Perrin Blackberry Ipa | Perrin Brewery

Perrin Blackberry IpaPerrin Blackberry Ipa
BA SCORE
56.2%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 73 ratings
Perrin Blackberry IpaPerrin Blackberry Ipa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States
perrinbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beergorrilla on 07-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,451
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
73
Liked:
41
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
10.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of spencermacko
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red. Foamy, medium, pink head fades fast.

Smells tart blackberry, citrus and candy fruit.

Tastes sweet blackberry, light lemon and candied fruit. Finish is semi sweet with light citrus bitterness. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation

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Photo of Zanico
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scott2269
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MargotDarko
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty ruby red with an appealing but quickly dissipating head. Does not really taste like beer. Sickeningly sweet and syupy. The tartness is pretty nice but there's no sense of this being an IPA really.

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Photo of Blazer22
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eman17
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jmd88
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Perrin's Blackberry IPA at Boyne Country Provisions. I've been meaning to try this one and it sounds interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into an IPA glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice clean look to it, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a darker red color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the blackberries being the first to show up and they impart a nice and natural blackberry like aroma which seems to be the aspect that shows up the most in the aroma. Up next comes some doughy, sweet malt, grainy and biscuit like malt aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart a little bit of a floral hop aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the blackberry is showcased nicely.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the blackberry still being the first to show up and it imparts all the aspects that it did in the aroma and it's the flavor that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes a little tartness that goes into some doughy yeast which is followed by the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects with the biscuit malts sticking out the most. On the finish there's hardly any hop flavors with hardly any bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a strong blackberry like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but it's a lot more blackberry than IPA and I wish it had a little better balance.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, very crisp, a little prickly, a little clean, slightly cloying, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a decent example of the style, it delivered on the blackberry aspect, but when it came to the ipa base i felt like it was lacking and when it came to the taste it was hard to detect it. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer this beer is the blackberry aspects it was nice and it didn't seem artificial. What I like the least about this beer is the ipa aspect, it hardly showed up and I wish it showed up more to bring a little better balance to this beer and make it live up to the name. I might buy this beer again if I was in the mood for a blackberry beer and I would recommend it to people looking for a blackberry beer, but not a blackberry IPA. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I feel like if the IPA base showed up more it would be a very nice beer. It's not a favorite Perrin beer, but it is one of the better blackberry beers I've had. Nice job guys, but a little more hops would really take this beer to the next level.

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Photo of GRFounder
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zebra
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from my Oddside Ales glass, originally poured from a 12oz can.

Look: You could almost mistake this for an Irish red, as it has that color to it. The purple-tinged head gives it away, but if you didn't know you were looking at a fruit beer you might not notice. Crystal clear. The head is short lived and there's not really any lacing to speak of. Not an ugly beer by any means though (is there really such a thing?).

Smell: A strong scent of vague berry-ness. It doesn't seem specifically like blackberry; it reminds me more of the mixed-berry aroma of Short's Soft Parade. The bready malt is there, playing a supporting role rather than being the star of the show. All in all, reminds me of a more refined, adult version of Crunchberry cereal.

Taste: Yum. Again, berry is very upfront, with just enough malt to make it identifiably beery. The IPA aspect is not very noticeable until the finish, where it balances out the sweetness a bit with some pleasant bitterness. It's not unlike eating an actual blackberry, really: it's sweet, but not without some tartness to compete with it. I rather enjoyed this, as it comes closer to the experience of eating an actual piece of fruit than most, if not all, of the other fruit beers I've had.

Feel: Not thin, not heavy...just right. It's not so dense that you'd struggle to drink more than a couple, nor is it thin enough to come across as watery or insipid.

Overall: This may have the potential to dethrone Soft Parade as my favorite fruit beer. This is crazily well-balanced and delicious. The extra dose of hops really propelled this one to star status. It's nice to see an IPA that incorporates a fruit that isn't citrus for once. If you're in the mood for something moderately sweet, give this a go! Also, as others here have said, this would be a great transition-to-craft-beer beer for less adventurous folks. Would buy again, and often.

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Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a fruit beer and not an IPA

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Photo of EvTocz
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good summer drink. Sweet, not bitter or hoppy. A pretty purple/amber appearance with a fruity aroma. Don't think IPA when ordering this seasonal ale.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of K-Dog
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a purple look to it obviously from the blackberries. Beet should not look like grape juice. Smelled like sour grapes. Tasted like wine. No ipa qualities at all. I'm real tired of all the fruit ipas. I guess I'm a fan of the basics. If you like blackberries or really tart so called fruit ipas you may like this but I really didnt.

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Photo of dtm426
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcrawford
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Perrin Blackberry Ipa from Perrin Brewery
Beer rating: 56.2% out of 100 with 73 ratings
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