Alpha Blackback | Round Guys Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Round Guys Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tobelerone on 08-15-2012

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is another canned beer courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of the can, with a black color and several inches of head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some bitterness, a bit of chocolate as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

at Local 44 during a summer night thundershower

a: served in a shaker pint, deep brown in color, black in the dim barlight, a deep mocha head with great retention

s: the nose opens with dry cocoa, burnt sugars, and roasted barley with a medium current of earthy pine hops, nice start

m: medium bodied with a medium, smooth carbonation

t: burnt sugars sweeten flavors of dry cocoa and deeply roasted barley, porter-like malts at times, deep pine hop flavor, earthy, well bittered but with balanced intensity, long char finish

o: a nice version of the style, not as refined as some versions, but the flavors hit well and the hops are totally satisfying

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Another can tht has been hanging around in the refigerator.
As previously mentioned by other reviewers, lots of carbonation and ended up with half a glass of foam (even when I thought i was prepared and pouring carfefully).
Very dark reddish brown, light tan head, lots of foam.
Slight chocolate or cocoa smell.
Taste has good roast base, but a lot more hoppy bite than expected. Lots of piney bitterness throughout.
Mouthfeel was medium, slightly thin body.
I have had better Black Ales, but no complaints from this one. I would have again.

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4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another CAN from the kings of CANs here in Lancaster, PA - The Friendly Greek bottle shop! Man, they have really stepped up their game and we are getting some great beers as a result.

From the CAN: "A black India Pale Ale: Contains four types of malt and six types of hops. While we change the hop aroma and flavor with the seasons, we CAN promise you 'No monkey business, just well rounded beers'".

The Crack! was loud and although it did not unleash a gusher, it did allow a little bit of foam to peer out through the opening. This led me to utilize a gentle Glug as I do not need foam all over everything. Be advised: their CANned beers seem to be highly, if not over-, carbonated! I still would up with a glass mostly filled with dense, light-tan head, but on the bright side, it was falling pretty quickly. Subsequent pours caused it to foam back up, at one point creating a puffiness that looked like to top of a coffee ice cream cone. Hee hee. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby/garnet highlights (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity. Nose kind of reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream - minty and chocolaty and I have no idea why I am obsessing on ice cream tonight. I have developed a mild lactose intolerance as I have grown older and so I rarely indulge in ice cream. I guess that it just makes for a good simile. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was actually more hoppy than roasty, giving it a chance in my book. I usually eschew the style as the dark roasted malts tend to overshadow the beloved hops. Not in this case! Here, the malts imparted more of a dark chocolate flavor that worked really well with the minty, piney hops. I was put in mind of a York Peppermint Patty, especially on the cool finish. Alpha Blackback: Get the sensation!

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Round Guys. They wisely don't make an IPA, citing the flooded market, but instead offer this Cascadian entry as their most highly-hopped creation.

Pours a murky looking deep brown, nearly black color, totally opaque, with a finger of tan head that settles down quickly. Lacing is patchy and fairly minimal overall. Nose is a strong mix of roasted, almost burnt malts; a touch of baker's chocolate; citrus, resiny and dank hop notes.

The flavor combines all of the above; the malts have a roasted, nearly charred taste, hinting at smokiness; the hops are bitter, resinous, dank, acrid. Faint onion garlic note. Dry finish with lots of lingering bitterness. I'm not so sure all these flavor notes hung together very harmoniously for me; in the end they felt more muddled then artfully married.

Medium body, smooth carbonation, somewhat creamy feel. No complaints here. I'm not a huge fan (anymore) of this hybrid style, but I can still get into it on occasion, and really wanted to like this one. In the end, however, I didn't feel it was one of this brewer's best nor a standout in terms of the black IPA style. Decent, not exceptional, to my tastes.

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2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, stick on label indicates Batch #3, 10/29/12. So less than a week since bottled.

when I pop the cap, it was a gusher. 4 inches of expanding head overflows the glass. not quite black in color, tan head. smell is a strong lemon hop flavor. taste is slightly roasty and strong earthy and citrus hops. lemon again. medium thickness, lower carbonation after the foam dies down.

overall - aside from the over carbonation, it's decent, but nothing special.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A friend brought a growler home to me after visiting the brewery. I was excited to try it because I'd been hearing a lot about Round Guys lately. It poured out a pretty mahogany color. The head was thin and very bubbly.

Aroma was pine, floral, coffee. Mouthfeel a little thin, and a bit too carbonated. Rich roasted malt flavor battling with citrusy hops.

This beer seems off to me. The aftertaste had a twinge of something floral and bitter. For some reason, it makes me think of a farmhouse ale. It's not bad, but its a bit off style.

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This beer poured out as a decent deep brown color with a light brown head on top that settled rapidly. The smell of the beer was decent, not as much hop aroma as I hoped for. There was some just not quite enough. The main aroma was focused on the dark malts which give off a stout-like quality. The taste of the beer was malty, roasted with the spark of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes dry. Overall this beer is decent but could use some work in my opinion. It's still worth trying though.

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Alpha Blackback from Round Guys Brewing Company
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