The Champion
The Black Abbey Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,222
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,210
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
54
From:
The Black Abbey Brewing Company
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Nov 27, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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tuckercampbell from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Jul 18, 2017
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jun 18, 2017
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Grizzarky from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 04, 2017
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NovaChild from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +26%
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.

Apr 04, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured reddish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is muted with caramel, yeast and floral notes. Taste is like an ESB with heavy malt yeast and bitter earthy hops. Moderately clean finish with sweet malty tones

Jul 09, 2015
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Described as a cross between an APA and a ESB. Right up my alley.

Pours a amber copper with a white head. Aroma is full of english malts giving off some sweet breed and toffee, hops offer some florals, grass, and mild citrus tones but take second fiddle to the malts. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, medium bodied bouthfeel. Overall, a solid, not complex beer that I enjoyed. Would drink again.

Aug 07, 2014
The Champion from The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 54 ratings