51K IPA | Blackrocks Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blackrocks Brewery
Michigan, United States
blackrocksbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brian700 on 09-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,053
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
308
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SisuPride
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bplabernie
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnDerkacz
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Go to U. P. IPA. love this beer! Golden in color. Floral, hoppy aroma. Citrusy lush hops. IPA goodness from God's Country.

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Photo of labisch
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersasap
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Webcowes
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dss27
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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)...

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Photo of Jim67
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metacog42
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastocke
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not terribly distinctive.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malty
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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51K IPA from Blackrocks Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 308 ratings