The Champion | The Black Abbey Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
blackabbeybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by richj1970 on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,722
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
54
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz undated can from Chattanooga TN into a pint glass in November 2018.
Pours with a clear, deep amber colored body and a moderate size, semi-durable white head. A thin partial coat of sticky lacing is left on the glass.
Fruity, herbal, resinous and floral aroma.
The flavor is more herbal, with more obvious input from grains. Very good balance and surprisingly harmonious mix of herbal-resinous-fruity hops and bready malts. Moderate strength and bitterness for style.
Medium+ body and medium carbonation with a relatively dry finish.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped “CREATED NOT MADE,” “BORN 07302018,” trade from colleague, into nonic pint.

“Victory with Hops and Smoke”?!? Presumably it is the smoked malts that provide an interesting back end to the opening fruity aroma, and the clear although subtle smoky finish to this entertaining beer.

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Photo of Kdouble
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dkloubec
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WangFire
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tuckercampbell
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malt forward with only a bit of bitterness. Rounded smoky flavors and a sweet aroma. It's fairly easy to drink once you get used to the smokiness. Cheers!

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grizzarky for this one from NBS BIF #5. 12oz can poured into 12oz Bearded Iris tulip. Poured a lightly hazy medium orange-amber color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was malt forward (perhaps due to age? Canned on date of 8/13/16. Maybe I shoulda gotten to this one sooner. Ooopsie.), with just a bit of citrus hops in the nose. The hops were brighter on the tongue, but the beer is showing its age.

The body was medium and nicely smooth. Drinkability was good, my glass went down quickly. Overall, a good, solid, typical example of the style. worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chivermac
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grizzarky
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light brown, with a medium off white lingering head, that left heavy lacing.
Aroma is English malts, light smoke, toast.
Taste follows the nose with biscuity, lightly smoked malts, balanced by floral hops that don't over power.
Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect for a pale ale. Not thin but not overwhelming.
Overall i would consider it more toward an English style pale than American. It will stay in my rotation for when I'm craving a less hop forward pale ale.

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Photo of derekgw123
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JoshuaWilkins-38
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Respectable pale ale, not as exciting as some IPAs, had on tap at Villager Tavern

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Photo of Boca-X
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBishopco
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NovaChild
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black Abbey is my favorite brewery in Nashville and this is my second favorite of their beers second only to The Special. And this one is now available locally in cans! Poured from a can into a chilled Mason jar it held it's he'd for a long time, has a nice reddish brown straw color. Carbonation is perfect, just fizzy enough to tickle the nose, with an excellent hop to malt balance. Perfect American Pale and definitely my new go to in the genre.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Champion from The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 54 ratings