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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #66
Ranked #7,975
4.04 | pDev: 6.19%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Raven is a Black IPA inspired by the changing of the seasons and the cravings of heartiness that come with it. It is an excellent companion to any cool weather occasion. It is brewed with Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops paired with a carefully considered addition of roasted malt.

Raven’s recipe and process were designed with the balance between resinous hop character and gentle roasted malt bitterness as the most important characteristic to make this beer as interesting and enjoyable as possible.

Following extended cold-conditioning, Raven pours a super dark brown to black color in the glass, leaving behind a dense and rocky head. In its aroma and taste, it conjures perceptions of citrus and pine balanced by sturdy light chocolate and roasted malt character. In spite of its relatively simple construction, it presents with a hefty amount of character and intrigue.

Raven is a beer at the heart of who we are, and what we aspire to do. It delights with its tastiness, drinkability, and hearty construct. It drinks well on its own, but it drinks particularly well with seasonally appropriate meals like smoked meat or beef stew. We expect it to age well and evolve over the next several months while being stored away in the refrigerator.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/13/20; consumed on 11/19/20

Pours a jet-brown body with lighter edges around the surface and capped with a towering head of thick, soapy, tan foam; excellent head retention yields a rocky finger of cap, massive, frothy collar, and gobs of dense, webby lacing walling the glass.

Aroma features a black bread crust and dank mango pairing upfront, with a deepening earthy structure of wet grass and pine into the middle beneath a detailed roast with hints of coffee turning ashy into the close of the bouquet.

Taste opens with hints of peach against dark cocoa building to ashy coffee into mid-palate; heavily roasty on the back end and through the finish, with grapefruit and pineapple presenting as distinct undertones to the unignored fruitier side of the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light body and a fluffy, moderate carbonation; lightly charry across the mid-palate, a grit is ever-present though perpetually level as a moderate malt bitterness edges across the back end and past the finish.

Building, robust malt roast and saturated fruity hops alternate and intermingle at varying degrees, with one never outpacing the other in this highly-approachable take on a Black IPA; a great display throughout of subtle contrasts in the style.

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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, earthy and piney hops, and some light citrus and dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, pine, and earthy hop notes and slowly picks up some citrus and bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering pine and earthy notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid black IPA that is easy to drink. A good balance and mix of hops and dark roasted malt helps greatly. Worth checking out

Oct 28, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Black with a pillowy khaki head and excellent lacing.

S: Very hop foawrd with notes of candied orange, lemon, grapefruit and pine. The roasted malt comes in with some mild dark chocolate notes as well.

T: Big flavors of candied orange, citrus pith, and pine balanced with a clean malt character with flavors of burnt toast and chocolate.

F: Light bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall: A really great Black IPA. The hop character really reminds me a lot of Maine Beer Company's Lunch IPA if you have ever had that. Definitely worth getting a four pack.

Oct 25, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There are some beers where you taste them and immediately can say, "that's a Tree House beer!" This beer would be much harder to place. The look and feel were probably the highlights - it's a pretty, black beer with a light/medium body but a fair amount of creaminess. The smell didn't carry much in terms of appetizing aromas - just a bit of roasted malt. The taste was similarly nondescript - very mild with a bit of roastiness and a bit of hoppiness, but nothing that really stood out. An enjoyable medium-bodied beer that could pair well with a variety of foods, but not one that I would actively seek out again.

Jun 20, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly crisp black ale with some good flavors, 3/13/20 date printed on can. Pours a slightly darker muddy brown color with some fluffy off-white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of muddled fruity hops, malt, bread, brown sugar, a little grain and caramel. Taste follows the nose, quite well balanced, easy to drink and higher ABV was well hidden. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not my usual style but this was quite enjoyable.

May 08, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up 2 cases of Tree House. This was all of 1 can from those 48 beers. Black ale ain't my thang, but neither was that Nomad dark czech lager and I dug that, same with their brown ale, Bear.

Pours a sexy black with a tan head 2/3" deep. Aroma had a hint of Amarillo hop citrus hay and pine like note, but it was mostly the black patent malt that controlled the nose.

Taste was good, had that pine thing going over a nice black maltiness that wasn't all that roasty. Partially dehusked kind of taste to it. They were right, it can sit as I waited until about the 6 month mark to crack this crispy boy. Mouth feel got even better, was the right viscosity, had a firm 50ibu bitterness, but plenty drinkable, right amount of roast, hops, malt, you name it. Definitely one of the better black ales, and definitely top tier when you aren't talking about those ipas with the fruity tropical hops, the ones that just look different. This was kind of the perfect hybrid between a porter and a pale ale.

Apr 21, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a black can dark enough that my Canon's autofocus struggles to find focus pours a black liquid with an eager foamy rise of head. Head formation is around two fingers of caramel-toffee colored foam that retains well. Aroma is a light bite of herbal and resiny hops up front before parting ways for roasty, bready malts to come through. Balance is good despite a rather shallow depth of field for the nose, offering up a little sticky hops and biting bitter malts. Flavor profile is much the same, but more expansive. Hops come through as sticky, resiny, herbal and dank, clinging to the tongue long after a sip. Malts are roasty, bready and caramely, adding a little bitterness and roastiness, and mellowing out the hops just a touch. Balance leans towards hops. Mouth feel is a creamy, moderate-softness that coats the tongue like a thick down comforter. Thickness is medium-thick, almost full. Overall, dense and sticky with a rich display of roasty malts keep this black IPA drinking just as it should. Remarkably well tamed and calculated.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Mar 22, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a murky brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like milk chocolate, roast, and piney hops.

This is a little muddled for the style - I look for a crisp hop bite with a tight dark malt backbone. The malt backbone is a bit too sweet, with milk chocolate and even caramel. The hop bite isn't quite crisp enough, with a stodgy bitterness, and not much citrusy character that you'd expect from Tree House.

This is light bodied, pretty creamy, and very drinkable.

I enjoyed trying this, but it hardly falls into the top pantheon of Black IPAs out there - a pantheon that, admittedly, isn't exactly super crowded.

Mar 09, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/28/20

Jet black from a distance but actually dark brown, small beige head
Bright citrus, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit juice, pine, herbal notes - hops contrast nicely with the roasty, dark grains, chocolate malt, bread crust, light grainy sweetness
Medium body, very smooth, medium low carbonation

Remember when Black IPAs were a thing? Pepperidge Farm remembers. And apparently Tree House does, too, as this is better than the majority of them that filled shelves about 10 years ago.

Feb 29, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quoth the Raven: "Nevermore". That might have been the motto of this beer as it was dark, mysterious, and oddly enough, timeless. No, this wasn't the typical fare from Tree House but it was just as nicely crafted as their more popular offerings, although this was a style that I wasn't terribly familiar with or accustomed to. Once I got past that, this was quite enjoyable and easy to quaff from the get-go!

Of course, this poured dark, slick, and topped off with a tan head. The lacing left behind was quite extensive as the well-defined ring near the top of my pint glass, bled down to the one below it, as that continued the trend and so forth...

A ton of roasted malt and oatmeal could be found in the nose along with some bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, roasted malt and mild weed out of something from Humboldt Brewing. Roasted, quite dry, and darkly bitter, the taste was what I'd expect out of a Porter of Coffee Stout although this beer was truly an American Black Ale at heart. If there was such a thing as an Imperial Schwarzbier, this would be it as it had heft, dark bread, earthy spice, and roasted malt all in harmony with each other.

Yeah, there was enough booze in this although I felt it more than tasted it on the palate as the hints of dark plum, red grape, and dates weren't enough to counter the bread and oats that were more potent here. Canned on 1/24 of this year with "NEVERMORE" written above it, this was a great representation of the style that held it's own throughout my time with it. While it might not appeal to a wide audience of imbibers, there was plenty to like here as this dry, bready beer was balanced, flavorful, and true to stylistic form!

Feb 28, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque very dark brown to almost black with a one finger mocha, silky head. Aroma has roasted malt and some coffee notes. The taste is similar but with a marked bitterness and floral hops kicking in quickly that drowns out the malty notes. While black IPAs are not my thing this is clearly well made. The flavors are rich and smooth and the bitterness fades in the finish leaving a great roasted flavor to linger. Well done.

Feb 22, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from my friend Joe Brazauskas. A 16oz can. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

Its always the aroma of a black IPA that has drawn me to this style. Because of my affinity for the style and the all too few options from which to select I really wanted this beer to measure up, alas that was not the case. 3.5

A – Pours a clear dark brown/black like a Coca-Cola, but opaque in the glass with a one-finger smooth light brown head that dissipates to almost nothing. Below average lacing (-). 3.75

S – Aromas of spice, malt, nuts, black pepper, and some sweet blossom. 3.75

T – Brown bread, spicy, herbal hop bitterness, roasted malts, licorice, maybe a hint of smoke. Bitterness is perceived as hop related not roasted malts. 3.75

MF – Medium light bodied, smooth with a dry finish. A wee bit acrid at the back of the throat at the very end. 3.5

Jan 20, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour with light and thin cream colored lacing, no carbonation.

S - Chocolate with some citrus and light peat buried down under.

T - Chocolate malt along with a citrus mixture, finishes balanced with a light lingering char in the back of the mouth along with a little citrus.

M - Thick and viscous body with light pricklies.

O - Not a fan of this style but it works.

Dec 07, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the brewery 11/26/19. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House willi.

a; Mostly opaque black with clear ruby at the bottom, inch and a half thick tan head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Slight roasty malt.

t: Nicely balanced malt and hop combo with hardly any roasty char, coffee or chocolate notes except as a slight aftertaste. Moderate hop bite with some subtle char which lingers on the mainly dry finish.

m; Medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: I have not seen or had many black IPAs in my six plus years in craft, but this is the most IPA-like one I can recall. Usually when the style is attempted some aspect of the roasted barley dominates over the hops. This one seems nicely balanced and perhaps the most drinkable of its type. High marks for accomplishing that!

Dec 02, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: dark, oily silky black color with a little bit of dark brown as well. frothy, 2 finger tan head that's a bit marshmellowy but seems to hang around

s: roasted malt, soy sauce, oak, charred oak, grassy hops, dark chocolate and bakers chcolate. generic citrus. vanilla, sweet berries. some onion and garlic as well in here, as well as a touch more smoky wood

t: roasted malts, cola, charred oak, bitter earthy hops, orange peel, and bitter dark chocolate. a touch of graperfuit, and some molasses as well. big bready malt backbone, with a little bit of milk chocolate and bitter citrus towards the end

m: medium mouthfeel with moderation carbonation

o: pretty solid Black Ale. Roasty, sweet, with a kiss of hop bitterness. nice cold weather beer with great roast characteristics.

Nov 24, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours a bright clear cola brown color with little to no light passing through my glass when I hold it to the light. A light beige fluffy head of 2 cm foams up easily even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is apparent right off the pour. Some roasted malt and caramel mix up front and then a good dose of pine sap and grapefruit note comes through as well. A pretty nicely balanced nose on this brew.
First sip reveals a smooth textured and average body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy and I find my glass to be almost empty much quicker than I would have anticipated when I poured it out this evening.
Flavor is expected for a black IPA.
I get some caramel and roasted malt with just a hint of brown sugar up front, with the roasted being dominant. This gives way to citrusy grapefruit hops and a dose of earthy or piney flavor that lingers a bit after each swallow. The finish is very dry and the ABV is completely hidden.
I find this to be a bit of a crushable brew and a very well balanced one at that. Glad I got to try this one and think TH did a good job with an underbrewed style.

Nov 15, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Deep brown body. Even their black IPA is murky. Smells of pine and brown malt sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, toast, and roasted malt. Back end is pine and a little lingering malt sweetness. Medium body. It's ok, but the malt flavor is kinda syrupy. Like a malt soda.

Nov 10, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours cola brown but gathers in the glass near black with a half finger of sandy brown head. nose is oddly reminiscent of your typical TH IPA mixed with a bit of caramel and burnt sugar. maybe a little bit of roast. taste is similar. it’s fruity-ish hops up front with a dry, coffee and cocoa finish. i get more coffee notes in this than i do any of their coffee milk stouts. aroma and flavor still contain that signature TH hop perfume but you get enough from the dark malts to combat it and not make it a tropical explosion that define so many of their IPAs and DIPAs. mouthfeel does not quite seem to be on par with their IPAs and that hurts this beer a little but overall i enjoyed their attempt at a style that doesn’t get a lot of attention even though they can be quite good. you get the hop aroma and flavors of IPAs with the dry finish and caramel and chocolate notes of a porter. perfect for a cool fall evening.

Nov 07, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint. Canned 10-11, purchased 10-12, consumed 11-2. Pours a dark brown (light black?) with a nice head and lacing. Aroma and flavor are a surprisingly delicate blend of bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, citrusy hops with some earthy pine, and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is softly carbonated and very smooth. I was expected a little bit more oomph, but it's still a beautiful beer and a great take on a black IPA.

Nov 04, 2019
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jvillefan from New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Black IPAs out there. I absolutely love this style and Tree House did not disappoint. There is the perfect blend of coffee, smoke, citrus, and bitterness. Highly recommend if you like the style

Nov 02, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. His most hated beer style.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy dark brown almost black hue with a thin off white head that fades to lacing.

S - Big aromas of dark roast, light chocolate, faint earthy spicy pine.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice light chocolate and nougat. Nice lightly spicy hops, little earthy. Good subtle roast, light vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, good lingering finish.

O - Overall this was a solid enough black ipa, nice roast with subtle hops.

Serving Type: can

Nov 01, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

WHy rudzud, why?!

Pours a pillowy foamy head with medium retention, lots of soapy lacing, very dark brown almost black beer

Nose pillowy creamy dark malts, a bit of roast and dark chocolate with nougat marshmallow, but also earthy spicy hops with a little orange zest

Taste pine and orange zest hops, a bit earthy spicy, with some dark malts bring a bit roasty with some chocolate marshmallow and nougat, bitter hop notes and a little from the roast, doesn't clash as much as most American black ales but still doesn't mesh well. Drier finish with a little cocoa dust, nougat, and floral hop character lingering.

Mouth is med bod but on the richer creamier side, medium to a little higher carb

Overall not a great style, but this wasn't too bad, no real pine and not a super bitter roast, didn't clash too much but wasn't great.

Nov 01, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is roasted malts, pine, and Tree House yeast. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Tastes like it belongs in the Tree House family. That said I really prefer their NEIPAs. Solid, but don't see myself getting this one again.

Nov 01, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours a coffee cola brown with a Double Shot-esque head... at least at first. Two tone dark and light tan, but quickly blends into lighter, almost white ivory.

S - faint cereal grains and grape must. More vinous that I think was intended. Dry pinot gris with hints of tangerine sweetness.

T - definitely hoppy and herbal. Fresh and crisp. Lightly toasted grains and coffee ground bitterness. Sweet lemon-lime candy, nectarine citrus, and bittering grapefruit rind. Finish is as hoppy as it begins with some serious lasting power on the bitterness.

F - full, almost overly so for the flavors and general vibes of this beer. It's on the lighter, subtler side, but a good amount of heft is still present. Blends well with the bitterness.

O - the BLIPA is definitely an underutilized style of late. Raven is overall subtle, but hoppy out the ass. Caramelized and citrusy, it is a good example of the style, but much like Ma, isn't anything to write home about.

Oct 26, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger fluffy khaki head. The head is stubbornly persistent and leaves a crown of lacing as it ultimately settles into a thick cap of foam.

The aroma brings notes of pine and citrus up front; namely grapefruit and orange rind. Then comes a rush of roasted malts, bringing notes of medium roast coffee and milk chocolate. There's a slight smokey note on the back.

The flavor starts off with notes of orange and grapefruit pith, with just a faint lingering spiciness. Then there's some roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Finishes smokey and leathery.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great Black IPA that comes pretty much exactly as advertised. You get the hops and the malts and the yada yada yada. Good beer.

Oct 23, 2019
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 94 ratings