks and sweetness, creamy in the middle, with a moderately bitter finish. That slightly off alcohol flavor lingers here as well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Alright brew, not quite as "Indian" as I expected, and the bitterness was just that, no other real hops flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but gotta keep an open mind and try it. Never know.

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy and bubbly 1/2 finger head, leaves a decent foamy lacing, over very dark molasses brown color with hints of light barely getting through.

Nose is interesting, mostly malts at first. A caramel darker malty base, little nutty, sweet but not quite syrupy, perhaps a hint of chocolate malt, but I don't think any roast. Also hints of earthy slightly spicy hops.

Taste starts again with dark creamy malts, some caramel, creamy milk chocolate and I think a bit of oats, perhaps a hint of lactose too, just a bit of chocolate though, and other darker brown malts but not roasty again. Hops are there but not a lot, some earthy slightly spicy hops, kinda chewy as well but not much. Finish is semi sweet but a bit drier, a dry lactose like finish too, some bitterness but not much, light earthy spicy hops lingering too.

Mouth is med bodied but quite creamy, lighter style carbonation.

Overall not bad, but I would hardly call this "India" style. The hops are there but barely, some bitterness overall but not very bitter or IPA like bitterness. However, as a black ale it's pretty good, but too creamy too as it has milk stout like creamy milky flavors. Still drinkable and fairly tasty.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small head that settles to rim bubbles within five minutes. No lace. Dark brown where light shines through the edge of the glass.

The smell reminds me semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. Mild floral hop and a touch of some burnt malt.

Think amber with a dash of stout which shows up in the swallow. There's also a bit of blackberry and floral hop in the aftertaste. I find it to be a bit watery but with a good level of carbonation.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine was on the Vineyard this week and brought back a growler of Abel's Hill India Dark Ale.

The beer pours a near black ruby red into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, pine, nuts, smoke and toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light on the palate with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty with roast and toasted malt leading the way. In the middle a hint of smoke appears. It finishes bitter with hoppy notes of pine. Once gone the pine and roasted malt linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer. Get it fresh from the tap if you can.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark molasses brown colored brew with a fair light tan head that scatters quickly and leaves good lateral lacing. The aroma is very nice with chocolate malt and mild molasses/licorice. Somewhat sweet, mellow and overall quite promising with a hint of herbal hop. The flavor is a bit startling after enjoying the initial nose hit. It’s bright with a watery wash of carbonation and muted grass hop bite. It does finish with a firm reminder of the chocolate-coffee goodness with a solid and fairly tasty pineapple sweetness and fruit nougat that marries nicely with the grassy hops. It definitely improves as you go and the somewhat medium light body holds up okay with a healthy carbonation that brings an effervescent feel. Decent but not great.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JaredKent
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spur of the moment phone review.

About a fingers worth of creamy head. Very dark in color. Black with hints of red around the edge.

On the nose I get mild hops and chocolate aromas. Nothing overpowering. Very balanced. Just what I like from a BIPA. Hints of coffee come through on the finish.

The mouth provides a smooth, rich coffee flavor that provides a mild and clean bitterness. The hops are hand in hand with the malt and provide a hint of pine but nothing that will hit you over the head.

Overall I found this to be very smooth and drinkable. Definitely not a palate wrecking BIPA. Mellow but hits where you want it to. Vertical well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into my new Duvel Nymph tulip glass and consumed on October 1st, 2013. No freshness date to be found, but my sister just brought it back from Martha's Vineyard, so it is likely relatively fresh.

A- It isn't labeled an India Style Dark Ale for nothing. This beer pours as black and opaque as any, with only slightly garnet highlights when held up to a light. The modest head is light tan in color, and quickly recedes to a thin layer of foam leaving no lacing. Absolutely no visible carbonation. Not really a standout looker, but if I saw her at a bar I would talk to her.

S- The aroma is very balanced between the roasty malts, and sweet, juicy, fruity hops. However, the aroma overall is a bit subdued and lacking in intensity.

T- The flavor is a bit subdued as well. It is nice, but doesn't really wow me at all. There is some spice or fruit or candy aroma and flavor that I just can't put my finger one. I don't drink Black IPA's a lot, so maybe I am just unfamiliar with the style. It isn't bad. It is just unfamiliar. However, I can identify a nice combination of dark, roasted malts showing off some coffee flavors, and a bit of a citric hop zing on the tail end. It also has a nice dark, dried fruitiness to it, and maybe some spice that almost resembles a muted anise. Almost reminds me of espresso with Sambuca and lemon rind on Christmas Eve. There is also a really good woody, earthiness going on. The flavors start to come out more as it warms, but it is still a very relaxed brew.

M- Mid bodied mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation works for what they are going for here.

O- Everything about this beer is mellow, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. As it warmed in the glass, I started to get it and enjoy it more. It reminded me of several different styles wrapped into one easy going package. Really quite enjoyable and somewhat reasonably priced at six clams a bottle. I think this would be a great beer to drink outside on a warm night with the scent of salt water in the air. Must be what they were going for. If you are ever visiting Martha's Vineyard, I highly recommend more than one visit to Offshore Ale Company's Brewpub to try this beer and whatever else they might have on tap. This just in...the mystery flavor might be chocolate syrup!

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Abel's Hill India Dark Ale from Offshore Ale Company
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