Tuxedo Black IPA
Blue Pants Brewery

Tuxedo Black IPATuxedo Black IPA
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American Black Ale
Ranked #503
Ranked #36,944
3.64 | pDev: 15.66%
Blue Pants Brewery
Alabama, United States
Tuxedo Black IPATuxedo Black IPA
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by bluetrevian:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heady, Roasted, Resin, Coffee

Just enough roasted character for a dark beer without going full in on being a porter or stout, great use of American NW hops which really elevates this brew and brings forth a solid drinkability. Hints of caramel, chicory, & unsweetened chocolate in the middle feign a stout like presence. Big and bold with both malt and hop characters pushing for dominance, perhaps that is what a Black IPA is.

STYLE: American Black Ale | ABV: 7.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

The 2014 Tuxedo is a much improved iteration. The initial aroma of dark roast and coffee notes are amazing and in balance with the hop aroma. Hop bitterness is balanced with the dark malt but leaves no doubt this is a black IPA.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blue Pants Brewery Tuxedo Black India Pale Ale. Madison, Alabama. "Pairs well with a bow tie," they say. Their slogan: "unreasonably good beer." If it's a joke, I'm not sure I get it, but they're trying to be clever, so, points for that.

Let's open 'er up and try 'er out.

Whoa, incredible carbonation! I had to pour very slowly once it starts coming into the glass in full force. I have to wait for the immense volume of foam to die down in order to get some actual beer in the glass, for the purposes of the photograph.
Enormous full-flowering of cream-colored, lacy, prodigious foam. Dark brown, nearly black coloration.

Aroma: mild grassy hop aromatics float just above rich dark malt flavors. Mocha notes, rum, molasses, all kept in check with hops. Nice balance.

Taste: A return on the tongue of the flavors listed above. Tasty array of dark malts, some cocoa, matched with grassy, piney hop flavors coasting above. The carbonation, however is still not for me. Too much gushes out on each pour, before the liquid emerges, and there's a bit more rushing on the palate for my taste.
Aside from that, again, I have to acknowledge and compliment the fine balancing act, everything is well-integrated, nothing stands out too much.

On the other hand, nothing quite stands out enough to make it really excellent. It would be nice to see what else they can do, out there in Madison, AL.

What do they say on the label? "Tuxedo Black IPA is a celebration of the invention of the Cascadian Dark Ale style. It's got a smooth, mellow roastiness that pairs perfectly with all manner of Northwest American hops. Our Black is not over the top, but balanced, allowing those who go crazy for hops and those who just like a good dark beer alike to enjoy in an unreasonably good experience."

It was a good experience, but not unreasonably so. What's the connection between this concept and "blue pants"? Is there one? I have to know.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rangerred
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrived with no head whatsoever along with no lacing. Not really a good start.

The aroma had some lightly toasted grain along with just a small amount of piny hops. Some caramel in there too. Not extremely impressive but no real flaws either.

The flavor had licorice and roasted malt up front with caramel and piny hops coming in midway through. There was quite a bit of astringency towards the finish along with a chalky bitterness. Some stickyness on the lips even though the mouthfeel as a whole is quite watery.

Overall, there is quite a bit that could be improved on with this beer. Increased hopping along with a little less attenuation could do wonders for this beer. Right now it is a little all over the place.

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3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue, a decent sized foamy tan head, good lacing (poured fine, no abundance of foam). Aroma is caramel, a little bit of coffee, citrus, pine and slightly earthy hops. Flavor is slightly roasted, coffee, a hint of cocoa, pine and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, astringent, and dry finish. Good beer, nice balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some roasted malts. Taste is hoppy, bitter, some roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Tuxedo Black IPA from Blue Pants Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 47 ratings