Black Tuna | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Duuuuuuuude...pass that. No, not that. The bottle opener. Thanks man. Yeah. Psssssh so I'm drifting through the galazy and scored this Black IIPA brewed with like kilos like kilos man of this Galaxy strain of hops and like those sweet, sweet nectars of bees. It pairs like so well with Doritos and ice cream sandos. Duuuuuuudeee...let's go to that place with that grilled cheese. What? We already went there tonight? Oh. This is like that time I thought I wrote the Matrix.

Added by MasterSki on 01-05-2015

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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks/4 Hands Black Tuna

A: Pours, like its namesake, completely black, with absolutely no light coming through, even at the edges. A thin, half-finger of khaki head has surprisingly good retention and remains a crust throughout, looking a bit like crema on an impossibly dark espresso shot. Lacing is also impressive given how scant the head is, and alcohol legs also make a cameo appearance, unsurprising given the hefty 9.5%. It appears very viscous as well. This is one of the darkest and most opaque beers around, and the disappointing head is the only gripe. 4.25/5

A: Hops show first with orange, peach, mango, and a healthy dose of ruby grapefruit, plus the signature Pipeworks pineapple note. Not to be outdone, and right on the heels of the lupulin offensive, simultaneously roasty, sweet, creamy, rich malts with (caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar in tow) blend impossibly seamlessly into something resembling a dark chocolate orange latte or one of those chocolate oranges you need to smash to get open chased with French roast coffee. A bit of pine resin sneaks in at the end, completing a very festive nose (those chocolate oranges feature prominently at Christmas time, under the pungent tree). 4.75/5

T: The taste does not quite reach the heights of the nose with the beer being a bit more divided against itself, but this is still a superb treat for the palate. Sweet fruits (again, orange, peach, mango, and lots of pineapple) lead it off again but transition into the grapefruit and piney bitterness early. This then segues to the "black" part of the IPA with a hefty dose of rich macchiato (the espresso-heavy, low-milk drink, not the caramel-infused sugar coma that Starbucks passes as a macchiato), midnight black chocolate, more coffee, oddly some milk chocolate later, and burnt sugar. There is almost an acridity to the finish as it all finally comes together, briefly: hops appear again with the pine resin to finish alongside campfire ashes and too-burnt toast. Some of this is nitpicky, and there are certainly great beers that are a tale of two beers, so to speak; the true greats integrate better, however. 4.5/5

M: This is everything one wants in a big, black IPA. The body is full and creamy, yet nicely carbed and goes down very smoothly. The bitterness is balanced brilliantly, and the finish is wonderfully dry with just a slight lingering sense of astringency. Alcohol leaves behind a pleasant warmth. It is aggressive, but that is down to the style. 5/5

O: This is a top three black IPA of all time, if not the number one best one ever made (with the obvious caveat that I have not had every single one ever made). It is exemplary of the style in basically every way, and if it could just come together a little better into a complete package (something I believe other batches have done better), I would have no hesitation giving it even higher marks. As is, it falls just short of perfection, but still remains a must-have beer, especially for fans of the style. Pair with Wolves in the Throne Room's "Two Hunters," a Cascadian black metal gem. 4.5/5

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Photo of RBCBrams17
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours black with a light tan head that lingered for a bit. The beer left nice lacing down the side of the glass as I drank. Looked just like a good black IPA should.

S: Great aroma on this beer. Lots of ripe tropical and citrus fruit. A little bit of earthy dankness as well. Love what the Galaxy hops bring to this brew.

T: If I had my eyes closed, I'm not sure I'd even know this was a black IPA. There's just a hint of roast in the finish, but this one is a hop bomb. Lots of fruity hop flavor in this beer. A nice smooth bitterness up front gives way to tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit, and citrus. There's also that familiar flavor that Pipeworks IPAs all kind of have, and thats a good thing.

M: This beer was very smooth drinking. It was medium bodied, but I thought it had an almost creamy texture to the mouthfeel. Normal carbonation that you'd expect for the style.

O: A lot better in my opinion that their last black IPA, Ninja Vs Unicorn Pajama Party. One of the best black IPA's I've had. This is a style that I believe is easy to get wrong, and this one does it right. Too many black IPAs have their hop flavors diminished or lost in the dark roasted malts. This beer doesn't fall victim to that, and that dank fruity quality of Galaxy hops stand out. Great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in the glass with brownish edges, sticky tan lace covers the glass. Patchy surface skim.

Dank citrusy aroma, leek, greenery and pungent hopppiness with a mild toastiness underneath.

Cleanly bitter, resiny dry pine aftertaste. Roasty and smooth upfront with a flash of initial sweetness. Citrusy and green hops at first briefly, it's all pine and roast lingering after that. Medium bodied and smooth, reminds me of a more intense Alpha Klaus.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For style, simply world class. There are very few truly incredible black IPAs - being from the PNW Barley Brown's Chaos and Boneyard's Armored Fist come to mind - but this belongs in that rank. Chocolatey, rich, hops for days, incredible lacing, piney dankness. There seems to be something magical about the Pipeworks / 4 Hands collaborations. Can we get a BA beer from this duo already?!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not typically a fan of black ales, but I love the PW fish series and figured I would give this a try. Really glad I did.

Look: Black and oil like. Thick tan head that retained pretty nicely.

Smell: Huge nose - citrus flavors with subtle roast and chocolate in the background.

Taste: More like an IPA than a black IPA. Definitely get the roast/malt, but it is dominated by the hops. Pretty much the perfect amount of malt for me.

Feel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Not overly bitter or boozy.

Overall: The best black ale I have ever had. If I tasted this blindly, I would have never guessed it was a black ale though. It has the signature PW hops that I love with a little bit of roastiness. Couldn't recommend this one more.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best black IPA I've ever had. Nice sweetness with small amount of roasted taste to it. Not a big fan of black IPA's, but this one rocks!

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppity1
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnyb
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hubert_i
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roland7792
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and intoxicating aroma of tropical mango maybe. Really like the nose of this beer more then the taste. Not that the taste disappoints. If I was tasting this blind I might mistake it for another great straight DIPA from pdub. It does finish with a mellow toasty malt taste. Can't go wrong if you can find it.

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Photo of rossracing
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian74
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan colored head with excellent lacing and retention. The nose is fresh resinous hops, a little more roast than your typical IPA letting you know it is a black IPA, and some sweetness from the honey. The taste is pretty fantastic as well. Overall, this is another fantastic IPA from Pipeworks.

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Black Tuna from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 251 ratings