Red Door (Paint It Black) | Blue Lobster Brewing Company

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3.79 w/ 17 ratings

Brewed by:
Blue Lobster Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tectactoe on 08-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 3
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a brown-to-black coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, filmy, whispy, white head that settles out quickly. Nose of roasted/toasted, with a subtle resin and grapefruit, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavors of roasted caramel and chocolate forward, with a rich caramel and molasses backbone, and a subtle, dry hop character at the end. Floral and subtle hops spices help dry the semisweet and roasted aftertaste. Clean and smooth in mouth, with a loose lacing along the glass. Finish is smooth, slick, and slightly dry, with a slowly building bitterness lingering behind. Solid brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue Lobster Red Door Black IPA
Grolwer, filled at brewery

Very dark brown, a few shades from opaque. Ruby edges gleam through. Head is light tan, modest two-finger, average retention. Great lacing. (4)

Lots of hops on the nose, with notes of pine, melon and orange. (4)

Plenty of resinous hop up front, with a roasty finish. Bitter, piney hops cling to the palate. Hops aren't overwhelmed by roasted malt flavors. Coffee and subtle notes of dark fruit. Very clean fermentation profile. Body is light for the style, but still falls into the medium category. (4, 4)

Overall this is an excellent example of the Black Ale style. Very drinkable like an IPA (black or pale) should be. Not too roasty and still quite hoppy. (4.5)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for the growler. I was surprised to see this beer pour out completely black, especially since the name is "Red Door". Then I learned that it was actually called "Red Door - Paint It Black". Now it all makes sense. Rolling Stones, for those of you who are still lost. Foamy, medium bubbled, light khaki colored head that leaves behind some dripping, wet lace spots.

The nose contains a bit of piney, wet resins and a mild hop abrasion that's complete with some ashy, citrus pith and peel. Slightly citrus, but substantially bitter smelling. The roasted malt backbone is big, but maybe not as big as I was thinking it would be. Roasted malts, sweet malts, and a mild dash of cocoa beans.

Surprisingly enough, the flavor is much more malt-forward than the aroma. Chocolate malts abound, bouncing all over the place; sweet cocoa, delicately roasted malt, hints of burnt caramel. The hop character is still there, but barely. A faint yell of the pine-y hops can be found, but it's buried deep under the intensely roasted flavors of the malt.

Finish touches do include a little bit of grapefruit peel, but I'll repeat it again: this fucker is malty to the core. It's really more like a slightly hopped up porter (using citrus-centric hops, it seems) than a "Black IPA", which I believe is the style given by the brewer. Medium bodied, zings across the palate thanks to heavy carbonation; prickly and lively mouth feel, just barely sticky.

Decent enough, but the aroma and flavor don't synthesize quite so well in terms of hop vs. malt, and so the aroma leads you on to think this'll be a hoppy-ass, roasty malt, black IPA, when in reality, it tastes more like a porter that someone accidentally dropped an extra few ounce of hops in. Not bad, like I said, but not what I'm looking for based off of the description.

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Red Door (Paint It Black) from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.6% out of 100 with 17 ratings
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