Odd Fellows Black IPA | West Sixth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KYGunner on 02-24-2013

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Groomsy
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

A black body with dark brown highlights is topped by a brown khaki head about a finger high, which leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass.

The nose is very interesting. While the malts give off stout-like scents of coffee, baker's chocolate, and roasted grains, there in a piney/citrusy bitterness to contrast the darker notes of the malt. There is a very good balance here in this beer - the roasted malt profile shines through while the hops are still given their proper place since this is technically an IPA. As the beer warms, some dark fruit esters also emerge.

Similar to the nose, the taste starts out with deeply roasted malt, specifically with flavors of chocolate and coffee. Then mid-palate, some citrusy bitterness shows up to strike out the dark sweetness. These citrus notes morph into a piney/earthy bitterness toward the end, which lingers for quite a while. A very good winter beer with enough hoppy brightness to contrast the dark malt profile.

In an apparent contradiction, this dark beer is quite refreshing with a medium, creamy body and crisp carbonation. The finish lingers with hoppy flavors mingling with darkly roasted malt.

This was my first black IPA, and I'm quite impressed with this offering from West Sixth. A genuinely good beer that's a little off the beaten path.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the name would imply, the color is black with a brownish head and heavy lacing.

The scent is of hops, floral and fruity there's no roast or charring for the nose.

The taste is as if West Sixth took their IPA and added food coloring. Nice floral hops with easy drinking fruitiness it is tempered with the coloring. Not nearly as hoppy as the IPA its still tasty and good but I expected a bit of toasted or charred malts and found none.

Overall I liked this a lot but felt it was simply a lighter version of West Sixths flagship with a new coloring.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And tell me again why IPAs can't be black?

While pouring the darkest of brown hues, the nearly opaque beer shows a depth of darkness in the center and is highlighted by redish brown hues near the edge. Its heady froth is light tan and long lasting- leaving lacy rings behind with each sip.

Its IPA-centric aromas are sharp with grapefruit, orange peels and pine. Yet the malty accents are of toast char, burnt sugar, and lightly burnt wood. With no fruit or spice, the beer speaks the language of dry hops and light char.toast and hops.

A short-lived sweetness of burnt malt sugars are coupled with that of charred wood and toast. But the quick taste of hops offer up burnt pine, dried grapefruit and orange peels. Walnuts, rootish earth and other "dirty" dark tastes begin to turn to a bitter finish of coffee grounds and surprising lingering malt starch.

Medium bodied- the beer's starchy malt underpinnings are met with crisp hop dryness, receding sweetness and increasing alcohol warmth. Its slow fade eventually reveals light coffee astringnency , retains starch body- concluding with a shy dry taste and the gripping bitterness in the depth of the throat.

Oddfellow is quite that- a fortified IPA that accepts the color of dark grains, the singed aromas, and the reluctant depth of charred woods. Its character is deep, charismatic, and sharp all at once.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Odd Fellows Black IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 10 ratings