Revival Double Black IPA | Revival Brewing Co.

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Revival Double Black IPARevival Double Black IPA
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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: 118 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color; the tan head pancakes down, leaving some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Burnt toast, lemon and pine

Taste: The hops jut forward here, with the lemon from the Soriachi Ace and the pine from the Chinook each staking a claim; roasted and slightly burnt toast flavors build underneath through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together though the lemon emerges just a bit triumphant in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the best ABAs I have encountered, showing tremendous balance and a creative hop profile

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Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/10/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness followed by flavors of dark chocolate and citrus. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Dark brown with a tan head. Earthy pine and citrus atop a lightly roasty chocolate sweet maltiness. That's a pretty good black ipa right there.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treated as an imperial black IPA, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a cap of a little eggshell white foamy head. Some messy lace. The aroma had some coffee, light bitter pine/somewhat sprucy, citrus rind, subtle earthiness, sly wood, dark chocolate and a little bit of grassiness. The flavor was moderately bitter with a touch of the sweet and roast nipping at the back end. Aftertaste was semi-roasty, bitter, hint of sweet. Finish nipped at some roast and pine. The palate was medium bodied with a good grip of the sipping aspect coming about. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty nice imperial black IPA. I’d have this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with slight ruby highlights around the edges and a frothy, small bubbled, thin head coating the surface. Aromas of roast and chocolate, with resiny and bitter hops presence to balance out the nose. Very rich smells. Flavors are bitter and resiny on the forward tongue, with a darkly roasted backbone of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is a bit off balance, with bitterness at the beginning and end overpowering. The body is light, and the carbonation makes it effervescent, and almost sharp. Bitter roast and hoppy aftertaste, with a dry, almost astringent finish. Roasty linger left behind. This one was promising, but it came off the rails a bit at the end.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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 VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark. Small sample size relegates my other depictions of the appearance to mere assumptions.

S-I enjoyed the nose but thought it could use a bit more muscle. Its very well balanced. I actually thought it may lean toward the malty side. Lots of roast and chocolate with a subtle mixture of ripe citrus and piney hops.

T-The flavor I like even better. The malt is loaded with sweet chocolate tones. The hops are floral and quite citrusy. It makes me think of a chocolate orange, the one you whack in a table to break open. Perfect balance and I enjoy how the malt may provide more than the hops here.

M-A bit creamy. Growing bitterness. No booze. Tickling bubbles.

O/D-An enjoyable brew. One of the best Rhode Island brews I have had. A memorable take on a style that can be volatile.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Freshness dating was not notched on the bottle. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, half inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch cap with copious swaths and spots of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses cocoa, piney hops and a suggestion of metallic notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a distinct chalky character and chocolate is more akin to baker's chocolate. Hop character is present but less pronounced and there's also a hint of brewer's licorice. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an assertive carbonation. Overall, a decent example of the style but I think the bottle might be a little old. I'll definitely need to re-experience fresh.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatGreer
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Didn't enjoy this one much. Tasted like very, very dark rye bread. Hints of baker's chocolate. Heavy beer up front but finishes fairly dry. I didn't taste any hops in this, though, and naturally that's my main complaint. Tasted more like a RIS, and not a very good one at that.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of xnicknj
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Opaque black with a bubbly, thicker tanned head. Dissolves into patchy lacing with a wisp of filmy retention.

Piny hops with hints of citrus peel. Softly bitter, roasted dark malts, coffee beans, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Sticky pine needle hoppiness and a touch of citrus with grapefruit. Resinous, lightly sweet and roasty. Warming dark malts, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of smoke. Finishes bitter with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Decent black DIPA with a nice pine-hop profile.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 paresis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Revival Double Black IPA from Revival Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 118 ratings