Iron Lady Black IPA
Wicked Weed Brewing

Iron Lady Black IPAIron Lady Black IPA
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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #33
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,279
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.3%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
89
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  9
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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beergoot from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine dark body; thin yet sticky light tan head. Gentle spicy, citric scents. American IPA taste with an underlying black malt backbone. Medium-heavy body; carbonation tickling the palate.

A fair black IPA, nicely balanced but not exceptional in any way, shape, fashion or form. The body color is excellent yet the head is weak and wispy; the odor comes across fairly subdued, and the body is just okay. The flavor brings things up a notch yet doesn't stand out in any particular fashion. Good yet unassuming...

May 07, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This black IPA sports a medium, slightly pebbly tan head on a black, effervescent body with ruby highlights; head retention is modest and lacing is good, consisting of thick, rotten bands. The medium-large nose is a tasty blend of cannabis and spicy/sweet and rose-like florals over more subtle, very bright grapefruit, the slightest hints of cocoa, and deceptively slight alcohol overtones. The dark malt character is barely perceptible. Up front, the palate is a medium-bitter, slightly grassy blend of undifferentiated dark malt and citrus. Mid-palate, a bit of nutty malt character emerges and the hops become a bit more grassy and show a bit of pineapple and the cannabis-like florals from the nose. Perceived bitterness stays about medium. The finish is a moderate hit of grassy coffee, and is somewhat astringent; the linger is a modest grassy coffee/pine bitterness that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is moderately astringent and a bit thin for the medium body, but style-appropriate; the texture is medium-creamy and modestly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (growler)

Mar 25, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottled on 01.31.17

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like figs, dark fruits, dried fruits, dark berries, orange citrus, grapefruit, some tropical stone fruits, pineapple, papaya, peach, mango, toasted nutty graham crackery malts, creamy vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, with fresh resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like figs, dark fruits, dried fruits, dark berries, orange citrus, grapefruit, some tropical and stone fruits, pineapple, papaya, peach, mango, toasted nutty graham crackery malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, with bitter resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice black IPA.

Mar 25, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1/31/17; into a tumbler.
Appearance- very dark, even for a black IPA; thin mocha head that fades quickly; lacing is quiet.
Smell - a sweetness similar to black licorice, along with some pine hops.
Taste - sweet molasses, pine and floral hops and a nice touch of roasted coffee!
Feel - big for a black IPA, similar to an imperial stout, but the sweetness and bitterness is imperial IPA!
Overall - I dig it! The nose leaves a lot to be desired, but every other aspect is fantastic!

Mar 24, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a modest beige head. Good steaks of lace on the glass.

If I were blindfolded, I would think this is a regular IPA as there are no notable darker malt aromas. I do get pale malt sweetness along with the typical floral to peppery hop nose.

There are some dark chocolate flavors on the initial sip. It reminds me a bit like burnt toast. The bitterness is ever present but on the mild side. The aftertaste is reminiscent of black coffee. Body leans thin while the carbonation leans high.

Mar 18, 2017
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delta490 from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a not-quite-but almost-black with about a finger of slightly foamy tan head. The head settles down to thin layer over the top and leaves some rings and spots of small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild, with hints of pine and roasted malts and maybe a faint whiff of coffee? It's hard for me to pinpoint it but it definitely is there in the background. The taste is much the same. Both are good-very good but neither blow me away. The body is lighter on the palate (in a good way) with a lighter but persistent carbonation tingle. Bottled 1/31/17

Mar 07, 2017
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goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a two finger tan head. Smell is roasted malt, slight chocolate, and pine. Tastes follows with an addition of a citrus element. Nicely carbonated with a medium body, not real bitter. I very good black IPA.

Mar 05, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown, not quite black with a tan head. The head retention is low.

Smell: It has a very strong hop aroma. It is led by citrus, and a bit of floral. There is also roasted malt in the background.

Taste: The flavor is hop forward, but does have malt balance that enhances the flavors. The flavors feature citrus, floral, and a bit of herb. The malt features roasted with a slight hint of chocolate. There is a very low dark fruit note as well.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is on the full side with moderate carbonation. There is some alcohol warmth and a long lasting bitter finish.

Overall, the is a very hoppy dark ale that is full of flavor.

Mar 04, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another week, another new WW beer. Not complaining at all, of course, just making an observation. The way these guys pump out excellent beers feels pretty damn unparalleled in the modern craft scene, not gonna lie. At 9.5%, this black IPA is certainly not a wimpy beer, and, luckily, it's of incredibly high quality to boot.

Pours a very dark (bordering pure black motor oil) color, with some incredibly deep-brown hues noticeable if the glass is tilted in the beer is held up to light. A very tight, small and sheepish khaki-colored head sits atop the beer, gathering a small group of densely-packed bubbles in the center of my glass, as the sticky lace spreads cobwebs along the inside walls. Very nice pour, and each small additional pour out of the 16.9 oz bottle (awesome format for this style and ABV, by the way) builds up some slightly-more-sinister foam that bubbles away evenly.

Nose is intensely complex with notes ranging from almond liqueur to roasted espresso beans to tobacco and earthy aspects, all the way to citrus peel and light guava and even something reminding me of honeydew melon. Wow, this is chock full of character. The slight sniff of ethanol I get in here really feels under-par for a 9.5% monster of a black IPA, and I am very impressed with that. Usually with these kinds of beers, the ethanol can get a bit harsh and feed of the roast profile and oily hop elements in a negative way, but this smells very smooth.

On the tongue, this is much more chocolate-y than I initially assumed it'd be, with big notes of chocolate-covered nuts and caffè mocha combining with distinct pineapple, chalky yeast, tobacco and dank grassy notes. So different than the nose; much less tropical and juicy but biased more towards the charred/ashy malt flavors. What a weird, yet strangely satisfying transition.

Feel is pretty much medium-heavy with a solid roast profile, slightly oil-biased backend and adequate (read: low-medium) carbonation. Really like the way this sits on the tongue, and the bitterness in the finish is nuanced and long-lasting. Once again, another huge win for Wicked Weed. I'm not surprised at all, and I'll be getting another bottle or two of this bad boy soon enough!

Mar 02, 2017
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wuthrichj15 from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first black IPA. It definitely has a different flavor than a traditional IPA. Pours like a stout. Dark as night. Tan head. You could really fool someone here. Taste is smooth. Not as bitter as most IPAs. Nice balanced taste. You get some chocolate on the front end and a slightly bitter hoppy finish at the end. Very interesting.

Feb 26, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black with light tan foamy head. Lacing clings all around the glass.

Aroma - Roasted malts, chocolate, there seems to be a hint of fruit in the background maybe orange peel.

Flavors - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, just a touch of smoke, maybe a hint of coffee grounds.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated slightly dry. the bitterness leaves a slight aftertaste.

Overall - A really good beer, great depth and well blended.

Feb 25, 2017
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Ltdsaint from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this brew during the later winter months. For a Black IPA i actually enjoyed this one. Pours an opaque black with a chill creamy head, good lacing. Smells of citrus and hops with a nice roasty twang. Taste is bold, and not oily or resembling vinegar. A synthesis of dark and brighter fruit encompass the taste with a polishing of hops. Would buy again!

Feb 17, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque beer with a tan head that left a ring of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, pine and a little smoke. This tastes like a lightly smoked Porter and a piney IPA got slammed together. Nice pine, smoke, fruit and chocolate on the tongue. Very nice and tasty brew.

Feb 15, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"The Iron Lady is the vanguard of dank and dark seas. Her Imperial voyage raises waves of black malts leaving a resinous hop finish in her bold wake. Her heady bow and imposing gravity demolish all thinner black brews who shudder at her might. The depths belong to the Iron Lady's steel reign." Brewed in the style of an American Black Ale, available in 16.9 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, creamy rich chocolate brown head over an inky black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Black patent and chocolate malt body with a mild bitterness and high cleanliness, with undertones of pine, fruit and citrus hops with a mild bitterness. Rich with density, yet straightforward aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Rich chocolate and moderately roasted malt body with more roast quality than acrid black patent malt bitterness. Finish is lightly bitter with a touch of citrus and pine hop flavor, a subtle nod to what is expected per the style. Very drinkable, solid and enjoyable malt body and a present, if not overly pronounced hop finish. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is moderately creamy, smooth, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a soft frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly hoppy and roasted bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A straightforward, no-frills Black IPA with a solid, rich malt body, more stout-like in density and delivery than anticipated, but an ever present, enjoyable citrusy and piney hop flavor and bitterness that comes close to dueling the malt richness, for a beer that delivers on-par for the style, yet equally rebellious with an enjoyable spin on Black IPA conventions. Solid value buy for an all-around solid Wicked Weed beer, as usual. 4

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Iron Lady Imperial Black India Pale Ale
/5.00

Sep 30, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If the test of black IPA is to promote the hop aspects in a much gradeur fashion much more than they do the over-bearing malty aspects, then an IPA wins out over that of porter. And when aspirations of imperialized black IPA come calling, that task gets much harder.

Iron Lady commands a patient pour, layering with arid structures of froth, lacing legendarily and casting aspirations of coffee, tropical fruit, citrus and herb with a mere whiff. Underneath that lies an understated sweetness of bittersweet chocolate, coffee latte, light cream and vanilla.

But all that subtlety is quickly cast aside as the middle palate is all about the arid toast and the domineering hops. Pineapple, passionfruit, guava and kiwi glide above the toasty taste of fresh columbian coffee, cocoa and bitter walnut oils. Grapefruit bleeds into the mix along with blood orange and torn pine needles- all seemingly seared by fire and trailing with a tinge of char.

Medium-full, the beer should accept criticism for such lack of dryness, yet its utmost bitterness, and char work together for a tandem of sharpness that neither can claim separately. With that revelation, the starchy, malty, and caramelized weight is easily excusable en route to a bittersweet finish with echoes of citrus and chocolate.

Mar 10, 2016
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at WoB in Raleigh, served in a tulip glass, the deep black color and thin tan head noted for the style. Smell was not that of an IPA, actually reminded me of a Belgian, but the taste was typical Wicked Weed, which, as all their brews of this style, was amazing! Nice notes of dark malt hid the 9.5% abv very well. Will most definitely have this again!!
Update- picked up a bomber and have to amend the note on the smell with the bottle, it was defintely WW DIPAish, dare I say, almost "Freakish"....still an awesome beverage!!

Mar 06, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.49. Bottled 1/11/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours black with two full fingers of khaki head which fades to a thin layer of milky froth and a bubbly belt, leaving some considerable drapes of lace.

Aromas of pine, chocolate, bright citrus and caramel. A fragrant balance of roasty malts and hops.

Flavors of orange peel, pine, chocolate, muted caramel macchiato, kilned malts, berry seeds, cereal and a slight alcohol burn. As in the nose the taste does well in balancing aspects of imperial IPA and stout. Delicious.

Medium full feel, somewhere between oily and creamy with pillowy smooth but present carbonation. Bittersweet, lingering finish with chocolate orange, roast coffee and a little caramel.

Wicked Weed has brewed an all around fantastic American black ale. Iron Lady is an all around excellent experience from the beautiful pour and sweet, welcoming nose to the deft blend of chocolatey, roasty malts and citrusy, piney lupulin delivered via a rich, full body.

Feb 27, 2016
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Cobrito from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not a huge fan of black IPAs in general because usually the roasted malts are too dominant. This one is nice and balanced and hop forward, though, and if you're a fan of the Wicked Weed IPA house style, as I am, you will probably like this too. A great winter IPA.

Feb 07, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is chocolatey and roast malt dominant, with floral and dank, resiny, piney notes, along with sharp grapefruit.

Flavor is more hop prevalent, opening with grapefruit, becoming resiny and piney mid palate, and finishing earthy and moderately bitter. Roast malt complements the earthiness well, and helps highlight the citrus dominance.

Feb 07, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml with a bottled on date of 1.11.16

L - Pitch black, with 2 fingers of tan head, and lacing left all over the glass on the way down

S - Brown sugar, sweet, chocolate

T - Roasty malts, brown sugar, citrus hop notes, Smoky and chocolate notes. Well done

F - Medium body and fully carbonated. Oily and slick

O - A great DIPA. Wicked Weed never dissapoints

Feb 07, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled On: 01.11.16.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Musty aroma of roasty malt and earthy hops almost turns it into a sort of rubbery smell.

T- Cohesive flavor of roastiness, hop flavor and bitterness. There's also some smoky quality to it that was unexpected and the bit of sweetness that's there balances things out quite nicely. Very easy to drink for the ABV. The hop flavor is decidedly earthy.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely more of an American Black Ale than what one would think of when picturing a "Black IPA" since the flavors are so seamlessly well integrated.

Feb 04, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with a large blooming two finger deep beige head atop that settles ever so slowly leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Big piney hops and dark chocolate in the nose with neither winning out wich makes for an awesome aroma.Thise resinous hops are omni present everywhere it's all over the palate and nose,mixed with chocolate and roast it makes for a a great mix.

Jan 25, 2016
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KEEPonPOURING from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottled 1/11/16 poured into a cantillon balloon. It pours pitch black with a rich and creamy half inch tan head. You'd think you just poured a stout. The nose gives me chocolate, faint coffee and a subtle hop. The taste, oddly enough, follows the nose. First a bitter chocolate, then a little coffee with more of an amped up hop on the back end. The booze is hidden so well, very smooth. They got the carbonation correct on this to go along with an almost medium body. The flavors really stick. I'll use the word "odd" again to describe this one, but in a VERY pleasant way. Killer beer. It's like a perfect hybrid of an imperial IPA & Russian imperial stout. Killer on this 27degree Virginia night. My favorite Wicked weed offering thus far!

Jan 23, 2016
Iron Lady Black IPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 89 ratings