51K IPA | Blackrocks Brewery

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Blackrocks Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brian700 on 09-20-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Blackrocks Brewery's 51k IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. These cans just started showing up and I've never had anything from this Brewery before and I thought I would start off with their IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice outdoor activity vibe to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy slightly orange golden color that took on more of a darker golden orange hue when held to the light with two fingers of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking IPA, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and it's the citrus and citrus rind like hops that stick out the most with some tropical fruit/ berry like aromas and some floral hops aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a light creamy aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some sweet malt and caramel malt like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, the hop profile was really nice and juicy, it was the highlight of this beer.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the floral hops seem to stick out a little more and there's a light earthy hop aspect that shows up, but it's still the citrus rind like hops that stick out the most. Up next comes that same light creamy aspect followed by a slight berry flavor and the malts are the next to show imparting a light sweet malt and caramel malt like flavors. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of medium bitterness that doesn't really linger and there's a floral and citrus hop like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the hop profile was pretty good, but I thought it could have used just a little more bitterness.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought that it was a good example of an IPA, it did have couple things that held it back just a little, but other than that this beer was for sure going in the right direction and I enjoyed drinking it. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see drinking a couple of these and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the warm weather and since it's in can I wouldn't mind taking a few of these to the beach. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, those aspects just seemed a notch above the rest and along with the hop profile they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the bitterness, I thought it was a little low for an IPA and it was close to the bitterness level that I would expect from an American Pale Ale. I would buy this beer again, I wouldn't mind getting a six pack for the beer fridge and I recommend this to anyone who likes IPA's or hoppy beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with beer and I was just a little impressed since I thought the aroma was pretty impressive for an IPA and it really caught my attention. I think it's a little unique for the style and it reminds me a little of Oddsides Instigator IPA, maybe they use some of the same hops. This beer made for a good first impression for Blackrocks Brewery and I'm pretty interested in trying more beers from them. I think it's up there as one of the better IPA's I've had and I think this beer could hold it own against a lot of higher rated IPA's. Good work guys, I didn't know what to expect from you guys, but this one was pretty note worthy, keep up the great work.

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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 DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaintPius
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bingja18
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of twizzard
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruC4
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 spacecake9
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of cans in Grand Marais while on vacation in the UP. A mystery beer at the time of purchase. Turned out to be a good one. Looks good, nice head, aroma more floral than expected. Flavor is a little piney, not much citrus, just enough bitterness. Very drinkable.

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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 El_Brujo_de_A2
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden ale with a little bit of yeast haze. Almost two fingers of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Not the most intense hop aroma but I do pick up citrus, pine, and cut grass. Although the malt is not really making an appearance, there is something sweet laying low under the hops. The flavor is complete West Coast style. High bitterness with flavor notes of citrus, pine, and floral qualities. A slight sweet malt flavor makes a sudden appearance and quickly disappears. I would of liked a bit more malt to temper the bitterness a bit. A large IPA body that is expertly carbonated.

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51K IPA from Blackrocks Brewery
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