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Dark Side Of The Hop | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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3.8/5
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37 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States
drinkrangercreek.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by msanborn on 10-29-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,967
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
37
pDev:
13.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Atlas1:
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm always a bit hesitant when I see beers like "Black IPA" on the shelf. I'm curious, sure, but is that really even a style? Is it an IPA? Is it a schwarzbier? Maybe it doesn't matter. Despite my hesitation, I do like to try new beers. So when my wife recently brought a few of these home the other day I was excited.

Pours a very dark brown color with a dark cherry red hue around the edges when held up to the light. Decent, one-finger light brown head. Some lace as the beer recedes. The nose is bold, with notes of coffee and toast combined with dark fruits (cherries, plum). I really like how this beer smells. The taste follows suit, with a sweet dark fruit flavor up front, followed by some hoppiness, followed by distinct unsweetened chocolate biterness that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while. Not a traditional IPA flavor, mind you, because the dark roasted malt has a very interesting balancing effect, but I like it. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit tinny.

Overall, I like this beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, except from other "black IPAs" that I've had, but Ranger Creek brews good stuff and this is no exception. It won't surpass Red Headed Stranger on my favorite Ranger Creek beer list, but it's a solid alternative to some of the other stuff that you see out there. Cheers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zonker17
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kaskin
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Austinkrat
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive looking beer! Great smell too. Taste just as described on the bottle, peppery taste, bitter hops, dry finish, slight chocolate taste. I bet it would be great with blue cheese or bacon cheeseburger...or both as recommended. Will seek Ranger Creek out next time at the store, well done!

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Photo of Jodio
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jandadeboer
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown. Billowing, overactive head of khaki bubbles; leaves dense, clumpy lace.

Smell: Full, roasted grain aroma with earthy hops and hints of dark fruit.

Taste: More roasted grains, fruity chocolate, bitter coffee and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, creamy smooth, but a bit too foamy and fizzy.

Overall: More a hoppy porter than black IPA, but enjoyable in its roasted and hoppy character.

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Photo of mbonugli
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of crisp, bitey hoppiness permeates through the dark, roasty malt backbone of this delicious brew. A little bit of resin coats the tongue on every bite. As far as CDAs go, well worthy of a try.

And might I add that seeing yet another local brewery's beer available on the local grocery store's shelf is music to my ears. Expect more sales to me, Ranger Creek!

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Photo of cdhoward318
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brevbin
1.51/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

It was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atxbeerknerd
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msanborn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of agraves643
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty black IPA. Went down smooth. Not overbearing at all. Felt like the perfect balance of an IPA and stout.

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Photo of cbbram
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tfrog3030
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dark Side Of The Hop from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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