Blackrocks Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #476
Ranked #5,142
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Blackrocks Brewery
Michigan, United States
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours amber with a slight haze; the head rises to one finger; splashy lacing

Smell: Floral hop tones with orange citrus; hints of caramel

Taste: A touch of caramel, up front, and then the citrus takes over, bringing a orange tone; very dry and slightly aqueous, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather average IPA though I do like the floral orange aspect

Sep 03, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew. Another well balanced thought out brewski. I enjoyed this one a lot, this one balances out the bitter with the sweetness that have been worthy of another six pack buy!

Apr 08, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really solid, easy to drink IPA made by an always dependable Michigan brewery. Pours a nice-looking amber color with some lingering white fluffy head and a little lacing. Smells of citrus zest hops, a little piney hops, malt and caramel. Tastes mainly of grapefruit, lemon, orange and tangerine fruity hops along with a little pineapple and mango. There’s a touch of dankness in the background along with a nice malt backbone. Also has nice notes of vanilla, caramel and bread. Nice smooth mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very easy to drink and the alcohol taste is very much pushed to the background. If it weren’t for the higher ABV I would call this sessionable. Well done!

Jan 15, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with thick sticky white head that leaves spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Some light lemon, hops, citrus peel, caramel and a touch of sweet malt and pine.

Taste - Just follows the nose perfectly, very well balanced pine, grapefruit. malt followed up with some bitter citrus peel that carries through. Very easy drinking no sign of any alcohol.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated, pretty mild dry finish after the initial punch of the bitterness up front.

Overall - A really well done IPA, well balanced, easy drinking.

Oct 09, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow/orange color. Nice 1-2 finger foam head. Held some clouds and a little lacing.

Nose: pine, citrus

Taste: mellow pine, banana, orange and mango. Moderate hop bitterness with some citrus pepper in the middle to backend.

Mouthfeel: fairly viscous with slight creaminess. A bit like a NEIPA without the haze.

Overall: first time I’ve had this but have been eying it for a while. Really liked it. Might be my second favorite IPA to two hearted. Probably need a few more to confirm that.

Sep 12, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint a slightly hazed orange infused lighter golden with a half finger white head atop that lasted for quite awhile.A nice mix of tropical fruits and sharpness from the hosp in the nose.Flavors of tropical fruits and a bit of sweet onion over top of a caramel/biscuit malt base,gets slightly sweet toward the finish of the pint.A solid IPA from the U.P.

May 16, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful slightly hazy burnished gold yellow brew, topped with a nice 1 1/2 finger flat white head with decent retention and lacing.

Very juicy nose: orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, with slightly sharp and peppery herbal notes along for the ride. Some caramel sneaks through in the aroma, which you might not have guessed from the color alone.

Flavor leans toward a more neutral bitterness, with grassy, slightly herbal hop notes, along with some pepper, pine, lemon, grapefruit, melon, and pineapple. Surprisingly a nicely balanced and bitter IPA. Pale and caramel grains, favoring the former.

Lively, active, dry; very drinkable. Bitter citrus peel aftertaste.

Mar 15, 2018
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labisch from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blackrocks' 51K IPA is a staple for local students up here in the Marquette - Houghton area because it's a really good beer. It has a nice citrus aroma, and fuller mouth feel than you might expect. It has a really solid dry finish that doesn't get old. I could drink four or five of these before I get bored.

Jan 31, 2018
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dss27 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After benefiting from this forum for a long time, I finally joined, and these are my first comments. Not much to add to what's already been said, as the consensus is fairly consistent with my experience. I'm sure that some of you know that when you judge a beer in a contest, you're getting the first small pour from a numbered bottle, and basing your findings on that, in contrast to actually finishing a beer, which is a very different experience (especially if that takes an hour or more), as the character of the brew can change markedly over that time. I'm wondering how many reviewers act more like a beer judge when it would be more useful on this site to judge like a beer drinker--adjusting your opinion after finishing the beer (plus placing more emphasis on how good the beer is rather than how well it conforms to the style or overanalyzing). That said, a lot of these comments can be entertaining! Anyway, I adjusted the numbers a bit (e.g., slight vegetal and metallic aromas crept in after a time, but it wasn't too off-putting) but overall, this is a very solid IPA and yet another example of why Michigan is a great beer state (if only more breweries had wider distribution--or any in some cases). Well-balanced and not overwhelming IBU-wise, it's quite quaffable for 7 ABV. I just got back from the Keys and brought back some Cigar City Jai Alai (q.v.)--this isn't too far off that very high bar (plus they donate some of the proceeds to trail maintenance, so even though they're 7+ hours away, I can feel good about my purchase). Based on this, I'll be on the lookout for other Blackrocks products and hope to visit the brewery (it is ice climbing season)...

Dec 28, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6pck of this in Livonia, MI based on the recommendation from the beer guy at the beer store. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice ring lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeelis medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Oct 11, 2017
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malty from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gazing into the slightly chill hazed, filmy gold liquid, a beautiful spritely race of fine-medium carbonation streams from the base of my traditional pint glass. The 1" fluffy bone white head settles to 1/4" after a few minutes. Blotchy, dripping, torn curtains of lace go all the way down the glass. She's sturdy and poised, and she smells...

Bountifully fruity, seeping with notes of the tropical variety: mango, pineapple, and a smidgen of banana (custard). Floral; white flowers in the sunshine - breezy and welcoming. This breeze brings with it some baby pinecones, still a little sappy. And a surprisingly tart cherry scone at the end.

Canned on 6/30/17, I'm happy to have the pleasure of tasting 51K in the first 100 yards. A perfect mixture of lush aforementioned fruit, with a nice counterbalance of rustic, perfumey pine at the tail end. Just the right kiss of fresh vanilla shortbread and a handshake of grapefruit complete the experience.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a lively encompassing of playful carbonation. The malt spine carries this brew without holes, and the tantalizing hops pull at the inside of my cheeks, making the long, flavorful, somewhat dry finish a delight to behold.

Overall this brew makes me even more proud to be a Michigander, (brewed in the Upper Peninsula). This brewery seems to be doing all the right things in creating solid, intentionally simple(r) beer with precision and humility.

Jul 16, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. From the can into a pint glass, the appearance was a slightly cloudy, golden-amber color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about forty five seconds. A decent amount of stringy lacing stuck and then slid into the body. The smell had a sweet grapefruit, strong piney hops, becomes slightly tropical and then lets in an ample amount of caramel-esque to slight biscuit malts. The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and added a light zesty grapefruit peel. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable quality about it. Its got a slight crisp yet dry finish. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good IPA I’d take to the dome again.

Jul 14, 2017
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El_Brujo_de_A2 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger thick white cap on this bad mofo.Pours deep amber,light brown.Nose and taste are one in the same with this brew.Piny and floral are the hallmarks I've come to expect in an IPA and they are present here in spades.

Strong hop presence in the taste.Quite a sharp bite in there too. Ancho chiles blended with bitter grapefruit. This should be a DIPA. yum? taste does not disappoint. 7% ABV and there is no hiding it here.

Jun 21, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to strohme2 for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, kinda malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 03, 2017
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Karnivool1 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An absolute hidden gem, went to a bottle shop in Grand Rapids and glad the workers there told me about this brewery. Extremely clean and floral. A little hop bite at the end. Really solid offering, wish I picked up more than a sixer. Kudos to Blackrocks!

Sep 19, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks real pretty. Pretty decent head, golden haziness.

Little bit of lemon, little tangerine and malty sweetness on the nose. Tastes pretty much identical with the only difference between nose and taste is a tiny bit of earthiness on the otherwise dry finish on this medium bodied beer.

Yet another relatively unknown Michigan IPA that deserves some attention. Good product from Marquette.

Sep 12, 2016
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charlzm from California

3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on August 31st, 2016. Poured from a 12 ounce can labeled on the bottom "Made Ya Look 13/4/16", so I am guessing this beer is between 4 and 5 months old.

Appearance: slightly hazy medium yellow with a one-finger white head. Head is soon reduced to a thin skin of foam leaving some lacing. Active carbonation lasts a long time.

Aroma has some peppery, grassy, piney, floral and herbal notes along with a whiff of rubber/solvent. As time passes, grapefruit becomes dominant note. Give it longer, and garlic and onion appear. Evolving aroma is definitely the most interesting thing about this beer.

Flavor has undercooked bread malt note at first, quickly followed by pine, grass and black pepper. Lingering bitterness on finish along with ghostly tea note.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a little prickly. Medium-bodied.

Overall, it's a credible enough IPA that doesn't cleave distinctly to a particular school (West Coast, New England, English, etc...). Nice as a local flavor but I wouldn't seek this out again.

Aug 31, 2016
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tulip glass. No canning date but bottle shop just got it last week so I know it's fresh.

L- Medium hazy orange, two finger white head.

S- Sweet citrus and floral. Maybe a touch of mango.

T- Similar to aroma but with added pine and a medium-high bitterness for a single IPA.

F- Medium, typical of the style.

O- A very solid IPA, clean flavors, not too dry.

May 20, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the can, but I've never seen it in one of my go to stores in SW Michigan and bought a six when I recently came across it. Pouring it in my 13oz. tulip for the taste.

Look- Pours a cloudy dark gold leaving a finger of soapy white foam that settles leaving elegant lacing.

Smell- Faint pine, grapefruit and grain. Nothing too appealing.

Taste- Very floral in nature up front followed by some grapefruit and pine. An abundance of slick malt in the finish.

Feel- It starts very light and slick, then finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Overall- A more balanced and easy drinking IPA reminiscent of days gone by. I prefer a little more hop flavor and would take Two Hearted over this every time. In all a good beer, just too many better choices out there.

Apr 24, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From @superspak for NBS BIF #3
Undated can at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of pine with some floral, lasts with only slight weakening
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular five to eight mm frothy ring and heaped frothy layer
Lacing – wide frothy rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor of pineapple, light and fruity, very low bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; very sessionable
Palate light to medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Apr 10, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you strohme2 for this
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden copper with a large white head

S- Floral, touch of wet grass, hints of citrus and sweet malts, slightly piney.

T- Floral, faint hints of citrus, piney finish, balanced a nice somewhat sweet malt backbone.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid IPA, very easy to drink. I would be drinking this a lot if I lived in Michigan, not seeing any really flaws beyond to hints of wet grass in the nose.

Apr 04, 2016
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MisterMagoo from Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is right up there with Bell's Two Hearted. One of my favorites. Hoppy heaven and a crisp finish. Very drinkable and tastes like an IPA should. 5*

Apr 03, 2016
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CarlTWahl from District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I echo the comments of the person claiming "Russian Judge" (to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, a Yooper shalt speak no ill of anything from the Upper Peninsula), particularly given the beer wasteland it was before 2012/13. However, this is the first IPA I've ever had out of a can and it was spectacular for for its balance of hops and malt; also, when drinking it in the midst of pines and spruces, it delivers both the smell and taste thereby completing the ambiance of the Michigan's true North. Thumbs up in Marquette wish I could get it here.

Mar 05, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy bright golden amber color with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head. It takes quite a while, but it eventually settles to a one finger thick cap. There are many thick streaks of lacing. Smell is very piney and floral with a little citrus and some sweet malt. Taste is the same with a very bitter finish. Feel is light side of medium and resinous. Overall a very good beer, just wish the sweetness was toned down a bit.

Feb 21, 2016
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tconlon69 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange citrus color, poured into a Luminarc IPA glass. Nice 1 inch creamy white head. Aroma of pineapple and floral notes. Very good carbonation. nice balance of malt and hopps. Very smooth IPA, I really enjoyed this beer.

Jan 16, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 344 ratings