Vulcan | Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wagenvolks on 12-31-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 51
Photo of puck1225
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the brewery. A very nice head and great lacing with a deep gold brown color. A somewhat piney smell. The taste had a nice rye spice. Citrusy and a bit bitter. Very enjoyable with the avocado club sandwich!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Judging by previous reviews, the latest incarnation may have been tweeked for the better. I was surprise to find out that Saaz hops are used for the aromatics, as the aroma is predominately pine, with a healthy amount of caramel and a hint of rye. Copper colored and hazy, there was nice head retention and plenty of lace. Big bodied, the flavor was similar in characteristics to the aroma, with a greater amount of rye and good balance between the hops and malt. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Locapour
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I featured Vulcan in Episode 2 of Locapour:

This is a fantastic beer for an evening when you are feeling the need for hops and want to get your money's worth on the ABV front. What I really enjoy about this beer however is its drinkability. It's not overly hopped and the addition of the rye seems to mellow it out.

The color is beautiful. If you happen to be drinking it where you can let the sunlight kiss the glass you can really see the Vulcan, God of Fire come through.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled growler poured into a stemless tulip pint, originally pulled from a keg that was filled on 4.9.12 and picked up from the brewery on 4.11.12. I enjoyed plenty straight from the keg, but this portion was set aside for reviewing in a better setting.

Appearance- Pours a clear deep amber/amber-brown with about half a finger of sudsy head that falls quickly. There's a few traces of lace left as the glass empties - about what I'd expect after the handling.

Smell- Sweet orange peel, toffee, fir boughs, and touches of roasty malt. The rye is definitely present in the nose, and comes through as... well, rye; but it blends extremely well with everything else and lends an interesting spicy richness to the whole thing. Nose much bolder that I was expecting after the less-than-ideal handling and lack of head.

Taste- Follows the nose. Rich malt barely balances the citrusy and grassy hops, and the rye adds a darker spicy flavor to the whole thing. Starts with tangerine and pine before transitioning to bready toasted malt, with the citrus hanging on throughout, developing an interesting woody character partway through. Wouldn't really call it oaky or smoky, but it reminds me of lightly burnt green boughs like you would use to toast food over a campfire. Finishes spicy with a lingering grassy bitterness. There's actually quite a bit going on here, and the combination is something special, to be sure. Tasty, bold, hits all the right notes for an AIPA, and manages not to go overboard in any flavor category.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, with a clean, slightly dry finish. Exceptionally drinkable, I could drink more than a few pints.

Overall- I have to say that I've been to Black Star a few times now, but have shied away from their lighter beers after mediocre experiences at other brewpubs. I was quite pleasantly surprised by both their Vulcan and High Esteem delivered via pony keg, however, and I hope that they keep doing whatever it is they're doing. I think there were more than a few craft and/or IPA converts at the event I attended thanks to this beer. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a bold but balanced AIPA with a little more complexity than usual.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Black Star

A: Single fingered head with decent retention, frothy in nature leaving behind some lacing tops this fairly transparent deep orange, slightly amber bodied brew.

S: Pungent floral and pine scents up front are backed nicely with rye and a sugary malt backbone.

T: West coast IPA is what initially comes to mind. Unfortunately the high level of hops overwhelm the other ingredients leaving this beer to be good, but largely unbalanced.

M: Medium bodied for the style, fair carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer. Better than the food I had. Don't know when I will be back, but I'm sure I will be.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel and toffee with some pine notes mixed in. The beer definitely smells like an American IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapefruit and resin notes as well as some bready malt and a little bit of toffee. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A ton of yeast floating around. Very cloudy and dirty red color. A small white head and not much lace.
S: Fairly neutral. Some citrus hops and a light grainy malt aroma for balance.
T: Some citrus, but more of a grapefruit bitterness here. Good balance, the bitterness never gets out of hand. A nice balanced malt backbone as well. Some sweetness, bread, and biscuit.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, dry, smooth, and clean. Easy enough to drink.

Decent for the most part. Not a bad beer at all, just the dirty yeast appearance makes it hard for me to come back to this. I can't say that I would grab this over the other good craft beers on tap here.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap 8 Jan 2011 at Black Star.

Hazy dark honey oak beer with small offwhite head. Aroma is lightly floral resin hay. Caramel malts upfront with lightly resin bitter finish. Pithiness minus citrus again as in their amber. Body is medium and etoh is moderately warming. Pithiness lingers.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Blackstar Co-op.

Vulcan is an IPA made with rye, and the unfiltered haze of a tangerine body affirms this. Up top, a cardboard-colored head recedes quickly to a wisp of foam, but is revived nicely with a quick swirl of the pint glass. The aroma brings everything the style should have: floral, bubble-gum like hops with tropical fruit, pine sap, and spiciness from the rye.

The name of this beer holds true for the flavor, as the hops put a Vulcan Death Grip on the palate with a dry, wooden bitterness that lasts until the very end of the sip and even lingers a bit afterwards. The hop flavor itself is a bit muted, however, and the IBU's overpower much of the malt and rye profile. Still, it's quite tasty. Mouthfeel is dry and juicy at the same time, with an uppity carbonation level that fuels the aggression from the hops. Overall, Vulcan could stand a few minor tweaks here & there, but it has potential.

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Vulcan from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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