Common Sense Black IPA | Grateful Hands Brewing

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Common Sense Black IPACommon Sense Black IPA

Brewed by:
Grateful Hands Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Brad007 on 04-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Near pitch black with a very tall light mocha coloured head that is both puffy and creamy. Thick lacing as this slowly recedes after sitting atop for a long while.

(4.0) S: Very potent aroma. Lush citrus fruits, pine, vanilla, cola-soda, and underlying herbal elements. Aroma is more hop forward with minimal roasted malt detected. Regardless, still very good.

(3.75) T: Citrus pith, lemon zest, piney, subdued roasted malt (light coffee bean), and a rooty/herbal-cola taste. Citrus focused with nice accompanying flavours. Very dry with a steady bitterness that isn’t overpowering.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy with ample slickness. Would prefer a more substantial mouthfeel in terms of body and texture.

(3.75) D: Quite a good black IPA that I would pick up again. A hop-forward variation of the style that is well done for what it is. Aroma is bold and enticing, and the taste isn’t too bad either.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head holds well, with lasting lace. Aroma is roasty malts and to a lesser extent citrus hops.

Taste also starts roasty, with citrus starting in the middle, and cruising on through the close. However, there is a slightly noticeable undercurrent of tart or sour that doesn't belong. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty easy. Will give this one another try to see if the tartness was a one-off issue.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found at Beverage Warehouse for $6.99 a bottle. I haven't had anything from Grateful Hands yet so it was a treat to find this.

Pours a very dark brown with a black tint and two-finger brown head into my glass. Simcoe, Chinook and Summit hops are used.

Surprisingly sweet with a touch of cocoa. There's a sweet, earthy mix of pine resin and citrus from the hops. Subdued but the aromas are still there.

Mixed opinions here regarding the taste. It leans more on the sweet and malty side. The hops aren't as prominent as I had hoped.

Lingering sweet malt backbone resembles a porter more at this point. Not a bad thing but this is supposed to be a black IPA.

I think it needs more hops in the kettle. It's still quite drinkable but would probably be better if it was labeled as a porter.

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Common Sense Black IPA from Grateful Hands Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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