Revival Double Black IPA | Revival Brewing Co.

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Revival Double Black IPARevival Double Black IPA

Brewed by:
Revival Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Cascadian Dark Ale, otherwise know as our Double Black IPA, emerged stylistically from the Pacific North West. It has an IPA backbone with a "special blend" of choice roasted malts combined with a hard hitting matchup of hops, knocking this beer into a new weight class. Dry hopped and unfiltered for maximum flavor and punch. Enjoy it with a trainer!

85 IBU

Added by TheManiacalOne on 01-15-2012

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by mostpoetsdo:
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a US Pint glass.
Was great on tap, let's see how the batch of bottles turns out.

A: Deep brown, and a two finger, tan head which stays around for a while. Nice off-white lacing all over the glass. Very nice and sticky looking.

S: Citrus hops, tiny touch of pine, a lot of roasted malts, cacao powder.

T: Has a nice grapefruit quality in the hops up front, but is quickly balanced by a great malt backbone. Nice coffee flavours sneak through. Not overly hoppy, not too malty, it walks the line perfectly. This is a prime example of what a "Black IPA" should taste like.

M: Medium to full body, smooth carbonation.

O/D: With a bunch of Black IPA's seeming like a fad, this flagship beer proves that the style can stick around for a long, long time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'll admit, this was only a 4 oz. sampling at Mews Tavern in RI but I'll give it review anyway.

It was dark as advertised and I really couldn't get a sense of the head. It hid the 8% ABV pretty well and was well balanced between the 85 IBUs and the malts. The only thing that holds this brew back for me is the mouth fell. I thought it was a bit on the thin side for my taste but I'm sure some others will be fine with it.

Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a slight ruby color around the edge of the glass in the light. Head retention is really good and the nutty, coffee brown head showed a wall of lace.
Smell was of an interesting combination of roastiness and lemony pledge. Chocolate, nuttiness, and pine are also present in the nose.
The dark, bitter chocolate leads the malt character while the chinook and sorachi hops meld an interesting, sweet hop flavor.
Feel is a bit on the lighter side for the style and the carbonation is moderate. Wish there was a bit more bitter on the back end of the sip.
Overall, I liked the interesting hop profile. That's what drew me to this beer. Although the lack of overall bitterness held this beer back some, I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joeponte
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black brew, topped with a nice dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Juicy and herbal aroma. Individual hop notes are a challenge to pick out, melding together amid a subdued roasty and caramel background.

Hops don't translate to the palate cleanly, although they carry plenty of juice and herb. Pineapple mango and grass stand out, but there's an earthy staleness that detracts. The roasty malt is so subdued one wonders why exactly they went with a black IPA at all.

Smooth and extremely drinkable. Lively with some sting. Excellent for the ABV.

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Photo of Cnorrisl
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bugs318
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh sample bottle from salesman. Notched best-by date was October, contract-brewed at Cottrell:

Didn't take notes while tasting it, but my boss and I thought it was a pretty solid beer. Not sure why they market it as Chinook vs Sorachi Ace, because there was very little dry hop presence, but the beer was enjoyable. Creamy body, nice roasty flavors with vague citrusy hop notes.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz., bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2014.

The pour is a very dark brown and just about black with a lingering off-white head. Looks like a craft beer,

The aroma is pretty straight forward. Lots on sweetness.

Moderate body


The pour is quite nice with its dark brown to near black color. Lingering off-white head. Really fresh aroma with an good fruit hop character as well as a clean malt note. Licorice. The body is medium. The taste has a kind of malted licorice thing going on but generally smooth.,

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelaBrinkley
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brickalleypub
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bebum
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaKur
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BushwyckCraft
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks good

Smells like wet hopping, old banana and smoked chocolate

Tastes is quite bitter, burnt alcohol, chocolate is there but takes a backseat to the more pronounced bitter and smoky notes, the more I look the worse it tastes.

Looks good, an intriguing smell, but the taste is way rough with a lingering robutussin talcum powder slickness stuck to my tongue,


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Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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